The Air Force Re-
search Lab and Mate-
rial and Manufacturing
Directorate will host the
second Annual Robot-
ics Week April 30-May
4. Robotics Week is a
week-long event devot-
ed to providing hands-
on participation and ro-
botic education to local
middle and high school
students. This event
is also open to home-
If you are interest-
ed in learning more
about this program
and educational oppor-
tunity, call 283-3725.
Tyndall's triathlon is sched-
uled for 8:30 a.m May 5 at
the Pier in base housing.
For more information,
call 2nd Lt. Kevin Lawracy
Tyndall Airman and
Family Readiness is
scheduled to have a new
savings and investment
The first series of classes
are scheduled to begin
May 2 and 23 at 9 a.m. to
11 a.m. in the Education
For more information,
A1C Anthony J Hyatt
Capt. Phil Gilcreast, 95th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, adjusts his helmet as he gets ready for a mission
during the Turkey Shoot competition Tuesday. The winners will be announced at 3 p.m. in Hangar 2 today.
Top FS awarded 'bragging rights'
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS
ANTHONY J. HYATT
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Will the 95th Fighter Squadron
claim a three-peat victory and again
have bragging rights as the top Tyndall
The 95th FS earned bragging
rights by winning the Turkey Shoot
competition the last two consecutive
times the competition was held here.
Pulling off another win against the
2nd and 43rd Fighter Squadrons will
be an even greater challenge as the
squadrons are well overdue for a
The Turkey Shoot event is an
operational competition testing the
preparation and performance of fighter
pilots, intelligence professionals,
aircraft maintainers and air battle
The competition pits the 2nd, 95th
and 43rd Fighter Squadrons, and their
associated aircraft maintenance units
and intelligence personnel, against one
another to determine the overall victor
in the arena of air dominance. Teams
from the 325th Air Control Squadron
support each fighter squadron in
executing the air control portion of the
"The purpose of the Turkey Shoot
is to encourage the warrior spirit
and foster competition between the
various units, while at the same time,
providing a chance for our folks to face
a realistic combat scenario," said Capt.
Christopher Ridlon, 325th Operations
Support Squadron instructor pilot.
The training gained from the
experience is invaluable. A team from
the 325th OSS formulates the combat
scenario that pilots, maintainers
and support personnel must react
to and mission plan for with limited
information and preparation time.
"The 325th OSS, also called the
"White Force," creates the scenarios,
oversees the planning and execution
of the Turkey Shoot and grades the
performance of each team ultimately
determining the winner," said Capt.
Taylor Ferrell, 2nd FS instructor
The competition is intended to mimic
the real-world combat environment
where an adversary's tactics and
intentions may be unknown to our
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Captain Sunil Patel
2nd Lt Patrick Casey
Captain Patel, 325th Fighter Wing assistant staff
judge advocate, received the Checkertail Sa-
lute Warrior of the Week award from Brig. Gen.
Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander.
Captain Patel mastered the art of persuasion. His skillful
leadership of Civil Law Division facilitated providing legal
advice to over 2,508 clients, the preparation of 2,638 legal as-
sistance documents. Personally traveled to draft and execute
five wills for clients who couldn't make it to the legal office.
Duty title: 325th Fighter Wing assistant
staff judge advocate
Hometown: Liverpool, England
Time on station: Seven months
Time in service: Eleven months
Hobbies: Soccer and golf
Goals: To be a military judge
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
Favorite movie: Pirates of the Carib-
Favorite book: The Miracle of Istanbul:
Liverpool FC, from Paisley to Benitez by
John Williams and Stephen Hopkins
Pet Peeves: Taking credit for something
one didn't do
Proudest moment in the military:
Working with the people in the legal of-
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive
a certificate, letter from the commander and a
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For a complete list
of Turkey Shoot
winners, click on
results" on the
Tyndall home page.
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forces. The Turkey Shoot competition tests the
ability of Tyndall instructor pilots and support
personnel to plan for and execute successful air-
to-air tactics against enemy threats.
"Competition amongst fellow fighter pilots is
absolutely necessary to sharpen combat skills,"
said Capt. Jason Camilletti, 43rd FS instructor
pilot. "It's of particular importance at a training
base because we have few opportunities outside
student training to practice what we instruct.
It's also important for a young weapon system
to tackle different tactical scenarios."
"Since 325th Fighter Wing is a training
organization, we usually fly to a restricted threat,
and this is one of the few times our instructors,
controllers and intelligence folks get to face
a more challenging scenario," said Captain
The Turkey Shoot consists of three distinct
elements: two simulator missions, one Air
Combat Training flying sortie and an intelligence
"The scenario each squadron faces is identical,
and each team is graded on their performance,"
said Captain Ferrell.
Maintenance units are graded on the quality
and combat readiness of the jets that participate
in the Turkey Shoot flight as well as the weapons
loading competition, said Captain Ferrell.
"The intelligence test is multiple choice and
covers material from enemy threat systems and
tactics, to blue systems," said Captain Ridlon.
The performance in each category affects the
squadron's overall score.
"We did okay in the Offensive Counter
Air simulator, but there's always room for
improvement," said Capt. Michael Boomsma,
2nd FS instructor pilot. "We escorted F-16's
simulating a bombing run."
Those tasked to compete in the simulator
portion of the event were given a scenario
different from the flying mission.
"The Defensive Counter Air simulator
presented a challenging scenario forthe 95th FS,"
said Capt. Jeremy Lushnat, 95th FS instructor
pilot. "The sim generated good learning points
for all of the participants."
Every element of each team is evaluated.
Wing Weapons and Tactics grade the flying and
control portions, Wing Intelligence grades the
intelligence briefs and the Aircraft Maintenance
Squadron grades the maintenance competition.
After totaling the scores from all elements
of the competition, individual and squadron
awards are presented to top performers. Along
with the trophy, and more coveted by most, are
the bragging rights that come tht ei the victory.
Winners of the 325th Fighter Wing Turkey
Captain Gilcreast receives the "good-to-
go" from Airman Manuel Diaz, 95th AMU,
avionics systems journeyman.
Shoot competition will be announced at 3 p.m.
today in Hangar 2. Winners will be named in
16 categories, and one overall winner will be
Will the 95th FS win back-to-back-to-back?
April 27, 2007