Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts June 11, 2007
In Brief Military children experience 'deployment'
Berg Liles Dining Hall
is open Monday through
Friday, from 5:30 to 7:30
a.m. for breakfast, 10:30
a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch, and
4:30 to 6:30 p.m for dinner.
On weekends and holidays,
Berg Liles is open from 6:30
to 7:30 a.m. for breakfast,
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for
lunch and 4:30 to 6:30 p.m
Eagle Quick Turn is open
Monday through Friday for
lunch and dinner. Hours of
operation are 10:30 a.m. to
1:30 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m.
Flight and ground support
meals are available 7 a.m. to
The 325th Civil Engineer
Squadron readiness flight
will be holding hurricane
preparedness briefs for all
base personnel and their
dependants. Information will
be provided to help people
prepare for the hurricane
The briefs are scheduled
forAug. 2, Sept. 6, Oct. 4 and
Nov. 1 at the Tyndall Enlisted
Club at 2:30 p.m. Another
set of briefs is scheduled
for July 3, Aug. 7, Sept. 4,
Oct. 2 and Nov. 6 at the 53rd
Weapons Evaluation Group
auditorium at 9 a.m.
Please contact the 325th
CES readiness flight at
283-2010 with questions.
1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Operation Jr. RAPTOR returned
to Tyndall May 31 to June 1 for the
program's second year to give military
children the opportunity to experience
the deployment process.
More than 120 children, ages 6 to
14 participated in the events.
"The program allows children
the opportunity to experience a
deployment similar to what their
parents go through when they
deploy," said Master Sgt. Ken Tate,
Jr. RAPTOR program organizer. "It's
a great opportunity for children to see
first hand what a 'deployment' really
means, and what their parents do to
prepare before they leave for duty."
Children experienced a deployment
out-processing line where they
received ID cards, personalized dog
tags and other "equipment" needed
for their afternoon spent deployed.
Military members volunteered
to man the deployment line, which
simulated an out-processing system
much like the one used by Tyndall's
Readiness Flight in preparation for
During out processing, each child
received an ID card and dog tags, a
small satchel simulating a mobility
bag and then had their face painted in
"It's amazing to see the children's
reactions and their response to the
event," said Ms. Jan Scheffield, a
community readiness consultant
attending the event. "I'm going
through the experience with them
today and learning about the process
Children boarded buses at the
Youth Center and received a send -off
message from Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters,
325th Fighter Wing commander.
Capt. J. Elaine Hunnicutt
Tech. Sgt. John Oliver, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron NCO in
charge of explosive ordnance disposal operations, explains how
robots help keep deployed family members safe from dangerous
explosives. EOD was one of the military demonstrations during the
Operation Jr. RAPTOR event here June 1.
Children then traveled across aircraft, interacted with F-15 Eagle
the base and arrived at an aircraft and F-22 Raptor pilots, tried on
hangar where they enjoyed lunch, chemical warfare gear, viewed
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Airman First Class Roque Otero-Ostolaza
Duty title: 325th Operations Support
Squadron information manager
Hometown: Ciales, Puerto Rico
Time on station: Nine months
Time in service: One year, two months
Hobbies: Spending time with my wife,
making computers and working on cars
Goals: To have a family, finish my bache-
lors degree in computer science and reach
the highest enlisted position I can
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The
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Airman Otero-Ostolaza, 325th Operations Support
Squadron, receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior
of the Week award from Brig. Gen. Tod D. Wolters,
325th Fighter Wing commander.
Airman Otero-Ostolaza repaired 40 computers and com-
pleted 40 printer work orders without negative impact
to the mission. He managed more than 100 squadron
appointment letters and provided the commander with
an accurate account of additional duties and policies.
Favorite movie: Beauty and the Beast
Favorite book: The Bible
Pet peeves: People misspeling my name
Proudest moment in the military: Grad-
uating Basic Military Training as Honor
Graduate and having my wife present at
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
(follow these steps until con-
tact is made)
1. Contact supervisor
2. Contact Hurricane Evacuation
Support Staff at
(877) 325-EVAC (3822).
3. Contact Air Force Personnel
Center at (800) 435-9941.
Straight Talk (877) 529-5540
Tyndall Toll-free (800) 896-8806
Bay County Emergency Opera-
tions Center (850) 784-4000
Tyndall Civil Engineer Readiness
Flight (850) 283-2010
For downed power lines, fires or
medical emergencies, call 911
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Explosive Ordnance Disposal demonstrations and visited
with "Sparky" the fire dog near a Tyndall fire truck.
"I like to see what people do to get ready to leave," said
Danika Plotkin, daughterofamilitary member and Jr. RAPTOR
participant. "I want to be in the Air Force when I grow up, so
they're telling me about what it's going to be like."
Once the afternoon of activities ended, children re-
boarded the buses and returned to the Youth Center where
their parents were waiting to welcome them "home."
"The intent of the program is to educate military
children about the deployment process, and help them
understand the sacrifices made by their parents and
family members," said Ms. Jodie Schwartz, Airman and
Family Readiness consultant. "The children here will
leave with a better understanding of what the Air Force
is all about, and what their parents do when they leave
With the increase in participation this year, the program
impacted a significant portion of military children on
Tyndall, many of whom have parents currently deployed
or slated for duty in the near future.
"The event was very successful this year," said
Sergeant Tate. "And with a greater number of military
members deploying from Tyndall, this is a very important
program for their children children who experience
time separated from a parent while they deploy to fight
in the Global War on Terror."
Can you identify this
object? If so, send an
e-mail to editor@tyndall.
af.milwith "Identify this"
in the subject line.
Three correct entries
will be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from
a hat to determine the
final winner. The prize
can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office.
Senior Airman Kimoreen
McKenzie, 325th Mainte-
nance Operation Squad-
June 4 "Identify This"
as fire estinquisher pres-
sure gage. Congratula-
tions Airman McKenzie,
come claim your prize!
June 11, 2007