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GULF


DEFENDER


Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts


4 1



Base lawn watering
With the hot weather
approaching and lim-
ited rain fall, the base
populace is reminded
to conserve water. See
Page 12 for watering
schedule.

SNCO induction
There will be a for-
mal senior noncom-
missioned officer
induction ceremony
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. Se-
nior NCO selectees
interested in attend-
ing the event should
contact their first ser-
geants to sign up.




How do you value your
service? ...
PAGE 3

Combat Archer ...
PAGE 6

Triathlete goes the dis-
tance, inspires others ...
PAGE 15


Gentle-riders
Motorcycle riders get to-
gether to go on a group
ride. The base has a
riding group called the
"Green Knights" that
meets to talk about
motorcycles as well
as safety procedures
and precautions. For
more information on the
group, see Pages 10-11.
Lisa Norman


Maintenance passes inspection with flying colors


MASTER SGT.
MARY McHALE
325th Fighter Wing PublicAffairs
Air Education and Training
Command maintenance inspec-
tors gave high marks to the 325th
Maintenance Group during
AETC's Maintenance Evalua-
tion Standardization Program
team's visit June 5-9.
The 38-person team "left
no stone unturned" according
to Lt. Col. Craig Hall, 325th
MXG deputy commander.
"They looked at each and every
facet- from group level to flight
level."
"It's a technical compliance
inspection and this one was one
of the best I've experienced,"
said the colonel. "We're ex-
tremely pleased we received
such a very good pass rate. It's
a testament to the high stan-
dards we set and meet every


"When they stop and say, 'Wow,' it's some-
thing far and above superior to anything they've
seen before."
LT. COL. CRAIG HALL
325th MXG deputy commander


day and the superb teamwork
amongst our blue suiters and
Air Force contractors such as
Defense Support Services and
Trail Boss. "
To evaluate hands-on mainte-
nance, the inspectors conducted
what's termed "personnel evalu-
ations," literal over-the-shoulder
observances during a mainte-
nance procedure. The deputy
commander said of 126 PEs
performed, 116 passed 92 per-
cent rate. "I think we achieved
this success because we have
such a high standard oftechnical
compliance on a day-to-day ba-
sis, not just during inspections,"


Colonel Hall said.
But what the percentages
don't portray is the sheer number
of items the inspectors evaluated,
1,265 to be exact. Just in the tech-
nical order library alone, there
are more than 6,000 volumes
and of the representative sample
the inspectors took, there was
only one discrepancy out of 121
evaluations. The overall pass
rate forthe 1,265 evaluations was
an equally superb 92 percent.
Andjust as these high numbers
reflect superior performance, the
colonel pointed out some low
ones that reflected superiority as
well zero to be exact.


"During the whole inspec-
tion, there were zero safety vio-
lations, zero discrepancies out
of 74 inspections in supply and
zero technical data violations;
it's unprecedented," Colonel
Hall said.
Additionally, the team also
bestowed 11 honorable men-
tions.
"When they stop and say,
'Wow,' it's something far and
above superior to anything
they've seen before."
"The 325th Maintenance
Group is one of the most re-
spected in the United States
Air Force," said Col. Tod Wolt-
ers, 325th Fighter Wing com-
mander. "They validated their
regulation with their perfor-
mance during their evaluation.
When we go to war, we want
the 325th Maintenance Group
out front!"


Trust, T eamwork, Train


Vol. 65, No. 25


June 23, 2006






Gulf Defender


Can you identify this
object? If so, send
an e-mail to editor@
tyndall.af.mil 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 Madonna
Fell from the 325th
Fighter Wing Judge
Advocate office for
correctly guessing
the June 16 edition
as an American flag.


"I like Hadrian's Wall in northern
England. I've hiked it."

MAJ. TARA MUEHE
67th Information Operation Group/Det. 6
commander


"I prefer Orlando. I have three chil-
dren, and we love the theme parks."
1ST LT. SCOTT WILLIAMS
Chief of C3 requirements


"I like Key West. The turquoise
water, temperature and beaches
are beautiful."

WARRANT OFFICER
RICHARD NADEAU
Canadian Tyndall Unit warrant officer


"Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in
Warm Springs, Ga. is my favorite.
It's a really relaxing place."

SENIOR MASTER SGT.
CHRISTOPHER SAYLOR
A3 Operations Superintendent


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
noted
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


Techno expo
Chris Rowe, 325th Operations Group, looks at the Lockheed
Martin display at the Technology Expo held here Friday. The
event was held to demonstrate to employees technology that
might improve their work-centers.


Focuses on Air Forces Northern


What is your favorite


vacation spot?


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June 23, 2006


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----------------- COMMENTARY


Do you value your service?

Commander reflects on friend's love of service through toughest of times


LT. COL. MIKE STAPLETON
43rd Fighter Squadron Commander
America values your service. Make
no mistake the average citizen views
the Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and
Marines as a symbol of the pride and
strength of our great nation.
You see it every day in airports, in
the grocery store, or at the bank. When
you wear your uniform in "Down-
town, USA," people come up to you
and thank you. It is becoming rare to
see a car without a "We Support Our
Troops" yellow ribbon on the tailgate.
Everywhere you go, you can find some
symbol of their thanks and respect,
including the ever popular "military
discount." The question I often ask
myself is this: Do I value my service
too?
It's easy to answer "yes" during the
proud moments we share, like standing
in formation during the singing of the
"Star Spangled Banner." We value our
service when we do well, like winning
aircraft maintenance unit of the quarter,
or getting an "Excellent" in an inspec-
tion. We especially value our service
when we achieve the mission objective,
whether it is an offensive strike, high
value asset protection, or providing
command and control for airborne
forces. Often times the question can
be a hard one, because service and
sacrifice go hand-in-hand.
However, it's sometimes tough to
value your service during chemical-
warfare training, during a long staff
meeting, or when fulfilling some detail


Action Line
Call 283-2255


COL. TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander


that does not seem to contribute to the
mission. During these trying events,
I usually catch myself looking at my
watch and thinking 'I could be doing
something better right now.' That's
when I remind myself that my service
is not a given and I think of a man
named Glen.
I've known Glen for a long time.


We went to school
together from day
one of kinder-
garten until high
school graduation.
Glen has a lot of
talents. He was
a state champion


4 -


Glen noticed his fingers and toes felt
"funny." Within one month, he was
diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and
was medically retired from the Army.
Within six months he went from an
incredibly fit and motivated company
commander who could run one-and-a-
half miles in eight minutes to a wheel-
chair-bound veteran who couldn't use


heart is in everything, even in the lit-
tlest things he does for our veterans.
I get to see Glen often and I am
thankful for that. He is a symbol of
perseverance, attitude and service to
me. I am also thankful for his parking
privileges. He reminds me that "The
general may have a good parking spot
at the base exchange, but I have a good
one everywhere."
Glen definitely
makes the best of


Everywhere you go, you can find some symbol of their thanks
and respect, including the ever popular 'military discount.' The
question I often ask myself is this: 'Do I value my service too?"'


runner, a tremen-
dous musician, an
'almost straight
A' student, and a fun guy to hang out
with. He was, and still is, a true friend.
When the time came for us to choose
careers, we both chose lives of service.
I obviously chose the Air Force, and he
chose the Army.
I took every chance to stir the flames
of inter-service rivalry with my friend,
but despite all the grunt jokes I could
muster, it was clear that Glen loved
the Army. He rose quickly through
the ranks and became a Black Hawk
company commander. I remember how
much he loved flying and I especially
remember how much he loved his
troops. Glen found his place in life,
and above all loved serving.
One day, while flying on a training
mission out of Ft. Sam Houston, Texas


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,


LT. COL. MIKE STAPLETON
43rd Fighter Squadron commander


his legs to drive. It was hard to watch
my friend go through such a change in
his life, and to watch it go so quickly.
Through it all, Glen kept his motiva-
tion, his love of his troops, and his love
of country.
Glen entered the ranks of an orga-
nization called the Paralyzed Veterans
Association and quickly moved up to
take a regional leadership position in
the Texas chapter. He fought hard for
those who served and were wheelchair
bound. The ranks of the PVA have
grown in the last few years. Glen's
job is not easy and it pays nothing, but
he loves serving. He also competes
athletically and can still beat me in the
one-and-a-half mile run. He claims it's
the wheels but I know it's his heart. His


call me at 283-2255.
For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
Wing Inspector General's Office,
283-4646.
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
Pass and I.D.
Medical and Dental
MEO


283-4825
283-4191
283-7515
283-2739


every situation.
Two weeks
ago we got to-
gether for din-
ner. It's clear to
me that Glen still


misses the Army.
He misses active
duty, he misses wearing the uniform,
and he misses the troops. I know he
would give anything to get one more
day in the active ranks. During our din-
ner, as the conversation turned towards
"shop talk," I had to avoid any discus-
sion about the burden of additional
duties. Sitting with Glen made three
hours of gate guard duty seem to be an
honor instead of a sacrifice.
I love to serve and I know many oth-
ers do, too. It's an honor and a gift. I
am not fond of sacrifice, and especially
hate the 'mickey-mouse' details. But, I
know it all comes in one package, and I
am reminded the gift of our service can
be taken away in a heartbeat. When I
forget that lesson, I think of Glen and I
am thankful for my chance to serve.


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.






June 23, 2006


Page 4 Gulf Defender

Don't let fire hazards dampen summer fun


MICHAEL NEWBURY
Tyndall Fire and Emergency Services
It is summer and things are
heating up. The season may
provide weather for lots of fun
in the sun and refreshing days at
the beach, but the heat without
much rain also increases the
fire danger level during outdoor
activities. Just the flick of a
cigarette out of the car window
could ignite danger for hundreds
of people. Safety should always
be in mind, even when having
fun.
Here are a few tips to keep
smiling in the sun:
Barbecuing
*Always maintain at least 10
feet between your grill and any
structure. Keep children and
pets away from grills in use and
make sure the grill is supervised
by an adult at all times.
*Ensure gas grills do not have
leaks, always check hoses for


tightness. Leaks in hoses are easily
detected by applying soapy wa-
ter. Dangerous carbon monoxide
fumes are present both while grills
are lit, and as they are cooling.
*Do not place grills inside ga-
rages or under carports until they
are cool.
Camping
*Campfires are extremely dan-
gerous this time of year. The
smallest ember can ignite a blaze
that bums for days endangering
hundreds of lives. Except in ap-
proved and designated locations,
open fires and camp fires are
prohibited on Tyndall AFB, for
more information, see Tyndall
Instruction 32-2001.
*Be sure to check with the
Tyndall Natural Resources Office,
Fire Department or the Florida
Department of Forestry prior to
planning a camping trip.
*Always use a flame retardant
tent, and set it up upwind from


the campfire location. When
setting up a campfire, be sure
to clear the area of all vegeta-
tion and surround the area with
rocks.
*Do not build the fire near
low hanging branches or veg-
etation. Extinguish your fire
using water or by covering it
with dirt. Make sure that your
campfire is extinguished prior
to leaving the campsite or go-
ing to sleep.
Fireworks
*Are also popular during
summertime holidays. The use
and storage of fireworks are
strictly prohibited on base un-
less approved in writing by the
325th Mission Support Group
commander.
*Fireworks are extremely
dangerous; they can bum up to
1,200 degrees and cause bums,
lacerations, amputations and
blindness.





June 23, 2006


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Page 6 Gulf Defender


Fighter aircraft arrive here for Combat Archer


CHmSSY CUTrTA
325th FighterWing PublicAffairs
Twenty-eight fighter aircraft are help-
ing to fill the skies over Tyndall AFB un-
til July 1, when their temporary duty here
ends.
F-15 Eagles from Mountain Home
AFB, Idaho, arrived with F-16 Falcons
from Luke, Ariz., and Shaw AFB, S.C.,
June 17 to participate in Combat Archer.
Approximately 300 Airmen deployed
with their aircraft and set up operations
in the 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron,
an Air Combat Command tenant unit lo-
cated at Tyndall.
"Combat Archer is the only cradle-to-
grave fighter weapon system evaluation,
from human to machine to weapon," said
Lt. Col. Raymond O'Mara, 83rd FWS
commander. "We evaluate operational
aircrew, flying operational aircraft, using
weapons that come directly out of our
wartime weapons stockpiles. This en-
ables us to evaluate the effectiveness of
our front-line air-to-air combat capability,
which we report annually to the com-
mander ofACC and the chief of staff of
the Air Force."
Approximately every two weeks, a
variety of units, from the Department of
Defense and international, station them-
selves at the squadron to test the weapons
systems on their aircraft.
"No other place in the Air Force pro-
vides this training and support," said
Master Sgt. Mike Husava, 83rd FWS li-


aison flight chief of a logistical team that
provides all pre- and post-deployment
planning.
Combat Archer provides Airmen an
air-to-air operations experience here be-
fore going into real-world combat over-
seas. Each pilot has the opportunity to
shoot live-fire missiles at sub-scale and
full-scale drones.
In addition, pilots also participate in
Combat Banner missions. A banner is
tied with a 200-foot cable to a Learjet al-
lowing pilots to improve their shooting
accuracy while testing the aircraft's gun
systems. After completion of the mission
the banner is evaluated by a team of 83rd
FWS analysts upon recovery of the air-
craft.
Maintainers here also monitor all
weapons loading so all safety procedures
and practices are followed.
'Visiting units benefit from the 83rd
FWS maintenance personnel since they
do not get the daily experience of loading
and unloading weapons at their home sta-
tions," said Sergeant Husava.
Members of the squadron actually
come from all career fields to provide the
unique training experience to the U.S.
military and its allies.
Their motto, "Preparing for warby test-
ing in peace" fits their unique mission.
"We are the Department of Defense's
largest fighter weapon system sustain-
ment evaluation program," said Colonel
O'Mara.


unrlssy uumtra
Staff Sgt. Keith White, left, 390th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weap-
ons load crew chief, changes the argon of an AIM-9 missile. He is
on temporary duty from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, to participate
in Combat Archer, a weapons evaluation exercise hosted by the
83rd Fiahter Weapons Sauadron located at Tvndall.


June 23, 2006





June 23, 2006


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Page 8 Gulf Defender


Force shaping necessary for AF budgetary management


MASTER SGT. MITCH GETTL
Air Force Print News
As Air Force officials continue to implement 2006
force shaping initiatives, they prepare forthe majority
of personnel reductions set for fiscal 2007.
They plan to reduce the service's current size by
40,000 full time equivalent positions by 2011. This
amounts to roughly 35,000 active duty positions.
"This plan is fairly front-loaded," said Lt. Gen.
Roger Brady, Air Force deputy chief of staff for
manpower and personnel. "To take care of some
investment accounts we have, and to meet some
obligations that were requested of us by the DoD,
about 20,000 (positions) must come out by the end
of fiscal 2007."
The Air Force, as well as the other Services,
receives appropriated funds based on the budgets
submitted by the president and approved by Congress
each year. It is fairly predictable within a certain
range how much money the Air Force will receive,
the general said.
Air Force officials designate funds into three main
categories: operation accounts that enable bases to
function and complete their missions; investment
accounts that buy and replace equipment; and people
accounts for paying, training and taking care of Air-
men.
"As it turns out, people are the most important asset
we have. They also are the most expensive asset we
have," General Brady said. "So we must keep those
accounts in relative balance."
Force shaping is both the size and shape of the
force, and Air Force officials prioritize shaping initia-
tives in order to complete mission requirements.
"The priority obviously is the Air Expeditionary
Force -- our first priority is to make sure we have
the right number of people in the right skill sets to
execute the mission," he said. "Second, you need
certain numbers of people at various points in their
career."
Air Force officials continuously study the force
structure and retention tendencies. By doing this, they
can predict to some degree what skills will be needed
in recruitment, how many people are recruited in each
skill set, and the likelihood of those individuals stay-
ing for a longer or shorter career.
"We have for many years brought in roughly


35,000 enlisted people every year," General Brady
said. "If things work out right, about 35,000 people
leave the Air Force every year. You must maintain,
for budgetary purposes, a certain force to do the job
and to stay within the budget and the authorization
that the Congress gives us."
Staying within the budget authorization means the
three main spending accounts must be balanced out.
Recapitalization is a priority for Air Force expendi-
tures. The general said the current aircraft average age
is 23. In contrast, at the end of the Vietnam War the
average age was eight.
"No\\, our force, our
equipment, our aircraft "f we
and our satellites are t to a
much, much more ca- not operate as effec
much, much more ca-
pable than they were at LT. GEN. ROGER
the end of Vietnam, but Air Force deputy chief of
they are getting old," he
said. "Air Force senior
leaders recognize that we must make sure that we
are not only the world's most respected air and space
force today, but for tomorrow as well. To do that, we
must recapitalize the aging fleet of aircraft."
In increasing recapitalization efforts, Air Force
officials are looking not only at the requirements
needed for today, but also at the future requirements
needed from an international security environment
standpoint.
"I think the senior leaders of the Air Force have a
very keen understanding that this war that we are in
is not the last war and it is not like the next one will
be," General Brady said. "I think there is avery good
realization there inevitably will be national security
challenges beyond what is happening in the Central
Command area of responsibility that we need to be
prepared for when they present themselves."
Couple the recapitalization efforts with the current
and future high operations tempo due to the war on
terror, and the result is operation and investment
costs increase.
"If we get too far out of balance, we cannot operate
as effectively," he said. "We cannot recapitalize, we
cannot replace the old equipment we have. And, the
Airmen who remain with us do not get the training
they need or the equipment they need, and we have
hard time sustaining operations. Let me also mention,


that if we have the right number of people, we are
much more likely to be able to sustain the benefits
package we have been able to secure with the very
generous assistance of the Congress."
The Air Force's expeditionary nature will impact
the personnel authorization reduction decisions. The
Air Force analyzes and priorities each career field
from a perspective of what it takes for each specialty
to support the AEF.
"I think we have a plan whereby we can do this,
but it is going to take the very best minds of the


ut of balance, we can-
tively."

BRADY
staff for manpower and personnel


Air Force to make this
work," he said. "I have
great confidence. We
have incredibly innova-
tive Airmen who, if you
turn them loose, can
solve problems."


He added that the
Air Force's operations
tempo is unlikely to change, and performing the
mission with fewer people means things must be
done differently.
"It sounds like a cliche, but we really do need
to work smarter and not work harder," he said. "I
think there are a lot of things we find, when you
have a large organization like the Air Force, that are
inefficiencies we can cut out. We are going to have
to be more efficient than we have been forced to in
the past.
Not lost in these force-shaping decisions is the Air
Force senior leader's empathy toward the affected
Airmen. The general said he has been through this
process three times during his 36-year career and that
many career Airmen have children in the Air Force
facing this current process.
"This is very personal to us and to the young men
and women, officers and enlisted, who are going
through this process," General Brady said. "It would
be flippant of me to say I know how you feel, because,
I can't know that. But, I understand the process. I
understand the gravity and importance of what we
are doing. That is why we take this very seriously
and why we want to the very best of our ability to
do it right to treat in the most fair and honorable way
the young men and women who have given such
incredible service to us."


June 23, 2006





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T"INING SINOTUGw


Class enhances NCO, senior NCO skills


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CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Starting in July, Tyndall's sergeants will
have monthly opportunities to refresh their
skills for three days at either the NCO or
senior NCO enhancement seminar.
These courses offer an Air Force stan-
dardized curriculum with wing-specific
administrative training.
"Course topics focus on communi-
cation, leadership, supervisory skills,
counseling, enlisted performance reports,
decorations, promotions and the enlisted
feedback system," said 325th Fighter
Wing Command Chief Craig Deather-
age. "The reason behind offering the
course is that we found people had gaps
up to 12 years since their last profes-
sional military education and that's far
too long to allow someone to go without
a refresher."
If someone of staff-sergeant rank
hasn't had PME for three years, they are
eligible for the NCO enhancement semi-
nar. This time usually falls in between
Airman Leadership School and the NCO
Academy.
Attendance at the SNCO en-
hancement seminar is mandatory for
all newly selected master sergeants.


'The seminar is not so much for the ben-
efit ofthe person; it is for the Airmen they
supervise," said Chief Deatherage.
Classes are taught by volunteer in-
structors who are SNCOs with experi-
ence or subject-matter experts with a
background in the topic.
"I have a better understanding of
how enlisted-performance-report bullets
effect promotion and how the SNCO
promotion board works," said Senior
Master Sgt. Daryl Shannon, 325th Com-
munications Squadron unit education
and training manager. "It helped me
identify strong and weak bullets when I
sat on quarterly award boards and senior
airman below-the-zone boards."
Seeing the promotion process is some-
thing most students enjoy, said Senior
Master Sgt. Al Lewis, Tyndall Career
Assistance Advisor and facilitator for
the seminars. NCOs get information on
what they need to advance in their career
while SNCOs get the opportunity to
experience a hands-on mock board that
includes grading packages.
One instructor who has been volun-
teering for three years, said teaching is
not only a privilege, but a responsibility
to pass on experience and knowledge to


the future leaders of ourAir Force.
"Besides the fact that I enjoy mentor-
ing our NCO corps, I brief the SNCO
promotion process because I am one
of the few chiefs on this base who have
actually sat on a central selection board
which helped select the Air Force's new-
est senior master sergeants," said Chief
Master Sgt. Mark Charles, 325th Com-
munications Squadron superintendent
who is known to teach the SNCO pro-
motion process and fill in for subjects on
recognition programs, effective writing
and mentoring. "It is vital that each NCO
fully understand the promotion process
if they expect to attain the Air Force's
top two enlisted grades."
Informal guided discussions and
case studies also provide an interactive
learning environment which not only
educates the sergeants, but also brings
them together as leaders and peers.
"I would definitely recommend this
course. It allows you to network with
other members of the Fighter Wing,"
said Sergeant Shannon. "It also gives
you good information about all the
benefits afforded to Air Force members
during active duty as well as after retire-
ment or separation."


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Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Student body training
A group of NCO Academy students participate in early morning circuit training as part of their
mandatory physical training requirements. The academy also includes stretching, aerobics and
kick-boxing in its PT program.


Why did you choose the
intelligence career field?

"It seemed like a fun job. It's
nice to see what is going on and
be able to teach someone else
about it and make his or her job
safer."
AIRMAN 1ST CLASS
JEREMIAH HOWE
Intelligence analyst
Assigned to 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena
AB,Japan




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Questions about
retraining?
Call the 325th Fighter
Wing Career Assistance
Advisor, Master Sgt.
Albert Lewis at 283-2222.


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FEATURE


Green Knights ride open road ft


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The knights slip on their armor,
their gloves are tight, and their hel-
met is secure. They discuss the mis-
sion that lies ahead and decide on the
safest course of action.
Their squires, follow suit and ready
themselves for the journey that lies
ahead.
A sense of excitement and camara-
derie fills the air as the time to depart
approaches.
Saddled up and ready to go, the
noble group heads out.
These knights are not in shining ar-
mor, nor do they ride a valiant steed.
They are Airmen, and their horses'
power comes from the motorcycle
they sit upon. They are Tyndall's
motorcycle club, The Green Knights
Chapter 21.
The Green Knights is a national
club founded in 2000 by a retired Air-
man. The club was started as a way
for bike riders at McGuire AFB, N.J.,
to get together, discuss issues, help
each other, and ride together. The
club quickly gained national status
as other Department of Defense units
developed Green Knight chapters in
effort to met guidelines set forth by
their respective branches to decrease
motorcycle safety issues.
"The club is founded on the prin-
ciples and values of charity, honor,
truth, respect, support, loyalty and
commitment," said Master Sgt. Cari-
anne Melnick, 325th Aircraft Main-
tenance Squadron first sergeant, vice
president and founder of the chapter.
The surrounding area of Tyndall is
a great place for motorcycling, but
there are many inexperienced riders
here. The Green Knights aim to teach
their riders to be prepared to ride, not
just equipment wise, but mentally
and physically, said Sergeant Mel-
nick.
"The club teaches you to be more
aware of your surroundings when
you are on your bike and even in
your car," she said.
"This is the first motorcycle club I
have been a part of. I like the positive
aspect that it gives the motorcyclists
by focusing on safety," said Tech.


Sgt. Timothy Hester, 325th Commu-
nications Squadron NCO in-charge
of voice networking.
The Green Knights provides a
great way for bases to increase mo-
torcycle safety
among their in-
stallation and
surrounding
area. The chap-
ter also acts as
a voice for the
motorcycling
community on
its installation.
The club pro-
motes safe mo-
toring by men-
toring newer
riders, produc-
ing a newsletter
with tips and lessons learned, and
holding meetings.
The club is more than just a ve-
hicle for more safety briefs to mo-
torcyclists; it's also a way to make
friends and gain experience as a
biker, said Sergeant Melnick.
"We have a common interest pro-
fessionally already; this is just one
more thing that we have in common.
The camaraderie is something we all
enjoy," she said.
Tyndall's chapter earned national
status March 27 and currently has
more than 40 members that share a
love of biking. The chapter holds its
meeting the second Wednesday of
every month at 3:30 p.m. at the com-
munity center. They discuss proper
PPE, weather precautions, mechani-
cal issues, safety concerns, and safe
riding practices among many other
topics. They also set up their next
ride.
Their rides take place the third
Wednesday of every month. They
also occasionally have a breakfast
ride, where they meet on the week-
end, have breakfast, and hit the road
for a trip. In the future, the Green
Knights are also considering giving
back to the community in charitable
projects such as Toys for Tots.
"The biggest thing people get
(from being a member) is experi-
ence. We can help new riders by


pairing them with a mentor who has
had many years of experience rid-
ing," said Sergeant Melnick.
The chapter is open to anyone who
meets the following criteria: have a
motorcycle and
have access to
Tyndall. The
DOD cardhold-
ers are dubbed
knights when
they join, while
their depen-
S dents are called
squires. There is
no discrimina-
tion against the
bike the mem-
bers chooses to
ride. Hogs, sport
bikes, mopeds,
and the like are all welcome in the
chapter.
"Our saying is 'all ranks, all
bikes, all the time,"' said Sergeant
Melnick.
To join the Green Knights, con-
tact Sergeant Melnick at 283-4869
or Staff Sgt. Michael Simons at
283-2505.


The Green Knights line up for a s
ing the number of bikes in a groin


Master Sgt. Carianne Melnick, 325th AMXS, participates in the safe-
ty ride on Tyndall. She makes sure she has her proper PPE and ap-
propriate clothing and footwear when she rides.


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)r safety's sake


Photos by Lisa Norman
afety ride on Tyndall. The Knights practice safe group riding by limit-
ip and using a safe staggering distance.


DOT approved helmet -



long sleeve
shirt or jacket


long pants


Safety tips for motorists

driving with motorcycles

- Look for motorcycles that are sharing the road. The
failure of motorists to see motorcycles in traffic is the
most common cause of crashes.

- Motorcyclist may be required to adjust their positions
within the traffic lane. Drivers behind motorcycles
should be prepared to let them slow down and change
lane positions sufficiently for maximum safety. The
"four second" following rule is recommended to judge
the correct distance when following a motorcycle.

- When passing a motorcycle, give the motorcycle the
same lane area that you would give another vehicle. Do
not share the lane with the motorcycle when passing.
Check your rear-view mirror and turn your head to look
over your right shoulder. When you see the passed ve-
hicle's headlights, you may
reenter the lane.

- Because motorcycles are smaller in size, drivers tend
to underestimate the speed of the motorcycle. Yield to
the right of way and always use your turn
signals.


The Green Knights participate in a safety ride on Tyndall.


June 23, 2006






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Base lawn watering schedule
The following is a lawn watering
schedule.
Base Housing:
Redfish Point, Shoal Point, Bay
View, Wood Manor, and Felix Lake
- Odd-numbered buildings may run
sprinklers Tuesdays, Thursdays and
Saturday.
The even-numbered buildings may
run sprinklers Wednesdays, Fridays
and Sundays.
The times sprinklers may run from
6:30-8:30 a.m. if they are manual
systems and 6:30-8 p.m. if they are
automatic systems.
Other than base-housing
Odd-numbered buildings on Mon-
days, Thursdays and Saturdays.
Even-numbered buildings on Sun-
days, Tuesdays and Fridays.
Manual systems are allowed from
7-9 a.m. Automatic systems are al-
lowed from 8-10 p.m.
No more than 30 minutes per
zone.

Education Center news
The Gulf Coast Community Col-
lege office will be open and classes
will be held July 3. They will be
closed July 4 for the holiday.
The next placement test to be held
at the Tyndall Center will be given
at 1 p.m. July 5. The cost is $4 and
due to limited space. Students should
sign up early.
GCCC is now accepting applica-
tions for a Military Scholarship. For
information about the scholarship,
stop by Room 45-A in the education
office or call 283-4332.

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 record
does not reside at the Tyndall clinic,
the child must bring a copy to the ap-
pointment, 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 Coun-
ty schools needs a physical within 30
days of entry into school. Any child


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who will be playing sports for the
Tyndall Youth Center, Bay County
Middle or High Schools needs a cur-
rent 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 wellness 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 park-
ing area.
The public boat launch will be
closed; however, the private boat
launch will be available for usage for
all Tyndall patronage. The Marina
Grill will remain open. Flag person-
nel 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
program that promotes team cohe-
sion, strength and provides an op-
portunity for self insight. Call the
Tyndall Outdoor Recreation, Bonita
Bay program coordinator to sched-
ule, at 283-3199.

Snack bar closure
The Oasis Snack Bar at the Com-
munity Center will be temporarily
closed June 23-July 5 for renova-
tions.
The Pizza Pub will remain open
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday-Friday,
5-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and
5-10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday.
For more information on the Com-
munity Center call 283-2495.

Dining facility limitations
Due to limited space and in-
creased temporary duty commit-
ments, the facility will be limited to
meal-card holders, on-duty security
police (weapons carrying), firemen,
and temporary duty personnel dur-
ing 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.


June 23, 2006


enlor Airman 3arah IMcV well
Serenading the seventies
Staff Sgt. Richard Brown, 325th Fighter Wing Staff Judge Advo-
cate military justice paralegal, sings, "Don't Let the Sun Go Down
on Me" during the third showing of Tyndall Idol at the Enlisted
Club Friday. Sergeant Brown is currently ranked as number one
among voters. Going onto next week's show, in order of favor
among voters, will be Airman 1st Class Keenan Coleman, 325th
Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Master Sgt. Derrick Moore,
325th Security Forces Squadron; Staff Sgt. Sherry Rivera, 325th
Aeromedical-Dental Squadron; Airman 1st Class David Williams,
325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; and Airman 1st Class Rob
Stewart, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. The next and final
show will be 6 p.m. Friday at the Enlisted Club in the Ballroom.


Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday,
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
service, 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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Inspired triathlete goes distance, inspires others


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th FighterWing PublicAffairs
Her breath fills her lungs and echoes
in her ears.
Her feet strike the pavement and drive
her forward to the finish line.
She keeps her mind focused on the
task at hand.
'You're doing great; keep it up," she
tells herself
The ribbon comes into view and she
can see the people onthe other side cheer-
ing her on.
As she crosses the finish line, an
overwhelming sense of accomplishment
and exhilaration comes over her. All the
swimming, biking and running seems like
a dream as she realizes her goal is met.
"I was hooked after that," said Lisa
Ramstad, 325th Medical Operations
Squadron secretary, speaking of her first
individual all-women's sprint triathlon in
2000. "I started running after I gave birth
to my first child about 18 years ago. It
was a good and healthy way to get the
baby weight off, and I loved the way I
felt afterwards. I joined a local running
club and found a race just about every
weekend."
Her casual running mindset soon
changed.
"In my first triathlon, I was a volun-
teer," she said. "I watched a man in his
mid-60scompete. Itwas amazing watch-
ing him as he transitioned through each
event and crossed the finish line with a
smile on his face. Iguess you could say he
was myinspiration. IhopethatwhenI'm
in my prime years I'll be healthy enough


to do the same."
That inspiration was what encouraged
her to take the next step and participate in
her first triathlon in 1995.
"I'm not overly fond ofthe water, so the
first fewtriathlons Iwas in, I was the runner
in a three-person team," she said.
After recovering from reconstructive
knee surgery in 1999, she quickly realized
that long-distance running was not a option
anymore.
"I tuned to biking as an alternative and
discovered that I enjoyed riding more than
running," she said. "It just feels so good.
It's like I'm in my own little world and
nothing else matters. I would ride every
day if I had time."
With biking as a new-found talent, she
then took on the challenge of competing in
individual triathlons, and she has competed
in eight triathlons, placing third in her first
competition, second in three of the events,
and fifth in two others.
She doesn't plan on resting on her lau-
rels, though.
"I've only done sprint triathlons, so my
goal is to participate inthe 2007 GulfCoast
Triathlon which is a half Ironman," said
Mrs. Ramstad.
Triathlons and Ironman competitions
require many hours of training, but Mrs.
Ramstad exercises good balance between
training, work and family.
"I'm not a professional, so my training
comes down to, basically, whenever I can
squeeze in the time between working full
time and taking care of my family. I try to
run at least four days a week, bike two to
three days and swim two days," she said.


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Mrs. Ramstad completes the swimming phase of the Splash and Dash
earlier this year at the Naval Support Activity Panama City Marina.


"When she trains, she is a very dedi-
cated, motivated person," said Staff Sgt.
Julia Rivera, the 325th Mission Support
Squadron, NCO in charge of promotions,
who has trained with Mrs. Ramstad. "She
pushes herself to the limits."
Even with her busy schedule, Mrs.
Ramstad still has the drive and talent to
finish well when she competes, which
makes her an inspiration to others who
train with her.
"She has inspired me in a great way.
She motivated me to try my first triathlon


which was back in 2004," said Sergeant
Rivera. "Because of her motivation, I've
been training ever since, even if it is just
for my health."
Mrs. Ramstad's advice to others wanting
to compete is simple:
"Don't wait," she said. "Find a local
running/triathlon club. There are always
people who are willing to train with you
and share their knowledge. Set a goal for
yourself and don't stop until you reach it.
No matter what happens in life, don't ever
give up and always believe in yourself."


Mrs. Ramstad races through base housing as she competes in the
Tynman Triathlon.


Mrs. Ramstad takes a breather as she poses in front of the finish-
ers sign at the Tynman Triathlon in May where she placed second
in her age group.


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Page 14 Gulf Defender June 23, 2006


Know your rights, entitlements before hurricanes hit


Hurricane season is here and
it's important to know how
Team Tyndall members will be
financially affected in the event
of an evacuation.
The 325th FighterWing com-
mander can order an evacuation
either verbally or in writing.
The type of evacuation order
given will determine who will
receive travel entitlements.
The commander has options to
evacuate military only, military
and Air Force civilians, or cer-
tain geographic areas such as
anybody living on base.
Here are some travel
facts:
Personnel who evacuate
will receive 44.5 cents per mile
if they drive their own vehicle.
An individual without depen-
dents can only be reimbursed
for one vehicle.
Individuals with depen-
dents who also evacuate may be
reimbursed for a second vehicle,
if it is used and one of the de-
pendents has a driver's license.
*Reimbursement for mileage
will be held to the maximum


evacuation distance authorized
by the wing commander. It is
also possible that the order will
include a minimum evacua-
tion distance. If so, you must
evacuate beyond that distance
to receive any reimbursement
for your travel.
Any tolls paid during the
evacuation travel are reimburs-
able.
Per diem rates will vary
depending on the location and
are available at https://secure-
app2.hqda.pentagon.mil/per
diem/perdiemrates.html.
You will only be reim-
bursed for the per diem rate of
locations within the authorized
evacuation area.
Here are some per diem
facts:
Per diem and maximum
lodging rates are on a per
person basis. So, if a family
of two evacuates to a city with
a max lodging rate of $50/day
and a per diem rate of $3 0/day,
then the family can receive
reimbursement for a maximum
of $100/day for lodging and


will receive $60/day for meals
and incidental expenses.
Receipts for meals are not
required.
Lodging receipts are re-
quired regardless ofthe amount.
Those staying with family or
friends will not be reimbursed
for lodging. If lodged on a
military installation, military
members will be reimbursed
based on the availability of
government dining facilities.
Here are some facts about
the government travel card:
Although the government
VISA card can be used during
an evacuation, it is important
to note that you are only autho-
rized to use it for reimbursable
travel entitlements, such as
stated above.
Automatic teller ma-
chine fees associated with
the government credit card
are reimbursable. However,
reimbursements of ATM fees
are limited by the entitled
withdrawal amount. For ex-
ample, if a member is entitled
to withdraw $500, any fees


Courtesy photo
During hurricane evacuations, government travel
cards may be used for expenses such as gas, room
and board and per diem.


incurred by withdrawing more
than that amount will be paid
by the cardholder.
Members evacuating are
encouraged to keep an itinerary
stating dates of travel.
Also, remember to have
your supervisor sign your
voucher before you submit it


to finance. This will make fil-
ing a settlement voucher much
easier.
For more information, call
your local finance office at
283-4117 or look in the Joint
Federal Travel Regulation.
(Contributed by 325th
Comptroller Squadron.)


Military officials take notice as Web


SENIOR MASTER SGT. PAULA PAIGE
Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
Whether you consider them citizen
journalists, like the controversial
Matt Drudge, or Internet correspon-
dents chronicling their everyday
experiences, bloggers are shaking
up the mainstream media and forc-
ing the military to provide guidance
to troops who are writing their own
online journals.
Essentially an online diary, a Web
log, or blog, is a personal Web site
featuring commentary or postings
in chronological order, with links to
other related sites.
Using free software, a blog can
be created in as little as 10 minutes,
and this new communication tool is
fast becoming a powerful force in the
information world.
The Internet has evidence of hun-
dreds of military blogs spread across
the globe, with troops of varying
demographics writing from Internet
cafes, barracks, homes or anywhere


with access to the Web.
About 27 percent of online U.S.
adults read blogs, and seven percent
write them, says a recent study by
the Pew Internet and American Life
Project, which produces reports ex-
ploring the impact of the Internet on
society. A new blog is created ever
5.8 seconds, with research indicatinll
that blogs will number 34 million
at the end of 2005, the organization
says.
As evidence of this medi-
um's continued growth, the
Army Times devoted its March
14, 2005, cover story to bloggers,
focusing on the military niche and
how troops' blogs provide firsthand
accounts of life on the frontline. Ac-
companying sidebar stories share
how some soldiers are making money
from advertisers with their blogs as
well as how others have signed book
deals.
Though most blogs are a harmless
medium for troops to tell their stories


journals march into services' ranks
without the filter of official screen- for publishing policy, procedures
ers, this new-age communications and guidance on information opera-
tool raises several concerns. tions for the Air Force.
Military members "The advent of personal
sharn psonal \\Web logs and their 'in-
arini ediaie sstant' connectivity to
can bc a threat '. .. a worldwide audi-
tO ,,l ratOnal ; ence, however, has
scCItt\, and -: raised the need to
tl' oO- = ..... -. re-enforce existing
S. DoD ethics and in-
formation security
guidelines.
"Like any other U.S.
sphere, as its fol- citizen, DoD personnel
lowers call it, is unregulated. enjoy the freedom and right to
The Air Force has weighed in; re- express themselves in such a forum.
cently reinforcing guidance to troops Individuals, however, as DoD em-
on information security policy regard- ployees, must exercise the utmost
ing blogs. discretion in commenting on DoD
"Paper-based personal journals and activities or individuals represent-
diaries have been around for many ing DoD. Failure to do so, could
years," said Maj. James Cabalquinto, violate policy leading to DoD dis-
Chief of Information Assurance for ciplinary and/or civil legal action,
Headquarters Air Force, whose of- and ultimately put DoD personnel,
fice at the Pentagon is responsible operations and resources at risk."






Gulf Defender Page 15


TRICARE mail order pharmacy makes


filling prescriptions cost effective, easy
FALLS CHURCH, Va. The Tricare Mail Or- and help contain rising health care costs. Ge-
der Pharmacy, administered by Express Scripts, neric drugs must meet the Food and Drug Ad-
Inc., is a cost effective and convenient way for ministration testing and approval requirements
beneficiaries to get prescription medications, before they are added to the Tricare medication
while also helping the Department formulary. McGinnis said FDA approved


of Defense contain health care
costs and sustain a first class
health care benefit.
Beneficiaries may save as
much as 66 percent of the
cost for maintenance medica-
tions for such conditions as
high blood pressure, asthma
and diabetes. These signifi-
cant savings result because
Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy
mails beneficiaries up to a
90-day supply of most medi-
cations for the same cost as a
30-day supply at a retail phar-
macy.
"Since 1996, Tri-
care's mail order
pharmacy has given
beneficiaries an af-


fordable and


convenient way to fill their prescrip-
tions," said United States Public Health Service
Capt. Thomas McGinnis, chief, Pharmaceutical
Operations Directorate, Tricare Management
Activity. "The mail order pharmacy option
gives our beneficiaries an easy, safe and cost-
effective option to get their medications as they
need them."
Beneficiaries may refill their prescriptions
by telephone, mail or on-line and prescriptions
are delivered directly to their home. Using the
mail-order pharmacy also saves beneficiaries
travel costs and time.
Generic medications are another way that Tri-
care beneficiaries save out-of-pocket expenses


generics are not only safe and effective,
but they are therapeutically equivalent
to brand-name medications. DoD's
regulation on generic drugs
requires all prescriptions
to be filled with a generic
medication if one is avail-
able.
To be eligible for the mail order phar-
macy, the sponsor and family mem-
bers must be enrolled in the Defense
Enrollment Eligibility Reporting Sys-
tem. Members of the National Guard
and Reserve, and their
eligible family mem-
bers, may also use
the mail-order phar-
macy, if the sponsor
is on ac- tive duty orders for
more than 30 days, and if their Tricare eligibil-
ity information is up to date in DEERS. Tricare
eligibility for sponsors and family members is
effective on the date of activation on the spon-
sor's orders.
Beneficiaries with pharmacy coverage
through another health insurance plan may use
the mail order benefit once they have exhaust-
ed their current prescription benefit or if the
drug they are taking is not covered under their
insurance plan.
For more information about Tricare's mail or-
der pharmacy, please visit the Tricare Web site
at www.tricare.osd.mil/pharmacy/tmop_order.
cfm. Beneficiaries may enroll in the mail-or-
der service at www.express-scripts.com/.


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Veterans may have compromised information after theft


SAMANTHA OUIGLEY
American Forces Press Service
Veterans Affairs officials
announced May 22 the theft
of personal information on
up to 26.5 million veterans.
However, VA Secretary,
James Nicholson, stressed
there's no indication the in-
formation is being used for
purposes of fraud.
"We at the VA have re-
cently learned that an em-
ployee here, a data analyst,
took home a considerable
amount of electronic data


from the VA, which he
was not authorized to do,"
Secretary Nicholson said.
"His home was burglarized
and this data was stolen."
The compromised data in-
cludes names, social secu-
rity numbers and birthdates
of veterans who separat-
ed from the military since
1975, he said
The information also may
have included data on vet-
erans who separated before
1975, but who submitted
a claim for VA benefits.


No medical or financial
information was compro-
mised, though the files
might have contained nu-
meric disability ratings in
some cases, Secretary Nich-
olson added. A statement
issued by the department
indicated that spousal in-
formation also might have
been compromised in some
cases.
"There is no indication
that any use is being made
of this data or even that (the
thieves) know they have
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Mr. David Gilson, 325th FW protocol assistant, was recognized for
leadership and contributions, which led to the success of the recent 325th
Fighter Wing change of command, eight squadron changes of command,
and numerous retirements this year.


Duty Title: Protocol Assistant

Time on Station: Three years, two military and one civilian

Time in service: 22 years military, one year civilian

Hometown: Grove City, Pa.

Hobbies: Motorcycles, woodworking, family

Goals: Win the lottery and move back to Hawaii

Favorite thing about Tyndall: Great weather

Favorite movie: "Black Hawk Down"

Favorite book: "The Agony and the Ecstasy" by Irving Stone

Pet peeves: Talking on cell phones while driving

Proudest moment in the military: F-15 incentive ride

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Time on Station: Two years and nine months
Hometown: Louisville, Ky.
Hobbies: Grilling, woodworking, gardening and
being a dad
Goals: Finish my bachelor's degree, get my air frame
and power plant license and make master sergeant
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Favorite thing about your unit: Teaching with
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award from 1st Lt. Christopher Reese, 372nd Train- Favorite movie: "Braveheart
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Sergeant Isaacs taught 185 course hours, graduated 35 Pet peeves: Liars
maintenance personnel, corrected deficient process, revamped Proudest moment at duty location: When my
production tracking procedures and garnered the second Air whole family was present for my re-enlistment
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June 23, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 1 Vol. 65, No. 25 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts June 23, 2006 In Brief Inside Trust, Teamwork, Training How do you value your service? ... PAGE 3 Combat Archer ... PAGE 6 Triathlete goes the dis tance, inspires others ... PAGE 15 MASTER SGT. MARY MCHALE 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Air Education and Training Command maintenance inspec tors gave high marks to the 325th Maintenance Group during AETC’s Maintenance Evalua tion Standardization Program team’s visit June 5–9. The 38-person team “left no stone unturned” according to Lt. Col. Craig Hall, 325th MXG deputy commander. “They looked at each and every level.” “It’s a technical compliance inspection and this one was one of the best I’ve experienced,” said the colonel. “We’re ex tremely pleased we received such a very good pass rate. It’s a testament to the high stan dards we set and meet every day and the superb teamwork amongst our blue suiters and Air Force contractors such as Defense Support Services and Trail Boss. ” To evaluate hands-on mainte nance, the inspectors conducted what’s termed “personnel evalu ations,” literal over-the-shoulder observances during a mainte nance procedure. The deputy commander said of 126 PEs performed, 116 passed 92 per cent rate. “I think we achieved this success because we have such a high standard of technical compliance on a day-to-day ba sis, not just during inspections,” Colonel Hall said. But what the percentages don’t portray is the sheer number of items the inspectors evaluated, 1,265 to be exact. Just in the tech nical order library alone, there are more than 6,000 volumes and of the representative sample the inspectors took, there was only one discrepancy out of 121 evaluations. The overall pass rate for the 1,265 evaluations was an equally superb 92 percent. And just as these high numbers colonel pointed out some low well zero to be exact. “During the whole inspec tion, there were zero safety vio lations, zero discrepancies out of 74 inspections in supply and zero technical data violations; it’s unprecedented,” Colonel Hall said. Additionally, the team also bestowed 11 honorable men tions. “When they stop and say, ‘Wow,’ it’s something far and above superior to anything they’ve seen before.” “The 325th Maintenance Group is one of the most re spected in the United States Air Force,” said Col. Tod Wolt ers, 325th Fighter Wing com mander. “They validated their regulation with their perfor mance during their evaluation. When we go to war, we want the 325th Maintenance Group out front!” “W LT. COL. CRAIG HALL 325th MXG deputy commander With the hot weather approaching and lim ited rain fall, the base populace is reminded to conserve water. See Page 12 for watering schedule. Gentle-riders Lisa Norman SNCO induction There will be a for mal senior noncom missioned officer induction ceremony 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. Se nior NCO selectees interested in attend ing the event should contact their first ser geants to sign up.

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Page 2 Gulf Defender June 23, 2006 “ 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 Gulf Defender Editorial Staff 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 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, the purchaser, user or patron. Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 325th Fighter Wing noted. 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 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. ON THE What is your favorite vacation spot? Identify this ... editor@ tyndall.af.mil with correct entries will a hat to select the tions to Madonna “I like Key West. The turquoise water, temperature and beaches are beautiful.” WARRANT OFFICER RICHARD NADEAU “I like Hadrian’s Wall in northern England. I’ve hiked it.” MAJ. TARA MUEHE 67th Information Operation Group/Det. 6 commander “Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park in Warm Springs, Ga. is my favorite. It’s a really relaxing place.” SENIOR MASTER SGT. CH RISTO PH ER SAYLOR A3 Operations Superintendent “I prefer Orlando. I have three chil dren, and we love the theme parks.” 1ST LT. SCOTT WILLIA M S Chief of C3 requirements 2nd Lt. Matthew Perry

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June 23, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 3 Call 283-2255 COL. TOD WOLTERS 325th Fighter Wing commander 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 or facility managers. 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, 283-4646. 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. MEO Thank you for helping me improve Tyndall and I look forward to hearing from you. COMMENTARY LT. COL. MIKE STAPLETON 43rd Fighter Squadron Commander America values your service. Make no mistake – the average citizen views the Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines as a symbol of the pride and strength of our great nation. You see it every day in airports, in the grocery store, or at the bank. When you wear your uniform in “Down town, USA,” people come up to you and thank you. It is becoming rare to see a car without a “We Support Our Troops” yellow ribbon on the tailgate. symbol of their thanks and respect, including the ever popular “military discount.” The question I often ask myself is this: Do I value my service too? It’s easy to answer “yes” during the proud moments we share, like standing in formation during the singing of the “Star Spangled Banner.” We value our service when we do well, like winning aircraft maintenance unit of the quarter, or getting an “Excellent” in an inspec tion. We especially value our service when we achieve the mission objective, whether it is an offensive strike, high value asset protection, or providing command and control for airborne forces. Often times the question can be a hard one, because service and However, it’s sometimes tough to value your service during chemicalwarfare training, during a long staff that does not seem to contribute to the mission. During these trying events, I usually catch myself looking at my watch and thinking ‘I could be doing something better right now.’ That’s when I remind myself that my service is not a given – and I think of a man named Glen. I’ve known Glen for a long time. We went to school together from day one of kinder garten until high school graduation. Glen has a lot of talents. He was a state champion runner, a tremen dous musician, an ‘almost straight A’ student, and a fun guy to hang out with. He was, and still is, a true friend. When the time came for us to choose careers, we both chose lives of service. I obviously chose the Air Force, and he chose the Army. of inter-service rivalry with my friend, but despite all the grunt jokes I could muster, it was clear that Glen loved the Army. He rose quickly through the ranks and became a Black Hawk company commander. I remember how remember how much he loved his troops. Glen found his place in life, and above all loved serving. mission out of Ft. Sam Houston, Texas “funny.” Within one month, he was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and was medically retired from the Army. Within six months he went from an commander who could run one-and-ahalf miles in eight minutes to a wheel chair-bound veteran who couldn’t use his legs to drive. It was hard to watch my friend go through such a change in his life, and to watch it go so quickly. Through it all, Glen kept his motiva tion, his love of his troops, and his love of country. Glen entered the ranks of an orga nization called the Paralyzed Veterans Association and quickly moved up to take a regional leadership position in the Texas chapter. He fought hard for those who served and were wheelchair bound. The ranks of the PVA have grown in the last few years. Glen’s job is not easy and it pays nothing, but he loves serving. He also competes athletically and can still beat me in the one-and-a-half mile run. He claims it’s the wheels but I know it’s his heart. His heart is in everything, even in the lit tlest things he does for our veterans. I get to see Glen often and I am thankful for that. He is a symbol of perseverance, attitude and service to me. I am also thankful for his parking privileges. He reminds me that “The general may have a good parking spot at the base exchange, but I have a good one everywhere.” Glen definitely makes the best of every situation. Two weeks ago we got to gether for din ner. It’s clear to me that Glen still misses the Army. He misses active duty, he misses wearing the uniform, and he misses the troops. I know he would give anything to get one more day in the active ranks. During our din ner, as the conversation turned towards “shop talk,” I had to avoid any discus sion about the burden of additional duties. Sitting with Glen made three hours of gate guard duty seem to be an I love to serve and I know many oth ers do, too. It’s an honor and a gift. I hate the ‘mickey-mouse’ details. But, I know it all comes in one package, and I am reminded the gift of our service can be taken away in a heartbeat. When I forget that lesson, I think of Glen and I am thankful for my chance to serve. Do you value your service? “E LT. COL. MIKE STAPLETON 43rd Fighter Squadron commander

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Page 4 Gulf Defender June 23, 2006 MIC H AEL NE W BURY Tyndall Fire and Emergency Services It is summer and things are heating up. The season may provide weather for lots of fun in the sun and refreshing days at the beach, but the heat without much rain also increases the cigarette out of the car window could ignite danger for hundreds of people. Safety should always be in mind, even when having fun. Here are a few tips to keep smiling in the sun: •Always maintain at least 10 feet between your grill and any structure. Keep children and pets away from grills in use and make sure the grill is supervised by an adult at all times. •Ensure gas grills do not have leaks, always check hoses for tightness. Leaks in hoses are easily detected by applying soapy wa ter. Dangerous carbon monoxide fumes are present both while grills are lit, and as they are cooling. •Do not place grills inside ga rages or under carports until they are cool. gerous this time of year. The smallest ember can ignite a blaze that burns for days endangering hundreds of lives. Except in ap proved and designated locations, open fires and camp fires are prohibited on Tyndall AFB, for more information, see Tyndall Instruction 32-2001. •Be sure to check with the Fire Department or the Florida Department of Forestry prior to planning a camping trip. tent, and set it up upwind from to clear the area of all vegeta tion and surround the area with rocks. low hanging branches or veg using water or by covering it with dirt. Make sure that your to leaving the campsite or go ing to sleep. •Are also popular during summertime holidays. The use and storage of fireworks are strictly prohibited on base un less approved in writing by the 325th Mission Support Group commander. •Fireworks are extremely dangerous; they can burn up to 1,200 degrees and cause burns, lacerations, amputations and blindness.

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Page 6 Gulf Defender June 23, 2006 Chrissy Cutitta CH RISSY CUTTITA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs til July 1, when their temporary duty here ends. F-15 Eagles from Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, arrived with F-16 Falcons from Luke, Ariz., and Shaw AFB, S.C., June 17 to participate in Combat Archer. Approximately 300 Airmen deployed with their aircraft and set up operations in the 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron, an Air Combat Command tenant unit lo cated at Tyndall. “Combat Archer is the only cradle-tofrom human to machine to weapon,” said Lt. Col. Raymond O’Mara, 83rd FWS commander. “We evaluate operational weapons that come directly out of our wartime weapons stockpiles. This en ables us to evaluate the effectiveness of our front-line air-to-air combat capability, which we report annually to the com mander of ACC and the chief of staff of the Air Force.” Approximately every two weeks, a variety of units, from the Department of Defense and international, station them selves at the squadron to test the weapons systems on their aircraft. “No other place in the Air Force pro vides this training and support,” said Master Sgt. Mike Husava, 83rd FWS li provides all preand post-deployment planning. Combat Archer provides Airmen an air-to-air operations experience here be fore going into real-world combat over seas. Each pilot has the opportunity to full-scale drones. In addition, pilots also participate in Combat Banner missions. A banner is tied with a 200-foot cable to a Learjet al lowing pilots to improve their shooting accuracy while testing the aircraft’s gun systems. After completion of the mission the banner is evaluated by a team of 83rd FWS analysts upon recovery of the air craft. Maintainers here also monitor all weapons loading so all safety procedures and practices are followed. FWS maintenance personnel since they do not get the daily experience of loading and unloading weapons at their home sta tions,” said Sergeant Husava. Members of the squadron actually unique training experience to the U.S. military and its allies. Their motto, “Preparing for war by test “We are the Department of Defense’s ment evaluation program,” said Colonel O’Mara.

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Page 8 Gulf Defender June 23, 2006 MASTER SGT. MITC H GETTL Air Force Print News force shaping initiatives, they prepare for the majority They plan to reduce the service’s current size by 40,000 full time equivalent positions by 2011. This amounts to roughly 35,000 active duty positions. “This plan is fairly front-loaded,” said Lt. Gen. Roger Brady, Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel. “To take care of some investment accounts we have, and to meet some obligations that were requested of us by the DoD, about 20,000 (positions) must come out by the end The Air Force, as well as the other Services, receives appropriated funds based on the budgets submitted by the president and approved by Congress each year. It is fairly predictable within a certain range how much money the Air Force will receive, the general said. categories: operation accounts that enable bases to function and complete their missions; investment accounts that buy and replace equipment; and people accounts for paying, training and taking care of Air men. “As it turns out, people are the most important asset we have. They also are the most expensive asset we have,” General Brady said. “So we must keep those accounts in relative balance.” Force shaping is both the size and shape of the tives in order to complete mission requirements. “The priority obviously is the Air Expeditionary the right number of people in the right skill sets to execute the mission,” he said. “Second, you need certain numbers of people at various points in their career.” structure and retention tendencies. By doing this, they can predict to some degree what skills will be needed in recruitment, how many people are recruited in each skill set, and the likelihood of those individuals stay ing for a longer or shorter career. “We have for many years brought in roughly 35,000 enlisted people every year,” General Brady said. “If things work out right, about 35,000 people leave the Air Force every year. You must maintain, for budgetary purposes, a certain force to do the job and to stay within the budget and the authorization that the Congress gives us.” Staying within the budget authorization means the three main spending accounts must be balanced out. Recapitalization is a priority for Air Force expendi tures. The general said the current aircraft average age is 23. In contrast, at the end of the Vietnam War the average age was eight. “Now, our force, our equipment, our aircraft and our satellites are much, much more ca pable than they were at the end of Vietnam, but they are getting old,” he said. “Air Force senior leaders recognize that we must make sure that we are not only the world’s most respected air and space force today, but for tomorrow as well. To do that, we In increasing recapitalization efforts, Air Force needed for today, but also at the future requirements needed from an international security environment standpoint. “I think the senior leaders of the Air Force have a very keen understanding that this war that we are in is not the last war and it is not like the next one will be,” General Brady said. “I think there is a very good realization there inevitably will be national security challenges beyond what is happening in the Central Command area of responsibility that we need to be prepared for when they present themselves.” Couple the recapitalization efforts with the current and future high operations tempo due to the war on terror, and the result is operation and investment costs increase. “If we get too far out of balance, we cannot operate as effectively,” he said. “We cannot recapitalize, we cannot replace the old equipment we have. And, the Airmen who remain with us do not get the training they need or the equipment they need, and we have hard time sustaining operations. Let me also mention, that if we have the right number of people, we are package we have been able to secure with the very generous assistance of the Congress.” The Air Force’s expeditionary nature will impact the personnel authorization reduction decisions. The from a perspective of what it takes for each specialty to support the AEF. “I think we have a plan whereby we can do this, but it is going to take the very best minds of the Air Force to make this work,” he said. “I have great confidence. We have incredibly innova tive Airmen who, if you turn them loose, can solve problems.” He added that the Air Force’s operations tempo is unlikely to change, and performing the mission with fewer people means things must be done differently. “It sounds like a clich, but we really do need to work smarter and not work harder,” he said. “I have a large organization like the Air Force, that are the past. Not lost in these force-shaping decisions is the Air Force senior leader’s empathy toward the affected Airmen. The general said he has been through this process three times during his 36-year career and that many career Airmen have children in the Air Force facing this current process. “This is very personal to us and to the young men through this process,” General Brady said. “It would I can’t know that. But, I understand the process. I understand the gravity and importance of what we are doing. That is why we take this very seriously and why we want to the very best of our ability to do it right to treat in the most fair and honorable way the young men and women who have given such incredible service to us.” Force shaping necessary for AF budgetary management “I f we get too far out of balance, we can LT. GEN. ROGER BRADY Air Force deputy chief of staff for manpower and personnel

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June 23, 2006 Gulf Defender TRAINING SPOTLIGHT “It seemed like a fun job. It’s nice to see what is going on and be able to teach someone else about it and make his or her job safer.” AIRMAN 1ST CLASS JEREMIAH HOWE Intelligence analyst Assigned to 67th Fighter Squadron, Kadena AB, Japan CH RISSY CUTTITA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Starting in July, Tyndall’s sergeants will have monthly opportunities to refresh their skills for three days at either the NCO or senior NCO enhancement seminar. These courses offer an Air Force stan administrative training. “Course topics focus on communi cation, leadership, supervisory skills, counseling, enlisted performance reports, decorations, promotions and the enlisted feedback system,” said 325th Fighter Wing Command Chief Craig Deather age. “The reason behind offering the course is that we found people had gaps up to 12 years since their last profes sional military education and that’s far too long to allow someone to go without a refresher.” If someone of staff-sergeant rank hasn’t had PME for three years, they are eligible for the NCO enhancement semi nar. This time usually falls in between Airman Leadership School and the NCO Academy. Attendance at the SNCO en hancement seminar is mandatory for all newly selected master sergeants. “The seminar is not so much for the ben supervise,” said Chief Deatherage. Classes are taught by volunteer in structors who are SNCOs with experi ence or subject-matter experts with a background in the topic. “I have a better understanding of how enlisted-performance-report bullets effect promotion and how the SNCO promotion board works,” said Senior Master Sgt. Daryl Shannon, 325th Com munications Squadron unit education and training manager. “It helped me identify strong and weak bullets when I sat on quarterly award boards and senior airman below-the-zone boards.” Seeing the promotion process is some thing most students enjoy, said Senior Master Sgt. Al Lewis, Tyndall Career Assistance Advisor and facilitator for the seminars. NCOs get information on what they need to advance in their career while SNCOs get the opportunity to experience a hands-on mock board that includes grading packages. One instructor who has been volun teering for three years, said teaching is not only a privilege, but a responsibility to pass on experience and knowledge to the future leaders of our Air Force. “Besides the fact that I enjoy mentor ing our NCO corps, I brief the SNCO promotion process because I am one of the few chiefs on this base who have actually sat on a central selection board which helped select the Air Force’s new est senior master sergeants,” said Chief Master Sgt. Mark Charles, 325th Com munications Squadron superintendent who is known to teach the SNCO pro recognition programs, effective writing and mentoring. “It is vital that each NCO fully understand the promotion process if they expect to attain the Air Force’s top two enlisted grades.” Informal guided discussions and case studies also provide an interactive learning environment which not only educates the sergeants, but also brings them together as leaders and peers. course. It allows you to network with other members of the Fighter Wing,” said Sergeant Shannon. “It also gives you good information about all the during active duty as well as after retire ment or separation.” Student body training Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga Class enhances NCO, senior NCO skills Call the 325th Fighter Wing Career Assistance Advisor, Master Sgt. Albert Lewis at 283-2222.

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Page 10 Gulf Defender June 23, 2006 FEATURE STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The knights slip on their armor, their gloves are tight, and their hel met is secure. They discuss the mis sion that lies ahead and decide on the safest course of action. Their squires, follow suit and ready themselves for the journey that lies ahead. A sense of excitement and camara approaches. Saddled up and ready to go, the noble group heads out. These knights are not in shining ar mor, nor do they ride a valiant steed. They are Airmen, and their horses’ power comes from the motorcycle they sit upon. They are Tyndall’s motorcycle club, The Green Knights Chapter 21. The Green Knights is a national club founded in 2000 by a retired Air man. The club was started as a way for bike riders at McGuire AFB, N.J., to get together, discuss issues, help each other, and ride together. The club quickly gained national status as other Department of Defense units developed Green Knight chapters in effort to met guidelines set forth by their respective branches to decrease motorcycle safety issues. “The club is founded on the prin ciples and values of charity, honor, truth, respect, support, loyalty and commitment,” said Master Sgt. Cari anne Melnick, 325th Aircraft Main president and founder of the chapter. The surrounding area of Tyndall is a great place for motorcycling, but there are many inexperienced riders here. The Green Knights aim to teach their riders to be prepared to ride, not just equipment wise, but mentally and physically, said Sergeant Mel nick. “The club teaches you to be more aware of your surroundings when you are on your bike and even in your car,” she said. have been a part of. I like the positive aspect that it gives the motorcyclists by focusing on safety,” said Tech. Sgt. Timothy Hester, 325th Commu nications Squadron NCO in-charge of voice networking. The Green Knights provides a great way for bases to increase mo torcycle safety among their in stallation and surrounding area. The chap ter also acts as a voice for the motorcycling community on its installation. The club pro motes safe mo toring by men toring newer riders, produc ing a newsletter with tips and lessons learned, and holding meetings. The club is more than just a ve hicle for more safety briefs to mo torcyclists; it’s also a way to make friends and gain experience as a biker, said Sergeant Melnick. “We have a common interest pro fessionally already; this is just one more thing that we have in common. The camaraderie is something we all enjoy,” she said. Tyndall’s chapter earned national status March 27 and currently has more than 40 members that share a love of biking. The chapter holds its meeting the second Wednesday of every month at 3:30 p.m. at the com munity center. . They discuss proper PPE, weather precautions, mechani cal issues, safety concerns, and safe riding practices among many other topics. They also set up their next ride. Their rides take place the third Wednesday of every month. They also occasionally have a breakfast ride, where they meet on the week end, have breakfast, and hit the road for a trip. In the future, the Green Knights are also considering giving back to the community in charitable projects such as Toys for Tots. “The biggest thing people get (from being a member) is experi ence. We can help new riders by pairing them with a mentor who has had many years of experience rid ing,” said Sergeant Melnick. The chapter is open to anyone who meets the following criteria: have a motorcycle and have access to Tyndall. The DOD cardhold ers are dubbed knights when they join, while their depen dents are called squires. There is no discrimina tion against the bike the mem bers chooses to ride. Hogs, sport bikes, mopeds, and the like are all welcome in the chapter. “Our saying is ‘all ranks, all bikes, all the time,’” said Sergeant Melnick. To join the Green Knights, con tact Sergeant Melnick at 283-4869 or Staff Sgt. Michael Simons at 283-2505.

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Page 12 Gulf Defender June 23, 2006 Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday–Friday, Chapel Two Reconciliation, before Saturday Mass or by appointment Briefs GULF GUIDE The following is a lawn watering schedule. Base Housing: View, Wood Manor, and Felix Lake Odd-numbered buildings may run sprinklers Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The even-numbered buildings may run sprinklers Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. The times sprinklers may run from 6:30-8:30 a.m. if they are manual systems and 6:30-8 p.m. if they are automatic systems. Other than base-housing Odd-numbered buildings on Mon days, Thursdays and Saturdays. Even-numbered buildings on Sun days, Tuesdays and Fridays. Manual systems are allowed from 7-9 a.m. Automatic systems are al lowed from 8-10 p.m. * No more than 30 minutes per zone. Education Center news The Gulf Coast Community Col will be held July 3. They will be closed July 4 for the holiday. The next placement test to be held at the Tyndall Center will be given at 1 p.m. July 5. The cost is $4 and due to limited space. Students should sign up early. GCCC is now accepting applica tions for a Military Scholarship. For information about the scholarship, stop by Room 45-A in the education School and sport physicals are by appointment only at Tyndall. Call the appointment line 283-2778 to schedule. If a child’s medical record does not reside at the Tyndall clinic, the child must bring a copy to the ap pointment, 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 Coun ty schools needs a physical within 30 days of entry into school. Any child who will be playing sports for the Tyndall Youth Center, Bay County Middle or High Schools needs a cur rent 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 wellness visit or physical in the past 12 months, and the child has no change in their health status. Beginning June 22, there will be limited parking at the Beacon Beach Marina due to pavement of the park ing area. The public boat launch will be closed; however, the private boat launch will be available for usage for all Tyndall patronage. The Marina Grill will remain open. Flag person 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 program that promotes team cohe sion, strength and provides an op portunity for self insight. Call the Tyndall Outdoor Recreation, Bonita Bay program coordinator to sched ule, at 283-3199. The Oasis Snack Bar at the Com munity Center will be temporarily closed June 23–July 5 for renova tions. The Pizza Pub will remain open 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday–Friday, 5-9 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday, and 5–10 p.m. Wednesday and Friday. For more information on the Com munity Center call 283-2495. Due to limited space and in creased temporary duty commit ments, the facility will be limited to meal-card holders, on-duty security and temporary duty personnel dur ing lunch meal until Aug. 1. From June 19 to Aug. 1, the Eagle Quick for all meals. Saturday Mass, 5 p.m., Chapel Two Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m., Chapel Two Religious Education, 11 a.m., Bldg. 1476 Traditional worship service, 9:30 a.m., Chapel One Contemporary worship service, 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.) Serenading the seventies Senior Airman Sarah McDowell

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June 23, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 13 STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs in her ears. Her feet strike the pavement and drive She keeps her mind focused on the task at hand. “You’re doing great; keep it up,” she tells herself. The ribbon comes into view and she can see the people on the other side cheer ing her on. As she crosses the finish line, an overwhelming sense of accomplishment and exhilaration comes over her. All the swimming, biking and running seems like a dream as she realizes her goal is met. “I was hooked after that,” said Lisa Ramstad, 325th Medical Operations individual all-women’s sprint triathlon in 2000. “I started running after I gave birth was a good and healthy way to get the baby weight off, and I loved the way I felt afterwards. I joined a local running club and found a race just about every weekend.” Her casual running mindset soon changed. teer,” she said. “I watched a man in his mid-60s compete. It was amazing watch ing him as he transitioned through each smile on his face. I guess you could say he was my inspiration. I hope that when I’m in my prime years I’ll be healthy enough to do the same.” That inspiration was what encouraged her to take the next step and participate in “I’m not overly fond of the water, so the in a three-person team,” she said. After recovering from reconstructive knee surgery in 1999, she quickly realized that long-distance running was not a option anymore. “I turned to biking as an alternative and discovered that I enjoyed riding more than running,” she said. “It just feels so good. It’s like I’m in my own little world and nothing else matters. I would ride every day if I had time.” With biking as a new-found talent, she then took on the challenge of competing in individual triathlons, and she has competed competition, second in three of the events, She doesn’t plan on resting on her lau rels, though. “I’ve only done sprint triathlons, so my goal is to participate in the 2007 Gulf Coast Triathlon which is a half Ironman,” said Mrs. Ramstad. Triathlons and Ironman competitions require many hours of training, but Mrs. Ramstad exercises a good balance between training, work and family. “I’m not a professional, so my training comes down to, basically, whenever I can squeeze in the time between working full time and taking care of my family. I try to run at least four days a week, bike two to three days and swim two days,” she said. “When she trains, she is a very dedi cated, motivated person,” said Staff Sgt. Julia Rivera, the 325th Mission Support Squadron, NCO in charge of promotions, who has trained with Mrs. Ramstad. “She pushes herself to the limits.” Even with her busy schedule, Mrs. Ramstad still has the drive and talent to finish well when she competes, which makes her an inspiration to others who train with her. “She has inspired me in a great way. which was back in 2004,” said Sergeant Rivera. “Because of her motivation, I’ve been training ever since, even if it is just for my health.” Mrs. Ramstad’s advice to others wanting to compete is simple: “Don’t wait,” she said. “Find a local running/triathlon club. There are always people who are willing to train with you and share their knowledge. Set a goal for yourself and don’t stop until you reach it. No matter what happens in life, don’t ever give up and always believe in yourself.” Courtesy photos

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Page 14 Gulf Defender June 23, 2006 Hurricane season is here and it’s important to know how Team Tyndall members will be of an evacuation. The 325th Fighter Wing com mander can order an evacuation either verbally or in writing. The type of evacuation order given will determine who will receive travel entitlements. The commander has options to evacuate military only, military and Air Force civilians, or cer tain geographic areas such as anybody living on base. Here are some travel facts: Personnel who evacuate will receive 44.5 cents per mile if they drive their own vehicle. An individual without depen dents can only be reimbursed for one vehicle. Individuals with depen dents who also evacuate may be reimbursed for a second vehicle, if it is used and one of the de pendents has a driver’s license. Reimbursement for mileage will be held to the maximum evacuation distance authorized by the wing commander. It is also possible that the order will include a minimum evacua tion distance. If so, you must evacuate beyond that distance to receive any reimbursement for your travel. Any tolls paid during the evacuation travel are reimburs able. Per diem rates will vary depending on the location and are available at https://secure app2.hqda.pentagon.mil/per diem/perdiemrates.htm l . You will only be reim bursed for the per diem rate of locations within the authorized evacuation area. Here are some per diem facts: Per diem and maximum lodging rates are on a per person basis. So, if a family of two evacuates to a city with a max lodging rate of $50/day and a per diem rate of $30/day, then the family can receive reimbursement for a maximum of $100/day for lodging and will receive $60/day for meals and incidental expenses. Receipts for meals are not required. Lodging receipts are re quired regardless of the amount. Those staying with family or friends will not be reimbursed for lodging. If lodged on a military installation, military members will be reimbursed based on the availability of government dining facilities. Here are some facts about the government travel card: Although the government VISA card can be used during an evacuation, it is important to note that you are only autho rized to use it for reimbursable travel entitlements, such as stated above. Automatic teller ma chine fees associated with the government credit card are reimbursable. However, reimbursements of ATM fees are limited by the entitled withdrawal amount. For ex ample, if a member is entitled to withdraw $500, any fees incurred by withdrawing more than that amount will be paid by the cardholder. Members evacuating are encouraged to keep an itinerary stating dates of travel. Also, remember to have your supervisor sign your voucher before you submit it Know your rights, entitlements before hurricanes hit SENIOR MASTER SGT. PAULA PAIGE Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs Whether you consider them citizen journalists, like the controversial Matt Drudge, or Internet correspon dents chronicling their everyday experiences, bloggers are shaking up the mainstream media and forc ing the military to provide guidance to troops who are writing their own online journals. Essentially an online diary, a Web log, or blog, is a personal Web site featuring commentary or postings in chronological order, with links to other related sites. Using free software, a blog can be created in as little as 10 minutes, and this new communication tool is fast becoming a powerful force in the information world. The Internet has evidence of hun dreds of military blogs spread across the globe, with troops of varying demographics writing from Internet cafes, barracks, homes or anywhere with access to the Web. About 27 percent of online U.S. adults read blogs, and seven percent write them, says a recent study by the Pew Internet and American Life Project, which produces reports ex ploring the impact of the Internet on society. A new blog is created every 5.8 seconds, with research indicating that blogs will number 34 million at the end of 2005, the organization says. As evidence of this medi um’s continued growth, the Army Times devoted its March 14, 2005, cover story to bloggers, focusing on the military niche and how troops’ blogs provide firsthand accounts of life on the frontline. Ac companying sidebar stories share how some soldiers are making money from advertisers with their blogs as well as how others have signed book deals. Though most blogs are a harmless medium for troops to tell their stories without the filter of official screen ers, this new-age communications tool raises several concerns. Military members sharing personal wartime diaries can be a threat to operational security; and the blogo sphere, as its fol lowers call it, is unregulated. The Air Force has weighed in; re cently reinforcing guidance to troops on information security policy regard ing blogs. “Paper-based personal journals and diaries have been around for many years,” said Maj. James Cabalquinto, Chief of Information Assurance for Headquarters Air Force, whose of fice at the Pentagon is responsible for publishing policy, procedures and guidance on information opera tions for the Air Force. “The advent of personal Web logs and their ‘in stant’ connectivity to a worldwide audi ence, however, has raised the need to re-enforce existing DoD ethics and in formation security guidelines. “Like any other U.S. citizen, DoD personnel enjoy the freedom and right to express themselves in such a forum. Individuals, however, as DoD em ployees, must exercise the utmost discretion in commenting on DoD activities or individuals represent ing DoD. Failure to do so, could violate policy leading to DoD dis ciplinary and/or civil legal action, and ultimately put DoD personnel, operations and resources at risk.” ing a settlement voucher much easier. For more information, call your local finance office at 283-4117 or look in the Joint Federal Travel Regulation. (Contributed by 325th Comptroller Squadron.) Courtesy photo

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June 23, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 15 FALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Tricare Mail Or der Pharmacy, administered by Express Scripts, Inc., is a cost effective and convenient way for beneficiaries to get prescription medications, while also helping the Department of Defense contain health care costs and sustain a first class health care benefit. Beneficiaries may save as much as 66 percent of the cost for maintenance medica tions for such conditions as high blood pressure, asthma and diabetes. These signifi cant savings result because Tricare Mail Order Pharmacy mails beneficiaries up to a 90-day supply of most medi cations for the same cost as a 30-day supply at a retail phar macy. “Since 1996, Tri care’s mail order pharmacy has given beneficiaries an af fordable and convenient way to fill their prescrip tions,” said United States Public Health Service Capt. Thomas McGinnis, chief, Pharmaceutical Operations Directorate, Tricare Management Activity. “The mail order pharmacy option gives our beneficiaries an easy, safe and costeffective option to get their medications as they need them.” Beneficiaries may refill their prescriptions by telephone, mail or on-line and prescriptions are delivered directly to their home. Using the mail-order pharmacy also saves beneficiaries travel costs and time. Generic medications are another way that Tri care beneficiaries save out-of-pocket expenses and help contain rising health care costs. Ge neric drugs must meet the Food and Drug Ad ministration testing and approval requirements before they are added to the Tricare medication formulary. McGinnis said FDA approved generics are not only safe and effective, but they are therapeutically equivalent to brand-name medications. DoD’s regulation on generic drugs requires all prescriptions to be filled with a generic medication if one is avail able. To be eligible for the mail order phar macy, the sponsor and family mem bers must be enrolled in the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting Sys tem. Members of the National Guard and Reserve, and their eligible family mem bers, may also use the mail-order phar macy, if the sponsor is on ac tive duty orders for more than 30 days, and if their Tricare eligibil ity information is up to date in DEERS. Tricare eligibility for sponsors and family members is effective on the date of activation on the spon sor’s orders. Beneficiaries with pharmacy coverage through another health insurance plan may use the mail order benefit once they have exhaust ed their current prescription benefit or if the drug they are taking is not covered under their insurance plan. For more information about Tricare’s mail or der pharmacy, please visit the Tricare Web site at www.tricare.osd.mil/pharmacy/tmop_order. cf m . Beneficiaries may enroll in the mail-or der service at www.express-scripts.com / .

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Page 16 Gulf Defender June 23, 2006 Protocol Assistant Three years, two military and one civilian 22 years military, one year civilian Grove City, Pa. Motorcycles, woodworking, family Win the lottery and move back to Hawaii Great weather Talking on cell phones while driving F1 5 incentive ride Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga 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. Mr. David Gilson Mr. David Gilson, 325th FW protocol assistant, was recognized for leadership and contributions, which led to the success of the recent 325th Fighter Wing change of command, eight squadron changes of command, and numerous retirements this year. SA M ANT H A QUIGLEY American Forces Press Service Veterans Affairs officials announced May 22 the theft of personal information on up to 26.5 million veterans. However, VA Secretary, James Nicholson, stressed there’s no indication the in formation is being used for purposes of fraud. “We at the VA have re cently learned that an em ployee here, a data analyst, took home a considerable amount of electronic data from the VA, which he was not authorized to do,” Secretary Nicholson said. “His home was burglarized and this data was stolen.” The compromised data in cludes names, social secu rity numbers and birthdates of veterans who separat ed from the military since 1975, he said The information also may have included data on vet erans who separated before 1975, but who submitted a claim for VA benefits. No medical or financial information was compro mised, though the files might have contained nu meric disability ratings in some cases, Secretary Nich olson added. A statement issued by the department indicated that spousal in formation also might have been compromised in some cases. “There is no indication that any use is being made of this data or even that (the thieves) know they have it,” he said. Exercising what the sec retary called “an abundance of caution,” the department is working through a num ber of channels, including the news media, to make veterans aware of the situa tion. Individual notification letters also will be mailed to veterans. The department is pro viding more information through the www.firstgov. gov Web site and call cen ters that can be reached at (800) 333-4636. The call centers will be able to han dle more than 250,000 calls a day. “The most important priority that I have right now is to get the word out to our veterans and get them alerted and aware of this possibility,” Sec retary Nicholson said. The department also is en couraging veterans to watch their financial accounts for any signs of fraud or iden tity theft. Veterans may have compromised information after theft

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Page 18 Gulf Defender June 23, 2006 NCO in-charge of production and sched uling Two years and nine months Louisville, Ky. Grilling, woodworking, gardening and being a dad and power plant license and make master sergeant next cycle Teaching with some of the best instructors in the world “ Liars When my whole family was present for my re-enlistment Sergeant Isaacs taught 185 course hours, graduated 35 production tracking procedures and garnered the second Air Force training squadron evaluation with an “Outstanding.” Steve Wallace Tech. Sgt. Mark Isaacs

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