Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Aug. 6, 2007
A TRICARE benefit
briefing is scheduled Tues-
day at 9 a.m. in the Airey
NCO Academy auditorium
Health care information
will be provided for all
categories of TRICARE
For additional informa-
tion, call the 325th MDG
TRICARE Operations of-
fice at 283-7157.
The Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College registration for
the fall term is ongoing at
the Tyndall Education Center.
Classes start Aug. 20.
Book buyback is Tuesday
and Wednesday from 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m. at the main campus
For more information, call
Tryouts forthe 2007-2008
Tyndall Tigers Men's Varsity
Basketball team are sched-
uled for Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. in
the fitness center.
For more information, con-
tact the fitness center at 283-
Air Force Ball
The Air Force Ball is sched-
uled for Sept. 14 at 6:30 p.m.
at the Officers' Club.
More information will
be provided as the date ap-
Luke F-16s play 'red air' against raptors
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Once again, six F-16 Fighting Falcons
and approximately 77 Airmen deployed
here July 22 from Luke Air Force Base,
Ariz., for two weeks to play "red air"
against the F-22 Raptor.
The deployment was all in the name
of training and seeing the Air Force's
most modem aircraft show off its stuff
"Luke F-16s are here to provide
dissimilar air combat training for the
43rd Fighter Squadron F-22s," said
Maj. Lance Pilch, 43rd FS deputy
of operations. "They fly during F-22
student syllabus missions and specific
scenarios. This increases the proficiency
of the F-22 students and instructor
pilots, and provides valuable cross-talk
to share F-22 and F-16 lessons learned
and integrates (them) fully."
Pilots from the 62nd FS, Luke AFB,
replicated the latest advanced "red air"
"We are dedicated to do the best we
can to try and challenge them (43rd FS)
given the constraints we have," said
Capt. Bryan Dalton, 62nd FS assistant
chief of scheduling.
Back home in Arizona, Luke pilots
keep busy getting F-16 basic course
students through the "pipeline," so the
Falcon pilots are familiar with Air Force
Staff Sgt Vesta Anderson
Maintainers get ready to launch
F-16s participating in the F-22
training syllabus at Tyndall.
Staff Sgt. Steven Colwell, 43rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew
chief, prepares to launch an F-22 Raptor during a training exer-
cise against F-16s deployed from Luke AFB, Ariz.
"We enjoybringing Luke squadrons
to Tyndall to fly with us, because
other field training units understand
what syllabus training is all about,"
said Major Pilch. "They work with
us to give the students exactly what
they need to become air dominance
Also working with Luke pilots
are their maintainers who arrived
to Tyndall for the experience of
deployment, and performing their
mission on a runway far from home.
They packed up their equipment,
loaded a KC-10 Extender and headed
to Tyndall where they set up shop
in a building recently dedicated to
"The most qualified and the unit's
best came here," said Lt. Dustin
Dedmore, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance
Unit assistant officer in charge,
who said it took three months to
research and choose Airmen for the
The 62nd AMU had to be flexible
and follow a schedule of two launches
per day, each having four aircraft.
It's not the first time the 43rd FS
has put another unit's name tags
on their life-support lockers, and it
won't be the last.
"Many other F-16 squadrons have
trained with the 43rd FS from bases
all across the country," said Major
Pilch. "We have had F-16, F-15
Eagle, F-15E Strike Eagle, F-117A
Nighthawk, and other units train with
the F-22. The 62nd FS is a group
of outstanding fighter pilots," said
Captain Dalton said that interaction
with Raptor pilots, who are former
F-15 Eagle or F-16 drivers, during
debriefs helped them learn the
capabilities of the F-22, and fulfilling
their curiosity of what flying a Raptor
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Newest members to Tyndall
Airman 1st Classes: Jonah Akaka, Henry Becker, Jason Bova, Steven Cleckner, Steven Cypher, David Dargel, Gary Eaton, J'lil Jenkins,
Kyle Margeson, Christopher Martinez, Justin Miller, Eric Paul, Stephen Powell, David Urich, Juan Vasquez-Perez, Russell Wilcox, Leah
Zettler and Airman: Chadwick Gaffney, Travis Lowell and Ariel Nieves graduated from the First Term Airmen Center Friday.
Can you identify
If so, send an e-
mail to editor@tyndall.
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in the subject line.
Three correct en-
tries will be chosen at
random and drawn from
a hat to determine the
final winner. The prize
can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office.
Staff Sgt. Domi-
nique Williams, 2nd
Fighter Squadron, cor-
rectly guessed the July
23 "Identify This" as a
black X-box 360 con-
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A performer sings a song by
"The Temptations" during Tops
in Blues 2007 at the Marina Civic
Center July 28. Col. John Bird,
325th Fighter Wing vice com-
mander, was the host speaker.
Aug. 6, 2007