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Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts

SNCO induction
There will be a formal
senior noncommissioned
officer induction ceremo-
ny July 20 beginning with
a social hour at 6 p.m. at
the Enlisted Club.
The event, themed
"Leadership is a Jour-
ney Explore the Pos-
sibilities," will feature
the eighth Chief Mas-
ter Sergeant of the Air
Force, Sam Parish, as
the guest speaker. Senior
NCO selectees interested
in attending the event
should contact their first
sergeants to sign up.

Finance closure
The 325th Comptroller
Squadron will be closed
after noon today for an
official function.

Boss, buddy night
Boss and Buddy Night
is 4 p.m. today in the En-
listed Club's Main Ball
Room. The event is free
and everyone is invited to
attend. Dress is casual or
uniform of the day. For
more information, call
Master Sgt. Brian Hamp-
ton at 283-3268.

New commander shares
goals, ideals ...

Master, technical sergeant
PAGE 6-7

Mine explosion update...

Senior Airman Sarah McDowell
A horse is a horse...
Jody Dillon, Tyndall Stables chairman, exercises her horse at the stables after work. For more informa-
tion on the horse stables available at Tyndall, see Pages 10-11.

Tyndall Airmen involved in IED explosion

325th Fighter Wing public affairs
Two Airmen from the 325th
Civil Engineer Squadron are
safe after being in the vicinity
of an improvised explosive
device detonation May 26 in
The two Airmen, Senior
Airmen Levi Kemp and Bruce
Thomashunis were deployed
to the 506th Air Expeditionary
Group/Expeditionary Civil En-
gineer Squadron EOD flight in
Iraq. Their vehicle had minor
"They were in route to defeat
a discovered IED when they

were attacked by an additional
IED," said Tech. Sgt. Jeremy
Unterseher, 325th CES, EOD
The deployed unit is respon-
sible for all ordnance related
situations, like road bombs and
weapons caches in their area of
"Our main mission is to en-
sure the main supply routes and
alternate routes are IED free,"
said Sergeant Unterseher.
lED's, like the one Airmen
Kemp and Thomashunis came
across, have been frequently
encountered while the unit
performs its duties.

The 325th CES deploys on
a regular basis and ensures
their Airmen receive the best
possible training to prepare
them for the deployment and
any incidents that may arise
while deployed.
"Training is what we do.
We prepare for the mission
by conducting home station
training, attending Silver Flag
exercises and also attend vari-
ous other IED related courses,"
said Sergeant Unterseher.
"Our EOD troops are ex-
treme professionals. They
receive the absolute finest
training and equipment, and

they constantly adjust their
tactics, techniques, and pro-
cedures to counter the enemy
threat. They practice good
ORM and do not take unneces-
sary risks. Their contribution
to the war on terror has been
tremendous, and they put their
life on the line every time they
go outside the wire," said Lt.
Col. Curt Van De Walle, 325th
CES commander. "Thankfully
the enemy did not prevail in
this case, and if I know my
EOD troops, they have learned
from this encounter and it has
only stiffened their resolve to
win this war."

Trust, T eamwork, Train

Vol. 65, No. 24

June 16, 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
final winner. The
prize can be claimed
at the Public Affairs
office. Congratula-
tions to Master Sgt.
James Gross, with
the 1st Aircraft Main-
tenance Unit for cor-
rectly guessing the
June 9 "Identify this"
as a battery.

June 16, 2006

"My favorite dad is Tony Soprano.
He knows how to separate family
life from work life. He's a good
provider for his family."
Executive officer

"ProfessorX was like afatherfigure.
He taught students responsibility,
tolerance, good qualities and helped
them reach their full potential."

Intel analyst

"Major Dad, John Mac, reminds me
of my father. He was tough, ruled
with an iron fist and was fair."

Weather forcaster

"Peter Griffin is my favorite TV
dad because what he lacks in com-
mon sense and good judgement he
makes up for with enthusiasm."
Air traffic control apprentice

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

Gulf Defender

UXO sighting
Members of a chemical warfare class recognize and record
a unexploded ordinance during a class here recently. The
chemical warfare class now includes this "hands-on" train-
ing. Another new addition is the gas chamber. For more
information, see Page 9.

325th Operations Support Squadron

Who is your favorite TV dad,

and why?

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Commander Q and A:

Colonel Wolters speaks about goals, ideals

Q: What are your goals as the
new commander of the 325 FW?
A: Maintain an environment of
guaranteeing air dominance by
continuing with a back to basics ap-
proach. People are first ... mission

Q: What do you like best about
Tyndall and the surrounding com-
A: There genuine hospitality be-
tween the community and the instal-

Q: What attributes are the most
important for good leader to pos-
A: Trusting the team to accomplish
the mission. Trust fosters empower-
ment and ownership of that allows
leaders to lead without obstruction.

Q: What impressed you most
about your predecessor's accom-
plishments here at Tyndall?
A: His demonstrated trust of team

Q: Who has inspired you most in
your career and why?
A: My dad, he was an Air Force
leader and he lead from the heart. I
would talk to him twice a week.

Q: As the Air Force mission shifts
to an asymmetrical battlefield of to-
day and we take on more and more

Action Line
Call 283-2255

325th Fighter Wing commander

ground warfare responsibilities,
how do you see the role of Tyndall
morphing to meet these needs?
A: Continue to tailor the needs of
the warfighter. Tyndall will bear the
responsibility of Airmen deployed
overseas. Squadron commanders will
continue to adjust as necessary to
make sure that our Airmen are prop-
erly trained for deployment.

Q: How do you feel about this
assignment and the mission of
A: It's great to be here. As a career
Eagle driver, I've seen the value of air
superiority. Tyndall has been the one
base in the Air Force most respon-
sible for maintaining and sustaining
air dominance. Tyndall delivers air
dominance for the Air Force.

Q: What advice would you give
the enlisted Airmen who are on
the verge of reenlisting or getting
A: First, go with whatever your
heart tells you to do. Second, ex-
amine the quality of the individuals
you were afforded the opportunity
to work with in the Air Force. I'm
convinced there is not a finer group
to serve with than those who serve in
our 21st century Air Force.

Q: What is the accomplishment
that you are most proud of in your

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,

Lisa Norman
Colonel Wolters speaks at the change of command ceremony.

A: Having the opportunity to com-
mand fellow Airmen.
Q: Why do you serve this na-
A: For the opportunity to serve
with fellow Airmen who appreciate
that freedom is not free.

Q: Are strong community ties
important and why?
A: They are part of team Tyndall.

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.
Commissary 283-4825
Pass and I.D. 283-4191
Medical and Dental 283-7515
MEO 283-2739

They allow us the opportunity to con-
tinually improve as an Air Force.

Q: What is the benefit of inform-
ing the public through media op-
portunities on base?
A: It's our job to make sure the sur-
rounding community knows exactly
what Tyndall is doing in support of
Air Force and Department of Defense

MPF 283-2276
SFS Desk Sgt. 283-2254
Services 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.

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Page 4 Gulf Defender

Even with change, one thing remains the same: Standards

325th Mission Support Group Superintendent
Over many years of service, I have
seen numerous changes to the way
we accomplish the mission, however,
my view on Air Force standards has
remained the same.
The development and institutional-
ization of core values reinforces stan-
dards into Airmen's daily mindset,
specifically "Service Before Self."
Violations of cell-phone regula-
tions and uniform policy, for ex-
ample, break down our willingness
and ability to follow orders while
performing routine duties. Standards
apply anytime the uniform is worn,
on or off duty, regardless of duty
It seems there may be a lack of
knowledge, poor communication or
just a general disregard of the regu-
lations that governs use of cellular

"Ihe development and institutionalization of our core values
reinforces standards into our daily mindset, specifically "Service
Before Self."
325th Mission Support Group Superintendent

phones and wear of the uniform. I
see personnel in uniform on our in-
stallation walking or driving while on
a cell phone. According to the current
policy, uniform military members are
not to walk or drive in uniform while
on a cell phone or radio.
Only a government issued device
and hands free headsets are autho-
rized while in the performance of
official duties.
Just like the cell phone regulation,
our service has also set standards on
personnel performing unofficial du-
ties off base in uniform. Air Force

instructions said we are only autho-
rized to be in uniform while making
short stops or eating lunch at local
establishments where people wear
comparable civilian attire.
However, I've noticed personnel
in uniform at local off-base busi-
nesses like Wal-Mart, Sam's Club
and Winn Dixie shopping and talking
on personal cell phones for extended
periods of time. This clearly violates
several of our instructions and pres-
ents a very poor military image to the
civilian community.
The importance of the Air Force's

mission and inherent responsibilities
to the nation require its members
to adhere to higher standards then
normally found in the civilian life.
Recently, the Secretary of the Air
Force said how important our core
values are to the nation:
"Our enduring Air Force Core Val-
ues provide a touchstone as we rise
to meet current and future challenges,
threats and opportunities."
If we are to meet these challenges,
we should be able to abide to some
basic standards daily. We are all
charged with upholding standards
whether we are in or out of uniform,
on or off base, 24/7.
I challenge all of us to keep this in
mind, educate those uninformed on
the policies and show the American
people we are up to the challenge to
fight our nation's battles and maintain
our nation's security.

The Gulf Defender is published for people
like SeniorAirman Mariano Diaz Miranda
from the 325th Air Control Squadron

June 16, 2006

Tyndall pharmacy undergoes changes

325th Fighter Wing public affairs
Effective July 1, Tyndall's pharmacy will no lon-
ger carry some medications, but those medications
will still be available at network pharmacies and the
TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy.
After a recent Department of Defense uniform
formulary review, medications Norvasc, Flomax,
Cymbalta, Lexapro, and Welbutrin XL were given the
status of non-formulary and selected to be removed
from military treatment facilities' inventories.
"Non-formulary status means the medications are
removed from the formulary and are no longer avail-
able through the military treatment facilities," said
Capt. Mary Rojas, 325th Medical Support Squadron
Pharmacy Services associate chief.
The uniform formulary evaluates a variety of medi-
cation classes throughout the year and either adds new
medications or changes the status of existing medica-
tions provided by military treatment facilities.

"The pharmacy will continue to provide refills to
patients who are already taking Cymbalta, Lexapro,
and Welbutrin XL, but any new prescriptions for
new patients just starting the medication will fall
under the non-formulary rules and will need to be
obtained through a network pharmacy or TMOP for
a $22 co-pay for non-active duty members," said
Captain Rojas.
To obtain these medications at a $9 co-pay,
medical necessity documentation from a physician
is required.
Active-duty servicemembers will only be able
to fill prescriptions for a non-formulary medication
when it is determined to be medically necessary by
a physician and will not have a co-pay, according to
the TRICARE Web site.
Another cost-free option for treatment, is to have
a healthcare provider prescribe a therapeutically
equivalent medication that is offered at military treat-
ment facilities, said Captain Rojas.

For information on medical necessity documenta-
tion visit
nonformulary.cfm or call Express Scripts at (866)
For additional questions about your pharmacy
benefit contact the TRICARE beneficiary office at

Pharmacy tips
Tyndall's pharmacy processes an aver-
age of 1,000 prescriptions-a-day. To get
the best service possible follow these
Fill prescriptions on Monday
Avoid the midday rush 10:30 a.m. -
1:30 p.m.
Use the TRICARE Mail Order Pharmacy
at (866) 363-8667
Use local pharmacies participating in
the TRICARE Benefit Program

June 16, 2006

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Page 6 Gulf Defender

Congratulations to

(The following technical sergeants were se-
lected for promotion Thursday.)

Kenneth Allbrooks, 325th MOS
Randall Aubin, 325th AMXS
Dale Andrews, 823rd RHS
Penny Blackburn, 325th OG
Troy Brown, 325th AMXS
Michael Carsey, 325th MXS
Brady Chieffi, 325th MDSS
Steven Cournoyer, 325th AMXS
Thomas Crawford, 325th AMXS
Joseph Czeck Jr, 325th AMXS
Peter Darmstedter, 325th AMXS
Gregory Elliott, 372nd TRS/Det. 2
James Forcella, 325th SFS
Joseph Fortino, 325th MOS
Michael Graham, 325th MOS
Scott Graham, 325th AMXS
Cameron Guilliams, NCOA
Joseph Hall, 53rd TSS

June 16, 2006

Tyndall's new master, technical sergeants

Vincent Hayes, 325th AMXS Scott Seavey, 325th AMXS
Timothy Hester, 325th COMM Craig Smith, 361st TRS
Lance Hopping, NCOA Michael Smith, NCOA
James Jellison, 23rd FT RUCKER Patrick Smith, 325th AMXS
Anthony Jones, 325th AMXS Miguel Soto, 325th AMXS
Michael Jones, 325th COMM Bret Stout, 325th CES
Jamie Jordan, 28th TSS/ Det. 2 Patrick Tarin, 325th AMXS
Alan Klaus, 325th OG Roger Thornton, 325th ACS
Joseph Lariviere, 325th OSS Timothy Vanhorn, 325th MXG
Charles Kebart, 81st TS Steven Vinsh, 325th MXG
Joel Little, 361st TRS Terri Watkins, 325th MOS
Barry Littlefield, 325th MXS Lee Weinberg 325th AMXS
Jose Martinez, 325th ACS David Wilder, 325th MSS
Michael Martinez, 66th TRS,DET 2 Durand Yangson, 823rd RHS
Tony Mixon, 82nd ATRS Wilson Yasmeen, 325th OSS

Robert Mccloud, AFNORTH
Joel Mcwilliams, 325th MXS
Roy Monroe, 325th AMXS
Tommie Morey, 325th AMXS
Matthew Mullin, 325th SFS
Kathleen Mygan, 53rd WEG
Robert Newman, 325th ACS
Brian Phill Norris, 325th MXS
Alphonso Overton, 325th FW
Kirkland Raibon, 53rd WEG
Jalal Razick, 325th MOS
Samuel Rea, 325th OSS
Frederick Reasner, 325th AMXS
Wildo Rosario, 43rd FS
Anthony Rose, 325th AMXS
Daniel Schifley, 325th MXS
Edward Schroeder, 325th MXS

(The following staff sergeants were selected
for promotion Thursday.)

Christian Addison, 361st TRS
Don Allen, 823rd RHS
David Anderson, 325th ACS
Stoney Bair, 325th OSS
Daryl Bernhardt, 325th COMM
Robert Bogie, 361st TRS

June 16, 2006

Joshua Bost, 325th MXS
James Boyce, 83rd FWS
Kennison Boyer, 325th MXS
Eric Bradley, 325th MXS
Brandi Breyfogle, 325th MDOS
Denise Brown, 325th MDSS
Brian Bussie, 325th COMM
Morgan Cabaniss, 325th SFS
Valentine Caldera, 325th MXS
Jerome Capalad, 325th CES
Michael Cirulli, 372nd TRS
Matthew Conley, 325th AMXS
Rene Contreras, 325th SFS
Jessie Cox, 325th AMXS
James Curtis, 325th AMXS
Kevin Dales, 28th TEST
Ruben Davila, 325th CES
Nichelle Denny, 325th COMM
Joey Dimauro, 325th CES
Michael Doane, 313rd TRS
Chuck Duke, 325th MXG
Daren Dykes, 325th MSS
Jonathan Echols, 81st TEST
Darrell Erdman, 372nd TRS
Nicholas Fears, 325th AMXS
Kevin Friend, 325th FW
Floyd Gardner, 325th AMXS
Benjamin Garman, 325th COMM
Michael Grant. 325th SFS

Edward Gyokeres, 325th AMXS
Kenneth Hauck, 325th FW
Jason Hernandez, 325th SFS
Rodney Ho Jr, 361st TRS
Givonnie Jackson, 325th OSS
Richard Jackson, 23rd TS
Dino James, 325th COMM
Jason Komlodi, 28th TS
Sanders Lato Jones, 325th MSS
Earl Lancaster S, 325th AMXS
Jeremy Seth Larsen, 43rd FS
Kristopher Lankert, 342 TS/Det. 2
Tonisha Layne, 325th FW
Samuel Lebouef, 325th AMXS
Robert Liggon, 325th OSS
Robert Livingston, 325th SFS
Heath Marlin, 325th AMXS
Adam Martin, 325th MXS
Ramon Martinez, 325th OSS
Clarence Mathis, 325th MSG
Brian Mayberry, 28th TEST
Wayne Morris Jr, 361st TRS
Steven Murphy, 325th MXS
Edward Nagy, 325th OSS
Choyo Navedo, 83rd FWS
Stephanie Nelsen, 823rd RHS
John Novak, 325th MDSS
Kenneth Oberdorf, 23rd TS
Terry Olson, 53rd WEG
Travis Parker. 325th AMXS

Gulf Defender Page 7
Joseph Pedone, 325th OSS
Jefferey Peterson, 325th AMXS
Gerhard Pieper, 325th MXG
Matthew Porter, 53rd WEG
Vincentpaul Reyes, 325th MOS
Sherry Rivera, 325th ADS
Charles Roberts, 325th OSS
Christopher Romano, 325th SFS
Eric Rutherford, 325th SFS
Michael Samsel, 325th MXG
Glenn Santos, 325th CES
Scott Schirk, 823rd RHS
Jake Scott, 372nd TRS
Michael Shipman, 325th AMXS
Jaime Simon, 313rd TRS
Scott Simon, 313rd TRS
Sheryl Smith, 325th MDOS
Jessie Snyder, 325th MXS
John Sowell, 325th AMXS
Daniel Stone, 325th AMXS
Michael Taylor, 81st TEST
Scot Thorpe, 325th MXS
Jeffrey Trauth, 28th TEST
Jonathan Tringali, 325th AMXS
Jason Troxell, 325th AMXS
Edward Tyre Jr, 325th OSS
Bobbiejo Walden, 325th MXS
Beatriz Webb, 325th FW
Joshua Wiener, 325th MXS
Pleashette Wilev. 325th MDSS

Page 8 Gulf Defender

SFS Airmen, military-working dogs train, deploy

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Two of the Air Force's toughest Air-
men are enroute to a 190-day Global
War on Terrorism deployment after
barking for a seat on a commercial
airline that left Panama City June 16.
Spike and Tucker, two of the seven
military working dogs stationed here,
are attending training at Nellis AFB,
Nev., with their handlers until they
head to their area of responsibility
For Tucker, the senior member of the
pack, this is his sixth deployment.
"I'm confident they will accomplish
their mission due to the high quality
training we provide here, as well as the
high caliber personnel that we have as
K-9 handlers," said Maj. Christopher
Corley, 325th Security Forces Squad-
ron commander.
Their deployed mission is to detect
and deter acts of aggression against
U.S. and coalition forces, said Tech.
Sgt. Jake Burkett, 325th Security
Forces kennel-master.
Primarily they conduct explosive
detection and searches. Vehicles, lug-
gage of arriving personal and departing
persons on base visits are all things
they sniff.
"They also support U.S. Army and
Marine Corps to conduct raids in the
villages and conduct vehicle convoys,"
said Sergeant Burkett. "During hours
of darkness they patrol the perimeter
for personnel attempting to breach
To get to this point, fears of loud
noises, cars and walking down stairs
had to be overcome during training
courses here and at Lackland AFB,
At Tyndall, they worked hard to be
officially assigned and certified as a
team with a security forces Airman.

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From left, Spike and Tucker head through the Panama City International Airport security checkpoint on
their way to the plane with their respective handlers, Staff Sgts. Pat Schue and David Gum. Because they
are working police dogs, they get to bypass the screener and sit on the plane, unlike other traveler's pets
that normally travel in crates in aircraft cargo.

"It takes time and patience to make
a dog comfortable in their position and
build confidence in them," said Ser-
geant Burkett who has been a handler
of six dogs in 12-years. "The training
comes all-natural for them."
Each dog learns differently, so
lessons must apply to their person-
ality, just like any other student in
an Air Force class. Tucker is very
enthusiastic and gets real anxious
when his handler is not right next
to him. Spike is known for needing
more praise-voice to get him mo-

tivated from his lackadaisical state.
"We set-up scenarios they might en-
counter while deployed, to familiarize
the dog and handler with situations and
mission requirements they normally
wouldn't see in the states," said Ser-
geant Burkett.
To create a training environment,
security forces personnel can use
gunfire and ground-burst simulators to
familiarize dogs with the sounds heard
in combat.
Trainers will wear their "battle
rattle," body armor, helmet, gear and

weapon, so together the team can fig-
ure out what works and what doesn't as
far as the wearing of their gear.
"With a higher operations tempo
and a home station mission, explosive
qualifications are needed more since
9/11," said Sergeant Burkett.
Too dangerous to be with others,
the isolated lifestyle becomes habit
and training becomes the reason to
wake up each morning. Like other
Airmen, they have career development
courses, quarterly reviews and annual

June 16, 2006

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Future gas chamber will produce confident war fighters
Future gas chamber will produce confident war fighters

325th Fighter Wing public affairs
Gas! Gas! Gas!
Those words echo loudly through Airmen's heads as
they quickly don their gas masks and run for cover.
These Airmen are not at war; they are in chemical
warfare training at Tyndall.
They emerge from shelter, the garage ofthe 325th Civil
Engineer Squadron building, in full Mission Oriented Pro-
tective Posture gear and search for unidentified explosive
ordinances lying in the grass around the building.
Pretty soon, Airmen will also have the opportunity to
test their donning skills as they enter a gas chamber filled
with tear gas as part of their chemical warfare training.
For about one year now, a new $20,000 gas chamber
has been in development.
Once the gas capsules arrive, the chamber will be open
for business, saidAirman 1st Class Ryan Mahoney, 325th
CES, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and
High-yield explosive training instructor.
'The chamber is atempertentthat has heating source
in it to get the capsules to release the gas," said Airman ....
honey Tech. Sgt. Thomas Molloy, 325th CES, inspects the fil
The use ofthe gas chamber is expected to increase theloy, 325th pects the fil
effectivenessofchemicalwarfaretining.The325thCES ing the filter, it is important to make sure the connectir
effectiveness ofchemical warfare training. The 325th CESfrom getting a good seal.
area can prohibit the mask from getting a good seal.
plans to send the initial training classes
through the gas chamber at first and in
the future it will be used in the CBRNE he chamber increase the quality of training hat our de
training for Airmen before they deploy, chamber will increase the quality of training that our de-
said Tech. Sgt. Joseph Treholm, 325th players will receive and it will make them more able to accomplish
CES NCO in-charge of operations and their jobs with the gear on, by giving them the assurance that they
training. are protected."
"We will have the students don their
protective gear and move around in the 325th CES, Chemical, Biological, Radiological,
chamber to show them that their gear Nuclear, and High-yield explosive training instructor
works," said Airmen Mahoney. "It will
give the students the confidence thatthey "The strength we will use will be about 15 percent of
have a good seal on their masks." the strength used on riots and we have control over how them the a
The students willthenbe askedto remove theirmasks in strong we want it to be," said Sergeant Treholm. Mahoney.
the chamber to see what they have been protected from. The gas chamber will not only enhance the training By sen(
'The tear gas used inthe chambers ariot-control agent thatAirmen receive, itwill also assist instructors teaching their read
that chokes and tears up those who encounter it. Once the the course. The instructor's goal is to ensure everyone fighters re;
Airmen are removed from the agent they will be fine," knows how to don their equipment correctly and know a wartime
saidAirmen Mahoney how to get a good seal with their gas mask. The gas Gas! GC

Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
ter of his gas mask. When inspect-
ig end is free of dents. Dents in this

chamber will help the instructors determine
who does know from the others who are
coughing and crying in the chamber.
The gas chamberhas proven to be an asset
in improving chemical warfare training for
Airmen at other bases and will prove useful
here also.
'The chamber will increase the quality
of training that our deployers will receive
and it will make them more able to accom-
plish their jobs with the gear on, by giving
assurance that they are protected," said Airman

ling Airmen into the gas chamber as part of
ness training, they can emerge confident war
ady to take on any challenge they may face in
situation, even...
as! Gas!

What challenges do you think you are going
to face at your training here?
.' I'm just coming here from technical school, and there
is a more complex air space here. During training I just
worked with simulators and now its the real thing dealing
with pilots.
325th Operations Support Squadron air traffic control apprentice

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Jody Dillon exercises "Dude," her horse, in an arena at the stables. There are two arenas at the stables and 12 bars.
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Ms. Mobley and Amanda ride, while Mrs. Dillon escorts her horse into the sunset, after a day of exercising
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325th Fighter Wing public affairs
Hidden in the thick forests of Tyn-
dall, nestled by the bay, is a place
where people go to ride.
The Tyndall stables is home to 24
horses and a second home to their
Traveling out to the stables at least
morning and evening to feed and ex-
ercise the horses, these riders get to
enjoy scenery that many Tyndallites
may have not yet seen.
"My wife and I are trail riders and
take them out on the beach that we
have there and it is pretty nice, es-
pecially in the winter time," said
Terry Townes. "You could be out on
the trail hours and hours and still not
The location of the stables itself is
also something that the riders admire.
"We have access to two beautiful
arenas, and a hundred miles of trails,"
said Jacquelyn Mobley, who has been
riding for 10 years. "Not to mention
we have a gorgeous view of the bay
and Shell Island."
It seems there are many benefits
from horseback riding from camara-
derie to exercise.
"I don't think there is just one great
benefit from riding," Ms. Mobley
said. "When I ride, it is as if I en-
ter a whole different world. I forget

about my daily stresses, am able to
work out, and I learn a tremendous
amount about patience. Plus, I never
stop having fun."
But, recreation is not all that the
stables offer. The riders have found
ways to take their favorite activities
and help the community.
"Some of our people have gone out
and partnered with the Bay County
horseman's posse and looked for
missing people in the woods," Mr.
Townes said. "The riders can get
into areas to look for missing people
along coastlines and rivers or bayous
where people or vehicles can't go.
Volunteers with horses provide this
They also provide community ser-
vices for Tyndall.
"We worked with the Officers'
Spouses Club to give tours, provided
Christmas hay rides, participated in
parades for the summer fling," Mr.
Townes said. "Most anything that
the 325th Services Squadron can
plug us into, we have been in."
Airmen who have an interest in
giving back to the stables and meet-
ing the horses also have an opportu-
"There is always work to be done
and fences to be fixed," Mr. Townes
said. "Everyone is more than wel-
come to come out and look at the fa-

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Amanda Dillon rides "Stormy" bareback at one of the two arenas
here. Bareback riding is a leisure way to ride.

A horse munches on some hay. Recently, all the members of the
stables worked together to unload and disperse 300 bales of hay.
This happens every two months.

Ms. Mobley's horse, "Festus," gets a drink of water after a day of

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Honor Guard recruiting
The U.S. Air Force Honor Guard-
recruiting team will host a special
duty assignment briefing on June 22
in the NCO Academy Auditorium
from 10:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. An
applicant can expedite the process-
ing of his/her application if they
bring a completed application with
them to the briefing. To obtain a
copy of the special-duty applica-
tion, contact the wing career ad-
visor, Senior Master Sgt. Albert
Lewis at 283-2222.

School physical offered
School and sport physical are by
appointment only at Tyndall. Call
the appointment line 283-2778 to
schedule. If a child's medical re-
cord does not reside at the Tyndall
clinic, the child must bring a copy
to the appointment, or reschedule.
Families with records in transit due
to PCS are exempt from this rule
and will receive a review upon the
record's arrival.
Any child who is new to Bay
County schools needs a physical
within 30 days of entry into school.
Any child who will be playing
sports for the Tyndall Youth Cen-
ter, Bay County Middle or High
Schools needs a current physical
(past 12 months). In both cases,
the provider may be able to sign the
forms without a physical exam if
the parent can show proof of a well-
ness visit or physical in the past 12
months, and the child has no change
in their health status.

Limited space at the marina
Beginning June 22, there will
be limited parking at the Beacon
Beach Marina due to pavement of
the parking area.
The public boat launch will be
closed; however, the private boat
launch will be available for usage
for all Tyndall patronage. The Ma-
rina Grill will remain open. Flag
personnel will be present to direct
traffic and parking. The estimated
completion date of construction is
July 28. For any further questions
or concerns, please feel free to call
the marina at 283-3059.

Base ropes course
The base ropes course offers a pro-
gram that promotes team cohesion,
strength and provides an opportu-
nity for self insight. Call the Tyn-
dall Outdoor Recreation, Bonita Bay
program coordinator to schedule, at

Volunteer opportunity
Covenant Hospice will host a Vol-
unteer Orientation 9-11 a.m. June
24 at Covenant Hospice's Education
Center at 107 West 19th Street.
This orientation provides an over-
view of hospice programs and ser-
vices and explains the role of the
volunteer. After completing the ori-
entation and an application process,
volunteers can indicate their place-
ment choices.
Volunteer opportunities include
administrative support in a Cov-
enant Hospice office or Community
Support Center, special events and
fundraisers, or the Ambassador Com-
munity outreach program. This is a
free program and open to the public.
Registration is requested and refresh-

ments are provided.

My Soldier Pen Pal program
My created five simple
ways to show patriotic support:
1. Go to to
register for the "My Soldier" pro-
gram and adopt a soldier who could
use a pen-pal or friend.
2. Encourage children and students
to spend their summer vacation cre-
ating a meaningful, even educational,
pen pal relationship.
3. Join the program as a family.
Family 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
soldier who would like to be adopted
through the Web site link.

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

June 16, 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.)

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Chrissy Cuttita
One corn dog, please!
Airman 1st Class Cody Mood, 43rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit aircraft armament systems jour-
neyman, orders food at the Berg-Liles Dining Facility. Due to limited space and increased tem-
porary duty commitments, the facility will be limited to meal-card holders, on-duty security po-
lice (weapons carrying), firemen, and temporary duty personnel during lunch meal until Aug. 1.
From June 19 to Aug. 1, the Eagle Quick Turn (flight kitchen) will be limited to personnel with
flight line badges for all meals.

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Senior Airman Sarah McDowell

Softball Standings
National American

Three hour tour...
Col. Ed Fienga from Head-
quarters Air Force Space
Command, and his family, fin-
ish boating in the Gulf. They
rented a boat from Bonita Bay
for the day. The recreation
center offers sports and other
equipment, such as camping,
fishing, scuba diving, and
lawn equipment. For more
information on their services,
call 283-2495.

Golf Standings

Won Lost

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Congratulations to the
tennis champion!

James Garred from the
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Mine explosion puts two Airmen on different paths to recovery

Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency
One year ago, two Air Force civil
engineers were severely injured when
a land mine exploded. The two were
assigned to the 455th Expeditionary
Civil Engineer Squadron at Bagram
Air Base, Afghanistan. One had his
foot blown off. The other received
serious damage to both legs
The explosion sent both men on
separate journeys toward recovery.
One underwent a below-the-knee
amputation and a long rehabilitation
process at Brooke Army Medical Cen-
ter in San Antonio. The other still has
both legs, but is in constant pain and
faces years of physical therapy.
Their day started routinely -- as rou-
tinely as a day in a combat zone could.
Staff Sgt. Chris Ramakka, an explo-
sive ordnance technician deployed
from the 6th Civil Engineer Squadron
at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., and
other EOD Airmen were cleaning up
an old Soviet artillery site approxi-
mately 12 miles from Bagram
"The guys had scouted out the area
the day before, and we were picking
up 122 mm and 155 mm tank rounds,"
Sergeant Ramakka said. "I was walk-
ing back and forth looking for stuff on
the ground, picking it up and taking
it away."
His squadron commander, Maj.
Matthew Conlan, deployed from the
422nd Air Base Squadron at Royal Air
Force Croughton, England, was out
with the team, observing the removal
"I like to go out with my guys,"
the major said. "If they're swinging
hammers, I'll swing hammers with
them. If they're pouring concrete, I'll
pour concrete with them. It gives me
perspective and expertise."
The area was a few hundred feet
from a known mine field, but it had
been marked off and they were well
away from it.
"If we had known we were work-
ing in a mine field we wouldn't have
been there. It wouldn't be worth our
time, because you can get blown up in
a place like that," Sergeant Ramakka
"Besides," he said, "the Afghans
were walking around all over the
place. If the locals are walking around
-- now, that's not a guarantee -- you

are pretty safe."
They weren't. Somehow, the mark-
ers had moved, been moved or had
been incorrectly placed to begin with.
They had been walking in a mine field
for hours without so much as a mis-
step. That was about to change.
"There's a picture of us that Major
Conlan took probably not 30 seconds
before I stepped on the mine," said
Sergeant Ramakka. "I was probably
standing on it for a minute or so while
I was talking to him. Then I went to
move ...
Sergeant Ramakka's story
"I thought that the maj or had tried to
kill me," Sergeant Ramakka said. "It
didn't even occur to me that it could
have been caused by me, but eventu-
ally I realized what happened."
Sergeant Ramakka had stepped on
an old Soviet pressure-sensitive anti-
personnel mine, designed to blow
up not when weight is put on it, but
when it is removed. As he stepped off
the mine, it exploded, blowing off his
left foot and the tips of two fingers
on his right hand, and damaging his
right leg.
"Right after, I saw my leg and I
was pretty irritated. I was angry and
hitting the ground when sanity caught
up to me and said, 'You know, you're
in a mine field.' So I rolled back over
and waited.
"I assessed myself, wiggled my fin-
gers, took off my gloves, looked at my
hands and I was happy because I still
had my knee. If I was going to lose my
leg, it's easier if it's below the knee.
I never thought I was going to die. It
hurt, but it's supposed to, so I wasn't
really shocked by that."
Major Conlan, who was behind
Sergeant Ramakka, was blown to the
ground, his right leg shattered and his
left leg severely injured.
Civil engineers in the area quickly
began applying self-aid buddy care to
try and stabilize the injured Airmen.
Eventually they were joined by an
Army medic.
"I remember the guys were down
there looking for my foot and I'm
thinking, 'It's gone. You're not going
to find that thing,'" Sergeant Ramakka
The two Airmen were airlifted to the
hospital at Bagram AB. Despite the se-
verity of his injuries, the medical staff

Staff Sgt. Chris Ramakka prepares to go for a jog. He has a pros-
thetic for walking and one for running.

was able to save Major Conlan's leg.
Sergeant Ramakka's left leg was too
damaged to save and was amputated
below the knee.
"It's not something somebody wants
to happen to them, but at the same
time it could have been worse. It was
a crappy experience, but I'm alive."
After two days in the Bagram hospi-
tal, Sergeant Ramakka had short stays
at the Landstuhl Regional Medical
Center in Germany and Wilford Hall
in San Antonio.
He was then transferred to the am-
putee unit at Brooke Army Medical
Center in San Antonio to heal, begin
rehabilitation and be fitted for a pros-
thetic leg.
"When I first got my leg, I wanted
to just take off walking on it all the
time. I started walking on it before they

finished screwing it together. They
weren't too happy about that."
It didn't take long for him to go from
walking to running, something he said
he never really cared for before.
''No\\, that's all I want to do. It's
rough running on a regular prosthetic
leg. It's jarring, but you get used to
Sergeant Ramakka recently received
a new leg designed for running. Made
of high-tech materials, it's lighter,
more flexible and relatively more
"It hurts a little less than the other
one, but there's still nothing really
there absorbing your shock. If you
don't have enough socks on, you'll
bottom out and that really hurts."
He said he can already run a mile
with it and hopes to get up to three.

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Airman 1st Class Jason Brown, 43rd AMU crew chief, secures the seat of a F-22A Raptor.
Airman Brown recently found three bolts that came off a tire dolly on the taxi way making
him the Foreign Object Debris Preventer of the Month for May.

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Mr. Venable receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of the
Week award from Col. Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing
Richard Venable, 325th Communications Squadron ground radio communi-
cations craftsman, performed depot level repairs on equipmentto prevent athree-
day communication outage forthe 43rd Fighter Squadron andtower. He repaired
the tower radio, returning aircontrol capabilities to 100 percent and saved $1,500
in depot repair costs. Mr. Venable also engineered and implemented the public
address system for the 2006 'Thunder Over the Gulf'Airshow.

Name: Richard Venable
Duty title: Radio Maintenance Technician
Time on station: 11 years, 10 on active duty, one in civil
Time in service: 25 years active duty, one in civil service
Hometown: Richmond, Indiana
Hobbies: Computers, treasure-hunting with a global posi-
tioning system (geocaching)
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The weather and the
Favorite movie: All the "Star Wars" movies
Favorite book: "My Story" by Bob Knight
Pet Peeves: Those who run inside when the National An-
them starts
Proudest moment in the military: Winning the 2003
AETC Communications and Information Award

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 one-day pass.

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DACT maintaining
Airman 1st Class Glen Eason, 61st
Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew
chief, from Luke AFB, Ariz., re-
moves a screw from the flap seal
of a an F-16 rudder. The 61st F-16
Falcons are conducting formal syl-
labus training with the 43rd Fighter
Squadron F-22A Raptors on dissim-
ilar air combat maneuvers, tactical
intercepts, and continuation train-
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