Group Title: Gulf Defender
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Title: The Gulf defender
Physical Description: v. : ill. ; 38 cm.
Language: English
Creator: United States -- Air Force. -- Tactical Air Command
Publisher: Panama City News Herald
Place of Publication: Panama City Fla
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Publication Date: January 12, 2007
Frequency: weekly
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Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts

Tyndall's GulfDefender
favorites... PAGE 2

Public Affairs officer
says farewell to friend ...

Airman's drug use ends
career ... PAGE 4

Tyndall's newest
medical field grade officer
promotes ... PAGE 6

$226,000 worth of trash
... PAGE 7

ESOHCAMP inspection
approaches ... PAGE 8

Learning at MU-2 speed
... PAGE 9

A tribute to a great chief
... PAGEs 10-11

STEP promotes praised
... PAGE 14

Get your W-2s ready
... PAGE 17

Seven decades of news
... PAGES 18-19

The Gulf Defender prepares for its fini flight as a "pilot" of an F-15 Eagle to launch its stories into cyberspace.

New year brngs end to prnted version of newspaper

325th Fighter Wing PublicAffairs
After six and a half decades gracing the
hallways, vestibules, waiting rooms andbreak
areas here, the GulfDefender has completed
its final press run and will no longer appear
each Friday in newsstands on base.
This issue of the Gulf Defender is the
last that will be printed as the Air Force
transitions from newsprint to cyberspace.
Originally known as Tyndall Target, then
Jet Scope, and finally the Gulf Defender,
the base has produced a base publication
to inform, educate, enlighten and often
entertain readers about various issues that
affect the base, its Airmen, their families
and retirees.
Over the years, Tyndall has undergone
significant changes to its mission, and the
From airframes to computers, technology
has been the driving force behind how
the Air Force conducts its operations and
focuses its time, resources and manpower to
adapt to burgeoning technology. With the
invention of the World Wide Web and the
ever-present 24-hour news cycle, coupled

with the constant demand for news and
information, the Air Force is going to a
Web-based information delivery system to
provide Airmen with real-time information
that can be instantaneously accessed. This
will allow not only those at stateside bases
to quickly access important information,
but also deployed servicemembers and
personnel on leave or TDY will have greater
access to home-station news.
"Moving to online products allows the
wing to be proactive by providing news as
it happens, rather than waiting a week until
the next base newspaper is published," said
Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters, 325th FighterWing
commander. "It gives us greater flexibility
to inform the base populace on issues of
most concern to our Airmen."
By using the Tyndall's homepage, (www. viewers can access current
articles, commentaries, biographies, fact
sheets, photos and videos that are useful
as well as informative. Archived issues of
the Gulf Defender are still available on the
homepage, and visitors to the site will also
be able to find a two-page "Web Defender"
that will contain the weekly "Checkertail

Salute" recognition program as well as
commentaries from Tyndall commanders
and other informational mainstays our
readers are accustomed to seeing each
Transitioning to the Intemet is in line with
Air Force Smart Operations-21, according to
the Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
chief. "No\\ more than ever, the PA career
field needs to leverage technology and focus
on key audiences, rather than continuing
what have become unsustainable legacy
processes," said Brig. Gen. (sel.) Michelle
Johnson, SAF Public Affairs. "Web-based
content provides a number of benefits,
including allowing PA shops to refocus the
time spent on layout and design to more
relevant and timely content. Material can
be drafted, reviewed and posted the same
day online vice the current average of four
to nine days."
Units are encouraged to contact the wing
Public Affairs office with story ideas and
photo opportunities that can be posted to
the Web. E-mail should be sent to editor@, and calls can be directed to
(850) 283-4500.

Trst Temok Tranin

Vol. 66, No. 01

Jan.12, 2007

Page 2 Gulf Defender

Jan. 12, 2007

What has been your favorite section of the Gulf Defender?

"The commentary section has al-
ways been my favorite section."

Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency

"I read the Man on the Street the

325th Maintenance Operations Squadron

"I like the Pig Prog the most."

325th Operations Support Squadron

"My favorite section is the sports

325th Maintenance Squadron

"The commander's column is what
I read most of the time."


'I usually check out the major headlines
for each section and the front page."

53rd Weapons Evaluation Group

"I try to read anything to do with
civilian personnel."

325th Mission Support Squadron

"My favorite part of the paper is read-
ing about other Airmen's likes, dis-
likes and interests."

325th Air Control Squadron

Gulf Defender Editorial Staff

Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters...........................325th FW commander
Maj. Susan A. Romano............... chief, 325th FW public affairs
Chrissy Cuttita................................ chief, internal information
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga............................. .........editor
Airm an G lenn M oore ..............................................staff w riter

The Gulf Defender is published by the Panama City News Herald, a private firm in no
way connected with the U S Air Force, under exclusive written contract with Tyndall
Air Force Base, Fla This civilian enterprise Air Force newspaper is an authorized
publication for members of the U S military services Contents of the Gulf Defender
are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U S government, De-
partment of Defense or Department of the Air Force
The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements,
does not constitute endorsement by the DOD, the Department of the Air Force or the
Panama City News Herald of the products or services advertised
Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use
or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital
status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the
purchaser, user or patron

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

Iedntify this .

Can you identify this object? If so, send an e-mail to milwith "Identify this" in the subject
Three correct entries will be chosen at random
and drawn from a hat to determine the final win-
ner. The prize can be claimed at the Public Af-
fairs office. "Identify this" will continue online at
Staff Sgt. Anthony Yon, 2nd Aircraft Main-
tenance Unit correctly guessed the
Dec. 22 "Identify This" as a USB port connector. Con-
gratulations Sergeant Yon, come claim your prize!

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jaJn. 1 2, 200 Gulf DJI efender Page 3
----------------- COMMENTARY

Change, progress: two difficult words to accept, embrace

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
As I was contemplating the final
'hard copy' commentary for our
beloved Gulf Defender, I was doing
some research on the Internet about
change and progress. I read some
pretty poignant and pithy quotes,
such as:
"Change does not necessarily
assure progress, but progress
implacably requires change."
"Change passes through three
stages. First it is ridiculed. Second,
it is violently opposed. Third, it is
accepted as being self-evident."
But probably my most favorite
is, "Change is hard because people
overestimate the value of what they
have, and underestimate the value of
what they may gain by giving that
Why am I focusing so much on
change and progress? Well, as you
read through this issue of the Gulf
Defender, you will see that we
are about to close a long-standing

chapter of our military history and
heritage. As part of Air Force Smart
Operations for the 21st Century,
Air Force Public Affairs is facing
manpower reductions of more than
30 percent, and an overwhelming
majority of manhours are devoted
weekly to layout, design, editing
and producing the base newspaper.
This doesn't include the interview
process and staffing an article,
which can be an extremely involved
process forjust one article, let alone
several each week.
So the Air Force, after conducting
readership surveys,paneldiscussions
and gathering information from
the 'field' PA offices, decided to
focus its delivery of the news to
the World Wide Web. According to
survey data, more Airmen get their
news from the Internet than any
other source, while base newspaper
readership among the junior enlisted
corps was at an all-time low of just
seven percent.
To some, abasewithoutanewspaper

just doesn't sound right. Believe me,
I had significant reservations about
'doing away' with the GulfDefender.
It's something I looked forward to
every Friday morning. As a Public
Affairs officer,
I've invested
an enormous
amount of blood,
sweat and tears
into each and
every issue. The
newspaper had
its own share of
challenges on so
many different
levels, but
overall, it gave
me a huge sense Photo lllustr
of satisfaction
and accomplishment each week.
But I refer you back to the quotes
above about change. Over the
years, the word 'change' has a bad
reputation in our society; however,
change is necessary in life. It keeps
us moving, it keeps us growing and

it keeps us interested.
Moving to disseminating
information via the Web is the
next logical step for improving
communications throughout the Air
Force. I encourage
you to visit
on a daily basis to
stay engaged on
wing happenings.
We will continue
to produce news
stories and feature
articles, plus post
as much pertinent
bulletins and
announcements that
n byStaffSgt StaceyHaga affect the wing, and
in a much more
efficient and timely fashion.
It's the wave of the
technological future and the
direction of our Air Force vision.
More aptly, it's progress.
Farewell, Gulf Defender. Thanks
for the memories.

'Well spoken' resolution more than eloquent words

2nd Fighter Squadron
If you haven't chosen a resolution for 2007, let me
suggest one.
Be well spoken.
This provides you two goals with one resolution
and benefits you, our Air Force and nation. Webster's
dictionary defines well spoken as speaking well, fitly
or courteously. For resolution purposes, Webster's
only defines one aspect of being well spoken. The
second aspect of this resolution is speaking "well" of
others or avoiding unconstructive words that detract
from the mission.
Accomplishing the first piece of this resolution will
require you to know your stuff well enough to speak
competently about yourjob, unit mission, base impact
and some largerAir Force goals. For most of us, this is
a full-timejob. It demands deep-grooved knowledge of
unit standards, regulations and Air Force directives.
In our Air Force, most of us labor in technically-
demanding jobs where safety dictates we keep our
standards high to avoid devastating results. And
even if you don't work directly around aircraft,
weapons or deadly materials our leaner, more
efficient work force demands decisive effectiveness.
As an Air Force, we carry out our mission well and
scour written standards, regulations and instructions
to make this happen.
Yet, there are countless other directives that

demand our attention if we are going to speak well
on bigger issues. Senior leaders at local base levels
persistently advocate the larger picture unit-to-unit
affairs, wing-to-community relations and wing-to-
environment associations to name just a few. Getting
their perspective is invaluable as we place our daily
operations in proper perspective.
Being well spoken on these issues is extremely
beneficial. It lets us prioritize our unit's schedule and
mission accomplishment with greater effectiveness.
Additionally, armed with this perspective we can carry
the proper viewpoint to the local community as we
interact across innumerable circles daily. Our society
benefits notably as we become true diplomats for our
service while our nation battles in the Global War on
The second piece of this resolution builds on the
first searching for opportunities to encourage sound
work principles and steering clear of demeaning
remarks. Regardless of your rank or position in a
leadership chain, your words are a daily investment
in those you work with and for.
With this in mind, helpful analysis is significantly
different than brutal honesty. Mark Twain wrote,
"People who are brutally honest usually like the
brutalitymore thanthe honesty."Apractical observation
appropriately timed can reduce deficiencies without
alienating those you work with. Correctly making
these comments doesn't come easy though. It takes a

substantial amount of understanding the pros and cons
of a situation to make an honest assessment.
For instance, making demeaning comments about
another unit without complete understanding of the
circumstances may be an honest assessment, but
aren't necessarily beneficial to unit-to-unit relations.
Gaining detailed knowledge of the driving factors
behind any friction points will help your whole unit
avoid future misunderstandings and inefficiencies.
Having done this, congratulations are in order you
have become "well spoken."
Don't relax too quickly in your glory though.
Negative criticism is easy to slip back into. Just like
other resolutions, (better eating habits, increased
exercise and eliminating bad habits to name a few)
this one is just as easy to drop. However, unlike
these other resolutions, being well spoken or poorly
spoken is even easier for others to observe. It is the
consistency in this resolution that brings remarkable
dividends in your unit and our Air Force as a whole.
And those dividends are substantial better unit
morale, greater efficiency in the workforce and a
firmer grasp of the entire mission. These are just
the internal benefits. From a national/external
perspective, the society we serve will distinguish
us as the dedicated, level-headed professionals they
Good luck and Godspeed in 2007 as you put this to
the test the world is listening!

i -- Ar\ r\rnr\~


Page 4 Gulf Defender

Airman discharged after three courts martial for drug use
LT. COL. DON CHRISTENSEN On Nov. 7, 2006 Airman Borrero arrived an In a bizarre twist, the Dec. 21, 2006 court was
Base Legal Office hour late to the courtroom here. After pleading the third time Airman Borrero had been court-
On Dec. 21, 2006 Airman 1st Class Jason guilty to cocaine use, the court sentencedAirman martialed as a result of a positive urinalysis.
Borrero, 325th Contracting Squadron, was Borrero to two months confinement, reduction On Oct. 18, 2004, Airman Borrero was acquitted
tried here for the wrongful use of to E-3 and a bad conduct of the wrongful use of cocaine. In that trial, Airman
cocaine. discharge. Borrero mounted a vigorous defense. In addition
Airman Borrero entered a plea of In a statement to the to witnesses attesting to his military character,
guilty before the military judge, Col. court, Airman Borrero Airman Borrero testified under oath that he "never
Bruce Ambrose. Colonel Ambrose told the judge that used drugs." Moreover he testified, "I don't use
sentenced Airman Borrero to six he had been to drug drugs now, before or never."
months confinement, reduction to rehabilitation and now After his acquittal, Airman Borrero's urine
E-l and a bad conduct discharge. possessed the tools to tested positive for cocaine on three additional
During the trial, Airman Borrero ^ avoid drugs. However, occasions.
provided details of a night of cocaine while being processed During Airman Borrero's most recent trial, the
abuse that occurred in his home on into confinement, Staff lead Government counsel, Capt. Ezra Glanzer,
Nov. 6, 2006. Graphic illustration by Staff Sgt StaceyHaga Sgt. Nathan Crow, 325th told the judge Airman Borrero's actions are
On that evening, he purchased 3.5 grams of Security Forces Squadron, discovered afive inch "a blatant disregard for the military justice
cocaine for $180 from a known drug dealer. long straw and a folded dollar bill containing system. He ignored the rehabilitative attempts
Over a three hour period he used a straw to snort cocaine in Airman Borrero's shoe. that were taking place at the time by going and
all the cocaine. Pursuantto a searchwarrant, AirmanBorrero's securing these drugs, and snorting them in his
Ironically, Airman Borrero was already facing urine was then tested for cocaine. The sample home."
cocaine charges and was scheduled to be court- came back positive and formed the basis for the The sentencing brought the end to Airman
martialed the next morning. most recent court-martial. Borrero's nearly nine-year career.

Jan. 12, 2007

Jan. 12, 2007

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Gulf Defender

Congratu ions to Tyndall's newest field grade

officersfo te medical and Dental Promotion Board.

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Staff Sgt. Brandon M

Airman Glenn Moore
Sergeant Mattingly, 325th Mission Support Squad-
ron, receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of the
Week award from Maj. Joseph Schneider, Military
Personnel Flight commander.

Sergeant Mattingly prepared 4,900 unit personnel record
groups of electronic conversion without hindering customer
service. He educated the base population on the conversion
by writing articles for the newspaper. He also ensured his
squadron is 100 percent environmentally compliant.


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Time on station
Time in service
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and writing
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Favorite thing
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Favorite movie
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and organized
Proudest mon
Being promoted

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commander program
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Jan. 12, 2007

Gulf Defender Page 7

Persistence, recycling reaps large rewards forAF, environment

325th Fighter Wing PublicAffairs
Money doesn't grow on trees, but sometimes you
can find it in a trash can.
Imagine finding more than $100,000 yearly in your

Used materials containing silver are stored
separately until they are sent to a refinery.

With some imagination and persistence, Ron Hull,
325th Maintenance Group environmental coordinator,
turned otherwise hazardous waste into cash for the Air
Materials used in the F-22 Raptor low observable
coatings contain heavy metals, which present a risk
to the environment unless proper disposal methods
are used. Instructions from the F-22 program stated
that the waste stream would have to be disposed of as
hazardous waste. Upon reviewing the material safety
data sheets, Mr. Hull realized the materials contained
a significant amount of a precious metal silver.
Mr. Hull saw the amount ofmaterial generated in the
waste stream and thought there could be a possibility
of recycling the material for the silver, rather than
disposing of it as hazardous waste. Some tests were
done locally and silver was able to be extracted from
the waste, he said.
"We looked at the waste stream and saw no reason
why we should not treat it as precious metals," said
Mr. Hull.

So in April 2004, Defense Support Service members
here started to collect the waste from applying silver-
containing materials and store it.
"We recover as much as we can," said Gary Johnson,
DS2 environmental technician.
In December 2006, the first drum of material was
sent to the Defense Reutilization and Marketing
Service to be recycled.
"In August 2006, DRMO reclassified the
materials as a hazardous waste and gave us the
option of disposing it (which costs about $2 per
pound) or taking the material back," said Mr.
Hull. "So we took it back and sent it to a refinery
that Langley AFB, Va., had already obtained and
approved for the same waste stream."
In September 2006, 2,679 pounds of silver-
containing waste was shipped to the refinery.
Months of persistence paid off, the end result a
check for more than $226,000 was issued to the


Jan. 12, 2007

Page 8 Gulf Defender

Tyndall Recycling Program.
The effort not only produced income
for otherwise unusable materials, but
also eliminated disposal costs and
reduced environmental pollution, said
Mr. Hull.
"It seemed like a futile effort for a
long time because no one would take it,
but it was well worth the return," said
Mr. Johnson.
"I'm anticipating at least $200,000
to be raised per year if we maintain this
program," said Mr. Hull.
The money earned through the silver
recycling will be handled according to
DOD regulations. First, it will cover the
operation and overhead of the recycling
program and improvements made to it.
All the other funds will go to the Morale,
Welfare and Recreation program here
according to Mr. Hull.
"We will use the money to improve
our operations and have less impact on
the environment," said Mr. Hull.
In the future, if the Defense Logistics
Agency chooses to take ownership of
the waste, it will process it in its own
refinery and the silver will be available

for DOD projects to obtain the metal
rather than purchasing silver from the
market, added Mr. Hull.
"We recycle this material because it's
the right thing to do," said Mr. Hull.
"No matter how the funds are dispersed,
we will reduce Tyndall's impact on the
environment and save the government
"I'm extremely proud of Mr. Hull
and our maintenance team for pursuing
this effort to completion. It takes a lot
of time and persistence to initiate and
execute a new reclamation process
like this one," said Col. Brett Haswell.
"We are entering an era of funding
constraints, so successful ideas like this
one will be valuable to help us sustain
our exceptional performance of the
Tyndall mission."
A few other Air Force programs
using similar silver-based materials
have followed Tyndall's lead in
"I am convinced other F-22 units will
follow suit with our ground breaking
process," said Col. Haswell. "We will
continue to look for opportunities like
this one, we can't afford not to."

The way we were...

Morale was lifted by comics like this one,
edition of the Tyndall Target.

Team Tyndall prepares for ESOHCAMP inspection

325th Civil Engineer Squadron
The 325th Civil Engineer Squadron environmental
flight is taking the lead on preparing Tyndall for an
Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health
Compliance Assessment and Management Program
inspection to be performed Jan. 22 26.
The ESOHCAMPinspectionteam will be reviewing
Tyndall's environmental, safety and occupational
health programs to determine how well the base is
complying with federal, state and local regulations
and permits, as well as Air Force instructions.
"Every shop on base both wing and tenant
units whose job involves any part of the ESOH
process, has the potential to be looked at," said
Maj. Kent Hobson, ESOHCAMP project officer.
"For example, any shop that handles hazardous
materials or hazardous waste is eligible to be visited
by the ESOHCAMP team. Even the Youth Center
is not exempt from a visit by the inspectors. Solid
waste disposal and recycling will also be reviewed,
probably including what we refer to as 'dumpster
diving,' sorting through dumpsters to determine if
there are items in the trash that should have been
disposed of in a different manner."
Members of the inspection team are from
Headquarters Air Education and Training Command
and other Air Force bases. The goal is to help Team
Tyndall find and correct problems that could cause or
contribute to regulatory violations, possibly including

fines, if state or federal regulatory agency inspectors
were to make the findings. If resources are needed to
help correct a deficiency, the ESOHCAMP team can
help validate the problem and the resources needed
to correct it.
ESOHCAMP audits, which are required for all
installations by the Department of Defense, assess
the base in areas ranging from hazardous materials,
water and air issues to cultural and natural resources.
The assessment is a "snap shot in time" of how well
Team Tyndall is performing its ESOH duties.
"These audits are especially valuable if they help
identify and correct a problem that might otherwise
result in a regulatory agency action," said Joe
McLeran, 325th CES environmental flight chief.
"Regulatory actions for violations can impact the
mission, and no one wants that."
In most instances, problems identified by the
ESOHCAMP team are corrected very quickly, often
before the ESOHCAMP team even leaves Tyndall.
If a more complicated solution is needed that cannot
be implemented immediately, the environmental
flight tracks the progress of the correction and works
with the responsible group and squadron to identify
and implement the corrective actions needed.
"Team Tyndall has a long history of excellent
environmental stewardship, and a great safety
and worker health protection record," said Mr.
"We have a lot of people around the base working

very hard to make sure Tyndall is ready for the visit,"
said Maj. Hobson. "Personnel from the environmental
flight, ground safety, bio-environmental engineering
and the unit environmental coordinators from all
base organizations are working together to identify
any areas or shortcomings we can correct prior to the

Ted Broome
Maj. Kent Hobson, 95th Fighter Squadron
pilot and Steve McLellan inspect a unit's
hazardous materials locker for compliance
with Air Force and regulatory agency label-
ing, storage and safety requirements.

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ABM students learn control at MU-2 speed

What has been the most valu-
able lesson or advice an instruc-
tor has given you?

"The most valuable lesson I've
been taught has been safety
when near aircraft. There are so
many areas around a jet where
you can be injured if you are not

Mission ready Airman student

Congratulations to mission
ready Airmen graduates of
Class 2007012 from the
372nd Training Squadron/
Detachment 4!

Airman Glenn Moore
2nd Lts. Chris Stewart, Nick Petersen and Karl Deren
ABM students, are controlling MU-2s through simu
lation training for their undergraduate ABM class.
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Fighter pilots routinely execute tactical maneuvers
against adversary aircraft at close range while flying at
speeds greater than five hundred miles per hour. And while
conducting tactical intercept missions, fighters easily reach
supersonic speeds.
Mastering the technical skills neededto manage, deconflict
and effectively communicate with fighter aircraft under
such conditions is the responsibility of Air Battle Manager
students assigned to the 325th Air Control Squadron.
Before attempting to manage aircraft at supersonic
speeds, ABM students control and communicate with
Mitsubishi MU-2s, which are slower-moving twin-engine
turboprop aircraft.
"We utilize the MU-2 as a stepping stone to control F-15,
F-22 and other live aircraft," said Master Sgt. Eric Smith,
325th ACS instructor.
"We are able to apply the skills we learn in the simulated
portion of the course to live aircraft control in a slow-paced
environment," said 2nd Lt. Erin Rundberget, 325th ACS
student. "This allows us to perfect our controlling skills
before moving on to high-performance aircraft later in the
Nine former military pilots, contracted by Air 1stAviation
Companies, Inc., fly the MU-2 training aircraft in support of
the 325th ACS training syllabus. Air 1st has been providing
contracted training flight services at Tyndall since 1998,
operating and maintaining a fleet of eight MU-2 aircraft,
logging more than 4,000 flight hours per year.
"Each ABM student must successfully control eight
sorties flown by MU-2s and receive one flight in the
aircraft before progressing to the next block of instruction,"
said Sergeant Smith. The flight gives ABM students the
opportunity to experience a combat mission from a pilot's
The advantage of controlling the MU-2 is experiencing
the realism of controlling an actual aircraft, but in a slow,
low-threat environment. The MU-2 is a vital stepping stone

for students as they progress to managing more intense
combat sorties flown by fighter aircraft.
"We provide students a platform, one-half to one-third
the speed ofahigh performance jet," said retired Col. Don
Joyner, a former Air Force F- 11 pilot and current MU-2
pilot. "Instructors from the 325th ACS choose what play
book scenario they want the students to experience, and
we provide the environment."
The purpose of incorporating MU-2 flights into ABM
training is to provide students the technical skills needed
to successfully and safely manage numerous aircraft co-
located in airspace world-wide.
When interacting with the MU-2 fleet, ABM students
provide 'big-picture' information to the pilots, said
Lieutenant Rundberget. The information air battle
managers provide, helps pilots build their situational
,awareness during combat missions, she said.
"After successfully completing their eight live missions
with MU-2 aircraft, students will be well on their way
to becoming a good, 'third wingman,"' said Sergeant
Smith. "And the best part about my life here is teaching
a new officer to be a trusted wingman."
"It's important to understand that ABMs do not merely
control air-to-air missions," said the sergeant. "Students
also learn procedural control, which is control of aircraft
without the use of radar, and the ability to execute against
air-to-ground targets."
Plans are well underway to expand the MU-2 training
mission to incorporate added capabilities and skills for ABM
trainees to use for procedural control, said Sergeant Smith.
MU-2 exposure also offers students insight to the
symbiotic relationship between air battle managers, pilots
and air traffic controllers.
"The MU-2 program helps us understand that it takes
collaboration between both the pilot and the controller
to successfully execute an air battle," said Lieutenant
Air battle manager trainees agree that controlling fighter
aircraft at excessive speeds and close-range is initially a
daunting task, one that must be tackled slowly ... at the
speed of an MU-2. But students also agree that training with
the MU-2 fleet is a solid step to controlling fighter aircraft
at mach speed and they will be doing that in no time.

These MU-2s provide training forABM students here.

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Air Force hero illustrates the importance of enlisted force

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Tech. Sgt. Airey and his wife, Shirley Babbitt Airey, on
theirwedding day, Feb. 10, 1946.

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Holding the honorable title of first Chief Mas-
ter Sergeant of the Air Force was the greatest
thing to happen in Paul Airey's life.
Second was having the NCO Academy here
named after him.
Because of his background, Air Force offi-
cials asked him to provide a comment about
the enlisted force that would be etched forever
on the walls of the new Air Force Memorial in
Washington. This was the third greatest thing
to happen in his life.
"When I think of the enlisted force, I think of
dedication, determination, loyalty and valor,"
said the retired chief, who was on the Air Force
Memorial Foundation committee for 14 years.
"By dedication and determination, do your
duty and get the job done. Be loyal to fellow
Airmen, the Air Force and our country. Have
valor to defend our nation at all costs."
He described the memorial as something
he feels strongly about. The enlisted corps is
represented by the bronze statue of an Honor
Guard detail, according to Chief Airey. The
three spires shooting off to the heavens repre-
sent the core values.
"These values should be taught and lived,"
he said. "I usually tell Airmen two four-letter
words, zeal and duty. If you follow those, you
cannot go wrong."

Education levels of today's Airmen amaze
the retired Chief. When he joined he hadn't
finished high school. Today he sees the educa-
tion level of the enlisted corps surpassing the
level of some officers.
"Looking back 64 years when I enlisted, I'm
continually amazed by today's enlisted corps,"
said ChiefAirey. "Enlisted NCOs are doing what
field grade officers used to do. They are the envy
of foreign air forces all over the world that have
captains and majors doing what our Airmen do."
The Air Force hero speaks fondly of his own
memories in uniform. He remembers basic ra-
dio operations school in 1942 at Scott Field, Ill.
and being on a "troop train" bound for Panama
City in 1943 to train at an aerial gunnery school
here. He remembers how World War II citizen
soldiers, who were "amateurs" compared to
how Airmen are trained today, became Amer-
ica's greatest generation.
"In the 485th Bomb Group, which was com-
prised similar to a wing today, there may have
been half a dozen officers and 10-12 NCOs
who came out of the regular Army. But all of
the rest pilots, navigators, bombardiers, bak-
ers, cooks, gunners were draftees or enlistees
who quickly formed, trained, sent off to war
and won ," said Chief Airey.
During World War II, he served as an aerial
gunner on B-24 bombers, and is credited with
28 combat missions in Europe. After he was
forced to bail out of his flak-damaged aircraft,
he was captured and became a prisoner of war
in Germany from July 1944 to May 1945.
Upon liberation, ChiefAirey had a serious de-
cision to make to stay in the military or leave.
"I liked it," he said. "There was something about
it I wanted. I came off leave and reenlisted."
For six years after that, he instructed at the

Courtesy Hhoto

Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Paul W. Airey (center) was advisor to Secretary of the Air Force Courtesy Photo
Harold Brown (left) and Chief of Staff of the Air Force Gen. John P. McConnell (right) on matters This photo was taken of Tech. Sgt. Airey in
concerning welfare, effective utilization and progress of the enlisted members of the Air Force. He Belgium, May 1945, one week after the Brit-
was the first chief master sergeant appointed to this position April 3, 1967. ish liberated him as a prisoner of war.

school he attended for radio operator training.
During the Korean conflict, he was awarded
the Legion of Merit while assigned at Naha Air
Base, Okinawa. The award, an uncommon dec-
oration for an enlisted man, was earned for cre-
ating a means of constructing equipment from
salvaged parts that improved corrosion control
of sensitive radio and radar components.
ChiefAirey spent much of his 27-year career
as a first sergeant.
"Of all the jobs I had in the Air Force,
next to being Chief Master Sergeant of
the Air Force, I think first sergeant was
probably the best," said Chief Airey. "I
liked it. I liked the discipline part of it.
I liked being able to counsel and lead.
Courtesy Photo
You never knew what was going to hap- Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Paul
pen, day or night." Airey in his official photo.
He shares his career experiences with
Airmen today. He has been actively involved in
speaking at every class that graduates Tyndall's
Airman Leadership School and NCOA since
he retired from the Air Force Aug. 1, 1970.
"Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Airey is
a great hero, a trailblazer for the enlisted corps
and a great, humble man," said Chief Master
Sgt. Thomas Schwenk, NCOA commandant
during the Paul W. Airey NCO Academy dedi-
cation ceremony in December.
During his speech at that dedication ceremony,
ChiefAirey said he was proud of today's Airmen.
"Part of the heritage and tradition to keep
in mind that Airmen should always remember
is that since the beginning of the Air Service,
Army Air Corps, the Army Air Force and the
U.S. Air Force 34,000 men and women have
died in aerial combat for this country," he said.
"There is no doubt in my mind that over in Courtesy Photo
Afghanistan, in Iraq and in harm's way at this Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air
very moment, there are graduates from NCO Force Airey speaks to NCO Acad-
academies leading people, counseling Airmen, emy students here April 12, 2005.
seeing that airplanes get up in the air, taking
care of the sick and everything else Airmen
have to do. I'm proud, a little in awe and I'll
try never to let you down."
ChiefAirey always supported the needs of the
enlisted Airmen from the days he was responsi-
ble for creating the Weighted Airmen's Promo-
tion System and designing an NCOA, so senior
enlisted Airmen could receive more advanced
management training, to the many ways he in-
volves himself in the Air Force today.
"I'd like to believe once you are a chief mas-
ter sergeant you are obligated to stay active
even after you retire," said ChiefAirey. "I'm
as close to the Air Force today as I could pos-
sibly be, I just don't put the uniform on every

courtesy Hnoto

Courtesy Photo
Top: Chief Master Sgt. of the Air
Force Airey talks to Airmen 1st
Class Tim Vasques and Ray Dun-
bar Jr. during his visit to Pleiku Air
Base, Vietnam, in 1967.
Bottom: During his 80th birthday cel-
ebration here December 2003, retired
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force
Airey signs an autograph for Senior
Airman Matthew Bolado, 325th Aero-
medical-Dental Squadron.
Left: Kurt Anderson (center) shakes
hands with retired Chief Master
Sgt. of the Air Force Airey after he
presented the chief with a Pack 388
appreciation coin. Chief Airey men-
tored the Boy Scouts during a visit
Sept. 21, 2006.

Isaac Gibson

Page 12 Gulf Defender

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.

Commissary closed
The Commissary will be closed
Monday for the Martin Luther
King holiday. The Commissary
will resume normal operating hours

MLK service
There will be a Martin Luther King Jr.
commemorative service 11 a.m. to noon
today at Chapel One. Refreshments
will be served following the service.

Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop hours of
operation are 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.
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.

Tricare briefing
A Tricare briefing will be held 1 p.m.
Feb. 13 in the Raptor conference
room in Bldg. 1465. Active duty,
Active duty dependents, retirees and
their dependents are encouraged to

Palace chase briefing
Monthly Palace Chase briefings
are held the first Tuesday of each
month from 1 p.m. 2 p.m. in
Bldg. 662 Room 267. The next
briefing will take place on Feb. 6.
For more information, contact Master
Sgt. Thomas Alderman, recruiter, at
283-8384 oremail thomas.alderman@

AAFES sweepstakes
The Army & Air Force Exchange
Service is having a "New Year
Baby Sweepstakes." Any Exchange
customer who had a baby born on
Jan. 1 may enter the contest. Entries
must be received at
before Jan. 31. The drawing for

the three grand prizes, will be held
Feb. 5. At a minimum, each prize
pack will include a stroller, toddler
bed, security gate, bouncer, tub,
bassinet, activity center and swing
along with a one-year supply of
AAFES' Exchange Select Diapers
and six-month supply of Baby's
Choice Formula.

Rugby practice
Base rugby practices will be at
6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Heritage

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.

Winter 2007 Airman available
The winter quarterly is-
sue of Airman magazine is
now available in print and on-
line at

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.)


Chrissy Cuttita
Treading along

Staff Sgts. Reneekqua Grace, Crystal Lopez and Aaron Sisek make use of one of the Fitness
Center aerobic workout areas. The center's latest incentive in getting Airmen to exercise more is
"Battle of the Bulge." Participants will compete for cash and prices that will be awarded to those
who shed the most pounds until March 23. For information or to sign up, call the Fitness Center
at 283-2631.

Jan. 12, 2007

Jan. 12, 2007

Playoffs heat up, CONS champs again

From the land of survivors
Well, the regular season is over
and the true contenders have
emerged, at least from the American
Football Conference. The National
Football Conference is still a little
questionable and whoever does
win the conference will have to do
it handedly for me to give them a
shot it the Super Bowl.
Indianapolis and Kansas
City kicked the playoffs off
on Saturday. This game was
the complete opposite of what
everyone expected. Many experts
picked Kansas City to win this
game because of the Colts porous
run defense, but the Chiefs' Pro

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squeezed by th
Eagles quarter
didn't have ahug
Giants throwing
and 153 yards,
make any mistal
quarterback play
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game Manning
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Brown. The Ea
advantage of t
scoring on a 1
by Eagles Kick

Bowl running back Larry Johnson Essentially, ins
only managed 32 yards on 13 kicking a gamn
carries. Not quite a career day if goal with three
you ask me, especially when he the clock it wo
was expected to top 100 yards game tying field
easily in this game. game into overt
Colts quarterback Peyton the result would'
Manning had a surprising day also. but it goes to sho,
If Indianapolis was going win this in the game mu
game, Manning would have to perfection during
carry the team to victory. Instead A team who
Manning threw three interceptions critical time w
and one touchdown against the being on top c
Chiefs. The player who did carry standings a majol
the Colts was rookie running back the past couple ol
Joseph Addai. He ran over the had taken over. V
Chiefs defense for 122 yards and the line and press
a touchdown. Addai was the key picker Thomas R
ingredient to this game because pressure get to 1
he kept the Colts defense on the strong to take
sidelines, crowned Super Pi

Tigers split victory
The Tyndall Tigers men's varsity basketball team
split their two game set with the visiting Hurlburt
Field Commandos in Southeastern Military Athletic
Conference, regular season play this past weekend.
Tyndall triumphed over Hurlburt, 98-95 in over
time in Saturday's game.
Tyndall jumped out to an early 10-2 lead over
the Commandos and maintain the lead throughout
the majority of the first half until Hurlburt went
on a late run to take a 38-37 lead at the half.
The Tigers went on a run of their own to take a
58-50 lead with 14 minutes 31 seconds remaining
and appeared on the verge of blowing the game
open, but costly turn-overs and poor free shooting
propelled the Commandos on a run of their own.
Hurlburt held a two point lead 85-83 with 18
seconds remaining in the game, the Tigers misfired

e final game last
Eagles continued
ot streak as they
e Giants 23-20.
ack Jeff Garcia
e game against the
for a touchdown
but he didn't
kes either. Giants
ed better than he
he did have one

ond quarter of the
was intercepted
erback Shannon
gles would take
his mistake by
)-yard field goal
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seconds left on
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Goal to put the
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ve been different,
w how every play
st be executed to
Sthe playoffs.
did execute in a
is CONS. After
)f the Pig Prog
rity of the season,
weeks the 1st FS
Vith the season on
ire on him, CONS
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him and finished
the lead and be
rog champions.

While we tried to reach Reese
for comment, he was not able to
return any questions. I'm sure
he's on South Beach celebrating
his triumphant victory. Don't get
to comfortable down there, spring
training is right around the comer.
This year's win for CONS marks
their second championship in
two seasons of the Pig Prog. Last
season's runner up, MOS, decided
not to participate in this year Pig
Prog after a bitter lose.
This year's runner up was the
1st FS. I talked to the 1st FS picker
Tami Viskochil to see if they would
be throwing in the towel also.
"Considering our inactivation
we don't really have a choice, but
to drop out," said Viskochil. "Also,
I'm retiring in August, but I'm not
backing out. If I could participate
next year I would and I'd win."
I asked her what was her finest
moment during the Pig Prog since
this is her last year, and an old
rivalry still was boiling.
"Beating MXS was definitely
the highlight of the season," said
Viskochil. 'It was great season and
I really had a lot of fun."
All we have now is seven games
left of playoff football and then
preparing for next season begins. So
hold that championship close CONS
because you only have 12 months
left with it. The true champion will
be crowned next season.
Now let's get out there and
watch some football!

with Commandos in
on two attempts to tie the game when Anthony
Showers came down with yet another offensive
rebound and put back to force overtime. In the
over time Showers had the hot hand as he scored
nine of the 13 Tigers points as Tyndall outscored
the Commandos 13-10 in the extra period to take
the hard fought victory.
Hurlburt defeated Tyndall 84-79 in Sunday's
Tyndall dominated the action during the first half
of the contest as they built a 17 point lead 45-28
with one minute to go in the half, then the Tigers
got careless as they committed three turnovers
which the Commandos converted into seven
points to trim Tyndall's lead to 10 points, 45-35
at the intermission. In the second stanza, Hurlburt
reeled off the first seven points of the half to cut

Gulf Defender Page 13

Intramural Sports Standings


Team W L
MSS 100 52
MOS 100 52
Services 96 56
Test 92 60
AFNORTH 1 90 62
AFCESA 1 89 63
43rd AMU 88 64
83rd FWS 1 87 65
SFS 86 66
AMXS 2 82 70
CS 1 82 70
CES 80 72
ACS 1 78 74
AFCESA 2 78 74
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 2 76
DS2 76
83rd FWS 2 74
AMXS 1 72
AMXS 4 68
372nd TRS 64
CS2 64
Phase 2 62
Phase 1 60
MDG 54
Bye 20
CS 2
Troy Deleon
James Garred
Tom Reese
Barry Hoehne
Rachel Petri-Rose
Chong Dodson
Jasmine Pech
Natasha Moore


Pig Prog Scorebox

CONS 148 NCOA 130
1st FS 143 CES 128
372nd TRS 141 ACS 126
Pig Prog 139 SVS 121
MXS 138 28th TES 120
CPTS 136 CS 112
OSS 134 SFS 105

two game contest
the Tigers lead to three points 45-42. After a time
out Tyndall regrouped and extended the lead to 10
points and that turned out to be the theme of the half
as the Tigers would extend the lead and then the
Commandos would come storming back. A three
pointer by Hurlburt's Andre' Harp-Thomas gave
Hulburt the lead 78-75 with 50 seconds remaining
in the contest. The Tigers committed a crucial
turn over and were forced to foul; the Commandos
sealed their hard fought victory by connecting on six
consecutive free throws to offset two late baskets by
Tyndall's Anthony Showers.
The Tigers travel to MacDill AFB this weekend
to play the Falcons. Next weekend they will host
Naval Air Station Mayport in their last home
games of the season.
(Courtesy of the Tyndall Tigers.)

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Three Airmen STEP promoted, respected by peers

325th Fighter Wing public affairs
Three Airmen here were promoted
through Stripes for Exceptional
Performers, a program for Air Force
members to be promoted through their
exceptional performance in their duties.
Master Sgt. Timothy Madura,
325th Maintenance Squadron F-22
lead standardization crew member;
Tech. Sgt. Michael Halbrook, 325th
Communications Squadron base
communications project manager; and
Tech. Sgt. Lisa Gamble, 325th Medical
Operational Squadron aerospace
medical services craftsman, were
the individuals promoted Dec. 22 by
Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter
Wing commander and Chief Master
Sgt. Craig Deatherage, 325th FW
command chief master sergeant.
Sergeant Madura may not
purposefully put himself into the
spotlight, but his performance on the
job creates enough publicity.
"Any task I've ever seen handed to him
he's done what was asked and more,"
said Tech. Sgt. Ralph Moseley, 325th
MXS. "Everything he does is with 100
percent professionalism every time."
In addition to Sergeant Madura going
above and beyond on the work he does,
there are other ways he makes himself
an example to younger Airmen.
"Ever since he's been here, he is the
first one to work in the morning and
the last one to leave," said Sergeant

Moseley. "He's also is an
example by keeping his
uniform looking good all
the time."
Other accomplishments
Sergeant Madura has
earned are two Air Force
level awards and the
2005 Air Force European
Command Weapons Safety
NCO in charge of the Year.
Also, Sergeant Madura
has earned his bachelor's
degree and a Community
College of the Air Force
Like Sergeant Madura,
Sergeant Halbrook isn't
the type of person who
looks for recognition by
being outspoken.
"He's an outstanding Sergean
individual that takes pride lead cre
in everything he does,"
said Chief Master Sgt. Carol Cox,
325th CS flight chief for plans and
implementation. "He is a positive
mentor and good example to all
the airmen he works with. Sergeant
Halbrook exemplifies a well rounded
concept. He has earned two associate
degrees and is working on his
bachelor's degree. He is also great
with his family and volunteers all the
time on base and downtown."
"Sometimes I don't understand
how he does everything he is

Isaac Uibson
it Madura evaluates Staff Sgt. Heath Marlin's, weapons standardization
w chief, inspection of an AIM-9 missile.

involved in," said Chief Cox.
Last but not least, Sergeant Gamble
was chosen to be submitted for this
promotion by her fellow co-workers,
which in itself shows how good a
leader she is.
"She is a very dependable and hard
worker," said Tech. Sgt. Suzanne
Coumoyer, 325th MDOSNCO in charge
of ambulance services department.
"She is heavily involved with all the
exercises performed on base and also
is part of the group that responds to 911

calls and in-flight emergencies."
"I am ecstatic forher and she deserves
it," said Staff Sgt. William Burch, 325
MDOS medical specialist. "She comes
in and works extremely hard and is a
great example to the younger Airmen
around her."
Receiving a STEP promotion is quite
an accomplishment. These individuals,
demonstrated the potential for more
responsibility to their commanders and
the Air Force.

Isaac Gibson
Sergeant Halbrook reviews project cable drawings for a building.

LISa Norman
Sergeant Gamble, right, assists in the "recovery" of an injured Air-
man during a medical exercise.

Jan. 12, 2007

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0 FOD Preventers of the Month

Lisa Norman


Chrissy Cuttita

Airman 1st Class Brian Amicone, 95th Aircraft Maintenance
Unit assistant dedicated crew chief, installs a panel on an
F-15 Eagle. Airman Amicone received the FOD Preventer of the
Month for November because he found one half of a broken
bolt and its source.

Even in the 1960s, safe driving reminders were common.

1st Lt. Chris Haley, 95th AMU assistant officer in charge,
inspects an AIM-9 missile, something he remembers doing
as an enlisted Airman for four years. He was also the FOD
Preventer of the Month for November for finding the other
half of the broken bolt.

The way we were...

The Gulf Defender is published for people like
Airman James Eden,
43rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit load crew member.

Jan. 12, 2007

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Tax center opens, assists for season

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The way we were...

Aside from being a new
beginning, the dawn of the New
Year means income tax season is
right around the comer.
While mosttreasure taxtime as
much as being hit over the head
with a frying pan, some members
of Team Tyndall enjoy the tax
assistance program offered here.
The 325th Fighter Wing Legal
Office will provide free tax help,
to include electronic filing for
active duty members and their
families, as well as members
of the retirement community.
Beginning in January, the Tax
Center staff will review your
returns, check them and aid you
in tax filing.
Although the concept of federal
income taxes can be intimidating
to most, more than 45 members
of Team Tyndall are trained and
qualified as Volunteer Income Tax
Assistants. These individuals will
prepare federal income tax returns,
free of charge, for all military
identification card holders.

Not only will they be available
to assist you, they will have
critical IRS information readily
available on topics such as the
earned income credit, additional
child credit, deductions and other
important financial aspects.
The Tax Center will open
Jan. 22 April 13 at the
Community Activities Center. Its
hours of operations will be 9 a.m.
to 3 p.m. Monday Thursday.
Assistance will be given at
the Tax Center by appointment
When going to the Base Legal
Office to consult with a VITA,
please bring the following
documents in order to prepare
your taxes:
A copy of your social security
cards for taxpayer, spouse and all
A voided check if you desire
direct deposit of your return.
FormW-2 from each employer.
Active duty members may obtain
this from

Childcare or daycare expense
information. You will also need
name, social security number
and address of the childcare
Bank interest income statements.
If you have any additional
sources of income, such as rental
property, sales of stocks or any
other income source, supporting
documentation must be provided
to prepare an accurate return.
In addition, tax filers may wish
to take advantage of the Tax
Center's free electronic filing
program. By bringing a voided
check to the Tax Center when you
file, you can choose any checking
account, regardless of its location,
in which your return is deposited.
By filing electronically, VITAs
can track the status of your
income tax filing at a click of a
For more information orto make
an appointment, contact the Base
Legal Office at 283-4681.
(Courtesy ofBase Legal Office)

War tips in the 1940s.

Martin Luther King day operating hours
Facility Monday
Main store 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Class Six 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Felix Lake 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Anthony's 1 la.m. to 4 p.m.
GNC 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(All other exchange facilities will be closed.)
To find out holiday hours in the future, call
283-2580 or the facility itself. You can also find store hours, up-
coming events and AAFES news at

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From the 'Target' to the



- base newspaper

Tyndall proudly for

nearly seven decades

From the very beginning of
Tyndall, the installation has always
had a tangible source for base
news, announcements and even the
occasional comic strip.
Over the years, the base newspaper
has changed its name twice, gone

from color front pages, to no color
and back again. But even as the paper
held in many hands shared our stories,
triumphs and tears ends, the tales will
continue on in Tyndall's Web page,
(Complied by Public Affairs)

A New Year's baby sergeant helped the Tyndall Target ring
in the new year in 1943.

The 1950s brought a new name and new front page style as the pub-
lication transitioned from a newsletter to newspaper as seen in this
edition which made print in 1956.

An edition of the Jet Scope in 1
changes to the base as it grew.

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Frogs make front page news in a 1971 publication.

This 1988 paper highlighted the training mission and top performers.

Stie i us orougnt color acK to Ine publication, as well as a new
name, as seen in this 1997 edition of the Gulf Defender.

The Gulf Defenderwelcomes the new year much like how the Tyn-
dall Target did in 1943 with full color and a large illustration.

Jan. 12, 2007

For the latest news and information,

check cut the TYndall Web paae,

Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.

325th Fighter Wing Mission
Through Trust and Teamwork
Train Expeditionary Airpower Experts

Gulf Coast Salute 2007 Air Show and Open House
Coming to Tyndall March 24!

Search .... ]) .
, Advanced Search

Community Support
OSI Eagle Eyes
Visitor's Guide
325th SVS (MWR)

Congratulations to Airman 1st Class Ryan Bailey, 325th Air Control
Squadron pilot simulator technician. Airman Bailey is the 325th
Fighter Wing Checkertail Salute Warrior of the Week.

Tyndall NCOA renamed after first CMSAF
Academy was renamed Wednesday to honor the first
Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force.

Tyndall NCO Academy to be renamed after first CMSAF
Tyndall's NCO Academy hoped they could rename
their installation after the first Chief Master
Sergeant of the Air Force, and it is finally becoming
a reality 11 a.m. Wednesday.

Tyndall meets historic Doolittle Air Force family
Doolittle Hoppes' book signing event here
Tuesday, many people were able to get a glimpse
into the lives of well-known Air Force heroes.



Tigers sweep Bandits in weekend match-up
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Tyndall Tigers men's
varsity basketball team won both games against the visiting Bandits
from Ft. Benning, Ga., in Southeastern Military Athletic Conference
action Saturday and Sunday.
Dedicated blessing
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Chaplain (Lt.
Col.) Paul Stewart, 325th Fighter Wing chaplain,
blesses the altar during the Chapel 1 rededication
ceremony Dec. 1. The chapel closed Jan. 16 for
renovation and reopened officially 9:30 a.m. Nov. 5
for weekly Sunday Liturgical Service. (U.S. Air Force photo by Isaac
Deck the trailer
Michael Crawford, 325th Maintenance Squadron
munitions storage crew chief, places a pink
flamingo in front of his squadron's tin trailer
decoration in Flag Park. During the holiday season,

The 2007 "Gulf Coast Salute to
America's Heroes" Air Show and
Open House is coming to
Tyndall March 24.
Admission and parking are
free. Gates open at 9 a.m.
Visit the exclusive Tyndall Air Showweb
site for a schedule of events, directions, photos
and more.

* 325th CES exercises oil spill clean-up
* Several ways to earn commission
* Victim Witness Assistance Program: know
your rights
* Fire, emergency services encourage
holiday safety
* More

The reason for the season is...

Sergeant's tough family love made "core
values" seem easy
Armed with smile: Making a difference
without words
Have you become 'one of them?'


Hurricane Information
Air Force Recruiting

Panjshir team aids
mosque repair
CENTAF releases
airpower summary for
Jan. 5
Air Force may hold RIF
board if goal not met
Basketball: Air Force
falls to Colorado State
Name released of Travis
Airman involved in

Football: New Air Force
coach meets the press
Americans, Djiboutians
build relationships



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Jan. 12, 2007

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