Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Oct. 15, 2007
The 2007 Team Tyndall
runs Sept. 17 to Oct. 29.
For more information, call
Capt. Edward Mangual at
282-4317 or 1st Lt. Patrick
Wilkinson at 283-4858.
USPO new hours
Tyndall's United States
Post Office has changed
their hours to 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Monday through
A bowling tournament
to benefit the Combined
Federal Campaign will be
held Oct. 19. For more
information, call Tech.
Sgt. Donna Moses at 282-
4390 or Master Sgt. Robbie
Dickey at 282-4756.
Due to a demand in some
AFSCs and AFSC mergers,
the Air Force has a need to
reclassify a limited number
of Airmen back into
previously held specialties.
The program is designed
to allow Airmen who hold
a current, specified valid
skill level, other than their
control AFSC, such as a
secondary or tertiary AFSC,
to be administratively
reclassified back into their
For more information, call
Staff Sgt. Avery Purington
Air Force legends take trip to Tyndall
STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Men from the (callsign) "Misty"
Forward Air Controllers (FAC) of the
Vietnam War visited Tyndall Air Force
Base Friday as part of their five-day
reunion event in Destin, Fla.
The Misty FACs were an F-100F
fighter squadron and part of a top se-
cret mission to disrupt the transfer of
enemy supplies and equipment on the
Ho Chi Minh trail from 1967 through
1970. Twenty-two percent of the 155
Misty pilots were shot down; three
were killed in action and four became
prisoners of war.
Among the visitors were retired Col.
George "Bud" Day, Medal of Honor
winner and the highest decorated living
"It's wonderful to get back together
with the people you went to combat
with," Mr. Day said. "We have an
extremely tight bond."
Mr. Day was shot down on a Misty
mission in August 1967 and captured
by the North Vietnamese. After five
days of captivity, he escaped and
evaded the enemy for more than two
weeks when he was captured again and
held in the "Hanoi Hilton" prisoner of
war camp for five years with Sen. John
McCain-who has credited his survival
of the camp to Mr. Day.
Retired Maj. Gen. Don Shepperd,
former head of the Air National Guard,
was also in attendance.
"It's great to see what the Air Force
has become," Mr. Shepperd said. "The
planes we flew were 'Model-T's' com-
pared to the Raptor."
The squadron had several other
members who went on to career suc-
cess to include two Air Force chief of
staffs and six general officers.
Friday's tour began with a greeting
from Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters, 325th
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Retired Col. George "Bud" Day examines the cockpit of an F-22
fighter during a tour with the Misty FACs here Friday.
Fighter Wing commander, and con-
tinued with an F-22 briefing from
the 43rd Fighter Squadron's chief
of Standardization Evaluation and
event coordinator, Capt. Daniel
"Everyone in the 43rd was hon-
ored to have the Misty FACs here,"
Captain Lee said. "The real gift is
us learning from their incredible
experience. Though the technology
of warfare has changed, many of the
rules the Misty's learned the hard
way are still used today."
SEE MISTY PAGE 2
ITrust,- Teamok Tranin
Airman First Class Brittany Doran
SDuty title: Aerospace Control and warn-
ing systems journeyman
Hometown: Cincinnati, Ohio
Time on station: Two years
Time in service: Two years and four
Hobbies: Swimming, shopping, watching
Smovies and hanging out with friends
SGoals: To receive my CCAF and make the
t rank of staff sergeant the first time testing
1Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The
h g- .- Favorite movie: Billy Madison
Airman st Class Anthony J Hyatt Pet Peeves: People chewing with their
Airman Doran, 325th Air Control Squadron, coordi- mouth open
nates with Air Traffic Control agencies as she supports Proudest moment in the military: Gradu-
a live control team by maintaining safety of flight for Tyn- eating from basic military training
dall flyers during live missions.
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
Airman Doran inprocessed, briefed and mentored 60 commander program designed to recognize
Airfield Battle Manager students. She also main- Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
tainted the commanders' spouses roster and earned group commanders. Award recipients receive
credit toward her CCAF degree by taking English a certificate, letter from the commander and a
101 and Time Management through Troy State. one-day pass.
FROM MISTY PAGE 1
"The Misty's represent a great part of our Air Force
heritage," said Col. William Mott, 325th Operations Group
commander. "It's been an honor to have them here and to
show them the best aircraft the Air Force has to offer, as
well as the men and women who fly and work on them."
The tour concluded with a static display of an F-22 for
the men to examine, followed by a flight demonstration
where they got to see the Raptor in action.
"Watching that airplane was quite an experience," said
"I still can't believe I saw what I saw," said retired Lt.
Col. Jack Doub, former Misty pilot and reunion planner.
"I've been planning the reunions since 2005 and I'm
so thankful to the guys here at Tyndall on behalf of the
Mistys," he said. "I don't know how we can top this in
reunions to come."
After the tour, the Mistys got a chance to interact
with some of Tyndalls' fighter pilots in the 43rd Fighter
Squadron's heritage room and share experiences.
"Words cannot describe the honor and privilege that we
feel in hosting the heroes that make up the Misty group,"
said Lt. Col. David A. Krumm, 43rd Fighter Squadron
commander. "These great Americans' legacy of service,
sacrifice and excellence are part of the unswayable founda-
tion of our great Air Force and we were ecstatic to show
them how we are continuing their great traditions with
Airmen who are committed to those same core values."
(as of Oct. 15)
Team Win Loss
AMXS 8 1
SFS 7 1
SVS 6 1
MDG 8 2
COM 6 2
MOS 7 3
OSS 4 2
ACS 4 3
MXS 4 4
MSS/FW 3 6
601st 2 6
CES 2 7
53rd 2 7
823rd 1 5
CONS 1 6
AFRL 0 9
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.
Tech. Sgt. James
Fighter Wing, cor-
rectly guessed the
Oct. 8 "Identify This"
as a number five but-
ton on a phone. Con-
Oct. 15, 2007
Air Force Retiree puts "spin" on
STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Retired Capt. Mackey
Tyndall, descendent of Lt.
Frank B. Tyndall, the man
Tyndall Air Force Base is
named after, is fighting a
new battle these days by
training for long distance
races on his two state-of-
the-art racing wheelchairs
on the streets of Tyndall Air
Mr. Tyndall suffers from
spinal stenosis and severe
arthritis. As a result of
injuries received while on
active duty, he's had two
total hip replacements and
has a metal rod along with
multiple screws inserted
into his back.
He was medically retired
from the Air Force in 1990
due to his injuries. Before
retirement, he spent five of
his active-duty years as an
instructor at the Weapons
Controller Training School
here, now the 325th Air
Before his injury, he
was an accomplished
wrestler and won the
National Collegiate Athletic
for his weight division while
"When I had my medical
problems, I fell into a
psychological hole," Mr.
Tyndall said. "Eventually
I became upset with my
weight. My son bought me a
weight bench and I gradually
began to lose some of that
To further his healing
process, Mr. Tyndall started
racing local five and 10
kilometer races in 2005.
"Then I felt I needed more
of a challenge, so I started
competing in Olympic
distance triathlons and
duathlons," he said.
He started competing
in races using a standard
wheelchair. Now he
competes in the races by
using two different styles.
One is a hand cycle, his
equivalent of riding bicycle
due to the different gears
used. The second is a push
chair which requires so much
endurance and constant
pushing to operate it, that it
is physically comparable to
Mr. Tyndall has had recent
success with his racing,
winning the U.S. Nationals
last summer in the "N.Y.C.
Currently he's training
for the world championship
in Richmond, Va. Oct. 21;
followed by the New York
City marathon two weeks
later. His goal is simple:
"I just want to say I entered
the world championship
and finished," he said.
"Everything else is gravy."
Mr. Tyndall said the
thing he enjoys the most
about racing is the sense of
freedom it provides.
"After being house bound
for four-years, racing is
quite an adrenaline rush,"
His doctors encourage his
"They said, 'Go for it. Do
all you can, it's not hurting
you,'" he said. "The most
rewarding thing is being
able to do this on my own.
Being able to say I did this
without anyone's help."
Donate blood, save a life
Left: Staff Sgt. Patricia Rodriguez, 81st Medical Operations
Squadron at KeeslerAFB, Miss., checks the blood pressure of
Capt. Darren Stastny, 325th Security Forces Squadron opera-
Bottom left: Sergeant Rodriguez take blood from Staff Sgt.
Doug Maleski, 82nd Aerial Target Squadron.
Bottom right: Staff Sgt. Melissa Prickett, 81st MDOS, checks
on Tamsyn Medina, Tyndall Credit Union employee.
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Oct. 15, 2007
Commander's Commentary: Our oath and the constitution
LT. COL. EDWARD FARLEY
325TH MDOS COMMANDER
In 2004 President Bush declared Sept.
17 Constitution Day and Citizenship
Day. This is a good time to review
what he and every one of us in uniform
vowed to support and defend.
Airmen's Roll Call had a great
quote commemorating the observance:
"When we raised our hands as Airmen,
we swore our allegiance to support the
Constitution of the United States of
America. We joined the pioneers and
legends who blazed the skies before
us to defend our nation, its ideals,
and the freedoms embodied in the
More than 220 years ago, on Sept.
17, 1787 the Constitutional Convention
held their final meeting. They only
had one item on the agenda that day;
signing the brand-new Constitution of
the United States of America.
The 55 delegates had met almost
daily since May 25 in the State House,
otherwise known as Independence Hall;
in Philadelphia to revise the Articles of
By the middle of June, they realized
that just updating the articles wasn't
going to be enough. Instead, they would
have to write an entirely new document
designed to clearly define and separate
the powers of the central government,
the powers of the states, the rights of the
people, and how the representatives of
the people should be elected. What they
came up with was the Constitution.
So what is a "constitution" and how
does it affect military personnel? A
constitution embodies the fundamental
principles of a government. Our
constitution was adopted by the
sovereign power (we the people) and
can be changed by that power only. All
laws, executive actions, and judicial
decisions must conform to it because
it is the creator of all the powers
exercised by every department of our
Our Constitution has been classed as
rigid because it is a written document
which cannot be legally changed with
the same ease and the same way as
ordinary laws. The unwritten British
Constitution can be changed any time
by an act of parliament.
The legendary early 19th century
British prime minister, W E. Gladstone,
famously remarked that "...the
American Constitution is, so far as I
can see, the most wonderful work ever
struck off at a given time by the brain
and purpose of man."
The Constitution remains brilliant in
its overall design. The founders devised
a political system that separated the
powers of government, placed mutual
checks on the powers each branch held,
and ensured certain civil and human
rights.Anynew Constitutional initiatives
cannot infringe upon these bedrock
principles ofAmerican government.
Almost every new Constitution
throughout the world has been modeled
Two years after the Constitution was
signed, the first bill in the first session of
the first Congress on 1 June 1789 was
passed into law. It was statute 1, chapter
1 and it was titled: "An act to regulate
the time and manner of administering
certain oaths, which established the oath
required by civil and military officials to
support the Constitution".
The founding fathers agreed that the
most important loyalty that officials had
was their loyalty to the rule ofAmerican
law, and not other men. There was
almost no debate as this statute was
Although the wording of the military
oath has changed several times in the
past two centuries, the basic foundation
has withstood the test of time. The
current oath is much more than a mere
formality, it provides a foundation for
leadership decisions. All members of
the U.S. Armed Forces swear an oath
to this document. The oath requires us
to support and defend the Constitution,
not the president, not the country, not
the flag, and not a particular military
service. Yet, at the same time, the
Constitution symbolizes the president,
the country, the flag, the military, and
The Constitution was built on a series
of checks and balances that distribute
power across the executive, legislative,
and judicial branches. And military
members must give their allegiance to
all three entities- despite the fact that the
chain of command leads directly to the
These checks and balances create
inefficiencies inherent in the rest of
America's democratic system. This
can be frustrating for military personnel
trying to defend a nation. That said, the
U.S. has a pretty impressive track record
of military success against quite a few
enemies, both foreign and domestic in
spite of our form of government. And
I don't think Americans would want it
any other way.
So no matter how much we argue
about the details of its meaning today,
most people agree that Constitution
represents the greatest expression of
statesmanship and compromise ever
crafted. Injust fourhand-written pages,
the Constitution givesAmerica'sAirmen
the technical orders for honorable and
excellent service to the greatest form of
government the world has ever known.
For more information about
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day,
Lt. Col. Henri Castelain, 28th Test and Evaluation Squadron at Eglin AFB, Fla., and Lt. Col. Collin Smith, Det. 2 command-
er here, furl the Det. 2 flag Sept. 26 during an inactivation ceremony here. Det. 2 was officially inactivated Oct. 1.
Oct. 15, 2007