Vol. 1, No. 1 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Jan, 8 2008
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.
tomorrow 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 325th Medical Group
has received the human papil-
loma virus vaccine. The HPV
vaccine, a series of three shots
over six months, helps protect
women against cervical cancer.
All females ages 9 through 26
years old are eligible for this
The next series of Basic Sav-
ings and Investment Classes
are Jan. 23, Feb. 6 and 20, Mar.
9 and 19. Classes are 9 to 11
a.m. in the Airman and Fam-
ily Readiness Classroom, bldg
743. For more information,
Tyndall squadron commander selected
for new CSAF fellows program
COURTESY OF AFPN
Lieutenant Colonel David Krumm,
43rd Fighter Squadron commander,
was one of seven officers recently
selected to be part of a new Chief
of Staff of the Air Force Fellows
program directed by Gen. T. Michael
"The CSAF Fellows program is a
prestigious opportunity to develop
some of the Air Force's most talented
officers," General Moseley said. "It
will provide these hand-selected of-
ficers with the opportunity to cultivate
their skill sets in career-broadening
positions specializing in national mili-
tary strategy, national defense policy
and international relations."
The intent of the CSAF Fellows
program is to develop a strong group
of senior officers with breadth and
depth in operational, command and
joint/interagency experience, he said.
Officers are selected based on their
strong competency and potential to
serve in senior positions.
"I'm excited about the opportunity
to be a part of this program," Colonel
Krumm said. "I feel honored to have
been selected, but I also realize that
I've been afforded this opportunity
because of the contributions of the
amazing and talented people I have
working around me."
The selected officers will work
directly for the chief of staff in lieu
of serving as a group or vice wing
commander, and after successful
completion of the program, will be
strong candidates for operational wing
command or equivalent positions.
"Colonel (select) Krumm possesses
a rare combination of poise, techni-
cal expertise and charisma...he is a
special leader," said Brigadier Gen-
Lieutenant Colonel David Krumm, 43rd Fighter Squadron com-
mander, pictured here as he takes command of the squadron in
August 2006, was recently selected for the new Chief of Staff of
the Air Force Fellows program.
eral Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing
These positive attributes, coupled
with the experience he gains from the
CSAF Fellows program, will bode
well for Colonel Krumm and the Air
Force as he continues his career.
"We expect him to serve as a senior
Air Force leader.. he will command at
the highest levels," said the general.
Colonel Krumm, who was unaware
he was being looked at for the pro-
gram until he was selected, has not
been told yet when he is to report to
Washington D.C., but expects it will
be sometime this summer.
Tour lengths for the program will
vary from one to two years, and
participating officers will still be ex-
pected to complete a program such as
Air War College to receive credit for
"Maintaining peak combat capa-
ability begins and ends with talented,
motivated, trained and well-equipped
Airmen," General Moseley said.
"This prestigious program provides
distinguished officers with the right
experience at the right time in their
Colonel Krumm, recently selected
for a below-the-zone promotion,
received his commission as a distin-
guished graduate from Auburn Uni-
versity in 1989. He is a command pilot
with more than 2,600 flying hours in
the F-15C Eagle and F-22 Raptor.
He has served as a flight commander,
assistant operations officer and as the
chief of F-22 initial operation test and
evaluation. Prior to assuming com-
mand of the 43rd FS, Colonel Krumm
served as initial cadre for the F-22,
and then as operations officer for the
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Vol. 1, No. 1 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Jan, 8 2008
COURTESY OF DEFENSE COMMISSARY
The "Scholarships for Military
Children Program" was created in
recognition of the contributions of
military families to the readiness of
the fighting force and to celebrate the
role of the commissary in the military
family community. Since its inception
in 2000, more than $6 million in
scholarships have been awarded to
3,532 dependents from more than
Scholarship awards will be based on
funds available, but individual awards
of at least $1,500 are anticipated. If
there are no eligible applicants from
a particular commissary, the funds
designated for that commissary
will be awarded as an additional
scholarship at another installation
Only children of active duty,
Reserve, National Guard and retired
military may apply. Eligibility will
be determined by the Scholarship
Students with questions regarding
the application should call
scholarship managers at (856) 616-
9311 or e-mail militaryscholar@
Applications are available at http://
AF enures safe skie
* FROM KRUMM PAGE 1
43rd FS and the 325th Operations Support Squadron. He is a distinguished
graduate and outstanding graduate of the U.S. Air Force Weapons Instructor
Other officers selected for the program are:
-- Lt. Col. Gary W. Henderson, a senior developmental education student
at NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy.
-- Col. Michael T. Plehn, commander of the 27th Special Operations Group
at Cannon AFB, N.M.
-- Col. Kathleen C. Sakura, deputy director forjoint staff intelligence sup-
port for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon.
-- Col. Jeffrey B. Taliaferro, an Air Force Fellow at the Center for Strategic
and International Studies in Washington, D.C.
-- Col. Stephen N. Whiting, commander of the 614th Air and Space Opera-
tions Center and director of the Joint Space Operations Center at Vandenberg
-- Col. John M. Wood, deputy commander of the 60th Operations Group
at Travis AFB, Calif.
(325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs contributed to this story)
3, continues training
STAFF SGT. VESTA M. ANDERSON
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC
Although the rumbles throughout
Tyndall Air Force Base's skies have
not fallen completely silent, there
is an unmistakable absence from
the normal flying habitat overhead.
Tyndall's F-15 Eagles haven't been
able to spread their wings since
Nov. 3, 2007; instead they have
been enduring a nesting period.
The Air Force grounded its F-15
fleet after an F-15C, belonging to
the Missouri Air National Guard,
incurred mechanical failure and
According to Airmen maga-
zine, the stand-down order was a
decision not made lightly by AF
It was the right thing to do based
upon the nature of the mishap,
allowing for extensive technical
inspections to the AF's fleet of
nearly 700 F-15, said Gen. John
Corley, Air Combat Command
commander, in a message to op-
erations personnel published in
Individuals responsible for per-
forming the mentioned inspections
at Tyndall are sheet metal techni-
cians from the 325th Maintenance
Squadron and non-destructive
inspection professionals from the
Defense Support Services.
"The initial inspections of the
aircraft entailed visual checks for
cracks in the fuselage and canopy
rail," said Lt. Col. Eric North,
325th MXS commander.
During this inspection, maintain-
er's attention to detail helped iden-
tify three aircraft with cracks, said
Colonel North. All three F-15 are in
the process of being repaired.
The second inspection phase be-
gan after the Accident Investigation
Board's second findings of struc-
tural defects, explained Colonel
North, which grounded the F-15 a
"It's a florescent penetrate in-
spection," said Colonel North.
Stripping paint from a four-inch
section on the F-15 longerons ex-
poses the metal surface. Once this
step is completed, chemicals are
applied to the surface which, un-
der florescent light, expose cracks
missed by the naked eye, explained
"We found one aircraft with
one crack on the longerons and
its awaiting repair," said Colonel
The third phase is an eddy cur-
rent inspection. Maintainers com-
pare the thickness difference in the
metal structure along the longerons,
explains the maintenance com-
"We're performing (safety in-
spections) to ensure we are cover-
ing all areas they believe could
have caused the mishap to ensure
the safety of our pilots and the air-
craft," said Colonel North.
Each F-15 Eagle at Tyndall AFB
has been rotating through each of
the three time compliance technical
orders. The process takes approxi-
mately 18 hours per F-15 C-model
and 22 hours per F-15 D-model,
said Colonel North, most of it due
to paint-cure time.
"Right now, we are finishing up
the third phase of the TCTOs," said
Colonel North. "We're providing
the data we have collected to (the
Air Logistics Center at) Warner
From there, the colonel explains,
engineers plug in all the data col-
lected AF-wide, enabling better
situational awareness on the jets.
As the maintainers have been
working endless hours on perform-
ing the TCTOs, leadership has been
seeking other training methods to
maintain Tyndall's mission.
The F-15 grounding affects both
the F-15 fighter training program
as well as the air battle manager
training program at Tyndall.
"Both groups are experiencing
delays with graduating current
classes and expect slips to incom-
ing (class dates)," said Col. William
Mott, 325th Operations Group com-
mander. "We really can't capture
the total impact until we get cleared
to fly again hopefully soon."
"During the down time, the F-15
and ACS communities have been
engaging with academics, simu-
lator training, ancillary training
and administrative chores," said
When those have been exhausted,
the students and instructors have
been engaging in volunteer activi-
ties such as Habitat for Humanity
to help benefit the communities
surrounding Tyndall AFB.
"Even though (we're) not fly-
ing, the maintainers have been
busy with technical orders, routine
inspections and servicing to keep
the jets ready to fly when cleared,"
added the operations commander.
The jets that have been cleared
through the inspection phases
will not be released for immediate
flight, explains Colonel North.
"The authorization to fly must
first come from the ACC com-
mander," Colonel North said.
When the stand down is lifted,
the effects will become more ap-
"It will take time to get back in
the air and fly and fight with pro-
ficiency; this down time comes at
a cost for both aircraft and pilots,"
said Colonel Mott.
"The squadron commanders have
an aggressive program planned
to crawl, walk, then run our way
back into the F-15 flying-training
"This grounding has been a long
process, but it's necessary to ensure
we fly safe aircraft," said the opera-
tions commander. "As an F-15 pilot
and commander, I applaud the path
so far and look forward to the Air
Force's solution to this challenging