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Presidential advice
Local
offi-
cials
and
promi-
nente
people
discuss
what
they think President
Obama's priorities
should be. See page 2.
Calling all officers
The NWF Military
Officers Association
announced new leaders
and welcomed any war-
rant or commissioned
officer, active or retired,
to join. See page 5.
What's up?
Check '12
out
the
Patriot
calen-
darfor
places
to go
and
things to do during the
Gulf Coast holiday sea-
son. See page 6.
Sting like a bee
The Womens Airforce
Security Pilots--
WASPs-of World War
II flew more than 60
million miles in support
of the war effort. See
story, page 7.


Airmen fight battle of the bulge


Weight Warrior program aims

to cut fat, add health, strength
By Dianne Bitzes raise the entrance fee from $25 to
Correspondent $50. Last year, we did have fewer
Wednesday kicked off the fourth people drop out of the program, so
annual Weight Warrior competition we kept the $50 fee, thinking it
at Hurlburt might provide enough incentive to
Field, designedI keep people going. It's still a better
to help those deal than paying a trainer $25-$30 at
who want to a gym downtown."
lose a few The Weight Warriors competition
pounds or just was originally based on the popular
get stronger to l[ reality television series "The Biggest
do so in a con- Loser." Like its televised counter-
trolled atmos- part, Weight Warriors helps contest-
phere. ants make regular exercise and
"There is an Karen Cataldo health-conscious dietary choices part
entrance fee of their everyday living.
($50) which covers the cost of prizes "It's our goal to help develop a
and T-shirts," said Karen Cataldo, specialized program for individuals
director of the Riptide Fitness so they can achieve their personal
Center, which sponsors the program. health goals," said Cataldo.


"A critique session following the
2007 contest indicated we should


Please see AIRMEN, page 4


Photos by Dianne Bitzes
In the middle of the group trying to improve their health is
Capt. James 'Bubba' May (wearing glasses). His wife,
Robin, is to his left.


Helping airmen get handle on finances

Seminar covers investment, savings and money security


By Dianne Bitzes
Correspondent
A financial readiness program at Eglin Wednesday
was just what the banker ordered.
"I learned new strategies for dealing with a split
household," said Tech. Sgt. Heath Autrey of the 33MXS.
"Much of what they offered was relevant to my situation,
with the 33rd moving this summer."
Through a partnership with several federal agencies
and nonprofit organizations, the Department of Defense
(DoD) brought its Financial Readiness Campaign road
show to Eglin Wednesday. At the invitation of Col. Rick
LoCastro, 96th Air Base Wing commander, the campaign
targeted active duty, Guardsmen and Reserve members
and their families to the customized community outreach
event.
"When DoD offered the Personal Finance and
Transition road show to interested bases, we jumped at
the opportunity," said Vince Halverson, director Airman
& Family Readiness Center. "We invited A&FRC coun-
terparts at Hurlburt and NAS Whiting Field to collaborate
Please see HELPING, page 3


Better Business Bureau adviser Tammy
Capt. and Mrs. Mario Maxwell.


Photo by Dianne Bitzes
Fowler provides information to


Honor Guard reflects Commando pride


A


Photo by Dianne Bitzes
Members of the Hurlburt Field Honor Guard practice removing a flag from a casket and folding it
into a triangle.


By Dianne Bitzes
Correspondent
Hurlburt Field's base honor
guard is housed in an out-of-
the-way building just west of JR
Rockers at the end of the park-
ing lot. Inside the building, visi-
tors can't help but notice two
caskets sitting on elevated
stands at the far end of the
room. Stacks of folded flags
line the window sills. The wall
opposite the caskets has a
mural-sized organizational
patch, painted by honor guard
member Senior Airman
Eduardo Alvarado. The base
honor guard motto: "To honor
with dignity."
"There is nothing like the
feeling you get when an 85-
year-old widow puts a vise grip
on your arm as you hand her


the flag," recalls honor guard
NCOIC Staff Sgt. Janieson
Ross. "Going down on one knee
in front of her-presenting her
the flag that moments earlier
draped her husband's casket;
there's nothing like it." Ross
speaks from experience; he's
been a member of the honor
guard since 2000.
The volunteers make a one-
year commitment to be on the
honor guard.
"It's a huge sacrifice, even
though we are assigned here,"
said Alvarado. "There is a lot of
after-hours time required."
The year-long special duty
assignment is broken into two
halves. For the first six months,
personnel practice daily for
Please see HONOR, page 4








lurlburt Patriot


Friday, January 23, 2009


Economy seen as most urgent Obama priority


Other concerns include terror threat, foreign oil dependence, health care


By Del Lessard
and Kenneth Books
Staff Writers
Prominent local people, no
matter what
their party
affiliation,
agree. The
most urgent
priority-
and the
greatest
challenge-
facing
Barack President
Obama is Barack Obama
the faltering economy. Other, sec-
ondary, concerns include the need
for constant vigilance against ter-
rorism, health care, and
Americans' dependence on for-
eign oil.
On Tuesday, Obama was
sworn in as the country's 44th
chief executive. The Bay Beacon
asked a variety of local communi-
ty leaders what they thought the
top priorities should be for the
new administration, as well as
what priorities they thought
President Obama himself would
stress.
Dist. 1 Congressman Jeff
Miller,
Rep.,
Chumuckla,
said, "I hope
the Obama
administra-
tion focuses
on the econ-
omy early in
the term.
Many
Americans Jeff Miller
are hurting, and I think stimulat-
ing the economy with tax relief
would be a wise start. We're not
going be able to spend our way
into prosperity."
Miller continued: "President
Obama also needs to continue to
support the
efforts in
Afghanistan
and Iraq so
that we do
not lose c
ground on
the progress
we've made
over the last
18 months." Alexis Tibbetts
Okaloosa
County Schools Superintendent
Alexis Tibbetts said that while
education is, of course, her chief
focus, she's sure the economy


will be the top priority for the
new president.
Maintaining high quality edu-
cation in the U.S. during bad eco-
nomic climate will be challenging
for the new administration, but
Tibbetts is hopeful based on
Obama's selection of Arne
Duncan as Secretary of
Education. As schools superin-
tendent in Chicago, Duncan has
been a non-polarizing figure and
has supported the same priorities
that she does-science, technolo-
gy, engineering and math, as well
as an emphasis on pre-kinder-
garten for 4-year-olds, Tibbetts
said.
"As the financial crisis contin-
ues, she said, the public needs to
understand that schools won't be
able to deliver the same level of
services.
Okaloosa County
Administrator Jim Curry said
he's sure that the economy and
the war will
be Obama's
priorities.
"But if I had
his ear I
would like
to put right
at the top,
lowering our
dependence
on foreign
oil," Curry Jim Curry
said.
When gasoline was $4 a gal-
lon, it was a huge priority for the
government, but now the issue is
like a balloon that is almost out of
air, Curry said. Without lessening
our dependence on foreign
sources of oil through domestic
production and or developing
renewable sources of e I- the
U.S. will face the same problem
in the future,
he said.
"The top
priority of
President
Obama will
be the econ-
omy, of
course; he
doesn't have
any choice, David Goetsch
said David
Goetsch, a business expert and
provost of the Fort Walton Beach
campus of Northwest Florida
State College. "It's also at the top
of my list," he said, "Americans
still vote their wallets."
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expressed the fear that
Americans' reliance on govern-
ment to solve the country's eco-
nomic problems will result in
more headaches in the future.
"The laws of economics and the
laws of politics often clash," he
said.
Retention
of existing
jobs and cre-
ation of new
ones are the
top priorities
suggested by
Larry
Sassano,
head of the
Okaloosa Larry Sassano
County Economic Development
Council. He said he feels that
Okaloosa County is poised to lead
Florida out of the recession with
the influx of construction dollars
tied to the planned basing of the
Army 7th Special Forces Group
at Eglin Air Force Base, followed
by planned training facilities for
the Joint Strike Fighter.
Sassano said the president's
top three priorities appear to be:
1) jobs and the economy; 2) halt-
ing foreclosures in the housing
market; 3) freeing up borrowing
for consumers.
"Clearly their first priority is
the economy," said Niceville busi-
nesswoman and Democratic Party
State Committeewoman Judy
Byrne
Riley. "I
would agree
with that:'
She contin-
ued, "sec-
ond, the war
in Iraq and
speeding up
the with-
drawal and Judy Byrne Riley
coordinating
with the government there" would
be the priority of the new admin-
istration and herself.
Riley attended Obama's inau-
guration in Washington, D.C.
"I'm excited about being there
when history is being made," she
said.
State Sen. Don Gaetz, a
Niceville
Republican,
said the top
priority is:
"Economy,
economy,
economy.
We are expe-
riencing the
worst eco-
nomic
downturn Don Gaetz
since WWII. We have negative
productivity in many sectors
because of the unavailability of


credit, lack of confidence and the
effects of an international finan-
cial crisis. The president's first
priority, his second priority and
his third priority need to be the
fundamentals of the economy."
"I do not believe government
creates prosperity, but government
can place obstacles in the way of
economic activity and govern-
ment can be ill-timed or wrong-
headed in the strategies it uses,"
Gaetz said. "There are things gov-
ernment can do that will harm
economic recovery and things
that will help it. I think the presi-
dent will have to carefully (meas-
ure) the amount of government in
the economy so we don't over-
dose."
"By every indication, the pres-
ident understands that everything
else depends upon recovering this
country's economic vitality,"
Gaetz said. "I'm reading a book
called "Traitor to His Class: The
Privileged Life and Radical
Presidency of Franklin Delano
Roosevelt," by H.W Brands. So
many of the problems we're fac-
ing now parallel difficulties the
country faced in 1932 and 1933,
including lack of confidence in
the economy and greed on Wall
Street. I think Obama is seeing
the same things FDR saw and that
is, until the nation's economy
recovers, very little else will get
done."
Okaloosa County Democratic
Executive Committee chair Jerry
Mallory said: "I think what he's
making the top priority is the
economy
and what
needs to be
done to
quick-start
the situation,
which seems
to be in free
fall. I'm
encouraged
by what I'm
by what I'm Jerry Mallory
hearing on
National Public Radio that both
sides of the aisle seem to be will-
ing to work together and get this
thing done. I think we'll see some
glimmers of hope very quickly."
Mallory added: "I think he'll
fall back into what his original
intent was-health care. We're
talking about entitlement pro-
grams that seem to be looming on
the horizon and health care is one
that needs to be looked at."'
"And then there's also the situ-
ation in Iraq and Afghanistan, and
whether it's cost-effective,"
Mallory said. "That one seems to
be coming to a conclusion in
some way or another."
Economist Rick Harper of
the University of West Florida,


said: "The Obama administration
is inheriting a financial sector,
economic performance and feder-
al budget disaster. Their No. 1 pri-
ority will necessarily be getting a
fiscal stimu-
lus package
through
Congress
and then fig-
uring out
how to cut
spending
dramatically
in 2011 and
2012 once Rick Harper
recovery is
in place. A normal federal budget
deficit would be from 1 to 3 per-
cent of gross domestic product,
and we ended up just over 3 per-
cent for 2008. But the federal
budget deficit for just the first
three months of the new fiscal
year, which began Oct. 1, was
bigger than the entire federal
budget deficit for FY 2008. The
budget deficit will likely hit $1.2
trillion for 2009, which is 8 to 9
percent of GDP."
Peter J. Blome, secretary of
the Libertarian Party of Okaloosa
County, said Obama should con-
centrate on increasing individual
rights and safeguarding constitu-
tional rights.
"There should be a reemphasis
upon the rule
of law and
individual
rights, which
have been
horribly
mangled by
the Bush
administra-
tion," Blome
said. "The
concept of Peter Blome
freedom has been restricted by
laws in contradiction to the
Constitution. He should have
greater respect for the concept of
limits to government. Think about
it-if the government wants to
restrict land usage, it can do it. If
the government wants to monitor
individual movements, it can do
it. That's not a good thing. He
needs to allow the free market to
work. This will be painful, but no
more painful than government
intervention, which may make
things look better, but will just
make things worse.'
Blome said he doesn't think
Obama will follow his recom-
mendations, though. "His priori-
ties will be a continuation in
broad terms of the direction the
U.S. government is going
already," Blome said. "There will
be a large intervention into the
economy, a continuation of our
detrimental foreign policy and the
increased socialization of the
American public."

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With a mission of provid-
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services at competitively low
prices while generating earn-
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grams, the Army and Air
Force Exchange Service is
enlisting the support of the lat-
est in loss prevention technol-
ogy to protect military fami-
lies' exchange benefit.
Electronic article surveil-
lance systems, for example,
are on the front lines of
AAFES officials' efforts to
deter shoplifting and prevent
unpaid merchandise from
leaving the store.
Base Exchange and Post
Exchange management, based
on local conditions and expe-
rience, in conjunction with
supporting loss prevention
personnel, identify specific
items to be "i.--- -l" with
electronic article surveillance
devices. These "tags" are
deactivated at the cash register
when the merchandise is paid
for. Manufacturers have joined
other businesses by placing
"tags" inside the packaging of
many items to further reduce
shoplifting. New "tags" have
also been deployed that sound
an alarm if someone attempts
to remove it without the prop-
er device.
Prior to reaching the
checkout, products are moni-
tored by advanced closed cir-
cuit television systems that
can coordinate the movement
of 10, 20 or even 100 unblink-
ing "eyes in the sky." In fact,
this network of strategically
positioned, microprocessor-
driven, closed-circuit cameras
are controlled by a central
console that allows loss pre-
vention associates to pan side-
to-side, tilt up and down or
even zoom in closely to exam-
ine activity.
"Every loss prevention
method we use has the com-
mon goal of discouraging
theft before it even happens,"
said Gerald Danish, the
AAFES vice president of loss
prevention. "Of course, visible
reminders like security 'tags'
and camera systems not only
deter criminal behavior, but
also identify and document it.
So, even if the equipment's
presence doesn't prevent a
crime, the resulting video
and/or alarm are almost
always invaluable in the
resulting prosecution."
In the event shoplifting is
suspected, AAFES loss pre-
vention associates turn the
issue over to local law
enforcement. In addition to
possible disciplinary action
and/or criminal prosecution,
the Federal Claims Collection
Act, which began March 1,
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a flat, administrative cost
(civil recovery) of $200. There
may be further fees, in addi-
tion to the Civil Recovery
Program, depending on the
condition of the stolen mer-
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HELPING
From page I

with us on this event."
"Money is tight for just about
everybody and in every industry
these days. Military members are
no exception and, just like their
civilian counterparts, face the
headaches of day-to-day financial
issues," said Halverson. "Our
readiness consultants at the Eglin
Air Force Base Airman and
Family Readiness Center help air-
men resolve these issues using
every means possible. This was a
great tool for us."
LoCastro opened the day-long
seminar by highlighting to airmen
that they were "about to partici-
pate in a seminar that would cost
big money if they were down-
town at the Marriott."
"When one considers that we
are a Base Realignment and
Closure (BRAC) base, are having
several units being reassigned,
and that our normal PCS season
is fast approaching, we hoped
DoD would consider Eglin as a
prime location to host the finan-
cial road show," said Maj. Sean
Harrington, mission support
squadron commander. "Many air-
men are transitioning or changing


careers and the financial piece of
the puzzle is a huge concern."
"Speakers at the morning ses-
sion exceeded my expectations,"
said Harrington. "We had so
many people attend this morn-
ing's seminars and break-outs that
we had to bring in additional seat-
ing."
Capt. Mario Maxwell and his
wife, Jacqueline, attended the per-
sonal finance seminar because
Mrs. Maxwell had seen informa-
tion in the paper while waiting to
get her military ID card replaced.
"My wallet was lost or stolen
and I had to reinvent myself," said
Capt. Maxwell, speaking with


Nationally recognized
financial expert Jordan
Goodman held a book
signing after his
keynote address to an
audience of 200 from
Eglin, Hurlburt and NAS
Whiting field.

Photos by Dianne Bitzes





Tammy Fowler, representative of
the Better Business Bureau in
Fort Walton Beach. "I was work-
ing to avoid being a victim of
credit card fraud,"
Morning speakers at the event
were John Sileo, "America's Top
Identity Theft Educator," and cer-
tified financial counselor Ashley
Pratt. Afternoon events were
highlighted by keynote speaker
Jordan Goodman, author and
noted television financial con-
tributing commentator. Goodman
gave away copies of his book,
"Fast Profits in Hard Times: 10
Secret Strategies to make you
Rich in an Up or Down


Economy." His comments related
to personal finance organizational
issues.
"I really like to give you free
money-if you're open to that
idea," Goodman told the crowd of
about 200 people.
Exhibitors provided informa-
tion material to attendees free of
charge. Giveaway's were provid-
ed by the A&FRC's from Eglin
and Hurlburt, the Fleet and
Family Support Program at NAS
Whiting Field, Eglin Federal
Credit Union, University of
Florida, Florida Office of
Financial Regulation, the Federal
Deposit Insurance Corporation,
the Better Business Bureau of
Northwest Florida, Department of
Financial Services, Consumer
Credit Counseling, InCharge,
Military Saves, and the Federal
Trade Commission.
Personnel unable to attend
Wednesday's seminar on personal
finance can still reap the benefits
afforded to participants. "Call the
A&FRC and we will set an
appointment with you to visit
with one of our counselors," said
Halverson. "We will have a team
member from the seminar at the
A&FRC for the remainder of the
week and a financial consultant
over the next 30 days."


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HONOR
From page I
funeral details and flag cere-
monies of every type. During
the second six months, they go
back to their parent organiza-
tion but remain on-call for
funeral duties-the true mission
of honor guard.
"I love this job," said
Alvarado. "People in this unit
are sharp, crisp, and walk with
taps on their boots. Those guys
are awesome." Alvarado volun-
teered for base honor guard
duty so he could be "that guy."
Newly assigned airmen to
Hurlburt typically have their
first contact with honor guard at
CPAC, the Commando Pride
Airman's Center. Base Honor
Guard is one of the many
briefers who help first-term air-
men make the transition from
basic military training and tech-
nical school to the operational
Air Force.
"We do an open rank inspec-
tion, a duck-walk-relive the TI
(Training Instructor) experience
for new airmen," said Ross.
"We also extend an invite to
tour our facility and tell people
how to join us."
"Growth opportunities are
limitless with honor guard. You
won't leave the same person
you were when you joined,"
said Ross. "Honor guard can
have a huge career impact: air-
men receive a decoration for
every six months of service;
participation helps with below-
the-zone promotion opportuni-
ties; and you get name visibili-
ty-you stand above the rest;
and not just as an NCO."
Junior in rank, Airman Onny
Lassiter is the unit training
manager, responsible for main-
taining training records on the


Photos by Dianne Bitzes
Leti Bridges takes a moment to adjust the collar of Tech Sgt.
Jerome Bridges. Bridges is a long time member of honor guard
and credits his success to the support he receives from Leti, a


regular visitor at the unit.
34 personnel assigned to the
base honor guard.
"I wouldn't have this oppor-
tunity or responsibility in my
ammo unit," said Lassiter. His
professionalism and pride is
commonplace for honor guard
members.
Ross recollected a "personal
growth" experience he believes
honor guard directly affected.
"Base organizations share in
the quota for honor guard. If
enough volunteers don't step
forward, others are "voluntold"
to participate," Ross said.
"Some commanders even use


honor guard as a discipline tool.
It's not uncommon for a person
who gets a DUI to be assigned
to honor guard. Some people
may not want to be here in the
beginning, but by the end, they
have a tremendous sense of
pride that later saves their
career. We had a guy come to us
unwillingly and he managed to
turn around his Air Force
career. That person is now a
staff sergeant and is a military
training instructor at Lackland
Air Force Base in Texas."
At the bidding of junior
members, Tech Sgt. Jerome


Staff Sgt. Janieson Ross, Honor Guard NCOIC, demonstrates
drill moves at the bidding of junior members of the unit.


Bridges, a long-time member of
honor guard and one of several
remaining drill team members,
demonstrated some of his more
elaborate rifle drill moves.
"My hands are frozen," play-
fully argued Bridges as his best
critic and wife, Leti, looked on.
"Seriously, I couldn't do what I
do without her support. I
brought Leti over to the build-
ing so she could see what this
would take."
Leti was impressed, encour-
aged her husband to join base
honor guard, and is now one of
the group's best supporters.


"I come over to the building
so I can see him and spend
extra time with him," said Leti,
referring to the many off-duty
hours her husband and others
give to honor guard.
Honor guard symbolizes
pride of military service and
patriotism. When airmen enter
the service, they take an oath
standing next to a flag. That
same symbol of freedom covers
a service member when he is
laid to rest. While watching the
honor guard practice flag fold-
ing over a casket, Ross quietly
uttered, "They're just the best."


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AIRMEN
From page I

Participants are separated into
teams, each team is assigned a
trainer assigned for motivation
and to address health or fitness
questions. Fitness staff members
are also available to meet one-
on-one at an individual level at
any of the three base fitness cen-
ters.
Teams earn points for attend-
ing workshops, team events and
various exercise sessions. At the
end of the program in eight
weeks, the top three individuals
and teams receive prizes at a pot-
luck luncheon. "All heart-healthy
of course," said Cataldo.
Success in the contest is based
on percentage of weight lost.
"Nearly all participants who
finished the program in past
years had measurable changes in
either physical appearance or
their fitness tests," said Cataldo.
One airman lost 13.5 pounds, a 6
percent drop in his weight.
Another participant lost almost
13 pounds, a 7 percent change."
"A person starting Monday
will only be a few days behind
the power curve of the other
competitors, but if fitness is the
goal, it's never too late to start,"
she said.
"This year is off to a bit slow-
er start with only 37 pre-regis-
tered contestants," said Cataldo,
who has been with the program
since the very beginning. "We
had 54 entrants last year, but we
will continue to take registrations
up through Monday," she said.
"Most of our contestants are
active duty this year, compared
to years past when mostly civil-
ians and dependents came out for


the event," said Cataldo.
Although the program officially
started Wednesday, it is possible
for those interested in participat-
ing to still sign up through
Monday, Jan. 26.
Capt. James "Bubba" May,
the ops officer for the 1st Special
Operations Equipment
Maintenance Squadron, entered
Weight Warriors with his wife,
Robin, because he sees this as an
opportunity to be a life changing
event.
"I want to learn how to enjoy
healthy living so I can be around
a long time with my wife," said
May. "It's a bit selfish of me to
have her join. I was going to
keep my weight loss a secret
from her and just make it a sur-
prise. But then I realized I'd need
her help with food preparation to
support my nutrition changes."
Like all participants, May had
a pre-fitness evaluation to use a
benchmark for gauging his
progress over the next eight
weeks. He agreed to allow his
progress to be publicly tracked
and documented by the Patriot.
"I'm starting out at 220
pounds, but Robin has promised
I could have whatever I want if I
get to my goal weight of 185," he
said. "I'm working for a '61
Corvette:'
"I'm not much into team fit-
ness, but I'm hoping the group
will give me a sense of obliga-
tion and self discipline; I'm dis-
ciplined about many things, just
not my weight," said May.
Tech. Sgt. Aaron Dean said he
just returned from a tour in
Germany, "where the beer and
brats were terrific. I'm getting
ready to deploy to Iraq for a year
in September and I really need to
get in shape'.


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Friday, January 23, 2009


Hurlburt Patriot


Kill hunger, stay


healthy on the job


By Debbi Thornton, RN
Civilian Health Promotion Service
If your workplace is like
many offices, the snack food
options leave something to be
desired.
Often at the desk or on the
run for much of the day, avail-
able food options might be
tasty, but can be loaded with fat
and sugar, preservatives, and
ingredients no one has
ever heard of, much less can
pronounce.
The break room may have
vending machines stocked with
soda, instead of water and 100
percent fruit juices, and chips
and candy, instead of low-fat
crackers and granola bars. Co-
workers may bring in dough-
nuts or cakes on a regular basis
and group lunches consist of
ordering pizza or someone
picks up fast food for the
group.
It is definitely a challenge to
maintain a healthy weight and
lifestyle with all these tempting
choices around. Try these help-
ful tips that stress eating foods
and snacks that will keep you
full and help maintain weight
even in a tempting environ-
ment.
Breakfast-Replace dough-
nuts and snack cakes with foods
filled with fiber, protein and
even a bit of healthy fat. This
will provide .n -. throughout
the morning and won't leave
you feeling tired after the sugar
has worn off. Quick and easy
choices for work include gra-
nola bars, fresh fruit, yogurt
and oatmeal sweetened with a
dab of applesauce or fruit jam.
Cereal, dry or with skim milk,
with a small handful of walnuts
or almonds can also be satisfy-
ing. Make muffins at home
using canola oil when baking
and add fruit or walnuts to the
batter.
Lunch/ Dinner-Sandwiches
are healthy when made with
whole wheat bread and filled
with lean meat such as chicken,
turkey, tuna, deli sliced ham or
roast beef. Add lettuce, spinach
leaves, tomato, or a slice of
avocado. Cottage cheese with


fruit such as pineapple, pears,
or strawberries adds protein and
fiber that will keep your hunger
satisfied through the afternoon.
Bring leftover lean meats, veg-
etables, and soup to reheat at
work. A small baked potato can
be a quick and healthy lunch,
topped with salsa, chopped veg-
etables or some plain yogurt.
Snacks-Healthy snacks
need not be bland or boring.
Apple slices with peanut butter
provide natural sugar and pro-
tein. Try low-fat crackers and a
few slices of fat-free cheese or
string cheese with a handful of
raisins. Celery with a dab of
peanut butter or dipped in
yogurt as well as slices of fresh
oranges and grapefruit can be
refreshing. Strips of red and
green peppers, carrots, broccoli,
or cauliflower, with a little fat-
free or low-fat dressing for dip-
ping, are great snacks. You can
also make your own trail mix
using almonds, walnuts, raisins,
dried fruit and whole grain
cereal. Pretzels, fruit ices, or
air-popped popcorn are also
quick, healthy snacks.
Making changes on the job
is not as difficult as it sounds,
although it may take a bit of
planning and time. A good
place to start is with granola
bars, oatmeal bars, packs of
instant oatmeal and instant
grits. Nuts, such as almonds
and walnuts, and a variety of
low-fat crackers, boxes of
raisins and other dried fruits
can be purchased in bulk. Cans
of fruit such as mandarin
oranges, applesauce and
pineapple are great to eat alone
or combined with cottage
cheese. Buy bottled water or
better yet, invest in a water
cooler. Stock a variety of 100
percent fruit juices instead of
soda.
When the occasional box of
doughnuts or birthday cake
does show up at the office,
make a point of eating a nutri-
tious breakfast first. You may
find yourself passing on the
sugary temptations, or being
satisfied with only a bite or
two.


Air Force photo by Capt. Ashley Conner

Small town
Students in the Undergraduate Network Warfare Training course at the 39th Information
Operations Squadron on Hurlburt inspect a model town used in an experiment to depict what
could occur if a hacker invaded a water distribution plant's control network. An off-picture
laptop acts as a human machine interface that serves to show water supply operators a
graphic representation of the overall status of the water distribution. The simulated hacker
was successful in this scenario and caused the water tank to overflow although the network
still showed operators that everything was normal. UNWT represents the most comprehen-
sive network warfare training available in the Air Force and graduated its fifth class Dec. 19.




Officers' group installs leaders


The Northwest Florida
Military Officers Association
(NWFMOA) held an installa-
tion ceremony during its
January general
membership/breakfast meeting
at the Eglin Officers Club.
Members elected to office
for 2009 are W. D. "Bill" Van
Hoesen, president, Kenneth M.
Wright, 1st vice president,
Scott W. Berry, secretary and
William F. Ryan, treasurer.
New directors are James
Summitt, Robert Garcia,
Charles Heifner, Karlynne Akos
and Robert Padden.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) LeRoy
Manor emphasized the value of


the group's continuing work to
influence legislative efforts to
help today's wounded warriors.
He looked to the future when
these fighters will have received
the best medical treatment in
the world and still need the sup-
port of a grateful nation. He
said it is the association's job to
keep this obligation before the
nation's leaders.
NWFMOA is an affiliate of
the Military Officers
Association of America, the
nation's largest and most influ-
ential association of military
officers. It is an independent,
nonprofit, politically nonparti-
san organization. The approxi-


mately 500 members of the
NWFMOA participate in
monthly breakfast meetings, an
annual military ball and in a
number of military and civic
projects, including the monthly
newsletter, "The Defender,"
Operation Homecoming, Fisher
House and others.
Current and former commis-
sioned and warrant officers of
the seven uniformed services
are qualified to hold member-
ship.
For more information and
assistance in processing through
Security at Eglin Air Force
Base, call Bill Van Hoesen at
225-2957.


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Hurlburt Patriot


Friday, January 23, 2009


Blood drives for January
Northwest Florida Blood
Services Blood Mobile calendar
Jan. 24: Minority Ministerial
Network of Okaloosa County, 509
N Eglin Parkway, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 25: Calvary Chapel,
Racetrack Road Center, 8 a.m.-1
p.m.
Jan. 27: Paxton High School,
8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Jan. 28:
Hurlburt Medical
Group, 8 a.m.-4
p.m. Okaloosa
County Offices,
Lewis Turner
Blvd., Fort
Walton Beach, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jan. 31: Eglin BX, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Library story hour
Story hour is held every
Thursday (except for holidays) at
the Hurlburt Library at 10 a.m.
Jan. 29: Colors.
Call 884-6266.
Antique show, sale set
The 46th annual Antique Show
and Sale will take place Jan. 23 and
24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Jan. 25, 11
a.m.-5 p.m., at the Northwest
Florida Fairgrounds, Lewis Turner
Boulevard. Admission is $5.
Children are free with parent or
guardian.
Call Jean Davis, 863-3901, or
Susan Davis, 862-1925, for more
information.
Charity basketball game
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office and on-air radio personali-
ties from Cumulus Broadcasting
will pit their bas-
ketball skills
against one
another
Saturday, Jan. 24
at 7 p.m. at Fort
Walton Beach
High School. Admission is $5.
Proceeds go to St. Jude Children's
Research Hospital.
Call 243-7676.
Aerobathon planned
The Aderholt Fitness Center
will hold an Aerobathon, starting at
9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, for
patrons aged 14 and up. Info,
884-6949.
Star-gaze with experts
Want to see stars? The
Northwest Florida Astronomy


Association and the Escambia
Amateur Association will have tele-
scopes at the Hurlburt picnic
ground Saturday, Jan. 24, starting
at 6 p.m. Call the library that day
between noon and 4 to ensure visi-
bility will allow star-gazing. Call
884-6266.
Child care training
Child care provider classes will
be held Jan. 27-30, 8:30 a.m.-4
p.m. Classes are free and required
for licensing. Call 884-4300.
Denim and Diamonds set
The United Way of Okaloosa
and Walton Counties' annual
Dinner and Silent Auction is
planned for Friday, Jan. 30, at the
Palms of Destin resort. The theme
is "Denim and Diamonds." Come
dressed in your favorite denim and
enjoy great food, casino games and
a large array of auction items.
Call 243-0315.
Black history liturgy set
The Catholic African-American
Awareness Group of Okaloosa
County invites the public to its
Annual Liturgical Mass
Commemorating Black History
Month Sunday, Feb. 1, at Saint
Mary Catholic Church, 110 St.
Mary Ave., Fort Walton Beach. The
mass will emphasize the rich her-
itage of African-American Culture
in the Catholic Church.
The Eglin Brotherhood Choir
will begin the celebration with a
30-minute con-
cert, beginning at
2 pm. The mass
will start at 2:30
pm. The com-
bined choirs
from St. Joseph and St. Anthony
parish of Pensacola will provide
music during the mass. A reception
will follow at the conclusion of the
mass.
The Rev. Shelton Joseph Fabre,
Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans,
will be the homilist and the Rev.
John H. Ricard, S.S.J., Bishop of
Pensacola-Tallahassee, will be the
celebrant.
For more information, call
Roland Simmons, president,
729-2573.
Mixed media exhibit
"Proper Reason," a mixed media
collection by nationally acclaimed
artist Joe Hobbs, will be displayed
at the Full Circle Gallery, 29B SE
Eglin Parkway, Fort Walton Beach,
Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-
5:30 p.m.
Call 218-5801.
Baseball, softball signups
Youth baseball and girls softball
registration runs Feb. 2-March 13,
with the season tentatively sched-
uled to start in April. Coach pitch is
for ages 5-6, machine pitch for


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Sunday Morning Services
7:45 Holy Communion
10:00 Family Communion Service
Ministries provided for children,
nursery through 8th grade

Wednesday Night Student Ministry
6:30-8:00 "Encounter"
(6th-12th grade)

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Church Office: 850-837-6324
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ages 7-12 and softball for ages 10-
14. Cost: $45 per player. Coaches
for all divisions are also being
sought, with training scheduled for
Feb. 26 and 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call
884-6355.
Middle East orientation
The USAF Special Operations
School invites all special operations
personnel to attend the Middle East
Orientation Course (MEOC) Feb.
2-6. This course is designed for
personnel preparing to deploy to
the Middle East or who have a pro-
fessional or analytical interest in
the region. The course provides a
broad, non-technical education on
the cultural, historical, political,
economic, social, religious and
security dynamics of the region.
Spouses are welcome to attend on a
space-available basis.
For more information, call Capt.
Neil Hicks at 884-7988 or visit
https://jsoupublic.socom.mil/usaf
sos/index.php.
Start Smart Baseball
Youth Center is taking signups
for Start Smart Baseball, which
teaches children aged 3-5 the basic
motor skills to
play organized
baseball. Start
Smart is a par-
ent/child, one-
on-one instruc-
tion program. Registration runs
Feb. 2-March 31. The program
starts in April and will be held
every Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m.,
for six weeks. The cost is $20 per
parent/child team. Call 884-6355.
CERT training scheduled
Okaloosa County Community
Emergency Response Team
(CERT) will hold training sessions
Tuesday, 6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 3-
March 31 at the Wright Fire
Department (#2 Racetrack Road),
Fort Walton Beach.
Sign up for the training online
at okaloosa-cert-team.org/
Sign_Up.html or, for more infor-
mation, call Jennifer Tindall, 243-
0315, or e-mail CERT@united-
way.org.
The CERT Program educates
people about disaster preparedness


for hazards that may affect their
area and trains them in basic disas-
ter response skills, such as fire
safety, light search and rescue,
team organization and disaster
medical operations. Using the train-
ing learned in the classroom and
during exercises, CERT members
can assist others in their neighbor-
hood following an event when pro-
fessional responders are not imme-
diately available to help. The CERT
program is an official emergency
preparedness program administered
under the Federal Emergency
Management Agency (FEMA).
Church sets craft show
The First Presbyterian Church
of Fort Walton Beach, 134 Beal
Ave., SW. will be the site of a
SERRV Craft Market Feb. 8, 15,
and 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 11, 14,
18 and 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The mar-
ket is open to the public.
For more information, call 243-
3732 or Carol Davis, 243-4777.
Economy expo slated
In celebration of Okaloosa
Saves Week, the University of
Florida and Okaloosa County
Extension Office plan an Eco-
Nomic Living Expo at the NWF
State College campus Feb. 21, 10
a.m.-2 p.m. S
The Eco-Nomic Living Expo
will present ideas on how to save
money, conserve resources and
build wealth, not debt, as part of
Okaloosa Saves programs.
Deborah Owens, featuring her
new book "Nickel and Dime Your
Way to Wealth,"
will offer her
"simple
approach" to
security and
wealth. Owens is
host of "Real Money," a finance
talk show, is a sought-after author,
and is passionate about helping
people from all walks of life.
Check okaloosasaves.org for
updated information.
Happy Days here again
A Happy Days Musical Day trip
to Jacksonville Feb. 28 will cele-
brate the 1950s with Richie
Cunningham, Fonzie and the gang


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Special to the Patriot

Artificial intelligence

Dr. Ken Ford, director of the Institute for Human and
Machine Cognition, Pensacola, will speak Friday, Jan. 23,
at 11 a.m. on artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and
human-centered computing during a free lecture titled
"Inventing the Future at IHMC" at Northwest Florida State
College. The lecture, part of the Science Friday seminars,
will be held in the Robert E. Greene Jr. Science Building,
room S-110. For more information, call 729-5376.


as they try to save Arnold's from
the wrecking ball. Round trip trans-
portation, with a ticket to the musi-
cal, costs $70 per person. Call 884-
6795/5699.
Travel Expo planned
The annual Hurlburt ITT Travel
Expo is scheduled for March 4, 10
a.m.-1 p.m. at the Soundside Club.
Attendees will be able to buy vaca-
tion packages below market price
and more than $8,000 in door
prizes are expected to be given
away.
The Hurlburt squadron with the
most attendees will win a "no-frills
teal deal" from the Hurlburt
Marina, including a day at the
beach with canopy, grill, tables,
chairs and free rentals of canoes
and kayaks.
For info, call 884-6795.
Cheer competition
The Sugar Sand Nationals Spirit
Cheer cheering competition will
take place Sunday, March 8, at the
Okaloosa County Convention
Center on Okaloosa Island. The
event is open to the public. The
time will be announced later.
Getting commissioned
For those enlisted active duty
military wanting to apply for a
commissioning spot, take note of
the changes in the Basic Officer
Training (BOT) guide. The changes
include important information for
the next board. To find the changes,
check out the BOT using the Air
Force Portal and Web address
my.af.mil/gcss-
af/USAF/ep/browse.do?categoryld
=-2191492&parentCategoryId=-
1611609&channelPageId=-
1537972. More information:
884-6724.
College courses
Southern Illinois University
Carbondale's outstanding BS
degree program in Industrial
Technology is enrolling students
for the spring semester 2009.
The Industrial Technology
Degree Program
is a 16-month,
four-semester
program. Classes
are held at the
Base Education
Building on alternating weekends.
Qualifying applicants are active
duty, retired military, or DoD
employees. For more information,
please contact Denise Knuth at
581-9840 or e-mail:
ithurlburt@earthlink.net.
Master's courses
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical
University awards advanced stand-
ing credit towards the Master of
Aeronautical Science degree for
certain military training including:
Air Battle Manager Training; Air
Command and Staff College; Air
War College; Aircraft Maintenance
Officer Course; Base
Transportation Officer Course;
Basic Financial Management
Officer Course; Basic Operational
Training: A-10, F-15 and F-16;
Electronic Warfare Upgrade; Flight
Test Engineer/Navigator Course;
Initial Qualification H-53 Pilot,
MC-130H Pilot and C-130
Navigator; Instructor Pilot Course -
F-15 and F-16; Intelligence
Weapons Instructor Course;
Professional Military Comptroller
Course; USAF Safety School;
Space 200; Squadron Officer
School (in-residence);
Transportation Officer Course;
Weapons Instructor Course.
For more information, call
Hurlburt office 581-2106 or Eglin
office 678-3137.







Friday, January 23, 2009


HTuriburt Patriot


WASP served in WWII for love of flight


Women flew 60 million-plus miles

in support of military war effort


By SSgt. Matthew Bates
Defense Media Activity
When Betty Jo Reed was
introduced to flying, it was love at
first sight.
She was 6 years old and her
father paid $1 for her to take a
ride in a Ford tri-motor airplane at
a local fair in 1929. Once air-
borne, she was hooked.
"I remember feeling free and
happy, and loving the whole
experience," she said. "From that
point on, I knew that I wanted to
fly."
It was a good time to be infat-
uated with flying. Flight was still
new and romantic. Airplanes were
starting to
roll off pro-
duction
floors at a
steady rate
and pilots
were stretch-
ing the lim-
its of flight
and teasing
the imagina-
tions of chil- Betty Jo
dren and Streff-Reed
adults on a regular basis.
Some of these pilots even
made an impression on a young
Betty Jo.
"Charles Lindbergh was trying
to make the first trans-Atlantic
flight, and every time I heard an
airplane flying over our house I
would run outside, waving and
yelling, 'Hi Lindbergh,'" Reed
said.
She doesn't do much running
these days. And, at 85, her flying
days are also behind her. But
while time may
have taken her abil- .
ity to move fast or Flyin
sit in the cockpit,
one thing it left l ove
untouched is her
love affair with I WO
flight-a love affair
that drove her to anyth
become one of the
first women to fly a
military aircraft.
Betty Jo, whose
last name then was
Streff, was a member of the
Women Airforce Service Pilots, a
unique corps of women pilots
who were trained by the Army
Air Forces to fly military aircraft
during World War II. The training
took place at a small airfield
called Avenger Field in
Sweetwater.
"I was part of the seventh class


of 1944," Reed said. "We were a
tight knit group of girls, too."
In all 1,074 women graduated
from this training and earned the
WASP title-a title that carried
considerably less weight in those
days than it does now.
"I was assigned to a unit in
Mississippi," she said. "Right
from the start, the boys there
made it pretty clear we weren't
wanted."
This didn't bother Reed too
much, though. As far as she was
concerned, every day she was
able to climb into the cockpit and
take off was a good one.
"Flying was freedom and I
loved flying," she said. "I loved
my job and I wouldn't have
wanted to do anything else."
She spent her time in
Mississippi performing mainte-
nance flights. Once an airplane
was repaired, she would take it
up and make sure the plane
worked the way it should.
It was a great time and she
was happy.
Then, just as fast as the pro-
gram was started, the program
was deactivated and the WASPs
were told to go home in
December of 1944.
"That was so disappointing,"
Reed said. "Some of the men
were returning from the war and
the Army decided it didn't need
us anymore."
But the service couldn't deny
the fact that these women had
performed tremendously. During
the war, WASP pilots flew more
than 60 million miles of opera-
tional flights from aircraft facto-


g was freedom an

I flying. I loved my

uldn't have wanted

ling else.'

-Betty Jo

ries to ports of embarkation and
military bases, towing targets for
live anti-aircraft artillery practice,
simulating strafing missions and
transporting cargo. Between
September of 1942 and
December of 1944, more than 50
percent of the ferrying of high-
speed pursuit aircraft in the con-
tinental United States was carried
out by WASP pilots. The women


Air Force photo
An Air Force poster celebrates 100 years of airpower, focusing on the Woment's Airforce Service Pilots.


also flew all 77 aircraft in the
Army Air Force arsenal, either in
training or while in service.
Few people know these statis-
tics; fewer still how important the
WASPs were to the military at
that time. Still, the WASP pro-
gram showed the world that
women could sit in the cockpit
and fly just as well as their male
counterparts-war or no war.
And in a career in which the
door was typically slammed shut
on women, a crack had suddenly
appeared. The WASP program
had opened the eyes and hearts
of people across the country, and
women everywhere began idoliz-
ing WASP pilots and looking to
them as heroes.
Reed does-
d I n't see it that
b a way, though.
job and "Oh, they
call us pioneers
I t do and heroes, but
I don't feel like
either," she
said. "We were
Streff-Reed just doing what
we loved to do
and jumped at
the opportunity to do it. We
weren't thinking how we would
impact the world, just that we'd
be flying some real fun aircraft.
We didn't feel like heroes at all."
History disagrees with her
though. History books tell the
tale of Reed and her WASP sis-
ters, painting them as pioneers,
even legends. Air Force officials,
too, recognize their contributions


The wings WASPs earned at the end of their training.


to the service and even include a
section about them in the
Professional Development Guide,
a book used by enlisted airmen
to prepare them for promotion.
But aside from a few words
scattered across the pages of his-
tory books and the personal
accounts of these women, there
was little recognition. No shrine
to honor them, no place where
the WASP pilots were immortal-
ized, no building that housed
their memory so reverently
sought to keep their legacy alive.
Then, in 2005, that all
changed.
Nancy Parrish, daughter of
WASP Deanie Parrish, set out to
create a museum dedicated to her
mother and all the other WASPs.
With the help of local residents
and city government officials, the
National WASP World War II
Museum was officially opened in
May of 2005. Fittingly, the
museum was housed where it all
began-at Avenger Field.
Located in a 1929-style
hangar, the museum is full of
WASP memorabilia. Old uni-
forms, model aircraft, a recre-


ation of the women's living quar-
ters and training equipment used
by the women are all on display,
surrounded by hundreds of pho-
tos and memories so real they
almost seem to come alive.
This is fine, though. Keeping
memories alive is the main rea-
son the museum exists.
"The museum seeks to edu-
cate and inspire every generation
with the history of the WASP, the
first women in history to fly
American's military aircraft, and
who forever changed the role of
women in aviation," said
Marianne Wood, the museum's
director.
So now Reed and her fellow
WASPs have a shrine, a place to
honor them and to keep their
spirit, their dedication and their
accomplishments alive forever.
Reed can't run these days, but
if she could, she would run
through the museum, from photo
to photo, and reminisce about
"the good ol' days."
Time may have taken her
legs, but it has not touched her
heart -and her heart belongs to
flight.


-NIMIE


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