Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts July 16, 2007
Maj. Rodney H. Nich-
ols took command of the
325th Mission Support
Squadron in a ceremony at
the enlisted club here Fri-
day. Lt. Col. Stephen V.
Miliano relinquished com-
mand of the squadron.
The 10th Annual Senior
NCO Induction Ceremony
is scheduled to be held
July 27 at the Pelican
Reef Enlisted Club here.
Cocktails start at 6 p.m.
followed by dinner and
the ceremony is at 6:30
p.m. The attire for the
evening is Mess Dress or
Semi-Formal for military
members and Black Tie
or Formal for civilians.
The food choices are
London broil, stuffed
chicken breast or steamed
The cost is $18 for club
members and $20 for non-
club members. Those
interested must sign up
through their unit's First
Tryouts for the 2007-
08 Tyndall Tigers Men's
Varsity Basketball team
is scheduled to begin
Monday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m
at the fitness center here.
All interested individuals
are encouraged to sign-up
Back in the saddle of speed!
Lt. Col. Mark Hayes, 95th Fighter Squadron and Capt. Caleb Haley, 95th FS assist Aldo Andretti, former pro-
fessional racecar driver, into the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle before an incentive flight Tuesday. Andretti is also
the brother of car racing legend, Mario Andretti.
Inset: Andretti gives the thumbs up sign to signal he's ready to take off.
Tyndall pilot hits career homerun
TIMOTHY R. CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
A Tyndall pilot was inducted to the
College Sports Information Directors of
America Academic Hall of Fame July 1
in a ceremony at the Marriott Hotel in
Maj. Lance Pilch, 43rd Fighter Squad-
ron operations officer, was honored for
his performance on the baseball field
while playing for the United States Air
Force Academy and for his outstanding
academic record while attending the
Academy. He was also recognized for
his multiple achievements throughout
his Air Force career.
Major Pilch, a lieutenant colonel
select, graduated from the Academy
in 1993 with a grade-point average
of 3.5, earning his bachelor's degree
in electrical engineering in the top 15
percent of his class. He also played
as a center fielder on the academy's
His baseball career started when he
was 4 years old and continued through
his time at the Academy all the way to
a tryout with the New York Mets.
To be eligible for the CoSIDAAca-
demic Hall of Fame, nominees must
be nominated by their alma mater's
sports information director, earn
Academic All-American status dur-
ing their time at the school, graduate
with at least a 3.0 grade-point average,
receive their diploma at least 10 years
ago and have proven career success
and philanthropic service.
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Capt. Melissa Williams
Captain Williams, 325th Operations Group executive of-
ficer, takes a phone call regarding a decoration package
Friday. Captain Williams has been at Tyndall since 2003.
CaptainWilliams revamped the Opeationns Group suspense tracking
system, led her group's control cenerthroughthire huicane accountbility
exercises, was akey playerinthe Operations Group change-of-command
ceremonyby editingthe script and securing multiple base agencies' support,
directed the Operations Group quarterly awards call and processed more
than 150 enlisted and officerperformance reports.
Duty title: 325th Operations
Group executive officer
Hometown: Talahassee, Fla.
Time on station: Three years,
Time in service: Five years, 10
Hobbies: Golf and Texas Hold
Goals: To become a pharmacist
Favorite thing about Tyndall
AFB: The people
Favorite movie: "A Few Good
Men" and "Rounders"
Favorite book: "The Da Vinci
Code" and "Angels and Demons"
Pet peeves: I don't have any.
Proudest moment in the mili-
tary: Deploying to Afghanistan
Supervisors can nominate individu-
als for the Checkertail Salute via their
squadron and group commanders.
Award recipients receive a certificate,
letter from the commander and a one-
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Past winners include U.S. senators, Nobel Prize
winners and professional athletes.
To earn his nomination, Major Pilch had many ac-
creditations in his career. Some of his achievements
were graduating at the top of his class for the F-16
Falcon Weapons School, earning his master's degree
with high honors at the University of Michigan, help-
ing to build the first F-16 Fighter Squadron at Cannon
Air Force Base, NM and assisting in the development
of the first F-22 Raptor squadron here.
"I enjoy being an operations officer here," he said,
"I'm lucky to be in this job."
He hasn't been able to play organized baseball re-
cently due to the heavy demands of his life as a fighter
pilot, he said.
I give credit for this award to the support of people
who helped me along my way, he said.
"It's the people around you who make you better,"
the major said.
"Lt. Col. select Pilch is one of the greatest Ameri-
cans I know," said Lt. Col. David A. Krumm, 43rd FS
commander. "His accomplishments in the United
States Air Force are legendary and he has contin-
ued that exceptional performance in the academic
"He is and will continue to be one of our country's
greatest leaders, and I can't wait to see what amazing
things he's going to do next," Colonel Krumm said.
Tyndall's Newest Colonels
Lt. Col. Kim R. Brooks
Lt. Col. Larry J. Duvall
325th Maintenance Group
Lt. Col. David A. Krumm
43rd Fighter Squadron
Lt. Col. George T Menker Jr.
325th Operations Group
Lt. Col. William G. Routt
95th Fighter Squadron
Congratulations to Tyndall's newest Lieutenant Colonels
Maj. Lorraine R. Barton Maj. Ryan L. Traver
325th MOS 325th AMDS
July 16, 2007