Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Dec. 21, 2007
Three NCOs STEP to next level
Dec. 24: Open 9 a.m. 3 p.m.
Dec. 25: Closed
Dec. 31: Open 9 a.m. 6 p.m.
Jan. 1: closed
The Oasis Snack Bar
has temporarily moved
to the Checkers Lounge
at the Collocated Club.
Breakfast hours are 6:30-
10 a.m. lunch hours are
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The Armed Services
Blood drive is 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Jan. 9 at the Community
Activity Center. For more
information, call 2nd Lt.
Caitlin Harris at 283-8622.
Visit the 325th Medical
Group immunizations clinic
for a flu shot. Clinic hours
are 7:30 a.m- 4 p.m. Monday
through Friday. For more
information, call 283-7495.
The Retiree Activities
Offices are closed Dec. 24
The quarterly RAO meet-
ing is at 10 a.m. Jan. 8,
located at bldg. 662, 325th
MSS conference room. All
and their spouses are invited
to attend. For more infor-
mation, contact the RAO at
STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Two Tyndall Air Force Base
staff sergeants and one technical
sergeant received an early holiday
surprise Monday morning in the
form of hand-delivered promotions
from Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters, 325th
Fighter Wing commander, and Chief
Master Sgt. Benjamin Van Vleet,
325th FW command chief master
The newly promoted sergeants
are: Tech. Sgt. Devin Wright, 325th
Services Squadron unit deployment
manager and NCO in charge of
mortuary affairs; Master Sgt. Jamell
Jenkins, 325th Security Forces
Squadron NCO in charge of instal-
lation and physical security; and
Tech. Sgt. Antenney Hemingway,
325th Air Control Squadron NCO
in charge of supply.
The sergeants were selected for
their promotions under the Air
Force's Stripes for Exceptional
Performers program. The STEP
program allows wing commanders
to conduct on-the-spot promotions
for exceptional Airmen.
Under the standard Weighted
Airmen Promotion System, promo-
tees are measured against all other
eligible individuals and if selected,
can wait up to 12 months before they
officially wear the rank. With the
STEP program, the selected assume
the new rank immediately.
None of the sergeants promoted
Monday had any foresight that they
were about to be promoted.
"I knew something was up yester-
day when my wife walked in after
the general," Sergeant Wright said.
"She doesn't usually come to my
office like that."
Sergeant Wright was nominated
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Tech. Sgt. Devin Wright, 325th Services Squadron unit deploy-
ment manager and NCO in charge of mortuary affairs, gets pinned
on by Lt. Col. Michael Lamb, 325th SVS commander, and Chief
Master Sgt. Benjamin Van Vleet, 325th Fighter Wing command
by Lt. Col. Michael Lamb, 325th
SVS commander. His flawless en-
listed performance reports, dedica-
tion, attention to detail and maturity
led to his nomination.
In 2004, his skill and knowledge
earned the services squadron the dis-
tinction as Best Services Readiness
Program, Colonel Lamb said.
Maj. Paul Quigley, 325th SFS
commander, nominated Sergeant
Jenkins for his deployed and home-
base leadership skills, leading nine
junior NCOs responsible for physi-
cal and administrative security, and
Sergeant Jenkins was told he was
being recognized by General Wolt-
ers for his recent win of a major
command level award.
"I had no idea I was about to get
promoted," Sergeant Jenkins said.
"I never thought this would happen
to me. This accomplishment wasn't
mine alone. I had outstanding
troops, leadership and mentors that
helped me along in my career."
Sergeant Hemingway was also
caught off-guard when approached
by General Wolters for his promo-
"I couldn't believe it," he said.
"I was totally surprised. The whole
day after that was surreal. I woke
up Dec. 17 and I was a staff sergeant.
I woke up this morning a technical
sergeant. That was unbelievable."
Lt. Col. Theodore Davis, 325th
ACS commander, nominated Ser-
geant Hemingway for winning the
2006 325th FW Supply NCO of
the Year award, winning the 2006
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95th FS takes time away from F-15s; moves to bikes
AiRMAN 1ST CLASS ANTHONY HYATT
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The 95th Fighter Squadron, notably
known for flying F-15 s, took a different
course Monday night.
More than 30 volunteers from the
95th FS went to the Lighthouse Marina
and Boatyard Restaurant in Panama
City Beach Dec. 17 to participate in
Ardry's Bikes for Tykes, a program to
acquire Christmas bicycles for disad-
"Although we are bummed about
our airplanes being grounded, the
95th was happy to come out and help
underprivileged kids this Christmas,"
said Maj. Jeffrey Ward, 95th FS Direc-
tor of Operations Flight C commander.
"Our circumstances gave us a unique
opportunity to put our efforts into di-
rectly assisting an organization that is
focused on making Christmas Better
for some deserving kids."
This is the second year for the pro-
gram and the second volunteer year for
Team Tyndall. In 2006, approximately
260 bikes were given out. This year,
more than 480 bikes were given.
The bikes were given to children
whose names were provided by school
guidance counselors, military, Salva-
tion Army, foster care and boys and
"You get a great sense of pride giv-
ing back to the community," said Maj.
Andre Maugeri, 325th Operations
Group instructor pilot and volunteer.
"It's the season of giving."
Money was raised through private
donations and from the Hombre Golf
Courses' golf tournament earlier this
Airman 1st lass Anthony J Hyatt
"Just fewer than 500 bikes were
transported, assembled, organized and
presented to grateful families by these
remarkable men," said Lisa Dallas of
Ardry's Bikes for Tykes.
As hundreds of bikes were trans-
ported from the local Wal-Mart to the
Lighthouse Marina, a competition
between the pilots was made.
"Since we pilots are naturally com-
petitive, it would only be fitting to see
who can build the bikes the fastest,"
said Lt. Col. Kevin Huyck, 95th FS
After a majority of the bikes were
made, parents started to line up to
retrieve their bikes.
As parents signed in, their card was
given to the runner, played by the 95th
FS volunteers. The runners took the
card to the Lighthouse, found the bike
that corresponded with the card and
handed it over to the parents.
"This Christmas nearly 500 kids
will be surprised with a bike thanks to
the help of a small group of commu-
nity volunteers and the assistance of
the 95th Fighter Squadron," said Ms.
Dallas. "These few men gave hours of
their time, braving the winter elements,
and did so with amazing compassion
Deployed Airmen families celebrate the holidays together
STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The Tyndall Air Force Base Airmen and Family Readi-
ness Centerhosted a "Hearts Apart" holiday party Dec. 13
for family members of deployed servicemembers.
The evening consisted of a pizza dinner, holiday craft
making and gifts donated by the Florida National Guard
Family Readiness Center for the attending children.
'We had great tumout with more than 45 people," said
Master Sgt. Kat Mygan, 325th Mission Support Squadron
family readiness manager and party coordinator. '"This is
the first year we've held this party, but we're looking to
make it an annual event."
Cathy Vaden, wife of deployed Master Sgt. Robert
Vaden, Airey NCO Academy instructor, attended the party
with their four children.
"It's been comforting to be around people in the same
situation as we're in," Mrs. Vaden said. "It's been great for 4
the kids to get to meet other children with parents who are -LA ""
deployed. Plus, it was one less dinner I had to cook!"
The focus of the party was to show support to the fami-
lies while their loved ones are away.
'We want to make sure we don't forget the people who Staff Sgt Timothy Capling
areleftbehind,"SergeantMygansaid. isourwayof Lt. Col. Rita Uribe, 325th Fighter Wing assistant staff judge advocate, eats din-
are left behind," Sergeant Mygan said. 'This is our way of
reachingouttothesefamiliesduringtheholidayswhenthe ner with her daughter Katie at the "Hearts Apart" holiday party at the Airmen and
absence ofa loved one is felt evenmorethanusual. We Family Readiness Center Dec. 13. Colonel Uribe's husband, Lt. Col. Andy Uribe,
Air Forces Northern chief standardization evaluation, is currently deployed as
want to let them know they have an Air Force family."
the 332nd Expeditonary Operations Group deputy commander.
Dec. 21, 2007
BRIG. GEN. TOD WOLTERS
325TH FIGHTER WING COMMANDER
As we close 2007, we look forward
to what 2008 will bring! I'd like each
of you to stop and take the time to
enjoy this holiday season.
Please reflect on the past year
and re-examine your challenges and
successes... this will help us grow
as Airmen. Our current challenge
remains getting our F-15s off the
ramp and back in the air. Although
we're standing by, ready to launch
with a maintenance "press", we have
to remember we are standing down
to ensure the safety of our greatest
commodity our people. Despite
this setback, our successes have been
We deployed nearly 400 Airmen to
more than 30 locations with minimum
discrepancies; we executed our flying-
hour program, meeting 100 percent
of our scheduled hours in Fiscal Year
2006; our 43d Fighter Squadron met
a significant milestone when it flew
the 5,000th hour in the F-22 Raptor;
we successfully showcased our base
and mission to Air Education and
Training Command commanders
and the community when we hosted
the AETC Commanders' Conference
and our annual Gulf Coast Salute
back-to-back; and the wing took the
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
for FY06. These are just a few of
our accomplishments space doesn't
permit me to list the many AETC
and Air Force-level awards our folks
have taken, but they are abundant.
My sincere appreciation for making
the 325th Fighter Wing shine job
I ask that you also take time to re-
member those who are serving abroad
and the families they've left behind,
because that's what being part of the
Air Force family means. Currently,
we have more than 150 Tyndall Air-
men deployed around the world and
many of them have families back here
in Panama City. Whether they belong
to your squadron or are your next
door neighbor, I ask you to reach out
to these families and make sure they
have what they need over the holi-
days. Invite them to join you and your
family for a holiday meal, take them a
holiday treat orjust pick up the phone
and let them know you care.
Also, take time to serve your
community. There is no place more
supportive of our men and women in
uniform than Bay County. Try to get
out there and give back. Many of you
have already done so by volunteering
at the annual Golden Age Christmas
Party for local veterans and seniors,
building homes for Habitat for Hu-
manity and building bicycles for
Bikes for Tykes. I can assure you that
no good deed goes unnoticed and our
community leaders never shy away
from an opportunity to tell me how
much they appreciate what you do for
them and for our community.
Since many of you will be hitting
the highways over the holiday season,
take time to plan accordingly and
arrive safely. I know I don't have
to preach to you that seatbelts save
lives, and driving under the influ-
ence or while fatigued will put you
in harms way. Use risk management
and common sense when you set
out on the roadways. Your friends
and family would rather spend a few
less hours with you than never spend
another holiday together because you
pushed too hard or failed to wear your
Take time to share laughter and
love with your friends and family,
because they are who matter most.
One day you will leave this wonder-
ful Air Force. Although you'll have
many fond memories and perhaps a
great resume to take with you, it's
the people who have shared in this
experience that will remain a constant
in your life. Make sure you let them
know how much you appreciate them
and how much we appreciate their
support of you.
Lastly, I want you to take time for
yourself. Relax, refresh and come
back to work ready to take on what
challenges lie ahead for next year with
vigor and enthusiasm. You are what
makes this great Air Force what it is
today and what it will be for years to
Charlene and I wish you the safest
and happiest of holidays, filled with
joy, many blessings and most impor-
tantly, precious quality time.
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Maintenance Squadron Staff Professional
of the Year award, managing a $25 million
warehouse while deployed and obtaining a
100 percent quality assurance pass rate for
All three sergeants are looking forward to
the pay raise that comes with promotion.
"I just plan to save up with the extra
money," Sergeant Jenkins said.
Sergeant Wright, a new father, said he
plans to spend his pay increase on his baby
"The extra money will come in handy for
newborn diapers. I also plan to get a few
extra Christmas presents for my daughter
and a little something extra for my wife,"
Sergeant Hemingway also said he plans
to spread some holiday cheer with his new
"I'll make sure my niece has an extra spe-
cial third Christmas," he said.
Daniel Smith, coun-
try-music artist, vis-
ited Tyndall Air Force
Base Dec. 14 to per-
form some of his
songs during a com-
mander's call at Han-
gar One. Smith is the
singer of "Thank You,"
a song dedicated to
the men and women
of the United States
military, and the hit
single "What you see
is what you get." He
also performed a cou-
ple of his songs at the
Collocated Club Fri-
rage j Wetb Defender Dec. 21, 2007
Where we've been, where we're going
Tyndall Air Force Base angels give to angels
STAFF SGT. VESTA ANDERSON
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC
This holiday season, as
many families prepare their
homes with attractive decora-
tions, the 325th Fighter Wing
Chapel Two set up their own
decoration the "Angel Tree,"
standing in a corner with
white lights blanketing its
limbs. Instead of glass balls
of brilliant colors, chapel
assistants decorated the tree
with a brilliance of another
"The purpose of the tree
is to get gifts out to under-
privileged families at Tyndall
Air Force Base," said Senior
Airman Wesley Sutton, 325th
FW chaplain's assistant.
Team Tyndall has been
picking angels from the tree
annually. Once they make
their selection of a green or
pink angel displaying chil-
dren's age, they return with a
wrapped Christmas gift based
on the angel's age.
Families are selected by
squadron first sergeants who,
because of their close knowl-
edge of the families they
watch over, select airmen who
may need a helping hand dur-
ing the holidays.
"There's excellent com-
munication between spon-
sors, supervisors, superin-
tendents, (first sergeants)
and commanders to deter-
mine who should be on the
list," said Master Sgt. Travis
Fritts, 325th Mission Support
Squadron career advisor.
"It really does show how
much of a family we are in
the Air Force," said Sergeant
Fritts. "Despite gas costing $3
a gallon and house payments
going up, people are still will-
ing to look out for children
they've never met."
The families on the list
"The angel tree really
helps my son have a better
Christmas," said Senior Air-
man Eva Pena, 325th Air
Control Squadron weapons
technician, "especially since
I am a single parent and can't
afford to buy him a lot of the
toys he wants."
This year, gift giving has
extended beyond the pro-
gram's normal contributors.
"There are 136 families
who have been selected for
the angel list," said Staff
Sgt. Sean Finley, 325th FW
chaplain's assistant. "The
(base exchange) contributed
50 gifts for the children," said
The number of children
varies in each family; how-
ever, all children will receive
a present, explained Airman
"I appreciate the fact that
my child is remembered dur-
ing the holidays by people
who don't even know him,"
said Airman Pena. "It helps
me remember what Christmas
is all about. I love to see his
face light up when he gets
The chapel continues to be
phenomenal with the Angel
Tree program, explains Ser-
geant Fritts, and it can be said
that 136 Team Tyndall mem-
bers and 136 Team Tyndall
"Nothing brings a quicker
smile to a parent than hearing
a child's squeal of delight
on Christmas morning when
the gift-wrap starts flying,"
said Sergeant Fritts. "Those
are memories that last a life-
Staff Sgt Vesta Anderson
The 325th Fighter Wing
Chapel Two Christmas
tree bares its last angel.
All angels were suc-
cessfully picked from
the tree by Dec. 10.
Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Polser, 325th Comptroller
Squadron customer service technician, explains
travel entitlements to an Airman.
Airman Polser assisted with inprocessing more than
400 personnel and processed more than 200 travel
vouchers with a 98 percent accuracy rate. He also as-
sisted with more than 5,000 walk-in customers since
Hometown: McKinney, Texas
Time on station: Eleven months
Time in service: Six months
Hobbies: Spending time with friends,
going to concerts and working out
Goals: To do more volunteer work
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
Close proximity to beaches
Favorite movie: The Bourne Trilogy
Favorite book: The BFG by Roald
Pet Peeves: Not staying true to your
word and lack of consideration for oth-
Proudest moment in the military:
Graduating basic military training as an
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 Tricare/ United Concordia medical
The guides are free to all base personnel,
dependents and retirees.
To place an order that will be delivered at
no cost, visit http://www.united-publishers.
com/books. Fill out your contact
information, select "Tyndall guide" in the
scroll-down menu and select the number of
copies needed in your unit.
Airman 1st Class Jeffrey D. Polser
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Dec. 21, 2007
Tigers win streak continues
(COURTESY OF TYNDALL TIGERS)
The Tyndall Tigers
men's varsity basketball
team (6-1) traveled to
Eglin Air Force Base
Saturday to face the
Eglin Eagles (6-1) in
action with first place
on the line going into
the holiday break.
The two teams played
close throughout the
first half until Tyndall
on three consecutive
possessions, which the
Eagles turned into a 10-
point lead. The Tigers
came roaring back to
cut their deficit to two
points on a three-point
bucket by Chris Walker
as the half time buzzer
In the second half, the
score remained close
throughout until the
Tigers extended their
with eight minutes
remaining in the
contest, forcing Eglin
to commit consecutive
Armour, got hot and
scored eight points in a
row to take the Tigers
to a 10-point lead.
The Tigers connected
on clutch free throws
down the stretch, led
by guard Melvin Smith,
who connected on six
free throws in the last
minute of the contest
to seal the win.
The Tigers pulled out
a 98-82 victory.
Chris Walker paced
the Tigers in scoring
with a game- and
season-high 21 points,
followed by Melvin
Smith and Marqus
Armour with 18 points
each. Armour and
Antonio Bazemore led
in rebounding with 14
and 11 respectively.
Bazemore also led
in assists with six.
Rasheem Ramsey led
the defensive effort
with five steals. Eglin's
Stanton Simmons paced
the Eagles in scoring
with 20 points.
With the their hard-
fought victory, the
Tiger's record improved
to 7-1, as they moved a
full game ahead of the
and two games ahead
of third-place Hurlburt
Field. The Tigers will
break for the holiday
season and return to
the hardwood on Jan.
5 when they travel to
Fort Benning, Ga. to
play the Bandits.
2007 Tyndall Intramural
Dec. 18, 2007
5:30 p.m. 601stAOC-44 53rd WEG-49
6:30 p.m. MSS-33 OSS-49
7:30 p.m. AMXS1-40 MXS-60
Dec. 19, 2007
5:30 p.m. MXS-53 COMM-43
6:30 p.m. SVS-55 CES-42
Dec. 20, 2007
5:30 p.m. AMXS1-54 ACS-37
6:30 p.m. AFCESA-35 MSS-34
7:30 p.m. OSS-39 SFS-24
Lady Tigers stay perfect
(COURTESY OF LADY TIGERS)
The Tyndall Lady Tigers
improved their record
to 6-0 for the season as
they defeated the Lady
Eagles of Eglin Air Force
Base by a score of 88-66
in Southeastern Military
action this past Saturday.
The two squads traded
the first half as Eglin
connected on four three-
point baskets to combat
Lady Tigers Tiffanie
Guthrie's 16 first-half
points. Tyndall took a
slim two-point lead, 36-
34, into the intermission.
In the second half, the
Lady Tigers steadily took
control of the contest
as they wore down the
smaller Eglin squad and
scored numerous points
in transition. The Lady
Tigers lead increased to as
many as 26 points before
they went into their "delay
Guthrie led the Lady
Tigers in double figure
scoring with a game high
30 points, followed by
Richere Harrison's 17.
MonicaMason and Mariela
Miles added 16 points
each. Guthrie and Sandra
Williams led the team in
rebounding with 14 and 10
respectively. Guthrie also
added six steals. Demeika
McCelendon paced Eglin
in scoring with 17 points.
The Lady Tigers take
their unblemished record
into the holiday break.
They will return to the
hardwood on Jan. 5, as
they travel to Ft. Benning
to face the Lady Bandits.
Dec. 21, 2007