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Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts

Wing CC's call
There will be four op-
portunities to attend
the 325th Fighter Wing
Commander's Call to-
day at 7 a.m., 10 a.m.,
1 p.m., and 4 p.m. at the
Enlisted Club. All wing
Airmen, officer and en-
listed, must attend one
of the four scheduled

Emergency number
The phone number for
the Hurricane Evacua-
tion Support Staff was
incorrect in the June 2
Gulf Defender hurricane
The correct number is
(877) 325-EVAC. It will
be activated June 13.

Lt. Col. Theodore Da-
vis assumes command
of the 325th Air Control
Squadron at 9 a.m. today
in Hangar 1 from Lt. Col.
Dennis McDevitt.

The 325th Maintenance
Operations Squadron
change of command cer-
emony is 9 a.m. Thurs-
day in Hangar 3. Maj.
Eric North will relin-
quish command to Maj.
Ronald MacAfee. Re-
ception to follow in the
MOS conference room,

Fun ways to stay fit...
PAGES 10 11

New wing boss assumes command

Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolt-
ers assumed command from
Brig. Gen. Jack Egginton in
a change of command cer-
emony held Friday in Han-
gar 2.
Colonel Wolters joins
Team Tyndall from Laugh-
lin Air Force Base, Texas,
where he served as the 47th
Flying Training Wing com-
General Egginton moved
to serve as deputy director
of operations at the U. S.
Central Command Head-
quarters, MacDill Air Force
Base, Fla.
As commander of the
325th Fighter Wing, Colo-
nel Wolters is responsible
for more than 4,800 person-
nel, F-15 and F-22A aircraft,
and providing support for
approximately 1,400 addi-
tional personnel in 30 asso-
ciate units.
"The biggest challenge
for the wing is to remain fo-
cused on the task at hand,"
the colonel said. "As an Air
Force, we must have the ap-
propriate Airmen to meet
the appropriate mission. We
must tackle this 24/7."
The wing is the exclusive
active-duty training unit
for F-15 pilots and the only
training location for F-22A
pilots and air battle manag-
ers. The 325th Fighter Wing
is also responsible for train-
ing intelligence officers,
maintainers and other sup-
port specialties for world-
wide assignment to combat
air force units.
"Everyone knows that if

Lisa Norman
Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Schroeder, 43rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, re-
veals the name of Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander, on
an F-22A Raptor, after assuming command here Friday.

you want to get the best train-
ing in air dominance, you go
to the 325th Fighter Wing,"
said Colonel Wolters.
Colonel Wolters is a 1982
graduate of the U.S. Air
Force Academy. He has

commanded at the squad-
ron, group and wing level,
and he is a command pilot
with more than 4,500 flying
hours in the F-22A, F-15,
OV-10 and T-38.
"I thank you all for your

service," said Colonel Wolt-
"We exist in the Air Force
for one thing only to fight
and win the war."
(Compiled by 325th Fighter
Wing public affairs office.)

Trst Temok Tranin

Vol. 65, No. 23

June 9, 2006

Gulf Defender

June 9, 2006

Can you identify this
object? If so, send
an e-mail to editor@ with
"Identify this" in the
subject line. Three
correct entries will
be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from
a hat to select the fi-
nal winner. Congrat-
ulations to Isabella
Ward for correctly
guessing the June
2 "Identify this" pic-
ture as a baseball
mitt. The prize can
be claimed at the
Public Affairs office.

" I'd fly." I'd be like Wolverine."

Age 9, 4th grade Age 10, 5th grade

"Climbing like Spiderman"

Age 6, kindergarten

"I'd be like Superman."

Age 9, 3rd grade

Gulf Defender Editorial Staff

Col. Tod Wolters.....................................325th FW commander
Maj. Susan A. Romano...............chief, 325th FW public affairs
Chrissy Cutitta................................chief, internal information
Senior Airman Sarah McDowell....................................editor
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga ................. ......... .............staff writer

The Gulf Defender is published by the Panama City News Herald, a private firm
in no way connected with the U S Air Force, under exclusive written contract with
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla This civilian enterprise Air Force newspaper is an au-
thorized publication for members of the U S military services Contents of the Gulf
Defender are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U S govern-
ment, Department of Defense or Department of the Air Force
The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supple-
ments, does not constitute endorsement by the DOD, the Department of the Air
Force or the Panama City News Herald of the products or services advertised
Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase,
use or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age,
marital status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of
the purchaser, user or patron

Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 325th Fighter Wing
public affairs office Photographs are U S Air Force photos unless otherwise
The deadline for article submissions to the Gulf Defender is 4 p m Friday,
prior to the week of publication unless otherwise noted Articles must be typed
and double-spaced, preferably on a 3 5-inch disc Stories should be submitted
directly to the public affairs office, Building 662, Room 129 or mailed to 325
FW/PAI, 445 Suwannee Ave, Tyndall AFB, FL, 32403-5425 or e-mailed to edi-
tor@tyndall af mil Public affairs staff members edit all material for accuracy,
brevity, clarity, conformity to regulations and journalistic style The delivery of
the Gulf Defender to Tyndall base housing sections is provided by the Panama
City News Herald
For more information, or to advertise in the newspaper, call (850) 747-5000

Page 2

Senior Airman Sarah McDowell

Skate night ...

Alyssa Kiesling, 12, skates on a half-pipe at the Tyndall Youth
Center Skate Park. The Center held the Grand Opening "Skate
Jam" Saturday night. The park is now open during the youth
center's open recreation hours. For more information on Youth
Center activities, call 283-4366.

Tyndall Elementary Students

If you could have one

superpower, what would it be?

Ide nt .his .

Gulf Defender Page 3

325th FW CC shares words of wisdom

325th Fighter Wing commander
Thank you for the wonderful
welcome to Team Tyndall... we
are honored to serve!
As mentioned in my change
of command remarks, I often
marvel at the sacrifices of our
fallen comrades. One such
hero was Ruppert Sargent.
First Lt. Ruppert Sargent, serv-
ing as platoon leader on patrol
in the Hau Nghia Province,
Republic of Vietnam, paid
the ultimate price March 15,
1967. Lieutenant Sargent was
conducting a reconnaissance
run on a suspected Viet Cong
weapons cache and discovered
a "booby trapped" tunnel.
As Lieutenant Sargent ma-
neuvered toward the tunnel
entrance a Viet Cong emerged
and threw two hand grenades
that landed in the midst of the
group. Lieutenant Sargent fired
three shots at the enemy then
turned and without hesitation
threw himself over the two
grenades. He was mortally
wounded and his selfless heroic
act saved the lives of fellow
I had the extraordinary for-
tune to meet Ruppert's family
and friends in 2004 and one
theme permeated from all those
who spoke of Lieutenant Sar-
gent ... Ruppert was a Soldier's
Soldier, an Airman's Airman...
a warrior who truly understood

I erpetual optimism is a force multiplier ... a posi-
tive approach to any challenge will attract a crowd
of winners."

325th Fighter Wing commander

the fundamentals of life.
We all face challenges, none
more dire than those men-
tioned in the spring of 1967.
At Tyndall, our days contain
numerous tasks and demanding
deadlines. The prioritization
and execution ofthese "issues"
can foster a confusing envi-
ronment. If every member of'
Team Tyndall embraces some
form of the fundamentals, I
contest our problems would
appear as challenges and our
critics would categorize all of'
us an Airman's Airman.
Former U.S. Secretary of'
State Colin Powell published
"13 Rules to Live By" during
his ascent to Chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff. I first
read these rules in the spring
of 1995 and often find myself'
conducting a review during
trying times or when contem-
plating the challenges fellow
service members face during
life-threatening scenarios, such
as today's global war on ter-
Here's an Airmen's interpre-
tation of Powell's "13 Rules to
Live By."

It isn't as bad as you think;
it will look better in the morn-
ing ... failure will look far less
life threatening following a
good night's sleep.
Get mad, then get over it...
anger consistently clouds good
Avoid having your ego so
close to your position that when
your position falls, your ego
goes with it ... the day you retire
from the Air Force nobody will
care if you were a numbered
Air Force commander or a
first sergeant, they just want to
know if you enjoyed serving
you country.
It can be done ... get posi-
tive and you will be amazed at
what you can accomplish.
Be careful what you choose,
you may get it ... pay close at-
tention to detail when decision
Don't let adverse facts stand
in the way of a good decision
... don't get tunnel vision on
the bad data when attempting
to rectify the wrong.
Check small things ... atten-
tion to detail, every detail, will
tell the full story.

Share credit ... if it went
well, they did it; if it went bad,
it was my fault.
You can't make someone
else's choices, you shouldn't
let someone else make yours
... focus on what you have
control over not on what you
can't control.
Remain calm, be kind ...
you think clearer when emotion
is divorced from the decision.
Have a vision, be demand-
ing ... tell folks what you want
and challenge them to achieve
perfection, they will be hon-
ored you did.
Don't take counsel of your
fears or naysayers ... set your
goals, get the facts, build your
plan and execute.
Perpetual optimism is a
force multiplier ... a positive
approach to any challenge will
attract a crowd of winners.
Chaos and confusion are a
way of life in today's complex
military environment. We can
best honor those who have
fallen before us by living our
lives in the most admirable
fashion possible.
When times get tough
and you find yourself in the
"bogged-down" mode, re-
member how a great man like
Ruppert Sargent lived his life.
Heed the sage advice of Gen-
eral Powell and soon you will
be back on track! It is an honor
to serve at Tyndall.

Airman sends

thanks to Wingmen

Staff Sgt. Joseph Alers
and his family sent this
thank you note after they
received base-wide support
when their rental home
caught fire, destroying it
and all their personal be-

"We, the Alers family,
would like to thank everyone
for the help and donations
we have received. My family
and I appreciated everything
you did. My coworkers and
the wing came together as
a family and provided us
with all the help we needed.
We are doing good now and
we had no major losses, just
material items."
"We also thank God that
this fire happened when we
weren't home. We were
renting this house and had
renters insurance to cover
all the damaged items and
provide us with help in find-
ing temporary place to live.
Ifyou rent, renters insurance
is a good thing to have! Ijust
want to thank everyone for
their help and offers."

The Action Line is your direct line to
me. It is one way to make Tyndall a better
place to work and live.
The goal is to provide you with an ac-
curate, timely response. You must leave
your name, phone number or address to
receive a response.
Questions or comments of general
interest will be published in this forum.
This avenue should only be used after
coordinating problems or concerns with
supervisors, commanders, first sergeants
or facility managers.
If you're not satisfied with the response
or you are unable to resolve the problem,

call me at 283-2255.
For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
Wing Inspector General's Office,
Calls concerning energy abuse
should be referred to the energy hot
line, 283-3995.
Below are more phone numbers
that help you in resolving any issues

with a base agency.
Pass and I.D.
Medical and Dental




SFS Desk Sgt. 283-2254
Sen/ices 283-2501
Legal 283-4681
Housing 283-2036
CDC 283-4747
Wing Safety 283-4231
ADC 283-2911
Finance 283-4117
Civil Engineer 283-4949
Civilian Personnel 283-3203
Base Information 283-1113
Thank you for helping me improve
Tyndall and I look forward to hearing
from you.

Action Line
Call 283-2255

325th Fighter Wing commander

June 9, 2006

Page 4 Gulf Defender

Community aids ir

325th Fighter Wing public affairs
Tyndall AFB Airmen have
stayed current in their gun training
since the base gun range closed
temporarily in April with the help
of the Gulf Correctional Institute
in Wewahitchka, Fla.
"We are doing some upgrades
and repairs to our gun range.
While we are doing that, we had
to find a gun range for our security
forces and base populace to con-
tinue their training," said 1st Lt.
Brenda Franklin, 325th Security
Forces Squadron officer in charge
of training.
When local facilities were con-
tacted for support, Warden Jerry
Cummings, Gulf Correctional
Institute, jumped at the opportu-
nity to assist Tyndall's Airmen in
achieving their training goals, said
the lieutenant.
"It was the least I could do to
provide this service for them,"
said Warden Cummings. "Airmen
put their lives on the line for our
nation every day, to help keep us
safe from terrorism."

"W e are able to meet
the training needs of 600
cadets this summer. If
not, they would have had
to find another base dur-
ing their four years of col-
lege to accomplish their
325th Security Forces Squadron
officer in charge of training

"The prison has been abso-
lutely phenomenal," said Lieu-
tenant Franklin. "They vol-
unteered to clean up the brass
and they offered to build any
barricades we need to com-
plete training, while we use
their facility."
Due to the use of the pris-
on's gun range, Tyndall has
been able to meet the training
requirements for the AEF and
ROTC cadet weapons familiar-
"We are able to meet the train-


ing needs of 600 cadets this sum-
mer," said Lieutenant Franklin.
"If not, they would have had to
find another base during their
four years of college to accom-
plish their training."
The base gun range was orig-
inally scheduled to be closed
until the end of June, but addi-
tional maintenance to the range
may extend that date by sever-
al months. The prison will be
able to accommodate our gun
training through the extension,
said Lieutenant Franklin.
"Warden Cummings generos-
ity is not only helping Tyndall,
but it is also helping the global
war on terrorism." said Lieu-
tenant Franklin. "We are very
thankful for his contributions.
His staff has been top notch and
we couldn't have done it with-
out them."
"As an American, I truly ap-
preciate everything that the ser-
vicemembers have done for our
country. It has been an honor
and privilege to assist them,"
said Warden Cummings.

nar on terrorism

Statt Sgt Stacey Haga
Combat arms instructors climb aboard the bus to
Gulf Correctional Institute in Wewahitchka, Fla. to
instruct weapons training. Tyndall's Airmen have
been traveling to the prison to accomplish train-
ing while their range undergoes renovations.

June 9, 2006

Gulf Defender Page 5

Hurricane Hunters prepare for2006 storm season

Courtesy photo
The "Hurricane Hunters" from Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., flew their first WC-
130J Hercules operational mission into a storm May 20, 2005, gathering data about
Hurricane Adrian off the coast of El Salvador. In the past, 53rd Weather Recon-
naissance Squadron crews flew WC-130Js into storms for training and evaluation,
not to fulfill a tasking from the National Hurricane Center.

403rd Wing Public Affairs
BASE, Miss. -- It was a quiet
opening day of the 2006 Atlan-
tic hurricane season.
Hurricane Hunters of the
53rd Weather Reconnaissance
Squadron spent the day train-
ing and getting ready for what
forecasters say will be another
active season.
Though the season officially
begins June 1 and ends Nov. 30,
last year these reservists, who
are assigned to the Air Force Re-
serve Command's 403rd Wing,
flew more than 1,500 hours
into storms beginning in mid-
May with Hurricane Adrian in
the Pacific and finally ending

in early December flying mis-
sions into Hurricane Epsilon.
Tropical Storm Zeta, formed
later, extending the 2005 season
into calendar year 2006 though
it did not threaten landfall.
The National Hurricane Cen-
ter is predicting 13 to 16 named
storms this year, with eight to
10 becoming hurricanes, of
which four to six could be-
come major hurricanes of
Category 3 strength or higher
with winds of at least 111 mph.
It is the National Hurricane
Center in Miami that decides
when to call on the Hur-
ricane Hunters. The unit is
tasked with flying all opera-
tional missions to provide data
to forecasters at the NHC.

When a tasking is issued, the
men and women of the 53rd
WRS are prepared to fly an av-
erage of 11 hours crisscrossing
the storm and penetrating the
powerful eyewall several times
during each mission.
The aerial reconnaissance
weather officer and weather
reconnaissance loadmaster use
computers to gather data.
Sensors on the aircraft and
sophisticated weather instru-
ment packages called drop-
sondes collect wind speed,
temperature, humidity, baro-
metric pressure and other in-
formation forecasters use to
determine the path and strength
of a hurricane.
'We love the job that we do.

It's a very rewarding job," said
Randy Bynon, a weather recon-
naissance loadmaster with the
squadron. "We gather data and
collect it on the computer. We
analyze it, format it and make
sure it's accurate and then we
transmit it directly from the
aircraft via satellite to the Na-
tional Hurricane Center."
The mission is responsible
for improving the accuracy of
forecasts by up to 30 percent,
according Max Mayfield, di-
rector of the NHC.
'With our data, the forecast-
ers can narrow their evacuation
areas saving lives and billions
of dollars as well," said Capt.
Jerry Rutland, a Hurricane
Hunter pilot.
The only modifications to
the WC-130J aircraft flown by
the Hurricane Hunters are the
weather computers. With these
removed, the squadron can
perform airlift missions. The
squadron flies 10 WC-130Js,
which were first used last sea-
son for operational storm re-
The unit completed conver-
sion to the new aircraft ahead
of schedule partially due to
Hurricane Katrina, which se-
verely impacted the unit's
home station in Biloxi, Miss.
The worst natural disaster in
U.S. history and the deadliest
since 1928, Katrina forced the
unit to evacuate and operate out
of a forward-operating location
for much of the season.
Despite the move, the unit
didn't miss a single task-
ing. Hurricane Hunter crews
continued flying Katrina and
moved on to the next storm,

even as some of them learned
their homes were destroyed.
'We lost everything. We had
to completely gut the house
and we are still rebuilding it,"
said Lt. Col. Doug Fairtrace, a
Katrina left behind destruc-
tion worse than any other
weather event in American his-
tory, and researchers at NOAA
said they were able to save tens
of thousands of lives by pin-
pointing where the eye would
hit, due in part to data provided
by the Hurricane Hunters.
Katrina was also the cost-
liest storm with some esti-
mates exceeding $80 billion.
Knowing the mission they per-
form and the data they provide
saves lives and millions of dol-
lars in evacuation costs each
year, these Citizen Airmen are
back home, trained and pre-
pared to hunt down nature's
most destructive weather.
2005 Hurricane Season Re-
Named storms: 28; previ-
ous record: 21 in 1933 ( The
Hurricane Hunters were tasked
to fly 25 storms.)
Hurricanes: 15; previous
record: 12 in 1969
The Hurricane Hunters flew
more than 145 missions.
Major hurricanes hitting
the United States: Four (Den-
nis, Katrina, Rita and Wilma);
previous record: Three, most
recently in 2004
Hurricanes of Category
5 intensity (greater than 155
mph): Four (Emily, Katrina,
Rita and Wilma); previous re-
cord: Two in 1960 and 1961
(AFRC News Service)

Handy hurin i

Return-to-duty information:
Straight Talk (877) 529-5540

Tyndall Toll-free (800) 896-8806

(follow these steps until contact
is made)

1. Contact supervisor

2. Contact Hurricane Evacuation
Support Staff (877) 325-EVAC

3. Contact Air Force Personnel Cen-
ter (800) 453-9941

Additional sources:
National Weather Service (www.nws.

National Hurricane center (www.nhc.

Florida Division of Emergency Man-

agement (

Bay County Emergency Operations
Center (850) 784-4000

Tyndall Civil Engineer Readiness
Flight (850) 283-2010

June 9, 2006

Gulf Defender

Sergeant White receives the
from Col. Tod Wolters, 325th

Duty Title: Maintenance instructor
Time on Station: Four years
Time in service: Nine years and six months
Hometown: Paris, Tenn.
Hobbies:Singing, playing bass guitar, playing
with my daughter Bryana and taking care of
my lawn
Goals: Graduate with master's degree
Favorite thing I like about Tyndall AFB: The
Pet Peeves: Being bothered after my favorite
team, The Tennessee Vols, lose
Proudest moment in the military: Graduat-
ing basic training

Checkertail Salute Warrior of the Week award
Fighter Wing commander.

The Checkertail Clan salutes Sergeant
White, who has a 100 percent F-15 and F-
22 scheduling effectiveness rate with zero
training deficiencies. He has logged 288
instructional hours in the F-15 Weapons
Maintenance Qualification course. He is
also pursuing his bachelor's degree and vol-
unteers in the local community.
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing commander program de-
signed to recognize Tyndall's Warrior of the Week Supervisors can nomi-
nate individuals via their squadron and group commanders Award recipi-
ents receive a certificate, letter from the commander and a one-day pass


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June 9, 2006

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X-ray inspection Staff Sgt StaceyHaga
X-ray inspection
Staff Sgt. Kelson Nisbett, 325th SFS patrolman and Vehicle and
Cargo Inspection System II operator, monitors the radiation
level of the VACIS II. The system x-rays the cargo of trucks en-
tering the base, increasing force protection and anti-terrorism
measures.Tyndall is the first CONUS Air Force installation to
employ this type of advanced technology allowing them to dra-
maticly increase the effectiveness of security forces and their
role in installation security.

June 9, 2006

Page 8 Gulf Defender

Airman captures likeness, spirit of subjects

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Capturing person's image may sometimes
be as easy as a click of a shutter-button, but
as for capturing their personality and spirit -
that takes art.
Staff Sgt. Edward Burgess with the Public
Health Flight knows what it takes. He has
been capturing the likeness and spirit of in-
dividuals ever since he has been in the Air
Force, and has been a feature artist of many
going-away gifts, including the former 325th
Fighter Wing commander, Brig. Gen. Eggin-
ton's going-away gift.
He said that the best thing about drawing is
not the act itself, but the expression of appre-
ciation that he always gets when he presents
the art to someone.
He started getting noticed for the drawings
when he took the initiative to draw a cari-
cature portrait of the whole flight he works
A caricature is a portrait that exaggerates
the basic essence of a person to create an eas-
ily identifiable visual likeness; some of the
earliest of which were done by Leonardo Di-
"We show off the picture he drew to squad-
ron commanders and occasional very impor-
tant people who informally tour the office,"
said Capt. Chad Claar, Public Health Flight
commander. "After the squadron command-
ers saw the picture, he started getting requests
to do going away presents quite frequently."
The reason people may be touched by his
work is not just because of the stroke on pa-
per, but because of what he actually captures
about a person.
"When it came to the general's caricature,
I asked all about his personality," Sergeant
Burgess said. "I was told that some of his fa-
vorite things are kayaking, fishing, golf and,
of course, the Raptor. I asked these questions
so that I could bring out these things in the
When General Egginton saw the drawing
for the first time, he remarked, "Oh, so you

Lisa Norman
Sergeant Burgess presents Brig. Gen. Jack Egginton, former 325th Fighter
Wing commander, with a caricature of him as his going away present from the
325th Medical Group. Ever since becoming discovered as an artist, Sergeant
Burgess has been requested to capture the likeness of many at Tyndall.

saw me out there?"
The remark was in reference to the like-
ness that Sergeant Burgess was able to cap-
ture of the general.
Sergeant Burgess is self-trained in this art
so-far, and has been doing caricatures for
about five years.
Sergeant Burgess explained that to ef-
fectively draw a person, he will study the
individual and what makes the person, and
improvise their features on paper.
He chose drawing as his favorite medium,
as opposed to painting, or other media, be-

cause there is more that the artist can con-
trol when drawing.
"Hopefully soon I will be able to take
that first step (school) to further develop
these skills," he said.
But for now, he said, "I enjoy drawing,
and people enjoy seeing my work."
"Not only is he a good artist, but he is
an outstanding troop as well," said Cap-
tain Claar. "He has a great attitude that
rubs off on everybody and also has the
ability to do these caricatures which al-
ways makes people smile."

June 9, 2006

Gulf Defender Page 9


Honor *art'an, deAira frerva as

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
A family member of a veteran silent-
ly cries while an Airman hands her the
flag. As their hands touch, the woman
grabs hold of the Airman, clutches him
and sobs. The Airman stands still and
when the woman lets him go, meticu-
lously finishes the ceremony.
It takes training and dedication to
perform a seamless ceremony like this,
and one can only get this kind of train-
ing in the U.S. military.
Here, the 325th Services Squadron
Honor Guard reflects this training.
"Our manner of training works be-
cause it starts with the fundamentals

and builds up to real world scenarios," old habits.
said Staff Sgt. Christopher Smith, Tyn- "Breaking a trainee out of the 'Air
dall Honor Guard NCO in charge. "It Force' mode of drill and ceremony is
is all inclusive, where every conceiv- the most difficult aspect of training.
able type of perfor- Honor Guard
mance is taught." has its own
The fundamental The Tyndall Honor Guard is style of fac-
sections of Honor unique in the fact that the team ing movements
Guard training are is poised t complete several and marching,"
basic military hon- dife ty s o functions." Sergeant Smith
different types of functions." said.
ors and special cer- said.
Official training Tyndall Honor Guard NCO in charge. edition to the
sessions are held challenges, the
quarterly. Honor Guard also offers exciting op-
During training, it seems that the portunities, such as the firing party.
most challenging thing to do is break "Trainees tend to pick up on the fir-

Senior Airman Sarah McDowell
ing party portion of funerals honors
training," he said. "It seems to be the
most exciting aspect of training; a live
weapon that you are allowed to fire."
Training for the Tyndall honor
guard, which is now at 65 members,
comes together to make the program
"The Tyndall Honor Guard is unique
in the fact that the team is poised to
complete several different types of
functions," Sergeant Smith said. "We
perform funerals, retirements, wed-
dings, firing-party demonstrations, me-
morial services, and parades."
The Honor Guard is always recruiting.
For more information, call 283-4405.

Trainin Spotli


What portion of training are you in now
and what is the most challenging aspect?

"I'm in Block 5, the High Performance Block. The
most challenging part is learning the fighter tactics and
being able to apply them to the scope and over the radio."

Air Battle Manager student

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Fitness becomes fun at Tyndall

senior airman Lauren i unus
Bacarri Spells and Kaila Kinchen throw
punches during a non-traditional Tae Kwan
Do class at the Community Activity Center.
To learn more about how to take classes,
call 283-2495.

325th Fighter Wing public affairs
"I have to look "hot" in my swimsuit."
"I need to be ready to deploy."
"I want to lose those last five pounds."
Whatever your reason is, Tyndall provides many dif-
ferent ways to help people reach their fitness goals.
From the traditional running and weights, to the less
traditional ballroom dancing, Tyndall's 325th Services
Squadron provides Airmen with the means to "sweat
it off' at little or no cost.
"It's an Airmen's job to be 'fit-to-fight.' We offer
avenues for Airmen to stay in shape," said Tech. Sgt.
James Folsom, 325th Services Squadron intramural
sports director.
The Fitness Center has a variety of cardio and
weight machines and free weights for those wanting
to get toned or bulked up, he said.
Outside, Tyndall has a rubberized track and three
safety-approved spots at the Fitness Center, Beacon
Beach and the NCO Academy trail.
The Beacon Beach Road running path and the fit-
ness center track are lit during the cooler evening
hours, said Sergeant Folsom.
Intramural Sports
But if a solo workout is not to your taste, the fitness
center hosts 14 intramural sports that the squadrons
compete in throughout the year. In the summertime,

softball, tennis and golf leagues are in full swing, said
Sergeant Folsom.
"Playing sports builds camaraderie in the unit and
its fun too," he said.
Other group fitness activities offered at Tyndall in-
clude a variety of classes to include: aerobic, cycling,
yoga and Pilates classes held three to four times a day,
said Sergeant Folsom.
The Community Activities Center has a Tae Kwan
Do class Monday and Wednesday every week and
ballroom dancing lessons in the fall.
The base pool offers water aerobics classes and
swimming lessons for all ages and ability levels.
Lap swim is offered Monday through Friday.
Extreme fitness
"Groups of people looking to challenge themselves
in even more unique and extreme ways can test their
problem solving skills, as well as their bodies, while
conquering the ropes course or paintball fields on
Tyndall," said Kathy Holley, Bonita Bay Outdoor
Recreation's assistant manager.
No matter the fitness goal, Tyndall has the means to
make it happen.
For more information on the fitness programs and
activities Tyndall has to offer contact the fitness center
at 283-2631, outdoor recreation at 283-3199, or the
Community Activity Center at 283-2495.

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It's an Airmen's job to be 'fit-to-fight.' We
offer avenues for Airmen to stay in shape."

Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Second Lt. Colin Cavanaugh, 325th Air Control Squadron Air Battle Manager student, free falls into fit-
ness at the base pool. The base pool offers a variety of fitness options.

325th Services Squadron intramural sports director

Lt. Col Don Christensen, Base Legal Office,
works up a sweat playing basketball with his
coworkers at the Fitness Center.

SeniorAirman Kaothar Hinkle, Southeast Air Defense Sector, exercises her mind, as well as
her body, by reading a book while using the elliptical trainer at the Fitness Center.

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Base ropes course
The base ropes course offers a pro-
gram that promotes team cohesion,
strength and provides an opportunity
for self insight. Call the Tyndall Out-
door Recreation, Bonita Bay program
coordinator to schedule, at 283-3199.

Volunteer opportunity
Covenant Hospice invites those in-
terested in helping others to attend a
Volunteer Orientation Saturday, June
24 from 9 11 a.m., at Covenant Hos-
pice's Education Center at 107 West
19th Street.
This orientation provides an over-
view of hospice programs and services
and explains the role of the volunteer.
After completing the orientation and
an application process, volunteers can
indicate their placement choices. Vol-
unteer opportunities include adminis-
trative support in a Covenant Hospice
office or Community Support Center,
special events and fundraisers, or the
Ambassador Community outreach
program. This is a free program and
open to the public. Registration is
requested and refreshments are pro-

Promotion party
The base-wide promotion party for
technical and master sergeant selects
will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at the En-
listed Club.

My Soldier Pen Pal program
My created five simple
ways to show patriotic support:
1. Go to to
register for the "My Soldier" program
and adopt a soldier who could use a
pen-pal or friend.
2.Encourage children/students to
spend their summer vacation creating
a meaningful, even educational, pen
pal relationship.
3. Join the program as a family. Fam-
ily writing projects can create a bond
for a common cause, which deepens
familial ties.
4. Wear the free red My Soldier
bracelet mailed to you via a self ad-
dressed stamped envelope to show
your support.
5. Submit the name of an active sol-
dier who would like to be adopted
through the website link.

Boss and Buddy night
Boss and Buddy Night is 4 p.m. June
16 in the Enlisted Club's Main Ball
Room. Hors d'oeuvres and ice cream
will be served. The event is free and
everyone is invited to attend. Dress
is casual or uniform of the day. For
more information, call Master Sgt. Bri-
an Hampton at 283-3268.

Dining facility limits
Due to limited space and increased
temporary duty commitments, the
Berg-Liles Dining Facility will be lim-
ited to meal card holders, on-duty se-
curity police (weapons carrying), fire-
men, and TDY personnel until Aug. 1.
During the lunch meal. From June 19
to Aug 1, the Eagle Quick Turn (flight
kitchen) will be limited to personnel
with flight line badges for all meals.

CES closure
The 325th Civil Engineer Squadron
will be closed after 11 a.m. today for an
official function. Any civil engineering
emergencies should be reported to the
CE service call number at 283-4949

TRICARE town-hall meeting
Tyndall's 325th Medical Group TRI-

CARE Operations office will host
a city-wide TRICARE Town Hall
Briefing, from 6-8 p.m. June 27 at the
Bay Medical Center auditorium. En-
ter the auditorium through the Medi-
cal Office Building entrance to the
left of the pharmacy. This briefing is
open to all TRICARE and TRICARE
For Life beneficiaries who are inter-
ested in their health-care program.
Skilled nursing vs. long term care
will also be discussed. Parking is
available at Bay Medical Center.
Call 283-7331 for additional infor-

New Commissary hours
The Commissary will now be open
from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday for a
six-month trial period.

Bay County DAV
The Disabled American Veterans
or DAV has a local chapter in Bay
County. Chapter 17 meets month-
ly in Springfield at the Springfield
Community building behind the Fire
Department on Highway 22. Meet-
ings are at 7 p.m. the second Mon-
day of the month. Call 785-7707 or
215-0933 for more information.

June 9, 2006

Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Chapel Two
Reconciliation, before Saturday-
Mass or by appointment
Saturday Mass, 5 p.m.,
Chapel Two
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Chapel Two
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Bldg. 1476
Protestant services
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
Contemporary worship ser-
vice, 11 a.m., Chapel Two
Wednesday Fellowship,
5 p.m., Chapel Two
(For more information on other services
in the local area, call the Chaplain's office
at 283-2925.)

Guu: Guiw:!

Road-guards out!
A ROTC flight crosses the road by Beacon Beach. Air Force ROTC cadets will be training here
until July 20. Expect to see cadets at the Fitness Center and the Dining Facility. When you see
cadets, slow vehicle speed to 5 mph.

AF picks Tyndall Airmen to play Ruffian's game

6 "Rugby embodies teamwork, the warrior mindset and builds ca-
maraderie for Airmen."
325th Maintenance Group

continue on."
Not only do the Airmen expect
to get a full dose of sportsmanship
and camaraderie out of the game,
they also foresee other benefits as
"During the next tournament, I
expect to learn and be mentored
by the senior players," Morgan
said. "I expect a lot of team build-
ing and communication of shared
Another benefit of Rugby, is
the sport's ability to condition the

body to be fit-to-fight.
"To prepare for Rugby, I lift
weights, do Air Force physical
training, run 20 to 30 miles a week
and practice with the local Rugby
team, the Panama City Beach Hur-
ricanes," said Cappell.
Sports, such as rugby, can be
an alternative to traditional ways
of working out. To find out more
about Air Force Rugby, go to www. To find out
about ways to play Rugby locally,
go to

,ourLesy pnotos
Matt Morgan, who plays the position of hooker, charges with the
ball during an Air Force tournament Rugby game.

325th Fighter Wing public affairs
An old saying says, "Football is
a gentleman's game played by ruf-
fians, and rugby is a ruffian's game
played by gentlemen."
But in this case, it is a game
played by Airmen.
Two Tyndall Airmen have been
picked up for the Air Force Rugby
Team, and will represent the Air
Force during the Armed Forces
Championship in Camp Lejuene,
North Carolina.
Eric Cappell, with the 325th
Maintenance Group and Matt Mor-
gan with the 83rd Fighter Weap-
ons Squadron both believe that Air
Force Rugby is important to foster
"the warrior spirit," and enhance
competitive drive.
"Rugby embodies teamwork, the
warrior mindset and builds cama-
raderie for Airmen," said Cappell.
Rugby is a very intense, full-con-
tact sport that is played with very
stringent rules due to the nature of
the game (unlimited contact with
little or no body padding.) The
game is hailed to be the first and
oldest form of football still played
Morgan comments about the
sport, "Keeping up is the most

challenging aspect. There is al-
ways something going on out on
the field, and you have to be aware
of your senses."
Rugby is one of the 15 sports the
Air Force sponsors.
The Air Force Sports Program is
designed to give active duty, Na-
tional Guard and reserve Air Force
personnel an opportunity to par-
ticipate at the Air Force, Armed
Forces, national and international
sports events.
"Air Force Rugby has several
tournaments through out the year,
and through those tournaments,
the coaches pick the players who
will go on to other events," said
The team that was chosen to go
to Camp Leguene was picked up
from a tournament in Savannah,
"It is honor to be chosen to com-
pete, because I know so many play-
ers who are capable to go on to this
tournament," said Morgan.
For these Airmen, playing Air
Force Rugby is a great continua-
tion after high school or college
"Sports don't have to end after
high school," Cappell said. "Air
Force sports are a great way to

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AETC housing privatization stays on track

Texas (AFPN) -- Despite delays
caused by Hurricane Katrina, Air Ed-
ucation and Training Command is still
on track to meet its goal of privatizing
100 percent of military family hous-
The Housing Privatization Initiative
was approved by the Department of
Defense in 1996 as a more timely and
cost-effective way to provide military
families with quality housing than the
traditional military construction fund-
ing process.
Lackland AFB, Texas, was the first
military installation to privatize a por-
tion of its housing. The first phase of
this project provided 420 homes for
military families in fall 2001.
AETC is working to privatize the
remainder of Lackland's housing re-
quirement under a sole-source ini-
tiative with the existing privatized
owner; the real estate transaction for
Lackland's Phase II is expected to
close this summer.
Little Rock AFB, Ark., was AETC's
second installation to implement a
housing privatization program. Initi-
ated in 2004, this project has already
delivered a new community center,
and three model homes are expected

to be completed this summer.
Before Hurricane Katrina, AETC
intended to convey the rest of the
command's military family housing
to private developers by dividing the
remaining installations into two major
Group I included Altus AFB, Okla.;
Luke AFB, Ariz.; Sheppard AFB,
Texas; and Tyndall AFB, Fla. Group
II included Columbus and Keesler
AFBs in Mississippi; Goodfellow,
Laughlin and Randolph AFBs in
Texas; Maxwell AFB, Ala., and Vance
AFB, Okla.
However, due to the impacts Hurri-
cane Katrina had on the construction
industry, such as nationwide cost in-
creases generated by material short-
ages and limited labor resources, the
command encountered delays in both
groups, said Garrett Smith, AETC
Civil Engineering Housing Branch
project manager.
"Because proposals were based on
pre-Katrina market conditions, we
have to take time to resolve the eco-
nomic disparities Katrina produced
in order to ensure the highest quality
housing is provided," Mr. Smith said.
"Regional construction costs have
risen 15 to 20 percent, utility rates

increased 20 to 173 percent and fuel
costs are now extremely high," Mr.
Smith said. "All these factors have
driven project development costs
beyond normal contingency allow-
The command and the Group I ap-
parent successful offeror are working
to resolve the financial gaps caused
by Hurricane Katrina, Mr. Smith
said. The transaction closure date for
Group I is now delayed until August,
approximately eight months from its
originally scheduled close date.
But Katrina hit Keesler's privati-
zation plans the hardest, Mr. Smith
Originally one of the seven bases in
Group II, Keesler has been removed
from the housing privatization group,
and instead AETC is planning to re-
place all of its housing with a military
construction, or MILCON, project.
Mr. Smith said the use of MILCON
will enable a faster delivery of homes
to the base.
The MILCON project scope is to
build 1,067 new homes. The request
for proposals (RFP) for the Kees-
ler MILCON project was released in
February, and the proposals received
are currently under evaluation. All of

Keesler's new homes are anticipated
to be complete in late summer 2008.
The original RFP for Group II
housing was scheduled for release in
September 2005. That date coincided
with Hurricane Katrina's arrival on
the Gulf Coast. With Keesler removed
from the list, Group II's new RFP is
scheduled to be released this June,
with an estimated transaction closure
scheduled for June 2007.
While Hurricane Katrina may have
altered the command's timeline, the
command remains constant in its ef-
forts to see the housing privatization
plans through to fruition.
"The command has shown that
privatization is an efficient way to
provide our military families with
higher quality homes quicker than tra-
ditional military construction allows,"
said Col. Leonard Patrick, AETC Civ-
il Engineer.
"Even though the timeline forAETC
housing privatization has changed,
our commitment to reaching our goal
of providing access to safe, quality,
well maintained housing remains the
same," he said.
(Courtesy Air Education and Train-
ing Command News Service)

Energy conservation is everyone's job

N C (ANFPN) -- Simple practices call produce a
pCISItA i Imnpact o tll eelectrical ccimstlio:ln1
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such as compitcsl[ or coffee
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appliances causes the air coIl-

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I Staff Sgt. Brian Mayberry





H Steve Wallace
* Sergeant Mayberry, F-16 Avionics lead technician, recieves the Associate Spotlight
* award from Lt. Col. Collin Smith, 28th Test Support Squadronl Det. 2 commander.

Duty title: Lead Technician F-16 Avionics
Time on Station: One year and six months
Hometown: Greenville, S.C.
Hobbies: Paintball, kayaking, computergam-
ing, and soccer
Goals: Complete a master's degree
Favorite thing about your unit: The cama-
raderie among co-workers and the unique
mission I am part of.
Favorite movie: "Chronicles of Riddick"
Favorite book: Books by Tom Clancy
Pet peeves: Closed mindedness
Proudest moment at duty location: Com-
pleting bachelor's degree

Sergeant Mayberry is responsible for
maintaining $30 million in F-16 avionics.
He provided critical technical support for
over 400 F-16 flight and ground test mis-
sions and saved the Air Force nearly $5
million in 2005.
He has also managed over 40 mission-
critical F-16 software programs ensuring
seamless configuration control and oper-
ations tempo. Additionally, he has vol-
unteered more than 40 hours in the local

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;DOS INC cZ Log onto the NEW & IMPROVED Web site

All ranks
Father's Day Brunch at the lub. ii Tyndall Beacon Beach Marina
Menu Includes: June 18 Mandatory Safety Meeting June 15 at 6:30 p.m.
carving station
omelets (made to order) 10 a.m.- I P.m Tournament: June 16, 6:00 am, June 18, Noon
eianWaffles $ uu9 9 Scales open: 5:00to8:00 p,m,-June 6&17

bacon Members, show your club card to receive a $1 discount. 9:00 a.m. to Noon June 18
hash browns
fresh fruit sFish Fry open to public Sunday 11 a.m,
Srerrna men
muffins Awards starts at l:oo p.m. on Sunday
biscuits and gravy June 15 m 18
scrambled eggs For details, call the O'club 283-4357. Rain dates July 27-30. Call 283-3059 for details. -41 2

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Golden Bolt


Statt Sgt Stacey Haga
Master Sgt. Louis Columbus, 325th Air Control Squadron unit
training manager, briefs squadron personnel on suicide preven-
tion and awareness. Sergeant Columbus found the Golden Bolt
in April. He found the bolt on the runway while participating in
the post-Air Show FOD walk.

The Gulf Defender is published for people
like Airman 1st Class Jennifer Moorer,
325th Security Forces Squadron

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