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Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts

Daylight-saving time
Don't forget to turn
clocks back one hour at
2 a.m. Sunday morning.

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

Pro-org fair
Tyndall's professional
organizations will host
a fair 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Nov. 3 at Heritage Park.
Display booths will pro-
vide information about
Tyndall's Active Airmen
Association, Focus 56,
Top 3, Air Force Ser-
geants Association, Chiefs
Group, First Sergeants
Council and Company
Grade Officers' Council.
Free burgers and brats will
be served.

Red Ribbon Week starts
... PAGE 8
Last part of energy se-
ries ... PAGE 14
Youth 'deploy' for Opera-
tion Purple... PAGES 11-12

Lisa Norman
To the rescue
Staff Sergeants Lyndon Remedio, Tyndall firefighter, and Michael Pemberton, 325th Security Forces
Squadron patrolman, assess the damage after an accident closed down traffic lanes in front of Tyndall's
main gate Oct. 18 during morning rush hour. Since Oct. 1, there have been 11 motor vehicle accidents
ranging from minor incidents in parking lots to major vehicle accidents. Drivers are asked to be careful
on the road ways and obey all traffic laws.

Phantom II Society tour experiences tragedy

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
A tragic Oct. 19 motor vehicle accident
that ended two lives on Eglin AFB sent
shock waves of grief throughout the
Tyndall community.
"On behalf of all the men and women
of the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group,
out deepest condolences, thoughts and
prayers go out to the families, friends and
colleagues of those effected by the tragic
events that occurred during the 2006
Phantom II Conference," said Col. Mike
Winslow, 53rd WEG commander.
Airman Brett Jakubowski of the 96th
Surgical Operations Squadron at Eglin and
Mark Birke, an F-4 Phantom II Society
member who was on a tour with the 53rd

Weapons Group, were killed as a result
of accident injuries. Another tour group
member was injured.
The tour group consisted of members of
the F-4 Phantom II Society, a non-profit,
California-based organization dedicated
to the preservation and history of the
McDonnell Douglas F-4 Aircraft.
A Gulf Defender article was written
about the first two days of the society's
conference here.
"While we are in great grief, it is our
belief that Mr. Birke and his father, Charles,
would have wanted the article written about
our tour to run, as is," said Bob Kay, F-4
Phantom II Society president. "We believe
the essence of what our organization is
truly about, a group of more than aviation

enthusiasts, was covered (in that article)."
The following article, written Oct. 18,
is about the 107 F-4 Phantom fans who
visited the 82ndAerial Target Squadron's
drone runway Tuesday as part of its
annual PhanCon tour:
"It's neat to see the incredible following
this aircraft has," said Lt. Col. Anthony
Murphy, 53rd WEG, in his welcoming
speech to the audience who came to
Panama City from around the world to
visit his group's facilities.
"It's all about legacy," said Mr. Kay,
the society's president and retired Air
Force lieutenant colonel who still flies the
F-4 as an employee of the company that
turns the aircraft into drones.

Trst Temok Tranin

Vol. 65, No. 42

Oct. 27, 2006


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Gulf Defender

Gator aid

An alligator basking in the sun is spotted by golfers on Pelican Point
Golf Course Oct. 20. Warning signs posted around Tyndall inform
people to be cautious around base wildlife. For more information,
contact Natural Resources at 283-2641.

eltnti fy this..

Can you identify this
object? If so, send an
e-mail to editor@tyndall. with "Identify this"
in the subject line.
Three correct entries will
be chosen at random and
drawn from a hat to deter-
mine the final winner. The
prize can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office. No
one correctly guessed the
"Identify This" for Oct. 20.
Since it was so difficult we
may run it again in a future
issue of the Gulf Defender.
Better luck next time!

Oct. 13, 2006

What was your favorite Halloween

costume when you were a child?

"I liked my E.T.
short, so it made
like him."

Youth Center

costume. I was
me really look

"I liked dressing as the Incredible
Hulk. I was small and it was nice to
be big for a change."

2nd Fighter Squadron

"My favorite costume was a ghost-
buster. I thought it was cool and I
liked the movie."

1st Fighter Squadron

"I was Aunt Jemima one year. I re-
ally liked pancakes."

325th Air Control Squadron

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
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga.............................. ........editor
1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell......................................... staff writer
Airm an G lenn M oore ........................... ...................staff w riter

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
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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Setting a unit path through leadership, proud vision

Tyndall Equal Opportunity program director
How do leaders do the path finding that leads to vision,
value, and stability?
The answer is relatively simple: By finding a way to
give the organization a sense of pride.
Path finding starts with leadership, but it is not just the
job ofa small group at the top. Habits are comfortable, and
so is, probably, your office. It's cozy there, behind your
desk, in your niche on the organizational ladder, in meet-
ings with group oflikeminded, congenial colleagues. It's
a support base, and we all need that, not only to get things
done but in some larger sense to keep us all sane.
Now, let's add to that the comfort of your internal du-
ties. There are those people reporting to you; they need
a piece of your time. The boss (you hope) needs a piece
of your time. Then there are papers to process, email to
read, meetings to attend and so on.
Without ever intending it, your preoccupation with
internal affairs, regardless of your position, can take up
your whole work day and still leave you feeling that the
day's work is never done.
Result? Office isolation. You become an island
amongst your co-workers. The best way to avoid that
loss of touch with reality is to ensure the habitat of the
leader's office is infused with the real world.

Because of de-layering, reductions in the number
employees on staff and radical decentralization, people at
almost every level are finding they have more freedom and
more flexibility. But with freedom comes the responsibility
for choice. Like it or not, leaders at all levels are becoming
the renewers, the planners and the strategists. Whatthey do
collectively will affectthe destiny ofan organization almost
as much as the decisions made by top leadership.
If you stop to think about it, how many books,
seminars, courses and successful people have for years
talked about things people can do to make themselves
successful leaders? Never mind your own beliefs. If you
do certain things, you are going to be a successful leader.
Leadership has to come from the top, but it's a kind of
leadership that creates the environment. It's the kind of
leadership that nurtures, nudges, supports and inspires
people everywhere in the organization. At some very
important level, it is counting on the totality of individual
initiative. Good leaders never pretend to know all the
answers; they rely on others to share their expertise. So
stop worrying about looking dumb, out of control, and
"not really in charge" to those who report to you.
First of all, you probably already look that way.
Second, your role as a good leader is a galvanizer and a
catalyst, not a roadblock. Micromanagers strangle ini-
tiative. By managing boundaries, you maintain control

over what matters most outcome.
Start with the attitudes of the people who report to
you. Do they feel as ifthey're part ofa winning team? If
not, figure out why. They may feel insecure about their
ability and what is expected of them, or the team may
have an embarrassing track record looming in the not so
distant past. Their shaky self-concepts may mirror the
way you have been treating them.
Counteract uncertainty. Hang your aspirations on the
wall. Create high standards for achievement, and let
people know you believe they can live up to them. Give
your people a little courage to test their limits. Think
Pygmalion. People succeed if someone they respect
thinks they can. Expect people to be trustworthy and
competent, and they will be.
Consider this: failure is not an absolute; it's a mind-set.
Your program for making a top priority happen ought to
include ways you can show that it is your priority. One
of the best approaches is to spend a lot of your time on it.
Everybody knows yourtime is scarce resource. Ifthey see
you investing time in a priority, they will too. A successful
leader can use causes and commitments to forge a common
bond among the diverse people who work for them.
Continually examine the causes and commitments
that engage you,and the ones you ask of your employees,
to ensure their basic worth, humanity and integrity.

Take on leadership, hone your skills, don't just follow

325th Medical Group superintendent
Have you ever noticed there seems to
be a very small group of people within
your unit getting most of the attention and
awards? If you have, you also probably
noticed these people are the ones stepping
up to tackle the major projects or issues.
They are also the ones, time and time
again, who are out in the community, busy
in professional organizations and getting

Action Line
Call 283-2255

325th Fighter Wing commander

involved wherever leadership is needed.
Do these people have secrets on
leadership they keep to themselves? Do
they have an exclusive membership in a
leadership club? Well, the answer is no to
both of these questions.
They simply know the Air Force needs
leaders and have overcome the fear of
possible failure. They also know the
Air Force is becoming smaller and their
involvement becomes more crucial every

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

day. They realize continuous leadership
gets you promoted, whereas continuous
followership just gets you a paycheck.
There is no magical recipe or checklist
to become a leader in your unit. If you
look at all the leadership philosophies
we are exposed to during professional
military training, you will see an obvious
agreement among the authors. There are
no true "bor" leaders. Leadership is a
skill you learn. You learn by watching

problem, call me at 283-2255.
For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
Wing Inspector General's Office,
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

others, reading, asking questions and most
importantly, by performing as a leader,
through practice.
By serving in the military service,
regardless whether it is in the Air Force,
Army, Marines or Navy, you are afforded
opportunities far surpassing anything
you might receive in the civilian sector.
Just take a look at your high school
or college buddies and compare your

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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Maj. Gen. M. Scott
Mayes enjoys a
traditional dous-
ing by 1st Air
Force members
following his final
F-15 flight here
Tuesday. General
Mayes has flown
fighters for more
than 35 years, ac-
cumulating more
than 5,000 hours
in T-38s, F-4s,
F-16s & F-15s. He
retires Wednes-
day after more
than 36 years of
Air Force service.

Mike Strickler

Oct. 13, 2006

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New commander set to lead First Air Force

Maj. Gen. Henry Morrow will
take command of First Air Force,
Air Forces Northern, and the
Continental United States NORAD
Region at a change of command
ceremony here Wednesday.
Currently the National Guard
Assistant to the Commander, North
American Aerospace Defense
Command, General Morrow comes
to Tyndall with more than 28 years
service in the United States Air
Force. He has served tours in
the United Kingdom, Germany,
and Qatar, where he directed the
Combined Air Operations Center
for U.S. Central Command Air

Forces. He is a combat veteran
and command pilot with more than
3,000 flying hours in trainer and
fighter aircraft.
As commander of FirstAir Force
and the Continental U.S. NORAD
Region, General Morrow will
assume responsibility for the air
sovereignty and air defense of the
continental United States, Virgin
Islands and Puerto Rico. He will
direct and coordinate the efforts
of the Combined Air Operations
Center here and its geographically
separated defense sectors and
fighter wings. First Air Force
plans, conducts, controls, and

coordinates all Air Force forces
General Morrow replaces Maj.
Gen. M. Scott Mayes, who is retiring
Nov. 1 after more than 36 years
in uniform. General Mayes has
served as First Air Force and CONR
commander since October 2004.
Admiral Timothy Keating,
NORAD and U.S. Northern
Command commander, and
General Ronald Keys, Air Combat
Command commander, will
officiate at the ceremony.
(Courtesy ofAFNORTH Public

My Biz, Workplace available to personnel

On May 5, the deputy
undersecretary of defense
announced the launch of a
new feature in the Defense
Civilian Personnel Data
System, Self-Service Hu-
man Resources for employ-
ees and managers.
These new modules
give employees and man-
agers secure, real-time,

on-line access to personnel
information, at any time,
from their workstations.
Employees use My Biz to
get access to view person-
nel information including
appointment, position,
personal, salary, benefits,
awards and bonuses, and
performance. In addition,
certain personal informa-

tion can be updated.
My Workplace module
brings key information
about personnel together
in one place, streamlin-
ing the human resources
decision making process
and enabling managers
and supervisors to balance
managerial tasks with day-
to-day demands more eas-

ily. My Workplace helps
to make budget decisions,
staffing plans and work
For more information,
contact Giles Sanchez at
the 325th Mission Support
Squadron civilian person-
nel flight at 283-8202.
(Courtesy of the 325th
MSS Civilian Personnel)

Oct. 13, 2006

Page 8 Gulf Defender

Tyndall kicks off Red Ribbon Week

Drug Demand Reduction Program
Team Tyndall spent the
week getting the word out
about the dangers of illicit
drug use during the annual
Red Ribbon Campaign, which
runs Oct. 23 31.
This year's theme for Red
Ribbon Week, "United Against
Drugs," focuses on educating
individuals, families and
communities on the destructive
effects of drugs and the
positive alternative life choices
that are available to youth,
said Department of Defense
"Here at Tyndall, we saw an
opportunity not only to enforce
policy with demand reduction
efforts, but also to educate our
community through programs
like the Red Ribbon Campaign,"
said Lt. Col. Douglas Howard,
325th Medical Operations
Squadron commander.
The Child Development
Center and Youth Center here

were visited by McGruff, the
Crime Dog, and his team to
help pass along the information
that drugs are not acceptable
The Air Force maintains a
"zero-tolerance" policy. Red
Ribbon Week provides an
opportunity to renew personal
commitments to a healthy
and drug-free lifestyle and to
show support for education
and prevention efforts in our
schools and communities.
Drug abuse is a major
public health issue in the U.S.,
and threatens the military's
combat readiness posture and
mission accomplishment.
"We can avert many
tragedies in terms of shattered
lives and careers, disease and
death by educating people
on the dangers of substance
abuse of all types legal and
illegal," said Colonel Howard.
"The 325th Medical Group
can assist in a variety of ways
through education, counseling
and treatment for eligible

Tyndall's Drug Demand
Reduction Program is the
sponsor of this year's "United
Against Drugs" Red Ribbon
Campaign on base. Throughout
the year, health professionals
conduct approximately 4,000
drug tests utilizing a computer-
generated random system.
Tests are conducted eight days
a month, and samples are
shipped tests to Brooks City
Base, Texas, to be analyzed.
Positive results are reviewed
by physicians here to determine
if the findings are excused or
inexcusable. Fewer than one
percent of cases where samples
result in a positive test can not
be explained by a legitimate
"That's a good thing, but
we'd like it to be zero in
accordance with policy," said
Colonel Howard. "The Air
Force has made great strides
in reducing the use of illicit
drugs because of the demand

reduction program. It
gives commanders
the information
necessary to discharge
individuals who refuse
to follow the rules."
Knowing this,
everyone on base
involved with this
process gets out and
spreads the "don't
do drugs" message
year-round in effort to
prevent drug use. To
reach individuals with
this message, Tyndall
has a dedicated team
of first sergeants,
commanders, security
forces, fire fighters, McG
Civil Air Patrol De'M
cadet volunteers, Parks
Air Force Office of Child
Special Investigations
agents, staff judge advocate
representatives, DoD civilians
and Life Skills and Drug
Demand Reduction staff.
Red Ribbon Week originated

uff the Crime Dog, meets
orye May, left, and Damien
,right, in theirclassroom atthe
Development Center Tuesday.

as a tribute to Special Agent
Enrique "Kiki" S. Camarena
of the Drug Enforcement
Administration, said DoD

Staff Sgt. Barbara F

1stLt Amanda Ferrell
Sergeant Figueroa receives the Checkertail Sa-
lute Warrior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. Tod
Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander.
Sergeant Figueroa, 325th Mission Support Group, has renovated
her unit's additional duty program making operations in her section
more efficient and productive. She coordinated two commander's
calls and revamped staffmeetings. She also coordinated more than
$20,000 in end-of-year purchases for needed items.


Duty title: NCO in charge of the 325th Mis-
sion Support Group command section
Hometown: Niceville, Fla.
Time on station: Eight months
Time in service: Four years, two
Hobbies: Spending time with my family
and taking walks on the beach
Goals: Obtaining a Community College
of the Air Force and bachelor's degree
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The beaches
Favorite movie: "Shawshank Redemption"
Proudest moment in the military: Re-
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive
a certificate, letter from the commander and a
one-day pass.

Congratulations to Tyndall's
NCO Academy Graduates
(The following technical sergeants
graduated Oct. 19.)

Randy Bagwell
Andrew Blake
Jack Chastain
Philip Couch
Robert Edwards
Joseph Goines
Raymond Kubeczk
Ralph Moseley
Robert Osbor
Frederick Reasner,
Scott Rogan
Eric Sanders
Tobin Winebrenner
Gregg Wozniak
James Zumwal

325th AMXS
325th AMXS
325th AMXS
325th AMXS
325th MSS
325th AMXS
a 325th SFS
325th MXG
325th MXG
Jr. 325th AMXS
325th AMXS
325th MXS
325th SVS
325th AMXS

Distinguished Graduate
Robert Vensel 342nd TRS/Det 2

"M& J&%& W&%~wM 5"


Oct. 13, 2006

Oct. 13, 2006


Patch work boosts student morale

Gulf Defender Page 9

Tranin Spotli

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Creativity designs it, morale
upholds it, determination drives it
and pride molds it.
Designing a class patch is an
important tool to unify the classes.
It brings classes together to build
camaraderie and separates them from
other classes at the 325th Air Control
"It's a pride and morale booster,"
said 2nd Lt. Kevin Peel, 325th ACS
air battle manager student in class
07003. "It distinguishes each class
from one another."
"We designed our patch to represent
each area that we cover," said 2nd
Lt. Theresa Esparza, 325th ACS
ABM student in class 07003. "The
E-3 Airborne Warning and Control
System radome and phased-array
radar represents the different things
we do in the air and the spear on the
patch is for our guys on the ground."
While most class mottos describe
the class itself, class 07003 decided
to use what keeps them motivated.
"Our class put, 'There's always
one' on our patch," said 2nd Lt.
Nathan Jurgens, ABM student in
class 07003. "It means there's always
one threat out there or one of our
Ground Control Intercept brethren

Second Lt. Peel reviews sectors on a map with his class. The in-
sert is a close up of his class patch.

Although class 07003 went with
the traditional shape of a class badge,
some classes venture off the beaten
path and create something a little
"Most patches are round or
square, but ours is a straight cut out
of a monkey, which we got from an
analogy that we use," said 2nd Lt.
Rolando Perez, a student in class
07004. "We chose blue and gold as

2nd Lt. Ronaldo Perez is training for Air Battle Manager using the
325th Fighter Wing mission planning system. The inset is a close
up of the patch his class designed.

the color because it represents the
325th ACS, 325th Fighter Wing, and
Air Education and Training Command
"Also, we focused on our three
main ABM divisions and used each
for icons," said Lieutenant Perez.
"We thought that because AWACS
was the main focus of our trading
that we should use the radome."
"We also used the 'Scope Monkey'
analogy and above we placed the
E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack
Radar System emblem to represent
the newer platform, helping our 'boys
in green' get it done in the air and
more importantly, on the ground," he
These 'boys' are Soldiers.
The JSTARS' primary mission
is to provide theater ground and
air commanders with ground
surveillance to support attack
operations and targeting that
contributes to the delay, disruption
and destruction of enemy forces.
"The last piece we had to decide
on for our patch was our motto," said
Lieutenant Perez. "We decided to put
'Just Screwing Around' on our patch
because it explains how we work on
equipment. It also shows how our
class can think outside of the box."
"Our class really had a great time
creating our patch," said Lieutenant
Perez. "We hope our patch reflected
our class spirit while at the same time
was able to build on tradition."

How is the Airfield Opera-
tions Officer Training Pro-
gram adapting to current
operations and deployment
"Upcoming changes to Airfield
Operations Officer training will in-
corporate two years of deployment
experience and training with the Air
National Guard, which will betterpre-
pare airfield managers and air traffic
controllers for combat operations."

9 Congratulations
to Mission
6 Ready Airmen
fl / graduates of
2006-079 and 2006-
059 from the 372nd Training
Squadron/Detachment 4!

Photo illustration by Staff Sgt John Zellers

Page 10 Gulf Defender


'Duty'at 4-H Camp completed, friends made, fun had

Janet Pslkoglos
Neese Johnson, Alexandria Bannister, Ashley Stevers and Jasmine Bell enjoy their time
together at Operation Purple.

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Off they went into the wild purple
Approximately 60 children "de-
ployed" from Tyndall's Youth Center
in support of Operation Purple Oct. 12-
15 at Camp Cherry in Madison, Fla.
I think both the youth and their
parents have benefited from this
camping trip," said Alma Hooks,
Youth Center director. "The youth
experienced similar things their par-
ents go through during deployment
like waiting in the processing line,
long traveling, non-standard hous-
ing and facilities. The parents got a
feel of being left behind while their
sons/daughters went off to camp."
Thanks to an Air Force Services
grant acquired by Ms. Hooks and a
partnership with the University of
Florida/IFAS Bay County 4-H orga-
nization, the center was able to offer
the program to children ages 9 and
"It was a joint effort," said Paula

Davis, 4-H youth development agent.
"This camp was different from our
usual camp-outs here. There was a
deployment line, a welcome home
ceremony and special classes offered
to talk about time management, how
to deal with stress and deployment
Youth dragged bags and pillows
through the deployment line, re-
ceived physical (lice checks), ob-
tained identifications and were as-
signed a camp counselor. Parents
received hero packs before the youth
departed Oct. 12 from base.
Camp counselors were teen-age
volunteers who are also base youth.
The staff consisted of Cherry Lake,
TAFB Youth Center, and 4-H per-
"We kept an eye on them," said
Michael Williams, who volunteered
to be a counselor through the Youth
Center following advice from his
With orders requesting that chil-
dren "report" to duty, Korri Reese

felt like she was
really heading
"I understand
how my parents
feel now, but I
didn't get to fly on
an airplane to get
there," she said.
Alison Rowland
didn't know what
to expect during
her "deployment,"
but she had a list
of what youth were
supposed to do and
figured that's what
she would do.
Archery, fishing,
swimming, canoe-
ing, outdoor cook-
ing, story telling,
crafts and more
were on the list of
events 4-H planned
for the children.
Teamwork was es-
sential for every

"You have to use teamwork to sur-
vive," said Kaila Kinchen.
And when a rule wasn't followed,
the whole team was punished.
"We had to raise the flag in our pa-

Janet Ps
Kaila creates stained glass art durir
class during Operation Purple.

jamas because
we got up late,"
said Madison
Starting the
day with flag
raising, and
ending the day
with a campfire
combined the
ideals of patrio-
tism and cama-
raderie. Youth
learned about
both in story-
telling lessons Michael helps load
that addressed tion Purple with K
war and re- volunteer.
specting diver-
sity. The counselors conducted a flag
retirement ceremony for campers at
the final campfire.
Aidan Payette also went to Opera-
tion Purple to meet new friends and
expected it to be lots of fun.
The 4-H organization's goal set for
military children is just that giv-
ing these children an opportunity to
connect with others in similar situ-
Military children are identified
as children living in unique family
environment where mom or dad or
guardian could be called to serve
miles away for up to a year at
a time.
With a support structure on
the move, military children
need to discover a back-up
plan and find healthy ways to
"We hope children will feel
reassured that things are taken
care of at home when their
parent deploys," said Dr. Da-
vis. "Also, we hope they got a
broader respect for our natural
environment and the benefits
of home luxuries."
Luxuries lost during "de-
ployment" at Camp Cherry
were family, TV, pets, toys,
showers and a warm bedroom.
ikogios "There weren't showers like
ng a
at home. Spiders sit on the

unrissy uulttia
I luggage on a truck bound for Opera-
en Rudisill, University of Florida 4-H

Janet Pslkoglos
Korri learns how to fold the U. S.
flag with help from James Dobbins,
camp counselor. During Operation
Purple, youth learned how to con-
duct a retreat ceremony and retire
the flag.
wall. I had to hurry up and get out
fast," said Kaila.
Mornings were cold at 7 a.m.
when the children woke up for their
day full of activities that ended with
lights out at 11 p.m.
In the end, everyone was happy to
be home but also willing to go back
to camp another time.
"I felt happy to be home," said
Madison about seeing her fam-
ily with "welcome home" signs, an
American flag and her dog at the
Youth Center when the bus arrived
Sunday night.

Keala Worfel, Justin Crawford and Jalin Rodgers learn teamwork while trying to balance a canoe in the lake at
Camp Cherry.

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Guuz Guiw:

Oct. 13, 2006

RAO now open daily
The Retiree Activities Office pro-
vides a source of information for the
retiree community about pay and
entitlements, vehicle registration,
identification cards and more. Office
hours are from 9 a.m. to noon. Monday
through Friday.
Volunteers work as many or as few
hours per week as they desire. For
more information or to volunteer, call
283-2737, ore-mail miao ndll afmil

Tyndall clinic closed Nov. 10
Tyndall's clinic will be closed
Nov. 10. This includes all pharmacy,
radiology and laboratory services.
For Prime beneficiaries enrolled at
Tyndall, contact the on-call Primary
Care Manager at 283-2778 for
urgent care needs during this one-
day closure. If a medical need risks
life, limb or eyesight, proceed to the
nearest emergency room.

Federal employees health benefits
Because open season for federal
employees health benefits is Nov. 13
through Dec. 11, Tyndall will host
a health fair 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 14 in
Bldg. 662, room 237.
Representatives from Blue Cross
Blue Shield of Florida, the Mail Han-
dlers Benefits Plan and Government
Employees Hospital Association will
be present at the health fair to answer
questions concerning federal employ-
ee's health benefits.
During open season, FEHB Pro-
gram enrollees can change health
plans and enrollment. New eligible
employees may also enroll during
this time.
The new Federal Employees'
Dental and Vision Insurance Program
will be available to eligible federal
employees, retirees, and their fam-
ily members for enrollment during
this time. Coverage will be effective
Dec. 31.
For more information, contact Bell
Ward at 283-8233.

GCCC announcements
The next placement test for Gulf Coast
Community College is 1 p.m. Nov. 8.
GCCC will be closed Nov. 10, at all lo-
cations in observance of Veterans Day.

Tyndall Center registration begins Nov.
15 for Spring classes that begins Jan. 4.
The deadline to apply for Fall
graduation is Nov. 17.
Applications are available on-line
under Web Registration-Forms. For
more information, call 283-4332.

Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop is open 9:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday.
They will also be open 9 a.m. to noon
Nov. 4. There are special sales all
over the store.
Today is the last day Fall and Hal-
loween Decor will be accepted for
consignment. Holiday decor will be
accepted through Nov. 17.
Only winter clothing is being ac-
cepted for consignment. For more
information, call 286-5888 during
business hours.

AAFES Gift Cards
Gift cards are available for purchase
at the base exchange. The patriotically

inspired cards, available in red, white
and blue, can be used the same as
cash at Army & Air Force Exchange
Service facilities around the world.
To find out more about the AAFES
Gift Card, see any Tyndall exchange
cashier, go online to
or call (888) 481-1550.

PCS workshop
The next Smooth Move Permanent
Change of Station Workshop will be
held 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 8 in Bldg. 743.
This is a voluntary workshop designed to
assist military and civilian members and
their families as they prepare for a PCS.
To sign up for the workshop, please call

HAWC food demo
The Health and Wellness Center
will be having a food demo titled
"Tantalize your Taste Buddies" at
noon Nov. 3. All are invited and wel-
come for a free lunch. Call the HAWC
at 283-3826 to sign up.

Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Chapel Two
Reconciliation, 11 a.m. Friday
or by appointment
Chapel 2
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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Clownin' around

Sharon Palmer, otherwise known as "Pepper," right, makes balloon art for youth at the Fall Festival
Oct. 20 at the Youth Center. The annual festival featured games, face painting, food, pony rides, a
chance to dress in costume and a haunted house built by teenage members of the center.

Oct. 13, 2006

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Chip shot
Steve Wiggins chips a shot
for birdie on the 18th hole at
-* the Military Affairs Invitational
S at Pelican Point Golf Course
here, Oct. 20.
Amn Glenn Moore

No baloney about it, Prog will win

County of kings
The National Football League playoffs ... for some
teams this was a goal coming into the season, but now
seems to be slipping from their grasp.
As mid-season arrives, the elite teams and overrated
teams begin to separate

I've come up with a few
good "reasons" Pittsburgh
has run their record to 2-4.
1. Former Steelers
running back Jerome Bettis's
retirement has caused former
teammates to feel they need
to get fat and out of shape for
the game
2. Pittsburgh coach Bill
Cowher just hasn't been
able to stick his chin out as
far since winning the Super

3. Steelers management San Fianiic
wanted to cut budget so they Tamipa Bay
terminated their contract SI. Louis
with NFL referees Indianal)i
Although we can come N Y Jcts
up with some good"reasons" Pittsbug
Pittsburgh lost again, there Da
isn't any that could begin to
explain how Jacksonville
lost to Houston.
The Jaguars were 3-2
coming into the game. Not
a bad record. The two losses were both close and came
against the Redskins and the undefeated Colts. Also, they
beat Dallas and Pittsburgh, who at the time both seemed
like playoff contenders. Just last week the Jaguars blew out
the Jets 41 to zero.
Houston came into the game 1-4. The lone win came
against the Miami Dolphins, who look like a can of tuna
fish than a football team. Their most recent game prior to

Sunday was against Dallas. The Texans were blown out
34-6. Not a great momentum builder if you ask me.
Out of nowhere Houston came Sunday and smoked a
Jaguar defense, which had registered two shut outs already
this season. Houston quarterback David Carr threw for
two touchdowns and rookie running back Wali Lundy
rushed for 93 yards and a
Tyndall I'd have to say Texas
made aprettygood showing,
ing? especially for a team that is
20-50 overall since entering
S' picks the league in 2001.
To someone else who
eek eight: is making a good showing,
the 1st FS continues to
Green Bn: hold the top spot in the
t Cincinnati Pig Prog standings. Their
Ne\ Orleans picker Tami Viskochil must
t Tennessee be feeling good; she is
it Philadelplhia dominating a group of men
Kansas C'il including myself. Others
co at C'hica2o are beginning to panic, but
at N. Giantls I know who will finish the
it San Diego season on top so I'm not
lis at Denll\ cr
t Cle n "I'm surprised," said
t Cleveland *
Sat Oakland Doug Johannes,372ndTRS/
ak d Det. 2 picker. "She must
: Carolna
arolina know a lot about football,
or maybe it's just beginner's
luck. We'll see where they
fall in the standings at the
end of the season."
When I asked him how he expects to win the Super
Prog when he stands in sixth place and is coming off four
correct picks last week all he had was a bunch of baloney.
"There were a lot of upsets this week," said Johannes. "I
just want to make the race closer anyway."
Yeah, we'll just have to wait and see how close the race
is at the end of the season.
Now, let's get out there and watch some football!

Intramural Sports Standings


Phase 1
83rd FWS 1

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

83rd FWS 2
43rd AMU
CS 2
372nd TRS
Phase 2

83rd FWS 1
Gerardo Beltran
E.T. Parker
Chris Flake
Bryan Garnett
Michelle Clements
Chong Dodson
Laura Gurganus
Sharrell Callaway



Pig Prog Scorebox

1st FS 66 MDOS 58
MXS 64 NCOA 58
CONS 63 1st Sgts. 54
Pig Prog 61 CES 54
372nd TRS 59 OSS 54
28th TES 59 ACS 54
CPTS 59 CS 49
SVS 46
SFS 43

Feeling Fit!
Seventy five percent
of Air Force -'"
members rate
their own health
as very good
or excellent.

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Oct. 13, 2006

Eagles cage Tigers at SEMAC regular season opening

The Tyndall Tigers men's varsity
basketball team suffered two defeats
Oct. 21-22 to the Eagles ofEglin AFB
in the opening of the Southeastern
Military Athletic Conference, regular
season play. Final score was Eglin-71,
During the Oct. 21 game, the Tigers
and Eagles played close throughout the
first half until Tyndall went on a mini-
run to take a 6-point lead, 30-24, at the
halftime intermission. In the second half,
the score stayed close throughout until
the Tigers suffered a five minute scor-
ing drought which enabled the Eagles to

take a double digit lead down the stretch
that they would not relinquish as they
connected on clutch free throws to seal
the win.
Melvin Smith led the Tigers in scoring
with a game high 24 points, followed by
JaredAustin and Marqus Armour with 12
points each. Armour also led in rebound-
ing with 14 and Smith led in assists with
6. Eglin's Robert Taylor led the Eagles
in scoring with 19 points. Final score was
Eglin-76, Tyndall-72 in overtime.
During the Oct. 22 game both teams
started slowly before Eglin closed out
the half on a 10-3 run to take a 37-30

advantage at the half In the second half,
the Tigers went on a 16-3 run to take a
46-40 lead with six minutes remaining in
the game. The lead swung back and forth,
until a Smith three-pointer tied the score
at 68-68 with 50 seconds to go.
Both teams had opportunities to score
but failed as the respective defenses tight-
ened up, as the buzzer sounded-sending
the game into overtime. In overtime, the
score stayed even until Tyndall missed
four consecutive free throws in the last
minute of the extra period, while Eglin
converted on four out of five free throws
to seal the hard fought victory.

Armour led the Tigers in scoring
with a game high 19 points, followed by
Austin (18 points), Smith (14 points) and
Markus Manuel (12 points). Armour
again led in rebounding with 11; Smith
and Mike Clair tied in assists four each.
Cornelius Holloway led the Eagles in
scoring with 18 points.
The Tigers will host the MacDill AFB
Falcons of this weekend here their
opening home games of the season. The
game times are 3 p.m. Saturday and noon
Sunday (men only). Formore information
contact the Fitness Center at 283-2631.
(Courtesy of Tyndall Tigers)

Tyndall turns to alternative

energy, added efficiency

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(This is last ofafour-part senr h lghJliilu, energy issues on Tyndall
during October which is Energy Conservation Awareness Month.)
Tyndall has a strong reputation for being at the forefront of many
Air Force training and research initiatives, and current energy systems
supplying power to Tyndall facilities are upholding that standard.
"The Air Force energy plan incorporates a mixture of renewable
energy sources, which supply power to facilities on bases throughout
the Air Force," said Mr. Richard Fillman, Headquarters Air Force
Civil Engineer Support Agency utility rates management expert.
The Air Force began its energy conservation program more than
20 years ago by turning down thermostats, using energy-efficient
lighting and installing better insulation. But years later, the service
has turned to high-tech forms of energy to save money and protect
the environment.
And the Air Force is serious about protecting the environment.
It is now the largest purchaser of renewable power in the federal
government, accounting for 41 percent of all green power purchases by
the federal government, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.
"During the 2005 fiscal year, 11 percent of the total electric energy
consumed by the Air Force was supplied by renewable sources," said
Mr. Fillman. "Thirty-nine percent of that proportion originated from
biomass, 16 percent was from geothermal sources, 38 percent was from
wind and the remainder was from other renewable energy sources."
Beginning as early as 1997, five different facilities and 75 housing
units on base were provided with geothermal power heat pump units,
also known as ground-source heat pumps.
"We currently have geothermal systems installed at the bowling
ally, library, education center, 95th Fighter Squadron and we have a
new system installed at Chapel 1," said Gil Walker, Tyndall energy
and utilities manager.
According to Mr. Walker, heat pumps draw heat energy from the
ground and convert it into usable electric energy. During the summer,
buildings are cooled by transferring the heat from inside to the ground
through a system of coils and wells, and during the winter months,
heat is removed from the ground and transferred into the building.
"Because the ground temperature is relatively constant, the energy
recovered is virtually endless," said Mr. Walker.

A QF-4 drone fleet of reusable full-scale
target drones, modified from the F-4 Phantom
II, is operated and maintained by the 82rd
ATRS. The QF-4 is equipped to carry
electronic and infrared countermeasures to
fully evaluate fighters and weapons flown
and fired against it.
"I hate to see them shot down as scrap
because there is a lot of character in those
planes," said Charles Birke who, like his
dad and uncles, worked at McDonnell
Douglas in St. Louis. "I saw the first one
fly during my teenage years when my
father was a machinist on the F-4, and I
was an employee at Mc Donnell when they
delivered the last one to Korea. I remember
riding on my bike by the fence line of the F-
4 flightline when I was young and thinking,
'Someday I'll be out there working on it.'
Being here is like seeing an old friend."
Many like Mr. Birke had fond memories
of the aircraft when it was the primary
fighter-bomber aircraft in the Air Force
during the 1960s and 1970s. All visitors
learned how modifying this aircraft into
a remotely controlled target makes it an
essential part of the Air Force mission today
which is why approximately 200 aircraft
have been modified so far.
What isn't used for training, the F-4
Phantom II Society helps place on display.
"I saved the last one from the Navy
program," said Jim Bloomberg, who
remembered refueling the F-4 during his
days as an inflight refueler on the KC-135.
"I had to disassemble it to transport it to
the Forward Air Control museum in Fort
Worth, Texas (where it is on display)."
What aircraft enthusiasts started in
the 1980s as this Phantom II society not
only preserved the F-4 history on file and
display, they also provided an avenue for

some squadron reunions.
On "Death Row," seven former Phantom
crew chiefs reminisced about their time in
the 92nd Tactical Fighter Squadron, Royal
Air Force Bentwaters, England.
"It seems like 30 years ago was only last
week," said Ed Duevel after posing for a
picture in front of a QF-4 with friends and
co-workers he met between 1967 and 1970
in England.
In addition to seeing the full-scale drone
runway, the group visited the sub-scale
drone launch facility and learned about
recovery operations here during their week-
long trip to the Florida panhandle. Tyndall
also hosted their banquet, which featured
guest speaker and only Vietnam War Air
Force pilot fighter ace, retired Brig. Gen.
Steve Ritchie, who shot down five MiGs
from his F-4 cockpit.
"It seems unreal when I think about
the people who come from all over the
world (to see this aircraft). I never
realized it would be a world star," said
Mr. Birke.
The Phantom II Society is a diverse group
of more than 600 F-4 front seat and back
seat aircrew, maintenance and weapons
technicians; contractors with Phantom
experience; aircraft photographers and
"The advantage of being in this group
is access to the military bases," said Mr.
They'll continue to go wherever the
F-4 goes, to visit their 'old friend' and
make new friends in a variety of Air Force
(Editor 's note: According to Eglin
AFB Public Affairs, additional details
about the incident are not available at
this time; the accident is currently under

Gulf Defender Page 15

P FOD Preventer of the Month

Airman 1st Class Dustin Reyn-
olds, 325th Maintenance Squadron
structural maintenance journey-
man, aircraft structural mainte-
nance apprentice, drills fastener
holes into an F-15 Eagle.
Airman Reynolds was the Septem-
ber FOD Preventer of the Month.
He found a clip in the wheel well
of an Eagle's tire. The recovery of
the item prevented an aircraft im-
poundment and possible aircraft :

Airman Glenn Moore

Oct. 13, 2006

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Storraao erery mosn

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Base recommends safety tips for Halloween activities

Uislnig adequate safeIt precautions
and common sense can help make the
most of the Hallo\\ teen season.
Tnrck-or-trcatin_' on T\ ndall will be
Tuesday\ fiom 5 to 7 p m
"Hallo\\icen eii an c'\citi time of
3cai foi chilldirn and aduilts. said
Tcch S StSconr Biol n. 2ith Scntnry\
Forices Squadron police s.en NCO
in charge. "Pedestrian -atf'r\ -llishold bc
high on '\ cryone's list of pI cautions
Parental and adults should:
Suipen ise children inder ace. 12
Look for Goblin Patrol Ip'.ron-
nel wearing Air Force Lnifonns \\ ith
orange reflective vests
Keep cell phones \\th them at all
Inspect all candy bctiore eatin' it
Ensure the safet\ of pede-stlan
Drive slowly.
*Watch for children in the street and
on medians.
Exit driveways and allies care-
Have children get out ofearys on the
ctub side. not on the traffic ;side

Choose a designated driver before
going out. Take a cab. or call Airman
Against Drunk Driving at 867-0220.
Immediately report, as soon as it's
safe to do so, impaired drivers to law
enforcement agencies.
A\a\ s buckle up it s \our best
defense against aln paired dm1r\
Children sIhotld:
Go onI l to \\ell-lit lhous .l rel ain
on porches and ne\ cr enter[ a house
Tra\ l in small groups and be ac-
comllpanied b\ an adult
Know their phone nitum be r and
canr collns for elmer'enc\ telephone
Ha\e their names and addresses
attached to their costumesl.l
L2se costume kni\nes and sw ords
that are tie\ible. not riid or shamp
\ hen \ walking in neighborhoods,
trick or trealers should:
Lise tiashh'hts. sta\ on side alls.
and a\ old crossing \ alds
Cross streets at the corner. use
cross alkls ( "here the\ e\ist). and do
not cross bet\wen parked cars Re-
member to look left. nrht and left a'ain

before crossing the street.
Wear clothing that is bright, retiec-
tive and flame retardant.
Consider using face paint instead
of masks. Masks can obstruct a child's
.\ oid carin' hats or masks that
can co\ e \es
A\ otld 0\\ eaint lon'. ba','\ 0or loose
costumes r0' \ 'ei sizcd shoes to pre\ ielt
Fire prevention:
Purcha se ,\ nl costumes. w is and
irops labeled tflane-risistant or flame-
\\hen creating a costullll. choose
maternal that ,ion t easily\ l gnite if it
comes. iII coniltact \ itlh leat or flame.
Dried flt o rs. cornstalks and crepe
papCr ar.e hiihl\ flai immabl'e Ieepthese
and other decorations fa a\ a\ from all
opIen flames and heat sources'. Ilnclulinl .
hlht bulbs and hcatlers
Lise e\treme caution Iw hen decorat-
ilj \\ itli candles. and SU.'peIr ise children
at all tines \\hen candles are lit
\\ lecn li'lltiiilg candles inside jack-
o'-lantirns. Lie lontL fireplace style

matches Place lit pumpkins well a\ a\
fioml all combustible items. Pumpkins
can also be illuminated with small,
inexpensi\ e fashh,.hts.
i* se lihlt-w eiht flashlights as
altenmati s to candles or torch lights
I\ len d icorating \ always and yards.
Tlhe\ arc safer for trick-or-treaters,
\\ lose costumes may brush against
the hi_'gtig_'
Instruct children to stay away from
open flames or other heat sources. Be
sure children know how to stop, drop,
and roll in the event their clothing
catches fire.
Instruct children attending parties
at others' homes to locate exits and
plan llhow tlie\ would d 'get ouit inI an
Keep e\its clear ofdelccoations, en-
suring Inotlllil bloclks escape rI'oLtes.
If 3 Oi hia\ e am\ questions or con-
cers, please contact tlie Fire Preven-
tion Elelment at 23-ui i11 or Security
Forces at 231-2254
(Coii, i si S u/i \I L mi im I t 1rces
Squadi,, ,iiIJ I'nt// i i, ,ii, / I ner-
gency ` i,'i L

S13th Annual

Turkey Trrt
Fitness Center Track
5K Walk/Run
Nov. 16
Walk 3p.m.
Run 3:30 p.m.
Prizes wil be awarded!
For details, contact Fitness Center 283-2631.
Great America Smokeout
Ihe Health and Wellness Center is
challenging you to give up using
tobacco products for 24 hours!
Starting at 2:30 p.m. a "Quit Kit" will
be handed out to help participants on
their 24 hour journey, along with other
resources for quitting tobacco.
For details, contact the HAWC 283-3826. ,


Oct. 13, 2006

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Just take a look at your high school
or college buddies and compare
your responsibilities after a couple
of years in the military, versus their
Remember to start taking on little
roles to hone your basic leadership
skills. You can start taking on small
projects within your shop, become
involved in an Air Force Smart
Operations 21 initiative, or even
volunteering to chair a sub-committee
for your booster club. This will
permit you to start learning how to
deal with other folks and help you
learn procedures and roadblocks.
Once you learn these basics, you
can start turning this knowledge into
effective and efficient skills aimed at
more involved leadership roles. Also,
this will permit you to maximize the
output of those you are working with.
You won't succeed at everything
you tackle by following this path.
When you take on an.l thinui. there
is a possibility of failure. I would
challenge anyone at anytime to say
they have never suffered a failure. If
someone says they have succeeded

at everything, I would bet they did
not push boundaries. Someone once
said, "Failure is not a bad thing as
long as you fail forward." Failing
forward is basically learning from
the mistakes you have made and
using the knowledge to prevent
mistakes in the future.
I have never seen a supervisor or
commander come down on anyone
for giving 100 percent. If you
volunteer for something and find out
you are "in over your head," realize
the project or task will not just go
away and it could have monumental
impact on your unit's mission.
You have a vast resource of
knowledgeable people to help you.
Your supervisor, first sergeant,
senior NCOs, officers in charge
and commanders are just waiting
to provide you with help and
mentoring. Although obtaining
leadership skills never ends, our
leaders have gone through successes
and failures. They generally know
what needs to be done, when it needs
to be done and to what level it needs
to be done. They are also charged
with building tomorrow's leaders -

their replacements. They know you
are tomorrow's commanders and
chiefs, and take the responsibility of
producing leaders very seriously.
As I mentioned before, being a
leader takes a lot of practice. There
are no kept secrets kept or leadership
clubs you haven't been invited to join.
The Air Force is definitely becoming
smaller and needs more leaders to
step up and carry on the mission of
protecting our great nation. So, what
this boils down to is you putting up
your hand, acquiring the skills to
become a leader and realizing failure
may occur, but you have people
willing to help you.
The Air Force cannot wait until the
last minute for you to develop your
leadership skills. If you continue
to wait, you will probably see your
buddy standing at attention with your
commander being step-promoted
to master sergeant or getting a well
deserved below-the-zone stripe
instead of yourself.
The choice is yours, but remember,
continuous leadership will get you
promoted and continuous followership
will just get you a paycheck.

officials. In 1985, he was killed by drug traffickers in
Guadalajara, Mexico. His death enraged many Americans
in his hometown of Calexico, Calif., and they began to
wear red ribbons to commemorate his sacrifice. The anti-
drug message spread quickly, and in 1988, the National
Family Partnership took the Red Ribbon celebration
The red ribbon symbolizes a stop sign stop the
violence of drug use. It is also worn to attract attention
and focus on a common cause. It is a promise to maintain
commitment to the health and safety of families, young
people and self.
For more information, contact the drug testing office
at 283-4980.

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Ground-source heat pumps initially
cost more than traditional systems,
but are less expensive to maintain or
"In a salt-corrosive environment like
we have at Tyndall and the Panama City
area, the coils and equipment of normal
air conditioning unit corrode quickly
and replacement is required frequently,
normally seven to 10 years," he said.
"A geothermal system could last up to
25 years and possibly longer."
A contract signed in September
with Honeywell will bring advanced
solar photovoltaic systems to Air Force
Research Lab facilities on Tyndall.
"We are installing a concentrated
solar photovoltaic system for AFRL
facilities here," said Mr. Walker. "The
Honeywell Corporation claims solar
efficiency on this system is between
30 and 35 percent, nearly two to
three times more efficient than other
photovoltaic systems on the market."
The technology will be installed in
the AFRL area for evaluation and will
bring power to our deployed troops in
the future, he said.
Air Force Research Lab scientists
here are also developing more flexible,

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lightweight and efficient solar power
panels, another green power, to integrate
into deployed shelters.
Until recently, solar power was
cost prohibitive, but advancements in
technology have lowered development
"Nearly all of our 'traditional' energy
sources are derived from a hydrocarbon
such as coal, oil and natural gas," said
Mr. Walker. "Alternative energy and
renewable sources are biomass such as
wood chips, grass, ethanol, bio-diesel
and other products derived from natural
plant growth. In some states, including
Florida, your household garbage is
considered biomass and can be used to
generate energy."
While biomass is currently the largest
source of renewable energy in the United
States, the Air Force uses wind energy,
which is generated by wind turbines, more
than any other renewable energy source.
Tyndall will continue to set standards
in energy technology development
and search for opportunities to deliver
advanced systems to workplaces here
and across the Air Force.
For more information on Tyndall's
renewable energy initiative, call Mr.
Walker at 283-4715.

Army & Air Force Exchange facilities
Veteran's Day hours
The following is a list of operating hours for Nov. 10:

Base Exchange
Shoal Point Shoppette
Class Six
Felix Lake Shoppette
Service Station
General Nutrition Center

10 a.m. to 5 p.m
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
10 a.m. to 5 p.m
6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m

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