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Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts

Flu shots delayed
Due to a delay in ship-
ment of the vaccine, the
flu shot will not be given at
Retiree Appreciation Day.

Retiree Appreciation
Tyndall will host a Re-
tiree Appreciation Day
Saturday. Events include
base mission tours, free
health screenings and Base
Exchange and Commis-
sary 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.
today 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.

HAWC food demo
The Health and Well-
ness Center will be having
a food demo titled '"Tanta-
lize your Taste Buddies" at
noon today. All are invited
and welcome for a free
lunch. Call the HAWC at
283-3826 to sign up.

Rules for military at po-
litical events ... PAGE 7
Tyndall sets high recy-
clying goals ... PAGE 14
Mandatory EEO train-
ing ... PAGE 15

Chrissy Cuttita

Eagle Drive
Capt. Taylor Ferrell, 1st Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, prepares for take off during the Turkey
Shoot competition Oct. 30. See the full article in next week's Gulf Defender.

Airmen pull accident victims from burning vehicle

325th Fighter Wing PublicAffairs
Two Tyndall Airmen responded to a
vehicle accident as they traveled through
Madison County, Fla., at approximately
2 p.m. Oct. 9.
"We were on our way home from a
concert," said Airman 1st Class Shane Reid,
81st Range Control Squadron weapons
director technician. "A car in front of us
veered from the right lane into the left, then
swerved across both lanes of traffic and lost
control. He drove right off the road into the
tree line that ran along the interstate."
"It appeared as though the car made
no attempt to brake," said Airman Reid.
"It drove straight into the wooded area

and somehow avoided hitting large
The Airmen were caught off guard
by what they had witnessed, but reacted
immediately to the situation.
"I didn't think twice," said Airman 1st
Class Keith Johnson, 81st RCS weapons
director technician. "We pulled over and
ran to the car. The hood of the car was
barely touching the ground and glass was
scattered everywhere. Both airbags were
deployed and all the doors were smashed
The accident was reported to
emergency medical services. Medical
response teams from Madison County
and Florida Highway Patrol troopers

were called to the scene.
The Airmen approached the vehicle to
find two passengers in the wreckage.
"I figured they couldn't have survived,"
said Airman Reid. "But both victims were
alive. The driver was less responsive and
seemed to be in shock, but the passenger
said she was OK."
Another passer-by stopped to assist the
Airmen before emergency teams arrived.
The three responders decided not to move
the victims before the paramedics arrived
for fear of causing further injury.
The hood of the car, which was tilted
downward on a steep slope where the car


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Vol. 65, No. 43

Nov. 3, 2006

Page 2 Gulf Defender

Airspace defender

General Ronald Keys, left, Air Combat Command command-
er, passes the First Air Force standard to Maj. Gen. Hank
Morrow, right, as he takes command during a ceremony here
Wednesday. General Morrow also assumed command of Air
Forces Northern and the Continental U.S. NORAD Region.
He succeeded Maj. Gen. M. Scott Mayes (rear), who retired
with more than 36 years of service. For more on the Change
of Command, see page 8.

Identify this ...
Can you identify this ob-
ject? If so, send an e-mail
to with
"Identify this" in the sub-
ject line.
Three correct entries will
be chosen at random and
drawn from a hat to de-
termine the final winner.
The prize can be claimed
at the Public Affairs office.
Shelle McDonald, Air Force
Research Laboratory, cor-
rectly guessed the "Identify
This" for Oct. 27 as a clown
Halloween mask. Congrat-
ulations! Come claim your

Nov. 3, 2006

"We keep the jets in the air by
inspecting them every day, ensuring
service and keeping everything on

Crew chief

"As supervisors, we provide top
cover and resources maintainers
need to get theirjob done. We limit
their workload by tracking down
the information for them."

Assistant officer in charge

"We are responsible for every
sortie that goes up loaded with an
AIM-9 for training purposes. We
also provide launch assist."

Load crew member

"We standardized the operation
flight plan software on the jet by
bringing everything together from
two lots of aircraft."

F-22 avionics craftsman

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. Am anda Ferrell................... ......... ............staff w riter
Airman 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
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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----------------- COMMENTARY

Leadership lessons from a not so known President

325th Medical Support Squadron commander
Short in stature at 5 feet 4 inches, not particularly
handsome, a bookworm and not exactly the life
of the party, James Madison does not fit some
perceptions of a leader.
In today's world, he probably would have
been perceived as a "nerd." But his brilliant
mind and leadership skills now have historians
re-embracing Madison's presidency and his
President Madison is best known as "The
Father of the Constitution." He was a delegate,
unequaled in his writing abilities, who kept
written documentation at every Constitutional
Convention's secret meeting. Later, his Virginia
Plan became the basis for our Constitution.
What most people do not remember is President
Madison's equally successful presidency where he
led an infant nation against the greatest naval power
in the world and won. The War of 1812 remains
"The Forgotten War." Many do not realize it was
through President Madison's leadership we escaped
becoming, once again, subjects of Great Britain.
So what personal attributes made this man an
unlikely leader and what can you take from the
story of President Madison and apply to today's
world to make you a leader?
First, always believe in yourself and never
doubt your abilities. This is probably the hardest
perception to embrace. Each day when President
Madison went to the Constitutional Convention
meetings, he stood up and rallied for a democratic
government with election of congressmen
directly by the people. Together with John Jay
and Alexander Hamilton, he wrote the Federalist
Papers, documents considered to be the best
interpretation of American government, even in
present times. He truly embraced his ideals and
this spurred him to speak and write what was in
his heart. His conviction to his ideals gave us the

great nation that we have today. At work, strive to Merely three days after fleeing, President
be the best you can be. Work from your heart. If Madison returned to Washington, rallied the
you give 100 percent, strive to give 110 percent. citizens and connected with the people like he
Second, stay true to yourself and stand by never had before. Not having slept in days,
President Madison
rallied Congress and
met in a post office,
i | the only building
Ilot all of us will become president, but each, in our left standing. He
own way, can be a successful leader. Every day we make began the work of
the government from
decisions that affect our families, the Air Force and its Air- scratch and turned the
men, and our country." tide of the war. Think
LT. COL. JERRY WIZDA carefully about your
decisions and of the
325th Medical Support Squadron commander decisions and o
consequences down
the road. Is the fight
worth it?

your convictions. After President Madison
asked Congress to declare war on Great Britain
on June 1, 1812, riots began over the decision.
Talk of succession in New England ran rampant
among the Federalists. But President Madison
stayed true to his belief in freedom for America,
and despite opposition to the war, he stood his
ground. He is quoted as saying, "If we lose, we
lose independence." People will perceive you as
a leader if you stick to your beliefs and do not go
back and forth on your ideals. Even those who
do not agree with you will respect you for your
steadfast loyalty and your convictions.
Lastly, know when to stay and know when to
run. Even the best of leaders must give up the
fight at some point for the sake their people.
On August 24, 1814, President Madison and
Congress fled Washington, on horseback as the
British advanced on the city. While it may have
been perceived as cowardly to run, fleeing the
city was the only choice President Madison had.
If he had chosen to stay and ordered Congress
to stay, they would have been captured or killed.

Not all of us will become president, but each,
in our own way, can be a successful leader. Every
day we make decisions that affect our families,
the Air Force and its Airmen, and our country.
Many of these decisions are simple and many
can be life-altering. If we embrace the lessons of
our forefathers we are sure to become successful
Airmen and leaders in our own right.

.Imues lladliso

In office:
March 4, 1809
March 4, 1817

Born March 16, 1751 Port Conway, Va.
Died June 28, 1836 Montpelier Va.
Political party: Republican

Action Line
Call 283-2255

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

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

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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Page 4 Gulf Defender

Two new force shaping options announced

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The Air Force started offering two programs to
help meet its fiscal year 2007 Enlisted Force Shaping
goals and Tyndall is ready to assist.
Approximately 60 Airmen here will fall into the
date of separation rollback program while others will
be eligible to apply for limited active-
duty service commitment waivers. < S
"When it comes to the DOS rollback
program, commanders and supervisors of
enlisted personnel with reenlistment

of separation by mid-March 2007 under the DOS
rollback program. Airmen with over six years of
active service are entitled to the half-rate of separation
In addition to the DOS rollback program,
members can apply for Limited Active Duty Service
Commitment waivers. This program enables master
and technical sergeants in specific
rTT.__A overage Air Force specialty codes to
S apply to have certain active duty service
'P commitments waived, allowing them to
retire if eligible.

eligibility codes of 2X, 4H or 41 The program began Monday and
have until Dec. 15 to determine / applicants can apply online for the
those Airmen are retainable," said LADSC program until Jan. 2,2007.
Staff Sgt. Angelique Fabiano, 325th Applications for LADSC will be
Mission Support Squadron relocations accepted on a first come, first serve basis
and employment. "The Air Force Personnel as established by the Air Force Contact Center's
Center will start separation paperwork for anyone receipt of the completed application from the member's
with these codes after that date." commander.
The 2X, 4H and 41 reenlistment codes refer to The LADSC Waiver Program forgives the
enlisted personnel that were denied reenlistment following ADSCs for master and technical sergeants,
by their commander, are on a control roster or who will have 20 years total active federal service by
have an unfavorable information file. their requested retirement date, which must be on or
Airmen with less than 14 years of service or
more than 20 years of service can expect a date SEE FORCE SHAPING PAGE 18

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Page 6 Gulf Defender

E-mail phishing: Don't take the bait, protect your identity

379th Air expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
SOUTHWEST ASIA When a fellow deployed
officer shared a story about how his wife was
e-mailed a request to give personal credit card
information over the Internet, I shook my head. In
the past week alone, I've received more than 37
different e-mail requests for personal information,
all from fraudsters.
As a self-admitted techie, I have seven different
e-mail accounts, some associated with my civilian
job in the public sector, some associated with my
consulting and two with the military. This means my
e-mail addresses are highly visible on the Internet
for automated search programs called "crawlers" to
find me, and this makes me especially vulnerable to
phishing attempts.
What's phishing?
Phishing is a criminal activity that uses social
engineering techniques to extract personal
information from computer users. Phishers
attempt to fraudulently acquire sensitive
information, such as passwords and credit card
details, by masquerading as trustworthy people
or businesses in electronic communication.
Phishing is typically carried out using e-mail or
instant messages.
As I looked in my e-mail recycle bin from this
week, I saw e-mails from all sorts of fraudsters

attempting to get personal information from easily responded had he not thought twice about the
me. There were so-called credit unions and banks, request. According to Lt. Col. Michael Welsh, 379th
often masquerading as "anti-theft" operators asking Air Expeditionary Wing Staff Judge Advocate, any
to verify credit card account numbers and Social reputable agency will find a different way to contact
Security numbers to "help" me avoid being robbed you. They will never use e-mail; most often it will
online. Others said I had "won" a contest and all be old-fashioned U.S. postal mail.
I needed to do to get the money was to give them But Airmen must remain alert and vigilant.
my bank account tracking number. My favorites Even clicking on a link inside a phisher's e-mail
were sent from other countries, where "rulers" is asking for trouble. The best way to deal with
and "dignitaries" had suddenly realized I was a phishing attempts is to simply delete the e-mail. If
long lost relative from the "royal" family, and they Airmen want to take it a step further with phishers
needed my personal details to wire "my cut" of the requesting credit card and bank information, they
inheritance, can call the company referenced, with a phone
While I've always wanted to believe I've number from an original source document (not the
got royal blood, I'm far too smart to fall into a phisher's e-mail) or the phone number on the back
Phisher's trap. All Airmen should be this smart of the credit card.
and never offer any personal information to an As for the officer mentioned at the beginning
e-mail requester. of the story, he was lucky. His wife was sharp
It can be tricky, though. A and e mailed him first before clicking
major international electronics o n any links. After reviewing the e-
store recently had "its identity" mail he called his government charge card
stolen with a cut-and-paste logo company
that was e-mailed to thousands of credit and found
card holders. The phony e-mail request looked out the e-mail
real to many customers, and they found out the hard solicitation was indeed
way about how dangerous it is to offer personal a phishing attempt. Be
information over e-mail. Similarly, the officer a smart Airman, and like
I referenced earlier received e-mails with the him, don't take the bait from

government charge card logo, and he could have


Graphic illustration by Staff Sgt Stacey Haga

Nov. 3, 2006

Gulf Defender Page 7

Airmen's right to vote comes with rules

Air Force Print News

SAN ANTONIO (AFPN) As the 2006 elections
fast approach there are some rules military members
need to know about the political process.
These rules are not in place to restrict a military
member's political freedoms, said Maj. Frank Minogue,
chief of civil law for Air Education and Training
Command at Randolph AFB, Texas.
"People are encouraged to participate in the political
process, just not as representatives of the Air Force,"
said Major Minogue.
Political activity rules are listed inAir Force Instruction
51-902. Violators of this instruction can be punished
under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and receive
up to two years confinement and a dishonorable
discharge, the major said.
Examples of prohibited activities listed in the
instruction include attending apolitical event in uniform,
using official authority to interfere with an election, and
using contemptuous words against officials in public

office. Military members are allowed to attend political
events in civilian clothes but only as a spectator.
Speaking publicly at these events is not allowed in or
out of uniform.
"It is vital military members do not give the perception
that the military supports one political party, issue or
candidate over another," Major Minogue said. "It would
undermine our whole command structure if it appeared
the Air Force was supporting one side, or candidate,
over another."
There also is a separation inthe rules aboutparticipating in
partisan and nonpartisan political activities. The rules tend to
be stricter for partisan politics, the instruction states.
It is crucial Airmen remain neutral, said Richard
Peterson, deputy chiefofthe administrative law division,
in the office of the Air Force judge advocate general.
"Regardless of whom the American public chooses,
we give our elected officials our best efforts and support
in performing our duties," Mr. Peterson said.
Contact the legal office for more information at

Nov. 3, 2006

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Major General Morrow takes helm at 1st AF

1st Air Force PublicAffairs
Maj. Gen. Henry Morrow took command of First Air
Force, Air Forces Northern, and the Continental U.S.
North American Aerospace Defense Command Region
at a change of command ceremony here Wednesday.
General Morrow is the former mobilization assistant
to the commander, NORAD, and comes to Tyndall
with more than 28 years service in the 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.
"I'm very fortunate to serve with some of the finest
professionals in the nation while living and working in
this great community," General Morrow said. "I know
of no other military community that enjoys the level of
support from its host community as here in Bay County
and surrounding areas."
"I have no doubt that, together with Brig. Gen.
Tod Wolters (325th Fighter Wing commander) the
relationship between our communities will grow even
stronger," he said.
As commander of 1st AF and NORAD region,

General Morrow assumes responsibility for the air
sovereignty and air defense ofthe continental U.S. Virgin
Islands and Puerto Rico. He directs and coordinates
the efforts of the Combined Air Operations Center
here and its geographically separated defense sectors
and fighter wings. First AF plans, conducts, controls,
and coordinates all Air Force forces for the NORAD-
NORTHCOM commander.
General Morrow replaced Maj. Gen. M. Scott Mayes,
who retired after more than 36 years of service.
During the ceremony General Mayes expressed his
gratitude for serving and lauded the 1st AF team.
"This is the hardest working bunch I've ever been
around, and their pride stands out like a beacon. They
are dedicated, and will not quit, ever," General Mayes
said. "They are winners, and that's a great thing for
America. For whatever positive effect I may have had
while my hand has been on the tiller here, I am truly
grateful for this team of warriors."
Admiral Timothy Keating, NORAD and U.S.
Northern Command commander, and General Ronald
Keys, Air Combat Command commander, officiated at
the ceremony. Lt. Gen. Craig McKinley, Air National
Guard director and former IstAF commander, was also
in attendance.

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Ms. Avril H. Tolbert

1st Lt Amanda Ferrell
Ms. Tolbert receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior
of the Week award from Col. Scott Davis, 325th
Fighter Wing vice commander.
Ms. Avril Tolbert, 325th Medical Group, oversaw the
installation of a new fire suppression system for hospital

Duty title: Database sustainment
support technician
Hometown: Port-of-Spain, Trini-
Time on station: Fourteen years
Time in service: Twenty-seven years
active duty, and four years as a con-
Hobbies: Reading and teaching my
Goals: Complete my bachelor's de-
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The friends I've made.
Favorite movie: "To Kill a Mocking-
Favorite book: Books by Clive
Cussler and J.D. Robb

facilities. She also tracked and monitored medical treat- Proudest moment in the mili-
ment facility construction projects worth $7 million and tary: The day I became an NCO.
monitored training requirements for those in the Medical
Facilities Flight.
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wng 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.
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Nov. 3, 2006

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Courses put NCOs in teamwork mode

Gulf Defender Page 9

Tranin Spotli

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The ropes course here challenges
senior NCO and NCO Enhancement
course students mentally and
physically, while inspiring them to
work together as a team.
"The evolution of the team over
the course of a few hours is really
something to see," said Master Sgt.
Travis Fritts, 325th Fighter Wing
career assistance advisor. "You can
build a lifetime of trust in just a
few hours with some fairly simple
The whole team has to complete
the event to pass, failure by one is a
failure by all, he said.
Students are put into challenging
situations together so they are left
with nothing but each other's trust to
get through the task, no matter how
simple or advanced it can be.
"I had to put my trust into another
person I had known for only a couple
of days," said Master Sgt. Michael
Jones, SNCO Enhancement Course
student. "We learned to identify
everyone's strengths and weaknesses

Airmen GI
Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Allbrooks, SNC
hancement course student, scales t
foot wall with the help of his classm

Airmen Glenn Moore
SNCO Enhancement Course students manuever through the "Wild
Woozie" by using teamwork and creativity.

to help the mission and made sure the
very last detail was finished."
"I think it helps them to see that every
Airman is a key factor to success," said
Sergeant Fritts. "Sometimes you need
the strongest person and sometimes
you need the 'pixie.' Another
obstacle might be 'technique'
versus 'skill' or 'book smart'
versus 'street sense,' It can
really open your eyes to the
sometimes 'hidden value' of
your people. The ropes course
will oftentimes illustrate how
institutionalized our thinking
process becomes, particularly
when you are flustered."
The three-day supercharged
NCO and Senior NCO
Enhancement Courses are
designed to give supervisors
a "power boost" or a refresher
of information that will be
useful in conjunction with their
supervisory duties. Some of
the material covered reviews
what students learned in
professional military education,
like the enlisted force
structure, effective writing or
the disciplinary process. Other
material covers the Senior NCO
Promotion Board.
"The courses are unique in
snn Moore
that there is no test at the end;
:O en-
so if a class wants to discuss
he 12-
_,__ one item in great length, I don't

have to worry about getting through
the testablematerialfirst,"saidSergeant
Fritts. "What I really like is that the
Airmen who attend have a few years of
hands-on experience with supervision
and we are able to target specific areas
instead of working through the general
responsibilities. And, as a bonus, they
are able to share their knowledge with
the other members of the course."
Guest speakers cover topics NCOs
may not be exposed to in traditional
PME, like protocol, public affairs and
the senior NCO Promotion Board.
Anything designated as course
material is something the guest
speakers and instructors hope NCOs
will take back to their day to day
"Sometimes it's easy to get caught
up in the 'dailiness' of our jobs and
lose focus on moving forward,"
said Sergeant Fritts. "I hope that the
Airmen who attend the enhancement
classes will think about the role they
play and pause just long enough
to make course corrections as
needed. I love that we have our own
Tyndall leadership teaching, sharing
and leading the NCO and Senior NCO
corps to new heights; it's an investment
in our nation and ourselves."
"The course put me back into an Air
Force frame of mind and helped me to
be a better senior NCO," said Sergeant
Jones. "The biggest lesson is you can't
accomplish anything on your own."

What knowledge do you want
to pass on to your students?

"I wantto give them the basic nec-
cessary tools to effectively supervise
and mold the future leaders of tom-
morow, while enhancing their own

ALS Instructor

Congratulations to
Mission Ready
Airmen gradu-
ates of Classes
S 2007-001 and
2007-002 from
the 372nd Training Squadron
Detachment 4!

Photo illustration by Staff Sgt John Zellers

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Issac Gibson, photographer illustrator, takes an official photo of an Airmen in the photo lab's studio.
Official photos are just one of the many types of photos visual information takes on a daily basis.

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325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
If you have attended an event
on base such as a change of
command ceremony, Wingman
Day or an awards presentation,
you may have seen them.
If not, you have most like-
ly seen their work displayed
around base in the form of pic-
tures and graphics.
These products are produced
by the trained professionals
of the 325th Communications
Squadron multi-media services,
or more commonly known as
the base photo lab.
"We provide many kinds of
visual, electronic, photographic
aids and products for Tyndall to
use in training and real-world
events," said Lance Erwin, mul-
timedia lead illustrator.
Due to the large demand for Issac
these products on base, the pho- produce
to lab works with several squad-
rons on a daily basis.
"We support the Airman and Family
Readiness Center, NCO Academy, Air
Forces Northern, the 325th Operations
Group and most of the base on a daily
basis," said Mr. Erwin.
"Protocol has a close working rela-

3ibson cuts a graphic illustration to the appropriate size. Precision is key in producing
cts that are used throughout the base.

tionship with the photo lab because they
are involved in pretty much everything we
are involved in," said Melissa Porter, 325th
Fighter Wing Protocol chief.
"They cover most ceremonies, DV visits
and official social functions, even on short
notice and always with a can-do attitude."

Tom Bonifay, base multimedia manager, checks the color registration on a seating
a POW/MIA luncheon.

"We can provide support to any Depart-
ment of Defense appropriated funded or-
ganization on Tyndall," said Jim Belles-
bach, K-MAR Industries multimedia
contract manager.
With many organizations fitting that de-
scription here, the photo lab averages 2,400
requests for support a year.
To help manage those re-
quests and task saturation, the
photo lab has detailed regula-
tions as to what services they
can provide.
"We are contracted to pro-
vide a variety of specific
products and services," Mr.
Bellesbach said. "Anything
outside the contract is not
done. Our overtime is also
closely watched and must be
approved by the base multi-
media manager."
The photo lab provides Tyn-
dall, and sometimes even other
bases, with many multimedia
products. For example, the
photo lab produces illustra-
tions, diagrams, schematics,
chart for maps, signs, logos, certificates,
seating charts, fire escape

Chris Dahmer, quaiitly assurance evaluator, checks the color resolution

on a graphic.

routes, directional aids and camera-ready
artwork for reproduction.
And the list goes on.
"Often, we are asked to provide elec-
tronic files to customers or off-base ser-
vices for the customer's projects." said
Mr. Erwin. "We are also asked to assist
customers in converting or modifying an
existing project they may already have."
"They have the ability to capture that
special moment with a trained eye and cre-
ate lasting memories through their quality
products such as still photos and photo
collages," said Ms. Porter. "They are pro-
fessionals in every sense of the word."
The amount and variety of projects
could make a team of 20 people over-
whelmed, but the office of less than 10
employees makes an effort to go the ex-
tra mile beyond their obligations.

"Generally speaking, our attitude is that
we will try to help the customer with what-
ever they ask for, as long as it doesn't di-
rectly violate any of the Air Force or DOD
restrictions," explained Mr. Erwin. "Often,
we are asked to help with video projects and
presentations. Although we don't provide
these services according to a contract, we do
usually get involved and help out as much
as we can. We are here to help customers ac-
complish their goals and missions, and we
do everything that we can."
To meet strategic communication needs,
Headquarters Air Force has approved a
merger of multimedia career fields with
public affairs career fields. This change
may effect the photo lab's daily routine, but
one thing will remain constant the office's
commitment to producing quality products
and providing excellent service to Tyndall.


Gulf Defender

Nov. 3, 2006

Guucz Guiw;:

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 mo 11 ndall 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.
GCCC will be closed Nov. 10. at all lo-

cations in observance of Veterans Day.
Tyndall Center registration begins
Nov. 15 for Spring classes beginning
Jan. 4.
The deadline to apply for Fall gradu-
ation 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
Saturday. There are special sales all
over the store.
Holiday decor will be accepted
through Nov. 17. Only winter cloth-
ing is being accepted for consignment.
For more information, call 286-5888
during business hours.

PCS workshop
The next Smooth Move Permanent
Change of Station Workshop will be
held 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday in
Bldg. 743. This is a voluntary work-
shop designed to assist military and
civilian members and their families as

they prepare for a PCS. To sign up for
the workshop, please call 283-4204.

Operation Turkey Drop
A food drive sponsored by the
Top 3, first sergeants and base chapel
will be held 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Nov. 16 in front of the Commissary.
Items needed include oven bags,
macaroni and cheese, instant rice,
baby food, cake mix with frosting,
cranberry sauce, apple sauce, canned
vegetables, stuffing mix, biscuit mix,
canned fruits, and canned pumpkin.
The food baskets will be made
Nov. 19 and delivered Nov. 20 to
families in need of food for Thanks-
giving dinner.

Heart Link
The next Heart Link is 8 a.m. to
2:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at the Officers'Club.
Heart Link is an orientation offered to
every Air Force spouse to learn more
about the Air Force mission, customs
and available resources and services.
For more information or to make res-
ervations, contact the Family Support
Center at 283-4205.

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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Airman Glenn Moore
Pickin' Pumpkins

Rielle Gibson (left) takes his pick from the annual "pumpkin patch" Oct. 27 at the Child Development
Center. The annual event, hosted as part of the CDC's Parent Involvement Program, enhances children's
awareness of the harvest season and provides education opportunities for comparing and contrasting.

Nov. 3, 2006

Gulf Defender

Tigers claw Falcons for first victories

The Tyndall Tigers men's varsity basketball
team garnered their first victories of the season as
they won both games against the visiting MacDill
AFB Falcons in a Southeastern Military Athletic
Conference regular season play this past weekend.
Final scores from the Oct. 28 game were Tyndall
72, MacDill 6 and final scores from the Oct. 29
game were Tyndall 60, MacDill 51.
In Saturday's game, the two squads played old
fashioned, hard-nosed basketball on the defensive
end, as both offenses struggled. Tyndall went on a late
spurt keyed by Mike Clair with 10 first half points to
take a 36-32 lead at the intermission. In the second
half, Tyndall guard Ryan Cunningham connected
on 5 of 8 3-point attempts to propel the Tigers to a
double digit advantage they enjoyed for the majority
of the period and gained their first victory.
Cunningham paced the Tigers in scoring with
a game high 22 points, followed by Clair with
18, Melvin Smith with 16 and Jared Austin with
10 points. Austin and Marqus Armour tied for
rebounding honors with 10 each and Smith led in
both assists and steals with 5 each.

Sunday's game saw the Tigers and Falcons once
again struggle to score points due to a combination
of good defense and poor shooting from the
The Falcons enjoyed a slim lead for the majority
of the opening stanza, which they carried into
half time with a 31-29 advantage. In the second
half, the Tigers shooting woes continued, but they
played aggressive ball-hawking defense that forced
the Falcons to turn the ball over.
Tyndall went on a late run to take a 54-46 lead
with 2:27 remaining in the contest to take control
of the game and converted their free throws to
take the victory.
Smith and Austin paced the Tigers in scoring
with 15 and 14 points respectively, followed by
Cunningham, Manuel and Armour all with 10
points each. Armour led in rebounding with 10
and Smith dished out 6 assists.
The Tigers will travel to Hurlburt Field this
weekend to take on the Commandos. Game times
are 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.
(Courtesy Tyndall Tigers)

MXS drops in Pig Prog standings

From the land of the lighthouse
Turnovers can kill a team -just
ask San Francisco. Twenty-eight
of Chicago's first-half points
came off turnovers. I don't
care who you are, 28 points is a
insurmountable deficit. Even
if former 49ers' quarterbacks
Steve Young or Joe Montana
entered the game, it wouldn't
have made a difference. Not
that either wasn't good, but
a 41-point deficit at half-
time and against that Bears
defense, San Francisco was
beyond redemption.
Chicago looks more and
more like a Super Bowl
bound team. I almost thought
former Bears linebacker Mike
Singletary was roaming the
field. Pair their nasty defense
with an offense powered by a
blossoming quarterback Rex
Grossman and they can score
almost as well as their defense
sacks opposing quarterbacks.
Another quarterback
caught in the headlights of a
dominating defense was New
Orleans quarterback Drew
Brees. Brees contributed three

interceptions and one fumble to
the Saints total of five turnovers.
You can't really blame the Saints
too much though. They have
played great all season, but

Who is Tyndall

325th ACS picks
for NFL Week nine:

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haven't been matched up against
a defense like Baltimore.
The irony of the turnovers all

three of Brees' interceptions were
intercepted by Louisiana natives.
Not a bad welcome home present.
To someone who could use a
present right about now, the 325th
MXS has dropped in the
standings. I talked to last
week's picker and now I
completely understand why
they have.
"The full moon put our
magic 8-ball out of whack,"
said Eric North, 325th
MXS picker. "Our plan for
this week is rock, paper and
scissors instead ofthe magic
When asked how they
plan to keep with the leaders
he had the typical defensive
"We're pacing ourselves
for the season," said North.
"We know that we'll be in
the playoffs and the eventual
MXS won't have a shot
at being the champions if
the keep falling like a set of
wrenches out of the sky.
Now let's get out there and
watch some football!

Intramural Sports Standings


Phase 1
83rd FWS 1
83rd FWS 2

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

CS 1
43rd AMU
CS 2
372nd TRS
Phase 2

Bryan Garnett
James Warren
Evan Oehilbeck
George Beckford
Amber Atherton
Chong Dodson
Ruthie Ventura
Nicole Weaver



Pig Prog Scorebox

1st FS 73 MDOS 64
MXS 70 CES 63
Pig Prog 68 ACS 61
372nd TRS 67 OSS 61
CPTS 67 1st Sgts. 58
28th TES 65 CS 55
SVS 55
SFS 49

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

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Source: Air Force Surgeon General AFNEWS

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Tyndall's recycling center provides a closer look at recycling

Tyndall Recycling Coordinator
Tyndall's Recycling Center has
come a long way since its inception
in March 1992. Then, the only items
recycled were corrugated cardboard,
aluminum cans, glass bottles, plastic
bottles and white ledger paper.
Currently, the center has expanded
its operation to include all cardboard,
newspapers, magazines, phone books,
white ledger paper, shredded paper,
plastics (PET 1, HDPE 2, LDPE
bags), glass bottles, aluminum cans,
toner cartridges, scrap metals, lead-
acid batteries and used oil products.
The average American generates
about seven and a half pounds of
waste each day, nearly 1%2 tons a
year. The national average indicates
73 percent of trash is landfilled, 14
percent is incinerated and 13 percent
is recycled. If each American reversed
those percentages, millions of tons
of waste would be eliminated and
many resources and dollars would be
For instance, each ton of office
paper recycled saves 3.3 cubic yards
of landfill space, 17 mature trees,
7000 gallons of water, 380 gallons

of oil, 4,100 kilowatts of energy
and 60 pounds of air pollutants. For
every ton of solid waste diverted to
the recycle containers, Tyndall saves
approximately $90 per ton in disposal
Recycling is just one important
remedy for the garbage problem.
It's an effective solution because
it reduces the amount of waste for
disposal. Tyndall Airmen can be part
of the solution by recycling at work
and at home.
By reducing and recycling solid
waste, we remove or divert it from
the waste stream. Tyndall has a
diversion goal of 45 percent. It is
a difficult goal to achieve and will
take every person here to participate
to meet it. The center's goals depend
on support and involvement from
Tyndall has several collection
programs in place. There are central
collection points in most office
buildings on base. There are three
drop-off collection centers (huts),
collection centers near Tyndall's
parks and dormitories, and a curbside
collection program for our Military
Family Housing occupants. Even

with all these tools in place, we are recycling, to request pick-up or
still having difficulty recycling our report misuse recycling centers,
waste. call the Recycling Center at
As a management tool, recycling 283-CANS (2267).
center personnel perform "dumpster
dives" periodically. They are still
finding large amounts of a ,',u kingit 7- jV'On
paper, cardboard, plastic .
bottles, aluminum cans
and other recyclable items.
Periodic checks in housing ..,

are also finding household
waste to have the same types-
of recyclables being landfilled
Sorting and separating trash
takes up time and it's a hard
habit to get into, but the benefits
are worth it. Recycling is not
only a smart thing to do, it is thel
lawful thing to do and is mandated
by Department of Defense and
Executive Order.
Get more involved in recdchlin
Commanders, managers and
facility recycling monitors
can periodically check theln
facilities refuse containers for
recyclables, and get the word
out that recycling on Tyndall is

J iYJ -l I yIC103 .I UUULILa
Paper bin paper products to
include phonebooks and mag-
Aluminum such as luna cans
or soda cans
Plaslic bin any plastic with re-
cyclable numbers 1 and 2.
Generally, soda bottles are
marked "1" and milk jugs and
bleach boltles are marked "2."
Other ilems thal are able
to be recycled are cardboard,
batteries and toner cartridges.
o recycle these place them
ex1 to Ihe recycling bins.
SMosl office buildings have
1 lainers for plastic, alumi-
1 and paper ilems.

For questions conccrinign

Patriot POGs Coming to Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

DALLAS The Army & Air Force Exchange
Service announced the winners of its first Patriot
POG Gift Certificate Photo Contest, held Sept. 13.
The winning photos will appear on 5-, 10- and 25-
cent gift certificates given as change at AAFES' 53
exchanges throughout Operations Enduring and Iraqi
Developed in 2001 to facilitate retail operations in
a war zone while adhering to Department of Defense
restrictions on shipping coins downrange, the gift
certificates known as "POGs" are flat, lightweight,
coated disks used in place of heavy metal coins.
While issued as change in the contingency
theater, POGs are accepted at any PX/BX location
In addition to their images appearing on change
that will be seen by millions of troops, those who
submitted winning photos will also take home gift
certificates valued between $50 and $1,000.
"This was an extremely successful effort with
more than 3,300 photo entries," said Air Force Maj.
Raymond Lamy, AAFES Strategic Marketing Officer.
"Most of the entries were submitted by active-duty
service members; and the rest by family members,
retirees and government employees."

Five judges carefully reviewed the entries in order
to choose the photos that best depicted activities
of deployed troops and reunions. "I felt this was
an extremely challenging and difficult task," said
contest judge Senior Master Sgt. Robin L. Williams.
"The sheer volume of entries laid in front of us [the
judges] was amazing, not to mention
the superb quality of the images that
had been captured by our fellow
military members and their families.
It took a while, but certain photos
stood out the more we looked at the
The winning Patriot POGs are
scheduled to be printed this month
and should begin circulating in the
contingency theater by the end of the
year. Previous POG series featured
photos obtained from public sources.
The Patriot POGs will be the first series featuring
images submitted troops and their families.
The 12 winners of the 2006 Patriot POG contest
are: 1st Prize, $1000 gift card, Lt. Cmdr. (USNR) Jim
Vandenberg, Little Rock, Ark.; and Sgt. (USA) Tal
Wick, Germany. 2nd Prize, $750 gift card, Staff Sgt.

(USAF) Xavier Goco, Tuscon, Ariz.; and Kamal Saad,
Womeldorf, Pa. 3rd Prize, $500 gift card, Pfc. (USMC)
Timothy J. Viera, Okinawa, Japan; and Command Sgt.
Maj. (USA) James Ross, El Paso, Texas. 4th Prize, $50
gift card, Sgt. 1st Class (USA) Chad Johnson, Lawton,
Okla.; Ashley Collins, Minot AFB, N.D.; Lance Cpl.
Samantha Jones, Camp Pendleton,
Calif; Tracy Olson, Fairbanks, AK;
Deanna Seto, Fort Drum, N.Y; and
Capt. (USANG) Dennis A. Christian,
Largo, Fla. All winning images can
be viewed online at http://www.aafes.
The game of POGs originated in
the 1920s on the Hawaiian island of
Maui. There dairy workers played
the game during breaks using
ech Sgt Carrie Bernard simple milk caps. POGs stand for
an acronym for a popular Hawaiian
drink made from passion fruit, oranges and guava
juices. The game is played with disc-like objects
which have pictures on their face side. Mass appeal
has followed since reintroduction of the game in the
(Courtesy ofAAFES news service)

Nov. 3, 2006

Nov. 3, 2006

Mandatory No FearAct training available for civilians

Tyndall civilian personnel, federal and non-
appropriated fund, are required to take No Fear Act
training by Nov. 17.
The Notification and Federal Employee
Antidiscrimination and Retaliation Act of 2002,
also known as the No Fear Act, requires Federal
agencies to be accountable for violations of
antidiscrimination and whistleblower protection
laws. By completing this course, personnel will
become acquainted with their rights, remedies and
responsibilities under applicable antidiscrimination
and whistleblower protection laws.
The Air Force has developed an online training
course that meets the training requirements of the
No Fear Act and Office of Personnel Management
Personnel with computer access can find the No
Fear Act mandatory training at https://golear.csd. Once logged in, click "Course List," "
Ancillary Training" and "No Fear Act Training."

The system will automatically track completion,
however, participants will not receive credit for
taking the course until they pass the test with a
score of 70 percent, or higher.
At the end of the online training session, personnel
will be prompted to verify successful completion.
Verification ensures they receive credit for the
training. Click on "My Transcript" to print a copy
of the certificate. Fax the transcript to 283-2478
before Nov. 17.
Personnel without Internet access must attend
one of the No Fear Act training sessions held
1 p.m. on Nov. 9, 14, 15 and 16. All classes are
held in the 325th Fighter Wing Equal Employment
Opportunity office training room 267 in
Bldg. 662. Attendees must sign in on the day of
their assigned training.
For more information or to sign up for the course,
contact the EEO office at 283-4319.
(Courtesy of the 325th FWEEO office)

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AAFES 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

The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
Airman 1st Class Michael Johnson,
325th Security Forces

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Nov. 3, 2006 Z Look for the new Funshine Review brochure inserted into the Gulf Defender the first of every month. ?

13th Annual
TarkAey Trt

S5K Walk/Run
Nov. 16
i. .. '" -. fxe TWalk 3 p.m.
r Run 3 p.m.
Prizes woill be awarded
Fordetrils, contact Fitness Center 283-2631.
Great American Smokeout
The 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
SMo W journey, along with other resources for
quitting tobacco.
Fordetals, contact the IHAWC 283-3826.1
CALL 283-4357 FOR DETAILS .....__ __ _

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Nov. 3, 2006

stopped, was crushed. Moments after the Airmen made
contact with the victims, a small fire started near the
engine under the badly damaged hood.
"The three of us tried to open the driver's door to get
the victims out of the car," said Airman Reid. "The fire
was starting to spread and caught some leaves and brush
on fire around the car's hood."
Smoke soon surrounded the area, and the Airmen
knew they needed to immediately get the victims out of
the car and away from the smoke and fumes.
According to the Airmen, a loud "pop" sounded
from the engine and fire continued to spread under the
crumpled hood.
"We unlocked the driver's door and pried it open,"
said Airman Reid.
Airman Johnson and the other young man were able
to carry the driver to a safe place far from the flames,
smoke and fumes.
"We quickly went back to the car and helped his
wife out of the passenger seat and pulled her out of
the car," said Airman Johnson. "As Airman Reid was
comforting the male driver, I was making a clearing for
the paramedics who would be arriving shortly."
The Airmen were seeking safe ground when suddenly,
approximately 150 feet behind them, the vehicle
exploded and was engulfed in flames.
The Airmen and victims were startled by the explosion,
but were able to make it to the road safely where they
were met by paramedics and state troopers.
"After the car blew up, state troopers arrived along
with medics and firefighters," said Airman Johnson.
"The fire started to spread in the forest, and it took the

Gulf Defender Page 17

firefighters a while to extinguish it."
The victims were taken to Tallahassee Memorial
Hospital by Madison County Emergency Medical
"My husbandwas driving andlostconsciousness,
we ended up in a ravine," said Jane Evans, accident
victim. "The two young men came running down
the ravine and pulled us out of the burning car.
They saved two lives that day, and we're very
Ms. Evans said the Airmen helped them find the
assistance they needed and saw to it that they were
safely taken to the hospital. Charles Evans, Jane's
husband, spent subsequent days in the hospital
following the accident.
"I would like to tell those gentlemen how grateful
I am for what they did to help us, they saved us from
the explosion they truly saved our lives," said Ms.
According to the report issued by the Florida State
Highway Patrol, the car traveled approximately 200
feet off the interstate and crashed through a fence
and trees. The car's airbag deployed and the vehicle
According to Florida Highway Patrol Trooper
George Smymios, Madison County firefighters and
volunteers fought to extinguish the blaze.
"Three young men heroically pulled the driver and
passenger out (of the vehicle)," Officer Smymios
And two of those heroes were our own Airmen
who responded bravely, ensured the safety and well-
being of others and proudly represented Tyndall.

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before Sept. 1:
ADSC reason and amount
of ADSC Waiver authorized:
Permanent change of station, full
Promotion, 18 months (no
promotion ADSC for TSgt)
Professional military education,
full Air Force Institute of
Technology (master's), full
Air Force Educational Leave or
Absence (Bootstrap), full Technical
training. Full LADSC eligibles
serving accompanied overseas tours
must apply to retire the first day of the
month following their date expected to
return from overseas if their DEROS
is in the month of Aug. or prior. If the
members DEROS is in the month of
September or after the member must
request to retire on Sept. 1.
"Now is the time for them to
take action," said Senior Airman
Celene Delice, 325th Mission
Support Squadron relocations and
employment assistant NCO in charge.
"These sergeants need to work closely
with their commander support staffs to
monitor their application status after
the notification is approved by the
AFPC contact center online."
Waivers will not be approved once
an AFSC reaches the sustainment quota
identified in the enlisted force shaping
matrix, which can be found online
"An important task retirees need to
accomplish is to verify their information

on the Department of Defense Form
214," said Sergeant Fabiano. "Since
retirements have gone online we do not
provide that service for them but we are
here to help them with the process."
Recoupment of unearned portions of
bonuses is required under the LADSC
Waiver Program.
For more in-depth information about
the LADSC Waiver Program to include
detailed eligibility criteria visit the Air
Force Personnel Center Force Shaping
Web site, http://www.afpc.randolph.
In addition to these two programs,
the MPF advises first-term Airmen it
is possible applications on the career
job reservations waiting list could
take longer to process while quotas
for Enlisted Force Shaping are being
worked out.
"You need a reservation to reenlist,"
said Sid Duffer, 325th Mission Support
Squadron relocations and employment.
"Airmen can do this automatically on
AFPC's secure site. There are also a
lot of questions and answers on the web
and they can always call us at 283-2038
to get assistance."
For information on or inquires
about DOS rollback or the LADSC
Waiver Program, contact Relocations
and Employments at 283-4144,
extension 3 or speak with the Section
Superintendent, MSgt Lorenzo, at
283-8368. AFPC Retirements section
be reached at DSN 665-5000.
(Editor note: Information complied
from AFPC public affairs.)

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