Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts June 18, 2007
The base newspapers back.
The new Gulf Defender is a
product created by Freedom
Twelve thousand copies
will be produced twice a
month on pay days.
Jonas Hogg is the reporter
from the News Herald who
will put the paper together.
There will be a disclaimer
in the new Gulf Defender
exempting the military from
any responsibility for editorial
content or advertising.
If you have any questions
about the new Gulf
Defender, call the 325th
Fighter Wing Public Affairs
staff at 283-4500.
The 325th Civil Engineer
Squadron readiness flight
will be holding hurricane
preparedness briefs for all
base personnel and their
dependents. Information will
be provided to help people
prepare for the hurricane
The briefs are scheduled
for Aug. 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.
Taxiway clear Chrssy
Tech. Sgt. Nick Thompson, 325th Operations Support Squadron deputy airfield manager,
uses a measuring wheel to determine if there is enough aircraft clearance on a taxiway
under construction at Tyndall. His team was awarded "Airfield Management Facility of the
Year" by Air Force officials who announced the winners June 13.
Children learn to be 'home alone'
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325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
A knock at the door, a stove, first aid
and fire are all on the list of things that are
sometimes scary but need to be responded
to by someone 10 years or older left home
alone at their base residence.
Fortunately, Youth Center personnel
provide the tools to ensure they are safe.
On June 16th, Tyndall youth signed
contracts with their parents or caretakers
and walked away a bit braver with
certificates in hand after completing this
month's three-hour course appropriately
titled "Home Alone."
"We teach things they need to know,"
said Jeannie Holland, volunteer instructor
and school age assistant lead at the Youth
On her list of things to cover are fire
safety, hurricane preparedness, stranger
danger, kitchen risks, emergency kits and
Tyndall Instruction 34-202 states
children should not be left home alone
without completing the class offered at
the Youth Center monthly.
The "Am I readyto be alone checklist"
has been complete and stored with
instruction material in a special place
for every youth that has been certified.
For one graduate of the course, the
lessons were applied in a real-life
"Someone knocked on the door when
no one was home," said Nick Calla, 12
years old. "I got so scared I got my stick,
boots and spy gear."
Luckily for Nick, the unknown figure
turned out to be his mother's friend.
She got in an accident and needed help.
And lucky for them both, he had his
emergency numbers on hand.
It's been at least a year since Nick
took the course but after being home
alone a few times, he's confident and
ready to prepare his brother who will go
to the class next.
"I enjoy it, that's why I volunteer,"
said Ms. Holland. "I know it's an
important thing to do, especially now
with a lot of latch-key children. I feel
good that they know what to do in case
of an emergency."
Jacob Morrow, 10, recently took
the class and leased his mother's
"Something bad could happen," he
said, describing the result if he didn't
listen to her rules of not using the stove
or oven and not letting people come
over when she is out.
"I wasn't so scared the first time,"
Jacob said. "Everything was locked.
My folder is in my room."
Ms. Holland is proud the children keep
their references handy and occasionally
checks to see if the information is
retained by talking to course graduates
while they are attending Open
Recreation at the Youth Center.
The base instruction said children
ages 10 to 11 can stay home without
adult supervision for two hours or less,
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Sergeant Grant, 325th Mission Support Group, re-
ceives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of the Week
award from Brig. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 325th Fighter
Sergeant Grant conducted tenant unit deployment staff
assistance visits, ensuring program compliance and cor-
recting deficiencies. She also executed the reception
and re-deployment of six F-16 aircraft, 22 personnel
and 22 tons of cargo from the 63rd Fighter Squadron,
Duty title: 325th Mission Support Group
NCOIC logistics readiness
Hometown: Baltimore, Md.
Time on station: Eight months
Time in service: Six years and seven months
Hobbies: Spending time with my daughter,
bowling and playing Guitar Hero
Goals: To do my best in my career field and to
make Chief Master Sgt.
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The
weather and the beaches
Favorite movie: 40 year-old Virgin
Pet peeves: When people give answers about
things they don't know about, and people who
Proudest moment in the military: My first
funeral while on the Honor Guard at Luke AFB,
Ariz. I saw how much it meant to the family to
have their family member buried properly.
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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day or night, while a child ages 12 to 15 can stay home up to 10
hours during daylight but only four hours after dark. Teens 16 and
older can stay home alone for up to 72 hours.
According to the instruction, all youth left home alone need
to have emergency phone numbers and feel comfortable in the
situation. Parents and caretakers are the best judges to determine
if their child is ready. There must be no determined or suspected
behavioral, emotional, medical, physical, psychological or
psychiatric condition that impairs ability to function alone, and to
stay home, they all must take the "Home Alone" course.
The regulation also determines if the children can babysit or
care for younger children, and there is a mandatory course for that
too. Only youth over 12 can care for children provided that youth
12 to 14 do not watch children under three. Only children at least
16 years old can accompany children in self-directed Youth Center
Additionally, there are rules about leaving children in vehicles
unattended. A child under six should never be left in this situation.
Youth seven to nine can be left in a vehicle, but only for 15 minutes
and anyone under age 11 cannot be left in a vehicle without the
keys being removed and the handbrake applied.
It all comes down to caring for children and that's the reason
Ms. Holland enjoys the job she's had for 15 years.
"My seven grandchildren are definitely an influence," she said.
"And one is getting ready to come to my 'Home Alone' course."
The next course is scheduled for 1 to 4 p.m. July 21 at the Youth
Center. For more information, call 283-4326.
(follow these steps until contact
1. Contact supervisor
2. Contact Hurricane Evacua-
tion 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 Readi-
ness Flight (850) 283-2010
For downed power lines, fires or
medical emergencies, call 911.
Can you identify this
object? If so, send an
e-mail to editor@tyndall.
afmil with "Identify this"
in the subject line.
Three correct entries will
be chosen at random and
drawn from a hat to deter-
mine the final winner. The
prize can be claimed at
the Public Affairs office.
Airman Whitney Solano,
325th Aircraft Mainte-
nance Squadron, cor-
rectly guessed the
June 11 "Identify This"
as an Okaloosa County
Florida license plate.
Solano, come claim your
June 18, 2007