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planners, schools and lo-
cal groups are requesting
service members to speak
about their mission and ex-
periences in the Air Force.
If you are interested in
speaking in the local com-
munity, join the speaker's
bureau by contacting the
325th Fighter Wing Public
Affairs Office at 283-4500
The Gulf Coast Commu-
nity College registration for
the fall term is ongoing at
the Tyndall Education Center.
Classes start Monday.
Book buyback is Tuesday
and Wednesday from 8 a.m.
to 6 p.m. at the main campus
For more information, call
Tryouts for the 2007-2008
Tyndall Tigers Men's Varsity
Basketball team are sched-
uled to begin at 6 p.m. Aug.
27 in the Fitness Center.
For more information,
contact the Fitness Center at
Tyndall Idol IV
Tyndall Idol will take
place at 6 p.m. Aug 24 at the
Enlisted Club. Who will be
the next star? For more in-
formation, call 283-4357.
Tyndall Air Force Base Honor Guard was presented a $5,000 check from the Dr. Phillips Foundation
here Tuesday. After a member of the foundation witnessed the Honor Guard's professional perfor-
mance during a funeral, the foundation, which assists programs that support military members who
were either killed in action or died while serving on active duty, donated the funds to support resources
used by the Honor Guard.
Sergeant earns 'Volunteer of the Quarter'
STAFF SGT. VESTA ANDERSON
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Located in the 325thAeromedical-Dental
Squadron here, surrounded by a maze of
large equipment, is a room filled with the
aroma of popcorn and jalapefios.
Inside is a desk filled with paperwork,
and behind this desk sits Tyndall Air Force
Base's newest Volunteer of the Quarter for
April 1 through June 30.
Technical Sgt. Lori Shackleford grew
up in Enid, Okla. She began giving back to
her country 14 years ago when she enlisted
in the Air Force. With numerous duty sta-
tions underherbelt, Shackleford was finally
assigned to Tyndall AFB. For the last two
years, Shackleford has been assigned to
the 325th ADS as the NCO in charge of
During duty hours, Shackleford en-
sures the altitude chamber and life sup-
port aerospace physiology equipment is
working properly. After duty, the lively
NCO retums home to her family ofthree:
13-year-old son, Spencer; 6-year-old son,
Luke; and husband, Nick.
Shackleford is described as an exceed-
ingly sharp military member by indi-
viduals who have read her nomination
package for Volunteer of the Quarter.
"The Volunteer ofthe Quarter award is
one way the VolunteerAdvisory Council
is able to recognize 'Team Tyndall' ac-
tive-duty and civilian volunteers fortheir
outstanding support of the community,"
said Ms. Tarrant, chair for the Voluntary
'To be chosen for Volunteer of the
Quarter, the nomination package must
show that the person has performed out-
standing volunteer community service
throughout the quarter, providing servic-
es that have a direct and positive impact
on the community," said Tarrant.
"During the last quarter, volunteers
reported over 8,000 hours for a savings
in excess of $144,000 to the community,"
In three months, Shackleford's volun-
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Senior Airman Diane Smith
Senior Airman Diane Smith
Airman First Class Anthony J Hyatt
Airman Smith, 325th Operations Support Squadron intel-
ligence operations analyst, practices a pre-deployment
brief for those deploying to Iraq. These briefings inform
Airmen about the areas where they are deploying.
Airman Smith provided intelligence analysis which di-
rectly led to prosecution of high-value targets in Operation
Iraqi Freedom. She condensed thousands of information
reports into actionable intelligence, ultimately leading to
the neutralization of Al Qaeda operatives.
* FROM VOLUNTEER PAGE
teer efforts calculated 113.5 hours supporting numerous
base and local activities. Some ofthese events included:
the United Sports Academy Baseball camp where she
instructed 106 children and was chosen as the "Diamond
Dog" award winner; Bay Haven School Spring Fest;
Panama City Swim meet; Gulf Coast Triathlon; March
of Dimes Walk America and Adopt-A-Highway.
In addition, she led a 13-member team, supporting
eight events and contributing more than 197 hours atthe
NCO Academy, earning the Commandant's Award.
A former softball player herself, Shackleford's fa-
vorite volunteer activity became the baseball camps
in Lynn Haven where she worked with children of all
ages. After consistently volunteering, she was asked to
become an instructor for the camp, teaching baseball
basics and team work to the children.
"Some of the kids that go there don't have the [ben-
efits] we do. The camp gives them goals and dreams,"
Shackleford said. "You see a spark in their eyes that
they didn't have before and it's worth it."
Shackleford isn't the only volunteer in her family.
Volunteer work forthe Shackleford family is as routine
as family meals.
"Family: that's what made me start volunteering,"
said Shackleford. "I want my kids to know the impor-
tance in giving back to the community," she said.
"I take them with me everywhere I go," said Shack-
leford. "They enjoy it."
Duty title: 325th Operations Support Squad-
ron intelligence operations analyst
Hometown: Albion, N.Y.
Time on station: One year
Time in service: Three years and nine
Hobbies: Hiking and Traveling
Goals: To finish my degree
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The won-
derful weather and relaxing beaches
Favorite movie: The Sound of Music
Favorite book: "Tuesdays with Morrie" by
Pet peeves: People that don't think beyond
Proudest moment in the military: Deploying
to Iraq twice and seeing first hand the im-
pact my efforts made
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
After an event, Shackleford and her family take time
to reflect on the contributions they made.
"We look at the whole worldly picture," said Shack-
leford. "How eight hours of our time impacted the
Typically volunteering on the weekends, the Shack-
leford family's participation usually picks up during
"The kids look forward to seeing the certificates,
and then they can look back on the event," said Shack-
Earning Volunteer of the Quarter was exciting for
"It's impressive," said Shackleford, after being
praised by individuals who she has never met, but who
know of her actions.
"They see your efforts on paper, but to have them
truly understand how much work I put into it... it hits
home," said Shackleford elatedly.
"Volunteers are invaluable to the health of our com-
munity and I cannot express how much their service
means to Tyndall," said Tarrant.
"I put in hard work and it's good to getthe pat on the
back," said Shackleford. "The kids were really excited.
They wanted to see the [nomination package] that had
all my information on it."
Shackleford encourages Airmen to volunteer and
reap the rewards.
"It's not just an EPR bullet," explains Shackleford,
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"It's yourworld. People wantthe community to provide
for our safety and wellbeing, but you have to be willing
to give back to that community as well," Shackleford
Volunteer work is mostly enjoyed when the volun-
teers findthingsthey enjoy doing, explains Shackleford.
"There are all sorts of things to get involved in."
Shackleford volunteers fornumerous Tyndall events,
but also went above and beyond by searching for vol-
unteer work in the near by communities. Overhearing
conversations at a store while waiting in a check-out
line, Shackleford would learn of events which needed
"Nine out of 10 times, if you ask to help they will
say yes," Shackleford said with a smile.
Shackleford seems to be the ideal model for what
some Air Force leadership call the 'full-up' Airman: a
hard worker, a strong volunteer, a mentor, an individual
who takes her career and life goals seriously.
Receiving Volunteer of the Quarter is acknowledg-
ment for a job well done. For Shackleford, it's also
proofto her children that volunteerism and good deeds
don't go unnoticed.
Be assured, Shackleford and her family's motivation
will not waiver.
"Most organizers look for help to support events,"
said Shackleford, "I look for the events to help sup-
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