Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts
The Felix Lake
shoppette will be open
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday.
All other facilities will
be closed on Thanksgiving
The Main BX will
be open 6 a.m. 8 p.m.
Nov. 24 25. Coffee and
muffins will be available.
All other BX facilities will
open at their regular time.
will be operating the
for the week of
Thanksgiving: 9 a.m. to
6 p.m. Monday, 9 a.m. to
7 p.m. Tuesday and 9 a.m.
to 6 p.m. Wednesday.
The Commissary will
be closed Thursday and
reopen 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Nov. 24 and 9 a.m. to
6 p.m. Nov. 25.
Thanksgiving lunch at
A Thanksgiving luncheon
will be held 10:30 a.m.
to 1 p.m. Thursday at the
Berg-Liles dinning facility.
Active duty personnel and
retirees are welcome.
"Free" lunch could come
with a price ... PAGE 4
Sheet metal shop
"drills" through the night...
AETC commander takes on GTC 'Holiday Spike'
RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE,
Texas (AETCNS) The holidays are fast
approaching, and the Air Education and
Training Command Commander Gen.
William R. Looney III has challenged his
commanders and their Airmen to "break"
the traditional rise in government travel card
delinquencies during this time of the year.
With the general's leadership focus on
reduced delinquencies, AETC's rate has
fallen dramatically and is routinely the lowest
of all major commands in the Air Force.
Based on simple analysis of the data, the
holiday season has proven to be a difficult
time, especially during December. Over
the last four years, AETC's December
delinquency rate has been twice as high as the
rest ofthe year. This phenomenon has come to
be known as the "Holiday Spike." "In fact, the
command has never met the goal inthe month
of December," said Maj. Eric Bradshaw,
AETC Chief of the Finance Branch.
General Looney has expressed his high
satisfaction with AETC's tremendous
strides to reduce the amount of GTC
delinquencies. The overall objective is to
achieve the Department of Defense's goal
of 2 percent or lower delinquency. Vance
AFB was recently lauded by the Air Force
Comptroller for its record-setting 17-
month run at zero percent. Other bases are
following Vance's lead.
"When the goal changed to 2 percent,
there weren't many people who thought
we'd get there," General Looney said.
"But, with the hard work of ourAirmen and
the leadership of our commanders, below
2 percent has become the standard for the
command. With their continued efforts,
I am confident we can break this holiday
trend this year."
'Tyndall AFB is doing exceptionally well
with the GTC Program and continues to be
under the 2 percent threshold allowed by
Bank of America," said Tech. Sgt. Kristi
Sundstrom, 325th Comptroller Squadron
"The spike occurs for various reasons,"
Major Bradshaw said. "One reason is
some travelers may defer paying their bill
to increase the amount of funds they have
available for personal reasons during the
holiday season. Additionally, travelers may
delay filing their settlement vouchers due
to holiday leave plans."
There are steps everyone can take to help
avoid the spike this year.
"The easiest way to avoid this is for
travelers to pay their bills when they're due,"
the major said. "They must also file their
travel vouchers within five days of returning
from a TDY and use split disbursement for
all outstanding GTC charges (mandatory). If
the TDY exceeds 30 days, travelers should
use the accrual voucher process to pay their
GTC bill for all outstanding charges through
that point in the TDY."
Following these simple steps will keep
delinquencies low and help AETC to
smash the "Holiday Spike." For additional
information, contact Tech. Sgt. Kristi
Sundstrom at 283-8340.
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Vol. 65, No. 45
Nov. 17, 2006
Leading the way
Maj. Gen. Irving Hal-
ter, 19th Air Force
commander, is shown
the cockpit of an
F-22 by Maj. Shawn An-
ger, 43rd Fighter Squad-
ron instructor pilot,
during his tour of the
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What is your family's
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"We go as a family to pick the turkey
and name it 'Louise' as we've done
since I was a child. Then everyone has a
role in getting it prepared for dinner."
STAFF SGT. GARY HUTCHENSON CAPT. TAONA ENRIQUEZ
325th Fighter Wing 325th Contracting Squadron
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"Everyone comes to our house.
My husband and I open our home
to everyone, like people deployed
here. The more the merrier for us."
SENIOR MASTER SGT. RAMONA BURNETT
Air Forces Northern
"After dinner, my family plays the
board game TriBond and the teams
are boys versus girls. The boys like
to talk trash, but the girls win."
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS MATT WORELY
325th Communication Squadron
Gulf Defender Editorial Staff
Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters...........................325th FW commander
Maj. Susan A. Romano............... chief, 325th FW public affairs
Chrissy Cuttita................................ chief, internal information
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga............................... .........editor
Airman Glenn Moore ................. ......... ............ staff writer
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Nov. 17, 2006 COMM TARY Gulf Defender Page 3
A Thanksgiving message from the 325th FW commander
BRIG. GEN. TOD D. WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander
"As we approach this Thanksgiving
season, it is our custom and tradition
to observe this special time of the year
and count our many blessings. We are
saddened that our gallant men of our
Armed Services have fallen in the eternal
quest for peace with freedom, dignity
and justice for all."
Those words were written in our
base newspaper nearly 40 years ago by
then Col. James L. Price, Tyndall's Air
Defense Weapons Center commander.
His message still resonates to this day
as we currently mourn the loss of our
brothers and sisters waging the Global
War on Terror. We will never forget,
and as fellow warriors, we proudly pay
tribute for their ultimate sacrifice.
Colonel Price also reflected on the
unique aspects that set us, as Americans,
apart from all other nations. He said,
"We are filled with an instinctive impulse
to give thanks for our free society of free
men, free institutions and free elections;
our freedom of speech, our freedom of
the press ... and our confidence in our
ability to meet the challenges of today
and of the future."
His words appropriately describe the
setting for our21st century military. Each
and every day I am witness to the selfless
sacrifices our Airmen...you proudly do
so in the name of freedom. You give of
yourselves, and ask for so little in return.
Jim Price would be so proud to watch
Thanksgiving is a day that is set
aside to give us a chance to really
focus on what we are thankful for, and
affords us the opportunity to pause and
reflect on how fortunate we are as a
nation. America has truly been blessed
with unsurpassed prosperity, and so
much of that prosperity can be directly
attributed to the willingness, drive and
determination of the men and women
of the Armed Forces. You defend what
our Forefathers so aptly described as,
"Our inalienable right to life, liberty and
the pursuit of happiness" with class and
So during this Thanksgiving season,
when you are seated around your dinner
table, surrounded by family and friends,
please take a moment to give thanks to
all those who are in harm's way waging
the battles against terrorism. Give thanks
for living in the greatest nation on Earth.
And continue to give thanks for the
countless blessings that are bestowed on
us as free people.
Charlene and I wish each and every
member of Team Tyndall a very Happy
Thanksgiving. You are amazing
Americans and we are honored to serve
at your side.
Have you become 'one of them?'
MAJ. ERIc NORTH
325th Maintenance Squadron commander
Long ago, in July 1984, I stepped off the "rotator"
at Kadena AB, Japan as a young, newly enlisted jet
engine mechanic not knowing what the next 15 months
had in store for me.
As I took stock of my new work environment, I noticed
something very interesting; there was an abundance
of Airmen, several sergeants and staff sergeants, a few
technical sergeants, four master sergeants, two seniors and
one chief for the entire 140 person engine shop. As I was
talking to my fellow Airmen, I inquired about the different
personnel in the shop and the conversation quickly tumed
to the noncommissioned officers of the shop.
The Airmen would talk about the buck, staff and
technical sergeants as being "one of them." We rarely
talked about the top three because in those days they were
godlike and "one of them," too. If you were lucky, you
would catch a glimpse of the seniors or the chief walking
the floor, talking to a technical or master sergeant to get
status of engine components. I never fully understood
what "one ofthem" really meant then, but now I am "one
ofthem," and there is no turning back.
What does this mean? Well, it means the Air Force, the
American public, and-most of all-my superiors, peers
and subordinates are expecting me to rise to the occasion.
When I entered active duty in 1984, we had more than
650,000 Airmen in the Air Force. Today, we are moving
towards less than half that number and we are putting
increased responsibility on the junior ranks. In today's Air
Force, senior airmen are now considered "one ofthem."
Thisisnotabadthing. Byvirtue ofthislabel,theseAirmen
have just stepped into an elite group of professionals, who
on a daily basis, are tasked with doing great things in all
sorts of fields. You become "one of them" when you are
put into a leadership and supervisory position and given the
increased responsibility that goes along with it.
You are expected to lead and supervise anywhere
from a few to several hundred people. You are expected
to ensure you have given your people the tools and
resources necessary to perform their job. You are
expected to make decisions that could affect the lives
of many people in a section, flight, squadron or wing.
You are expected to ensure good order and discipline
are carried out in a fair and consistent manner. You
make the "tough call" and stick with it.
Above all, you are expected to conduct yourself in a
professional manner, setting the example for others to follow
and train the future "one ofthem" corps.
In today's Air Force, we are moving more
responsibility to the lowest level. With that we are
expecting more from Airmen at levels unheard of
several years ago. Staying focused and true to your
word is key in ensuring success as you move up the
ranks. From my own personal experience being "one
of them" becomes a daunting responsibility, but deep
down it is a goal each of us should strive for during our
military careers. I am proud to have become "one of
them" and continually look forward to the challenges
another day brings.
This country is blessed with having the greatest
military in the world manned by the smartest, most
professional and caring people America has to offer,
and we are blessed to be a part of it.
One stripe, one
STAFF SGT. MARCUS JAMES SR.
325th Maintenance Squadron
I know better.
Those are the words that rang in my ears while
my commander read the charges against me.
I thought of how proud I was of my uniform,
and how I should have been standing at attention
receiving an award for my outstanding service
Instead, I threw it away because I lost focus
and was so upset. I decided to come up with a
self-serving remedy to my personal issues.
The technical sergeant stripe I struggled to
earn was lost. And with that, a flashback of the
last 10 years started ...
Ten years ago, my supervisor told me I would
not get my third stripe because I received a
referral enlisted performance report. After
wiping my internal tears and retrieving my
heart from my stomach, I said "OK" and went
back to work. I was too shy to speak up and say,
"Sir, I have a problem, I don't know where I'm
headed and I need guidance."
This is when I first realized it was up to me to
make a difference and thankfully, the Air Force
gave me a second chance.
With my chin up and my wheels spinning,
SEE STRIPE PAGE 17
A action Lin e: A: Thank you for your interest in our food services, trans fat oils. The Oasis Snack Bar/Pizza Pub and
Q: What Services facilities are using trans fat The 325th Services Squadron business operations Golf Course currently use an oil with 1.5 grams
or non-trans fat, in the interest of people's health? started introducing non-trans fat oils in our facilities trans fat; however, when the current inventory is
I've heard about the recent trend and found out the two months ago. The Officers' Club, Enlisted Club, exhausted, they will go to the same non-trans fat
Marina has been using trans fat-free oil. Marina and Bowling Center have all changed to non- oils being used by the other facilities.
Page 4 Gulf Defender
'Free' lunch offer may have you on the menu
IST LT. SUNIL PATEL
Base Legal Office
Lately, many Tyndall Airmen have gone to
promotional lunches in the local community that are
often advertised on roadside signs that read, "Free
meals for military members."
Once at these events, attendees are required to fill out
contact information cards supplied by insurance agents
in order to receive the free meal. Subsequently, these
agents give presentations on life insurance options
available to military members
through various insurance
companies. Airmen are told
by the presenter that lus
life insurance policies arc
better than Servicemen's
Group Life Insurance
they receive from the
Air Force. They are
also told that they .
can save money
each month by switching
to their company's policy. Sadly, for many young
Airmen, nothing could be further from the truth.
"I was told it was comparable to SGLI coverage of
$400,000, plus an additional $25,000 for the savings
plan," one Airman lamented. "However, I cannot see
on my policy where any amount for $400,000 exists.
The highest amount I see is $215,000 at age 70."
Truth be told, if this Airman died today, his family
would only receive $28,000 compared to the $400,000
from SGLI. Countless others have been equally unlucky.
With SGLI, an Airman normally pays $29 a month for
coverage of $400,000; however, many Airmen have
found themselves faced with monthly premiums of
$100 to $200 a month for much less coverage.
To be fair, there are insurance agents who try to serve
the military honestly. And the patently questionable
morals and ethics exhibited by
some insurance "predators"
are regrettable. Even more
sad is the fact some of the
individuals who choose
to take advantage of the
military are affiliated
with the service.
irapnlc illustration Dvy raTra t, tiacevy -aga
encouraged to do
when looking for an
insurance agent. Checking with the Better Business
Bureau or speaking with other clients of an agency are
good ways to start. Airmen must educate themselves
about their financial options, so that they do not fall into
the trap of those who pose as thoughtful, compassionate
SEE LUNCH PAGE 18
Nov. 17, 2006
Nov. 17, 2006
Page 6 Gulf Defender
TSGLI gives lump sum to injured
RANDOLPH AFB, Texas
(AFPN) Members currently
insured under the Servicemem-
bers' Group Life Insurance
policy have been automatically
enrolled for traumatic injury
coverage at an increase in their
premiums of $1 per month.
TSGLI coverage is a tax-free
lump sum payment ranging
from $25,000 to $100,000
depending on the extent of an
injury that causes a member
to lose time through severe
injuries. These include injuries
such as the amputation of a
limb or total and permanent
loss of eyesight, hearing, or
speech, third degree burns
to more than 30 percent of
the body or face, or the loss
of a basic ability to care for
themselves. The coverage also
includes a retroactive provision
for Airmen who suffered a
qualifying loss as a direct
result of injuries incurred in
Operation Iraqi Freedom or
Operation Enduring Freedom
from Oct. 7, 2001 through
Nov. 30, 2005. Enrollment in
SGLI is not a requirement to
receive the retroactive TSGLI
Traumatic injury coverage
is not disability compensation
and has no effect on entitlement
for compensation and pension
benefits provided by the VA or
disability benefits provided by
the Department of Defense. The
payments are designed to assist
service members through the
recovery period from a serious
"The intent of TSGLI is to
provide qualifying injured
Airmen with an immediate
source of income," said Mr.
Tom Perry, chief of the casualty
matters division at AFPC.
"Our casualty assistance
representatives will play an
active role in counseling eligible
Airmen and assisting them
with the certification process."
The base casualty assistance
representative is the the primary
point of contact for assisting
potentially eligible members
with TSGLI applications in
coordination with the base
medical treatment facilities.
For more information on the
TSGLI benefit, Airmen should
contact Alicia Gibbons, casualty
assistance representative, at
Airmen with questions
regarding eligibility or
processing requirements for
retroactive TSGLI benefits
may also contact the AFPC
casualty services branch at DSN
665-3505 or (800) 433-0048.
Nov. 17, 2006
Gulf Defender Page 7
Winter Hunting at Tyndall
Mouring and White-Winged Dove
Second phase ends Nov. 26
Third phase Dec. 9 Jan. 7.
One half hour before sunrise to sunset
Wednesday, Saturdays, Sundays and
Daily Nov. 23 26 and Dec. 9 Jan. 1
except Christmas Day.
Jan. 3 Feb. 14 hunting is on Saturdays,
Sunday, Wednesdays and federal
(squirrel, rabbit, opossum, raccoon,
coyote, armadillo, skunk and migratory
game when in season)
Season ends Feb. 14.
One half hour before sunrise
to sunset Mondays, Wednesdays,
Thursday, Saturdays and Sundays
and any time that deer hunting is
NEW CHANGE Permits are issued
from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and
Thursday at the Civil Engineer Squadron's
Natumal Resources Office, Proper
identification is required. Applicable State
hunting license required.
General hunting and fishing permits are
free to persons 65 years of age or older.
Persons under 16 years of age,
accompanied by an adult and those
certified as being 100 percent disabled
and possessing the State's Florida
Resident Totally and Permanently
Disabled Person Hunting and Fishing
Certificate are free of charge.
All youth under the age of 16 must
have had a state certified hunter
For more information, call 283-2641.
Nov. 17, 2006
Page 8 Gulf Defender
AAFES gift cards benefit beyond recipient
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Like many retail stores, the
Army & Air Force Exchange
Service provides gift cards
to its patrons. Unlike other
gift cards, AAFES gift cards
have a way of benefiting the
recipient and the military
"The AAFES gift card
is a great way to support
the military," said Penny
Madison, Tyndall AAFES
From the purchaser, to the
recipient, to military Morale,
Welfare and Recreation
programs that ultimately
benefit from exchange
patronage, AAFES gift cards
meet the entire military
"I like to say that our
gift cards work three times
harder than any other," said
Chief Master Sgt. Bryan
Eaton, AAFES' senior
enlisted advisor. "They not
only make purchases easy,
but also ensure the recipient
gets exactly what he or she
wants at the best possible
price while generating much
needed revenue for MWR
programs. The bottom line
is that all gift cards are not
Gift cards can have
different fees and expiration
dates. AAFES limits these
stipulations with gift cards
that never expire and are
subject to a $2 monthly fee
after 24 consecutive months
The gift cards can be
purchased and redeemed
at any AAFES facility or
online at www.aafes.com.
"If ordered online, they
can be ordered by anyone,
not just military families
and then can be sent
directly to any location to
include deployed areas,"
said Ms. Madison. "During
the holidays this makes an
excellent gift of choice."
To find out more about the
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Airman 1st Class Brandon Signo-
rotti, 1st Aircraft Maintenance
Unit, uses an AAFES gift card at
the Base Exchange.
AAFES Gift Card, see any cashier,
log on to www.aafes.com or call
Airman 1st Class Calvin Smith
i .. Duty title: Pilot simulator technician
Hometown: Wrens, Ga.
Time on station: Eleven months
Time in service: Fifteen months
Hobbies: Movies, hanging out with
friends and working out
.r Goals: Get my college degree
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
Favorite movie: "The Godfather
Proudest moment in the military:
Recieving the Checkertail Salute
Airman Glenn Moore
Airman Smith receives the Checkertail Salute War-
rior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters, The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
325th Fighter Wing commander. commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
Airman Smith, 325th Operations Group, received the nominate individuals via their squadron and
award as a result of his outstanding skills and help he pro- group commanders. Award recipients receive
vided during off-line training to a struggling trainee. Airman a certificate, letter from the commander and a
Smith also scored a 92 percent on his career development one-day pass.
course end of course test.
Nov. 17, 2006
Nov. 17, 2006
Mountain home AFB squadrons hone skills here
Gulf Defender Page 9
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Two fighter squadrons from Mountain Home AFB,
Idaho engaged in dissimilar air combat training and
fired live weapons while on temporary duty at Tyndall
for Combat Archer.
They set up operations in the 83rd Fighter
Weapons Squadron, an Air Combat Command
tenant unit located at Tyndall. The F-15s of the
390th Fighter Squadron and F-16s of the 389th
FS were launched and recovered on the runway
by their aircraft maintenance units on temporary
"Combat Archer is the only cradle-to-grave fighter
weapon system evaluation from human to machine
to weapon," said Lt. Col. Terry Scott, 83rd FWS
Approximately every two weeks, a variety of units
from the Department of Defense and other nations,
station themselves at the squadron to test the weapon
systems on their aircraft.
"Our primary purpose is to evaluate the weapons'
effectiveness of our live missiles, the AIM-9 and AIM-120,"
said Maj. Marco Parzych, 389th FS flight commander.
The squadron also completed a Combat Banner mission,
in which a banner is tied with a 2,000-foot cable to a Learjet
allowing pilots to evaluate their shooting accuracy while testing
the aircraft's gun systems. After completing the mission, the
banner is evaluated by a team of 83rd FWS analysts upon
recovery of the aircraft.
"No other place in the Air Force provides this training and
support," said Master Sgt. Mike Husava, 83rd FWS liaison
flight chief of a logistical team that provides all pre- and post-
"From lieutenant to major, our F-16 pilots were able to shoot
in air-to-air operations," said Major Parzych. "It was a first-
time experience for many."
The ability to experience thejet at 5,000 feet altitude was also
unique for the Mountain Home-based pilots. Over the water
pilots can fly at lower altitudes, and lucky for them Tyndall is
surrounded by it.
1st Lt Amanda Ferrell
SeniorAirman Josh King and Staff Sgt. Jason Coursey,
389th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weapons loaders, arm
an F-16 with an AIM-9 missile. Unit members are tem-
porarily on duty at Tyndall from Mountain Home AFB,
Idaho, for Combat Archer.
"The jet performs better at that altitude, and we can also
experience what it can do," said Major Parzych.
On the ground, maintainers supporting the fighter squadrons
loaded live missiles.
"Back at Mountain Home they only get simulated
experiences, so it was a big deal for them," said Major
Parzych. "They get fired up to see the end result of what
they do. Here they see the jets come back with the missiles
gone. It's rewarding for them."
Maintainers from the 83rd FWS here monitor all weapons
loading so all safety procedures and practices are followed.
"Visiting units benefit from the 83rd FWS maintenance
personnel since they do not get the daily experience of loading
and unloading weapons at their home stations," said Sergeant
The Combat Archer motto, "Preparing for war by testing in
peace," fits its unique mission.
"We are the Department of Defense's largest fighter
weapon system sustainment evaluation program," said
What do you most look for-
ward to as a new supervisor?
"I look forward to mentoring
and guiding younger Airmen in
SENIOR AIRMEN JAREK ROSTKOWSKI
Airman Leadership School Student
Congratulations to Mission
Ready Airmen graduates of
Class 2007- 005 from the
372nd Training Squadron
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On pins and needles
~- Airman 1st Class Ryan Fowler, 372nd
Training Squadron/Detachment 4 mission
ready Airman, removes the tailhook pin
in preparation to launch an F-15. When
the students perform the walk around,
they are doing a "once over" of the jet to
ensure it is prepared for takeoff.
Gulf Defender Page 11
Senior Airman LeThomas Lee, 325th Maintenance Squadron inspection dock member, inspects the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle. The cockpit is inspected
twice after all repairs are made to ensure the integrity of the aircraft.
Airman 1st Class Michael Clifford, 325th MXS structural maintenance jour-
neyman, replaces rivets in the intake of an F-15.
Structural maintenance Airmen 'swing' to midnight to keep pilots flying during day
AIRMAN GLENN MOORE
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Ever wonder what jets do at night after pilots go home?
Airmen from the 325th Maintenance Squadron know. From
3 p.m. to midnight, structural maintenance Airmen pick each
jet apart, ensuring they are ready to be flown in the morning.
"We repair any cracks or loose parts on the aircraft,"
said Tech. Sgt. Frank Lynch, 325th MXS structural main-
tenance element lead. "We ensure the structural integrity
of each aircraft."
While Airmen have to perform duties repairing jets,
they also have to make deadlines so the aircraft is ready.
"It's a very fast-paced environment," said Sergeant
Lynch. "When we get to work, we don't stop. We're con-
stantly running up and down the flightline."
While it may be hard work it is vital to the mission here.
"We have a huge impact on the mission," said Ser-
geant Lynch. "Without us these jets couldn't take-off or
land we keep them flying. If there is a loose fastener
in the intake it could take out an engine during a flight.
Also, if there's a crack on the jet you could loose a panel they get to see other (flightline maintenance) jobs."
or component during flight." When Airmen from structural maintenance help phase
As their job is important to the mission and can be ,there is a lot they can learn.
stressful, there are great rewards after repairs are made. "About every 200 flying hours an F-15 has an inspec-
"It's a great feeling when we get a job done and the jet tion," said 1st Lt. David Paolillo, 325th MXS flight com-
can fly out the next day," said Sergeant Lynch. "There mander. "The amount of flying hours a jet has determines
are also situations that we call 'red ball.' That is when how long of an inspection it will receive."
we have to make a repair maybe within an hour or two so "Structural maintenance is one of two primary sections,"
that the pilot can take off said Lieutenant Paolillo.
on time. When we finish "The other is the inspec-
a repair on time and meet "W without us, these jets couldn't take off or land we tion section, or phase."
our deadline it is reward- keep them flying." The 325th MXS re-
ing to know we accom- TECH. SGT. FRANK LYNCH quires numerous dif-
plished our goal." 325th Maintenance Squadron ferent career fields to
Although structural perform the inspec-
maintenance Airmen have
a lot of work, there are times they are required to help others.
'We do support flight line phase," said Sergeant Lynch. We
are more integrated here with the flight line and phase than
most bases are. It's a good experience for Airmen because
tions and repairs.
'We have crew chiefs, avionics, electricians, engine
technicians and structural repair," said Lieutenant Paolillo.
"These are the Airmen who fix any cracks, replace ribs and
anything that keeps the jet operating."
The labor each Airman puts into these aircraft also
keeps the jet operable beyond original projections.
"The thoroughness of our inspections extends the life
of the aircraft because of the quality of work we do," said
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Veit, 325th Maintenance Squadron
inspection dock chief. "Although the F-15 goes through
pre-flight and post-flight inspections on the flightline we
are given more time to perform detailed inspections."
"We catch discrepancies so on the flightline maintenance
doesn't have to worry about fixing them," said Airman 1st
Class Justin Murray, 325th MXS inspection dock member.
"A lot of us come from the flightline so we know they
don't have the time to inspect an aircraft we do because their
inspections come right before the jet takes off and lands,"
said Sergeant Veit. "Our inspections are scheduled and were
more of a heavy maintenance crew then the flight line is."
Knowing the mission at hand, maintenance Airmen be-
lieve the best maintenance crews in the world are mem-
bers of the Air Force, and excellent complements to the
Above: Senior Airman
Justin Sanderson, 325th
MXS aircraft structural
removes extra metal par-
ticles to prevent crack-
Left: Airman Sanderson
repairs a bell crank that
controls the Eagle's hori-
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Nov. 17, 2006
No Gulf Defender
There will be no Gulf Defender
Nov. 24. due to the Thanksgiving
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
6 p.m. Wednesday and Fridays;
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m.
to 6 p.m. Sunday.
Airmen's cookie drive
Homemade cookies are needed
for Team Tyndall's Annual Airmen's
Cookie Drive. Cookie donations will
be collected Dec. 11 from 7 9 a.m.
at the loading docks behind the
Commissary. All cookie donations
will be distributed to Airmen in the
dormitories for the holidays.
CCAF briefs maintainers
Personnel interested in a civilian
aircraft maintenance career, persons
seeking to become more well-round-
ed and diversified maintainers and
anyone who needs information on ob-
taining the Federal Aviation Adminis-
tration Airframe and Powerplant cer-
tification are invited to a Community
College 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 NCO Academy audi-
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 mis-
sion, customs and available resources
and services. For more information
or to make reservations, contact the
Airmen and Family Readiness Flight
Finance disbursing office
The disbursing office in finance is
open 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday -
Friday for those needing to pay off a
debt or drop off a bank deposit.
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.
The 325th Communication Squadron
will host a Technology Expo 10 a.m.
to 2 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Officers' Club.
All are invited to attend for free.
Exhibitors will demonstrate the latest
in communication technology.
For more information, contact Keren
Bogaczyk, at (888) 603-8899, ext. 239
or via email email@example.com.
Gulf Coast Community College will be
closed Wednesday for a student holiday
and Nov. 23 24 for Thanksgiving.
Tyndall Center registration for Spring
classes beginning Jan. 4. is in progress.
The deadline to apply for Fall gradu-
ation is today.
Applications are available on-line
under Web Registration/Forms. For
more information, call 283-4332.
The Thrift Shop is open 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Wednesday to Friday.
Only winter clothing is being accepted
for consignment. For more information,
call 286-5888 during business hours.
Commissary gift baskets and
About 100 gift baskets at prices
lower than commercial retail are always
available anytime at Virtual Commis-
sary, www.commissaries.com. "Gift
of Groceries," Commissary gift certifi-
cates, can be purchased by anyone at a
commissary or gift-wrapped and mailed
through the online Web site. Commis-
sary 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.
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Reconciliation, 11 a.m. Friday
or by appointment
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
Contemporary worship service,
11 a.m., Chapel Two
5 p.m., Chapel Two
(For more information on other
services in the local area, call the
Chaplain's office at 283-2925.)
Daniel Adams and Joseph Cook take part in a Thanksgiving lunch hosted by Tyndall Elementary
School Nov. 9. Also joining the student in the festivities were family members and Airmen from
Nov. 17, 2006
Airman finds hobby as Puma coach
325th Communications Squadron
Many times I hear people say there's nothing to do at
Tyndall. It's boring, all you have is the club and ocean
scene and that gets old quickly.
If you had asked me about Tyndall four years ago I
might have said the same thing. But I decided I wasn't
going to be satisfied with that sentiment.
During that time, my friend Jesus Mendoza, told me
about a local adult YMCA soccer club in Panama City
and I should come out and play.
Pumas Jason Deardorff (left) and Roger Men
off during a scrimmage.
Mendoza and I toiled for four seasons together on a
team, but didn't have very much success competitively.
Wanting more, I told him I was going to put together a
new team and hoped he would play for me.
I told myself there had to be many military members
out there who want something to do and have great
needed members. The response was staggering and
quickly I had a full roster composed entirely of military
My next goal was to attain sponsorship for the team
for some Puma jerseys I had found. Unfortunately,
sponsorship was a bust, but we were able to purchase
uniforms from my old team. The name "Pumas" stuck.
The Pumas didn't take long to make a name for
themselves, winning the League Cup Tournament in
our first season in the spring of 2005; runner-up in the
League Championship in the fall; and even won the
League Championship in the spring of
With the Pumas being a military team,
we've always had to deal with revolving
This fall is the Pumas' fourth season
and in those seasons I have seen more
-. than 30 different military members as
.. part of this club. While the names have
S :- changed extensively, we still have some
-i long standing militarymembers as well as
local Panama City players. Our mission,
as always, is having fun, staying fit to
fight, but also to win the League Cup
Tournament and League Championship.
SThe Pumas are in a position to do this for
the first time by any team in the league.
With orders to MacDill AFB, Fla., this
ff gt Stacey Haga will be my last season as coach and player
doza face for the Pumas. My hope is that another
military member will pick up where I left
off and the Puma name continues.
I found something great at Tyndall the Pumas and
the great military members who continue to make it
exciting for me everyday.
Next time you hear someone say they don't like it
here, ask them if they play soccer and refer them to
(Editor note: The Pumas won the 2006 Fall
So that's how it all started. I began advertising and League Cup Tournament and will compete for the
getting the word out that I was starting a team and Championship beginning Dec. 2.)
Tigers Split with Hurricanes
The Tyndall Tigers men's
varsity basketball team split their
two road games versus the Naval
Station Mayport Hurricanes in
Southeastern Military Athletic
Conference regular season action
this past weekend.
In Friday's game, Tyndall, who
dressed only eight players, saw
Mayport jump out to an early
double digit lead, 20-9 with 14:46
remaining in the first half.
After a time out the Tigers
regrouped and outscored the
Hurricanes 45-20, behindAnthony
Showers and Jared Austin,
who scored 17 and 15 points
respectively, to take a 54-40 lead
into the intermission.
In the second half, the Tigers,
behind Ryan Cunningham's 16
points maintained a double-digit
lead throughout and coasted to the
victory; Tyndall, 107, Mayport, 84.
Saturday's game saw the two
teams reverse roles as Mayport fell
behind early, but came storming
back to take a 46-30 lead atthe half.
In the second stanza, the Tigers cut
the Hurricanes lead to eight points,
before they suffered through a
five-minute scoring drought that
enabled Mayport to extend their
lead and cruise to the victory;
Mayport, 91, Tyndall, 67.
The Tigers will host the Flying
Tigers from Moody AFB, Ga.
3 p.m. Saturday and men only noon
Sunday. For more information
contact the Fitness Center at
283-2631 for more information.
(Courtesy of Tyndall Tigers)
Intramural Sports Standings
Team W L
MSS 80 32
SVS 73 39
RED HORSE 72 40
SFS 72 40
MOS 70 42
Test 69 43
AFCESA 1 68 44
ACS 1 64 48
AFNORTH 1 64 48
CS 1 62 50
DS2 60 52
Phase 1 58 54
CES 58 54
83rd FWS 2 56 56
AMXS 1 56 56
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
1st FS 85
Pig Prog 83
28th TES 79
372nd TRS 79
83rd FWS 1 58
AFCESA 2 56
43rd AMU 54
AFNORTH 3 54
AMXS 2 54
AMXS 4 46
ACS 2 48
372nd TRS 44
CS 2 42
Phase 2 36
First Sgts. 64
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Forget pompoms, standings tighten
From the land of luck
I can't remember a football season as
exciting as this.
I'm not sure which upset is more im-
portant because there have been so many
upsets each week.
This week there were six upsets and
maybe seven, if you include Seattle beat-
ing St. Louis without halftheirteam. But
one game left me jaw-dropped New
York vs. New England.
I thought I could hear the J-E-T-S
chant all the way from the Empire State
Sunday and it was powered by their de-
fense. The Jets held the Patriots to their
second fewest point total this year and
sacked Patriots' quarterback Tom Brady
So much for Brady performing
great under pressure, but maybe ev-
eryone shouldn't expect him to win
every game. Brady is good ... don't
get me wrong ... but the comparisons
to Joe Montana and Dan Marino are
ridiculous. Montana had a rating over
a 100 four times in his career, won two
Super Bowls and won two Super Bowl
While Brady is a good quarterback,
to be compared to a few of the most
decorated quarterbacks ever, he has
to step up his game for the next eight
years. Besides, the Patriots won behind
great defenses in their three Super
Enough of beating Brady since he
already took a beating Sunday. Let's
talk a little bit about the team who
administered the beating. The Jets put
up a great fight and played well on both
sides of the ball. Jets quarterback Chad
Pennington didn't make any mistakes
and kept his team in the game.
New York's defense on third down
is probably what won them the game
though. New England was 3-12 on
third down and their two turnovers
As the division race gets close be-
tween the Patriots and Jets, the race
is also getting close in the Pig Prog
standings. Five teams are tied with 79
correct picks coming into this week,
another team has 78 and another with
81. The teams at 79 picks are 10 picks
behind CONS, but a lead can be cut
quickly in a league with so many
"Oh, we will catch up," said 372nd
TRS/Det. 4 picker Douglas Johannes.
"We are going to throw away the news
articles, predictions, injury lists and
focus on the color of uniforms. That
should increase our winning percent-
I asked him how they ended up so
far behind the leaders.
"We just have to stop picking teams
by what the mascot and cheerleaders
look like and pick the wining football
team," said Johannes.
Well, they should take a few tips
from me if they're going start picking
like a champ. It won't change too much
ifthey do, because they're going to stay
in my rear view mirror the rest of the
season along with everyone else.
Nov. 17, 2006
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*FROM STRIPE PAGE 3
I volunteered for the most
complicated jobs, mastering one
aircraft generation equipment unit
after the next until my supervisor
spoke to me again.
"Airman James, can I see you
in the office for a minute?" he
I hoped I wasn't aboutto receive
bad news. I hated the suspense.
He said, "You fooled everyone.
We didn't expect you to turn
around and react the way you
did." He gave me a pat on the
back and thanked me for all the
My first supervisor didn't
pull any punches and demanded
excellence. He said I had a lot of
promise. That statement alone
gave me confidence beyond
measure. Those words pulled
me through, and I was eventually
promoted to senior airman.
Then I cross trained as an
F-15 crew chief and graduated
technical school as distinguished
After making staff sergeant the
following year, I was moved to
the top maintenance position on
the jet. I was the designated crew
chief, and I was proud of it. I
didn't feel very knowledgeable,
but it was "my jet." I was about
four years behind the average
senior airman in terms of
experience. And with my past
performance record, I did not get
an EPR rating more than 4.
I found a new mentor and I
developed a new personal goal
for my career. I didn't just want
to be like him, I wanted his job.
I threw myself into something
new expediting and I made
my unit proud. It felt great to be a
part of something and know I was
an asset to the unit. Teamwork
and leadership had taken on a
whole new meaning to me.
Though more family and work
challenges came my way, I made
technical sergeant in 2004.
At Kunsan Air Base, Korea,
my next assignment, my support
position took me away from
the flightline but I felt I earned
the right to use every stripe. I
accomplished the tasks at hand
and "got down in the trenches."
The Airmen called me "boss" and
I felt respected. I was proud they
could win awards like Airmen of
the Quarter, I never did.
But then, at the height of my
career, I faced the charges. I
neverthought I would do anything
stupid enough to get an Article
15, but I failed.
I've made some bad decisions
in my life, but I've never regretted
anything I've done more than
when I decided to put myself in
a position that compromised my
My mother taught me two
valuable lessons when I was
young and I still hold them close
First, being honest and sincere,
even if you did wrong, can help
you save face and feel like you
are worth something.
Second, sometimes people
make mistakes, but if they own
up to it and apologize, I must
acknowledge the person's self-
respect and dignity and take it
into consideration before passing
I understand we are accountable
and must pay the cost of our
transgressions. I am truly sorry
for what I have done. I know
my career is not over, and I can
I know I can make it again,
keep my stripe and continue on in
my career to be the example I am
expected to be. It is a lot of work,
but I'm ready to do my part.
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and understanding insurance agents or
To shield oneself from unscrupulous
tactics, it is recommended that Airmen
follow the guidelines below before
making any financially-altering
1. Never be rushed into making a
decision. Don't deprive yourself of
the opportunity to think things over or
confer with experts or family. Take the
time to do research and make the right
2. Make sure you get copies of all
contracts and pertinent documents.
On many occasions, Airmen have
never received copies of the life
insurance policies for which they are
paying premiums. Know the penalties
for withdrawing money from a life
insurance policy or an annuity plan or
canceling any type of insurance policy.
3. Do not be impressed with smooth-
talking agents who claim to be looking
out for your interests. Don't be fooled.
Find out the facts. Ask to see their
licenses. Demand straight answers.
Do research on the company you
are dealing with. Beware of claims of
"free services," "guaranteed returns," or
"additional savings accounts." Insurance
agents/brokers are in business to earn
money nothing else. There is always a
4. If it sounds too good to be true, it
probably is. Such agents usually appeal
to human weakness for "bargains." The
more attractive a product appears, the
more wary and suspicious you should
5. Know the difference between term-
life insurance and whole life insurance.
SGLI is like term-life insurance, for as
long as one is active duty his beneficiary
will receive the same amount upon one's
death. I a whole-life policy, beneficiaries
receive an amount based on how long
one has held the insurance.
6. Before signing such life insurance
policies, seek the advice of the Military
Personnel Flight at 283-2276, the
Base Legal Office at 283-4681, or the
Airman and Family Readiness Flight
at 283-4204. Use the services of the
professionals you have at your disposal
on base. Find out in detail what your
SGLI provides you.
Look out and educate yourself. Make
informed choices for you and your family.
Don't get served a "free" lunch when you,
in fact, are the one on the menu.
For current information about Air Force
pay, benefits, jobs and more, visit:
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