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Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airp

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Enlisted Personnel
The encircled U.S.
collar insignia for the
enlisted service dress
uniform is mandatory
for wear on the service
coat starting Jan. 1.

RAO quarterly meeting
The Retiree Activities
Office will hold a
quarterly meeting
10 a.m. Jan. 10 in
the 325th Fighter
Wing conference
room, Bldg. 662. All
retirees are invited.
For more information
call the RAO at

No Gulf Defender
There will be no Gulf
Defender Dec. 29 and
Jan. 5 due to the holiday

Holiday greetings from
the 325th FW commander
.. PAGE 3

Tyndall's newestmaj ors
.. PAGE 7

Airey NCOA class
graduates ... PAGE 7

AAFES holiday hours
...PAGE 17

Lisa Norman
Miss Fury leaves the building
Col. Matthew Molloy, 325th Operations Group commander, cloaks the 1st Fighter Squadron's guideon held
by 2nd Lt. Diamond Cookson, squadron adjutant, symbolizing the inactivation of the squadron as Lt. Col.
Tom Menker, commander, looks on. See story on pages 10-11.

New IFS facility opens doors to increased training

Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
Dec. 15 afternoon, Maj. Gen. Irv
Halter, 19th Air Force commander,
joined executives from contractor Doss
Aviation, Inc. and leaders from the Pueblo
community in dedicating and officially
opening the newly renovated 200,000
square foot, state-of-the-art introductory
flight screening facility adjacent to the

Pueblo Memorial Airport.
The facility, which has been likened to
a "mini-Air Force Base" because of its
setup and amenities, will be the site from
which the Air Force will conduct flight
screening operations to better prepare
potential flyers for the rigor of military
aviation. It will also identify those not
suited for flight duty, which better ensures
seats in specialized undergraduate pilot
training are available to those with

aptitude to complete the training.
Air Force officials at Randolph AFB,
Texas announced in May that Doss
Aviation, Inc. had been awarded the 10-
year, $178 million contract to provide a
turn-key operation providing all services,
facilities and equipment to deliver flight
screening to future Air Force aviators. In
addition to the new facility, Doss Aviation

Trst Temok Tranin

Vol. 65, No. 49

Dec. 22 2006

Gulf Defender

Dance fever
Chief Master Sgt. Arleen Heath, 325th Operations Group su-
perintendant, joins a guest in dancing the "YMCA" during the
20th Annual Golden Age holiday party Dec.13. Every year, the
Bay County Council on Aging and Sims Veterans' Nursing
Home bring invited guests here for the event.

Identify this

Can you identify this ob-
ject? If so, send an e-mail
to with
"Identify this" in the sub-
ject line.
Three correct entries will
be chosen at random and
drawn from a hat to deter-
mine the final winner. The
prize can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office.
Staff Sgt. Steven Griffith,
325th Maintenance Group,
correctly guessed the
Dec. 15 "Identify This" as
the back of a speaker.
Congratulations Ser-
geant Griffith, come
claim your prize!

What gift did you ask Santa Claus

for this year?

"I asked Santa for an IPOD

Age 10

"I asked Santa for the Hyperscan
Age 9

"I asked Santa for a Gameboy

Age 5

"I asked Santa for a Gameboy."

Age 7

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

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Dec. 22, 2006


Gulf Defender Page 3


Season's greetings from

325th FW commander

Dear Team Tyndall,

Happy Holiday Greetings! This is a
great time of year for so many reasons,
notjust because of the carols in the air,
the chill in the weather or the presents
under the tree. It's a great time of year
because it gives us all a chance to take a
small break from work and spend time
with friends and loved ones. I have
had the honor to witness your amazing
dedication through this holiday season.
You are so impressive and committed
to serve our country ... thank you for
all you do for our Air Force.
It is also a time to look back at the
year's events and reflect on our many
accomplishments, while looking
forward to the many challenges that
lie ahead in 2007. This past year has
been a enormous success for the 325th
Fighter Wing. Your loyal service
during this time of conflict and your
courageous defense of our way of life
makes your existence remarkable.
Your selflessness and patriotism will
shape the rest of your life.
The pace will quicken as we enter
S the new year ... National
Security Personnel System,
Program Budget
Decision 720, AEF
deployments, the
Air Education

and Training Command Commander's
Conference, Gulf Coast Salute Air
Show and the 60th Anniversary of the
Air Force just to name a few.
You will tackle these challenges
in adaptive and flexible ways. Your
creativity and problem solving ability
has enhanced efficiency in dramatic
fashion. I applaud you for all you have
accomplished and for what you will
On that note, your ability to perform
under pressure will improve with rest.
With the workload we are facing in
the coming year, I am urging each and
every one of you to take this time of
year to 'decompress' and spend time
with your family and friends. You have
earned your leave, so I encourage you
to take it!
Thank you for making 2006
my most memorable as a wing
commander, and thank you for your
dedication and selfless devotion
to duty. Your sacrifice has left an
indelible mark on the hearts of
your commanders. Charlene and I
wish you the very best to you and
your families. Please be
safe this holiday season
... we need you
back. n

Brig Gen Tad Wdters

The reason for the season is...

325th Fighter Wing
There are a myriad of amazing
stories about St. Nicholas that
were told and re-told by sailors
as they traveled all over the
The real St. Nicholas was a
devout man who was well known as
a defender of the downtrodden. He
was born in a Greek village, in what
is now southern Turkey, probably
around 260-280 AD.
As a layman, he astounded
people by being popularly elected
as Bishop of Myra modernr day
Demre, Turkey). He was a man of
strong convictions who lived out
the qualities he believed his Lord
was calling him to. This included
a generous desire to help those in
He is chosen as the special
protector or "patron saint," more
than any other saint in a great many
classes of people, cities, churches
and even countries.
Stories about St. Nicholas describe
him as a man who embodied love,
loved God and cared for people.
He was ready to help in any way he
could; he truly loved his neighbors
as himself.
One story records how a poor
man was afraid his three daughters
would be sold into slavery at his
death because he was too poor to
afford a dowry for them to attract
a husband. Mysteriously, as their
socks and shoes dried by the
fireplace, a bag of gold flew in

and landed in the shoes solving the
problem for one daughter. Then,
again mysteriously, it happened
two more times.
St. Nicholas was famous for such
large acts of compassion. Thus, in
celebrating this tradition, we hang
our stockings by the fire in hopes
that St. Nick will stuff them with a
little "love."
When he was formally
immortalized as a "saint" after his
death, his life was celebrated every
Dec. 6th as families followed the
many traditions of serving and
helping the unfortunate. They
would also wait for the presence of
St. Nicholas to make an appearance
bringing favor in many forms, not
the least of which is gifts.
When you vary the pronunciation
of his name, "SaintNi Cholas"
you get Santa Claus. And so, his
legendary life lives on.
From my own perspective of
faith, I see St. Nicholas as afollower
of Jesus, who exemplifies what
"real" love is. Jesus' birth, which
is celebrated as "Christmas," is
connected with the life of St. Nick
in our contemporary version.
For a period of time, the
Massachusetts Bay Colony in
Boston actually banned Christmas
for political reasons it reminded
them of England and religious
reasons, it was too secular and
materialistic and it had no real
biblical rooting as the actual


Action Line
Call 283-2255

325th Fighter Wing commander

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

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

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

Dec. 22, 2006

Page 4 Gulf Defender

Dec. 22, 2006

Airman 1st Class Ryan Bailey
Duty title: Pilot simulator technician
Hometown: Princeton, W.Va.
Time on station: One year and six
Time in service: Two years
Hobbies: Basketball, poker and hang-
ing out with my friends
Goals: Finish my bachlor's degree
Sand earn my commission
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The beaches
Favorite movie: "Old School"
Favorite book: "The DaVinci Code"
by Dan Brown
Pet peeve: Laziness
Proudest moment in the military:
Receiving an F-15 incentive flight.

Chnssy Cuttita The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
receives Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors
kk award can nominate individuals via their squadron
er Wing and group commanders. Award recipients re-
ceive a certificate, letter from the commander
and a one-day pass.


Trubeeaig ors lepn

Drsti chng in bea ior

Give awy posesion

Airman Bailey performed 20 hours of simulated and readiness training. To support the base Honor
high-performance missions that provided realistic Guard, he participated in funerals and other ceremo-
training for airbattle management students. He keeps nial details. Off duty, he dedicated 18 hours to the
his flight members current on ancillary, academic Airmen Against Drunk Driving program.

Airman Bailey, 325th Air Control Squadron,
the Checkertail Salute Warrior of the Wee
from Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters, 325th Fight

Gulf Defender Page 5

GTC and you don't let bad things happen

(AETCNS) -A cardholder with 20 years of service
used the Government Travel Card when not on
temporary duty status for unauthorized charges.
Result: Article 15, reduction in grade and forced
to retire shortly thereafter.
Unauthorized purchases are not the only form
of GTC misuse; payment delinquency is just as
The commander of Air Education and Training
Command, Gen. William R. Looney III, has
a goal to break the negative trend of higher
GTC payment delinquencies during the holiday
The key to breaking the trend is simple pay
your GTC bill when it is due, and ensure it is only
used for authorized charges.
The GTC may only be used while in a TDY
status, and only for travel related expenses (i.e.,
airfare, rental vehicles, lodging and meals).
All charges must be split-disbursed through the
travel voucher and paid by the due date on the
billing statement from Bank of America.
If charges exceed 60 days, they become
By following these simple guidelines, Airmen can

avoid disciplinary actions and focus on enjoying
the holidays instead of scenarios like these:
Scenario #1: A cardholder failed to pay
the GTC bill for 120 days. Result: Article
15, Bank of America began salary offset at
15 percent of monthly pay and delinquency
reported to credit bureaus.
Scenario #2: A cardholder abused or misused
the GTC. Result: GTC account immediately
closed and his unit suspended him from duty
for three days without pay.
As a result ofthe conscientious effort ofAETC
personnel, the command routinely has the
lowest delinquencies of all major commands.
Leadership and responsible Airmen within
AETC are the driving factors ensuring proper
use of the card.
Inaddition,the commitmentandprofessionalism
of the base and unit GTC Agency Program
Coordinators contribute to the success of the
At every AETC base, GTC statistics are briefed
at least monthly to wing leadership some even
weekly. Many APCs begin contacting Airmen
with outstanding charges and their commanders
at the 30-day point to help ensure they do not end

Photo Illustration by Staff Sgt Stacey Haga

up at 60 days and delinquent.
The GTC and the holiday season aren't
something you would normally think go together,
but to continue AETC's successful record, they
have to. It's relatively simple to avoid trouble
with the GTC, use it properly and pay the bill on
time. With continued conscientious effort, AETC
can break the "holiday spike."
(Courtesy of Air Education and Training
Command Financial Management.)

Dec. 22, 2006

Page 6 Gulf Defender

Fire, emergency services

encourage holiday safety

Tyndall Fire and Emergency Services
Every holiday season throughout
the U.S., tragedy strikes hundreds
of families. Statistics show that fires
related to candles, Christmas trees,
holiday lighting and portable space
heaters cause a dramatic increase in
residential fires between Thanksgiving
and New Years. The Tyndall Fire and
Emergency Services Flight wants you
to enjoy a fire safe holiday season.
Here are some tips to help you along
the way:
Live Christmas trees are not
authorized in government facilities,
excluding base housing. If you use a
real tree, buy a freshly cut tree and be
sure to keep it moist. Safely dispose
of trees that begin dropping needles.
Dried-out trees are highly flammable
and should not be left in a house,
garage or placed against the house. If
you purchase an artificial tree, make
sure it is labeled as "fire retardant."
Place trees at least three feet from heat
sources and do not place them in a
manner that blocks exits.
When decorating, use lights that
are listed by an independent testing
laboratory, such as UL, and are rated
for the intended use. Some lights are
designed only for indoor or outdoor
use, but not both. Always be sure to
check cords for loose or broken bulbs
and frayed wiring. Be careful not
to overload circuits. A surge strip is
always a good idea; however, it is bad
practice to plug them into one another.
Additionally, please remember
to unplug or turn off all holiday
decorations before leaving home or
going to sleep.
In 2001, there were over 2,500
candle fires during the month of
December. It was reported that 11
percent of these fires were caused by
a decoration catching fire. Always use
extreme caution when burning candles.
Keep lighted candles well away from
decorations and other combustible
materials and never decorate trees
with candles. Never display lighted
candles in windows, as curtains may
ignite. Always keep candles, as well
as matches and lighters out of reach of

Many will leave their children in the
care of a babysitter to attend a party
this season. Here are some good tips
to heed before leaving:
Make sure care takers are familiar
with your home, its exits and how to
unlock doors and windows.
All households should have a
meeting place outside where everyone
gathers after a fire. Show the care taker
where it is.
Discuss the escape plan and
meeting place with the children. Make
sure every child knows where to meet
Provide instructions for contacting
help in case of an emergency. In case
of fire, call 911 from a safe location
like outside or from a neighbor's
house. Remember to stay calm when
talking to the operator and provide
your name, address, phone number
and what the emergency is.
Most fires that occur during the
holiday season are in the kitchen.
Never leave cooking unattended. Keep
pot and pan handles toward the inside
of the stove and out of reach of children
or an inadvertent bump. In case of a
fire on the stove top, cover the pot or
pan with a lid, turn off the heat and
call 911. Portable fire extinguishers
should be kept in the kitchen.
Wrapping paper, cardboard boxes,
packing peanuts and other wrapping or
packing materials are highly flammable.
This hazard is often overlooked and
could spell disaster if left unchecked.
Collect all used gift paper and materials
into garbage bags and store away from
sources of heat. Wrapping paper and
boxes easily catch fire and should these
items become ignited from a space
heater or fireplace, it could ruin your
holiday fun.
Home fires and the injuries they
cause are not on anyone's Christmas
list. Common sense and a little
imagination will make for an enjoyable
and safe holiday season.
Happy Holidays and Merry
Christmas from the Tyndall Fire and
Emergency Services Flight.
(Courtesy of the Tyndall Fire and
Emergency Services Flight.)

Victim Witness Assistance

Program: know your rights

Base Legal Office
The responsibility of protecting
Air Force members and their
families is something Tyndall
takes seriously.
Part of our protection plan is
the Victim Witness Assistance
The VWAP is designed to
ensure victims of crimes know
their rights and are informed
of available resources
to help cope with the
results of crime.
The VWAP, established
by Air Force instruction,
sets forth the following
victims' rights:
1) To be treated with
fairness and respect for the
victim's dignity and privacy.
2) Reasonable protection from
a suspect or the accused.
3) Notification of all court-
martial proceedings.
4) To be present at all public
court-martial proceedings, unless
the military judge determines
the victim's testimony would be
materially affected if the victim
heard other testimony.
5) To confer with trial counsel

in the case.
6) Appropriate restitution, when
7) Information about an
accused's conviction, sentencing,
confinement and release.
The base legal office ensures
victims are aware of the resources
they need when participating in
the judicial process and help them
move on with their lives.
For example, the legal office
facilitates a relationship
with off-base agencies
in Panama City and
Bay County through
their victim advocacy
These relationships
keep Tyndall up-to-
date on the various resources
available to victims in the local
By keeping crime victims
informed of their options and
rights, the VWAP program
ensures the victims' safety
and helps stop the cycle of
For more information on
VWAP or to get assistance,
contact the base legal office at
283-4681 or 283-4682.

Dec. 22, 2006

Gulf Defender Page 7

Congratulations to Tyndall's

newest major selects

(The following captains were selected for promotion Dec. 19.)

Todd Andel
David Armitage
Richard Barksdale
Jeffrey Barnes
Matthew Bissell
Robert Braxton
James Caplinger
Gary Case
Christopher Chestnut
Eric Compton
James Cooper
Todd Cotsman
Kevin Cruson
Brian Drennon
Patrick Fieg
Richard Foster
Jeffrey Galloway
Jeremy Gilbertson
David Halasikun
Jason Harris
David Henslee
William Hersch
Geoffrey Jensen

83rd FWS
23rd FTS
23rd FTS
43rd FS
325th OSS
95th FS
28th TS
95th FS
1st FS

Robert Johnson
Paul Jones
Erik Jorgensen
Kelly Kafeyan
Jarrett Lewis
John Lockett
Eric Lopez
Andrea Maugeri
William Mcclung
Bobby Mcdonald
Christopher Miller
Shawn Orban
Gustuf Palmquist
Jacob Porter
Tracey Richardson
Christopher Ridlon
Mitchell Ryan
Scott Stadelman
Daniel Walker
David Wheelock
Phillip Winterton
Gregory Wintill
Lee Wynne

325th ACS
67th INTEL
325th OSS
325th OSS
325th OSS
325th MDOS
325th ACS
2nd FS
83rd FWS
2nd FS
83rd FWS
325th OSS
1st FS
82nd ATS
83rd FWS
325th MSG

Congratulations to Tyndall's

Airey NCO Academy graduates
(The following technical sergeants graduated Dec. 14.)

Clayton Abbott
Dathan Brown
Keith Castille
Lori Freeman
Nathaniel Furman
John Hanks, Jr.
Michael Harris
Donald King
Kerry Mcgee
Alexandre Mouton
Aaron Nanney
Stephanie Nattiel.
Francis Nelson
David Newman
Clifford Norwood
Thomas Poplin
Sheryl Pyka
Michael Rodgers
Joel Rybarczyk
David Shill

325th OSS
325th AMXS
325th MXS
325th MDOS
325th AMXS
325th MSG
372nd TRS/Det. 4
325th AMXS
83rd FWS
325th AMXS
325th ACS
325th CS
325th AMXS
325th MDOS
325th MSG
325th SVS
325th AMXS
325th OSS
325th AMXS

Distinguished Graduates
Paul Bradley 372nd TRS/Det. 4
Jason Rusticelli AFCESA

Dec. 22, 2006

Page 8 Gulf Defender

Security Forces encourages vigilance, crime prevention

Due to the increase in reported abductions, thefts,
and burglaries in Florida, the 325th Security Forces
Squadron would like to remind everyone of the
following crime prevention safety tips:
Be Alert When Out and About
Go with friends or family, not alone.
Carry your purse close to your body, not
dangling by the straps. Put your wallet in an inside
coat or front pants pocket.
Don't carry credit cards you don't often use or
large amount of cash.
Use direct deposit for Social Security and other
regular checks.
Whether you're a passenger or driver, keep car
doors locked. Be particularly alert in parking lots
and garages. Park near an entrance.
Sit close to the driver or near the exit while
riding the bus, train or subway.
If someone or something makes you uneasy,
trust your instincts and leave.
Never leave your military ID card, wallet, purse
or uniforms in your vehicle.
Make Your Home Safe and Secure
Don't hide keys in mailboxes, planters or
under doormats. Instead, leave an extra set of

keys with a neighbor or friend.
Ask for photo identification from service or
delivery people before letting them in. If
you are the least bit worried, call the
company to verify the individual's .
Be sure your street address number r
is large, clear of obstruction and well
lit so police and other emergency
personnel can find your home quickly.
Consider a home alarm system ."
that provides emergency monitoring
for burglary, fire and medical
Security Forces will conduct daily exterior
checks of on-base housing while residents are
outside the local area. Stop by the Security Forces
Control Center a few days prior to departing the area
and complete an AETC Form 395, Quarters/Vehicle
Security Check.
Watch Out For Con Artists
Don't fall for anything that sounds too good to be true
- a free vacation, sweepstakes prizes, cures for cancer and
arthritis or a low-risk high yield investment scheme.
-Never give your credit card, phone card, Social

Security or bank account number to anyone over
the phone. It's illegal for telemarketers to ask
for these numbers to verify a prize or
Don't let anyone rush you into
signing anything, such as an insurance
policy, a sales agreement or a contract.
Read it carefully and have someone
you trust check it over.
Beware of individuals claiming
Sto represent companies, consumer
organizations or government agencies
that offer to recover lost money from
fraudulenttelemarketers forafee. If you're
suspicious, check it out with the police, the
Better Business Bureau or your local consumer
protection office. You can also call the National
Consumers League Fraud Information Center at
(800) 876-7060.
Remember to report any crime or suspicious
activities to the Security Forces Control Center
at 283-2254 or remain anonymous by calling
283-TIPS (8477).
On behalf of the 325th Security Forces Squadron,
have a safe and happy holiday season.

Sevedmways earn crm ssM

325th Fighter Wing Public affairs
Where can someone go if they want to
become an Air Force officer?
For those considering a commission,
the 2007 Airman Education and
Commissioning Program newsletter
contains information such as application
deadlines, policies and eligibility. The
newsletter has updated and accurate
information concerning the process.
AECPprovides informationto active
duty enlisted personnel seeking their
bachelor's degree in any of the majors
specified by the Secretary of the Air
Force. The newsletter emphasizes
academic eligibility requirements
for the program. Applicants must
meet all the requirements stated in
the newsletter to be eligible for the
Students must complete their degree
at a college with an Air Force Reserve
Officers' Training Corps detachment
or a cross-town agreement. The
primary responsibility of those
enrolled is to successfully complete
academic courses required for their
degree. Students are required to attend
classes year-round, including summer

Headquarters Air Force ROTC selects
applicants and colleges based on the
limit the Air Force will spend on tuition
and fees.
To begin the process, contact the
Base Education Office at 283-4285.
The Base Education Office has
additional information and is the point
of contact for any questions about the
program. Also visit
While the Education Office
will assist applicants, it is the
applicants' responsibility to gather
all the information needed to apply
and enroll. The Education Office
will assist applicants with academic
questions, planning and completing
the AFROTC Form IMT 56.
All applicants must mail their
packages to HQ AFROTC/RRUE 551
East Maxwell Blvd., Maxwell AFB,
AL 36112-6106. Packages must be
post marked no later than Feb. 15. If the
applicant is seeking waiver, the package
must be mailed to the same address no
later than Jan. 6.
If earning a commission is a personal
goal, reviewing the AECP newsletter
can be the first step in accomplishing
that goal.

SGolden Bolt Award

Senior Airman Johnel Collins, 2nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit
crew chief, uses a scanner to take accountability of radios.
Airman Collins was the Golden Bolt winner for November af-
ter he found the bolt during a daily foreign object damage

Dec. 22, 2006

Dec. 22, 2006

Tai Sp

What is the most rewarding
part of being an instructor pilot?

"The most rewarding part of
my job is being able to instruct
the instructors so they can
teach the most current tactics to
today's aviators. Also, I know
I'm sending a strong base line
product out to the combat Air
Force so they can get the job

2nd Fighter Squadron weapons officer

Congratulations to mission
ready Airmen graduates of
Class 2007-009, 2007-010
and 2007-011 from the
372nd Training Squadron/
Detachment 4!

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Learning service inside, out of Tyndall


Airman Glenn Moore
Airman 1st Class Jameel Tyson, 325th Mission Support Group
FTAC student, plays bingo with Lonny Guerra, Sims Veterans'
Nursing Home resident.
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs many gues
For recently-enlisted students at the First Term Airmen's Cen- to base for
ter, learning about serving the Air Force also includes serving This is c
others and honoring those who served before them. FTAC stuck
For two years, visiting the Sims Veterans' Nursing Home in "Anytin
Panama City has been part of the curriculum. get the stu

"I hope they gain a sense of pride by interacting with the

Sergeant V

veterans because they can offer a lot of
knowledge," said Staff Sgt. Samantha
Whitfield, FTAC assistant NCO in charge.
"I want the Airmen to look at what got
them here today."
Just seeing people in uniform brings
smiles to the faces of the veteran's home
residents, said Ginny O'Hare, Sims Veter-
ans' Nursing Home activities director.
"It's abig ego and self-esteem booster,"
she said.
Residents look forward to meeting the
young Airmen every Thursday when class
is in session, she added.
"It is necessary for us to show the Airmen
how important our service is to the commu-
nity," said Sergeant Whitfield. "It is good to
show the local community that we are here
to protect them as well as help in the com-
munity. It develops a trust with them and
we like to show the Airmen this."
The nursing home residents often come
to Tyndall during a special events like the
annual Golden Age Holiday party held
Dec. 13. FTAC students helped serve food,
escort guests and provide company to
ts including the Sims' residents who came
entertainment and holiday cheer.
ne of the many on-base volunteer activities
lents are asked to participate in.
ne there is an event on base that we can
dents in FTAC involved with, we do," said

Get your
College of the Air
Force information K

Chrissy Cuttita
Oil's well
Airman 1st Class Todd Beecher, 372nd Training Squadron/
Detachment 4 mission ready Airman, services an F-15 Ea-
gle. Students train at the squadron to be crew chiefs on
fighter aircraft.

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From talons to Miss Fury's skull

training and closes with heads held high

Courtesy photo Courtesy photo
An F-15, bearing the 1st TFTS name, is held in Hangar 1 for Col. David Freaney, former 1st FS instructor pilot, cele-
maintenance in the late 1980's. brates his "fini flight" with his family and fellow pilots.

325 th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
With the rise of new fighter air-
craft and decrease in the number of
F-15 Eagles flown in the active Air
Force, the 1st Fighter Squadron and
its maintaining force, the IstAircraft
Maintenance Unit, were inactivated
11:01 a.m. Dec. 15 after 22 years of
Eagle pilot training.
The 1st FS has been inactivated
and reactivated on two other occa-
sions to meet the changing needs of
the Air Force. The most recent reac-
tivation took place in 1984 when the
squadron opened as the 1st Tactical
Fighter Training Squadron and has
served the same mission under its
current title since 1991.
During those years, an estimated
670 pilots have been trained and
countless others affected by the
legacy the two units leave behind.
"I have mixed emotions about our
closing," said Lt. Col. Tom Menker, 1st
FS commander. "On a personal note,
I am saddened. Being the 1st FS com-
mander has been a great opportunity. It

has been rewarding and challenging at
the same time, but I recognize the Air
Force's need to evolve."
"Thousands of members have
worked in the 1st AMU over the
years. I think most would remember
it as one of their best assignments,"
said Capt. Robert Anson, 1st AMU
officer in charge.
As the squadron's doors close,
most Airmen from both units will
remain part of Team Tyndall. Mem-
bers ofthe 1st FS will be transferring
to the 2nd FS and 95th FS, 325th
Operations Support Squadron and
Operations Group staff, while mem-
bers of the 1st AMU will go to the
2nd, 43rd and 95th AMUs with a
small number going to 325th MXS
and other assignments.
Due to the local transition, the "red"
team camaraderie will remain and
integrate into the other squadrons.
"We have had a great working rela-
tionship with the 1st AMU ... which
leads to better student training and stu-
dents graduating early, said Colonel
Menker. 'We recognized that give and

take on both ends works well."
The units made an impact on na-
tional and joint multi-national secu-
rity measures by participating in large
force employment such as exercise
'Trident Fury" in Victoria, Canada
earlier this year, where their mission
was preparing security measures for
the 2010 Olympics.
The units' impact on the Air Force
mission has given many of its members
fond memories and sense of pride.
"It's hard to put into words how
rewarding being a commander of a
fighter squadron is," said Colonel
Menker. "There are so many moving
parts and people that make it come
together at the end of the day. It's
amazing to see it all come together
and produce a qualified pilot five and
a half months after he arrives."
"It's rare that so many personali-
ties and capabilities come together to
form such a great team," said Captain
Anson. "I have thoroughly enjoyed
being on the 'red' team. Although
it's sad we're closing, we'll take that
pride with us."

Courtesy photo
A 1st AMU crew chief assists a 1st FS pilot with fastening his harness prior to

Lourtesy pnoio
Airmen of the 1st AMU stand in formation during a presentation in front of Han-
gar 1 in the late 1980s.

courtesy photo
Capt. Brad Funk, former 1st FS instructor pilot, informs 1st Lt. Tucker Hamilton, former 1st FS student, about the ca-
pabilities of the AIM-9M sidewinder missile during an operational readiness inspection in 2005.

courtesy pnoto
Staff Sgt. Michael Olson, Airman Varnychuk and Airman 1st Class Wesley Sumrell (left to right), for-
mer 1st FS life support technicians, inspect life support lockers during the Operational Readiness
Inspection in 2005. Life support lockers hold helmets and oxygen masks, g-suits and other equip-
ment needed during flight.

Lisa Norman
Lt. Col. Malcolm Kemeny (far left), former 1st FS director of operations, stands in
formation with fellow members of the 1st FS and 1st AMU during the inactivation
ceremony held in Hangar 1 Dec. 15.

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Cell phone restriction
The 325th Security Forces Squad-
ron would like to remind Tyndall
drivers that cell phones may not be
used while driving on base without a
hands-free device.
Use of a cell phone while operating
a motor vehicle on base is considered
a secondary offense.

Officers' Spouses' Club
Members of the Tyndall Officers'
Spouses' Club will attend a luncheon
at EglinAFB, Fla., 10:30 a.m. Jan. 10.
Cost is $14 for members and $16 for
non-members. Cindy Wilsbach, vol-
unteer coordinator for the President,
will be the guest speaker.
To R.S.V.P., contact Eileen Work-
man at (850) 314-9755 or workman-

Tax statements
Servicemembers, military retirees
and annuitants, and federal civilian
employees paid by the Defense
Finance and Accounting Service
can expect to receive their 2006 tax
statements on the following dates:
Retiree Annual Statement: Available
on myPay Dec. 9, mailed via U.S.
Postal Service Dec. 16-31;
Retiree 1099R: Available on myPay
Dec. 15, mailed Dec. 16-31;
Annuitant Account Statement:
Available on myPay Dec. 18, mailed
Dec. 19-31;
Annuitant 1099R: Available on
myPay Dec. 18, mailed Dec. 19-31;
VSI/SSB W-2: Not available on
myPay, mailed Jan. 4-5;
Active Duty Air Force, Army, Navy
W-2: Available on myPay Jan. 22,
mailed Jan. 23-29;
Reserve Air Force, Army, Navy W-
2: Available on myPay Jan. 2, mailed
Jan. 5-8;
Marine Corps active and reserve W-
2: Available on myPay Jan. 5, mailed
Jan. 9-10;
Civilian employee W-2: Available
on myPay Jan. 9, mailed Jan. 11-18;
Savings Deposit Program 1099INT:
Available on myPay Jan. 19, mailed
Jan. 19-20; and
Vendor Pay 1099: Not available on
myPay, mailed Jan. 27-31.

GCCC holiday schedule
The GCCC Tyndall Cen-
ter office hours will be
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today and Saturday.
The GCCC will be closed Monday
through Jan. 1.
All tuition assistance forms should
be turned in by 4 p.m. tomorrow. Fees
are due Jan. 2. For more information,
call 283-4332.

ERAU registration
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univer-
sity's Spring 2007 Term begins Jan. 8.
Registration will be held today and
Jan. 3 5 in the Education Center,
Room 48. Applications are available
online underWeb registration/forms. For
more information, call 283-4332.

Troy University
Registration for Troy Univer-
sity Term 3 runs through Dec.
29. Classes start Jan. 2 and end
March 11. Students may regis-
ter with an advisor at any Troy
University location or online by
accessing Trojan WebExpress at

Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop is closed for the
holidays and will re-open on Jan. 3.
Hours of operation are 9:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday. It
will also be open 9 a.m. to noon Jan.
6. December holiday decor will no
longer be collected for consignment.
Winter clothing will be accepted for
consignment through March 1. For
more information, call 286-5888
during business hours.

Base Chapel holiday events
The Base Chapel will host a Catholic
Christmas Vigil and Children's Pageant
5 p.m. Sunday at Chapel Two. Catholic
Mass will be 9:30 a.m. Sunday at
Chapel Two.
A Protestant Christmas Eve
Service and communion will be
held 5 p.m. Sunday at Chapel One.
Catholic Mass will be 9:30 a.m.
Monday at Chapel Two.

MLK service
There will be a Martin Luther King
Jr. commemorative service 11 a.m.
Jan. 12 at Chapel One.

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

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Color me happy
Serenity Poston, left, fingerpaints during an arts and crafts activity at Mom and Pops and Tots,
while Jordan Harter, right, rolls a toy truck by. The group meets 9 11 a.m. Wednesday at the
Community Activities Center. For more information, call 283-2495.

Dec. 22, 2006

Dec. 22, 2006

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Asher Revah (center), Puma team member, maneuvers the ball around a Red Devils
opponent during a semifinal game. During the finals, the Pumas, boosting several
military members, came back from a 0-2 score at half time to score three goals
against the Loggerheads Saturday seizing the Florida State Soccer Association/
Young Men's Christian Association league championship 3-2.

The 'cream of the crop' rises in Pig

Prog or are they training to lose?

From Sea town
Standings have tightened up this week in
the NFL and this late in the season each game
means so much.
One team who has endured a lot of criticism
lately is the Chicago Bears. After losing a
couple of key defensive starters and an offense
struggling with quarterback Rex Grossman,
many questioned if they had a chance to make
it pass the Divisional Championship match up.
This week the Bears answered their critics
with a offensive explosion. The lately
inconsistent Grossman threw for 339 yards and
two touchdowns. A key stat to go along with
the yards and touchdowns is Grossman didn't
commit any turnovers.
Turning the ball over would have killed
Chicago in this game, but Grossman played
more like a seasoned veteran than a young and
oft questioned quarterback.
The key player who helped Grossman was
tight end, Desmond Clark. Clark has been
overlooked all year as he has put together his
best NFL season. Playing and learning behind

former Denver tight end, Shannon Sharpe,
probably helped in the success he's currently
While Chicago cleared up their offensive
critics at least for this week, there are still
questions on defense.
After losing safety Mike Brown to injury
earlier this season they lost Pro Bowl defensive
tackle Tommie Harris to a ruptured left
hamstring. With these to key players out, the
Bears defense has struggled after dominating
the first half of the season.
The Bears are still good enough to win a
weak NFC, but the Super Bowl doesn't seem
Chicago lost to New England in week 12. Not
saying New England is a bad team, but they are
at best the fourth best team in the AFC.
All this goes to show the first three rounds of
the playoffs should be exciting, but the Super
Bowl is the crowning of an AFC team.
Speaking of the AFC and NFC, the Pro Bowl

Intramural Sports Standings


Team W L
SVS 94 42
MOS 92 44
MSS 90 46
Test 84 52
AFNORTH 1 82 54
AFCESA 1 79 57
SFS 78 58
43rd AMU 76 60
DS2 74 62
CES 74 62
CS 1 74 62
AFCESA 2 74 62
83rd FWS 1 71 65
AFNORTH 3 70 66
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 W
ACS 1 68
AMXS 2 68
83rd FWS 2 66
AMXS 1 66
ACS 2 62
AMXS 4 60
Phase 1 58
MDG 54
CS 2 52
372nd TRS 50
Phase 2 46
Bye 16
Jason Smith
E.T. Parker
Kirby Pyka
Justin Williams
Michelle Clements
Rachel Petri-Rose
Angie Woods
Aurora Webster


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Pig Prog Scorebox

CONS 135 NCOA 123
1stFS 133 CES 119
372nd TRS 130 ACS 116
Pig Prog 128 CS 112
MXS 127 SVS 111
CPTS 127 28th TES 110
OSS 126 SFS 104
2MDOS 86

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Tigers claw through

Eagles to victory

The Tyndall Tigers men's varsity basketball team were
victorious in their two games versus the Eglin Eagles
in Southeastern Military Athletic Conference, SEMAC,
action this past weekend.
In Saturday's game, Tyndall defeated Eglin 74 62.
The Tigers started quickly in Saturday's contest as they
roared out to a lead of as many as 18 points due to a ball
hawking defensive effort that forced Eglin to commit
numerous turnovers.
The Tigers led comfortably throughout the first half as
they took a 41-27 lead at the intermission.
In the second half, the Tigers enjoyed a comfortable lead
throughout the period, as they met each and every run that
the Eagles put together to coast to victory.
Marqus Ainour i ld-te-hc r- e -i scoring in ith a _'ame
high 18 poilntS. follw ', .4ntihoIn Sho.cirs.. 15. Nleli in
Smith 12. and Nlikc I air \\ith lit poul. .I
Armour anil Ma us anucl a tii'i or team Jecboundinig.
honors w It.hl i ci l Arm iour cro blocked fin' e shot and
Showers kedna ists \\lt ix. Johnni Smith led Elin ini
scoring \i Itlh i "
The haC anothrc \ victor\ o\ cr the Etsi Slunda\
81- 65. I
The Ti-cis o --i in ljumped out to an earlk double
digit lead onli\ iw- l Eagles soar back to tie the score
at 37-37 at thc al .
The second half C niilhP tuk until Ti ndall held
Eglin scoieleclc foi.f i Un dojtn J~ c Stletcli to oplen
up a 10 point lead that seai S- h-Eaglcs fate as the Tigceis
took the hard fought win.
Armour again led the Tigers in scoring with a game
high 26 points and also rebounding with 12, followed by
Showers with 22 points, Smith with 12, and Jared Austin
and Marcelle Mosley with 10 points each.
Smith had five assists and Ryan Cunningham had five
steals. James McGowen led Eglin in scoring with 13
The Tigers have won six out of their last eight games and
are one game out of second place in conference standings
as they go into their holiday break. Tyndall will return to
action Jan. 6 and 7 as the Tigers will host the first place
Commandos of Hurlburt Field, Fla.

Military support hits record high

DALLAS According to the military
command in charge of providing access
to items of necessity and convenience to
military families the world over, support for
America's military is at an all time high.
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service,
the military's oldest and largest exchange
service, announced today that contributions
to its "Gifts from the Homefront" support
effort have soared this holiday season,
jumping more than 300 percent in November
"Last month, America rallied behind
our 'troops' and sent 4,502 Post and Base
Exchanges gift certificates worth more
than $125,000 to our Armed Forces," said
AAFES' Senior Enlisted Advisor Chief
Master Sgt. Bryan Eaton. "The November
response pushed annual contributions to
their highest level since this program began
in March 2003. With two weeks left in 2006,
the American public has already surpassed
the total support received last year by 5
New York led last month's charge,
sending 648 "Gifts from the Homefront"
worth more than $30,000, while folks in
Missouri spread their support of nearly
$15,000 out over 738 certificates. Texans
got into the holiday spirit as they dropped
253 gifts into the mail in November, and
residents of Illinois showed their patriotism
as they ordered 189. Florida rounded out the
top five states supporting American troops
last month as they sent 97 gift certificates
worth nearly $5,000.
"There's no 'corner store' in Iraq or
Afghanistan," said Eaton. "PX and BX retail
operations go where our Soldiers, Sailors,
Airmen and Marines go to provide access

rosters were announced this
While the rosters were
good, there is a few choices
I still can't get over like
leaving Ray Lewis, Warren
Sapp and John Henderson
not make the trip to
Honolulu, Hi. I guess all
the fans from cities like
New York voted.
Teams with a large
market have a much better
chance to be voted into the
Pro Bowl because of the
amount of people in the

to snacks, sodas and entertainment material
like magazines, CDs and DVDs. Providing
a gift certificate that can be redeemed at one
of these locations gives a service member
an opportunity to take a break and do
something totally "all American" during
this time of year -- shop."
Today, AAFES operates 54 PX/BX
facilities throughout Operations Iraqi and
Enduring Freedom. The stock assortment
found in these exchanges varies from
location to location, but even the most
basic operation provides access to toiletries,
phone cards and cold drinks. Any American
can send these and many more products to
deployed troops by ordering a lightweight
"Gift from the Homefront" gift certificate
for less than it costs to send a one pound
Anyone can send a "Gift from the
Homefront" by logging on or
calling (877) 770-4438. From there, the
gift certificates may be sent to an individual
service member (designated by the
purchaser) or distributed to "any service
member" through the Air Force Aid Society,
American Red Cross, Coalition to Salute
America's Heroes, Fisher House, Navy-
Marine Corps Relief Society, Operation
Homefront, Operation Interdependence,
Soldier & Family Assistance Center, USA
Cares or USO.
As of Dec. 1, 75,659 "Gifts from the
Homefront" gift certificates have been sent
since the Department of Defense approved
the exchange support campaign in March
2003. More than 20,000 of these have
been delivered to service members and

their families

city and the opportunity to
play in nationally televised
Someone who picked like a
Pig Prog pro bowler is 372nd
TRS/DET 4 picker, Douglas
Johannes. He took third
place as he passed MXS and
myself over the weekend.
"The cream of the crop
is rising to the top," said
Johannes. "We're taking no
prisoners from here on out."
I thought this was
humorous I mean, come
on! Does he really think he
will be ahead of me by the

via AAFES' 10 charitable

end of the season?
"We're going to win it
all," said Johannes. There
are only two weeks left
and were going to win the
Wow, I guess I'll have to stop
giving you all a chance since
you actually believe there's a
possibility to beat me.
I need some oxygen
because I'm laughing so
hard. Keep believing, just
don't come crying to me in
two weeks.
Now let's get out there
and watch some football!

Dec. 22, 2006

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provides all aircraft, maintenance, flight instructors,
fire/crash/rescue support, student transportation,
office and lodging space and installation security.
The Air Force provides a contingent of members
to oversee the students and provide military
training, supervision and rigor to the course.
Detachment 1 of the 306th Flying Training
Group, based at the Air Force Academy, is the
unit responsible for this role.
"The IFS program was designed to screen for
aviation aptitude but also provide the military rigor
and camaraderie missing in some general aviation
programs," said Lt. Col. John Tomjack, Det. 1
commander. "IFS graduates will arrive at their
SUPT assignments better prepared to successfully
complete the program."
According to current students in the program's
second class, the course is meeting that goal.
"I feel like I'll go to SUPT with an advantage
compared to peers who did not attend IFS," said 2nd
Lt. John Herd.
The 2006 Air Force Academy graduate worked in
the 436th Operation Support Squadron scheduling
office briefly before attending IFS this fall.
"For instance, we learned to do stand ups and
formal briefs, plus how to go through emergency
procedures," Lieutenant Herd said. "The mission prep
is intense, and the speed at which we have to prepare
for academic and flying tests probably makes us more
ready to function in an SUPT environment."
When IFS ramps up to full scale operations during
the next 15-18 months, it will be the sole source of flight
screening for all Reserve Officer Training Corps and
Officer Training School aviation candidates, including
pilots, navigators and combat systems officers.
When the next class arrives at the new facility to
begin class, the students, like the visitors Friday,
will likely first be amazed at the quality and expanse
of the facility provided. But by the time they
leave, several short weeks later, they may be more
impressed by understanding the meaning of General
Halter's opening remark that "all big journeys start
with a single step."


AAFES facilities holiday hours for New Year's


Main store
Shoal Point
Class Six
Felix lake
Service station
Robin Hood
Burger King
Barber shop
Barber shop (flightline)
Beauty shop
Optical shop
Cell n' accessories
Cool Beanz Coffee
Smoothie Zone

Dec. 31

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

birthday of Jesus.
This Puritan avoidance of an official Christmas
holiday became a formal ban on May 11, 1659,
but was repealed after only 22 years.
As Dutch, German, Anglican and Catholic
settlers arrived in America in greater numbers,
they brought with them their Christmas traditions
as a central part of their religious lives because
they wanted to continue their old traditions in the
New World.
Eventually, the Dec. 25 celebration of
Christmas was joined with the Dec. 6 St.
Nicholas gifting holiday at the insistence of the
Dutch settlers.

Jan. 1

noon 6 p.m.

Jan. 2

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

This combination eventually evolved into our
modern day Dec. 25 official holiday that has
inspired most of the world.
With all of these complex historical events, we
can ask, "What is the 'reason for the season?'"
Let me suggest the reason must be love the
kind of love needed for a vibrant and enriching
Christmas best associated with charity, the type
of charity that Christians believe God showed in
giving his only Son to the world, the type of love
so powerfully manifested in the life and stories of
St. Nicholas, who generously cared for the poor
and needy.
For this Christmas, in the words of his master the
Lord, may we all "Go and do likewise!"

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325th CES exercises oil

spill clean-up procedures

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
More than 2,000 gallons of oil spilled into
Fred Bayou here Dec. 11 or at least that is what
Tyndall emergency response and environmental
flight personnel exercised to prepare for a worst-
case scenario oil spill.
"The unannounced drill was done to check
the ability (of the squadron) to contain an oil
spill," said Joe McLeman, 325th Civil Engineer
Squadron environmental flight chief. "The
purpose of containment is not only to localize
the spill and minimize pollution, but to facilitate
removal of the oil by causing it to concentrate in
layers on the surface of the water."
"Normally, we are the first individuals on scene
when a fuel disaster occurs and we are the ones

A response team member moves an air
compressor to the spill site to assist spill
control and recovery operations.

that get the ball rolling and call 911 to activate
the spill response team," said Foley Riley, 325th
Mission Support Group's logistics readiness
division fuels division manager. "We are also
the individuals who go and shut off any valves
or switches that can stop the fuel flow to avoid
more fuel from escaping into the elements."
Another aspect of the training was to exercise
coordination with agencies outside of Tyndall.
"When a spill happens that requires support,
Tyndall uses Southern Waste Services to bring

in additional equipment
they have available for
oil spills (and hazardous
material spills)," said
Dr. Bridget Keegan,
325th Civil Engineer
Squadron environmental
management system
coordinator and senior
environmental engineer.
"Tyndall has a contract
with SWS to respond
within an hour. During
our drill yesterday, Responders deploy
SWS came in with an impact and protect
additional boom, vacuum
truck and skimmer."
The 325th CE readiness flight was there to
observe and participate, as they are with all on-
base emergency response exercises.
"As Tyndall's Emergency Manager, we would
organize the disaster control group once they were
recalled by the commander," said Marty Spikes,
325th CE readiness flight chief. "Upon arriving
at the primary assembly area, we would begin
assisting the senior fire official on scene with
logistical and personnel assets needed to mitigate
the incident."
Although the spill didn't really happen this
time, Tyndall is required by law to maintain a
facility response plan.
"In short, effective containment systems collect
the pollutant to aid in recovery operations, divert
the pollutant to areas where cleanup can be
conducted, prevent the
spread of pollutants over
a wide area and protect
areas such as Fred Bayou
that are environmentally
sensitive," said
Dr. Keegan.
Tyndall's marine
transfer facility moves
oil from barges with
an oil storage capacity
of more than 42,000
Aside from the
environmental risks of
running the facility, there
is also the possibility of
small spills around various
flightline shops, the JP-8
fuel transfer pipeline or
the refueling trucks. Ska s,
D.J. Skaggs, 325th (
"Medium spills (2,100
recover spilled mat

a boom to contain a
sensitive habitats.

- 36,000 gallons, according to the Environmental
Protection Agency) like the spill we simulated,
can occur when a fuel barge unloads or there is
some type of mechanical failure with a refueling
truck when it is loading or unloading," said Dr.
Wherever there may be a risk of hazardous
material, accident, loss of life or natural disaster,
the base is prepared to respond.
"We prepare Tyndall for incidents by ensuring
our emergency management plan is updated
with new tactics, techniques and procedures
from previous lessons learned," said Mr.
Spikes. "These lessons learned can come
from incidents here at Tyndall or somewhere
else around the country or world and by having
exercises like we had today."

CES spill contractor, utilizes a skimmer unit to
erial from the water.

Dec. 22, 2006

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Santa's sky scape

Santa Claus prepares for a perfect
landing after a successful parachute
jump at the Air Force Academy in Col-
orado Springs, Colo. Old Saint Nick
visited the Academy Dec. 9 to learn
proper egress and parachute tech-
niques in case of a sleigh malfunction
on Christmas Eve. Santa's fans can
track his journey around the world on
Dec. 24 at North American Aerospace
Defense Command's special Web site The site also fea-
tures the history of the NORAD Tracks
Santa program, has interactive games
and more.
1st Lt John Ross

The Gulf Defender is published for
people likeAirman 1stClass James Hardy,
325th Maintenance Operations Squadron
information manager.

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