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Vol. 65, No. 39


Squadron closure
The 325th Contracting
Squadron will be closed to-
day. In case of an emergency,
please contact Master Sgt.
Brian Stricker at 774-1152.

Dry cleaning and
alterations facility
relocated
Dry cleaning has
temporarily relocated to the
Military Clothing Sales store
in Bldg. 1506 and alterations
has relocated to the Base
Exchange customer service
area. The hours of operation
for both services will remain
the same.

Housing privatization
Tyndall residents are
encouraged to attend the
town hall meeting 6 p.m.
Oct. 16 at the Youth
Center. Residents will
have the opportunity to
meet the developer's staff
and ask questions.
Lease signing is
scheduled 7:30 a.m. to
4:30 p.m. Oct. 17-20 at
the Education Center.


WM
Fire Prevention week
launches ... PAGE 6

Energy conservation se-
ries begins ... PAGE 7

Sergeant convicted of
cocaine use ... PAGE 8

Students talk weather
... PAGE 15

Oktoberfest was a
smash ... PAGE 16


GULF


DEFENDER
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts


Oct. 6, 2006


Chrissy Cuttita


'Run' way


Airmen finished off Wingman Day Sept. 28 with a 1.5 mile fun run on the runway here. Wingman day
consisted of 325th Fighter Wing commander's call and several sporting events. For more pictures of
Wingman Day, turn to Page 10.


Readiness Airmen receive occupational badge


MARTY SPIKES
325th Civil Engineer Squadron readiness flight chief
When six Airmen received the new Civil
Engineer Readiness occupational badge
during ceremony here Oct. 2, a lasting
impression was made on the careers of
those involved in the ceremony and present
in the chemical warfare classroom during
the event.
"This badge will ensure they are
recognized as experts in a chemical,
biological, radiological and nuclear
environment," said Chief Master Sgt.
Mike Connors, chief enlisted career field
manager and presenter at the ceremony.
It took three and a half years for Chief
Connors and his team to get the badge
approved so the proud individuals of the
325th Civil Engineer Squadron's readiness


flight could wear a badge that recognizes
them as readiness experts among the people
with whom they serve.
This chemical, biological, radiological,
nuclear and explosive community includes
readiness specialists in our sister
services, as well as NATO
and other coalition allies.
This new occupational badge
reflects the achievements
and laurels gained through the
professionalism of this career field, primarily
in emergency management and CBRN
defense, during both peace and war time
operations.
"We're providing the proper equipment
and resources, while their commander
is providing the time for training," said
Chief Connors. "It's now up to them to


become the experts."
The 325th CES commander, Lt.
Col. Sue Grumbach, was participant
in the historical ceremony. In
her address to the newly-badged
Airmen, she suggested
they study hard in their
career development
courses and manage
time to get them done
so that they will be able to
anticipate what will happen in the
CBRN environment and be prepared
to respond.
As the threats of terrorism and the
use of weapons of mass destruction
continues to escalate, the need to

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Oct. 6, 2006


325th Services Squadron focus:


What is the most challenging


aspect of a Services' deployment?


"Being away from my family was
hard. My wife just had our daughter,
so it was hard being away right after
she was bor."

SENIOR AIRMAN BRANDON JOHNSON
Fitness specialist


"It's challenging being away from
my family. The long days and de-
mands of your job are hard also."



TECH SGT. SHERYL PYKA
Sand Dollar Inn NCO in charge


"Itis difficultto make sure you're reach-
ing out to everyone there and trying to
bring as much of home to the desert as
possible.."

SENIOR AIRMAN JESSICA HENSLEY
Food service shift leader


'The most challenging part is the
large populous of people. No one
goes off base to do anything, so we
provide activities for everyone."

TECH SGT. JIM FOLSOM
Fitness Center NCO in charge


Gulf Defender Editorial Staff

Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters.............................325th FW commander
Maj. Susan A. Romano............... chief, 325th FW public affairs
Chrissy Cuttita................................ chief, internal information
1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell.................. ................... staff writer
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga................. .. ........... editor
Airmen Glenn Moore.......... ................ ............ staff writer


The Gulf Defender is published by the Panama City News Herald, a private firm in no
way connected with the U S Air Force, under exclusive written contract with Tyndall
Air Force Base, Fla This civilian enterprise Air Force newspaper is an authorized
publication for members of the U S military services Contents of the Gulf Defender
are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U S government, De-
partment of Defense or Department of the Air Force
The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements,
does not constitute endorsement by the DOD, the Department of the Air Force or the
Panama City News Herald of the products or services advertised
Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use
or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital
status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the
purchaser, user or patron


Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 325th Fighter Wing
public affairs office Photographs are U S Air Force photos unless otherwise
noted
The deadline for article submissions to the Gulf Defender is 4 p m Friday, prior
to the week of publication unless otherwise noted Articles must be typed and
double-spaced, preferably on a 3 5-inch disc Stories should be submitted di-
rectly to the public affairs office, Building 662, Room 129 or mailed to 325
FW/PAI, 445 Suwannee Ave, Tyndall AFB, FL, 32403-5425 or e-mailed to edi-
tor@tyndall af mil Public affairs staff members edit all material for accuracy,
brevity, clarity, conformity to regulations and journalistic style The delivery of
the Gulf Defender to Tyndall base housing sections is provided by the Panama
City News Herald
For more information, or to advertise in the newspaper, call (850) 747-5000


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Lisa Norman

You got served!

Airman 1st Class Zachary Waldon, 325th Communications Squad-
ron ground radio technician, is served a bowl of baked beans
from Senior Master Sgt. Billy Simmons, 325th Maintenance Group
weapons standardization superintendent, at the first Dorm Barbe-
cue held Sept. 27 at Bldg. 1149. Tyndall's Top Three organization
plans to make the Dorm Barbecue an annual event.


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Action Line
Call 283-2255


BRIG. GEN. TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander


The Action Line is your direct line
to me. It is one way to make Tyndall a
better place to work and live.
The goal is to provide you with an
accurate, timely response. You must
leave your name, phone number or
address to receive a response.
Questions or comments of general
interest will be published in this forum.
This avenue should only be used after
coordinating problems or concerns
with supervisors, commanders, first
sergeants or facility managers.
If you're not satisfied with the re-
sponse or you are unable to resolve the


it's your story to tell


Tell the Air Force story...
LT. COL. TED DAVIS our chests and talk about what we do.
325th Air Control Squadron commander It's going to take a culture change, but it
The American public loves a great helps the public better understand the Air
story. With that said, the Air Force has Force when they hear from the Airmen
hat great story and it's your story to tell. themselves."
Not surprising to anyone in this day As difficult as it may be for us to
and age as we are fighting a Global recognize our terrific accomplishments,
War on Terror, there are great stories in and as humble as we are sometimes,
he making every day not only in Iraq, when the American public gets an insight
Afghanistan, the Pacific theater and a into what we do they are simply amazed.
number of countries in Africa, but right Amazed at what we take for granted,
here at home. As amazing as some of because the things we do in many ways
hese stories are, and as proud as they are indeed amazing.
make us feel to be Americans in the Maj. Gen. Scott Mayes, commander
profession of combat arms, they make of Air Forces Northern, said it best some
Ip only a portion of the Air Force story. time ago when he was a guest speaker
The need to get the Air Force at a 325th Fighter Wing Warrior Call.
story out to the general public is so To make his point, he used the setting
important that Secretary of the Air of a high school reunion to illustrate to
Force Michael W. Wynne along with us how important our work is and how
Air Force Chief of Staff General T. much the American public wants to
Michael Moseley recently created the hear about it. He told a room full of Air
Office of Strategic Communication Force officers how, when compared to
;o help the American public better many of the jobs and occupations our
understand our daily successes high school classmates have gone on
and challenges. Brig. Gen. Erwin to be successful at in the private sector,
Lessel III, who leads the Secretary it's our achievements and adventures
of the Air Force's Office of Strategic as Airmen that captivate our school
Communication states, "Every friends and hold their attention. As
Airman can become an Air Force noble as their entrepreneurial successes
spokesperson at any time." might be, and as financially well off as
Airmen are engaged at every level they may become, it's the Airman who
of this conflict in every theater across defends the nation both at home and
he globe, and sometimes to a fault, we abroad who everyone wants to catch up
humbly go about our business taking with and hear from.
for granted what we do. We need to When I say we need to know our own
do a better job making our entire story story as individuals, what this means
mnown to the American public both on is we should be able to tell our civilian
a national level and at the local level, friends and neighbors about what we
"By nature, we are quiet warriors," do personally in the Air Force and how
said General Lessel. "We do not beat our roles and responsibilities play into


the bigger picture of our squadron, wing
and greater Air Force mission. We
need to tell what we actually do, what
purpose that specialty serves and what
that brings to bear on the battlespace.
If the Air Force story can be summed
up by "payload, effects and reach" then
there must be a lot of detail supporting
it. That's where we come in.
One of the best things about being
assigned to Tyndall is that every one of
us can clearly state, without exception,
that we are a part of America's Air
Dominance Force. From there, each of
us should be able to trace back to our
individual specialties and duty titles
and explain how we contribute to that
honorable distinction. Whether assigned
tothe Checkertail Clan orone ofthe tenant
units, every one of us is either fighting the
Global War on Terror directly or feeding
that fight. We must learn to articulate the
facts to those not versed in "Air Force
speak" and welcome the opportunities
to do so, while also recognizing that
sometimes we tell that story in ways we
don't even realize.
Our story is told not only in our
words, but in our deeds and appearance.
Sometimes we tell the Air Force story
not by standing in front of a thoughtful
audience, but by our appearance, actions
and deeds in the community. One small
example of how this works is when we
go off base. Whether we realize it or
not, something as simple as going off
base to have lunch creates a forum for
the public to form its own opinion of the
Air Force story. Off base, like on base,
we are constantly in the spotlight, being
watched with every move we make.


problem, call me at 283-2255.
For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
Wing Inspector General's Office,
283-4646.
Calls concerning energy abuse
should be referred to the energy hot
line, 283-3995.
Below are more phone numbers
to help you resolve any issues with a
base agency.
Commissary 283-4825
Pass and Registration 283-4191
Medical and Dental 283-7515
MEO 283-2739


Oct. 6, 2006


The key point is that we are being
watched by the very people we swore
to protect and defend when we took the
oath of office.
How we wear the uniform, how
we behave in public and even how
we drive going to and from home all
speak volumes about the Air Force
story. It illustrates our discipline as
individuals and members of a select
group of professionals in that respected
profession of combat arms. Wearing
the uniform while driving a car proudly
adorned with "I'm in the Air Force"
insignia automatically identifies us
as Airmen. By following the basic
traffic rules in a courteous manner, we
send a message that our Air Force is
one of respectable Airmen from every
demographic of American society and
walk of life, and that we are not only
guarding freedom, but we are also good
neighbors and citizens.
We all know how great our Air Force
is. The public hears about the success
stories that get publicized in the open
media, but those stories don't always
tell the larger Air Force story. Don't be
so humble that you don't recognize how
great you are as active duty Airman,
Guardsman, Reservist,Air Force civilian
or contractor, and don't take for granted
your personal day-to-day routine. Truth
be told, it is actually very interesting to
the American public. And don't assume
that the American public isn't anxiously
watching and listening to find out more
about this greatness. The public enjoys
a great story. Learn the Air Force story
and willingly tell it. Tell the Air Force
story...tell your story!


MPF and I.D. 283-2276
SFS Desk Sgt. 283-2254
Services 283-2501
Legal 283-4681
Housing 283-2036
CDC 283-4747
Wing Safety 283-4231
ADC 283-2911
Finance 283-4117
Civil Engineer 283-4949
Civilian Personnel 283-3203
Base Information 283-1113
Thank you for helping me improve
Tyndall, and I look forward to hearing
from you.






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operate in a joint environment
also increases. As technical
professionals, CE readiness Airmen
work closely with other DOD, civil
and international CBRN specialists
who will recognize this insignia as a
universal identifier.
"We'll stand out now as more than
just people who teach chemical warfare
classes on base," said Senior Airman
Jenny Raybon, 325th CES readiness
apprentice.
This badge also represents an Air
Force capability. The readiness
career field is a valuable resource that
enables commanders to sense, shape,
shield and sustain the battlefield
while also supporting Air Force
personnel in a CBRN environment.
This resource, combined with
expertise as emergency managers,
enables commanders to prepare for,


prevent, respond to, recover from and
mitigate risks to the mission, making
these readiness Airmen an invaluable
asset.
With this in mind, the Air Force Chief
of Staff approved the CE readiness
occupational badge Feb. 7 with the
approved wear date of Oct. 1.
Maj. Gen. Del Eulberg, the Air Force
Civil Engineer, Headquarters U.S. Air
Force, Washington D.C., pinned on the
first of these occupational badges to
Chief Connors as the oldest person in
the career field.
When the awarded CE Readiness
occupational badge is worn, it must
be worn above the appropriate CE
occupational badge. Wearing the
badges together shows the tie readiness
has to CE, and provides recognition for
possessing distinctive, highly technical
and specialized CBRN defense
capabilities.


Air Force Memorial completed


ARLINGTON, Va. (AFPN) The
Air Force Memorial's stainless steel
spires were finished Sept. 21.
Reaching a height of 270 feet and
located on a promontory overlooking
Arlington Cemetery, the memorial
will transform the greaterWashington,
D.C., skyline and provide visitors
with a commanding view of the
nation's Capitol, according to retired
Maj. Gen. Edward F. Grillo Jr.,
president of the Air Force Memorial
Foundation.
'The reality has liveduptothe dream
that we've had for almost 15 years
since we embarked on this project to
develop the memorial," said General
Grillo. "As we remove the cranes and
peel away the blue plastic covering to
reveal the stainless steel in the next


few weeks, the nation will finally be
introduced to this lasting tribute to
the men and women of the Air Force
and its predecessor organizations."
Designed by the late James Ingo
Freed, an architect with Pei Cobb
and Partners, the spires are evocative
of the bomb-burst flying formation
made famous by the Air Force
Thunderbirds.
The Air Force Memorial will
officially be dedicated Oct. 14.
'We are expecting over 30,000
people to join with us to celebrate the
official dedication of the memorial,"
the general said. "As an Air Force
veteran, I am incredibly excited
about the planned events and wish to
extend an invitation to all Americans
to join us in Arlington, Va. Oct. 14."


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Watch What You Heat


MICHAEL NEWBURY
325th Civil Engineer Squadron base fire inspector
How often has the doorbell rung or
a child interrupted you while you were
cooking, causing you to forget about the
chicken you left sizzling on the stove
until smoke filled the house?
If this scenario or a similar one
doesn't sound familiar, you may want
to think about it more because it's likely
that you, a friend or family member has
run the risk of starting a dangerous fire.
Why?
Cooking is the leading cause of
home fires, according to the National
Fire Protection Association. The latest
statistics from NFPA show that one out
of every three home fires started in the
kitchen, and more than 100,000 fires a
year are related to cooking.
The Tyndall fire and emergency
services is joining forces with NFPA
and thousands of other fire departments
across the nation to commemorate
Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14. The
theme, "Prevent cooking fires watch
what you heat," reminds everyone that
leaving cooking unattended and other
unsafe kitchen practices are a recipe for
disaster.
When firefighters are called to a
cooking-related fire, the residents often
tell them they only left the kitchen for a
few minutes. Sadly, that's all it takes fora
dangerous fire to start. The bottom line is
that there's really no safe period of time
for a cook to step away from a hot stove.
A few key points to remember are:
*Stay in the kitchen when you are
frying, grilling, broiling or boiling food.
If you must leave the room, even for a
short period of time, turn off the stove.
*When you are simmering, baking, or
roasting food, check it regularly, stay in
your home and use a timer to remind
you.
*Keep cooking areas clean and
clear of combustibles such as pot
holders, towels, rags, drapes and food
packaging.
*Keep children away from cooking
areas by enforcing a "kid-free zone" of
three feet around the stove.
*If you have a fire in your
microwave, turn it off immediately
and keep the door closed. Never open
the door until the fire is completely
out. If in doubt, get out of the house
and call 911.
*Always keep an oven mitt and


Lisa Norman
Sparky, the fire safety dog, talks
to Gage Smith about fire safety
during Oktoberfest.
a lid nearby. If a small grease fire
starts in a pan, smother the flames by
carefully sliding the lid over the pan
(make sure you are wearing the oven
mitt), turn off the burner and call 911.
Do not remove the lid; doing so will
cause the fire to rekindle. Never pour
water on a grease fire. If the fire does
not go out, get out of the house and
call the 911.
*If an oven fire starts, turn off the heat
and keep the door closed to prevent
flames from burning you or your
clothing. Get out of the house and call
911.
A cooking fire can quickly turn
deadly. Heed these simple safety rules.
Firefighters would like to be in your
kitchen, but only when you invite us for
dinner!
In support of National Fire Prevention
Week, Tyndall Fire and Emergency
Services will be present in the Base
Exchange daily from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Oct. 9 13. Firefighters will be present
to provide information and answer
questions to help keep your home and
family safe from fire.
Fire prevention personnel will be
conducting fire safety classes and
passing out fire prevention material
from 8 a.m. to noon Oct. 9 -11 at
Tyndall Elementary School; 1 p.m.
to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Tyndall Youth
Center; and 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Oct.
13 at the Child Development Center.
They will also conduct fire evacuation
drills with the use of their fire safety
trailer for children attending Tyndall
Elementary School.


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Tyndall aims for base, Air Force energy goals


1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(This is part one of a four part series highlighting
energy issues on Tyndall during October, which is
Energy Conservation Awareness Month.)
As the largest consumer of energy in the Department
of Defense, the Air Force has developed a two-part
strategy to reduce energy consumption and waste.
"This strategy of assured domestic supply and
aggressive energy conservation will benefit our entire
Air Force, but we need all Airmen to do their part,"
said Secretary of the Air Force Michael Wynne in his
latest Letter to Airmen, which addresses energy use in
the Air Force.
In the letter, Secretary Wynne recognized the Air
Force's commitment to conservation and urged every
Airman to personally and professionally conserve
energy.
"To assist in our efforts to communicate our energy
strategy, every Airman should develop new ways to
personally and organizationally conserve energy," he
said. "Your efforts in making energy conservation
a part of your day-to-day activities will benefit our
entire Air Force, and free up precious dollars for other
critical programs."
The Air Force initiative is strongly backed by


Tyndall's own agenda to conserve energy.
"The new requirement for Tyndall under the
Energy Policy Act of 2005 is to reduce our energy
consumption by two percent each year starting in
2006," said Gilbert Walker, 325th Civil Engineer
Squadron energy and utilities manager. "Our base is
not only going to meet that goal for 2006, but will
exceed it by more than six percent."
Energy consumption increases when equipment and
weapons systems are added to operations, especially
when additional training sorties are generated.
"Because of the new squadron of F-22s and the
increased number of sorties, reaching our goal
means Tyndall will have to work harder to conserve
resources," said Mr. Walker.
Although the Air Force consumes more energy
than any other defense agency, it is also the nation's
largest purchaser of renewable energy, according to
the Department of Energy.
"As the nation's largest purchaser of renewable
energy, we used over one million megawatt hours of
green power in 2005," said the Secretary. That amount
of energy is enough to power 70,000 homes for one
year, he said.
The Air Force Research Lab here contributes to
the "green power" effort by developing solar panels,


hydrogen fuel cells and other alternative energy
sources. Solar power cells and geothermal heat pump
units are already being used to generate electricity at
facilities on Tyndall, and similar technology will soon
boost energy production for facilities in deployed
locations.
With energy demands steadily climbing, the
need for alternative energy technology is becoming
increasingly important.
"Green power accounts for 11 percent of all Air
Force electric consumption, which includes 37 Air
Force installations," said the Secretary. "We are
currently testing and developing several innovative
methods of powering ground vehicles with
alternative fuels, such as E-85 ethanol, hydrogen
and hybrid fuel cell-electric power systems.
Additionally, our aviation and acquisition and
technology communities are aggressively looking
for ways to increase aircraft fuel efficiencies through
engine and airframe design."
The Air Force is taking the first step by reducing
mission-related energy consumption, but personal
efforts in the workplace are just as critical.
"We have both a tremendous opportunity and a clear
responsibility to lead by example with smart energy
management," said Mr. Walker.


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Tech. Sgt. Andre Ancic


reve Wvallace
Sergeant Andre Ancic receives the Associate
Spotlight from Capt. Christopher Reese, 372nd
Training Squadron /Detachment 4 commander.
SergeantAncic managed his detachment's 41 instructors'
classes and instructed hydraulic classes. He also created so-
lutions for a persistent F-15 brake and a recurring hydraulic
system malfunction for the 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit.
In his free time he volunteered at the local American Red
Cross Center and collected over 500 pounds for hurricane
disaster preparation efforts.


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Ms. Andrea Moore


Ms. Moore receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior
of the Week award from Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters,
325th Fighter Wing commander.
Ms. Moore, 325th Medical Group, provided medical care and
treatment to more than 2,000 beneficiaries in the last four months.
She also recognized and referred three women with breast cancer
to a specialized clinic. Her prompt actions helped bring early treat-
ment to patients, giving them a higher chance for recovery.


Duty title: Women's Health nurse
practitioner
Hometown: Los Angeles, Calif.
Time on station: Four years active
duty, 10 months as a contractor
Time in service: 26 years, retired in
December 2005
Hobbies: Church activities and biking
Goals: To be able to continue nursing
until age 65
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The beaches and people
Favorite movie: "Back to the Future"
Favorite book: The Bible
Proudest moment in the military:
Promotion to the officers' corps
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize Tyn-
dall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can nomi-
nate individuals via their squadron and group com-
manders. Award recipients receive a certificate,
letter from the commander and a one-day pass.


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Duty title: F-15 crew chief instructor
Time in service: Eleven years and one
month
Hometown: McCalla, Ala.
Hobbies: Playing my XBox 360, racquet-
ball, wallyball
Goals: To finish my bachelor's degree and
achieve master instructor
Favorite thing about your unit: The impact
that our instructors have on the flightline.
Favorite movie: "Napoleon Dynamite"
Favorite book: "Tyrannosaur Canyon" by
Douglas Preston
Pet Peeves: People who say they are
team players but are quick to blame others
for their mistakes.
Proudest moment in the military: Get-
ting an incentive ride in an F-15
The Associate Spotlight is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
a Warrior from one of Tyndall's tenant units.
Supervisors can nominate individuals via their
squadron and group commanders. Award re-
cipients receive a certificate from the wing com-
mander and other items presented by their unit.


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Chief of Military Justice
A staff sergeant was convicted of one
specification of wrongful use of cocaine in a
special court-martial held here Sept. 13. Staff
Sgt. Earl Ellis II, 325th Maintenance Squadron,
pled guilty to violating Article 112a of the
Uniform Code of Military Justice before a
military judge, admitting to using cocaine in
March.
After testing positive during a random
urinalysis, the former staff sergeant admitted to
snorting two lines of cocaine. After reviewing
documentary evidence, taking testimony from
a witness who testified on behalf of Sergeant
Ellis, and hearing arguments from both the
government and the defense counsel, the judge
returned a sentence offourmonths confinement,
reduction to senior airman, and a reprimand.
"This Airman's conviction serves as a
reminder that drug use is unlawful, regardless
of how many stripes you have on your sleeve or
the rank you have on your shoulders," said Capt.
Ezra Glanzer, Base Legal Office assistant staff
judge advocate. "The fact that this individual
was a staff sergeant did not make his crime less
serious. It made it much more serious, as he was
expected to set an example for other airmen."
In 2005, there were 497 convictions Air
Force wide for wrongful drug use, including
87 convictions in Air Education and Training
Command and five convictions here.
To date in 2006, there have been 281
convictions in the Air Force for drug use,
to include 66 convictions in AETC and five
convictions here. These numbers illustrate
the effectiveness of the Air Force urinalysis
program and the fact that wrongful drug use
will not be tolerated in the military. This
former sergeant was the fifth individual here to
be convicted and sentenced to jail based upon a
positive urinalysis this year.

The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
Airman 1st Class Rudy Martinez
325th Air Control Squadron
pilot simulator technician






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T"V#4 &UoG"


Intelligence students get smart on AF Special Ops


i S g I


RALPH WADE
Intelligence Formal Training Unit Instructor
Knowing your enemy is age-old
advice. But in today's battle space,
maintaining information superiority is
critical to mission success. Determining
threats in an often blurred, undefined
battle space is the one mission every
special operations intelligence trainee
seeks to accomplish.
The Air Force Special Operations
Command Intelligence Formal Training
Unit is a course conducted at Hurlburt
Field, Fla. The training unit at Hurlburt
Field is identified as Operating Location-
B, and is subordinate to the 325th Fighter
Wing here.
"The purpose oftheAFSOC IFTU isto
bridge the gap between the intelligence
skills taught at basic intelligence school,
and those skills needed to successfully
support the special operations war
fighter," said Maj. Kenneth Cushing,
commander of Operating Location-B.
"The intelligence training mission is to
provide initial qualification training to
both officer and enlisted intelligence
personnel, which will prepare them
to provide immediate support to an
operational special operations unit."
Graduates are nearly mission-ready
when they complete the course, saving
significant mission qualification time upon
arrival at their gaining units, he said.
"The AFSOC IFTU training satisfies
all of the special operations intelligence
mission-essentialtasks," saidMaster Sgt.
Jason Olszewski, Operating Location-
B superintendent. "The training
syllabus covers topics like intelligence
requirements determination, research
and review of intelligence data, data
analysis and dissemination, intelligence
debriefing and reporting, evasion and
recovery planning and information
operations."
The four-week course is anything but
a vacation on the sunny beaches of the
Gulf of Mexico. Students complete more
than 166 hours of academics, testing,
practical exercises and presentations.
They also receive familiarization tours
of various special operations aircraft
such as the AC-130 Gunship, MC-130
Talon, EC-130 Commando Solo and the
MH-53 Pave Low helicopter.
Some graduates will arrive to their
opertional units and receive additional
mission-specifictraining, butmost deploy


almost immediately
to support special
operations teams on
the front line engaged
in the Global War on
Terror.
Eight classes
graduate annually, and
each class consists of
twelve students. The
demographics of each
class are diverse, with
students ranging in
rank and experience
level.
"Officers between
the rank of second
lieutenant and
major make up
approximately 60-70
percent of the annual
class demographics,"
said Major Cushing.
"The enlisted
ranks attending the
class are normally
between airman
first class and senior
master sergeant."
While the course


John Smith
First Lt. Steve Skipper (center) and Capt. Den-
ny Landes (right) are briefed on the 40MM Bo-
fors cannon by an AC-130 Gunship electronic
warfare officer while attending the special op-
erations intelligence training course at Hurlburt
Field, Fla.


is specifically designed to train
intelligence specialists to support
special operations aircrews and
Special Tactics units, other commands
such as Air Combat Command, Pacific
Air Forces and United States Air
Forces Europe, all request slots in the
course to train their rescue personnel.
John Smith, a retired Air Force
pararescue specialist, teaches the
Combat Search and Rescue portion of
the course. He also conducts Code of
Conduct Level-B training.
"I live vicariously through each and
every student that comes through the
class," said Mr. Smith, who continues to
support the special operations mission
as an instructor.
Col. Roy Horton, AFSOC director
of intelligence, surveillance and
reconnaissance, supports the course
through funding and personal
involvement. Because he understands
the importance of world-class training,
Colonel Horton directs five highly-
qualified instructors to conduct the
course through instruction, courseware
development and subject matter
expertise.


Intelligence trainees at Hurlburt
Field agree that the specialized
training they receive through AFSOC
only compounds the knowledge and
experience they already possess, adding
a level of expertise that will directly
benefit our current war fighting effort.
"The AFSOC IFTU course has
covered many topics I previously had
little knowledge of, which support my
mission as a HH-60 Pave Hawk Combat
Search and Rescue intelligence officer,"
said Capt. Denny Landes, an AFSOC
IFTU trainee. "I'm very happy to have
had the opportunity to attend and get a
broad picture of the different AFSOC
missions, aircraft and other pertinent
topics that tie together all of the 'low
and slow' Air Force and joint missions
to support."
Whether the AFSOC intelligence
trainees return to their home base
following training or deploy to the front
lines, they all move forward with the
same imperative mission: Providing
actionable intelligence tailored to the
needs of U.S. special operations forces
and our allies during the ongoing Global
War on Terror.


What is the most important
lesson you want your stu-
dents to learn at the NCO
Academy?

"The most important is getting
to know your people. If you get
to know folks you will increase
production and be able to help them
with their problems."

MASTER SGT. CLFF KINCHEN
NCOA leadership division supervisor


Congratulations
to Mission
Ready Airmen


graduates of
Classes 2006-
0705 and 2006-0706
from the 372nd Training
Squadron/Detachment 4!


II


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To learn about becoming
a member of the Tyndall
Honor Guard,
call 283-4405.


Oct. 6, 2006




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- Airmen sweat out the end of fiscal gear 2006




S.. .- -. *&I


Tracy Alvey, 28th Test Evaluation Squadron/Detachment 2,
was the overall winner in tennis.


rlllss y u Lttita
Airmen 1st Class Alexandro F. Alvarado-Young, 325th Maintenance Squadron, succeeds in scoring against the 325th Air Control Squadron while
playing with the 325th Operations Support Squadron.


Staff Sgt. Jerome Christian plays horseshoes for the 325th Communications Squadron.


Master Sgt Michael Jones Lisa
Lisa Norman
The 325th CS tugs their way to victory against the 325th MXS. The 325th Senior Airman Anthony Showers, 325th CS, (middle) charges past
CS was the overall winner of Wingman Day. two other Airmen to win the 100 yard dash.


Isaac Gibson
Staff Sgt. Christopher Buckius, 325th Medical Operations Squadron pushes it during the Check-
ertail Challenge.


Tech. Sgt. Steve Fox shoots the cue ball for the 95th Air-
craft Maintenance Unit after beating the 325th Mainte-
nance Operations Squadron in the first game.


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Oct. 6, 2006


Flightline barber shop closure
The Flightline barber shop will be
closed for renovations until Oct. 12.

Airman's Attic volunteers needed
The Airman and Family Readiness
Flight and Airman's Attic are in need
of volunteers. The Airman's Attic is
open Monday through Friday from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Airman's Attic
is designed to help reduce the cost
of living expenses by providing do-
nated household items or new items
purchased with cash donations to
eligible military members. For more
information, call AFRF at 283-4913
or 283-4204.

Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop is open 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Wednesday Friday. Con-
signments are accepted from all valid
ID card holders 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursdays. For more
information, call 286-5888.

Bonita Bay flea market
The Bonita Bay fall flea market will be
7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 21 inthe Bonita Bay
parking lot and pavilion area. Those
interested in selling items in the flea
market must register for space and
tables by Oct. 15. Used rental equipment
from Outdoor Recreation will also be for
sale. To participate in the event or for more
information, call 283-3199.

GCCC classes
Tyndall's Gulf Coast Community
College center will offer Principles
of Economics Macro 5 p.m. to
7:45 p.m. and Western Civilization
II 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. Monday
and Wednesday starting Oct. 18. The
deadline for withdrawal from these
classes is Oct. 20.

Retiree Appreciation Day
Tyndall will host a Retiree Apprecia-
tion Day Nov. 4. Events include base
mission tours, free health screenings
and Base Exchange and Commissary
specials for retirees. To sign up for the
base tour, call 283-4204.

Embry-Riddle
The Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University Winter 2006 Term


begins Oct. 18. Registration will be
held Oct. 10 -17 at the ERAU office
in the Education Center, Room 48.
For more information, please call
283-4557.

Spouse employment assistance
The The Airman and Family
Readiness Flight's military family
employment specialist is available
from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every
Tuesday and Thursday. They assist
military spouses with job place-
ment and referrals for positions in
the Panama City area, and register
spouses in the workforce employ-
ment system. For more information
or to make an appointment, call
283-4204.

Tyndall health fair
Tyndall will host a health fair
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in Bldg. 662,
room 237. For more information,
contact Bell Ward at 283-8233.


Officers' Spouses Club
The Officers' Spouses Club lun-
cheon will be at 10:30 a.m. Oct. 17
at the Officers' Club. The fall event
will feature pumpkin decorating.
Chicken Waldorf salad or vegetable
lasagna will be served for lunch. The
cost is $10 for members and $12 for
guests. For more information call
Geraldine at 871-1895.

Federal employees health benefits
Open season will be Nov. 13 through
Dec. 11 for FEHB Program enrollees
to change health plans and enroll-
ment. New eligible employees may
also enroll during this time. The new
Federal Employees' Dental and Vi-
sion Insurance Program will be open
for enrollment during this time.
Representatives from Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Florida, the Mail Han-
dler's Benefits Plan, and Government
Employees Hospital Association, will
be present at the health fair to answer
questions about benefits.


Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday,
Chapel Two
Reconciliation, 11 a.m. Friday
Blessed Sacrament Room, Chapel 2
or by appointment
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Chapel Two
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Bldg. 1476
Protestant services
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
Contemporary worship
service, 11 a.m., Chapel Two
Wednesday Fellowship,
5 p.m., Chapel Two
(For more information on other
services in the local area, call the
Chaplain's office at 283-2925.)


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Jumping for CAP

Civil Air Patrol Cadet Irene Ozen is
assisted by a Ranger School instruc-
tor at Fort Benning, Ga., prior to her
initial jump training class. This is one
of many field training events senior
cadets participate in to prepare them-
selves for duties in support of state
and federal organizations.
CAP operates with three distinct mis-
sions: aerospace education, cadet
programs and operations which in-
cludes search and rescue, aerial re-
connaissance for homeland security,
disaster-relief and damage assess-
ment. For information on how to be-
come a member of CAP, call Bill Les-
lie, 283-3950.






Oct. 6, 2006


Gulf Defender


Pig Prog comments on the week of upsets


PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATOR
From the land of Nirvana


Like Lucy pulling the ball from a kicking
Charlie Brown, this was a weekend of close-
calls and upsets.
First, how the heck did Houston beat Miami? I
know the Dolphins barely
have their dorsal above
the water, but losing to
the Texans has to have
them sunk.
Looking at all the
numbers but the score Pi
(17-15), Miami should for'
have went home 2-2.
Instead, Houston's Bufalo
No. 1 draft pick Mario Clevelanc
Williams saved the
Detroit;
day by tipping a 2- Miami:
yard conversion pass St.
attempt by Daunte Ta
Culpepper. The Texans
finally lassoed a "W" Washin
in the win column.
Kansi
Second, feathers flew
as the Bears swatted
down the Seahawks. I
really thought Seattle
would put up a good
fight, but without star
running back Shawn
Alexander, quarterback
Matt Hasselbeck was
forced into a passing game.
That was bad news, apparently, because
Chicago's Ricky Manning Jr. was there to intercept
two passes, taking the Bears to a 37-6 victory.
Starting the season at 4-0 for the first time since
1991, Chicago is showing that they're a team to
contend with.






The mission
T of the Health and
WJpllne's Center is tn


provide nutritional information to
the entire Tyndall community, including active
duty, dependents, retirees, and government
and contract civilians.
They provide a wide range of classes,
commissary tours and education opportunities
as well as participate in health fairs, the base
air show and other activities to get the word
out about healthy eating and living a healthy
lifestyle.
This month the following workshops at the


Finally, to those pickers who envisioned San
Francisco beating the Chiefs ... what were you
thinking?! I think 41-0 is punishment enough
so I won't name names, but they rhyme with
NCOA, 28th TES, 372nd TRS, and 325th
MXS.
Much deserved
congratulations go to
all 325th CES for winning
this week with 11
correct picks. While
most of us managed
s a measly seven, they
e. engineered a near-
perfect list.
Chicago I tried to reach
SCarolina them for comment,
innesota but they're apparently
..En gland 'digging up' more
iinside information.

w Orlean Before I head offto get
lianapolis' an arm chair-quarterback
Y. Giants fuel of corn chips and
.Arizo an brew, I must grudgingly
Aopa apologize to Cornelious
Thompson from 325th
OSS. The Redskins vs.
Jaguars game was pretty
good. Reggie Williams
and Santana Moss made
up an entire highlight
reel just between the
two of them.
So much for a boring match-up. Looks like
I'll be watching the U.S. Olympic synchronized
swimming team during the next Olympics after
all. But I am not showing my team spirit by
wearing a Speedo.
Now, let's get out there and watch some
football!


HAWC provide basic nutrition information
and also have some hands-on activities so
participants can apply the information to their
own lives and eating habits:

*Restaurant Finesse 2 to 3 p.m. Tuesday
*Meal Management 8 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesday
and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 26
*Recipe ReDo 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday
*Sensible Weight 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 17
*Commissary Tour with a nutritionist 8:30 to
10 a.m. Oct. 19
*Eating on the go 10 to 11 a.m. Oct. 23
*Label Appraisal 2 to 3 p.m. Oct. 25

For more information, call the HAWC at
283-3826


Intramural Sports Standings

Flag Football


Team W
SFS 10
AMXS 8
MXS 8
OSS 7
CES 5
COMM 5
Congratulations to
playoffs:


Team
MDG
83rd FWS
ACS
601st 1
372rd TRS


the following teams for making the

325th SFS
325th OSS
325th AMXS
325TH MXS


Golf
Golf finals will be held Tuesday at Pelican Point Golf
Course.
325th CES vs 325 MSS

Bowling


Team
Test
MOS
MSS
Phase 1
RED HORSE
AMXS 2
Services
AMXS 1
CES
AFCESA1
SFS
AFCESA 2
83rd FWS 1
ACS 1
AMMO


Team High Game Scratch
Team High Series Scratch
Team High Game Handicap
Team High Series Handicap
High Male Game Scratch
High Male Series Scratch
High Male Game Handicap
High Male Series Handicap
High Female Game Scratch
High Female Series Scratch
High Female Game Handicap
High Female Series Handicap


Team
AMXS 4
DS2
372nd TRS
ACS 2
83rd FWS 2
43rd AMU
CONS
AFNORTH1
ISRD
AFNORTH 3
Phase 2
MDG
CS 2
CS 1
Bye


DS2
AFNORTH 1
Phase 1
CS 1
Robb Fry
ET Parker
Brent Bean
Snacks Souther
Chong Dodson
Rachel Petri-Rose
Jessica Williams
Tracey Kessler


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Pig Prog Scorebox

CONS 42 Pig Prog 36
MXS 39 ACS 36
1st FS 39 28th TES 36
OSS 39 MDOS 35
CPTS 37 NCOA 35
372nd TRS 37 1st Sgts. 31
CES 37 SFS 29
CS 27
SVS 26
AMXS 25





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The 325th Services Squad- WIl *
ron hosted Oktoberfest
Sept. 30. The annual event
featured German food, music,
exploding pumpkins, a car
show and entertainment for
Tyndall families and guests.



[


Sierra Birge gets a bird's-
eye view from the climbing
wall.


Photos by Lisa Norman
Tech. Sgt. John Oliver, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron explosive ordinance disposal NCO in charge, shows children the
effects of a MK-31 cannon on a pumpkin. The water cannon is used by an F6-A robot to open suspicious packages.


Cole Tabor considers a future career in firefighting
while sitting in a Tyndall fire truck.


Several cars were on display by owners seeking the first place trophy in their
category and the Best in Show trophy during the 7th Annual Tyndall Car, Truck
and Motorcycle show.


Oct. 6, 2006






Gulf Defender Page 15


Forecaster shares love of weather with students


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Rain rains.
Wind blows.
But, who knows what the weather
holds?
Tech. Sgt. Publio Casillas knows.
This rhyme was true to the second
graders of Tyndall Elementary
School when they were visited
by the 325th Operations Support
Squadron weather flight mission
services element NCO in charge.
During a career presentation
Sept. 28, Sergeant Casillas spent his
afternoon answering questions the
students had about weather.
"Some questions were as broad
as, 'What is weather?' and some
were specific like, 'What creates a


tornado?"' said Sergeant Casillas. "Once I answered
all their questions, I tried to touch on weather safety
pertaining to lightning, flash floods and tornadoes.
Many children go out and play on weekends or
afternoons and have no idea how weather can affect
them."
Along with information, the sergeant brought
several pictures to illustrate weather phenomena to
the second graders.
"The pictures showed us what weather looked
like," said Adam Parker, a Tyndall Elementary


Sergeant Casillas answers individual student's questions
after his presentation on weather.


student. "I liked the dust devils, because they look
like tornadoes."
Despite the busy schedule weather forecasters
have during hurricane season, Sergeant Casillas
jumped at the chance to talk to the students.
"I have spoken to children before about weather
and I've enjoyed it every time," he said. "Their
questions are so genuine, and they always surprise
you. The look of thought they have after you answer
their questions as they absorb the knowledge is very
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Oct. 1 effective date forAir Force uniform changes


WASHINGTON (AFPN) Noticeable changes
with the Air Force uniform occurred Oct. 1.
Three changes included doing away with
enlisted shoulder board ranks and introducing a
new physical training uniform and an insignia.
Senior NCOs may now only wear shoulder boards
on the blue sweater.
"We are excited for our enlisted force to return to our
heritage of wearing our stripes on our sleeves," Chief
Master Sgt. of the Air Force Rodney McKinley said.


Airmen will now also have physical training
gear to wear when taking part in group physical
training events or annual fitness tests. Unlike
other uniforms, saluting is not required when
wearing the uniform. Unit commanders can
decide how it will be worn in organized fitness
activities.
The U.S. insignia in a circle will be mandatory wear
on the blue jacket enlisted members wear Jan. 1. The
change reverts back to the traditional insignia.


AAFES Columbus Day Weekend Hours


FACILITY
Main store
MCSS
Shoal point
Class Six
Felix Lake
Service station
Charley's
Anthony's
Robin Hood
Burger King
Cool Beanz Coffee
Barber shop
Barber (flightline)
Beauty shop
Dry Cleaning
Alterations
Optical shop
GNC
Cell n' Acessories
Smoothie Zone


Oct. 7
9 a.m. 7 p.m.
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
lla.m. 6 p.m.
8 a.m. 10 p.m.
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
9 a.m. 5 p.m.
lla.m. 5 p.m.
lla.m. 5 p.m.
Closed
7 a.m. 8 p.m.
Closed
9 a.m. 5 p.m.
Closed
10 a.m. 4 p.m.
Closed
Closed
9:30 a.m. 5:30 p.m.
9 a.m. 6 p.m.
9 a.m. 5:30 p.m
Closed


Oct. 8
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
Closed
11 a.m. 6 p.m.
10 a.m. 6 p.m.
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
Closed
Closed
11 a.m. 4 p.m.
Closed
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
Closed
11 a.m. 4 p.m.
Closed
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10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Closed
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Oct. 9
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
Closed
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10 a.m. 5 p.m.
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
Closed
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satisfying."
Some questions asked by the children provided
comic relief during the presentation.
"The student who sticks out so clearly was a
particular little boy and his question. It wasn't the
wording of his question. But that once he had my
attention, he wanted to get in every question he had
built up along with a few anecdotes of his own,"
said Sergeant Casillas. "He was so sincere in his
question asking, and so focused, he blocked out
everything else including the teacher telling him his
turn was over."
"It is times like this I wish I could answer
every question," he continued. "To children, these
questions are important, and they are very inquisitive
about the world at this age."
But even the comical moments of the presentation
provided a learning experience for the students.
"I learned that a fire storm is really a storm," said
Wyatt Kerby-Sanders, a second grader who likes to
read books about fire.
"I hope they learned that weather forecasting and
observing are fun," said Sergeant Casillas. "Also,
I hope they learn that although weather sometimes
means just putting on a coat or taking an umbrella
with you to school, it can also change your life in
the blink of an eye."
Another lesson learned that day was military
people are just that people. Military speakers
convey this lesson every time they give a speech
in public.
"Our mission here is to train," said Sergeant
Casillas. "I think talking and getting involved
with the community helps people understand
that we are not all 'gung-ho warriors' looking
for a fight," he continued. "Instead, we are sons,
daughters, fathers and mothers helping to preserve
our way of life by doing our little part to protect
the country and our families. It is essential that
people realize, despite what we hear on the news,
that we are responsible for our own security. By
showing people who we are and how we operate,
we inspire others to either join or take seriously
what we do to protect our country."





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