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Title: The Gulf defender
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Place of Publication: Panama City Fla
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Publication Date: November 9, 2006
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GULF


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


Clinic closed Friday
Tyndall's medical clinic
will be closed Friday.
This includes all pharma-
cy, radiology and labora-
tory services. For Tricare
Prime beneficiaries en-
rolled 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.

CES one-day closure
The 325th Civil
Engineer Squadron will
be closed for an official
function 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. Nov. 16. For a
facility emergency that
requires immediate
attention, contact 325th
CES customer service at
283-4949.

No Gulf Defender
There will be no Gulf
Defender Nov. 24. due
to the Thanksgiving
holiday.








Tyndall's newest Chiefs
announced ... PAGE 8

Turkey Shoot wrap up ...
PAGES 10-11
New medical insurance
cards for Tyndall clinic
patrons ... PAGE 14


Team Tyndall succeeds, reaches CFC goals


CHmssY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing PublicAffairs
After six weeks, the 2006 Combined
Federal Campaign endedNov. 2 and Tyndall
exceeded its goal by nine percent.
"I can't say enough about what an
awesome job the key workers did to make
this happen and the generosity of all of the
members of Tyndall," said Senior Master
Sgt. Billy Simmons, 325th Maintenance
Group Weapons Standardization flight
superintendent and base project officer for
CFC. "Capt. Taona Enriquez, the Northwest
Florida project officer, and I were very
happy ... we raised $217,195 this year,
exceeding the highest known goal ever set
at Tyndall."
One unit was especially determined
to make up for not meeting goal last
year. Headquarters Air Force Civil
Engineer Support Agency not only
met its goal, but it exceeded it by 26
percent.


'Teamwork, communication, leadership
involvement and persistency is what
made it happen," said Master Sgt. Melissa
Sequin, HQ AFCESA bio-environmental
engineering liaison. "Our commander
said there was no such thing as a goal too
high, so we had 100 percent contact within
the first two weeks. We also had to work
with our agency's flexible work schedule.
When someone went on temporary duty,
another person stepped up and didn't let it
drop. We have very charitable people in
our organization."
Fundraising events were also important
tools to help the base get closer to its goal.
"This year, our fundraising committee
raised $2,030," said Sergeant Simmons.
Key workers from 325th Maintenance
Operations Squadron raised $1,200
from the CFC golf tournament; another
key worker raised $321 from the CFC
Bowl-a-thon; and a CFC Fun Run raised
$470 toward the wing goal, he said.


"It's not too late to donate," said Sergeant
Simmons. "Personnel can donate through
the United Way downtown and their
contributions can be kept private from our
records."
Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter
Wing commander, was pleased with the
outcome of the campaign.
"You are amazing Americans with
incredible compassion," he said. "You
have far exceeded our 2006 CFC
contribution goal. You leave your
commanders speechless with your
dedication to mission, technical expertise
and spirit to succeed. In 2080, historians
will write, 'Those Airmen at the turn of
the 21st Century were truly the greatest
generation.'"
Later this month, the base will recognize
CFC key workers at a breakfast to
thank them for their successful efforts.
Contributors who gave 1.5 percent of their
pay are also invited.


Trst Temok Tranin


Vol. 65, No. 44


Nov. 9, 2006


Heart-stopping action

Staff Sgt. Brad Nunley and
Airman 1st Class Bryant Ax-
tell, 325th Aeromedical-Dental
Squadron medical technicians,
simulate cardio-pulmonary re-
suscitation on Tech. Sgt. Allen
Merritt, 325th Security Forces
Squadron, during an exer-
cise Monday. Sergeant Merritt
played the part of a patrolman
who responded to the scene
and needed immediate medical
attention when he simulated a
heart attack.






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One last look

Senior Airman Rod-
ney Gibbs, 309th Air-
craft Maintenance
Unit weapons load
crew member, per-
forms an end-of-run-
way inspection on an
F-16 prior to its take
off.
Six F-16s and ap-
proximately 50 Air-
men from Luke AFB,
Ariz., are conducting
Raptor Direct Support
Dissimilar Training
with the 43rd Fighter
Squadron here until
Sunday.
Chrissy Cuttita


"Meeting my wife, Barbara, at
Chanute AFB, Ill. was my fondest
memory."


DICK LAMBERT JAMES STIGALL
Retired master sergeant Retired technical sergeant


"In Southeast Asia during Vietnam,
I had the opportunity to fly on a he-
licopter and go into the zone. I'll
always remember that because I
was a ground troop."


ROBERT ABERNATHY
Retired master sergeant


"My most memorable assignment
was Iceland. It was a different
culture and a beautiful place.
I volunteered to go back three
times."

ALEX KELLEY
Retired staff sergeant


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


"I enjoyed seeing Germany and
visiting its different cities while
stationed at two bases there. I miss
the camaraderie."


Idv1tif this I


Can you identify this object?
If so, send an e-mail to edi-
tor@tyndall.afmil with "Iden-
tify 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. Senior
Airman Dana McDermott,
1st Aircraft Maintenance
Unit, correctly guessed the
"Identify This" for Nov. 3 as
Carebear "Funshine Bear."
Congratulations Airman Mc-
Dermott! Come claim your
prize.


Military retiree focus:

What is your fondest memory of

serving?


Nov. 9, 2006


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Nov. 9, 2006 OMME ARY Gulf
------------------------- hMMETAR ----- -------- ---

Fitness in today's Air Force gets Airmen
LT. COL. MICHAEL R. UPDIKE of aerobic conditioning, rather than Second, members testing at in
Air Force Research Laboratory participation in regular exercise, education installations over 5,000 feet above sea lo
With the requirement to defend this on exercise techniques and the benefits of level will have additional points awarded y(
nation and its interest by performing exercise. But finally, the Air Force has to reflect physiological differences in w
military operations, whenever, wherever realized the "bike test" was not improving oxygen capacity at high elevations.
and for any length of time, does the Air the overall fitness ofthe Air Force. Last,ongoingeducationandasupportive er
Force fitness program ensure members After years of study and debate, cln ironinnlct is available for all members is
are physically ready? phi sical iradiness cane to tlhe folfiront and i Ials intc'n crllon is used for marginal
Fitness, or physical readiness, has seen of Air Force iicssu due to the operational and.'poor tit inclnbcr to maintain health to
man\ chances in the past I \cairs Whenl temnpo and the phi sical condition ot, and fitness of the force
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in shape
the Air Force regarding fitness. It is no
nger looked upon as a simple once-a-
ear test, but a lifestyle change for those
ho wear the blue uniform.
Whetherthe Air Force fitness program
isures members are physically ready
yet to be seen.
Look around the base gym is filled
capacity c\ cr da\. %%aist lines arc
.crcasin'. people arc 111tnning. at all
nes all o.,:c thliba.S and |icoplc arc
i t =li. n l, ms.t'W it l1I s. I 111K and
lathlons:a.t 'aif iubi~ain ratcs chi
Be itI +": I ':i' ." i :* l i l iI"
Butltklc ieal tlest is tlia,[sia ll'n\ iiolnllll'llit
f dap IlK ili and success Air Force
cicmK'b enjoy due to their new found
lysical readiness.
I foresee good things for the Air
force and its physical readiness and as
e continue to fight wars jointly, I'm
)sitive our service partners will start to
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Disabled veteran pays respect to members, hopes others follow


BRADLEY STEARNS
Air Force retired disabled veteran
Recently, I saw a show on TV entitled, "Letters
from Home: Voices" by Bill Couterie. It was a
moving documentary about the families of military
members who gave their lives in the war in Iraq.
The pain that filled the emptiness left from these
deaths was almost unbearable to witness. I felt
such empathy for these families. But I was also
filled with an immense pride for the soldiers who
perished; a pride that comes from a feeling of deep
indebtedness for the sacrifice each man and woman
made for my country, not only in this current war,
but all wars in our country's history.
I do indeed feel indebted to those people, as well


as those who are currently sacrificing by placing
themselves in harm's way to ensure a safe tomorrow
for all who believe in and desire freedom and a just
society.
In this documentary, each family recounted not
only the letters their loved ones sent home, but
the dreaded "knock on the door" that brought their
family life as they knew it to ruin. I, thankfully have
not had to hear the "knock on the door" and pray to
God I never do.
I am proud my wife chose to follow in my path by
earning a commission in the Air Force.
But, I know the fear and loathing of a possible visit
from the base chaplain at my door. So I empathize with
those that have lost. Feeling this way only intensifies


my pride and gratitude for having the freedoms I do
and the gift of living in such a free country.
This is where I see a lot of Americans falter, even
here on an active duty military installation. We
are all Americans, and we owe our freedoms and
rights to all the men and women who have fought,
suffered, bled and died on the battle fields of history
to protect our lives, homeland and security. It is a
price paid for us by them. We as American citizens
paid nothing for it, and seemingly have no obligation
to pay any price for what we have. But I say we do
have a price to pay.
What we as American citizens have to pay is

SEE COMMENTARY PAGE 14


Action Line
Call 283-2255


BRIG. GEN. TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander


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


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


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.


p%:rfoniianct., ii.,ports nia% 'r'L IIICIII( %: fi~lll%:SS






Page 4 Gulf Defender


America's recycling day
Wednesday is America Recycles The Air Force is dedicated to protecting
Day. It is a day to encourage Americans and respecting the natural resources four
to recycle and buy recycled countryandourworld. Aspartofthe
products. ongoing Wm the War Against
First celebrated in Waste campaign, an initiative
1997, the number of to reduce solid waste, all


participants has grown f
each year as
communitiesand N
individuals renew 1
their commitment
to preserving our
planet's resources.
The more people
recycle, the more material
is available for products we all use
every day. In addition to not going into
landfills, using recycled material means
that manufacturers have to take fewer
raw materials from the environment.
This saves a lot of energy and helps


W our active duty members,
civilian employees, and
. their family members
are encouraged to
support Tyndall's efforts
Wednesday by renewing
their commitment to
recycling.
For more information
on America's Recycling Day
and recycling at Tyndall, contact the
Recycling Center at 283-CANS and
look for a feature on how to recycle in an
upcoming edition of the GulfDefender.
(Courtesy of 325th Civil Engineer


preserve natural habitats. Squadron)


Nov. 9, 2006





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Safe medication use is vital for health


CAPT. MARY ROJAs
32bth Ivedical Group
The number of medications available for treating
patients is increasing everyday. There are medications
that can delay the need for surgery, treat acute illnesses,
delay and treat chronic diseases such as diabetes and
asthma, ease pain and improve quality of life.
But despite these potential benefits, this increase
in medication use rises the concern and risk of drug
interactions and other medicine-related problems. The
key to preventing drug interactions and medicine-
related problems is through safe medication use.
You can help protect yourself from drug interactions
by making sure your doctor or other health care
provider know all the medications you are taking.


You can do this by keeping a written record of your
current medications, dosage and how often you take it.
Be sure to include prescription medications, over-the-
counter medications, vitamins, herbal supplements and
home remedies. Also keep a list of the medications
you cannot take due to allergic reactions. Learn about
your medications and how to use them properly. Make
sure you know why you need the new prescription and
how to take it before leaving the doctor's office. Ask
if you should avoid certain foods, beverages or other
medications and what side effects are common with
your new prescription. It is OK to ask questions when
you don't understand.


* SEE MEDICATION PAGE 15


Nov. 9, 2006






Page 8 Gulf Defender


DOD to resume anthrax vaccinations


WASHINGTON (AFPN) The Department
of Defense announced Oct. 16 a resumption of
the mandatory Anthrax Vaccine Immunization
Program for military members, emergency-essential
DOD civilians and contractors, based on defined
geographic areas or roles.
For the most part, mandatory vaccinations are
limited to military units designated for homeland
bioterrorism defense and to U.S. forces assigned to
the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility
and Korea.
The undersecretary of defense for personnel and
readiness will issue implementing instructions to
the military services for resuming the mandatory
vaccination program within 30 to 60 days.
"The anthrax vaccine will protect our troops from
another threat a disease that will kill, caused by
a bacteria that already has been used as a weapon
in America, and that terrorists openly discuss," said
Dr. William Winkenwerder Jr., assistant secretary of
defense for health affairs.
The policy also allows those previously immunized
against anthrax, who are no longer deployed to
higher threat areas, to receive follow-up vaccine
doses and booster shots on a voluntary basis.
Under the voluntary vaccination policy,
implemented during the period of a court injunction


throughout 2005, the
voluntary acceptance rate
was about 50 percent.
"This rate of vaccination
not only put the service
members at risk, but
also jeopardized unit
effectiveness and degraded
medical readiness. The
threat environment and
Graphe Illustrabon by SWf Sgt Stacey Haga
the unpredictable nature of
terrorism make it necessary to include biological
warfare defense as part of our force protection
measures," Dr. Winkenwerder said.
Anthrax is a deadly infection, and the anthrax
vaccine is an important force protection measure to
combat it. In the fall of 2001, 22 cases of anthrax
resulted from attacks with anthrax spores through
the U.S. postal system. Five people died in these
attacks.
The Food and Drug Administration has
repeatedly found, and independent medical experts
have confirmed, the anthrax vaccine is safe and
effective.
For more information on the anthrax vaccination
program, visit http://www.vaccines.mil/ or http://
www.vaccines.mil/anthrax.


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Tech. Sgt. Major Johnson


Statt Sgt Stacey Haga
Sergeant Johnson receives the Checkertail Salute
Warrior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. Tod
Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander.
Sergeant Johnson has been a "go-to" point at the com-
mand post since he arrived here, immersing himself in a
wide range of operations. In addition to his regular duties,
he serves as a client support administrator to his flight,
which also improves his duties as the command post and
crisis action team, C2 systems administrator.


Duty title: Command and control
systems NCO in charge
Hometown: West Liberty, Ky.
Time on station: Three years
Time in service: Seventeen years
Hobbies: Fishing, boating, comput-
ers and muscle cars
Goals: Make master sergeant and
finish degree
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The mild winter weather
Favorite movie: "Lord of the Rings"
Favorite book: The Rigante series
by David Gemmel
Proudest moment in the mili-
tary: Making technical sergeant
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 re-
ceive a certificate, letter from the commander
and a one-day pass.


II II III .1. I


Congratulations to

Tyndall's newest

chief master

sergeants!

(The following senior master sergeants were
selected for promotion Wednesday.

Michael Dye 325th AMXS
Paul King 325th MXG
Jose Perez 325th AMXS
Billy Simmons Jr. 325th MXG


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Sudens learn value of pmIIessionaf organization


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CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing PublicAffairs
Beyond technical training and professional military
education courses, students and Airmen here can enhance
their careers by being members of a variety of professional
organizations.
Tyndall's pro orgs offer Airmen the opportunities to gain
insight about the Air Force mission, their role as members of
team Tyndall and add bullets to performance evaluations, all
while socializing with peers and building relationships with
the community.
Airmen new to the Air Force can join Active Airmen
Association. NCOs can join Focus 56, the First Sergeants
Association or the Top 3, depending on rank. Lieutenants
and captains interact with their peers through the Company
Grade Officer Council. The Air Force Sergeants Association
recruits a variety of people.
"I want to get involved, have something to do and find
ways to volunteer and help out," said Airman Roque Otero,
325th Operations Support Squadron information manager,
who plans to get involved with AAA.
The group is made up of Airmen ranks E-1 to E-4 who are
constantly involved in community service, fundraisers or just
interacting with others. Their mission is to serve as an open
avenue to transform today's Airmen into positive role models
for the military and community, focusing on self-motivation
and professionalism.
Focus 56, which are NCO members of ranks E-5 or E-6,
get involved in mentoring Airmen, whether they are AAA
members, First Term Airmen Center students, Airmen
Leadership School students or Airmen on base who need
direction from someone who recently wore their stripes.
"We bridge the gap from Airman to NCO," said Staff Sgt.
Lakieta Smith, 83rd Fighter Wing Weapon System Evaluation
Program expeditor, about Focus 56 and their mentoring efforts.
"Our organization creates well-rounded Airmen, and


Senior Master Sgt. David Brett, Airman and Family F
Center deputy director, serves Airmen hamburger
dogs at the professional organization cookout Fi
cookout was held to encourage Airmen to become
in a professional organization on base.


helps with their careers," said Airman 1st Class Brandon
Christopher, 325th Communications Squadron network
infrastructure technician and AAA president. 'This why we
get members."
It's also why Airmen join any one of the many of the pro
orgs here.
"You name it and we probably have our hands on it," said
Master Sgt. Eric Hall, 325th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron
NCO in charge and Top 3 president. "We provide the manning
for Operation Turkey drop, run the senior NCO induction
ceremony, host dormitory barbecues for Airmen and involve
ourselves in many other events."
Getting involved means not only getting to know peers, but
getting to know the entire base.
"I not only meet other company grade officers, I also get
to meet the guest speakers so I have a comfort level now
when I talk to other people on base," said 2nd Lt. George
Amelang, who hopes other 325th Air Control Squadron air
battle manager students like him will join the CGOC.
"An ABM, for example, has a small glimpse of what the
Air Force is about," said 1st Lt. David Paolillo, 43rd Aircraft
Maintenance Unit officer in charge. "They are commissioned
and right away go to their assignment. If the ABM went to
CGOC, he could meet others. Say he has a problem with his
identification card ortravel voucher, he'll probably get direction
from a personnel officer he networked with at CGOC."
Many Airmen interviewed who were members of a pro org
said they were able to get out of their day-to-day job and see
the larger Air Force by being involved with their professional
group.
Every group also has some way of giving back to the
community and/or the Air Force.
AAA's Airmen Against Drunk Driving program gave safe
rides home to 274 Tyndall personnel this year, ensuring not
only their safety, but eliminating a possible driving under the
influence charge that could ruin an Airman's military career.
The Air Force Sergeants Association supports
the interests of enlisted personnel in or on
Capitol Hill.
Top 3 members often volunteer to teach
SNCO enhancement courses or NCO Academy
classes on topics ranging from Air Force history
to etiquette.
"We've been in the trenches and worked hard
in our jobs so now it is time to give back and
mentor new leaders, reproducing ourselves
so we continue to be the best Air Force," said
Sergeant Hall. "If we weren't here to lead and
mentor, then the buck would stop there."
Tyndall's pro orgs promote camaraderie by
encouraging Airmen to have fun together with
their peers. CGOs plan canoeing trips and
skydiving opportunities. AAA hosts parties
Chrissy Cuttita for members or has staff sergeant promotion
Readiness parties hosted for them by Focus 56. Every
s and hot group enjoys community service, whether
riday. The it's working at the dining facility to serve
e involved Airmen holiday meals, or supporting charities
downtown.


What study habits help you
through air battle manager
training?

"Studying in group the day before
latest really helped my classmates and
me. We were able to work together
and help each other out."

2ND LT. ALEX DEMMA
325th Air Control Squadron ABM student


Congratulations to Mission
Ready Airmen graduates of
Classes 2007- 003 and 2007- 004
from the 372nd Training Squad-
ron Detachment 4!









Congratulations to the Air
Battle Manager graduates of
Class 07-002 from the 325th
Air Control Squadron!


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Senior Airman
Bradley Jones,
95th AMU crew
chief prepares
an Eagle for
launch


Staff Sgt. John McClean, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, s
nals engine start an F-15 Eagle pilot during Operation Turkey Shoot.


Shortly after an F-22 lands and parks on Tyndall's runway, Airman
Ensor greets Colonel Huyck to recover the aircraft Nov. 1. The pilot
had just completed a 2 versus 14 mission during the Turkey Shoot


STORY AND PHOTOS BY CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Imagine competing in the 325th
Fighter Wing Turkey Shoot to be the
best organization relying on crew
chiefs to maintain jets flawlessly,
weapons loaders to securely arm jets,
pilots to fly the mission using precise
perfection, accurate information from
air battle managers who monitor the
airspace and intelligence officers who
create challenging real time war-like
scenarios.
Now, imagine competing for top
team honors and winning two years in
a row.
To do that, you'd have to be a
"Bonehead."
"We in the 95th Fighter Squadron
made this a priority and the officer and
NCO in charge of the 95th Aircraft
Maintenance Unit made this a prior-
ity," said Lt. Col. Bill Routt, 95th FS
commander. "Once that happened,
the people made this their priority and
pushed with even more effort. The
exertion of those participating, and


even those not, was truly impressive. I
haven't seen this much focus by a group
of individuals on a Turkey Shoot ever.
It was as though no one would accept
second place."
"The winners, successfully defended
the island killing 13 of 14 enemy air-
craft with no losses," said Capt. Christo-
pher Ridlon, 325th Operational Support
Squadron instructor pilot. "The heavily
outnumbered scenario forced the pilots
to rely on intelligence for accurate in-
formation as well as their controllers
for situational awareness during the
fight. The 14 adversaries, something
normally seen only in a large force
exercise, represented a significant step
up in the level of challenge compared
to past Turkey Shoots.
"The realistic scenario allowed pi-
lots, controllers and intelligence officers
to not only gain esprit de corps but also
gain valuable training to sharpen their
skills. For instructor pilots who often
fly against lower-threat scenarios for
student training, the Turkey Shoot was
an opportunity to practice tactics against


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a higher threat level."
The pressure was on and jets
filled Tyndall's skies from sunrise
Oct. 30, until the roar of award
recipients came late afternoon
Friday in Hangar 1.
"Basically, fighter squad-
rons and AMUs were competing
against each other to prepare the
best aircraft as a complete weapon
system for the pilots, who then
m compete against other air assets
in an airborne scenario," said Col.
Brett Haswell, 325th Maintenance
Group commander.
S Approximately six days before
the competition even started,
the 325th Operations Group's
four fighter squadrons and cor-
responding 325th MXG's four
AMUs were provided with a base-
line scenario by the intelligence
flights, also competing for their
own awards.
"The baseline scenario al-
lows the intelligence personnel
to construct charts
and inform their pi-
g- lots/aircrew in order
to begin the mission
planning process," said Capt.
David Anderson,
325th Opera-
tions Support
Squadron
intelligence
chief. "Partici-
pants are provid-
ed daily intelli-
gence updates to
simulate real-
world mes-
sage traffic, ...
conflict de-


combat. Turkey Shoot allowed the OG
squadrons and their maintenance sup-
port to practice wartime functions in a
peacetime, competitive environment.
It is a key opportunity to practice core
intelligence combat functions outside
of our daily requirements of instruct-
ing permanent party and student pilots
and aircrew."
The base-wide competition gave
real-world warfighting experience and
the opportunity to boost team spirit to
the members of the 325th MXG and
OG squadrons.
"Turkey Shoot fostered spirit de
corps and gave maintainers a goal to
shoot for," said Tech. Sgt. Randall Au-
bin, 43rdAMU loading element NCO in
charge, "It also shows how the weapons
load crew entwines with the mission."
"Turkey Shoot was fantastic and
very challenging," said Lt. Col. Kevin
Huyck, 43rd Fighter Squadron direc-
tor of operations, after completing a 2
verses 14 aircraft mission Nov. 1. "It
was tough getting air dominance out
there. The F-22 gives you great
situational awareness."
For maintainers, the 325th MXG
quality assurance evaluators looked
for safety and technical
order compliance.
"It takes a good pre-
flight inspection and a
good launch (to win),"
said Master Sgt. Rob-
ert Gulp, 325th
MXG QA evalu-
ator. "We make
sure maintainers
are using TOs and
show profes-
sionalism."
Teams


velopments lost points
and to for having a
compli- discrepancy
cate their The Turkey Shoot trophy is displayed at the 95th during the
mission graded Turkey


planning process."
"The scenario for the simulator and
live fly missions take into account
the observed weapons and tactics of
a selected country of interest," said
Captain. Anderson. "This was done
to add realism and practice core in-
telligence functions utilized during


Shoot inspections. Being graded with
zero discrepancies is why Sergeant Au-
bin thought his team excelled and they
did by winning top launch crew for a
defensive-counter air mission.
"They had a great load and made time
with no mistakes," he said. "Teamwork
works well."


Tech. Sgt. Frank Sharrett, left, and Staff Sgt. Ken Josey, right, 325th
Air Control Squadron, instructor weapons directors, control the


skies during the competition.

QA compared all scores for Tyndall
AMUs to determine the ultimate winner
was the 95th AMU.
"More eyes were looking at you and
it was more stressful," said Airman
Joshua Ensor, 43rd AMU crew chief.
"We had to make sure we stayed
on task step-by-step," said Staff Sgt.
Ralph Heard, 43rd AMU crew chief.
Each squadron went into the fight
with more than just their daily co-
workers. Behind each one of them
were 325th Air Control Squadron
instructors who took time from teach-
ing air battle management students
to provide tactical command and
control for the competition. Many
of the instructors had experience on
an E-3 Airborne Warning and Control
System during Operations Enduring
Freedom, Iraqi Freedom and/or Noble
Eagle.
"It was a chance for our guys to
get away from their daily routine and
gain good experience that will help
them with their weapons school appli-
cation," said Capt. Jerry Canny 325th
ACS weapons and tactics chief.


Being awarded the best weapons
technician also gave winning air
battle managers bragging rights. The
same reward went to the squadron's
top pilot simulator technician. A
three-man team from the 325th ACS
was matched with each fighter squad-
ron to provide the "big picture" of the
scenario in Tyndall's skies during the
competition.
In the end, Turkey Shoot partici-
pants went back to their units with
pride.
"Recognition among their peers,
team building validation and good old
fashioned camaraderie are founda-
tions of why our Air Force is the best
in the world," said Colonel Haswell.
"No one comes close due to the ex-
cellent quality of our people and their
motivation to succeed."
"For now, the trophy remains in
blue, (the 95th FS tail color) but we
cannot let up," said Colonel Routt.
"The wolf at the bottom of the hill
is always hungrier than the wolf at
the top. Here's to the next Turkey
Shoot."






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Guuz Guiw:


Temporary library hours
Tyndall's library hours will change its
hours temporarily starting Dec. 5. They
will be closed Mondays, Thursdays
and holidays. Hours of operation are:
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday; 11 a.m. to
6p.m.Wednesdays and Fridays; 10a.m. to
6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday.

Equal opportunity training
Tyndall civilian personnel federal
and non-appropriated fund are required
to take No FearAct training by Nov. 17.
Personnel with computer access can find
the No Fear Act mandatory training at
https://goleam.csd.disa.mil. Personnel
without Internet access must attend one
of the No FearAct training sessions held
1 p.m. today, Tuesday, Wednesday and
Nov. 16. held in the Equal Employment
Opportunity office training room 267 in
Bldg. 662.
For more information or to sign up
for the course, contact the EEO office
at 283-4319.

CCAF briefs maintainers
Personnel interested in a civilian
aircraft maintenance career, persons
seeking to become more well-rounded
and diversified maintainers and anyone
who needs information on obtaining
the Federal Aviation Administration
Airframe and Powerplant certifica-
tion are invited to a Community Col-
lege of the Air Force briefing here.
CCAF's Licensure and Certifications
Branch will hold briefings at 9 a.m.,
11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Nov. 27 in
the Tyndall NCOA Auditorium.

Heart Link
The nextHeartLinkis 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 leam more about the Air Force
mission, customs and available resources
and services. For more information or to
make reservations, contact the Airmen and
Family Readiness Flight at 283-4205.

Annual Golden Age holiday party
Tyndall will be hosting a party for
veterans and their spouses from 1 to
3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Enlisted Club.
Donations for cookies (sugar-free if
possible) and fruit basket sponsors will
be greatly appreciated. For more in-


formation please contact Chief Mas-
ter Sgt. Sharrell Callaway, 283-8845;
Chief Master Sgt. Arleen Heath,
283-2037, for cookie donations; Mas-
ter Sgt. Travis Fritts, 283-2222, for
entertainment and Senior Master Sgt.
Mike Goetz, 283-8387, to volunteer.

AAFES "Take it home today"
The Army and Air Force Exchange
Service is expanding its "Take it
Home Today." Benefits include instant
credit upon approval, no up-front fees
or down payment, a low interest rate
and low monthly payments. "Take it
Home Today!" is now available at all
AAFES facilities that stock qualifying
merchandise. Authorized exchange
customers can contact their local
exchange's store or general manager
for additional details.

Commissary gift baskets and
gift certificates
About 100 gift baskets at prices lower
than commercial retail are always avail-
able anytime at Virtual Commissary at
www.commissaries.com. "Gift of Grocer-
ies," commissary gift certificates, can be


purchased by anyone at a commissary or
gift-wrapped and mailed through the online
Web site. Commissary gift certificates can
also be donated to one of several charities
that help military families. Gift certificates
can be purchased by anyone, but can only
be used by an authorized shopper.

GCCC announcements
Gulf Coast Community College
will be closed Friday for Veterans
Day, Nov. 22 for a student holiday
and Nov. 23 24 for Thanksgiving.
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.
Holiday decor will be accepted
through Nov. 17. Only winter clothing
is being accepted for consignment. For
more information, call 286-5888 during
business hours.


Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday,
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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Chrissy Cuttita
Gobbling donations
Master Sgt. Andre Warfield, 372nd Training Squadron/Detachment 4, military training leader, do-
nates food items to the Operation Turkey Drop donation box, located in front of the Commissary.
Items needed include oven bags, baby food, dessert, cranberry sauce, apple sauce, canned fruits
and vegetables, stuffing, and biscuit mix. The food baskets will be made Nov. 19 and delivered on
Nov. 20 to families in need of food for Thanksgiving dinner.






Nov. 9, 2006


Big rivalries shake Prog standings

PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATOR mask penalty against Dallas, which I thought was a
From the land of monsoons little overboard. I thought it was clearly incidental
Rivalries were rekindled as teams took the field and should have been a five-yard penalty. Since it
Sunday. One game stood out from the rest because of was a defensive penalty, and the game can't end on
an age-old rivalry, a defensive penalty, one untimed down would be
Despite the difference in records coming in, the played. This gave Novak a chance for a 47-yard field
Cowboys v. Redskins game goal and redemption from his
was expected to be exciting previous miss.
and it didn't disappoint. Who is Tyndall Just as Novak won many
Seven points was the largest picking? close games during his college
lead for either team and it career at nearby University of
lasted for about a quarter 325th MDOS picks Maryland, he came through
when the Redskins tied the for NFL Week ten: and won a pivotal game for
game at 19 apiece on an 18- Biltinimre .n1 I.!!! c the Redskins.
yard pass from quarterback *.' 'I Intlianamoli' The Services picker Kirby
Mark Brunell to tight end I_ k I..!.rd i Ali.nIl Pyka needs to start coming
^, ^ m i G reen Ba. ..ii I I iun 1.I .
Chris Cooley. The final Gr .I ..1 Jc n. ill through on his picks. As it
outcome of the game was KiM iti c I,.,m, stands, SVS is third from last
determined by a series of Ii ., .i.j Neii Enil,.mn in standings with 61 correct
amazing plays. San Diego .tt ii. picks. It sounds like he needs


With 35 seconds remaining s., i ..1n1. 1
in the game, Redskins kicker '. 1'., .-. ,n
Nick Novak lined up for a 49- Drn e r
yard field goal. The attempt DillaN
wouldn't even be close as he I 'I k.l:
SI. Loui
missed wide right. l, at
As a result, Dallas regained ,i 1
possession and in 31 seconds
Dallas drove all the way to
the Washington 17-yard line.
Dallas kicker Mike Vanderjagt, the most accurate
kicker in NFL history, attempted to win the game
with a 35-yard field goal, but the kick was blocked
by Redskins safety Troy Vincent and recovered by
Redskins safety, Sean Taylor.
Taylor returned it all the way to the Dallas 44-yard
line, but was tackled as time ran out. I was excited
for overtime, but was blind-sided by a 15-yard face-


to get over to the gym and
work out those forecasting
muscles. When I talked to
him about the remainder of
the season, he didn't sound
too confident.
"We've been pretty lousy,"
said Pyka. "The teams that


I are supposed to win aren't
winning."
When asked how he planned to get SVS back on
track, he sounded like the Cardinals after their heart-
break loss to the Bears.
"We're going to make our picks for the week and go
with the opposite," said Pyka.
We'll see how it works out for them. I wish them
good luck because they're going to need it.
Now let's get out there and watch some football!


Tyndall Tigers fall to Commandos


The Tyndall Tigers men's
varsity basketball came out on the
short end in both contests versus
the host Commandos of Hurlburt
Field in Southeastern Military
Athletic Conference regular
season play this past weekend.
The losses snapped the Tigers
18 game win streak against the
Commandos.
In Saturday's game, the two
squads traded baskets back and
forth during the first half with
Tyndall enjoying a two-point
lead at the half, 37-35. In the
second half, the game was close
until Hurlburt went on a late
run to build an eight-point lead,


66-58 with 3:38 remaining to
be played. After a time-out, the
Tigers mounted a run of their
own to pull within three points,
75-72 with 12 seconds remaining
in the game. The Tigers misfired
on their attempt to tie the game
and force a possible overtime,
while Hurlburt converted two free
throws to conclude the scoring
and take the victory. According
to Assistant Coach Al Overton
a key statistic in the loss for the
Tigers was the fact that Hurlburt
attempted 42 free throws, while
Tyndall only attempted 11 free
throws.
Sunday's game saw the two


Team
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RED HORSE
MOS
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SFS
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AMXS1
DS2
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Team High Game Scratch
Team High Series Scratch
Team High Game Handicap
Team High Series Handicap
High Male Game Scratch
High Male Series Scratch
High Male Game Handicap
High Male Series Handicap
High Female Game Scratch
High Female Series Scratch
High Female Game Handicap
High Female Series Handicap


Team
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AFCESA 2
AMMO
ACS 2
43rd AMU
AMXS 4
AFNORTH 3
AMXS 2
MDG
ISRD
CONS
372nd TRS
CS 2
Phase 2
Bye


DS2
AFNORTH1
SFS
43rd AMU
Gary Hite
Dave Andrews
Richard Lydick
George Beckford
Kelli Wimmer
Michelle Clements
Denise Morey
Jasmine Pech


teams engage in a defensive
struggle throughout the first half
as Hurlburt took a two-point
lead into the intermission, 28-26.
In the second stanza, Hurlburt
maintained a five-six point lead
for the majority of the half until
Tyndall mounted a run to come
with two points 53-51 with 3:25
remaining in the game. From that
point, the Tigers experienced an
untimely scoring drought, scoring
seven additional points while the
Commandos scored 16 to secure
the victory.
Saturday- Hurlburt 77, Tyndall 72
Sunday Hurlburt 69, Tyndall 58
(Courtesy of Tyndall Tigers)


Intramural Sports Standings

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652
266
744
211
548
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Pig Prog Scorebox

CONS 79 MDOS 71
MXS 79 CES 70
1st FS 77 NCOA 70
Pig Prog 75 OSS 69
CPTS 74 ACS 68
28th TES 72 First Sgts. 64
372nd TRS 72 CS 61
SVS 61
SFS 55
AMXS 49

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* FROM COMMENTARY PAGE 3
respect to our veterans, our
soldiers, our flag and our country.
Every single American citizen has
an obligatory duty to pay a price of
decency and respect to ourselves
through respect for our county.
Just the other day, I was driving
on base right around the time
when retreat sounded. Granted, I
am no longer active duty military,
I still understand my obligations
but as a citizen of my country and
as such, am proud to pay proper
respect when required. I and a few
others pulled our vehicles over
and stopped for the playing of our
national anthem.
Yet during the anthem three other
vehicles kept moving as if nothing
were happening. They seemed
oblivious to the many people who
were stopped on the road for the


playing of our anthem.
As a prior military member, I
know I am supposed to stop while
the anthem is played, if on foot
and in uniform salute the flag or
the music, and if not in uniform,
place my hand over my heart. I feel
everyone should know this not
just active duty members, but their
families as well, simply by virtue
of being an American citizen.
It is the price of respect we all
must pay for the sacrifices made
everyday by those much braver
than ourselves to step forth and
stand in defense of our way
of life. I find it offensive that
citizens would choose not to
stop for a few moments and pay
respect to the symbol of what
two of my own friends have
died for just this past year.
I feel even the military members


themselves should feel proud
of one another. Senior enlisted
folks and field grade officers
- remember why it was you
made the choice to join the
world's greatest military and
what it was you felt you needed
to help defend. Turn to your
nearest airman basic or second
lieutenant and say how proud
you are of them, that they,
too, would feel as strongly
about this job that they would
selflessly sign up for the chance
to defend the ideals and beliefs
held deep within the hearts of
the citizens of this country. Be
proud of each other and let each
other know it.
Lastly, I would like to say thank
you to all active duty members
for choosing to serve my country
and defend my way of life.


Process Change for Tyndall Insurance Cards


CAPT. ERIN VANDERWALL
325th Medical Group
The Tyndall Clinic third party collection
program has ramped up a new process to
reduce the amount of paperwork patients
fill out, while maintaining the currency of
insurance information on file.
The Third Party Collection Insurance
Card is at the center of this new process.
Each clinic, including pharmacy,
laboratory, and radiology, will be asking
to see this card every time an eligible
member presents for service. This process -
will ensure eligible members only have to
fill out the TPC form once a year, instead
New
of every time they have an appointment,
can b
as in the past.
Eligible members include all
active duty dependents, retirees, retiree family
members, as well as Tricare for Life beneficiaries
If a member has recently become eligible f(
Medicare, they may also be asked to present tf
Medicare card at the Military Personnel Fligi
in Bldg. 662 in order to complete the one-tin
update in the DEERS system.
If a member does not have the TPC card at td
time of care, or if the card has expired, they will t
asked to fill out the form at the third party collectic
office.
The TPC office is located off of the main clin
pharmacy lobby.
For minor children, multiple cards can be issue
to both parents or guardians and the child upc
request. The process to receive a new card at td
TPC office can take 10-15 minutes, so allow enough


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outpatient insurance cards and DD Form 2569
>e obtained at the TPC office.
time before a appointment.
ly If a member has health insurance to declare, the
s. clinic will absorb the cost share or co-pay portion
or of the civilian health care plan, while still applying
ie the cost of care to the member's deductible at no
ht cost to the member.
ie Therefore, the claims filed by Tyndall may result
in a significant cost savings if the member later seeks
ie care at a civilian facility. The money collected by
)e the Air Force from civilian insurance companies
)n goes directly to the local clinic to augment clinic
services. Last year alone, Tyndall applied more than
ic $325,600 to members' deductibles. This is a valuable
program for both patients and the facility, and the
;d clinic thanks its patrons for their continued support.
)n For more information, stop by the third party
ie collection office in the main clinic pharmacy lobby,
rh or call 283-7645.


For current information about
Air Force pay, benefits, jobs and
more, visit:
ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil


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The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
SeniorAirman Jimmy Welch
325th Civil Engineer
Squadron
firefighter


* FROM MEDICATION PAGE 7
Here are some additional tips for safe
medication use at home:
-Be sure to look through your medicine
supply at least once a year.
-Always store medication in a cool,
dry place or as stated on the label. Heat
and moisture can destroy or change
medications effectiveness. The bathroom
medicine cabinet is the worst place to store
medications.
-Throw away any medicines that are past
the expiration date. If the medication is not
dated, consider it to expire six months after
purchase.
-Do not take medication that is discolored,
smells unusual, or seems strange in any
other way.
-Keep all medicines in their original
containers.
-Keep all medicines out of the reach of
children.
-Do not throw away medications in open


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trash containers. Many of them can be
deadly to small children and pets.
-Never take anyone else's medication. A
medication that helps someone else may
not help you.
-Do not take medications in the dark. You
might not be taking the right medication.
-Do not store people medication with pet
medication or other household products.
-Do notbreak, chew, orcrush medications
unless told by your doctor or pharmacist.
Many medications are made to work over
time. You might receive an overdose or
underdose if you change them.
Develop a relationship with your doctor
and pharmacist. Be sure to ask questions.
If after leaving the doctor's office you
still have questions or concerns ask
your pharmacist for clarification. Report
suspected medication errors immediately
whether it be your own or a healthcare
professional. Everyone has a role to play
in safe medication use.





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Notebook safety hits hot button with military shoppers


DALLAS In the past six months, four
Army & Air Force Exchange Service electronic
suppliers have issued recalls on notebook
computer batteries. Furthermore, the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety
Commission is aware of at
least 47 incidents involving
smoke or fire associated
with notebook computers
from January 2001 through
August 2006.
"Our Soldiers and Airmen
regularly work with the
latest technology available,"
said Joan Scheffler AAFES
quality assurance director.
"Because of their comfort
level, AAFES sells a lot of
hi-tech merchandise and T
is generally affected by
most industry-wide
alerts."
With more than d


200,000 notebook computers sold to military
shoppers since 2004, AAFES, in conjunction with
CPSC, offers the following tips to encourage the
safe use of notebook computers and batteries:
Do not use
in incompatible


II I


computer batteries
and chargers. If unsure
about whether a
replacement battery or
charger is compatible,
contact the product
manufacturer.
Computer batteries
can get hot during normal
use. Do not use your
compuLtr on your lap.
Do not use your
. computer on soft
S surfaces, such
as a sofa, bed
*i or carpet,
J because it


can restrict airflow and cause overheating.
Do not permit a loose battery to come in
contact with metal objects, such as coins, keys
or jewelry.
Do not crush, puncture or put a high
degree of pressure on the battery as this can
cause an internal short-circuit, resulting in
overheating.
Avoid dropping or bumping the computer.
Dropping it, especially on a hard surface, can
potentially cause damage to the computer and battery.
If you suspect damage contact the manufacturer.
Do not place the computer in areas that may
get very hot.
Do not get your computer or battery wet.
Even though they will dry and appear to operate
normally, the circuitry could slowly corrode and
pose a safety hazard.
Follow battery usage, storage and charging
guidelines found in the user's guide.
-Regularly check the AAFES website at www.
aafes.com/pa/news/QA_Recalls.htm to view the
latest product recalls and alerts.


Graphic Illustration by Staff Sgt Stacey Haga


a*U 13th Annual

Turkey Tr*At
Fitness Center Track
5K Walk/Run
Nov. 16
Walk 3 p.m.
Run 3 p.m.
Prizes will be awarded!
Fordetails, 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
journey, along with other resources for
quitting tobacco.
For detals,contactthetHAWC 283-3826.


-- Graphic Illustraton by Staff Sgt Stacey Haga


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Base Exchange
Shoal Point Shoppette
Class Six
Felix Lake Shoppette
Service Station
Anthony's
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


AF institutes new PCS guidelines


ARMY AND AIR FORCE EXCHANGE SERVICE

AAFES facilities
Veteran's Day hours

The following is a list of
operating hours for Nov. 10:


RANDOLPH AFB, TEXAS
- In an effort to meet budget
mandates, Air Force leaders have
directed several assignment related
initiatives to reduce the permanent
change of station budget deficit.
Members serving in a Code 50
designated stabilized tour will have
their tour automatically extended 12
months beyond the current expiration
date. Career enlisted aviators and
rated officers in flying positions are
exempt. Members with a projected
PCS based on the previous Code 50
rules may apply for cancellation.
Enlisted members and officers in
the support,judge advocate, chaplain
and medical career fields as well as
most rated staff positions will be
subjectto a48-month time on station


minimum before being considered
for a PCS between stateside bases
unless mission requirements dictate
otherwise.
Officers selected for PME must
have 24 months TOS prior to
departure. Exceptions waivers to
this policy must be requested by
a general officer, colonel wing
commander or their equivalents.
Members serving in overseas
assignments will serve their full
tour length. Waivers will only be
granted for mission requirements.
Exemptions to this requirement
include officers rotating to and
from commander's billets and
humanitarian reassignments.
Funded join spouse assignments,
except those from one overseas


location to another, will require
24 months TOS. Members will be
allowed to volunteer for permissive
PCSiftheyhave 12monthsTOSand
the members travel concurrently;
however the member must agree to
incur all PCS related costs.
The Washington tour review
and officer time in area policy for
San Antonio and Colorado are
suspended until further notice.
This policy required review of all
assignments resulting in a PCS or
assignment between bases in the
same local area, or a return PCS to
the same location or area within a
two-year period.
For more information, visit
ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil.
(Courtesy ofAFPC)


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National
American Indian
Heritage Month

During National
AmericanIndianHeritage
Month, America honors
the generations of
American Indians
and Alaska Natives
who have added to
the character of the
nation. This month
is an opportunity to
celebrate their many
accomplishments and
their rich ancestry and
traditions.


Tyndall AFB
Home of Air
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