The Airmen and Family
Readiness Flight is scheduled
to host the Smooth Move
Workshop from 9 a.m. to
noon May 16 at the Airmen
and Family Readiness Center,
The Smooth Move
Workshop is designed to
provide information and
assist in upcoming permanent
change of station moves for
military members, civilians
and their families.
For more information
and to make reservations,
The Finance Office will
be closed May 17 from
noon until close of business
for an official function.
hours for BX
AAFES hours forthe Memorial
Day holiday, May 28 are:
Main Store, 10 a.m. to
Shoal Point Shoppette,
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Class Six Shoppette,
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Felix Lake Shoppette,
6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
GNC, 10 a.m. to
All other AAFES facilities will
be closed May 28.
"Tyndall News" for new
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Tyndall 'goes green' with solar energy
AIRMAN IST CLASS
ANTHONY J. HYATT
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Conventional power has kept Tyndall
running for years, but now alternative
sources, such as solar energy from the
sun, are being incorporated base-wide.
The 325th Civil Engineer Squadron
completed one of their renewable energy
projects this week.
"The systems installed are a little
unique and have not been used at other
Air Force bases," said Gilbert Walker,
325th CES energy and utilities manager.
Three concentrated solar-collection
systems were installed throughout the
week to heat water in base facilities.
An eight-foot dish was installed at
the base gym, and two four-foot dishes
were installed; one at Building 209,
and the other at the Air Force Research
"The system has been available for
nearly 30 years," said Mr. Walker. "But
no other bases are using this technology
This project was done under an
Energy Saving Performance Contract
with the Honeywell Co. The ESPC is
a Department of Energy contracting
vehicle used by the federal government
for projects that help reduce energy
and assist in the purchase of renewable
Savings generated by the reduction of
energy and water cost is used to pay for
the contract from the utility budget.
The 325th CES has been developing
this project since 2005, said Mr. Walker.
The Presidential Energy and Water
Conservation Executive Order signed
Jan. 24 sets the use of renewable energy
goal to 7.5 percent by 2013 for DoD
All Air Force bases have implemented
or purchased some form of renewable
Members from Honeywell Corporations work to install the new so-
lar collecting dish beside the Tyndall Fitness Center Tuesday. A
total of three dishes have already been installed around the base.
energy system whether it is wind,
solar or geothermal.
How will Tyndall's system work?
The system tracks the sun and the
dish concentrates the solar energy
onto a collector. The collector has a
coil of copper tubing. Water is cycled
through the tubing, and it is heated.
The water is then used in facilities by
occupants. The system supplements
the hot water heater currently used in
'These systems are one-third the
cost and produce about three times
the amount of energy per square
foot of existing solar hot water
panels. If purchased and installed
by a homeowner, the payback for
the system is five to seven years.
Afterward, the energy is free," said
'The DOE EPSC has considerable
overhead costs so the payback period
is considerably longer for our project,"
said Mr. Walker.
Because of Tyndall's location, the
only two means of renewable energy
technology are geothermal and solar.
"This project will help the base
review this technology for future
projects, and increase public
awareness on the use of renewable
energy technology," said Mr. Walker.
The environmental impact of the
EPSC project helps reduce 9,827,415
pounds per year of carbon dioxide,
88 pounds per year of mercury, and
a reduction in carbon monoxide,
methane, nitrogen oxides, and more
than 2,152,259 pounds per year of
solid waste, according to Mr. Walker
The system on Tyndall has a total
global warming reduction potential
of 10,497,144 pounds per year, and
saves 1,340 acres of forest annually,
said Mr. Walker.
The DOE's slogan of the year is to
"Think globally and act locally, make
the clear energy choice every day and
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Staff Sgt. Gary Hutcheson
2nd Lt Patrick Casey
Sergeant Gary Hutcheson, 325th Communication
Squadron, received the Checkertail Salute Warrior of
the Week award from Brig. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 325th
Fighter Wing commander.
Sergeant Hutcheson led cryptogaphic support for the recent
AETC Commanders/Command Chiefs Conference at here.
He also skillfully fulfilled the duties of a Senior NCO by
ensuring the mission, personnel and aircraft generation were
Duty title: Communication security
account NCO in charge
Hometown: Piedmont, Ala.
Time on station: One year, eight
Time in service: Eight years, two
Hobbies: Spending time with my fam-
ily, working on cars and going to the
Goals: Earn my bachelor's degree in
the next two years and become a com-
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
Being close to my family
Favorite movie: "Supertroopers"
Proudest moment in the military:
Being named Maintenance Professional
of the Year 2004 in Aviano, Italy
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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save some (energy) for all of us."
Everyone benefits by reducing energy
consumption. It helps reduce the soaring
energy costs we experience today.
The sun will continue to bur for years,
so the transition to solar energy may prove
to be the best choice economically and
environmentally for Tyndall.
A four-foot solar collecting dish
stands completed near Bldg. 209.
Can you identify this
object? If so, send an
e-mail to editor@tyndall.
af.mil with "Identify this"
in the subject line.
Three correct entries
will be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from a
hat to determine the fi-
nal winner. The prize can
be claimed at the Public
7 No one correctly identi-
fied the May 7 "Identify
This." Since it was so
difficult, we may run it in
a future issue of the Web
FOD Preventer of the
Airman Glenn Moore
Staff Sgt. Andrew Whitehead, 325th Aircraft Maintenance
Squadron aerospace propulsion craftsman, drops a panel
on an F-15 to perform maintenance. Sergeant Whitehead
was the FOD Preventer for the month of April. He won the
award by finding a bent blade on an F-15 engine.
May 14, 2007