Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Sept. 17, 2007
The 2007 Team Tyndall
runs from Sept. 17 to Oct. 29.
For additional information,
please call Capt. Edward
Mangual at 282-4317 or
Lt. Patrick Wilkinson at
In honor of the 60th birth-
day of the U.S. Air Force,
Headquarters Air Education
and Training Command
has authorized all retirees
and their family members
to dine at Air Force dining
facilities on Sept. 18.
For more information,
please contact Master Sgt.
Brian Denny at 283-2239
The Tyndall Officers'
Spouses' Club is hosting
Bunko Night at The Club
(formerly the Officers'
Club) at 6 p.m. Sept. 18.
If you would like to attend,
please call 271-0299 or
by Sept. 17.
Tyndall Tri/Dualthlon is
scheduled for Oct. 20 at 7 a.m.
The cost is $30 for DOD card
holders and $40 dollar for non-
DOD card holders.
Individuals interested in
participating can contact
2nd Lt. Kevin Lawracy at
Members from Tyndall train for Iron Man
STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
A rush of sea water rushes over a
swimmer's face as he reaches forward to
push through a tyrant current. He spits
out the bitter salt water as he pushes his
muscles to the absolute limit. As he looks
up, he can finally see the end in sight for
what has been a long journey. The hot sun
bounces off his back as he continues to
edge forward. At last, he reaches the end
of a grueling two and a half mile swim and
rushes ashore. Unfortunately, his work has
only just begun. Now he needs to bike
more than 100 miles and then top offhis
day with a marathon.
The Ironman Florida competition
takes place at Panama City Beach and
is scheduled to be held Nov. 3. Tyndall
has at least six competitors training to
participate this year.
com, the Ironman is a triathlon race
created in 1978 by then Navy Cmdr.
John Collins and his wife Judy to settle
an argument among a group of different
types of athletes to decide who was the
most physically fit between swimmers,
runners and cyclists. The result was
what is now known as an Ironman
triathlon consisting of a 2.4 mile swim,
112 mile bicycle ride and a 26.2 mile
marathon run consecutively. If that is
not enough, competitors must finish
the grueling feat within 17 hours to be
declared an "Ironman."
The Tyndall members train as a group
as much as possible, said David Shaw,
a contingency planner with Air Force
Northern Command here.
Mr. Shaw has been running triathlons
since 1984 when he was asked to
compete on a relay team. He has run
more than 200 triathlons to include
Mr. Shaw, who ran the Air Force
Marathon in 2005, said he enjoys
training for the Ironman because
of the camaraderie and the sense of
accomplishment from crossing the
Mr. Shaw most recently ran the
Tallahassee Marathon in February.
Capt. Michelle Harwood, Air Force
Civil Engineer Support Agency airfield
pavement evaluation team chief here,
is also looking forward to crossing the
November's Ironman will be Captain
Harwood's first. She said she finds the
mental aspects most difficult because of
the required focus for such a long time.
Capt. Laura Ragucci, 325th
Comptroller Squadron budget officer
here, said she likes to look at every
"Biking is my strongest event,"
Captain Ragucci said. "Nutrition is key
for the bike."
Captain Ragucci, who ran the Disney
Marathon the last four years and has
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The Fitness Center hosted a Team Tyndall memorial
formation run at 7:46 a.m. Sept. 11 led by Brig. Gen.
Tod Wolters. The run started at 7:46 a.m. because
it was the minute the first plane hit the World Trade
Center building in 2001.
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one Ironman under her belt, said she enjoys the scenery an Ironman provides and the
interaction with people from different walks of life.
Tech. Sgt. Jake Burkett, 325th Security Forces Squadron logistics and supply
superintendent here, said he thinks about everything else except the competition while in
the Ironman to help take his mind off the grueling task ahead of him.
Sergeant Burkett said the key to success during the race is to keep your body properly
"If you don't eat or drink properly during the race, you can dehydrate or cramp up really
fast," Sergeant Burkett said.
Some common foods and drinks that most of the racers take in while competing are
energy drinks, power gel, fruit, salt tablets and electrolyte pills, said Sergeant Burkett.
Not all of Tyndall's competitors have been participating in triathlons for a long period
Master Sgt. Trevor Teeselink, 325th Air Control Squadron's noncommissioned officer
in charge of operations training, started competing in triathlons in 2006 but has never
competed in an Ironman.
Mr. Shaw said most of the group tries to train together six days a week with various
workouts consisting of swimming, biking and running.
One common goal of most of the competitors is to beat their last Ironman time.
"My goal for this time is to finish in less than 14 hours," Captain Ragucci said.
"It's like having a second full-time job," Sergeant Burkett said. "We do taper down the
training the last three weeks with shorter runs that are less intense but still keeping our
muscles moving for preparationn"
Now the sun is starting to set and looks like a floating tangerine tom into the pink sky.
As he runs his final steps, an avalanche of emotion comes over him. Sweat is flowing
down his tired face. Step after step, the goal is near. He crosses the finish line and the loud
announcer yells, "Congratulations, you are an Ironman." His journey is over and at long
last, he can rest; until next time that is.
Senior Airman Jason Booth
Duty title: Crew chief
Hometown: Madison, Wis.
Time on station: Three years
Time in service: Six years
Hobbies: Playing in my band "Code to
Goals: To make the rank of technical
sergeant the first time I test
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: It's
close to Firehouse Subs
Favorite movie: It's a Wonderful Life
Favorite book: "A Moveable Feast" by
Pet peeves: Empty oil carts
Proudest moment in the military: Final-
Airman First Class Anthony J Hyatt
Airman Booth, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron ly making the rank of staff sergeant
crew chief, checks the intake of an F-22 Raptor Friday
morning. Checking the intake is very important because
if checked incorrectly, jets won't fly safely.
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
Airman Booth became the first Senior Airman at Tyndall Air commander program designed to recognize
Force Base to receive F-22 Raptor maintenance engine run Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
qualifications. This position is normally reserved for staff nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive
sergeants. He is also dedicated to the safety of his fellow a certificate, letter from the commander and a
workers. He co-founded Hornets Against Drunk Driving. one-day pass.
(as of Sept. 17)
Team Win Loss
AMXS 4 0
SVS 3 0
SFS 2 0
MOS 3 1
MXS 3 1
COMM 2 1
601st 2 2
OSS 2 2
MSS/FW 2 2
MDG 2 2
CES 2 3
CONS 1 2
95th 0 0
823rd 0 2
ACS 0 2
AFRL 0 3
53rd 0 5
Can you identify
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Three correct en-
tries will be chosen at
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a hat to determine the
final winner. The prize
can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office.
Staff Sgt. Kris-
Anderson, 325th Civil
correctly guessed the
Sept. 10 "Identify This"
as a baseball. Congrat-
ulations Sergeant Lofu-
Sept. 17, 2007