Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Dec. 3, 2007
Tyndall RAO opens a new office
are hosting a Christmas tree
sale through Dec. 16 adjacent
to the visitors center parking
Focus 56 members' monthly
meeting is 3 p.m. Dec. 14
at the Community Activity
Center's Enlisted Lounge.
Santa's in town
Breakfast with Santa Claus
is at the Community Center
Annex 8-11 a.m. Dec. 15.
Tickets $3 per person, on sale at
the CC or Child Development
Center until Dec. 8. Children
two years old and younger will
be admitted for free.
A cookie drive collection
is 7-9 a.m. Dec. 10 at the
docking bay behind the
500 dozen homemade
cookies for Tyndall's
dormitoryAirmen are needed
for the event. For more
information, send an email
Do you know someone
who is deployed or has been
deployed? Do they have an
extraordinary story they want to
share? If so, contact the public
affairs office at 283-4500 and
become part of Tyndall's Heros
Volunteers of the Retiree Activities Office and the Civil Service Retiree Activities Office are making
final touches on their new office at the Satelite Pharmacy. (From left to right) Mr. Bernhard Parzent-
ny, CSRAO volunteer, and RAO volunteers: retired Chief Master Sgts. Duane Peters and William
Middleton, retired Senior Master Sgt. Jesse Soto and retired Master Sgt. Danny Farmer.
STAFF SGT. VESTA M. ANDERSON
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AF-
Tyndall Air Force Base's Retiree
Activities Office opened a second
office at the Satellite Pharmacy
located outside the base exchange
complex, Nov. 21.
"The RAO's mission isto support,
advance, and unify the retired and
active military communities," said
retired Chief Master Sgt. Duane E.
Peters, RAO volunteer.
The Retiree Activities Office
serves all military branches'
retirees, spouses, widows and
widowers by providing information
and assistance regarding their
rights, privileges, benefits and
other information of interest such
as changes in health-care benefits
or legislative actions, explained
Joining the RAO at the now
location is the Civil Service
Retiree Activities Office, run by
the National Association of Retired
Mr. Bernhard Parzentny, NARFE
Chapter 1305 service officer and
CSRAO volunteer, explained that
the CSRAO assists with and gives
guidance on many issues that civil
service retirees may encounter,
such as: federal procedures
governing delivery of annuity
checks, federal life insurance
and health benefits, change of
beneficiary procedures, death
benefits, state and federal income
taxes and state inheritance taxes,
and social security requirements.
"There will be times when
I will be in our main office in
building 662 (325th Fighter
Wing building)," said Mr.
"Volunteers are needed," said
Mr. Peters. "If you're interested
and want to be of service to
the retiree community, and you
have an extra three to four hours
a week to spare, give the RAO
office a call or stop by and see
Both offices are staffed
entirely by volunteers.
"We are here to help protect
your benefits and as you know
every organization needs new
members and volunteers," said
SEE RAO PAGE 5
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First CMSAF earns Lifetime Achievement Award
BY CARL BERGQUIST
AIR UNIVERSITY PUBLIC AFFAIRS
11/26/2007 MAXWELL AIR
FORCE BASE, Ala. (AFPN) -
- The first chief master sergeant
of the Air Force announced he
had learned the secret to winning
awards to those in attendance at the
Senior NCO Academy auditorium
Nov. 20 here.
"The secret is simple -- just live
long enough," said retired Chief
Paul Wesley Airey.
"If you live long enough, (the
awards) all come to you," joked
the 85-year-old native of New
The chief was honored with the
Air Force Association's Lifetime
Achievement Award at Gunter's
senior academy, becoming the
first enlisted member to receive
The first chief master sergeant of
the Air Force received the award
for his continued service to the
Air Force, said the association's
president and chief executive
"Chief Airey was unanimously
selected by board members to
receive our Lifetime Achievement
Award," said retired Lt. Gen.
Michael M. Dunn. "When you're
the first chief master sergeant of the
Air Force, you set the standard for
the entire enlisted force and each
of the chief master sergeants of
the Air Force who follow you. His
standard was impeccable and his
service, leadership and mentorship
to senior NCOs after he left the Air
Force has been fantastic."
The Lifetime Achievement
Award, establish in 2003,
recognizes the significant lifetime
achievement of an individual in
the fields of air and space, said
Robert Largent, the Air Force
Association board chairman. The
chief was the llth recipient of the
award. Other honorees include
Ohio Sen. John Glenn, retired
astronaut and Marine; deceased
Air Force Gen. Russell Dougherty,
who once served as commander
of Strategic Air Command; and
Hawaii Sen. Daniel Inouye, a
World War II veteran and Medal
Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Paul Wesley Airey receives the Air Force Association's Life-
time Achievement award from AFA's Chairman of the Board Robert Largent during a Nov. 20 ceremony
at Maxwell-Gunter's Senior NCO Academy in Alabama. Chief Airey was the first chief master sergeant
of the Air Force, and is the first enlisted member to receive the AFA award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master
Sgt. Scott Moorman)
of Honor recipient.
"This award going to Chief
Airey is passed due," Mr. Largent
said. "This was an opportunity
for us to recognize the life and
achievements of an Air Force
leader and visionary."
Chief Airey said when he joined
the armed service 65 years ago
during World War II, he never
believed he would some day be at
the SeniorNCO Academy receiving
the Air Force Association's
Lifetime Achievement Award.
"I always thought that when the
job was over and I retired, that
would be it. I didn't think I would
be coming to events like this," he
said. "While all the awards I have
received are special, this award is
particularly special for me. Since
the senior academy is where it's
at, I'm especially proud to receive
it here today."
Chief Master Sgt. of the Air
Force Rodney J. McKinley, the
current top Air Force enlisted
Airman, said he was proud to be
part of Chief Airey receiving the
"In my opinion, Chief Airey is
the most respected enlisted Airman
in the Air Force," he said. "He is a
man who had a remarkable career,
and is someone we can all look up
to, especially me. There's nobody
The chief's military career began
in 1943 when he joined the Army
Air Corps. He first flew combat
missions in the European Theater
as a B-24 Liberator aerial gunner,
before his aircraft was shot down
on its 28th mission, and he became
a German prisoner of war.
Following World War II, Chief
Airey served as a first sergeant
for much of his career before
being named the first chief master
sergeant of the Air Force in 1967.
He helped establish the weighted
promotion system still used today.
The promotion system greatly
increased the retention rate of
enlisted members. He retired from
the Air Force in 1970.
Chief airey chose to retire in
the Tyndall Air Force Base local
area and continues to be actively
involved with his name sake
Airey Noncommissioned Officer
Academy and many other base
and community activities. (Article
contributed to by Staff Sgt.
Chyenne A. Griffin, 325th Fighter
Wing public affairs.)
Dec. 3, 2007
Communications Squadron takes to the trees
STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC
Tyndall Air Force Base's 325th
Communications Squadron ser-
vice members are holding the
base's annual Christmas tree sale
fundraiser noon-6 p.m. through
Dec. 16 at the Tyndall Air Force
Base visitors' center area.
The fundraiser, being held for
the fifth year, is used to raise
money for communications
squadron events such as holiday
parties and summer celebrations.
It is open to all Tyndall AFB
personnel and local community
"We're going to be selling
Wisconsin Balsam Fir trees,"
said Airman 1st Class Andrew
Snyder, 325th CS air field sys-
tems technician and tree sale
coordinator. "All of the trees are
being shipped here directly from
Wisconsin and are guaranteed to
Trees taller than six feet are
being sold for $45 and all less
than six feet are $40.
"All of the money raised goes
directly back to our squadron
fund," Airman Snyder said.
The sale is run by 325th CS
Senior Airman Matthew Harris, 325th Communications Squadron network administrator, holds
up a Wisconsin Balsam Fir tree at his squadron Christmas tree fundraiser here Nov. 26. The
sale is the squadron's primary fundraiser every year and will be open through Dec. 16 or until
all trees are sold.
military, civilian and family mem-
bers on a voluntary basis.
"This is our main fundraiser
every year," said Staff Sgt. Steven
Beatty, 325th CS switch technician
and event coordinator. "It's a big
morale booster considering all the
events this will allow us to hold."
Base spreads holiday cheer through cookie drive
STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC
Homemade cookies are
needed for Tyndall Air Force
Base's Annual Cookie Drive.
Donations will be collected 7-
9 a.m. Dec. 10 at the loading
docks behind the Tyndall AFB
The goal of the program is to
package and distribute 400 dozen
cookies to all of the Airmen
living in the dormitories.
The base-wide community
project was supported by many
base agencies such as the First
Sergeants' Council, Officers'
Spouses' Club and Enlisted
Spouses' Club. It also receives
support from the Tyndall AFB
This year's program is organized
by Charlene Wolters, Officers'
Spouses' Club honorary president
and wife of Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters,
325th Fighter Wing commander.
"We have approximately 370
Airmen living in the dorms.
Homemade cookies and holiday
wishes are a great way to show our
support and appreciation to all of
them," she said.
"The commissary staff does an
outstanding job to support this
project," Mrs. Wolters said. "They
provide us with the location and
materials to collect and wrap the
cookies. We couldn't do it without
Master Sgt. Billie Statom, 601st
Air and Space Operation Center
first sergeant, is participating in
his first cookie drive as the cookie-
drive representative for the Tyndall
AFB First Sergeants Council.
"Single Airmen might not have
the opportunity to go home for
the holidays. This is our way to
say, 'happy holidays,' and also to
bring them some treats," the first
sergeant said. "It's a worthwhile
program for our Airmen."
Once collected and packaged, the
cookies are delivered to the dorm
residents by the first sergeants.
"We're really trying to give the
Airmen a sense of home," said
Linda Nicolas, officer spouses'
club representative and wife of
Col. George Nicolas Jr., 325th
Medical Group commander.
"It's a little bit of mom. We need
to be taking care of our Airmen
while they're away from their
For more information on
the cookie drive, including
volunteering or dropping
off donations, e-mail
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Dec. 3, 2007
It's beginning to look a lot like an AF holiday season
STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC
One of my favorite things about
serving in the Air Force is the
sense of family I feel during the
My first assignment was as a
security forces troop at Royal
Air Force Lakenheath Air Base,
United Kingdom. My wife Ashley
and I arrived on station in late
November 2004. We were new to
the country, the base and the Air
After completing First-Term
Airmen Center and security forces
localized training, my first day on
the job was Christmas Eve. Ashley
and I were not looking forward
to the holiday and being away
from our families in the U.S. As
newlyweds, we lived in a nearly
empty house and didn't have a
whole lot of money. We didn't
even have a tree to set up. I was
scheduled to work Christmas day
and Ashley wasn't, so we didn't
plan on doing anything special for
As I turned in my rifle after duty
on Christmas Eve, the now retired
Master Sgt. Bob Hitchcock, my
flight chief at the time, called
me over to him. Being the brand
new Airman on flight, I got a
little nervous. Why was the boss
singling me out on my first day of
work? "I must have screwed up
today," I thought as I trotted over
to him and stood tall.
"Yes sir?" I said.
"Capling, I heard your wife isn't
working tomorrow," he said.
"No sir," I replied.
"This is your first Christmas
together isn't it?" he said.
"Yes sir," I answered.
"Merry Christmas,take tomorrow
off and we'll see you on the 26th,"
Sergeant Hitchcock said.
"Thank you sir!" I said, and
floated back to my car to drive
home and tell Ashley the good
That night we decided, since we
were going to be together, we had
to at least make a Christmas dinner.
We drove to the commissary that
night and bought a ham and other
holiday treats. I invited two other
Airmen, who were also new to
the base and didn't have family
there, to our house. The next
evening, the four of us sat down
to a traditional Christmas dinner
and we were able to capture that
feeling of being with family on the
holiday. We stuffed ourselves with
food, told jokes and played board
games. Even though we weren't
home, it felt dar close.
That's the great thing about
serving in the military. No matter
where we're at, we're not alone.
We're always with people in the
Almost every holiday since I've
been in has been spent with my wife,
my children, and other Airmen and
their families. We're all bonded
through the common denominator
of service and everyone seems to
come together when we need each
other the most, like at holiday
time. I have yet to serve during
a holiday where somebody hasn't
opened their home to my family.
One unique thing I've learned
about servicemembers is the
ability to adapt to new situations
at a rapid pace. During my first
deployment, Easter could have
been just another day, but some
outstanding services Airmen
decided to do what they could to
make an extra special meal at the
dining facility tent. Their effort
went a long way to boost the morale
of several thousand Soldiers,
Sailors, Marines and Airmen. We
were far from home, but we were
certainly among family.
This holiday season, keep the
new Airmen, the old Airmen and
the Airmen who are deployed
in mind. For those of us that
can't spend the holiday with our
families back home, let's make it
a great holiday with our Air Force
Senior Airman Thomas Swain
Duty title: Pilot Simulator Technician
Hometown: Phoenix, AZ
S Time on station: Two years and six months
Time in service: Three years
Hobbies: VVatching the Dallas Cowboys and
the Phoenix Suns, and playing with my son.
Goals: To own my own business as a web
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The
.. Favorite movie: Office Space
Favorite book: Lord Of The Flies
Pet Peeves: People who complain about their
Airman Thomas Swain, 325th Air Control
ron pilot simulator technician, completes
set-up in an operations room prior to a train- Proudest moment in the military: The day
ssion. my son was born.
Airmen Swain created simulation scenarios and
for the simulation driving portion of the Tur- The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
oot competition. He also briefed two Air Battle commander program designed to recognize
er classes on safe custodial duties and trained 24 Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
officers on classified annotating, which lead to the group commanders. Award recipients receive
ns and Tactics office receiving zero descrepan- a certificate, letter from the commander and a
ring three flight insnections one-day pass.
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If so, send an e-mail to editor@
tyndall.afmil with "Identify this" in
the subject line.
Three correct entries will be cho-
sen at random and drawn from a
hat to determine the final winner.
The prize can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office.
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325th MDG captures flag football championship
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS
ANTHONY J. HYATT
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC
Tyndall Air Force Base
intramural flag football
In a league where the 325th
Security Forces Squadron flag
football team has won the last
two base championships, this
year a new team was crowned
The fifth seeded 325th
Medical Group football
team and the sixth seeded
325th Operations Support
Squadron's squad squared off
against each other in the base
championship game Tuesday
"It's great to have the
number five and number six
teams in the championship
game," said Mark Estorga,
325th MDG coach. "It just
goes to show that on any
given day, no matter what
your record is, you can be
The MDG team cruised
into the championship game
after beating the fourth
seeded 325th Communication
Squadron, the number
one seeded 325th Aircraft
OSS beat the third seeded
325th Services Squadron
and the second seeded 325th
SFS. In the third round of the
playoffs, they ran into MDG,
where they lost 14-13.
"They (OSS) have been the
toughest team we have played
all season," said Estorga.
Going into the loser's
bracket, OSS had to get back
to the winner's bracket by
beating the 325th AMXS.
With one loss in the playoffs,
OSS had to beat MDG twice.
This is OSS's second trip to
the championship game in as
"We came in second last
year, and this year we expect
nothing but first place," said
Michael Fiedler, 325th OSS
In order for OSS to win the
championship, they would
have to beat MDG twice.
OSS fought off elimination
by beating MDG with a score
of 22-10 in the first game
Tuesday night. With both
teams having one loss, the
winner ofthe next game would
become base champions.
In game two, OSS was able
to get out to an early lead of
10-0, but with their backs
against wall, MDG scored
on a long touchdown pass by
James Casper to cut the lead
to 10-7 OSS.
Early in the second half,
MDG took a big gamble-
going for it on fourth down
around mid-field. As OSS
seemed to have the play
covered, MDG's Richard
found a way to keep the drive
alive by taking the pitch for
a long first-down run. This
conversion proved to be
crucial as MDG scored to be
After a couple of punts from
each team, OSS finally got the
ball back with two minutes
left in the game. Quarterback
Travis Thurmond and OSS
moved the ball efficiently
Photo by Airman st UlassAnthony J Hyatt
The 325th Medical Group flag football team cel-
ebrates after beating the 325th Operations Sup-
port Squadron Tuesday night to become Tyndall Air
Force Base's 2007 intramural champions. As the last
seeded team in the playoffs, the 325th MDG proved
that any team can be beaten on any given night.
down the field while the clock
With 28 seconds left in the
game and OSS inside MDG's
10-yard line, MDG's Darius
Cook sealed the deal, picking
off Thurmond's pass.
MDG was able to close the
game out 14-10, becoming
Tyndall's 2007 intramural
flag football champions.
* From RAO Page 1
Mr. Peters has been a
volunteer for the RAO for
approximately six months
and states the importance
of receiving more help.
"You can make a
difference," said Mr.
Peters. "You can be proud
to tell your friends, that
you, as a retiree, are 'still
The Civil Service Retiree
Activities Office is open
every Tuesday, except
holidays, from noon 4
p.m. The RAO is open
9 a.m. noon Monday
For more information on
either organization, please
contact the new offices
at the BX, 283-8660, or
the main office located at
the 325th Fighter Wing
325th Medical Group
The 325th Medical Group personnel have created a questions and answers forum for Tyndall Air Force Base personnel to seek medical
advice outside of active duty sick-call and scheduled appointments. The information is provided by Tyndall AFB's medical staff every
two weeks. Individuals who have serious medical questions or concerns are encouraged to seek medical attention by dialing 911 during
emergency situations, or the appointment line at 283-2778.
QUESTION: Though everyone looks forward to the holidays, this season tends to be a lot more stressful for me and my family. I've
thought about seeking counseling because I've noticed that I sleep less and am more irritable with my family and friends. I'm nervous
about counseling because I don't want it to affect my spouse's military career. How can I get help and maintain my family's privacy?
RESPONSE (Provided by: Capt. Sundonia Wonnum, 325th Medical Operations Squadron Behavioral Health consultant): These are
common concerns during the holiday season. Though we perceive the holidays as a festive time, demands on time, family, and resources
increase. This can inherently make the holidays seem more stressful than exciting at times. Many people report changes in sleep, appetite,
concentration, and personal relationships. Tyndall's Mental Health Clinic offers short-term counseling, classes, and consultation services
for individuals and families of active duty members and retirees on a space-available basis. There are providers there than can assist you
and your family while maintaining your confidentiality. Limits of confidentiality will be discussed at your first session, so all of your
concerns can be addressed before disclosure. In addition, your Primary Care Provider can give you a referral to see the Behavioral Health
Consultant in your primary care clinic. Whichever you choose, your decision to seek services before the stress increases and negatively
impacts your family will far outweigh any potential impact mental health treatment has on your sponsor's military career. Actually, only
approximately 5 percent of those involved in mental health treatment experience a negative impact on their military career.
Dec. 3, 2007