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Vol. 2, No. 10 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Mar. 17, 2008


In Brief


DOD hires certified police officers


AFAF Kick-Off
The Air Force Assistance
Fund drive begins Monday
with a free kick-off event,
11 a.m. at the 95th Aircraft
Maintenance Unit.
For more information, call
Master Sgt. Lisa Winders at
283-8986.

RAO Meeting
The quarterly retiree com-
mittee meeting is 10 a.m.
April 8 at the 325th Fighter
Wing, bldg. 662, room 204.
For more information, call
the Retiree Activity Office at
283-2737.

Dining Facility
The Berg-Liles Dining Fa-
cility is closed until April 1
due to drainage repairs. For
additional information, call
the food service staff office at
283-4422.

Best Beginnings
A Best Beginning Class for
expectant and new parents
with babies less than a year
old, is 9 a.m. noon Friday at
the Airmen and Family Readi-
ness Center classroom, bldg.
743. For more informaiton and
reservations, call 283-4204

Country Music Star
Country music star Aaron
Tippin will perform a free
concert at the 2008 Gulf Coast
Salute air show March 29. For
more information about the
air show, visit www.tyndall.
af.mil.


STAFF SGT. VESTA M. ANDERSON
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
Police officers with prior law
enforcement experience have been
hired to augment deployed 325th
Security Forces Squadron patrolmen
beginning this year.
Due to the high rate of Operation
Iraqi Freedom and Operation
Enduring Freedom deployments,
five certified police officers have
been hired to conduct day-to-day
patrolling responsibilities to help with
security force's extreme manning
shortages and lack of continuity, said
Capt. Michael Bematt, 325th SFS
operations officer.
The initiation of this program
is Air Force wide. Applicants
submitted their names in July and the
Department of Defense began hiring
in December.
"These are not contractors," said
Captain Bematt. "The Air Force
police are hired as permanent
additions to the career field. It's
unknown at this time if the Air Force
will increase the size and scope of
the program."
These police officers are
responsible for the same duties
as an active-duty patrolman and
are required to complete the same


Staff Sgt. James A. Dandridge Jr. (left) and Patrolman Duane
Coleman (right) patrol Tyndall Air Force Base as rotated partners.
Sergeant Dandridge, a national guardsman, has been at Tyndall
for two years and Patrolman Coleman has been working as an AF
police officer since February.


necessary training.
"Training has been ongoing since
January, the training consists of law
enforcement and security procedures
such as traffic stops, alarm activations
and bomb threats," said Captain
Bematt.
The program adds to the experience


of Tyndall Air Force Base's law
enforcement patrols.
"Our Air Force police officers
are all prior DOD or civilian law
enforcement officers and bring with
them a high level of professionalism
and experience," said Captain
Bematt. "We are glad to have them."


Deployed Airmen families gather for Spring social


STAFF SGT. TIMOTHY CAPLING
325TH FIGHTER WING PUBLIC AFFAIRS
The Tyndall Air Force Base Airmen
and Family Readiness center hosted
a "Hearts Apart" Spring Social
March 6 for families of deployed
servicemembers.
The focus of the party was to show
support to the families while their
loved ones are away.
"Hearts Apart provides away forthe


families left behind to come together
once a quarter in a fun and relaxing
environment; a break from the day
to day grind," said Jodie Schwartz,
Airmen and Family Readiness flight
chief.
The evening consisted of a pizza
dinner, craft making, face painting
and a bouncy castle for children.
"We had a great turnout with more
than 30 people," said Master Sgt.


Kat Mygan, 325th Misson Support
Squadron family readiness program
manager and party coordinator. "This
is a great way to let our families know
they are part of the Air Force family
and they are not alone. Hearts Apart
is to get the families out and to tell
them, 'Hey, don't worry about a thing.
Come out, and have a good time with
us.
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Vol. 2, No. 10 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Mar. 17, 2008


Tech. Sgt. Sherman Alford


HnotO Dy lunrs uanmer
Tech. Sgt. Sherman Alford, 325 FW Command Section su-
perintendent, reviews his section's file plan in prepara-
tion for the 2008 Operational Readiness Inspection.

Tech. Sgt. Sherman Alford led the base and wing annual
and quarterly awards programs, recognizing Airmen for
outstanding achievements. As the functional information
manager for the 325th Fighter Wing staff, Sergeant Alford
reviews training records and provides training and mentor-
ship to other information managers. During his off-duty
time, Sergeant Alford is a Salvation Army volunteer and a
youth softball coach.


Hometown: Apalachicola, Fla.
Time on station: Six years and two
months
Time in service: 14 years and one month
Goals: Retire and coach high school foot-
ball
Hobbies: Softball, bass fishing and coach-
ing
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: It's on
the water
Favorite movie: Braveheart and Shaw-
shank Redemption
Favorite book: "When Pride Still
Mattered"
Pet Peeves: Computer freeze, soup slurp-
ers and name droppers
Proudest moment in the military: Meet-
ing Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Paul
Airey

The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing com-
mander program designed to recognize Tyndall's
Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can nominate in-
dividuals via their squadron and group command-
ers. Award recipients receive a certificate, letter
from the commander and a one-day pass.


* FROM SOCIAL PAGE 1
Amanda Henderson, wife of a
deployed Airman, attended the party
with her son.
"It's nice to have some support and
to meet other people in the same boat
as me," Mrs. Henderson said. "Plus
my son can meet others also missing
their dads."
Sergeant Mygan said next month
they're planning a 'Warrior Farewell'
for deploying members to attend with
their families letting them know the
resources available to both of them
while the Airman is away.
"Not only do we want to take care
of the families while their loved ones
are away, but we also want ourAirmen
to be assured their families are being
taken care of back home," she said.
The sergeant also added they're
planning the next Hearts Apart event
near Mothers' Day.


Airman Against
Drunk Driving
provides military
members with a free,
safe ride home within
the local area. This
program is available
to all ranks possessing
a valid military ID.
AADD stresses
complete anonymity
to ease the fear of
retribution.


Call: (850) 867.0220

Hours of Operation:


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