Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Dec. 10, 2007
Firebee takes its final flight and mission
The 325th Communica-
tions Squadron servicemem-
bers are hosting a Christmas
tree sale through Dec. 16
adjacent to the visitors center
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 are $3 per person, on
sale at building 1125 until noon
today. Children two years old
and younger will be admitted
A cookie drive collection is
7-9 a.m. today at the docking
bay behind the commissary.
Approximately 500 dozen
homemade cookies for
Tyndall's dormitory Airmen
are needed for the event. For
more information, send an
ROA Holiday Hrs.
The Tyndall Air Force
Base Retiree Activities Of-
fice, located at the 325th
Fighter Wing building and
Satelite Pharmacy, will
be closed for the holiday
season Dec. 24 through
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS ANTHONY HYATT
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The 82nd Aerial Targets Squadron
planned to launch the BQM-34P
"Firebee" sub-scale aerial target
drones final mission Dec. 5 at the
82nd ATRS Launch Facility.
Due to a ground abort, the Firebees
last flight was postponed to Dec.
12. The ground abort was caused
by consecutive engine roll-backs;
the engine shut down twice and was
unable to restart, said Maj. Kevin
Brackin, 82nd ATRS Sub-Scale
Aerial Target Flight commander.
This specific drone has carried the
load for air-to-air engagements at
the 82nd ATRS and will be officially
replaced with the Air Force Follow-
On Sub-Scale Aerial Target BQM-
"The BQM-34P arrived at Tyndall
Air Force Base in 1958," said Maj.
Ronald Miller, 82nd ATRS operations
officer. "It has logged more than
1500 hours flown."
With speeds that reach 0.96 mach,
the Firebee has been the most capable
and reliable high performance aerial
target system according to Major
"The primary mission is to simulate
tactical threats by enemy aircraft
and missiles for defense readiness
training, air-to-air combat training
and the development and evaluation
of weapons systems," said Major
"The BQM-34 is like a 1970's
Civic, while the BQM-167 is like a
2007 Civic," said Major Brackin.
The "Skeeter" is constructed mainly
of carbon fiber composites, which
makes the airframe significantly
lighter than the similar-sized Firebee,
therefore significantly increasing the
range for a given payload weight,
The BQM-34P, Firebee, launches for it's last flight Dec. 5 at the
82nd Aerial Target Squadron. Weighing more than 2,000 pounds
and with a wingspan of approximately 13 feet, the Firebee can
reach speeds upto mach 0.97.
according to Major Brackin.
Not a well-known squadron by
many, the 82nd ATRS falls under
the 53rd Weapons Evaluation
Group here. The mission of the
82nd is to ensure safe, effective
and efficient contractor-provided
aerial targets support for DoD
weapons test and evaluation
programs. It also assures the
war fighter receives the best in
combat capability; providing Air
Combat Command with unique
expertise for the thorough testing
and integration of fighter avionics/
weapons and electronic warfare
throughout the testing process and
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General Looney: Beat the GTC "Holiday Spike"
COURTESY OF AIR EDUCA-
TION AND TRAINING
COMMAND PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Once again the holiday
season is here bringing
with it joy, celebration and a
renewed emphasis on reducing
Government Travel Card
In 2006, Air Education and
Training Command broke
the historic trend of higher
than normal GTC delinquent
payment rates during the
holiday season a trend known
as the "Holiday Spike." This
first-ever achievement paved
the way for a 15-month trend of
AETC maintaining the lowest
GTC delinquency rates in the
General William R. Looney
III, AETC commander, is
once again challenging his
commanders to repeat last
year's superb performance.
"Our goal during this holiday
season is to keep GTC rates
below the two percent Air
Force standard," said General
Looney. "This translates into
fewer financial woes for our
Airmen, which enables them
to better focus on their families
and our mission."
There is no magic formula
to achieving that goal, said
Maj. Virgil Garrett, AETC
chief of financial services.
"Cardholders and program
coordinators simply need to
ensure the card is only used for
authorized charges," said Major
Garrett. "Then, travelers must
pay their GTC bill in full when
Some simple reminders can
help avoid delinquentpayments
or inappropriate GTC use.
'The GTC may only be used
while in a TDY/PCS status
and only for travel-related
expenses (i.e., airfare, rental
vehicles, lodging and meals),"
said Major Garrett. "Guidance
also calls for using the split-
disbursement feature when
filing travel vouchers for all
"Additionally, all outstanding
balances must be paid by the
due date on the billing statement
from Bank ofAmerica (BoA),"
said the major. "Many agency
program coordinators begin
contacting Airmen and their
commanders about outstanding
charges at the 30-day point
to ensure they do not become
delinquent being proactive
yields great results."
It's relatively simple to avoid
trouble with the GTC if it is
used properly and members
pay the bill on time.
'I'm confidentwe'll continue
leading the Air Force as we beat
the 'Holiday Spike' again this
year," said General Looney.
In memory: Mr. Gary Lynn Black
COURTESY OF TYNDALL AIR
FORCE BASE PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Mr. Gary Black, 83rd Fighter
Weapons Squadron computer
engineer, passed away Dec. 4.
Mr. Black was born in Chat-
tanooga, Tenn. in May 1952. He
earned an electrical engineering
degree at the University ofTen-
nessee. Prior to serving at Tyn-
dall Air Force Base, Mr. Black
worked for the Tennessee Val-
ley Authority at the Sequoyah
Mr. Black and his family
moved to Lynn Haven, Fla. 19
years ago when he started his
new career here.
Mr. Black received his 30-
year civil service pin in April
and has been a part of Team
Tyndall for 18 years.
The Regions Bank of Lynn
Haven has an account in the
Black Family name for memo-
rial contributions or donations
to help with funeral arrange-
Commentary: Sacrifice defines our greatest moments
BY MAJ. GEN. HANK MORROW
1ST AIR FORCE COMMANDER
Sixty-six years ago this month,
America suffered a well-executed
assault on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. We
lost more than 2,300 Americans in
one day men, women and children.
Over the following five years, more
than 400,000 Americans died fighting
in World War II.
Six years ago this last September,
nearly 3,000 Americans died at the
hands of terrorists. Since then, the
United States has lost nearly 3,900 of
its warriors, fighting to eliminate evil
and protect freedom.
We salute those lost, hold sacred
the tragic days and remember the
dark events carved into the stock
of our national history. But it is
the sacrifice that best frames, best
defines, the greatest moments in
The sudden shock of an attack
at home, and the realization of
so much loss, so soon, is always
hard to comprehend. We so value
our freedom, and so respect the
tolerance of it's many faces, that we
view diversity as core to being an
American. So when we suffer loss,
we view the tragedy and mourn the
passing in many, many different
But this country understands
sacrifice as a whole.
The loss of a sergeant from San
Antonio; an Airman from Bangor; a
Marine from San Jose or a Seaman
from Hampton Roads, is the loss of
an American and a sacrifice made
in the name of us all. No matter the
political perspective, religious values,
social class or education level, that
loss is one we bear together. That
sacrifice is an American making the
ultimate sacrifice for America.
We have always known that
freedom wears many different faces
in this nation. We see them in our
communities, our country and
overseas. Some wear uniforms,
but not all. We recognize them as
neighbors, husbands and wives,
fathers and mothers, and in the faces
of our children.
When we fight we bring our
cultures, our precious values, and our
many faces to bear on the enemy. That
diversity, and our common respect
for it, brings a unique flexibility to
We are always strongest in our
diversity. This is something a
terrorist will never understand, and
our enemies will never overcome. In
sacrifice, we are always one people.
Because of sacrifice we have
destroyed evil in Europe, put down
imperialism inAsia, toppled a dictator
in Iraq, and ended a repressive
regime in Afghanistan. Because of
our willingness to sacrifice today, we
maintain freedom at home and give
promise and hope to our citizens, and
citizens of the world, when disasters
During this holiday season,
remember those who have sacrificed,
and continue to sacrifice, forthis great
nation. Know that I appreciate and
value the contributions you make for
the mission and America. More than
that know that Americans from all
cultures and walks of life understand
and appreciate what you do for them.
It is our greatest strength and best
hope for the future.
As we wrap up this year
of achievement with holiday
celebrations, let's set the tone for a
safe 2008. If you drink, don't drive!
Neither your family nor your country
can afford to lose you. My family
and I wish you a prosperous 2008.
Make it a safe one.
325th OSS prepares to fly under a bigger sail
STAFF SGT. VESTA M. ANDERSON
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Tyndall Air Force Base achieved
a major milestone in air dominance
when a 140-foot crane hoisted the
new Digital Airport Surveillance
Radar Antenna to its home on top
of a new 75-foot tower.
The DASR antenna, referred to
as a "sail" by radar technicians,
will update air traffic control and
radar approach's aging AN/GPN-
20 analog radar system, said Tech.
Sgt. Scot Myers, 325th Operations
Support Squadron air traffic
control training NCO in charge.
The upgrade began in January
with renovations to the floor
support at the Radar Approach
Control building. By mid-summer,
the construction on the new radar
tower began and the antenna was
erected in October, said Sergeant
"Late January we are looking to
start running with some of our new
capabilities," said Sergeant Myers.
The DASR system will provide
Tyndall's ATC and RAPCON
controllers with airport-terminal
area primary surveillance coverage
to 60 nautical miles and secondary
surveillance coverage to 120 nautical
miles, said Mr. Jim Smith, 325th
Communications Squadron Plans and
Implementation Flight commander.
"The radar's digital processing
provides greatly improved target and
weather processing to support the
improved performance associated
with the deployment of the Standard
Terminal Automation Replacement
System," said Mr. Smith.
The increased reliability of the
radar's weather capability is a highly-
anticipated addition to RAPCON.
"By June of 2008, we will have
the weather detection capability,"
explained Sergeant Myers. "The old
system allows us to see the outline
of weather but not its intensity," the
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Photo provided by 325th Communications Squadron
The 10,000-pound Digital Surveillance RadarAntenna, referred
to as a "sail" by radar technicians, is located at the east end of
taxiway B and will replace the aging analog radar system.
GMH brings together servicemembers, families
STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY R. CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC
The GMH military housing staff
is providing a drop-off point for
donated cell phones and accessories
for the "Cell Phones for Soldiers
According to the charity's Web
site, "Cell Phones for Soldiers
hopes to turn old cell phones into
more than 12 million minutes of
prepaid calling cards for U.S. troops
stationed overseas in 2007. To do
so, Cell Phones for Soldiers expect
to collect 15,000 cell phones each
month through a network of more
than 3,000 collection sites across
The charity was started by then 12
and 13-year-old brother and sister
Brittany and Robbie Bergquist of
Norwell, Mass. in 2004 to help U.S.
servicemembers call home while
overseas without having to worry
about large bills.
The program turns the donated
phones and turns them over to a
company that pays them for each one,
and provides more than one hour of
talk time for the servicemembers.
The GMH office is accepting
donations at their office through Jan.
25 and is reinstituting pick-up after
"You can also bring in calling cards
for donation," said Nakisha Hughley,
GMH resident specialist and outreach
coordinator. "We take the donations
and ship them directly to the program.
We're simply a collection site."
This is GMH's first year participating
in the program.
"Every GMH office across the nation
is using their leasing office as a drop-
off point," Ms. Hughley said. "The
whole point is to get servicemembers
connected with their families during
the holidays. This is just another way
for us to say we appreciate you."
The drop-off box is available in the
GMH office; building 747, during
office hours, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
"This is a very admirable program
Photo by Staff Sgt Timothy R Capling
Nakisha Hughley, GMH military housing office resident spe-
cialist, holds up the donation box for the, "Cell Phones For
Soldiers," charity, the GMH office will have the box available
for collections through Jan. 25.
where people aren't just looking for
money," Ms. Hughley said. "Our
troops are really benefiting from this.
There's no better morale booster
than being able to call home for the
For more information or to make
a donation, call Ms. Hughley at 286-
1700 or visit the Web site at http://
Dec. 10, 2007
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Senior Airman Bret Savitski
Senior Airman Bret Savitski, 325th Contracting
Squadron contract specialist, observes headlight
installation on a government vehicle performed by
an AFRL contractor employee.
Senior Airman Savitski was awarded a $3.6 million
contract for 1,086 rugged notebooks and negotiated
no-cost replacement units when notified of program-
ming problems. His actions saved the government
more than 1,000 manhours in repairs, 125 days of
computer down time, and $65,000 in repair cost.
Duty title: Contract Specialist
Hometown: Seminole, Fla.
Time on station: Eight months
Time in service: Four years
Hobbies: Scuba diving.
Goals: Masters Degree.
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: Being
close to the water.
Favorite movie: Any 'Bourne' movie
Favorite book: Bible
Pet Peeves: None.
Proudest moment in the military: Getting a
line number for staff sergeant.
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive
a certificate, letter from the commander and a
now for order
COURTESY OF 325TH PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Orders must be placed now for Tyndall
Air Force Base's Newcomers Guide and
Telephone Directory 2008 edition, available
These base guides contain a full profile
and history of the base and all associate
units. Also, a complete list of phone
numbers for Tyndall AFB, as well as base
and community maps. The guide also
contains profiles of some local businesses
supporting the bases' mission along with
a Tricare/ United Concordia medical
The guides are free to all base personnel,
dependents, civil service and retirees.
To place an order that will be delivered
at no cost, please visit http://www.united-
publishers.com/books. Fill outyour contact
information, select "Tyndall guide" in the
scroll-down menu and select the number of
copies needed in your unit.
Photos by Ms Lisa C Norman
Left: Mr. James Weable, 325th Maintenance Squadron Defense Supprt Services bleed technician, performs a florescent penetrant in-
spection to ensure there are no cacks in the canopy rail.
Right: Airman 1st Class Blake Brewer, 325th Maintenance Squadron, performs aircraft structural maintenance applying corro-
sive paint stripper to the F-15 canopy rail. Tyndall Air Force Base maintainers worked through the Dec. 1 weekend to initi-
ate the inspection on the F-15 fleet, here.
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Country singer Daniel Smith is scheduled
to perform at the The Zone, 7:30 p.m. Dec.
14. Mr. Smith earned high praise for his
song, "I'm Going Home," from his debut
album, "American Made." Get advanced
tickets only at The Club, Pizza Pub, Com-
munity Center and Library for $5.
First wave will depart from
Bldg. 662 (Wing HQ)
Bldg. 1281 (ACS)
CACAnnex (Enlisted Club)
Last bus arrive at Hangar 1
Buses will depart Hangar 1
(or concluding CC call)
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sergeant said. "If we want to know the intensity,
we call Eglin AFB. They are equipped with the
new radar, but once we are running on the DASR,
we will have that capability ourselves."
The new radar also allows RAPCON to feed
off other ATC agencies' radar surveillance during
RAPCON blackouts, explained Sergeant Myers.
The STARS terminal-control workstations,
referred to as scopes, have a dual capability to be
used for live control or simulation.
"The most exciting gain with the STARS is
realistic training scenarios," said Chief Master
Sgt. Bruce Ash, 325th OSS radar approach chief
controller. "The simulators utilized match the
equipment the controllers use on a daily basis."
Controllers will now have the ability to build
scenarios to meet training objectives, explained
Chief Ash. These scenarios can be manipulated
to accommodate procedural changes or new
This new ability maximizes training capabilities,
said Chief Ash.
Raytheon Corporation is currently installing
both systems and started controller training last
month, said Mr. Smith, and the overall project
management is provided by the 325th CS Plans
and Implementation Flight. Photo provided by 325th Communications Squadron
"The initial operational capability for STARS is A 140-foot, 175-ton capacity crane placed
February 2008, with DASR commissioning slated the DASR atop the new tower on Oct. 24.
for September 2008," said Mr. Smith.
Tyndall Tigers defeat Commandos
COURTESY OF TYNDALL
The Tyndall Air Force
Base Tigers men's
varsity basketball team
completed the first half
of their conference
schedule by defeating
the visiting Hurlburt
Field Commandos, the
champs, 101-89 in
The Tigers quickly
opened up a double-
digit lead, which they
the opening stanza,
behind the hot shooting
of Melvin Smith and
Anthony Showers who
scored 12 and 10 points
respectively to pace the
Tigers to a 49-39 lead at
the half. In the second
half, Tyndall's lead
increased to as many
as 22 points, before
Hulburt made a late run
to trim the final margin
to 12 points. The
victory raised Tyndall's
record to 5-1 and moved
the Tigers back into a
first place tie with Eglin
paced the Tigers in
scoring with a game
high 28 points in his final
game as a Tyndall Tiger,
followed by Melvin
Smith with 20, Jared
Austin with 12, Marqus
Armour with 11, and
Antonio Bazemore and
Marcelle Mosley added
10 points each; Showers
also led in assists with
six, and Bazemore and
Frank Vega tied for
rebounding honors with
10 each. Jamaar Major
led Hurlburt in scoring
with 27 points.
The Tigers and Lady
Tigers will host the
teams from Moody AFB
on Dec. 8. The game
times are: 1:00 p.m.
for the women's team
and 3:00 p.m for the
men's team. For more
information contact the
Fitness Center at 283-
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