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GULF


DEFENDER


Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts


Chiefs' golf tourney
The Tyndall Chiefs'
Group Annual Golf
Tournament will be
at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 4 at
the Pelican Point Golf
Course. The cost is $45
for non-course members
$35 for members. Price
includes cart and entry
fee, prizes and meal dur-
ing award presentations.
The team format is a
four person select shot
(10 percent total team
handicap, max individ-
ual handicap is 36).
Points of contact for
sign up: Pelican Point
Pro Shop at 283-4389,
Chief Master Sgt. Julio
Morelos at 283-6306, or
email julio.morelos@
tyndall.af.mil or any
Tyndall chief master
sergeant.

Troy University
Today is the last day
of registration for term
one 2006 at Troy Uni-
versity. The term runs
from Tuesday to Oct. 8.
Visit the local Troy Uni-
versity office in Room
44-A of the Base Edu-
cation Center, or call
283-4449 to enroll.


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Teachers, parents and
children get ready for
school... PAGES 10-11

Flight assures qual-
ity in maintenance
group... PAGE 13


Staff Sgt Edward Gyokeres
Precision is key as Senior Airman Jason Barber, load crew member, and Staff Sgt. Michael Sirmons,
support technician, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, install the fins on an AIM-7 missile before
loading it onto an F-15 Eagle.


F-15 fires live AIM-7 from base inventory


2ND LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Four AIM-7 Sparrow mis-
siles from the Tyndall AFB
inventory were fired July 19
by an F-15 pilot as part of the
Weapons Systems Evaluation
Program here.
The missile, known as "The
Great White Hope," became op-
erational in 1953 and has since
been credited with more than 70
kills in air-to-air combat.
The radar-guided missile was
advanced for its time, but its


future retirement marks the be-
ginning of a new era and repre-
sents the Air Force's continued
mission in advanced weapons
research and development, ac-
cording to Lt. Col. Raymond
O'Mara, 83rd Fighter Weapons
Squadron commander.
"(Firing the last Air Force
AIM-7 will) signify the transi-
tion to air dominance as we now
know it represented by the
F-22 Raptor," he said. "We are
severing ties with weapons that
need to be supported by launch


systems on aircraft, which was
the old way of conducting air
combat, and we're now shift-
ing exclusively to 'launch-
and-leave' missiles.
"The AIM-120 (Advanced
Medium-Range Air-to-Air
Missile) will be the replace-
ment," Colonel O'Mara said.
"It represents a significant leap
in capability, offering greater
performance than the AIM-7."
Aircrew and maintainers
from the 2nd Fighter Squadron
participated in the live AIM-7


mission here.
"It initially increased our
air-to-air capability because
of the missile's radar tech-
nology," said Maj. Gen.
Kenneth DeCuir, Air Combat
Command vice commander,
during his visit to Tyndall
May 9. "The weapon system
has been refined to make it a
more reliable and capable adar-
guided missile. It's undergone
various modifications and now

SEE AIM PAGE 7


Trst Temok Tranin


Vol. 65, No. 29


July 28, 2006






Gulf Defender


~ON TEII STREEm


Military Children Focus:


What are you looking forward


to most this school year?


w-u-


--- --1


Staff Sgt Edward Gyokeres

Splish-splash
An F-22 Raptor gets a "bird bath" near the end of the run-
way here. Because of Tyndall's coastal location, corrosion
is accelerated by the salty sea air. To combat this, the jets
are washed on a daily basis to rinse off the salt residue and
prevent corrosion.


Id~vn1hfy this w..


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 random
and drawn from a hat
to select the final win-
ner. The prize can be
claimed at the Public
Affairs office. Master
Sgt. Deryl Brandon,
325th Maintenance
Group manning
manager, correctly
guessed the July 21
"Identify this" as the
radome of the F-22
Raptor.


"I look forward to learning sci-
ence by making volcanoes. We get
to take the science FCAT, too."
CHRIS FOSTER
Tyndall Elementary School 5th grade student


"I look forward to history lessons,
learning about people who did spe-
cial things in the past."
KEVIN PALOMAR
Tyndall Elementary School 5th grade student


"I miss school. I want to see my
friends and I like science and his-
tory."
KEIRSTIN GARNER
Rutherford High School 10th grade student


"I'm excited to go be going to
high school. I may play basketball
and get a scholarship."
COURTNEY ROUSE
Rutherford High School 9th grade student


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


Page 2


July 28, 2006





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6- COMMENTARY


The learning organization: It comes down to you


LT. COL. LARRY DUVALL
325th Maintenance Group deputy commander
You may have heard the phrase,
"You pay for what you don't know."
At the unit level, having all neces-
sary resources and continuous learn-
ing is the key to not having to pay
this debt.
The learning organization mental-
ity is a philosophy of constant bet-
terment. Do everything you can to
make your area, yourself as an Air-
man and the unit better. Professions
are what they are because people in
them continually work to gain ad-
ditional knowledge and further the
body of knowledge.
As members of the military, we
provide the essential capabilities
needed to defend our nation. That
responsibility requires us to always
improve our capability and stay
ahead of threats looming on the ho-
rizon. A comprehensive training and
evaluation feedback loop verifies the
necessary knowledge and skill per-
formance attained by all personnel.
Day-to-day discipline in execution
of whatever tasks are associated with
the unit mission and administering
all of the necessary supporting pro-
grams is essential.
Self initiative and discipline are
needed to effectively learn and stay
on an upward trend of learning at
each opportunity.
Taking ownership of the process is
critical. Webster's dictionary defines
ownership as, "to have power over;"
"wanted control." The jet crew chief


Action Line
Call 283-2255


COL. TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander


wanting his jet to fly better and look
better than the other crew chief's jet
is an example of that challenge.
The Air Force has been changing
significantly over the last five years.
It has been downsizing for a number
of years and the Global War on Ter-
rorism has tasked the Air Force in
ways we never experienced before.
For example, a seven-level main-
tainer for an A-10 aircraft can be sent
to an F-15 base or one of our Airmen


here can be tasked to work on anoth-
er aircraft.
Supply priority for non-operational
units was lowered a year ago to meet
the needs of the Global War on Ter-
rorism. Transportation career field
personnel have been tasked to take
on convoy operations in the area of
responsibility.
Another challenge at Tyndall is the
aging F-15 fleet that have more fly-
ing hours accumulated than some of
the vintage F-4s assigned to the 53rd
Weapons Evaluation Group. Both
maintenance and operations are also
heavily tasked spooling up in support


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


of F-22 full operation capability pilot
needs. Given all of the challenges,
every individual needs to stay firmly
dedicated to doing their jobs in com-
pliance with Air Force directives ev-
eryday.
Air Force instructions and techni-
cal orders are those directives. Di-
rection is provided to ensure the
essential guidance to safely and ef-
ficiently do the job. AFIs provide
position responsibilities, establish


roles and relationships between orga-
nizations and provide the necessary
procedures and checklists to conduct
everything we are tasked with. Each
instruction also lists related AFIs
that apply to the particular area the
instruction covers. The instructions
go through ongoing considerable re-
vision and new instructions are regu-
larly published.
For example, the main AFI gov-
erning aircraft maintenance, AFI 21-
101, has grown from 50 pages in the
1990s to 500 pages today.
TOs are lawful technical directives
that govern how to maintain and



o call me at 283-2255.
r For fraud, waste and abuse calls,
you should talk to the 325th Fighter
- Wing Inspector General's Office,
S283-4646.
S Calls concerning energy abuse
should be referred to the energy hot
.1 line, 283-3995.
S Below are more phone numbers
r 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


configure equipment and aircraft,
without deviation. This ensures they
are ready before being committed to
mission use. Use of TOs is never an
option; they are always mandatory.
Other resources are also available
to guide task execution and improve-
ment. Manuals and pamphlets pro-
vide guidance and knowledge.
For example, the Tongue and Quill
provides guidance on communicat-
ing. Another example is the Air-
man's Manual, AFMAN 10-100, that
covers basic knowledge of warfight-
ing skills. By reviewing this manual
you become a better Airman, a more
capable supervisor, and you make the
Air Force a more capable expedition-
ary service.
Another resource could be a MA-
JCOM unit compliance inspections
that checks compliance and readi-
ness. Organizations can encoun-
ter problems when compliance is
dropped and the learning organiza-
tion mentality is not present. Doing
well means you did well during that
week of inspection but it takes day to
day dedicated effort to attain every-
day compliance.
Staying the course in compliant
operations and constantly working as
an individual and at the unit level to
keep knowledge, discipline and skill
development on an upward slope
prevents mistakes and marginal ef-
ficiency.
The learning organization approach
keeps us on track to effectively and
safely guard the nation's interests.



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.


"The learning organization mentality is a philosophy of
constant betterment. Do everything you can to make your
area, yourself as an Airman and the unit better."

LT. COL. LARRY DUVALL
325th Maintenance Group deputy commander






Page 4 Gulf Defender


Deployment: An opportunity to excel

LT. COL. GEORGE MENKER
1st Fighter Squadron commander


Virtually every Tyndall Airman tasked
to deploy during Air Expeditionary Force
3/4 has been notified by now.
The emotional preparations due to ex-
tended family separation have begun and
the period for physical and mental prepa-
rtion has started in earnest due to advent
of "just in time" training.
It clearly makes sense to prepare criti-
cal tasks like self aid/buddy care, combat
skills training and chemical warfare just
before reaching the area of responsibil-
ity so they are fresh in our mind. Yet the
extra burden they place on our time can
result in losing focus on why we're de-
ploying to the area of responsibility and
what a truly critical juncture this is for de-
mocracy and freedom.
This is why I urge each of you to also
consider opportunities for personal, pro-
fessional and spiritual growth while de-
ployed.
First ofall, you may considerthe chance
to dramatically improve your physical
fitness. During my last AEF rotation, it
was my experience that evening trips to
the gym replaced happy hour. Going to
the gym became a healthy "vice" many
had never experienced. During this time,


"Sleeping in a tent for four months has an uncanny way of
allowing you to count your blessings."

LT. COL. GEORGE MENKER
1st Fighter Squadron commander


an NCO who worked for me lost 50
unwanted pounds. What a remarkable
accomplishment. Imagine the life-long
health benefits from no longer toting
around that bag of cement. The im-
provements to his self-esteem were un-
mistakable. Physical fitness is a choice,
and while in the AOR, one can go from
meeting fitness standards to perpetually
exceeding them.
Professionally, the Air Force has sent
mixed signals over the years with re-
gards to professional military education
and advanced degrees. Make no mis-
take; making solid progress in this area
will benefit your long term Air Force
career. Use this time to knock out some
substantial progress in PME or under-
graduate work. Those who do will un-
doubtedly be rewarded over time.


Spiritually, being in a place that lacks
the creature comforts to which we are
accustomed can quickly restore appre-
ciation for the gift of being an American
citizen. Sleeping in a tent for four months
has an uncanny way of allowing you to
count your blessings.
Our effort of bringing democracy, free-
dom, and stability to the people of Iraq
and Afghanistan is, in a way, giving them
the gift Americans have known for over
two centuries. It's a gift they would have
never imagined were it not for the brave
Airmen ofAEF 3/4.
Our grateful nation will await your re-
turn and history will reveal the efforts of
expeditionary Airmen who were essen-
tial to bringing democracy and freedom
to people that until now, barely dared to
dream of it.


July 28, 2006


Did you know?
Voting information
Airmen and their families serv-
ing around the world have the right
to vote and the Air Force Voting
Program's mission is to ensure
they have the information and tools
needed to exercise that privilege.
Before deploying, Airmen re-
ceive voting materials needed to
notify their state of their new mail-
ing address. They continue to re-
ceive voting assistance from home
voting officers and on-site PER-
SCO teams.
Airmen serving away from their
voting residence should use Fed-
eral Post Card Application Standard
Form 76 to register and request ab-
sentee ballots. The SF 76 and 2006-
07 Voting Assistance Guide, which
lists the unique voting rules for each
state, are available on line at www.
fvap.gov or may be obtained from
the base voting assistance officer.
For more information or assis-
tance on voting, contact the instal-
lation voting officer through or visit
the Air Force Voting Action site at
www.afcrossroads.com/voteFund/
Vote/default.htm.





July 28, 2006


Gulf Defender


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Page 6 Gulf Defender


Airman sentenced for drug use


CAPr. ROSEMARY GLLIAM
Base Legal Office

An Airman was con-
victed of two specifica-
tions of wrongful use
of marijuana in a spe-
cial court-martial held
here June 22.
Airman Eric Wil-
liams, assigned to 325th
AMXS, was charged
with two specifica-
tion of wrongful
use of marijuana,
in violation ofAr-
ticle 112a of the
Uniform Code of
Military Justice,
after he tested posi-
tive on drug tests in
October and January.
The October positive
drug test result was the
product of a random
urinalysis.
Originally, after the
positive result in Octo-
ber, Airman Williams
was given an Article
15. The January posi-
tive drug test was the
result of a commander
directed sweep of the
Airman's unit.
Airman Williams con-
fessed and pled guilty to
the October drug charge
against him. During his
guilty plea for the Oc-
tober use, Airman Wil-
liams confessed that he
had smoked marijuana


with his girlfriend. Even
though Airman Williams
received an Article 15
for his October drug use,
the government was not
prohibited from bringing
the charge to the June
court-martial, and did so.
As to the January drug


charge, a
fully-litigated court-
martial was held before
court members. After
two days of proceed-
ings, the members found
Airman Williams guilty
of wrongful use of mari-
juana.
During the sentenc-
ing phase of the court,
members reviewed doc-
umentary evidence and
heard arguments from
both the government
and the defense counsel.
The members returned
with a sentence of 30
days confinement and a
bad conduct discharge
for both of the drug of-
fenses.


"This case should
serve to send a message
to Air Force members
that marijuana use is not
compatible with mili-
tary service, and it will
not be tolerated," said
Capt. Ezra Glanzer,
assistant
staff judge
advocate.
In 2005,
V there were 497
convictions Air
Force \ ide for wrong-
fil druij use, including
x7 comn actions in the Air
Education and Training
Conunand and five con-
victions at Tyndall Air
Force Base after random
drug tests.
To date in 2006,
more than 2,000 mili-
tary members have been
tested for drugs here
at Tyndall. Addition-
ally, in 2006, there have
been 191 convictions in
the Air Force for drug
use, to include 43 in
the AETC and four at
Tyndall. These numbers
illustrate the effective-
ness of the Air Force
urinalysis program.
This Airman was the
fourth individual at Tyn-
dall to be convicted and
sentenced to jail based
upon a positive urinaly-
sis this year.


The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
Senior Airman Eric White,
325th Security Forces sentry.


July 28, 2006






Gulf Defender Page 7


* FROM AIM PAGE 1
it's reached the end of its life. The AIM-120 will take
its place as the Air Force's single-source air-to-air
missile."
A team of weapons specialists, maintainers, air-
crew, missile analysts and Raytheon Systems em-
ployees orchestrated the live-fire mission.
"The entire process, from the coordination brief
to the debrief, is executed to ensure a successful,
safe mission," said Maj. Robert Espejo, 83rd FWS,
assistant director of operations.
"My role in the mission was to monitor flightline
operations and evaluate the load to make sure air-
craft were configured correctly for the mission,"
said Master Sgt. Jeffrey Adams, 83rd FWS main-
tenance flight chief.
Once the weapons were loaded and the jets
launched, analysts prepared to collect data sent
from the AIM-7 missile and the targeted drone.
"As the mission supervisor, I patched data col-
lected from the AIM-7 and the drone to equipment
that interpreted the weapon's performance," said
Staff Sgt. Josh Jones, 83rd FWS NCO in charge of
telemetry operations.
Past test results generated by analysts at WSEP
have uncovered AIM-7 limitations, leading to
software upgrades and improvements to air-to-air


weapon systems technology.
"I work with the 'Tiger Team,' which is a prob-
lem-solving group of technicians that proposes
design changes or modifications based on infor-
mation collected here during live missions," said
Doris Meacham, Raytheon Systems air-to-air mis-
sile analyst. "The testing done here with the AIM-
7 has led to technology that is now used on more
advanced weapons such as the AMRAAM."
The future retirement of the AIM-7 provokes
forward-looking enthusiasm for the WSEP team,
but the 83rd FWS commander remains focused on
the mission at hand.
"We conducted standard operations," said Col-
onel O'Mara. "It was another live-fire mission
for the 83rd FWS a great opportunity to evalu-
ate weapon functionality and provide invaluable
training opportunities for aircrew and weapons
loaders."
"Some of the pilots are sad to see it go, but new
and improved technology has come along," said
Mrs. Meacham. "It is both an exciting and sad
moment."
"Anytime you fire or drop anything live you
feel the adrenaline," said General DeCuir. "You
become more aware and engaged when shooting
live missiles... it's an incredible experience."


July 28, 2006






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Tech. Sgt. Tony Mixon

Tech. Sgt. Tony Mixon


Lisa Norman
Sergeant Mixon receives the Associate Spotlight
award from Col. Mike Winslow, 53rd Weapons
Evaluation Group commander.

The Checkertail Clan salutes Sergeant Mixon who led the
manufacture of a $500K subscale drone modification and
a modified mongoose pot full-scale chaff/flare system that
enhanced threat realism and increased letality for the combat
Air Force. He also volunteers for Meals on Wheels.


F~K


Duty title: Special devices aircraft struc-
tural maintenance craftsman
Time in Service: Five years, one month
Hometown: Evergreen, Ala.
Hobbies: Golf
Favorite book: Any Harry Potter book
Favorite movie: "Predator"
Favorite thing about your unit: The
morale
Goals: To keep progressing in my military
career
Proudest moment in the military: Find-
ing out I had a line number for master ser-
geant
The Associate Spotlight is a 325th Fighter
Wing commander program designed to rec-
ognize a Warrior from one of Tyndall's tenant
units. Supervisors can nominate individuals
via their squadron and group commanders.
Award recipients receive a certificate from the
wing commander and other items presented
by their unit.


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SeniorAirman Stephanie Oakley


Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Airman Oakley receives the Checkertail Salute War-
rior of the Week award from Col. Tod Wolters, 325th
Fighter Wing commander.
Airman Oakley, 325th Medical Group, has reduced downtime
in the laboratory by 20 percent, ensuring timely patient treatment.
She is a certified Tyndall AFB victim advocate and initiated the
addition of self-defense courses to the base program.


Duty title: Medical laboratory journeyman
Time in service: Three years, two months
Hometown: Anderson, S.C.
Hobbies: Watching movies, cooking, shop-
ping
Goals: To finish my bachelor's degree in
biology
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The
positive attitude and morale of the people
who work here
Favorite movie: "Usual Suspects"
Favorite book: "Sleepers" by Lorenzo Car-
caterra
Proudest moment in the military: This
one (receiving the Checkertail Salute)
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive
a certificate, letter from the commander and a
one-day pass.


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Conserving water:

You can help

GILBERT WALKER
325th Civil Engineer Squadron
Everyone in Bay County, whether
on-base or off, can help out the whole
community by conserving water.
Monthly review and comparison of
water consumption to previous years
shows the county has increased it
monthly consumption in 2006.
Water conservation needs to be done
on a constant basis. Water may be a
renewable resource to a certain extent,
but the Earth must do most of the recy-
cling.
Practicing conservation all the time-
helps it become second nature and less
of a strain when it does become critical.
Conserving also helps keep the reserves
high for critical times when needed.
Here are some tips to reduce water
consumption.
Indoors:
Constantly check toilets, faucets and
showers for leaks.
Take five minute showers.
Use low flow fixtures.
Keep the faucet off while not im-
mediatley using the water, such as while
brushing teeth.
Only run the dishwasher and washing
machine with a full load.
Outdoors:
Only water the lawn early in the
morning or late evening only three times
a week. This encourages deeper root
growth making the grass more drought
resistant.
Install moisture sensors on automatic
irrigation systems.
Clean walkways, driveways and pa-
tios with a broom instead of a hose.
Grass should be kept about two
inches long to hold moisture and shade
roots.
Try water-wise landscaping.
Using these tips will assist the envi-
ronment by easing the burden to clean
water. This practice also saves drinking
water supplies for people and water for
the other inhabitants of the planet like
fish and animals. It also helps to save
the energy and money that would have
been used to treat the water.
Water is vital to all life on earth, for
this and future generations.
For more information or to report any
leaks, call 283-4949.


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July 28, 2006





Gulf Defender Page 9


T"INING SINOTUGwu


Basic begin
CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(Editor 's note: This is the second of
a five-part series covering the train-
ing B-course students go through to
get in the air.)
Tyndall's Eagle Academics class-
rooms are the home to F-15 Eagle
pilots in training before the ever step
into a jet.
They hit the books in hopes to make
the passing grade on eight primary
classroom course blocks termed "air-
craft general," or ACG. Coursework
covers everything from the Eagle's
history to the systems they'll employ
to fly, fight and win against any air-
borne adversary.
"Academics begin with a very ba-
sic introduction to the F-15 (C mod-
el)," said Capt. Gregory Soderstrom,
325th Operations Support Squadron
chief of F-15 academics. "From
there it moves into generalities about
the aircraft, the systems, the sensors,
the weapons and aircraft handling.
These courses continue once they
start flying, but will include basic
air-to-air tactics, beginning at the
one-against-one level and culminat-
ing with combat mission oriented
four-against-X scenarios."
In the training syllabus, course
content includes 267 hours of aca-
demics, 30 tests, one comprehensive
test, 35 simulated flights and 46 sor-
ties. A day in training can include
any combination of these.


ing for B-cou
"It's designed to be challenging,"
said Capt. J.T. Grayson, 2nd Fighter
Squadron B-course student. "The
tactical stuff is the most unfamiliar
(after graduating from undergradu-
ate pilot training at Laughlin AFB,
Texas.)"
Active-duty instructor pilots only
teach the lessons concerning air-to-
air tactical employment. Eighteen
of the 23 instructors are civilian con-
tractors. Most Lockheed Martin em-
ployees are retired Air Force instruc-
tor pilots with extensive command
experience ranging from squadron-to
wing-level leadership backgrounds.


rse students
"It keeps us young and it's fun to
see new pilots come in without much
of a clue but leave with a whole lot
of clues," said Don Muller, instructor
and retired Air Force colonel.
The civilian instructors lead their
students through seven ACG blocks
encompassing electrical and fuel
systems, hydraulics, flight controls,
environmental control systems and
more.
Academics are constantly set into
play during simulated and actual
flights. It's an integral part of becom-
ing a certified Eagle driver during
their fourth or fifth week here.


Tai Sp


What has been the highlight
of your training here?

"I like working with all the en-
listed Airmen. They have a lot of
experience controlling for quite
a few years. Without them we
wouldn't know our jobs."

2ND LT. MATTHEW MCMURTY
Airfield operations officer student


Chrissy Cuttita
Don Muller teaches Hydraulic Systems to 2nd Fighter Squadron
B-Course students during their first week of training.


Hook it up...
Staff Sgt. Michael Kell, (cen-
ter), 372nd Training Squadron/
Det. 4 F-15 crew chief instruc-
tor, trains (from left) Airmen
1st Class Kelton Sanders,
Matthew Sadusky and Joshua
Yeggy, all Mission Ready Air-
man students with the 372nd
TRS, on how to hook up an oil
line to an F-15.
2nd Lt Matthew Perry


To learn about becoming a
member of the
Tyndall Honor Guard,
call 283-4405.


Get your Community
College of the Air Force
information at
afvec.langley.af.mil


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Back to school

Students, parents, teacher
SIO(I0N \\D PHOTOS BY STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
Fi r, I-.,. ii.-r Wing PublicAffairs S
Dilng. ding, ding. a
Thclc goes the bell, better not be late for class.
School will be back in session Wednesday for Ba C(oulnt\
sclookl and students, teachers and parents are preparnng ft I a 11
nlc'\\ school year.
Planning lessons, brushing up on math skills, and shllppin tV
,ou pencils and paper are just some of the many thinllg rhc 11
\\I II do to get ready for another year of school.
For teachers, the last couple of weeks before school starts
arc an c\tremely busy time. t]
'\\Ac set up our classrooms, get all the textbooks logcthcr. r
and picpare lesson plans for the first two weeks of school.
said JLulic Weston, Tyndall Elementary school 5th gradc teach- f
c InnI ing just a few of the many tasks the teachers must coni-
Itcplctc before the first bell rings.
Soihnc' parents and children do more than just back to school ii

'\\c go through work booklets with our son," said Mlastcir
.t St Roger Tibbetts, Air Forces Northern NCO in charge of
1the Ioimt iintcrfacc control office. about tlihe thins hli, does% to,
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S ihligh schooitl at RuLthclftold Hitlh Scchool'
Gabrielle Rainey picks out a colored paper notebook for class.























Julie Weston, Tyndall Elementary 5th grade Stephanie Asselin, Tyndall Elementary 2nd gra
Eugene Phillips, parent, checks out the teacher and Dra Phillips, 4th grade teacher, books her students will be using this year.
variety of school supplies at the Base Ex- put together a bulletin boardforMrs. Phillips
change. classroom.






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.rs prepare for new year
"I have talked with her about the changes she can expect," LA
lid Mrs. Ward. "She makes good grades. She is just concerned
bout the social aspect of it."
The social side of the school houses in Bay County will be
-eing a change of dress and appearance this year. The schools
i the county have established a school uniform policy.
This concept is not entirely new to the public school sys-
m. Since 1997, the United States has seen a steady increase
i the percentage of public school mandating a uniform policy.
reccording to the U.S. Department of Education, the potential
benefits of school uniforms include decrease in violence and
left, increase student concentration and help school officials
cognizee intruders that enter the school.
However, the uniform policy has received mixed reviews
-om the public.
"Rose hated the idea, but she is accepting it," said Ms. Ward.
I think it would be great if the schools would assist the lower
come families with purchasing the first set of uniforms. They
an get expensive."
"For me, it makes dressing them easier," said Sergeant Tib-
etts. "It's more practical at this point since they are younger."
Even some teachers are adopting the uniform policy.
"Most of the teachers and staff have elected to wear a uni-
)rm similar to the children's. We want to be a positive role
lodel for them and set the example by wearing a uniform too,"
aid Dra Phillips, Tyndall Elementary 4th grade teacher.
New dress code or not, there is always an air of excitement
then it is time to go back to school and getting ready is just
ie start of it.



Justin Moses picks out his new uniform for school.























de teacher, gathers the text books and work- Dra Phillips, Tyndall Elementary 4th grade teacher, and Julie Weston, 5th grade teacher, rear-
range a classroom for the start of a new school year.






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AAFES offers tax free shop-
ping online
AAFES customers can choose
from an array of affordable, tax free
items through the Exchange Online
Store at www.aafes.com. Always
open, this virtual exchange offers a
variety of "back to school" basics
such as school uniforms, electronics
and athletic gear.
Thousands of additional products
discounted up to 15 percent are also
just a click away at the new and
improved Exchange Online Mall at
www.aafes.com

Remembrance reunion event
Air Forces Northern and the Con-
tinental U.S. NORAD Region 9-11
Remembrance-Reunion is sched-
uled for Sept. 9 and 10.
The event includes a wreath lay-
ing ceremony, Combined Air Op-
erations Center/F-22 tour and mis-
sion briefing, remembrance-reunion
dinner and a religious service. This
event will remember and honor
those who served on Sept. 11, 2001,
and also recognize service members
who continue to defend the nation
through Operation Noble Eagle. For
more information, visit www. staf.
tyndall.af.mil/91 1/index.htm or call
283-8659.

OSI brief
Report suspicious activities to the
325th Security Forces Squadron at
283-2254, or the Air Force Office of
Special Investigations at 283-3261.

Air Force Marathon
The Air Force Marathon is open
to runners who would like to self-
nominate. Tyndall members may
submit a Form 303 to unit com-
manders or the base Fitness Center
for consideration. For more infor-
mation, call 283-2631.

Summer 2006 Airman Maga-
zine available
Read about how airpower is help-
ing fight the war on terrorism, see
how a team of Airmen mentors is
making a difference in Afghanistan,
follow the daily routine of an Air
Force recruiter in the Big Apple,
and tag along as Airmen prepare for


detainee operations in the area of
responsibility.
These features and more highlight
the summer quarterly issue of Air-
man magazine, now available on-
line at www.af.mil/news/airman/.

Developmental education op-
portunities announced
Air Force officers interested in
2007 developmental education
opportunities must begin the ap-
plication process in August. A
completed Air Force Form 3849,
PME/AFIT/RTFB Officer Work-
sheet, and senior rater nomination
are due by Aug. 18 for officers ap-
plying for the Olmsted Scholarship,
White House Fellowship, Mansfield
Fellowship or Information Assur-
ance Scholarship programs. The
application process and program
details, to include board convening


dates, eligibility criteria and time-
lines are available on the Air Force
Personnel Center's Web site at ask.
afpc.randolph.af.mil/docs/dpa/de-
veloped/de_info_web_screen.ppt.
Application packages should be
sent no later than Oct. 31 to:
HQ AFPC/DPAFE
550 C St. West, Ste. 32
Randolph AFB, Texas 78150-
4734. Incomplete or late packages
will not receive consideration.

SGLI premium rate increases
The monthly premium rate for
basic Servicemember's Group Life
Insurance increased by five cents per
month for each $10,000 of coverage,
from 65 cents per month per $10,000
to 70 cents per month per $10,000,
July 1. On the same date, family
SGLI premiums decreased across
the board.


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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.)


Guu5: lGuiw


Order up! Lisa Norman
Order up! ,s..
Senior Airman Brian Clabby, pharmacy technician, serves Linda Lebarron-Hamn, 325th Medical
Group secretary at the Tyndall Satellite pharmacy. The pharmacy is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Monday through Friday. It closes at 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month and at noon the
first Wednesday of the month, and is closed Saturday and Sunday.









Bowling season rolls in August 18 Men'sVarsityBas-


unrlssy ,uulia
Jenny Nikolaisen, with the 325th Communications Squadron team,
bowls at Raptor Lanes.


CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
After duty hours, there is a busy place
on base full of people and thundering
sounds.
With the help of 32 squadrons here,
with a total of 400 members, Tyndall's
Raptor Lanes hosts the base intramural
bowling league that competes nightly


and on occasional weekends.
The teams compete for several catego-
ries of awards.
"It all comes down to having a good
team," said Chris Swan, 1st Aircraft
Maintenance Unit team, who was last
year's base champion and has been
bowling for a year here.
There are six different categories of


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ketball Try-Outs

Try-outs/practice for the Tyndall
Tigers Men's Varsity Basketball
team are tentatively scheduled to
begin 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Fitness
Center. All interested individuals
are encouraged to sign-up now at
the Fitness Center. For more in-
formation, call the Fitness Center
at 283-2631.


leagues at the bowling alley bowlers can
play on and there more opportunities for
teams to compete in the local area.
But, awards are not the only benefit
from the sport.
"It's a good way to meet people from
your own unit and base," said Jenny
Nikolaisen, 325th Communication
Squadron team, who also participates in
downtown competitions to include being
on the base's winning women's league.
"It's all about camaraderie for me."
Fred Alcom has been heading up the
league for five years now and said he is al-
ways looking for more squadron member
participation. Each squadron team is com-
prised of the respective members only.
To play on ateam, experience isn't nec-
essary. Some members have been bowl-
ing since they were on youth leagues and
others just started.
Often members look forward to prize
money that is awarded to the teams in
an amount determined by the number
of teams and their placing. This is also
given at the end of the season.
The new season begins Aug. 18 and
will continue through the spring of next
year. Teams bowl according to a sched-
ule. With 12 lanes and 32 teams, there is
not much room, but the alley is accepting
more teams. The bowling schedule gets
posted for each team's competition, and
they always leave time open for children
to play Saturday morning.
"And if the three to five year olds can
do it, so can anyone," said Alcom.
"It's good sport and good fun," added
Nikolaisen.


Golf Standings


Team
372 TRS
COMM 1
CES
AFCESA
MXS 1
AF NOR 1
RHS
53 WEG
MSS
SVS
MDG


Points

63.5
59.5
56.5
48.5
47.5
47
45.5
41
37.5
37
35.5


Team

SFS
83 FWS
601 1
OSS
TEST
601 2
ACS
CONS
MXS 2
COMM 2


CGO host Tynman Triathlon/ Duathlon

The Tyndall Company Grade Officers' Council is sponsoring the Tyn-
man Triathlon/Duathlon Sept. 16. Race sign in starts at 6:30 a.m., the
race begins at 8 a.m. at Eagle Drive in base housing
There are two options:
Sprint triathlon: 600-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run
Duathlon: 1.1-Mile run, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run
Registration available online at www.active.com
For more information, call 283-2060.


Points

32
32
28.5
28
26
25.5
25
19.5
13.5
5.5


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Getting dirty produces great results for missiles shop


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
On the other side of the runway, across from the
hangars, jets and bustle of the operations build-
ings, a group of buildings sit among the trees.
The buildings are so far back, many people on
Tyndall may not know they are even there.
However, the products maintained by the Air-
men in these buildings are seen almost everyday
on the flightline missiles.
The buildings house the 325th Maintenance
Squadron munitions flight that is responsible
for the procurement and maintenance of aero-
space munitions and provides munitions-related
support.
Within the munitions flight, the precision
guided missiles shop is responsible for the
maintenance and inspection of the captive air
training missiles used to train the F-15 pilots
here.
With four flying squadrons sending missiles to
the shop daily for various maintenance needs, the
PGM shop often has a very-fast paced tempo.
The fast pace and heavy work load doesn't
seem to phase the Airmen.
"I like the work load. It makes the day go by
fast," said Senior Airman Joshua Tobin, PGM
shop crewmember.
"We currently have one day shift. We used to
have two, but decided consolidate them due to
reduced manning," said Staff Sgt. Robert Lewis,
PGM shop crew chief. "We average about 12
Airmen on the shift."
The Airmen perform maintenance on the mis-


Stat1 Sgt Stacey Haga
Senior Airmen Christopher Bratcher (left) and Jeffrey Hird, both precision guided muni-
tions shop crew members, remove the fins from the guidance control section of a captive
air training missile (CATM-9) prior to performing maintenance.

siles after approximately 20 flights. The inspection of the missiles requires some
Atactical missile importing system is a program dust to be kicked up and is critical for it being
also used by the shop to track the flying hours, attached to the hanger of the jet smoothly.
maintenance and inspections of a missile. SEE MXS PAGE 15


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July 28, 2006


Moving?



Call the Fam-
ily Support Cen-
ter at 283-4204
for information
or classes on
moving.


"The inspection of the AIM-9 missile is ev-
ery 180 days," said Sergeant Lewis "For in-
spection, we sand it down, repaint it, re-sten-
cil the lettering and put the armaments back
on.
The process requires time, attention to detail
and a lot of manpower.
"Ideally four to five Airmen are needed for
the inspection, but the more we have the bet-
ter. It speeds up the process," said the ser-
geant.
The sanding and painting causes many safety
concerns and the Airmen address these issues
by wearing proper protective gear.
When sanding, Airmen resemble astronauts in
white suits with face shields and respirators.
"It gets very hot and humid (in the sanding
room) with all the equipment on, so they take
breaks often," said Sergeant Lewis.
To address the safety concern with carrying
an AIM-9, which can weight 190 lbs. when
ready to launch, they use a three-person lift
and carry and wear steel-toe boots.
The tough, and often, dirty job of the PGM
shop is rewarding in many ways to those who
work there.
"(The job) has taught me the importance of


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attention to detail. If we leave something out,
it's a big foreign object damage hazard," said
Airman Tobin.
"I like the atmosphere. They are good peo-
ple to work with and they trust you do your
job," said Senior Airman Adam Osheimer,
PGM shop crewmember.
"(Occasionally) we will work with live mis-
siles," said Staff Sgt. Glenn Talley, PGM shop
bay chief. "We recently visually inspected and
tested live AIM-7 missiles to be fired."
The Airmen also participate in some of the
Air Force's training exercises.
"We travel to Nellis AFB, Nev. for Red Flag and
Canada for Maple Flag," said Sergeant Lewis.
"We have also gone to Key West, Fla., for
dissimilar air combat training with the Navy,"
added Sergeant Talley.
The temporary duties often call for the Air-
men to perform duties they are qualified on,
but do not accomplish on a regular basis in
their current assignment.
Whatever the tasking, the Airmen strive for
perfection.
The PGM shop had zero write-ups from
the Maintenance Standardization Evaluation
Team in June, which is an example of the
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Programs offer chance to
work with foreign Air Force
Officers from almost any specialty, and
some NCOs, can have the opportunity to
live and work as a foreign air force member
through the Military Personnel Exchange
Program, which allows nations to learn how
other air forces operate.
Countries involved in the program include
France, Italy, Spain, Jordan, Denmark and
Norway. There are 166 Air Force exchange
positions involving 163 officers and three
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Airmen assigned to MPEP must integrate
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July 28, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 1 Vol. 65, No. 29 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts July 28, 2006 Trust, Teamwork, Training In Brief Inside Teachers, parents and children get ready for school... PAGES 10-11 Flight assures qual ity in maintenance group... PAGE 13 Chiefs’ golf tourney The Tyndall Chiefs’ Group Annual Golf Tournament will be at 7:30 a.m. Aug. 4 at the Pelican Point Golf Course. The cost is $45 for non-course members $35 for members. Price includes cart and entry fee, prizes and meal dur ing award presentations. The team format is a four person select shot (10 percent total team handicap, max individ ual handicap is 36). Points of contact for sign up: Pelican Point Pro Shop at 283-4389, Chief Master Sgt. Julio Morelos at 283-6306, or email julio.morelos@ tyndall.af.mil or any Tyndall chief master sergeant. Troy University Today is the last day of registration for term one 2006 at Troy Uni versity. The term runs from Tuesday to Oct. 8. Visit the local Troy Uni 44-A of the Base Edu cation Center, or call 283-4449 to enroll. 2ND LT. AMANDA FERRE LL 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Four AIM-7 Sparrow mis siles from the Tyndall AFB by an F-15 pilot as part of the Weapons Systems Evaluation Program here. The missile, known as “The Great White Hope,” became op erational in 1953 and has since been credited with more than 70 kills in air-to-air combat. The radar-guided missile was advanced for its time, but its future retirement marks the be ginning of a new era and repre sents the Air Force’s continued mission in advanced weapons research and development, ac O’Mara, 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron commander. “(Firing the last Air Force AIM-7 will) signify the transi tion to air dominance as we now know it – represented by the severing ties with weapons that need to be supported by launch systems on aircraft, which was the old way of conducting air combat, and we’re now shift ing exclusively to ‘launchand-leave’ missiles. “The AIM-120 (Advanced Missile) will be the replace ment,” Colonel O’Mara said. in capability, offering greater performance than the AIM-7.” Aircrew and maintainers from the 2nd Fighter Squadron participated in the live AIM-7 mission here. “It initially increased our air-to-air capability because of the missile’s radar tech nology,” said Maj. Gen. Kenneth DeCuir, Air Combat Command vice commander, during his visit to Tyndall May 9. “The weapon system more reliable and capable radarguided missile. It’s undergone Staff Sgt. Edward Gyokeres Precision is key as Senior Airman Jason Barber, load crew member, and Staff Sgt. Michael Sirmons, support technician, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, install the fins on an AIM-7 missile before loading it onto an F-15 Eagle. • SEE AIM PAGE 7

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Page 2 Gulf Defender July 28, 2006 Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga.............................................staff writer Gulf Defender Editorial Staff noted. City News Herald. STREET Military Children Focus: What are you looking forward Identify this ... 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 random and drawn from a hat ner. The prize can be claimed at the Public Sgt. Deryl Brandon, 325th Maintenance Group manning manager, correctly guessed the July 21 “Identify this” as the radome of the F-22 Raptor. “I miss school. I want to see my friends and I like science and his tory.” KE I RST I N GARNER “I’m excited to go be going to high school. I may play basketball and get a scholarship.” COURTNEY ROUSE “I look forward to learning sci ence by making volcanoes. We get to take the science FCAT, too.” CHRIS FOSTER “I look forward to history lessons, learning about people who did spe cial things in the past.” KEVIN PALOMAR Splish-splash Staff Sgt. Edward Gyokeres An F-22 Raptor gets a “bird bath” near the end of the run way here. Because of Tyndall’s coastal location, corrosion is accelerated by the salty sea air. To combat this, the jets are washed on a daily basis to rinse off the salt residue and prevent corrosion.

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July 28, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 3 Action Line Call 283-2255 COL. TOD WOL TERS 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. Commissary 283-4825 Pass and I.D. 283-4191 Medical and Dental 283-7515 MEO 283-2739 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. COMMENTARY LT. CO L. LARRY DUVA LL You may have heard the phrase, “You pay for what you don’t know.” At the unit level, having all neces sary resources and continuous learn ing is the key to not having to pay this debt. The learning organization mental ity is a philosophy of constant bet terment. Do everything you can to make your area, yourself as an Air man and the unit better. Professions are what they are because people in them continually work to gain ad ditional knowledge and further the body of knowledge. As members of the military, we provide the essential capabilities needed to defend our nation. That responsibility requires us to always improve our capability and stay ahead of threats looming on the ho rizon. A comprehensive training and necessary knowledge and skill per formance attained by all personnel. Day-to-day discipline in execution of whatever tasks are associated with the unit mission and administering all of the necessary supporting pro grams is essential. Self initiative and discipline are needed to effectively learn and stay on an upward trend of learning at each opportunity. Taking ownership of the process is ownership as, “to have power over;” “wanted control.” The jet crew chief better than the other crew chief’s jet is an example of that challenge. The Air Force has been changing It has been downsizing for a number of years and the Global War on Ter rorism has tasked the Air Force in ways we never experienced before. For example, a seven-level main tainer for an A-10 aircraft can be sent to an F-15 base or one of our Airmen here can be tasked to work on anoth er aircraft. Supply priority for non-operational units was lowered a year ago to meet the needs of the Global War on Ter personnel have been tasked to take on convoy operations in the area of responsibility. Another challenge at Tyndall is the ing hours accumulated than some of the vintage F-4s assigned to the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group. Both maintenance and operations are also heavily tasked spooling up in support of F-22 full operation capability pilot needs. Given all of the challenges, dedicated to doing their jobs in com pliance with Air Force directives ev eryday. Air Force instructions and techni cal orders are those directives. Di rection is provided to ensure the essential guidance to safely and ef position responsibilities, establish roles and relationships between orga nizations and provide the necessary procedures and checklists to conduct everything we are tasked with. Each instruction also lists related AFIs that apply to the particular area the instruction covers. The instructions go through ongoing considerable re vision and new instructions are regu larly published. For example, the main AFI gov erning aircraft maintenance, AFI 21101, has grown from 50 pages in the 1990s to 500 pages today. TOs are lawful technical directives that govern how to maintain and without deviation. This ensures they are ready before being committed to mission use. Use of TOs is never an option; they are always mandatory. Other resources are also available to guide task execution and improve ment. Manuals and pamphlets pro vide guidance and knowledge. For example, the Tongue and Quill provides guidance on communicat ing. Another example is the Air man’s Manual, AFMAN 10-100, that ing skills. By reviewing this manual you become a better Airman, a more capable supervisor, and you make the Air Force a more capable expedition ary service. Another resource could be a MA JCOM unit compliance inspections that checks compliance and readi ness. Organizations can encoun ter problems when compliance is dropped and the learning organiza tion mentality is not present. Doing well means you did well during that week of inspection but it takes day to day dedicated effort to attain every day compliance. Staying the course in compliant operations and constantly working as an individual and at the unit level to keep knowledge, discipline and skill development on an upward slope prevents mistakes and marginal ef The learning organization approach keeps us on track to effectively and safely guard the nation’s interests. “T he learning organization mentality is a philosophy of constant betterment. 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Gulf Defender July 28, 2006 LT. CO L. GEORGE MEN K ER Virtually every Tyndall Airman tasked to deploy during Air Expeditionary Force The emotional preparations due to ex tended family separation have begun and the period for physical and mental prepa ration has started in earnest due to advent of “just in time” training. It clearly makes sense to prepare criti cal tasks like self aid/buddy care, combat skills training and chemical warfare just before reaching the area of responsibil ity so they are fresh in our mind. Yet the extra burden they place on our time can result in losing focus on why we’re de ploying to the area of responsibility and what a truly critical juncture this is for de mocracy and freedom. This is why I urge each of you to also consider opportunities for personal, pro fessional and spiritual growth while de ployed. First of all, you may consider the chance to dramatically improve your physical was my experience that evening trips to the gym replaced happy hour. Going to the gym became a healthy “vice” many had never experienced. During this time, an NCO who worked for me lost 50 unwanted pounds. What a remarkable accomplishment. Imagine the life-long around that bag of cement. The im provements to his self-esteem were un exceeding them. Professionally, the Air Force has sent mixed signals over the years with re gards to professional military education and advanced degrees. Make no mis take; making solid progress in this area career. Use this time to knock out some substantial progress in PME or under graduate work. Those who do will un doubtedly be rewarded over time. Spiritually, being in a place that lacks the creature comforts to which we are accustomed can quickly restore appre ciation for the gift of being an American citizen. Sleeping in a tent for four months has an uncanny way of allowing you to count your blessings. Our effort of bringing democracy, free dom, and stability to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan is, in a way, giving them the gift Americans have known for over two centuries. It’s a gift they would have never imagined were it not for the brave Airmen of AEF 3/4. Our grateful nation will await your re turn and history will reveal the efforts of expeditionary Airmen who were essen tial to bringing democracy and freedom to people that until now, barely dared to dream of it. Deployment: “S allowing you to count your blessings. ” LT. CO L. GEORGE MEN K ER Airmen and their families serv ing around the world have the right to vote and the Air Force Voting Program’s mission is to ensure they have the information and tools needed to exercise that privilege. Before deploying, Airmen re ceive voting materials needed to notify their state of their new mail ing address. They continue to re ceive voting assistance from home SCO teams. Airmen serving away from their voting residence should use Fed eral Post Card Application Standard Form 76 to register and request ab sentee ballots. The SF 76 and 200607 Voting Assistance Guide, which lists the unique voting rules for each state, are available on line at www. fvap.gov or may be obtained from For more information or assis tance on voting, contact the instal the Air Force Voting Action site at www.afcrossroads.com/voteFund/ Vote/default.htm. Did you know?

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Page 6 Gulf Defender July 28, 2006 The Gulf Defender is published for people like Senior Airman Eric White, 325th Security Forces sentry. CA P T. ROSEMARY GILLI AM An Airman was con tions of wrongful use of marijuana in a spe cial court-martial held here June 22. Airman Eric Wil liams, assigned to 325th AMXS, was charged with two specifica tion of wrongful use of marijuana, in violation of Ar ticle 112a of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, after he tested posi tive on drug tests in October and January. The October positive drug test result was the product of a random urinalysis. Originally, after the positive result in Octo ber, Airman Williams was given an Article 15. The January posi tive drug test was the result of a commander directed sweep of the Airman’s unit. Airman Williams con fessed and pled guilty to the October drug charge against him. During his guilty plea for the Oc tober use, Airman Wil liams confessed that he had smoked marijuana with his girlfriend. Even though Airman Williams received an Article 15 for his October drug use, the government was not prohibited from bringing the charge to the June court-martial, and did so. As to the January drug charge, a fully-litigated courtmartial was held before court members. After two days of proceed ings, the members found Airman Williams guilty of wrongful use of mari juana. During the sentenc ing phase of the court, members reviewed doc umentary evidence and heard arguments from both the government and the defense counsel. The members returned with a sentence of 30 bad conduct discharge for both of the drug of fenses. “This case should serve to send a message to Air Force members that marijuana use is not compatible with mili tary service, and it will not be tolerated,” said Capt. Ezra Glanzer, assistant staff judge advocate. In 2005, there were 497 convictions Air Force wide for wrong ful drug use, including 87 convictions in the Air Education and Training victions at Tyndall Air Force Base after random drug tests. To date in 2006, more than 2,000 mili tary members have been tested for drugs here at Tyndall. Addition ally, in 2006, there have been 191 convictions in the Air Force for drug use, to include 43 in the AETC and four at Tyndall. These numbers illustrate the effective ness of the Air Force urinalysis program. This Airman was the fourth individual at Tyn dall to be convicted and sentenced to jail based upon a positive urinaly sis this year. Airman sentenced for drug use

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July 28, 2006 Gulf Defender it’s reached the end of its life. The AIM-120 will take its place as the Air Force’s single-source air-to-air missile.” A team of weapons specialists, maintainers, air “The entire process, from the coordination brief to the debrief, is executed to ensure a successful, assistant director of operations. operations and evaluate the load to make sure air said Master Sgt. Jeffrey Adams, 83rd FWS main Once the weapons were loaded and the jets launched, analysts prepared to collect data sent from the AIM-7 missile and the targeted drone. “As the mission supervisor, I patched data col lected from the AIM-7 and the drone to equipment that interpreted the weapon’s performance,” said Staff Sgt. Josh Jones, 83rd FWS NCO in charge of telemetry operations. Past test results generated by analysts at WSEP have uncovered AIM-7 limitations, leading to software upgrades and improvements to air-to-air weapon systems technology. “I work with the ‘Tiger Team,’ which is a prob lem-solving group of technicians that proposes mation collected here during live missions,” said sile analyst. “The testing done here with the AIM7 has led to technology that is now used on more The future retirement of the AIM-7 provokes forward-looking enthusiasm for the WSEP team, but the 83rd FWS commander remains focused on the mission at hand. “We conducted standard operations,” said Col for the 83rd FWS a great opportunity to evalu ate weapon functionality and provide invaluable training opportunities for aircrew and weapons loaders.” “Some of the pilots are sad to see it go, but new and improved technology has come along,” said Mrs. Meacham. “It is both an exciting and sad moment.” feel the adrenaline,” said General DeCuir. “You become more aware and engaged when shooting live missiles it’s an incredible experience.” • FROM AIM PAGE 1

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Page 8 Gulf Defender July 28, 2006 Airman Oakley receives the Checkertail Salute War rior of the Week award from Col. Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander. The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing commander program designed to recognize Tyndall’s Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can nominate individuals via their squadron and group commanders. Award recipients receive one-day pass. Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga Airman Oakley, 325th Medical Group, has reduced downtime in the laboratory by 20 percent, ensuring timely patient treatment. addition of self-defense courses to the base program. Duty title: Time in service: Hometown: Anderson, S.C. Hobbies: Goals: biology Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The who work here Favorite movie: Favorite book: caterra Proudest moment in the military: This Sergeant Mixon receives the Associate Spotlight award from Col. Mike Winslow, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group commander. The Associate Spotlight is a 325th Fighter Wing commander program designed to rec ognize a Warrior from one of Tyndall’s tenant units. Supervisors can nominate individuals via their squadron and group commanders. wing commander and other items presented by their unit. The Checkertail Clan salutes Sergeant Mixon who led the enhanced threat realism and increased letality for the combat Air Force. He also volunteers for Meals on Wheels. Duty title Time in Service: Hometown: Hobbies: Golf Favorite book: Any Harry Potter book Favorite movie: Favorite thing about your unit: The Goals: career Proudest moment in the military: Find geant GIL BERT WA LK ER Everyone in Bay County, whether on-base or off, can help out the whole community by conserving water. Monthly review and comparison of water consumption to previous years shows the county has increased it monthly consumption in 2006. Water conservation needs to be done on a constant basis. Water may be a renewable resource to a certain extent, but the Earth must do most of the recy cling. Practicing conservation all the time helps it become second nature and less of a strain when it does become critical. Conserving also helps keep the reserves high for critical times when needed. Here are some tips to reduce water consumption. Indoors: • Constantly check toilets, faucets and showers for leaks. • Take five minute showers. • Use low flow fixtures. • Keep the faucet off while not im mediatley using the water, such as while brushing teeth. • Only run the dishwasher and washing machine with a full load. Outdoors: • Only water the lawn early in the morning or late evening only three times a week. This encourages deeper root growth making the grass more drought resistant. • Install moisture sensors on automatic irrigation systems. • Clean walkways, driveways and pa tios with a broom instead of a hose. • Grass should be kept about two inches long to hold moisture and shade roots. • Try water-wise landscaping. Using these tips will assist the envi ronment by easing the burden to clean water. This practice also saves drinking water supplies for people and water for the other inhabitants of the planet like fish and animals. It also helps to save the energy and money that would have been used to treat the water. Water is vital to all life on earth, for this and future generations. For more information or to report any leaks, call 283-4949. Conserving water:

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July 28, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 9 TRAINING SPOTLIGHT Training Spotlight What has been the highlight of your training here? “I like working with all the en listed Airmen. They have a lot of experience controlling for quite a few years. Without them we wouldn’t know our jobs.” 2ND LT. MATTHEW MCMURTY To learn about becoming a member of the Tyndall Honor Guard, call 283-4405. Get your Community College of the Air Force information at afvec.langley.af.mil CHR I SSY CUTT I TA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs (Editor’s note: This is the second of Tyndall’s Eagle Academics class rooms are the home to F-15 Eagle pilots in training before the ever step into a jet. They hit the books in hopes to make the passing grade on eight primary classroom course blocks termed “air craft general,” or ACG. Coursework covers everything from the Eagle’s history to the systems they’ll employ borne adversary. “Academics begin with a very ba sic introduction to the F-15 (C mod el),” said Capt. Gregory Soderstrom, 325th Operations Support Squadron chief of F-15 academics. “From there it moves into generalities about the aircraft, the systems, the sensors, the weapons and aircraft handling. These courses continue once they air-to-air tactics, beginning at the one-against-one level and culminat ing with combat mission oriented four-against-X scenarios.” In the training syllabus, course content includes 267 hours of aca demics, 30 tests, one comprehensive ties. A day in training can include any combination of these. “It’s designed to be challenging,” said Capt. J.T. Grayson, 2nd Fighter Squadron B-course student. “The tactical stuff is the most unfamiliar (after graduating from undergradu ate pilot training at Laughlin AFB, Texas.)” Active-duty instructor pilots only teach the lessons concerning air-toair tactical employment. Eighteen of the 23 instructors are civilian con tractors. Most Lockheed Martin em ployees are retired Air Force instruc tor pilots with extensive command experience ranging from squadron-to wing-level leadership backgrounds. “It keeps us young and it’s fun to see new pilots come in without much of a clue but leave with a whole lot of clues,” said Don Muller, instructor and retired Air Force colonel. The civilian instructors lead their students through seven ACG blocks encompassing electrical and fuel environmental control systems and more. Academics are constantly set into play during simulated and actual Don Muller teaches Hydraulic Systems to 2nd Fighter Squadron Basic beginning for B-course students Staff Sgt. Michael Kell, (cen ter), 372nd Training Squadron/ Det. 4 F-15 crew chief instruc tor, trains (from left) Airmen 1st Class Kelton Sanders, Matthew Sadusky and Joshua Yeggy, all Mission Ready Air man students with the 372nd TRS, on how to hook up an oil line to an F-15. Hook it up... Chrissy Cuttita

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Page 10 Gulf Defender July 28, 2006 STORY AND P HOTOS BY STA FF SGT. STA C EY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Ding, ding, ding. There goes the bell, better not be late for class. School will be back in session Wednesday for Bay County schools and students, teachers and parents are preparing for a new school year. Planning lessons, brushing up on math skills, and shopping for pencils and paper are just some of the many things they will do to get ready for another year of school. For teachers, the last couple of weeks before school starts are an extremely busy time. “We set up our classrooms, get all the textbooks together, said Julie Weston, Tyndall Elementary school 5th grade teach er, naming just a few of the many tasks the teachers must com Some parents and children do more than just back to school shopping. “We go through work booklets with our son,” said Master get his children ready for school. “We are also working on of school.” Some parents also help their children with the transitions Ward, daughter of Isabella Ward, 325th Mission Support “I have talked with her about the changes she can expect,” said Mrs. Ward. “She makes good grades. She is just concerned about the social aspect of it.” The social side of the school houses in Bay County will be seeing a change of dress and appearance this year. The schools in the county have established a school uniform policy. This concept is not entirely new to the public school sys tem. Since 1997, the United States has seen a steady increase in the percentage of public school mandating a uniform policy. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the potential recognize intruders that enter the school. However, the uniform policy has received mixed reviews from the public. “I think it would be great if the schools would assist the lower can get expensive.” “For me, it makes dressing them easier,” said Sergeant Tib betts. “It’s more practical at this point since they are younger.” Even some teachers are adopting the uniform policy. “Most of the teachers and staff have elected to wear a uni form similar to the children’s. We want to be a positive role model for them and set the example by wearing a uniform too,” said Dra Phillips, Tyndall Elementary 4th grade teacher. New dress code or not, there is always an air of excitement when it is time to go back to school and getting ready is just the start of it. Back to school Eugene Phillips, parent, checks out the variety of school supplies at the Base Ex change. Gabrielle Rainey picks out a colored paper notebook for class. Julie Weston, Tyndall Elementary 5th grade teacher and Dra Phillips, 4th grade teacher, put together a bulletin board for Mrs. Phillips classroom. Stephanie Asselin, Tyndall Elementary 2nd grade teacher, gathers the text books and work books her students will be using this year. FEATURE

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July 28, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 11 “I have talked with her about the changes she can expect,” said Mrs. Ward. “She makes good grades. She is just concerned about the social aspect of it.” The social side of the school houses in Bay County will be seeing a change of dress and appearance this year. The schools in the county have established a school uniform policy. This concept is not entirely new to the public school sys tem. Since 1997, the United States has seen a steady increase in the percentage of public school mandating a uniform policy. According to the U.S. Department of Education, the potential recognize intruders that enter the school. However, the uniform policy has received mixed reviews from the public. “I think it would be great if the schools would assist the lower can get expensive.” “For me, it makes dressing them easier,” said Sergeant Tib betts. “It’s more practical at this point since they are younger.” Even some teachers are adopting the uniform policy. “Most of the teachers and staff have elected to wear a uni form similar to the children’s. We want to be a positive role model for them and set the example by wearing a uniform too,” said Dra Phillips, Tyndall Elementary 4th grade teacher. New dress code or not, there is always an air of excitement when it is time to go back to school and getting ready is just the start of it. Back to school Justin Moses picks out his new uniform for school. Stephanie Asselin, Tyndall Elementary 2nd grade teacher, gathers the text books and work books her students will be using this year. Dra Phillips, Tyndall Elementary 4th grade teacher, and Julie Weston, 5th grade teacher, rear range a classroom for the start of a new school year. FEATURE

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Page 12 Gulf Defender July 28, 2006 Catholic services Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday–Friday, Chapel Two Mass or by appointment Saturday Mass, 5 p.m., Chapel Two Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m., Chapel Two 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.) Briefs GULF GUIDE AAFES offers tax free shop ping online AAFES customers can choose from an array of affordable, tax free items through the Exchange Online Store at www.aafes.com. Always open, this virtual exchange offers a variety of “back to school” basics such as school uniforms, electronics and athletic gear. Thousands of additional products discounted up to 15 percent are also just a click away at the new and improved Exchange Online Mall at www.aafes.com Remembrance reunion event Air Forces Northern and the Con uled for Sept. 9 and 10. The event includes a wreath lay ing ceremony, Combined Air Op erations Center/F-22 tour and mis sion briefing, remembrance-reunion dinner and a religious service. This event will remember and honor those who served on Sept. 11, 2001, and also recognize service members who continue to defend the nation through Operation Noble Eagle. For more information, visit www.1staf. tyndall.af.mil/911/index.htm or call 283-8659. OSI brief 325th Security Forces Squadron at 283-2254, or the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at 283-3261. Air Force Marathon The Air Force Marathon is open to runners who would like to selfnominate. Tyndall members may submit a Form 303 to unit com manders or the base Fitness Center for consideration. For more infor mation, call 283-2631. Summer 2006 Airman Maga zine available ing fight the war on terrorism, see how a team of Airmen mentors is making a difference in Afghanistan, follow the daily routine of an Air Force recruiter in the Big Apple, and tag along as Airmen prepare for detainee operations in the area of responsibility. These features and more highlight the summer quarterly issue of Air man magazine, now available on line at www.af.mil/news/airman/. Developmental education op portunities announced Air Force officers interested in 2007 developmental education opportunities must begin the ap plication process in August. A completed Air Force Form 3849, sheet, and senior rater nomination are due by Aug. 18 for officers ap plying for the Olmsted Scholarship, White House Fellowship, Mansfield Fellowship or Information Assur ance Scholarship programs. The application process and program details, to include board convening dates, eligibility criteria and time lines are available on the Air Force Personnel Center’s Web site at ask. afpc.randolph.af.mil/docs/dpa/de veloped/de_info_web_screen.ppt. Application packages should be sent no later than Oct. 31 to: HQ AFPC/DPAFE 550 C St. West, Ste. 32 4734. Incomplete or late packages will not receive consideration. SGLI premium rate increases The monthly premium rate for basic Servicemember’s Group Life Insurance increased by five cents per month for each $10,000 of coverage, from 65 cents per month per $10,000 to 70 cents per month per $10,000, July 1. On the same date, family SGLI premiums decreased across the board. Senior Airman Brian Clabby, pharmacy technician, serves Linda Lebarron-Hamn, 325th Medical Group secretary at the Tyndall Satellite pharmacy. The pharmacy is open 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. It closes at 2 p.m. the last Wednesday of the month and at noon the Order up!

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July 28, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 13 COMM 1 CES AFCESA MXS 1 53 WEG MSS SVS MDG 63.5 59.5 56.5 48.5 47.5 47 45.5 41 37.5 37 35.5 32 32 28.5 28 26 25.5 25 19.5 13.5 5.5 SFS 83 FWS 601 1 OSS TEST 601 2 ACS CONS MXS 2 COMM 2 Team Points Team Points Golf Standings CHR I SSY CUTT I TA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs After duty hours, there is a busy place on base full of people and thundering sounds. With the help of 32 squadrons here, with a total of 400 members, Tyndall’s bowling league that competes nightly and on occasional weekends. The teams compete for several catego ries of awards. “It all comes down to having a good team,” said Chris Swan, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Unit team, who was last year’s base champion and has been bowling for a year here. There are six different categories of Bowling season rolls in August 18 leagues at the bowling alley bowlers can play on and there more opportunities for teams to compete in the local area. from the sport. “It’s a good way to meet people from your own unit and base,” said Jenny Nikolaisen, 325th Communication Squadron team, who also participates in downtown competitions to include being on the base’s winning women’s league. “It’s all about camaraderie for me.” Fred Alcorn has been heading up the ways looking for more squadron member participation. Each squadron team is com prised of the respective members only. To play on a team, experience isn’t nec essary. Some members have been bowl ing since they were on youth leagues and others just started. Often members look forward to prize money that is awarded to the teams in an amount determined by the number of teams and their placing. This is also given at the end of the season. The new season begins Aug. 18 and will continue through the spring of next year. Teams bowl according to a sched ule. With 12 lanes and 32 teams, there is not much room, but the alley is accepting more teams. The bowling schedule gets posted for each team’s competition, and they always leave time open for children to play Saturday morning. do it, so can anyone,” said Alcorn. “It’s good sport and good fun,” added Nikolaisen. CGO host Tynman Triathlon/ Duathlon race begins at 8 a.m. at Eagle Drive in base housing There are two options: Sprint triathlon: 600-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run Duathlon: 1.1-Mile run, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run For more information, call 283-2060. Men’s Varsity Bas ketball Try-Outs Try-outs/practice for the Tyndall Tigers Men’s Varsity Basketball team are tentatively scheduled to begin 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Fitness Center. All interested individuals are encouraged to sign-up now at the Fitness Center. For more in formation, call the Fitness Center at 283-2631. Chrissy Cuttita Jenny Nikolaisen, with the 325th Communications Squadron team, bowls at Raptor Lanes.

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Gulf Defender July 28, 2006 STA FF SGT. STA C EY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs On the other side of the runway, across from the hangars, jets and bustle of the operations build ings, a group of buildings sit among the trees. The buildings are so far back, many people on Tyndall may not know they are even there. However, the products maintained by the Air men in these buildings are seen almost everyday on the flightline – missiles. The buildings house the 325th Maintenance Squadron munitions flight that is responsible for the procurement and maintenance of aero space munitions and provides munitions-related support. Within the munitions flight, the precision guided missiles shop is responsible for the maintenance and inspection of the captive air training missiles used to train the F-15 pilots here. the shop daily for various maintenance needs, the PGM shop often has a very-fast paced tempo. The fast pace and heavy work load doesn’t seem to phase the Airmen. “I like the work load. It makes the day go by fast,” said Senior Airman Joshua Tobin, PGM shop crewmember. “We currently have one day shift. We used to have two, but decided consolidate them due to PGM shop crew chief. “We average about 12 Airmen on the shift.” The Airmen perform maintenance on the mis siles after approximately 20 flights. A tactical missile importing system is a program maintenance and inspections of a missile. The inspection of the missiles requires some dust to be kicked up and is critical for it being attached to the hanger of the jet smoothly. • SEE MXS PAGE 15 Senior Airmen Christopher Bratcher (left) and Jeffrey Hird, both precision guided muni air training missile (CATM-9) prior to performing maintenance. Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga

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July 28, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 15 “The inspection of the AIM-9 missile is ev ery 180 days,” said Sergeant Lewis “For in spection, we sand it down, repaint it, re-sten cil the lettering and put the armaments back on.” The process requires time, attention to detail and a lot of manpower. “Ideally four to five Airmen are needed for the inspection, but the more we have the bet ter. It speeds up the process,” said the ser geant. The sanding and painting causes many safety concerns and the Airmen address these issues by wearing proper protective gear. When sanding, Airmen resemble astronauts in white suits with face shields and respirators. “It gets very hot and humid (in the sanding room) with all the equipment on, so they take breaks often,” said Sergeant Lewis. To address the safety concern with carrying an AIM-9, which can weight 190 lbs. when ready to launch, they use a three-person lift and carry and wear steel-toe boots. The tough, and often, dirty job of the PGM shop is rewarding in many ways to those who work there. “(The job) has taught me the importance of attention to detail. If we leave something out, it’s a big foreign object damage hazard,” said Airman Tobin. “I like the atmosphere. They are good peo ple to work with and they trust you do your job,” said Senior Airman Adam Osheimer, PGM shop crewmember. “(Occasionally) we will work with live mis siles,” said Staff Sgt. Glenn Talley, PGM shop bay chief. “We recently visually inspected and tested live AIM-7 missiles to be fired.” The Airmen also participate in some of the Air Force’s training exercises. Canada for Maple Flag,” said Sergeant Lewis. “We have also gone to Key West, Fla., for dissimilar air combat training with the Navy,” added Sergeant Talley. The temporary duties often call for the Air men to perform duties they are qualified on, but do not accomplish on a regular basis in their current assignment. Whatever the tasking, the Airmen strive for perfection. The PGM shop had zero write-ups from the Maintenance Standardization Evaluation Team in June, which is an example of the shop’s dedication to excellence. Moving? Call the Fam ily Support Cen ter at 283-4204 for information or classes on moving.

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July 28, 2006 Gulf Defender Officers from almost any specialty, and some NCOs, can have the opportunity to live and work as a foreign air force member through the Military Personnel Exchange Program, which allows nations to learn how other air forces operate. Countries involved in the program include France, Italy, Spain, Jordan, Denmark and Norway. There are 166 Air Force exchange positions involving 163 officers and three NCOs in 23 countries. Airmen assigned to MPEP must integrate completely into the host nation’s air force. All participants must be able to speak the na tive language of the host country fluently. More information about the program can be found in Air Force Instruction 16-107, Feb. 2 “Military Personnel Exchange Pro gram.” For more information, read the Air Force Print News Story at www.af.mil/news/story. asp?storyID=123023221. Programs offer chance to work with foreign Air Force

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