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Vol. 2, No. 3 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Jan. 22, 2008


In Brief


Tyndall AFB restores its ecosystem


Black History Month
The Black History Month
Luncheon is 11:30 a.m. Feb. 7
at the Collocated Club. Reser-
vations are due Jan. 30. Tickets
are $9 for club members and
$10 for non-club members.
For more information, call
Melissa Greene at 283-2807.

Birthday Meal
A lobster or steak and
shrimp meal will be provided
to all meal-card holders at the
Annual Birthday Meal 5:30
p.m. Wednesday at the CAC
Annex.

Tax Center
The Tax Center will be open
from 8 a.m. until noon Feb. 1
at the Wing Support Bldg 662.
For more information, call
Staff Sgt. Charles Zaldivar at
283-4681.

HPV Vaccine
The 325th Medical Group
Immunizations Clinic now
carries the human papilloma
virus vaccine. The vaccine
helps protect eligible women
ages 9-26 against cervical
cancer. For more information,
call 283-2778.

Basic Savings
The next series of Basic
Savings and Investment Class-
es begins Jan. 23 with classes
Feb. 6 and 20, Mar. 5 and 19.
Classes are from 9-11 a.m. in
the Airman and Family Readi-
ness classroom, Bldg. 743.
For more information, call
283-4204.


STAFF SGT. VESTA M. ANDERSON
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
As the largest installation in Air
Education and Training Command,
Tyndall Air Force Base encompasses
29,000 acres. Of this area, 18,000
acres are forest and coastline that
have remained in their natural state,
rich in wildlife.
According to Wesley Westphal,
Natural Resources element chief,
when Tyndall AFB opened Dec. 7,
1941, the land was mostly flat due
to the abundant use of its resources -
the Longleaf Pine. The tree was used
heavily by the turpentine industry
for Navy ships, and was also used to
supply schooner masts.
The Longleaf Pine was eventually
replaced by the Slash Pine, a
commercial tree for the naval stores
industry, and the adaptable Sand
Pine. However, after more than 70
years, there is a shift in the sails the
native Longleaf Pine forest is being
restored to its true home.
Tyndall AFB has already started
the first phase of the Air Force's
policy to implement "ecosystem
management."
There are three phases to the
restoration plan.
"Phase one is the removal of all
species of trees and shrubs other
than Longleaf, Slash Pine and
significant hardwoods," said Daniel
Childs, 325th Civil Engineer Natural
Recourses forester. This phase is 15
percent complete and is expected to
be finished in April.
Phase two is the mechanical site
preparation of the cleared areas.
"This is done with a roller chopper
that cuts the remaining debris, roots
and stumps into smaller pieces in
advance of the reforestation phase,"
said Mr. Childs.


The removal of non-commercial forestry product has already be-
gun at Tyndall Air Force Base. Harvest order of restoration sites
are based on the weather and market conditions.


Phase three is reforestation.
"This is where we plant Longleaf
Pine seedlings," said Mr. Childs.
There are many advantages to both
forests and wildlife when restoring
the natural habitat.
By reducing Sand Pine Scrub,
underbrush, dead trees and pine
straw and restoring Longleaf Pine,
the hazard fuel load for a catastrophic
wildfire is reduced.
"Longleaf Pine-dominated eco-
systems require frequent, low-
intensity fires to sustain the incredible
biodiversity they develop," said Mr.
Childs while contrasting the native-
pine tree against the currently Sand
Pine. "The Sand Pine cannot be
managed by prescribed burning."
However, after the "cut and run"
harvest operations during the turn of
the century, the Longleaf Pine was
nearly wiped out and soon the Sand
Pine took over.
"Sand Pine will establish by
'opportunity,'" said Mr. Childs. "Any
dry barren ground left unmanaged
and unburned will reforest with Sand


Pine Scrub."
TyndallAFB has joined the ranks of
many in the ecosystem management
effort.
"Longleaf Pine restoration is the
restoration project in the Southeast
at this time," said Mr. Childs. "It is
said that Longleaf Pine ecosystems
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Photo provided by 325th Civil Engineer Squadron
The Integrated Natural Re-
sources Management Plan is
restoring 200 acres of Sand
Pine Scrub with Longleaf Pine
each year.


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Vol. 2, No. 3 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Jan. 22, 2008


Lady Tigers defeat Keesler:


Crowned conf. champions


STORY PROVIDED BY
TYNDALL LADY TIGERS
The Tyndall Lady Tigers
women's varsity basketball team
captured the conference regular
season crown with a perfect 8-0
record Saturday.
Tyndall Lady Tigers defeated
the visiting Keesler Air Force
Base Lady Dragons 90-61 in
Southeastern Military Athletic
Conference play Friday.
Lady Tigers forward Tiffanie
Guthrie led Tyndall to victory as
she tallied a triple-double with
31 points, 19 rebounds and 10
assists. Tyndall's other forward,
Richere Harrison, added another
30 points.
Tyndall led comfortably


throughout the contest and closed
the half at 40-27.
The Tigers did not look back
as they cruised to victory in the
second half.
Monica Mason chipped in with
17 points and six assists and Lisa
Gamble scored 10 points. Harrison
also added 10 rebounds. Erica
Martin led Keesler in scoring with
19 points.
The Lady Tigers will travel to
EglinAFB this weekend to compete
in the SEMAC Martin Luther King
Men and Women's Basketball
Challenge. The Lady Tigers are
scheduled to play Keesler at noon
Saturday and will host the Eglin
AFB Lady Eagles noon Sunday.


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support higher biodiversity than
any other forest ecosystem with the
exception of the rain forest."
"There is an estimated 5 percent
of the original old-growth forest
remaining," explained Mr. Childs.
"Many of the plant and animals
associated with Longleaf are
threatened or endangered due to the
loss of habitat and fire exclusion."
"All woods in the Southeast are
going to bur sometime," said Mr.
Childs. "It's better to maintain a fire-
dependant ecosystem with prescribed
first than to wait for a stand-replacing
wildfire (which bums more fuel and
thus bums hotter, making it harder
to suppress as it kills vegetation and
wildlife)."
The benefits continue.
"Habitat modification resulting
from restoration of Longleaf Pine
ecosystems will benefit many
species of management concern,"
said Tyndall's forester.
The harvest rate for phase one,
removing Sand Pine and Shrub Oaks,
is between 50-75 acres per month.
Prepping the site is scheduled for this
summer and the machine plant of the
native Longleaf Pine will begin this
winter.


Airman 1st Class Timothy Burk


Photo by Chris Dahmer
Airman 1st Class Timothy Burk, 325th Air Control Squad-
ron pilot simulation technician, conducts scope setup
prior to a simulated training mission.

Airman Burk piloted six hours of additional-training simu-
lations, which afforded off-line practice to four students.
He also scrutinized 12 student-grade books, identifying
and correcting administrative errors. Airman Burk's efforts
have provided an accurate record of the Air Battle Manag-
ers' training progress.


Hometown: Camden, Tenn.
Time on station: Six months
Time in service: 10 Months
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, fixing up old houses,
designing floor plans and beaches
Goals: To eventually become a professional pi-
lot
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: Everything
there is to do: the marina, golf course, beach,
etc.
Favorite book: The Bible and Money Maga-
zine
Pet Peeves: Waiting on people who are late
Proudest moment in the military: Arriving
and settling at my first duty station: Tyndall




The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing com-
mander program designed to recognize Tyndall's War-
rior of the Week. Supervisors can nominate individu-
als via their squadron and group commanders. Award
recipients receive a certificate, letter from the com-
mander and a one-day pass.


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Check it out!
Derryl Sullivan, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron civil engineer,
purchases a tub of coffee at the commissary's new self check-
out lane Jan. 17. The commissary added four self check-out
lanes Jan. 15 and replaced nine cash registers with new systems
to help speed up customer service.


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