Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Oct. 1, 2U00
The 2007 Team Tyndall
Campaign runs Sept. 17
to Oct. 29. For additional
information, please call
Capt. Edward Mangual at
282-4317 or 1st Lt. Patrick
Wilkinson at 283-4858.
The Hispanic Heritage
Luncheon is 11 a.m. Oct. 3
at the Club. The cost for
club members is $12 and
for non-club members is
$13. Live entertainment
will be available. For more
details, please call Staff Sgt.
Vanessa Goris at 283-7026
or Capt. Francisco Vega at
The next Retiree
Committee meeting is 10 a.m.
Oct. 9 at the 325th Mission
Support Squadron conference
room 204, building 662. All
retired military members and
their spouses are welcome to
attend. For more information,
please call 283-2737.
Tyndall Tri/Dualthlon is
scheduled 7 a.m. Oct. 20. The
cost is $30 for DOD card hold-
ers and $40 dollar fornon-DOD
Individuals interested in
participating, please call
2nd Lt. Kevin Lawracy at
Staff Sgt Timothy Capling
The 81st Range Control Squadron rounds their last lap in formation during the POW/MIA vigil run
here Friday. The 81st RCS were the last of more than 300 runners to run in this years event.
Tyndall honors lost heroes with vigil run
STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Airmen at Tyndall Air Force base
continued a tradition to recognize
prisoners of war and those missing in
action with a 24-hour vigil run and retreat
ceremony at Flag Park here Friday.
The run, a tradition started 18 years
ago by the 81st Range Control Squadron
here, consists of volunteers running the
perimeter of the park with a red, white
and blue baton continuously for 24
Retired Lt. Col. Donald Bazzel got
the idea, from then Capt. Dan Williams,
to have a 24-hour vigil run to keep the
memory of all POWs and MIAs instilled
in our hearts, said Lt. Col Barbara M.
Omstead, 81st RCS commander.
Colonel Bazzel was an air-battle
manager and the commander of the
"In 1989 he and four others ran on
the flight line for a full 24 hours," she
said. "The five of them took turns
running while the others rested and
cheered each other on."
The run has since migrated to the
base Flag Park.
This year's run was kicked off by
Col. John Bird, 325th Fighter Wing
vice commander, running his laps
Not even the threat of a possible
tropical storm dampened the spirit.
"We had more than 300 runners this
year to include 442 laps and 261.291
miles ran," said Senior Airman James
Mitchell, the coordinator for this
year's run and a mission director
technician and instructor evaluator
with the 81st RCS.
Time slots are divided into 15-
minute segments and each one was
run by an individual, a small group or
an entire squadron.
"The baton was constantly moving
for the length of the entire run," said
'To run 24 hours is a small price
compared to what these men and
women have sacrificed," Airman
The run was concluded with a
traditional military retreat ceremony
at the park consisting of formations
SEE POW PAGE 2
ITrust,- Teamok Tranin
Duty title: Group Resource Advisor
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Time on station: Fifteen years
Time in service: Thirty years
Hobbies: Gardening and mentoring to
children and parents
Goals: Tolive each day to its fullest and
be happy with that moment in time
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The diversity of jobs and personalities
Favorite movie: The Notebook
Pet Peeves: People who do not take
pride in their appearance
Lt PatrickCasey Proudest moment in the military:
Maggie Warren, 325th Mission Support Group, re- Having served my country in the United
ceives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of the Week States Marine Corps and working for all
award from Brig. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 325th Fighter four branches ofthe military
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
Ms. Warren managed the resources for six squad- commander program designed to recognize
rons, one detachment and one division. She also led Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
and trained 14 resource advisors and 70 cost center group commanders. Award recipients receive
group commanders. Award recipients receive
managers. Ms. Warren has recently retired from a certificate, letter from the commander and a
United States Government Sept. 26. one-day pass.
FROM POW PAGE 1
of senior NCOs, the First Term Airmen
Center, Airmen Leadership School and
The ceremony started with a hand-off
of the baton carried during the run from
Colonel Omstead to local former POW
John Anderson, who was the guest of
honor at the ceremony.
Anderson was performing duties as a
radar operator on a B-17 in World War II
when his plane was shot down by enemy
forces. Anderson and his crew parachuted
and were captured by the Nazis exactly
two months after D-Day and were held
captive until the following April when he
was liberated by British forces.
'We'd like to let POW/MIA know, they
are not forgotten by recognizing their
sacrifice every year," said Tech. Sgt. Leroy
Ridgel, a professional military education
instructor at the Airey NCO Academy here
and coordinator of the ceremony.
'We don't do this because we have to; f
we do it because we want to," said Colonel
Omstead. "So many people gave so
much to keep this great nation free, and
there aren't enough words to express our
profound thanks... so we run."
(as of Oct. 1)
Team Win Loss
AMXS 5 0
SFS 4 0
SVS 4 1
COM 3 1
MOS 4 2
OSS 3 2
MXS 3 2
MDG 3 2
MSS/FW 3 2
601st 2 3
ACS 1 2
CES 2 4
CONS 1 3
53rd 1 6
823rd 0 4
AFRL 0 5
Can you identify this
If so, send an e-mail
with "Identify this" in
the subject line.
Three correct entries
will be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from
a hat to determine the
final winner. The prize
can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office.
Miazga, 325th Commu-
correctly guessed the
Sept. 24 "Identify
This" as a coca-cola
Oct. 1, 2007
TAAA to hold
STAFF SGT. VESTA ANDERSON
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The Tyndall Active Airmen Association
will hold its annual elections Nov. 8 at 3 p.m.
in the Community Activity Center here.
TAAA is a non-profit, private organization
created by Airmen to establish a foundation
and open avenues to transform today'sAirmen
into positive role models for the military and
civilian community through self-motivation
"All executive and head-of-committee
positions need to be filled," said Senior
Airman MalisaMills, current TAAA president
and 325th Medical Support Squadron lab
technician. "This is a great opportunity for
highly-motivated Airmen who are ready to make
Elections will be held for the offices of
president, vice president, secretary and treasurer.
These individuals will serve as the governing
body for TAAA.
Elections will also be held for the head-of-
committee positions. These committees include
the volunteer, publicity, membership and
According to the constitution of TAAA, all
active members who are up-to-date on their
membership dues are eligible to hold an office
in the organization. Dues are based on the
pay grade of the Airman. For example, an E-2
Airman would have a membership due of $2.
Furthermore, TAAA will be asking for unit
representatives who will be responsible to get
news and information to their unit's Airmen and
also to be the voice of those Airmen during the
TAAA's focus is not only on bettering Airmen
professionally, but also to better Tyndall and
"Our volunteer efforts extend beyond annual
base functions such as the Big Bunny Easter
Egg Hunt or the air show," said Airman Mills.
"We volunteer to support community events
as well and are active with mentoring school
children and visiting the veterans around the
"The added responsibility of being an officer
in TAAA is a great 'leap' towards future
NCO responsibilities," said Tech. Sgt. Publio
Casillas, 325th Operations Support Squadron
Mission Services Element NCO in-charge
and Focus 56 president. "The interaction with
the other pro-organizations along with the
management skills utilized and honed leave
nothing but positive marks on these Airmen."
For more information about TAAA and
its elections, please e-mail Airman Mills at
Educators get educated
Left: Dr. Jim Kerley, president of Gulf Coast
Community College and members of his
staff listen intently as Lt. Col. Lance Pilch,
43rd Fighter Squadron operations officer,
delivers a brief on the F-22 Raptor during a
base tour Tuesday. The Tyndall Public Af-
fairs office offers Base tours to local civic
groups and high schools as part of Tyn-
dall's community relations program.
Bottom left: Staff Sgt. Michael Sirmons,
325th Maintenance Group Squadron Lead
Crew Team Cheif, inspects weapons load.
Bottom right: Gloria Crawford, GCCC pub-
lic safety, controls the arms of a robot at
the Air Force Research Laboratory during
Oct. 1, 2007
put to the test
1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Periodic exercises are conducted at Tyndall
to ensure Airmen are able to react quickly and
effectively to contingencies and emergency
situations both on the installation and in the local
The most recent exercise, which kicked off
Sept. 10 here, tested more than Team Tyndall's
reaction time to potential threats and emergencies.
The four-day exercise tested overall Airmen
vigilance, deployment preparedness and wing-wide
communication skills during a suspected terrorist
attack on base.
While exercise scenarios vary from terrorist
threats to natural disaster preparedness, the exercise
held last week intertwined two separate events
"The initial exercise scenario was an AEF
deployment leaving from Tyndall and arriving at a
base in Southwest Asia," said Frank LaBroad, 325th
Fighter Wing Exercise Evaluation Team chief.
The second and concurrent scenario was an
increasing threat of terrorist activity in and around
the surrounding area.
"The exercise incorporated deployment
operations, which continued on to the cantonment
area where ATSO training was evaluated.
Concurrently a bio-terror threat to the installation
was unfolding," said LaBroad.
Fifty active-duty personnel representing
squadrons and career fields from across Tyndall
participated in the initial phase of the exercise,
which tested Tyndall's ability to mobilize personnel
en masse to an overseas location.
Each person selected to participate in the first
phase of the exercise processed through a mobility
line. The line mimicked the real-world out-
processing system, and included an in-depth review
of personal documents, medical clearances and
"The success of a deployment operation rests
on individual responsibility and preparedness,"
said LaBroad. "Each individual is responsible for
ensuring personal information is kept current in
VRED, Unit Deployment Managers are kept in the
loop on medical status relating to profiles, and family
care plans are functional." Common discrepancies
are dog tags, VRED errors, items missing from
deployment records and training documents.
In the cantonment area, Airmen set up tents and
simulated hardening a facility while subject to
enemy attacks chemical and conventional weapons
such as missiles and mortars. Knowledge of the
Airman's Manual (AFMAN 10-100), a good
attitude, and sense of urgency is key during this
phase of the exercise.
Can't fly without us
Airman 1st Class Chase Capehart (goggles) and Airman 1st
43rd Fighter Squadron F-22 Assistant Dedicated Crew Chiefs,
on an F-22.
"The deployment preparedness exercise here was
similar to contingency exercises I've participated
in while stationed in Korea," said Staff Sgt. Kevin
Peterson, 325th Fighter Wing senior emergency
actions controller. "We relied on information in the
Airman's Manual to dictate our response to events
such as chemical attacks and breaches in installation
security. The same skills were tested here during
the exercise last week, which helped reinforce my
understanding of contingency operations."
Sergeant Peterson deployed to Pakistan in 2003,
and is now preparing for a second tour of deployment
"While I'll be deploying as an individual from
Tyndall, processing through a mobility line offers
a huge advantage," said the sergeant. "Having all
base agencies at once in the same location makes the
process fast and efficient. It's also nice to have support
personnel such as chaplains and medical staff there in
case you need extra support before you deploy."
Exercise operations in the cantonment area were
followed by abase-wide threat scenario putting security
forces, first responders and on-scene commanders to
The scenario simulated a situation where a terrorist
organization sent an envelope containing anthrax to
the installation, said LaBroad.
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Tyndall security forces, fire fighters,
bioenvironmental and medical personnel responded to
the scene. All agencies si ifil reacted to the situation,
and while relying on training expertise and procedures,
they were able to successfully respond to an extremely
"My role in exercise operations on Tyndall is to
provide the wing commander an accurate, unbiased
assessment of the wing's readiness capabilities," said
LaBroad. "Findings from local exercises are compiled
and analyzed by members of the Exercise Evaluation
Team, and actions are taken to make Tyndall's response
prompt and effective."
Findings from planned exercises note infractions
to Air Force policy and procedure, and are addressed
post-exercise. Units responsible for certain actions
during contingencies are tasked to review procedures
to ensure successful execution in the future.
"The objective of all exercises here is to test Team
Tyndall's ability to meet then exceed standards during
emergency response situations and to ensure our
members remain as vigilant, reactionary and prepared
as possible," said LaBroad.
Future exercises are planned for Tyndall personnel,
and will continue as the 325th Fighter Wing prepares
for an upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection.
Oct. 1, 2007