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Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Oct. 22, 2007

In Brief

CFC kick-off
The 2007 Team Tyndall
Combined Federal
Campaign runs Sept. 17
to Oct. 29. For more
information, call Capt.
Edward Mangual at 282-4317
or 1st Lt. Patrick Wilkinson
at 283-4858.

Golf Tournament
The Military Association
Committee golf tournament
will start at noon Oct. 26
at the Pelican Point Golf
Course. Deadline for
registration is Oct. 22.
The cost is $50. For more
information, call the Public
Affairs office at 283-4500.

Retiree Day
Retiree Appreciation Day
will be held 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3
at the Enlisted Club.
For more information,
call Marielle Beniquez at

Due to a demand in
some AFSCs and AFSC
mergers, the Air Force
has a program designed
to allow Airmen who hold
a current, specified valid
skill level, other than their
control AFSC, such as a
secondary ortertiaryAFSC,
to be administratively
reclassified back into their
"old" AFSC.
For more information,
call Staff Sgt. Avery
Purington at 283-4144.

Red Horse warrior takes on new battle

He walked into a doctor's office with one
problem, minor back pain. He walked out
with a whole world of problems stemming
from a newly diagnosed life-threatening
disease. However, he also found a strong
will to fight.
In November, 2005 Master Sgt. Dale
Filsell, the services superintendent for
Detachment 1 of the 823rd Rapid Engineer
Deployable Heavy Operational Repair
Squadron Engineers, also known as Red
Horse, was diagnosed with autosomal
dominant polycystic kidney disease
According to the polycystic kidney
disease cure Web site, http://www.pkdcure.
org, ADPKD is one of the most common,
life-threatening genetic diseases, affecting
more than 600,000 Americans and 12.5
million people worldwide. It affects
more people than Down syndrome, cystic
fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and sickle
cell anemia combined.
ADPKD causes fluid-filled cysts to grow
on the kidneys, which over time causes
kidney failure in more than 50 percent of
the cases. Dialysis and transplantation are
the only treatments for kidney failure, but
there are no cures forADPKD. The disease
affects 1 in 500 newborns and does not skip
generations. Parents with ADPKD have a
50 percent chance of passing the disease
on to their children.
Some common symptoms include: high
blood pressure, back pain, stomach pain,
side pain, blood in the urine, kidney stones,
and a history of family kidney problems.
"My initial reaction when I found out
I had ADPKD was surprise," Sergeant
Filsell said. "I didn't have any knowledge
on it at all."
'I knew my uncle and grandmother both
died from kidney problems, but I didn't
realize it was from ADPKD until after I
was diagnosed and my sister told me," he


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Courtesy photo
Master Sgt. Dale C. Filsell, services superintendent for Detachment 1
of the Rapid Engineer Deployable Heavy Operational Repair Squad-
ron Engineers, finishes the last length of the West Point Lake Olym-
pic Triathlon in LaGrange, Ga.

Since his diagnosis, Sergeant Filsell's
mother and sister have also been
diagnosed with the disease.
"As you can tell, ADPKD has affected
my whole family and holds true to the
stats of being hereditary," he said.
He encourages people to talk to their
families about their medical history.
"If there is a history of kidney
problems in your family, ask what it is.
If nobody knows, get it checked out,"
he said.
Some keys to battling the disease are
controlling blood pressure with a good

diet and a strong exercise regiment.
'I try to watch what I eat and make
sure my blood pressure stays under
control, that's all I can really do right
now with ADPKD," Sergeant Filsell
said. "I also do my best to be in the
best shape possible."
SergeantFilsell startedto runtriathlons
in May to help raise awareness for
ADPKD and to help with his own battle.
Since then, he's run eight triathlons.
"It's to show that I'm in control of this
disease," he said. "I'm not going to let


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this ruin my life or think about what the future could hold. I'm going to do what I can
now. Every time I run a triathlon, I am beating this disease."
"Not only is he dedicated to his training, he is dedicated to his job," Tech Sgt. Jennifer
Richbourg, prime readiness in-base services training instructor with Det. 1 of the 823rd
Red Horse. "He is so dedicated that I don't think anyone even knows he has this
"Sergeant Filsell is very focused on what he wants to accomplish or achieve," said
Master Sgt. Ricki Gaddy, 1stAir Force superintendent of services. "I worked with him
for more than two years and whether it's the mission, his subordinates'career progression,
his own career or even an Ironman competition, he finds ways to make it happen."
"While ADPKD is a serious disease, he spoke of it twice that I remember. It will
never be something he'll use as an excuse to deprive him on what he sets out to do," said
Sergeant Gaddy.
Sergeant Filsell is set to compete in the local Ironman Florida competition Nov. 3;
consisting of a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bicycle ride and a 26.2 mile marathon run
consecutively. He trains regularly with a group of people on base for the event.
"It's a different lifestyle," he said. "We wake up at 4:30 a.m. on the weekends and
sometimes train past 2 p.m."
For now he has the disease under control and he has good kidney functions on both
"ADPKD has not impacted my career at all, I am able to do everything I need to do as
an Air Force member," he said. "There is no talk at all of medically retiring me."
Sergeant Filsell hopes his battle will help inspire others with similar health concerns.
"Even though I have this disease and do not know what the future holds, I plan to
live my life to the fullest and do my best to fight the whole time," Sergeant Filsell said.
'Training for triathlons helps me do that. It keeps me in shape and takes my mind off
things. If people with other diseases see me doing this, then hopefully they can do the
same and get out and enjoy their lives to the fullest."

Welcome to the Operational Air Force
Before Airmen can begin their job at their first duty station they must first graduate from the First
Term Airmen Center. Airmen 1st Class Courtney Adams, Zachary Ashpole, Reginald Banks, Chase
Capehart, Brandon Dimick, Charles Edwards, Douglas Fellows, Christina Flores, Erica Gamez, Katelyn
Hemman, Joshua Josefowitz, Melvin Lard, Russell Lytle, Keith Mcdonald, Kevin Mcnatt, John Mykel,
Romeo Sheppard, Airman Christopher Toothman and Airman Basic Erik Castillo, Andrew O'Quinn and
Jerry Ward graduated from FTAC Oct. 5. FTAC is a two-week course where the Airmen are briefed on
subjects ranging from Air Force core values to finance and budget.


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Can you identify this
If so, send an e-mail
to editor@tyndall.af.mil
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.
Airman 1st Class Bail-
ee Smith, 325th Fight-
er Wing Legal Office,
correctly guessed the
Oct. 15 "Identify This"
as a pumpkin basket.
Congratulations Air-
man Smith.


Flag Football

(as of Oct. 22)
Team Win Loss

AMXS 9 1
SFS 8 1
SVS 6 1
MDG 8 2
COM 8 2
OSS 5 3
MXS 5 4
MOS 6 5
ACS 4 4
MSS/FW 4 6
CES 4 7
601st 2 6
53rd 2 8
CONS 1 7
823rd 1 7
AFRL 0 9

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325th ACS trains international students

Four times each
year, approximately 12
international students
from across the globe
are selected to attend the
International Air Weapons
Controller and Theater
Air Operations Courses
conducted at the 325th Air
Control Squadron here.
The International
Flight at the 325th ACS
trains foreign Air Battle
Managers on U.S. Air Force
tactics, techniques and
procedures for combat air
operations by introducing
new concepts for command
and control, air defense,
airspace control and more.
According to Capt.
Thomas McCann, 325th
ACS International Flight
commander and IAWCC/
TAOC instructor, the
training program is
sponsored through the Air
Force Security Assistance
Training Program.
"Our two international
courses teach U.S.
command and control
tactics, techniques and
procedures from strategy
to task, teaching officers
from more than 50 coalition
partner nations how to
take strategic-level policy
decisions and objectives
and develop them to
become tactical-level
airpower operations," said
Lt. Col. Ted Davis, 325th
ACS commander.
instructors do this by
providing the tools
necessary forthe students to
become knowledgeable and
proficient as controllers.
The Air Education and
Training Command
certified instructors are
officers, enlisted and
civilians; each having six
to more than 30 years of
experience in their field.

simulation pilots are
Airmen who assist the
instructors by "driving"
replicated radar returns
in mock flying scenarios
and speak pilot lingo in
order to help provide a
more realistic approach to
"IAWCC students are
typically entry-level
controllers," said Captain
McCann. "They have
already been certified
in their country. They
come here to learn our
Individuals selected must
have the aptitude for the
course and must meet U.S.
security standards. They
are also subject to a fitness
screening and must be able
to speak or learn English,
explains Captain McCann.
The IAWCC is a
fundamental command and
control course that provides
initial qualification skills,
said Captain McCann.
It entails 25 challenging
simulated missions such
as: air refueling, tactical
intercepts and large force
Maj. Reinhard "Mick"
Hofstaedter is the current
international student
enrolled in IAWCC. As an
airtraffic control supervisor
in the Austrian air force,
Maj or Hofstaedter said he is
looking forward to learning
the course from a weapons
controller perspective.
"They go through the
same syllabus as our U.S.
ABMs, but without access
to classified information,"
said the captain. "It's
rigorous training; the U.S.
ABMs go through nine
months of training; the
foreign students do the
same amount of instruction
in only 40 days."
During large force

Capt. Thomas McCann, 325th ACS International Flight commander and instruc-
tor, introduces scope set up procedures to Maj. Reinhard "Mick" Hofstaedter,
a member of the Austria air force and current student enrolled in the Interna-
tional Air Weapons Controller Course, here.

exercises, which can
have up to 220 simulated
aircraft involved, students
must work together as
they demonstrate task
proficiency in Defensive
Counter Air, defending
against enemy advances;
and Offensive Counter Air,
managing strike packages.
It's during these exercises
that the knowledge and
skill of the students
and the training staff is
"TAOC is a higher caliber
course for international
ABMs who perform duties
at an operational level,"
said Captain McCann,
explaining the second
portion of international
Basically described as
"war games," TAOC is an
extremely detailed level of
training on war planning
and execution.
The final goal is to
achieve specific objectives

such as: minimizing loses,
reducing collateral damage,
target effectiveness and
package management.
The students fulfill these
requirements in distinctive
training environment.
Inside a cool and dimly-
lit operations room,
18 scopes with linked
communications display
unclassified tactical
interface which would
typically be observed from
command and control
"I'm used to air traffic
control simulators," said
Maj. Hofstaedter. "The
simulators here are easier
to use. It's a different
The relationships created
through this program and
the training instilled plays
a vital role in the future of
allied forces.
"The most important
things I hope the students
take away from this

experience are both the
core skills they learn here
and a lasting relationship
between ourtwo countries,"
said Captain McCann.
For the U.S., fighting
along side coalition
countries is normality
during Operation Enduring
Freedom and Operation
Iraqi Freedom, explains
Captain McCann. "Later in
their career, when foreign
controllers are serving side-
by-side U.S. controllers,
they will understand our
methods," said the captain.
Colonel Davis agrees
these programs are
"In the Global War on
Terrorism, our coalition
partnerships are critical to
our success," said Colonel

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Oct. 22, 2007

Airman to fill big shoes and carry on family tradition

Many people have a hero of some
sort; either real or made-up. Some
people may consider their hero to be a
famous person or a professional athlete,
while others would choose a fictional
character like Superman, but my hero
remains my dad.
MynameisAirman 1stClassAnthony
J. Hyatt and I am a staff writer with the
325th FighterWing Public Affairs office
at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. My dad,
(retired) Chief Master Sgt. Richard R.
Hyatt, was the 375th Communications
Squadron superintendent at Scott Air
Force Base, Ill.
Recently, I took leave to attend my
dad's retirement ceremony Oct. 5, 2007
at Scott AFB. Our family from all over
the United States, knew the importance
of this event and made sacrifices to
make it to the retirement. The majority
came from the state of Ohio; Grandpa
Buzz a retired chief master sergeant,
Grandma Virginia, my dad's older
brother Tim and his younger sister
Holly. My father's younger brother,
Chief Master Sgt. Paul B. Hyatt, 375th
Communications Support Squadron
superintendent, also at Scott AFB, had
to travel the shortest distance. My
mother's sisterand her husband, a retired
senior master sergeant, also made the
trip from Nebraska. Obviously, I made
the trip up from Florida.
When I was younger I really didn't
understand or appreciate what my dad
did. All I knew was that my dad worked
with telephone lines.
As I got older and a little bit wiser, the
time for me to start worrying about what
I was going to do in the future began
to get closer and my interest in dad's
career grew. I was determined that my

future would be either playing college
baseball or joining the military.
Everyday I came home from class
and my dad would ask me, "Did you
see the recruiter today?"
I would stubbornly reply no not
ready to face the factthat maybe baseball
wasn't going to be in my future.
My dad has always been supportive
of what I've done and he's always
been there for the entire family. When
I played baseball and football for the
base youth leagues, he was at every
game. Nowadays, he manages to make
it to my sister Rachael's football games,
she's a varsity cheerleader at Belleville
East High School, and even on occasion
goes to bingo night with my mom.
I'm not playing short stop for the
Cleveland Indians, choosing instead to
serve in the military. I can thank my
dad for that he is a major reason for
where I am today, definitely pointing
me in the right direction.
As Lt. Col. Jeri Day, 375th CS
commander, read off my dad's
achievements at the ceremony, I didn't
realize how much my dad accomplished
in his 24-year career in the Air Force.
No offense, but it felt like the ceremony
would never end.
Colonel Day's speech mentioned one
of my dad's most indelible memories
while being in the Air Force his training
instructor days at Lackland AFB. He
was always one to help out the young
Airmen, and there is no easier way to do
that than to be a T.I. He had a record of
guiding eight straight honor flights.
You may be asking yourself, 'Your
dad was a T.I.? He must have been strict
at home?"
The answer is "Yes!" He was strict at
home, but in a good way. He was always
someone who didn't accept excuses, he
was always on top of everything, and he

Three members from the Hyatt family, Chief Master Sgt. Paul
Hyatt(left), Chief Master Sgt. Richard Hyatt(middle) and Airman
1st Class Anthony Hyatt(right), take their last active-duty picture
together during the Chief's retirement ceremony Oct. 5.

was definitely a perfectionist.
I've always been the type of person
to keep to myself, but when I really had
a need for answers I usually turned to
my dad. The best advice he has ever
given to me is the time he told me about
the word "integrity." I did something
wrong and my dad questioned me about
it. I, of course, told him the truth that
it wasn't me! He stared at me and then
went into this story:
"A.J., the most important thing in the
Air Force, and life, is integrity," said my
dad. Keep in mind I was very young
and didn't know what integrity was.
"I would rather have some lousy,
clumsy, always-messing-up Airman
with integrity than some super, hot shot,
doesn't mess up, sharp Airman without
integrity. Be honest, because once you
lose someone's trust, it's hard to get
Most young Airmen are asked what

their proudest moment is in the military.
Most responses have to do with
graduating basic military training or
receiving an award from a commander,
but my proudest moment was being
there for my dad, like he's been there
for me- at his retirement ceremony all
dressed up in blues.
In the next couple years, my uncle
Paul will most likely be retiring from
the Air Force and I will be the last one
left from the Hyatt family still on active
duty. I was asked at the ceremony, "You
will have some big shoes to fill, are you
up to it?" With the values my father
has instilled in me and the competitive
nature of my dad, his two brothers and
myself, of course I accept the challenge.
Only time will tell.

Time for flu shots

Members from Tyndall
AFB gather to receive
their annual flu vaccina-
tion for the 2007-2008 flu
influenza season Tuesday
via the flu-mist method.
Visit immunizations in the
clinic if you have not yet
received your flu shot.
Photos by Airman 1st Class Anthony J Hyatt

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Commander's Commentary: The standards of excellence

I am amazed by the
professionalism around our
base. The sharp security
forces proudly protect
our gates. Dedicated
crew chiefs prepare their
aircraft and the flightline
for the day's missions.
Formations of determined
Airmen on our exercise
track preparing for wartime
commitments. I see
excellence. It is up to us to
keep that infectious pride

and motivation ongoing.
Our Core Values are the
common thread we share as
Airmen "Integrity first,
service before self and
excellence in all we do."
Whether you work on the
frontline or flightline, in
the office or a back shop,
they summarize who we
are as an Air Force. The
bond tying them together
is "The Standard," we
hold ourselves to as
professionals. We are
reminded ofthese standards
daily. They are posted
on base speed limit signs,
squadron tracking boards,
measured in job reports
and even summarized on
all those charts at staff
meetings. Our professional
performance is even rated
on how well we meet the
Air Force standard. I make
this point not to state the
obvious, but to motivate us

all to keep our sights set on
our mission. Everything
we do has to be geared
to achieve a standard of
excellence and mission
In the business of
flying fighters, it is the
"standard," which sets
the bar for achievement.
Every mission has an
objective against which
we measure success. For
example, a four-ship of
Eagles on a defensive
counter-air mission will
either successfully defend
the target area from attack
or they will not. The
high standard to achieve
is mission success. From
the battle manager to each
wingman in the flight,
everyone has a specific
job to do. Each part of
the mission, from mission
preparation and planning
through the briefing,

execution and debrief are
focused on meeting the
standard set bythose before.
If something breaks down
in any phase, it could mean
mission failure. There is
always the push to make
the best plan, conduct the
best mission briefing and
to execute perfectly to set
the standard of excellence
for others who follow.
Our Air Force Chief of
Staff, Gen. T. Michael
Moseley, recently reminded
us that being a focused
and disciplined Airmen
is the key to mission
accomplishment. Mission
failure is not an option.
Our continuing task is to
provide air dominance
warriors to the combat Air
Force. With many Airmen
from of our wing deployed,
this is the perfect time to
evaluate and refocus our
efforts on our mission.

This mindset can be
applied to any line of work:
Know your job, strive to do
it better than anyone has
ever done it and motivate
those around you to reach
the standard of excellence
you have set. Challenge
them to reach the next
level. As we assess our
performance, we measure
up and meet the standard,
or we do not. If someone
falls short, they must be
told through direct and
valuable feedback. It is
only through dedication
and a tireless effort to learn
and improve, that we will
continue to succeed.
No matterthejob, no matter
the task, lead by example,
keep the bar set high and
uphold our Checkertail
standard of excellence. It
is how we will continue to
fly, fight, and win when our
nation calls.

Courtesy photo
Run for fun
Team Tyndall members donated time and money to the Fit
Families 5K Run held Oct. 10 in observance of National Do-
mestic Violence Awareness Month. Their efforts raised funds
through the Combined Federal Campaign for the Salvation Ar-
my's Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Program located here
in Panama City.

A new detachment, a new commander
The activation of Det. 1, 16th Electronic Warfare
Squadron, occurred Friday and Capt. Blair Byrem
assumed command. The 16th EWS forms the core
cadre of Combat Air Forces fighter and bomber elec-
tronic warfare maintenance experts for avionics
modification, test and sustainment.

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