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Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Nov. 19, 2007


In Brief


Commissary
The base commissary will
be open 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Nov. 19 and will be closed
for Thanksgiving Day, Nov.
22. The commissary will be
open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov.
23.

Tree sales
A Christmas Tree sale is
held from Nov. 24 to Dec. 16
at the visitors center.

HAWC
The Health and Wellness
Center is offering a free
pedometer-based program,
"Stepping through the
Holidays," which will run
through Jan. 5. For more
information, call the HAWC
at 283-3826.

Cookie Drive
A cookie drive collection
is scheduled from 7-9 a.m.
Dec 10 at the docking bay
behind the commissary.
Approximately 500 dozen
homemade cookies for
Tyndall's dormitory
Airmen are needed for the
event. Send an email to
tyndallcookiedrive@tyndall.
com for more information.

Tyndall Top 3
The Tyndall Top 3
will meet at 3 p.m. Nov.
28 at the Community
Activity Center Pizza Pub.
Individuals are encouraged
to bring a new member to
the meeting.


Staff Sgt Vesta Anderson
The 325th Civil Engineer Squadron Ordinance Disposal Flight took the lead with the Boy Scouts in
the annual Salute to our Veterans parade, hosted by Kate M. Smith Elementary School Nov 9. in Chi-
pley, Fla.


A salute to honor the Veterans


STAFF SGT. VESTA ANDERSON
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS

The warm air, carrying a faint and
familiar song from the football field,
pushed through the school's labyrinth
of corridors. As the sun escaped
beyond the trees' grasp, the rays found
their place highlighting the red, white
and blue of the American flags that
decorated the school-grounds.
"I'm proud to be an American, where
at least I know I'm free...," a schoolgirl
from Kate M. Smith Elementary
School of Chipley, Fla. rehearsed the
song, hitting each note with ease.
The song's emotion hung in the air, as
if testifying to the significance of this
day to bystanders it was Veteran's
Day and KMS Elementary was hosting


their annual Salute to our Veterans
parade.
In this particular tribute,
celebrating the men and women who
have served their country at home
and abroad, the school staff invited
three Airmen from the Explosive
Ordnance Disposal flight of the
325th Civil Engineer Squadron here
to take the lead in the parade.
"It means a lot to the kids and to the
veterans in this area that EOD came
out today," said Ms. GinaPage, KMS
Elementary character education and
environmental enrichment teacher,
and event organizer.
Tech. Sgts. Peter McNally and
Jeff Findley and Staff Sgt. Harold
Horton finished setting up their
equipment on the dusty track as


the children and teachers walked
towards the field, classroom chairs
in-tow.
Students' hands leaped into the air
for brief seconds to eagerly wave at
the Air Force Airmen saying hello
and thank you for "fighting the bad
guys.
They carried personally made
banners, flags and hats. Their faces
were decorated with red, white and
blue paw prints representing their
school's mascot, the tiger. Once
the children found their designated
locations, they sat down near the
track to watch the parade.
The parade was marched for two
laps around the school's football

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track. Afterwards, EOD spoke about
their role in the Air Force, especially
during deployments and highlighted
the equipment they use.
EOD brought the newest addition
to their flight, a high mobility
multipurpose wheeled vehicle, to
lead the way and trailing behind it
was an HD-1, the hazardous duty
robot.
"The HMMWV is a M 1116 model,
and it has been out for several years,"
said Sergeant Horton. "It's just like
the Army M1114, but with a bigger
storage area and more armor."
Even the impressive HMMWV
couldn't steal all the attention.
"The robot is used for
reconnaissance and remote
neutralization of improvised
explosive devices and unexploded
ordnance," said Sergeant Horton.
Once the ceremony began, the
three Airmen stood at ease while the
children sang songs from America's
heritage and finally the National
Anthem.
With their right hand pressed
against their hearts, the children's
watchful eyes glanced over the flag,
the veterans in the stands, and finally
to the active duty servicemembers
from Tyndall. Noticing that both
the veterans and active duty were
saluting the flag some children
emulated the action.
"They know the sacrifice our
countrymen have made for our
freedom," said Sergeant McNally.
"It was nice to see they are proud to
stand right next to us and honor us
as their heroes."
During the parade, Sergeant
Horton wore EOD's protective bomb
suit made with Kevlar and rode
in a trailer behind the HMMWV.
Sergeant McNally, who controlled
the robot, trailed closely.
As the team passed by, the students
stood waving their flags, striving to
get the better view than the student
next to him or her.
Afterwards, the static display of
their equipment was set up.
Approximately 500 students
rotated through the four displays: the
robot, where a student's movement
was mimicked by the HD-1; the
bomb suit, where students nominated


their class teacher to wear the suit;
the IED and UXO mockups, where
children learned about bomb threats
and tested their strength throwing
a dummy hand-grenade; and the
HMMWV, where the students heard
about the duty positions of each
individual in a convoy and were
able to crawl through the massive
vehicle.
EOD troops from all services are
one of the most highly deployed
and highly utilized career fields in
the Global War on Terror, explained
Sergeant Findley.
From Tyndall's EOD flight, four
Airmen are currently deployed.
EOD deployments last six months
to a year, said Sergeant McNally.
Currently, there are two additional
Airmen set to leave for the desert in
the near future.
The opportunity to see and
participate in an event where their
service is honored is a welcomed
change from their normal
environment.
"The kids really made me feel
proud to serve," said Sergeant
McNally. "The fact that people
in the world care about what their
military does made this day a great
experience."


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Staff Sgt. Harold Horton (bomb suit) speaks with fellow Army vet-
eran from Chipley about EOD's equipment.


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Demonstrating the versatility of the HD-1 robot, Tech. Sgt. Peter McNally maneuvers the robot and
presents the American Flag to KMS Elementary students.


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Tigers beat Hurricanes


with half court buzzer


(COURTESY OF THE TYNDALL TIGERS)
The Tyndall Air Force Base Tigers
men's varsity basketballteam improved
their season record to 4-1 with a 75-74
win over the Naval Station Mayport
Hurricanes Saturday.
They remain tied with Eglin AFB for
first place in the Southeastern Military
Athletic Conference, thanks to a half-
court buzzer beater by Tigers guard
Rasheem Ramsey.
Both teams struggled offensively
throughout the first half, until the
Tigers went on a late run to close out
scoring with a 31-28 lead.
In the second half, the Tigers steadily
increased their lead by 14 as they
appeared to put the game away, 57-43,
with 5:22 remaining. The Hurricanes
switched to a full-court trapping press
to battle all the way back and took
the lead, 70-68, with 28.2 seconds
remaining in the contest.
With 3.9 seconds remaining,
Mayport's Kerega McCollum went to


the free throw line. He connected on
the first free throw, putting Mayport up
by two points 74-72, but misfired on
his second attempt. Anthony Showers
rebounded the missed free throw and
fired a perfect outlet pass to Ramsey
at half court-Ramsey banked in the
game winning three-pointer, silencing
the boisterous Mayport crowd, before
being tackled by his teammates.
Anthony Showers led the Tigers in
scoring with 24 points, followed by
Marqus Armour with 15 and the trio of
Melvin Smith, Frank Vega and Chris
Walker all had 10 points. Armour and
Showers led in rebounding with 14
and 11. Showers also led in assists
with five. Kerega McCollum led the
Hurricanes in scoring with a game
high of 25 points.
The Tigers are on their bye week
this weekend and will return to the
hardwood to host the defending
SEMAC champions, the Hurlburt
Field Commandos, on Dec. 1.



2007Standings

Flag Football






(as of Nov. 19)
Team Win Loss

AMXS 14 1
SFS 14 1
SVS 12 3
COMM 12 3
MDG 11 4
OSS 10 5
ACS 9 6
MXS 8 7
CES 7 8
MOS 6 9
MSS/FW 5 10
601st 5 10
CONS 2 13
53rd 2 13
823rd 2 13
AFRL 1 14


Chrissy Cuttita
A day to honor
Tyndall's Honor Guard, followed by the grand marshal
and base Airmen in formation, participate in the annual
Panama City Veteran's Day parade downtown Nov. 12.


Identify

this

Can you identify this
object?
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.
Tech. Sgt. James Leon-
ard, 325th FighterWing,
correctly guessed the
Nov. 12 "Identify This"
as 325th Fighter Wing
patch. Congratula-
tions Sergeant Leon-
ard.


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New program helps get Airmens story to the people


STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The public affairs office here is
on the search for Tyndall Air Force
Base members with deployment
experience who have a tremendous
experience to share.
In the spirit of Air Force Chief of
Staff, Gen. T. Michael Moseley's
"Portraits in courage" book series-
that highlights extraordinary
Airmen and their courageous battle
stories-public affairs office staff
members have created a localized
version for the base Web site.


The program, which started Nov.
6, tells three individual's stories-
a Tyndall AFB security forces
patrolman, explosive ordnance
disposal troop and medical group
Airman.
"Tyndall Airmen who are trained
to serve in an Air Force capacity
are now filling Army in-lieu-of
positions. They are commonly
put in situations where their
expertise and training potentially
saves lives," said 1st Lt. Amanda
Ferrell, 325th Fighter Wing
public affairs deputy and program


creator. "Those Airmen are heroes.
They're heroes for stepping up to
challenging deployment duties, and
for excelling while deployed."
Each story will be posted under
the features tab on the base Web
site.
"We're working to highlight
these hometown heroes by
documenting the amazing actions
of our Airmen in a feature format
for fellow Airmen, families and
the community to read, enjoy and
learn from," Lieutenant Ferrell
said.


Public affairs staffs are looking
for these individuals from any
sources possible.
"We would like anyone with
this kind of experience or knows
somebody who does to contact us
so we can get their story out there,"
the lieutenant said.
Anyone wanting to share their
story or the experience of another
call the public affairs office at 283-
4500 or e-mail at editor@tyndall.
af.mil .


Gobble, gobble
Photos by Lisa Norman
Above: Tyndall Air Force
Base servicemembers partic-
ipated in the 14th Annual Tur-
key Trot 5k walk/run behind
the fitness center Thursday
afternoon.

Middle: Airman 1st Class
Benjamin Judd, 325th Main-
tenance Squadron, receive a
turkey from Lou South, Fit-
ness Center director, for fin-
ishing the race in first place.

Right: 2nd Lt. Heidi Little,
325th Air Control Squadron,
was the first female runner to
cross the finish line.


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Playing The "Away Game": AEF Readiness


LT. COL. TED DAVIS
325THAR CONTROL SQUADRON
COMMANDER
A few years ago, the famous football
coach Lou Holtz was featured in an
advertisement giving a pep talk to a
traveling salesman to motivate him
about playing a game on the road, or put
anotherway, the "away game." Inthe ad,
Coach Holtz talks about the excitement
of the opposing fans, the buzz in the
locker room, and the added challenge of
playing on the other teams' field, getting
the salesman ready for what he would
face. The same goes for Airmen in
today's Air Force. As Airmen, we need
to be ready for the "away game" by
fulfilling our Air Expeditionary Force
readiness responsibilities.
The 2006 National Security Strategy
of the United States says, "We fight
our enemies abroad instead of waiting
for them to arrive in our country."
Essentially, it says we prefer the "away
game" when it comes to defending our
national interests. It declares in simple
terms that our national strategy for
keeping our security intact rests with
us being an expeditionary Air Force,
ready to go somewhere else to defend
the nation.
Back to the advertisement with Coach
Holtz, what he was talking about is very
similar to what we face as expeditionary
Airmen. The reasons are different, the
field is different, the stakes are much
higher, but the mindset stems from
the same basic principle that we must
be prepared to go to a not-so-friendly
location to carry out our mission of
defending something meaningful to
us. We have to be ready by having our
affairs in order back at home station so
that we can focus on the task at hand at
the deployed location.
We must ensure we take what we need
where we need it, understanding that
the distance back home is often too far
to rely on being able to reach back. We
must prepare to play the "away game"
without the need for dealing with any
loose ends.
The idea of being expeditionary isn't
newto ourAir Force. The expeditionary
Air Force is a concept that has been
around for several years now, but the
idea of going off to defend freedom
and democracy is a part of our military


culture that goes back to the earliest
days of our nation. For Airmen in
particular, this concept goes back to the
Army Air Corps in the First World War
when U.S. air power was first used in
combat. From World War I until now,
that basic principal has not changed.
In sports, the home team is often
thought to have the advantage due to
familiarity with the environment and
field, friendly fans and being collocated
with all of their support structure. In the
case of being an expeditionaryAir Force
the enemy entity naturally has similar
advantages, such as familiarity with the
battlespace, a supportive or sympathetic
local populace base and the proximity
of logistical support.
AEF readiness is far more serious
than a game or sport, so as Airmen we
must be as prepared as we can possibly
be, on every level of responsibility, to
remove whatever advantage our foe
may have that comes with fighting at
home. These levels range from family
and personal affairs to mission readiness
and professional proficiency.
The Global War on Terrorism is going
on in nearly every theater around the
globe in one way or another, demanding
us to pay attention to the details because
every detail counts. But, the details span
a spectrum of readiness areas.
Family readiness is the first and
foremost area that an Airman must focus
on for AEF readiness. Knowing that
our families are set up for success in our
absence allows usto focus on ourmission
and avoid the otherwise preventable
distractions. Such distractions include
financial problems, cars that won't run,
and children and spouses that weren't
ready for our prolonged absence. We
must prepare our families for the long
and often unpredictable separation by
setting them up emotionally, financially,
and with reliable support and resources
to carry them through the duration of
our time apart.
Children and loved ones should
understand as early as possible that
we will be gone for a while. Finances
should be in order, giving the family
reliable access to the funds necessary to
keep the household running.
The home and transportation should
be as mechanically sound as possible
to avoid that annoying major appliance


breakdown or an automobile repair
that stresses time available and money.
And as simple as it sounds, the often
overlooked support of squadron and
spouses groups must be understood to
ensure the family knows that support is
always just a phone call away and that
a commander and first sergeant want to
help.
Regardless of whether it's a game or
an AEF deployment, we should ensure
our personal readiness physically,
spiritually and mentally. Physical
readiness comes from a fitness-training
routine at least three times per week,
either individually, in groups or as part
of our squadron or unit fitness training.


Spiritual and mental readiness starts
with us as individuals, supported by
family and our faith.
In the 325th Fighter Wing, our efforts
are keenly focused on AEF readiness,
as witnessed by our last few exercises.
Today, the Air Force AEF library
contains more than 85 percent of all Air
Force active-duty personnel, according
to JohnA. Tirpak inAir Force Magazine
Online, so the chances that we will be
called upon is very high. When the call
comes, we must be prepared to focus on
the mission 24/7, know what the mission
is, what our role is in that mission, and
be as proficient and as mission ready as
we can possibly be.


Catholic Pianist/organist needed

Specifications: Provide musical accompaniment for performances and
rehearsals; recruit and train any necessary staff. Assist the Catholic Choir
Director and the Catholic chaplain in scheduling and organizing special
Catholic religious events that require musical support.
Qualifications: Demonstrate competency and proficiency on the electric
piano, piano and organ sufficient to accompany a choir or song leader.
Follow the direction of the Catholic Choir Director and Catholic chaplain,
as well as, work with a variety of instrumentalist. Demonstrate the ability to
work in a pluralist environment. Have at least two years of recent experience
in liturgical music as pianist/organist or music teacher. Normal hours of
performance are four hours per week.
Applicants shall participate in qualifying interview and demonstration
audition, furnish a resume, including academic and work-related references,
and submit a bit. Selection will be based on "best value" as outlined in the
Statement ofWork. The deadline for submissions and demonstration audition
is Dec. 3 at noon.
A SOW can be picked up from the Tyndall Air Force Base Chapel 2,
building 1470, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through
Friday. For more information call Staff Sgt. William Anderson at 283-2925.

Catholic Parish Coordinator needed

Specifications: Oversee the flow of information to parishioners by way of
a weekly bulletin, special mailings, ministry schedules, bulletin boards and
all other applicable publicity. Contractor will provide an average of 10 hours
per week.
Qualifications: Have at least two-years of experience in Catholic Parish
work, which can include religious educations, pastoral, social or spiritual
work.
Applicants shall participate in a qualifying interview, furnish a resume,
including academic and work-related references, and submit a bid. Selection
will be based on "best value" as outline in the Statement of Work. The
deadline for application submission is at noon Dec. 3.
A SOW can be picked up from the Tyndall Air Force Base Chapel 2,
building 1470, between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through
Friday. For more information call Staff Sgt. William Anderson at 283-2925
or e-mail at william.anderson@tyndall.af.mil


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