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Vol. 65, No. 30

Staff sergeant pro-
motion party
Focus 56 invites Team
Tyndall to celebrate
with the base's new-
est staff sergeants at
a promotion party 4
p.m. Aug. 11 at the
Enlisted Club. New
staff sergeant selects,
please attend one of
the promotion planning
meetings at 11 a.m. or
1:30 p.m. Wednesday
in The Zone at the En-
listed Club to provide
your input.

Thrift Shop closes
The Thrift Shop will
be closed for cleaning
this week. It will re-
open Wednesday and
resume regular hours of
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Wednesday Friday
and 9 a.m. to noon.
Aug. 12.


Ammo softball team is
champ again... PAGE 15

New bomber to join AF
fleet... PAGE 19


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To the rescue
As evaluators look on, Tyndall fire fighters pull an "injured" pilot from the woods in a major accident re-
sponse exercise that took place July 25. Senior Airman Yvonne Smith, 325th Fighter Wing exercise plans
information manager, simulated an F-22 Raptor pilot who crashed upon approach to the runway.

Tyndall spearheads F-22, ABM integration

325th Air Control Squadron
The 325th Air Control
Squadron and 43rd Fighter
Squadron here are making
significant advances integrat-
ing F-22 Raptor fighter tactics
with command and control
operations, enhancing the ca-
pabilities of both.
One of the new advances is
the ability to send text messag-

es from command and control
platforms to the Raptor using
high-speed digital data link
technology, called Link-16.
"Integrating command and
control with the F-22 enhances
our air dominance capability
as an air force," Lt. Col. Ted
Davis, 325thACS commander.
"The benefit of integration
comes from the fact that we
are creating a synergy of force

that is a quantum leap above
what any one particular air
platform might be able to do
on its own."
A Raptor can leave its
home base, locate, cue in on
and destroy all of its targets,
receive the locations of all pos-
sible threats, receive landing
instructions and come home
safely without being seen or
heard. This capability is pos-

sible through the use of com-
munication links that allow air
battle managers to send text
messages to the pilots with out
using the radio.
Building a three-dimen-
sional picture of targets and
threats for F-22 pilots is the
job of air battle managers who
fly in command and control


Trst Temok Tranin

Aug.. 4, 2006

Gulf Defender

NCO Academy focus:

What is the best advice you

ever received?

Lisa Norman

Give blood, save a life

Alice Session, Keesler Donor Center staff member, prepares
Staff Sgt. Brian Martin, 325th Communication Squadron proj-
ect manager, for donating blood July 27 at the community cen-
ter. The Tyndall blood drive collected 121 units of blood. The
next blood drive here is scheduled for Oct. 5.

Idv.1hf/ this .

Can you identify this
object? If so, send
an e-mail to editor@ mil with
"Identify this" in the
subject line. Three
correct entries will
be chosen at random
and drawn from a
hat to select the fi-
nal winner. The prize
can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office.
Staff Sgt. Margarita
Cuevas, 325th Con-
tracting Squadron
contract specialist,
correctly guessed
the July 28 "Identify
this" as a safety sign
on a shopping cart.

"My grandma said, 'Always wear
clean underwear in case you get in
an accident."'

Communications Division superintendent

"When someone shows you who
they truly are, believe them."

Profession of Arms superintendent

"Everyone tells me to listen to my
gut instinct, and most of the time
it's the right answer."

Personnel Programs manager

"My great

uncle said 'Stay in the


Gulf Defender Editorial Staff

Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters..................325th FW commander
Maj. Susan A. Romano...............chief, 325th FW public affairs
Chrissy Cuttita................................ chief, internal information
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga................................................. editor
Senior Airman Sarah McDowell...........................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 authorized
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 government, De-
partment of Defense or Department of the Air Force
The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements,
does not constitute endorsement by the DOD, the Department of the Air Force or the
Panama City News Herald of the products or services advertised
Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use
or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital
status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the
purchaser, user or patron

Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 325th Fighter Wing
public affairs office Photographs are U S Air Force photos unless otherwise
The deadline for article submissions to the Gulf Defender is 4 p m Friday, prior
to the week of publication unless otherwise noted Articles must be typed and
double-spaced, preferably on a 3 5-inch disc Stories should be submitted di-
rectly 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

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Reach out, communicate with someone and learn

325th Contracting Squadron commander
In 1989, a major U.S. airline
created what many media critics
consider to be the best business-ori-
ented television advertisement ever
The ad is set in an executive staff
meeting. The CEO walks into the meet-
ing and announces to the assembled
managers that he received a phone call
that morning from "an old friend." He
goes on to say that the "old friend" had
just fired them. After twenty years of
doing business together, the "old friend"
told the CEO he felt like he didn't know
them anymore.
The CEO announces that he thinks
he knows why their old friend and
long-time customer had terminated
their relationship.
"We used to do business with a hand-
shake, face-to-face. Now, it's a phone
call, a fax and, 'we'll get back to you
later with another fax'."
Personal interaction had disappeared
from the relationship.
The ad concludes with the CEO
handing out airplane tickets and declar-
ing that the entire team is to head out
and re-establish personal relationships
with their customers.
When asked what he is planning
to do, the CEO replies, "I'm going to
visit that old friend who fired us this
Seventeen years later, the message of
this sixty-second ad is more important
than ever. The exponential increase in
the number and types of communica-

tion devices in use today may be reason
for some to long for such "personal"
interaction as a phone call or a fax.
When this ad was created, there
was no wide-spread use of e-mail.
Blackberries and text messages did
not follow us everywhere we went.
File sharing and on-line collaboration
tools did not allow us to review and
edit documents without ever meeting
our teammates.
Advances in technology have al-
lowed us to become tremendously
efficient in completing o1iu mission.

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from Air Forces Northern to the 53rd
Weapons Evaluation Group are also
our customers. We also have customers
within our units who depend on us, just
as we depend on them. Our customers
are many and varied, and listening to
our customers will likely help us realize
that we often don't know as much about
some of them as we should.
The next two steps are ways to seek
opportunities to share information with
our customers. I'd be remiss if I didn'
clarify that when I talk about sharing
lnfor iatio n I i talking about general
nimo tioii aboul t \ r Iunit's responsi-
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d ctilci n\\ at o should or sho
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ind the nisewcst Blce- The second step s
iA\\ ill bc orlth r kno' ledIc' albot ClisIto
rnt k 0il u Os ,i this knIoI o, r n Te s
es pral as chattlin with the Airman
Several ave itucS cai be ptid c \t ~ abotlt where they work,
to bolster the irclatioInShlp %% ith ol L haf) tlc do and what challenges they
customers. FilI. '\ nccd tl kIno .tf ch T-he same conversation could oc-
who our customers are. Once we cur between sets at the gym, or on the
start jotting down our customers, bus headed to a foreign object damage
we'll likely find the list will become walk.
lengthy. At the broadest level, all We can also gain ntormation by
Americans are our customers, as taking time to talk to your First Term
well as our coalition partners around Airman's Center classmates, attending
the world. Company Grade Officers' Counsel
While these are without question career presentations or perhaps by
important customers, I'd like to focus shadowing your supervisor during a
today on customers in the local area. unit, group or wing update.
For the 325th Fighter Wing, the stu- The where and when isn't as im-
dents who attend the many courses here portant as remembering that we are
are our customers. The tenants units, surrounded by both formal and infor-

mal opportunities to learn more about
our customers every day. The added
bonus of learning about your custom-
ers is that we are also simultaneously
establishing personal relationships
with them.
While step two requires you to
seek out opportunities to learn, and
then engage your active listening
skills, step three is all about sharing
your unit's message. Before we can
share our mission with our custom-
ers, we need to know it ourselves.
Part of mastering our jobs should
be to gain a thorough understanding
of your organization.
Once you have, you're ready to
share this important information with
Does your unit have a briefing pre-
pared to provide an overview to the
local PME courses here? If not, get
involved with creating one. If your
unit does have a briefing prepared,
seek out opportunities to present the
information to your customers. If you
can't find a forum to present the story,
create one.
As you drive across Tyndall, you
undoubtedly pass buildings you see
every day, yet you may have no idea
what goes on inside. Now you know
our customers are in those buildings.
Meet them, educate them, shake
their hands and establish personal
relationships that will allow you to
gain the knowledge needed to ad-
equately to meet their needs. Make
new friends, and visit with them
often as they become old friends.

Action Line
Call 283-2255

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
supervisors, commanders, first sergeants
or facility managers.
If you're not satisfied with the response
or you are unable to resolve the problem,

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

A . A r\r\r\^

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Airmen perform life changing actions everyday

325th Medical Operations Squadron commander
Throughout my time in service I've
seen how Airmen can make a difference
daily just by doing what they are trained
to do.
Several years ago, while I was sta-
tioned in Europe, I was assigned the task
of hosting a visit with a former Soviet
Bloc country.
The U.S. had a limited diplomatic rela-
tionship with this country atthe time. Five
senior officers were the attendees.
A few years later, the U.S. began for-
mal agreements with this country, using
the country's air space during the war on
terror. Atthe time, I had little understand-
ing of how my small part contributed
to the "big picture" of things, but I un-
derstood that my actions would impact

the viewpoints of this country. After all,
five foreign representatives impacted my
viewpoint of their country.
While I was commander of a mobile
Army aeromedical staging facility on the
border of Kosovo, we faced the challenge
of not being able to complete our mission
because our equipment was shipped to
I selected four individuals to fly in an
Army HH-60 in a mission to get equip-
ment. After being deployed for only
three days, Capt. Darrell Watkins took
charge. He was backed up by some
seasoned NCOs.
During a midnight discussion over the
phone after Captain Watkins arrived, I
told him that I had faith in his abilities and
that he was in charge of the detail. The
team remarkably retrieved the equipment

and convoyed with the help of German
soldiers. They were followed by a quick
reaction force Army andAir Force medics
from our location.
Last year, there was a mass casualty
situation during an exercise. We had 11
real-world heat casualties in about an
hour. Two medics on the ambulance
crew took charge of the situation, triaged
and transported the most severe and acti-
vated the memorandum of understanding
with the downtown ambulance service.
No lives were lost, and to the untrained
eye, nothing remarkable happened. The
most senior member on the ambulance
crew was Staff Sgt. Jessica Dickson.
About two months ago, I received
a picture and e-mail from Tech. Sgt.
Charles Campbell, one of my Airmen
on extended duty in Afghanistan. The

photo was of him sitting on a rug in a
tent eating a meal with the local elders
and their local doctor. What struck me
more than anything was that an NCO was
representing the U.S. in this small part of
the world. He and his team were building
a nation in this troubled country.
It took him and his team almost five
hours on mountain trails to get to their
location. This particular region had been
largely unvisited by outsiders, due to the
difficulty of getting there. Their mission
was to deliver food and medical supplies,
along with other items to this village.
Last month, a patient came into
the clinic suffering from chest pain.
The staff rushed to action, flawlessly
executing the correct protocols, ar


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On that day ... a reminder of why the national anthem plays

97th Flying Training Squadron
Texas (AFPN) It was a hot Tuesday
afternoon. I was leaving Bldg. 402 after
updating my base vehicle sticker.
As I walked toward the double-glass
doors leading to the parking lot, I encoun-
tered a small group ofpeople standing just
inside the door two Airmen, a civilian
employee and one captain. As I reached
for the door, the captain said, "You don't
want to go out there right now."
I looked out and saw traffic stopped
and several people standing in the hot
July sun, gazing westward, some salut-
ing, some standing at attention and some
with their hands laid on their chests.
No, I don't really want to go out
there right now. I looked at my watch
- 4:30 p.m.
I stood with the group that now
numbered five. No one spoke. One
Airman made a call on her cell phone
the other shifted his gaze back a

forth between his shoes and the wall.
The captain sifted through a folder
of papers. The civilian and I watched
through the glass doors as a technical
sergeant stood at attention, saluting
... a sweat ring growing on his back.
It seemed to go on forever.
The base loudspeak-
ers squeaked out the
last recorded notes of
the national anthem.
The cars rolled for-
ward, the technical m
sergeant lowered his
salute. The civilian
pushed our door open
and walked out. The rest of us fol-
lowed. When the heat hit me, I felt
fortunate that my timing had kept me
inside during the long ceremony.
I thought about that day for weeks.
Images of the episode flashed through
my mind as if I'd witnessed a crime --
the plate-sized sweat ring, the glow of
the cell phone on the Airman's cheek,

the civilian's hand resting on the door
handle, the glare of the sun, the heat.
I recently read an article about the war
on terror and learned that we average
2.35 Americans dead and 10 wounded
every day in the area of responsibility.
That day leapt back into my thoughts. A
few hours of research helped
me identify the date --
July 14, 2005.
On that day, four
S-American Soldiers died
in Iraq and numerous
others were wounded.
On that day, four families were
plunged into mourning.
On that day, I flew one sortie, sifted
through e-mail, updated my base vehicle
sticker and hid from the heat behind a
glass door.
Why does it matter that I avoided
participating in retreat? Some may
think it's silly symbolism, that it's not
real. An aircraft is real. A computer, a
vehicle sticker they're real.

I believe that anything that you al-
low to move you, or that inspires those
around you to search their hearts, is
as real as the bomb that tore Chris
Winchester's body apart last summer.
Anything that forces an entire base to
stop and listen to their thoughts for a
while is real. Anything that causes you
to pause and acknowledge that Ameri-
can Soldiers may be under fire as you
listen to the national anthem is real.
As we five stood inside that door-
way, the Soldiers killed and wounded
that day may have been bleeding,
screaming and dying in the sand.
If my timing is ever again as perfect
as it was that day, I'll be prepared. I'll be
ready with, '"Yes, I do wantto go outthere
right now." You may not come with me,
but I'll bet you think about it for weeks.
If I had stepped outside to pay respect
to the flag and to the four Soldiers who
died that day, how long would it have
One minute and 28 seconds.

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Aug. 4,2006

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The Gulf Defender is published for people
like Senior Airman Audra Hamilton,
325th Medical Operations Squadron
medical technician.

Gulf Defender Page 9

Security Forces steps up traffic enforcement

325th Security Forces Squadron
You're speeding through housing and you
pass an unmarked government vehicle with a
person using a speed measuring device. At
first, there are no lights, no siren, but you pull
around the corner and Security Forces is wait-
ing for you with a traffic citation in hand. This
scenario has been a reality for some Tyndall
Due to an increasing amount of complaints
of fast and dangerous driving occurring on the
base, Security Forces will be increasing its traf-
fic enforcement throughout Tyndall and would
like to remind everyone of the following speed
limits in place on Tyndall.
Anywhere on Tyndall 30 mph (unless otherwise
Housing areas- 15 mph (unless otherwise
Unpaved roads 20 mph

Any designated parking lot 10 mph
Installation gates (entry/exit) 15 mph
Passing marching/running formations 5 mph
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US Hi.-h ,. v 98 As posted
If you are caught speeding and cited in housing,
the following suspensions can occur:
From 1-14 mph over the posted speed limit, 30-
day suspension of base driving privileges.
From 15-24 mph over the posted speed limit, 60-
day suspension of base driving privileges.
From 25 mph over posted speed limit, 90-day
suspension of base driving privileges.
As a reminder, U.S. Highway 98 is a concurrent
jurisdiction zone. Speeders could be stopped not
only by Security Forces, but also by the Florida
Highway patrol and the Bay County Sheriff's
If you are caught and cited on the installation,
military members will receive a DD Form 1408,
Armed Forces Traffic Ticket. Active duty mili-

tary members who receive this citation accrue
base driving points that are counted against an
individual's ability to operate a motor vehicle
on the installation. All others cited for traffic
infractions on base will receive the DD Form
1805, United States District Court Violation
Notice, which not only carries a monetary fine,
but the offender accrues base driving points
If an individual accumulates 12 points within
one year or 18 points within two years, they will
lose their base driving privileges for a year.
The bottom line is that those who speed need
to slow down, not only in the housing areas, but
throughout the entire base. We are using the
same practices used in traffic enforcement that
our civilian counterparts use effectively.
So the next time you decide to speed on
base, remember, your speeding may be checked
without ever seeing a Security Forces vehicle,
that is, until you receive the ticket.

Circled insignia implementation dates announced

Air Force Print News
- Following the Air Force
chief of staff's vision of
"lasting heritage limitless
horizons," the Air Force
uniform board made minor
changes to the enlisted uni-
These changes include
returning to the U.S. in-
signia with circle for the
service dress uniform and
the deletion of the optional
shoulder board rank for the
blue uniform, making the
sleeve chevrons manda-
The implementation date
for the circled insignia
is Jan. 1, 2007, and the
date for mandatory wear of
chevrons on the sleeves is
Oct. 1, Air Force officials
"We are going back to
our heritage. (The enlisted)
started wearing lapel insig-
nias in December 1902,"
said Chief Master Sgt. Mal-
colm McVicar, the director
of the Air Force Enlisted

Heritage Research Institute
at Maxwell Air Force Base,
Ala. "The enlisted insignia
was on a circular disk and
the officer's was not."
On April 27, 1918, when
the Air Service proposed
its first collar insignia, the
tradition carried on with
the enlisted insignia hav-
ing a circle surround the
The insignia design has
changed through the years,
but the tradition of the cir-
cle around the insignia re-
mained until 1991 when a
decision was made to elimi-
nate the collar insignia for
all ranks.
However, by 1995, the
collar lapel insignia was
brought back with the cur-
rent U.S. insignia and no
circle for all Airmen.
"Every Air Force uniform
board since 1991 has had
a request to bring back the
circle around the insignia
for enlisted wear," Chief
McVicar said. "Keeping
with General (T. Michael)
Moseley's vision on return-

ing to our heritage uniform,
the uniform board approved
the change."
The shoulder board rank,
originally called shoulder
mark insignia, for senior
NCOs was first introduced
in 1976.
The shoulder boards were
thought of as a way to bring
some recognition to the top
three NCO ranks, and were
approved in 1982.
In 1991, the chevron de-
signs changed for the top
three enlisted ranks by pro-
viding immediate recogni-
tion at a distance in any
uniform combination.
A stripe was removed
from the lower portion of the
chevron and added to the top
for master, senior and chief
master sergeant, to include
the chief master sergeant of
the Air Force.
It has been more than 10
years since the new enlisted
chevrons were introduced.
Since then, there have been
numerous recommendations
to remove the optional enlisted
shoulder boards worn by some

within the top three enlisted
ranks, Chief McVicar said.
"This issue was compre-
hensively addressed with
the introduction of our cur-
rent chevrons that provide
easy identification of the
top three enlisted ranks
with all uniform options,"
he said. "Again, returning
heritage to our uniform,
the uniform board removed
the shoulder board op-
The chief master sergeant
of the Air Force sees these
changes as a way to keep
the Air Force's enlisted
heritage alive.
"We are the greatest en-
listed Airmen in the world,"
said Chief Master Sgt. of
the Air Force Rodney J.
McKinley. "The distinct
enlisted aspects of our uni-
form are a tribute to those
who served before us and
set the solid foundation we
follow today. We should
take great pride in wearing
our stripes on our sleeves
and donning the circled
lapel insignia."

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Gulf Defender

Tech. Sgt. Sherman Alford

Duty title: 325th Fighter Wing Com-
mand Post information manager
Time on station: Five years
Time in service: 14 years
Hometown: Apalachicola, Fla.
Hobbies: All sports camping, fishing,
Goals: Retire from the Air Force and
start my own business
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The fishing
Favorite movie: "Braveheart"
Favorite book: "Catcher in the Rye"
Pet peeves: Unfulfilled promises
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga Proudest moment in the military:
Sergeant Alford receives the Checkertail Salute Promotion to technical sergeant
Warrior of the Week award from Col. Tod Wolters,
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
325th Fighter Wing commander. commander program designed to recognize
Sergeant Alford is the crisis action team administrator. He Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
has taken on many additional duties in his office, such as group commanders. Award recipients receive
facility and security manager. Sergeant Alford also serves as a certificate, letter from the commander and a
a mentor and youth leader at a local church. one-day pass.

2007 Force Shaping

WASHINGTON Air Force officials
recently announced new force-shaping
initiatives to be used to meet the re-
quired 2007 fiscal year end strength
The new initiatives are designed to
bring the Officer numbers down as the
enlisted end-strength numbers are on target
for 2007. Officials said more than 8,000
officers must separate either through nor-
mal attrition, retirement or force shaping
measures to achieve the required balance
in force.
"It's important to keep in mind what
force shaping is all about; the present
and future state of the Air Force," Lt.
Gen. Roger A. Brady, Deputy Chief of
Staff, Manpower and Personnel. "We
have to balance our (force) for now and
the coming years to have the kind of
force we need to win the long war we
are in now and be prepared for whatever
comes next."
The Air Force will look for volun-
teers but will also initiate involuntary
shaping programs to achieve a balanced
The Air Force starts the 2007 force-shap-
ing with Voluntary Separation Pay, Selective
Early Retirement Board, and a fiscal 2007
Force Shaping Board.
The VSP incentive will be offered to
Line of the Air Force officers with more
than six and no more than exactly 12 years
of service to encourage their separation,
General Brady said.
Eligible officers may begin applying
for VSP on July 31. Dates of separation
must take effect between Oct. 1, 2006 and
Sept. 29, 2007. Applications for VSP will
not be accepted after Jan. 31, 2007.
For more information visit www.afpc.ran-
or contact Senior Airman Celine Delice and
Staff Sgt. Angelique Fabiano, Relocations
and Employments office, at 283-2244.

Clarification to July 21
Enlisted Village story

The Air Force Enlisted Village was
founded to provide a home for Air Force
Widows of any military member, age
55 or older with a valid military ID may
live in the village. Air Force retired
couples meeting the same criteria may
live in the village.

. .- .- ... .. .... :

-h- i.

Ms. Cindy Simpson
Duty title: Financial Analyst
Time on Station: One year
Time in Service: 10 years
Hometown: Monterey, Calif.
SHobbies: Spending time with my family
and friends
Favorite book: Cosmopolitan (maga-
Favorite movie: The Benchwarmers
S' Favorite thing about Tyndall: The people
{ e mle Proudest moment in the military:
Working for the operations group as
Lisa Norman the cost per buying hourAnalyst in Ger-
Ms. Simpson receives the Associate Spotlight many and being part of that mission
award from Col. Gus Elliot, Air Force Civil Engi-
neer Support Agency commander. The Associate Spotlight is a 325th Fighter
Wing commander program designed to rec-
Ms. Simpson manages two jobs at AFCESA, budget analyst ognize a Warrior from one of Tyndall's tenant
for a $48M program and contract officer representative for units. Supervisors can nominate individuals
seven service contracts. She developed two major automation via their squadron and group commanders.
Award recipients receive a certificate from the
systems for more than 250 civil engineer units. She is also an wing commander and other items presented
active member of Society of Military Comptrollers. by their unit.

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Exit signs: Student pilots learn how to egress

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(Editor's note: This is the third of a
five-part series covering the training
B-course students go ;:ih ,,gih to get in
the air)
When a pilot enters an aircraft, he also
needs to know how to exit, especially if
the exit happens under extreme conditions
and is completely unplanned.
Making all scenarios and life-saving
techniques second-nature for pilots in
such instances is the number one prior-
ity of the 325th Operations Support
Squadron's life support shop.
"There are two different ways to
egress," said Senior Master Sgt. Del-
bert Anderson, 325th OSS. "You can
eject while you are flying by pulling the
handles, or you can bail out when some-
thing happens on the ground, such as an
engine fire."
Both ofthese techniques are important
to master to ensure the pilot's exit is a
safe one.
"The reason we do this training is to
make the pilot's reaction second nature
so they instinctively know what to do,"
Sergeant Anderson said.
During this training, the pilot gets a
briefing taking him through different
types of scenarios and ways to safely
react to those scenarios. He also gets
a chance to sit in the egress trainer who
has the same ejection equipment as an
F-15 Eagle.
"It's our first time ever flying the
Eagle, so we need to understand the
system associated with getting out of
the aircraft safely both in the air and
on the ground," said Capt. Charles

Tranin Spo

Chrissy Cuttita
Staff Sgt. Jose Rivera, Life Support NCO in charge, helps
Capt. Charles Kistler understand F-15 egress procedures.

Kistler, 2nd Fighter Squadron B-course
After egress training, the pilot reacts to
what would be next in sequence should he
eject from the aircraft the hanging har-
ness, which is built and spring-loaded to
simulate the effects of a parachute.
As the pilot dangles from the simula-
tor, he is given different scenes and ter-
rain he may land in, such as water, trees,
telephone lines or land. He also watches
a virtual reality system where he learns to
guide himself through the situation.
After the pilot makes it through para-
chute training, he then goes into another
room to guide him through what to do
once he safely lands into the terrain. He
is shown the gear provided in his survival
kit, and all the survival equipment, and is
taught how to use it.
"Another thing we go over with the B-

course students is the natural hazards they
may encounter in the environment. For
example, if they are dealing with marine
life, such as sharks, we brief them not to
flail, or for barracuda, not to wear shiny
objects and how to protect themselves
from jellyfish," Sergeant Anderson said.
During egress training, students are also
briefed on their life preserver and the ways
that it can be inflated.
"They can inflate the vest manually
using the oral inflation valves by pulling
the lanyards and letting the carbon dioxide
bottle blow it up, or if they are uncon-
scious, it will inflate itself when they hit
the water," Sergeant Anderson said.
The efficiency of the equipment, along
with the pilot's knowledge of life support
training, can save apilot's life after egress,
and they get this training first-hand at

Ready, set, fly
Airman Basic Amanda Grun-
dy, 372nd Training Squadron
mission ready airman, pre-
pares the cockpit of an F-15
Eagle prior to take off. Her
class of eight students gradu-
ated Thursday after 20 days of
crew chief training here. Her
first operational assignment is
Mountain Home AFB, Idaho.

Why did you choose this
career field?

"I was getting reclassified.
The crew chief job descrip-
tion seemed very interesting. It
pulled me in."

372nd Training Squadron
mission ready airman

Congratulations to the 325th
Airborne Control Squadron's
newest airborne battle
managers, class 06-14, who
graduated Monday!

Get your Community
College of the Air Force
information at

Aug. 4, 2006

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will monitor the
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ter,and the Natioc)ii
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lofthe information enables the flight to predict
V we;cathcr \\ll enough to confidently ad\ is the \x ing1
on the best courses of action to ensure the safety\
of T\ndall's aircraft and \ hen to initiate hurricane
"(To prepare for hurricane season.) \\ c ha\ c the annu-
al hurricane c\crcisc oil base to fanilianzc oursclh es
\\ itl the HurTrack soft\\are. said Sergeant Tan '"Tlie
soffw\are takes the forecast positions and iimox ccmnts
and puts it in a geographic plot

of the x\indbands associated \ ith the hurricane. tlhe
projected path and cxen a prediction of tlie storm
"It also ies us a better picture of the w indbands
associated \ith th e hulricalne as it alroaches.
said Tech St William Bennett. 325th OWS
weather r forecaster "It gi\es usl a better picture
of\\hen the \\inds \\ill reach 5il knots That \\a\x
\\e can dete'iine w\hen tlhe aircraft need to bc
\When hurricane season stalns. the flight canl b'ecoIIm
\ en bus\. especially. as the lhurricae approach's
"We recei\ c bulletins xer\ si\ ho' lrs \\ whel a hurni-
cane is \\ within 5m iii ilces and is prelected to comli'e tins
x\a\. said Staff Sgt Anthon\ Fountain. 325th )\WS
airfield ser\ ices super\ isor "LOur tirst bulletin has to
be posted b\ 5 a m c\ciida\ durim tlIin tine
When HULRCON 4 starts. the (OWS stans 24-lhour
operations to Ikccp team T ndall constantly\ updated
on the status of the hluriclane
"In HLiRCON 3 the crisis action team is Imetin and
w\e \\ill brief them. said Serleant Bennetrt "At the
same time. the folecastcers air publshiiing bulllctllsl and
briefing the pilots as tlhe\ prepare to i\ acuate '

Nlrte brefings and recommendations follow al,'
disaster control group and the hurricane cvacuation
sillpport staff
"The\ use \\hat \\e tell them on the timelhn of the
hurricane to coordinate \ith the local cmergenc\
operations center on the base evacuation," said Sera!
gcant Bennett
Thls \ear \1o members of the O\\S \\ill also be on
the rideout team The\ \\I11 not c\acuate \\ith thl
base. but sta\ in a bunker heec until the storm passes
This \\Ill enable the flight, as part of the base reco -
ci\ le.ment. to quiickl\ start pro\ idmin \\eatler sup-
port. said the sergeant
E\ ci in austclr conditions. the\ can provide this
support \\ith the[i ne\\ satellite system. \\incli uses
satell' it. iadlio to recei' \\ eatlhe infonnatlOn and
sends it to a laptop The Airmen can take the infor-
llation and make assessments on \\hn aircraft can
safel return to base
It gets bus\ focrcasting the fatherer. but that is actu-
all\ a g ood thing., for some of the Airmen
"Tlie fatherer is constantly changing. said Scirgani
Tait There is alxa\s somicthint, different or nek\\
happening .
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" It difficult bemi'ng leld accountable for somicthliiig..
\oui hla\ absolutel\ no control of. said Sercgant
"And \\ hen \ ou are \\ rongl '\ eione lets \ Oi kno\\
it. said Serecant Tail lauglungl\
But. as tIle Htinight holds a trackl record of appro\l-
iiatel\ l' 5 Ipercellt accL.uate x\cathcr predictions. I s-
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Aug. 4, 2006

AAFES offers tax free shopping
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 atthe new and improved Ex-
change Online Mall at

Remembrance reunion event
Air Forces Northern and the Con-
tinental U.S. NORAD Region 9-11
Remembrance Reunion is scheduled
for Sept. 9 and 10.
The event includes a wreath laying
ceremony, Combined Air Operations
Center F-22 tour and mission briefing,
remembrance reunion dinner and a
religious service. The event will honor
those who served on Sept. 11, 2001,
and also recognize servicemembers
who continue to defend the nation
through Operation Noble Eagle.
For more information, visit
www. /index.
htm or call 283-8659.

RAO here may close soon
The Retirees Activities office may close
soon unless more people volunteerto keep
it running. The RAO provides a source
of information for the retiree community
about pay and entitlements, vehicle regis-
tration, identification cards and more.
Office hours are from 9 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
Volunteers can work as many or as few
hours per week as they desire. For more
informations or to volunteer call 283-
2737, or e-mail

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

AFSA luncheon
The local Air Force Sergeants Asso-
ciation will host a member appreciation
luncheon noonAug. 11 at Heritage Park.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
For more information on the event
or membership, contact Senior Airman

Justin Vandevender at 283-2016.

Air Force Marathon
The Air Force Marathon is open to run-
ners who would like to self-nominate.
Tyndall members may submit an Air
Force Form 303 to unit commanders or
the base Fitness Centerfor consideration.
For more information, call 283-2631.

Education opportunities
Air Force officers interested in 2007
developmental education opportunities
must begin the application process this
A completed Air Force Form 3849,
PME/AFIT/RTFB Officer Worksheet,
and senior rater nomination are due by
Aug. 18 for officers applying for the
Olmsted Scholarship, White House
Fellowship, Mansfield Fellowship or
Information Assurance Scholarship
programs. The application process
and program details, to include board
convening dates, eligibility criteria
and timelines are available on the Air
Force Personnel Center's Web site at
developed/de infoweb_screen.ppt.
Application packages should be sent
no later than Oct. 31 to:
550 C St. West, Ste. 32
Randolph AFB, Texas 78150.
Incomplete or late packages will not
receive consideration.

Men's Basketball Try-Outs
Try-outs and practice for the 2006-07
Tyndall Tigers Men's Varsity Basketball
team are tentatively scheduled to begin at
6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the Fitness Center. All
interested individuals are encouraged to
sign-up now at the Fitness Center.
For more information, call the Fitness
Center at 283-2631.

Sept. 11 Memorial Run
This base-wide event is scheduled
for 7:46 a.m. Sept. 11 at the fitness cen-
ter. To get involved with the planning
process, contact your first sergeant. For
more information on the event, call the
Fitness Center at 283-2631.

Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Chapel Two
Reconciliation, before Saturday
Mass or by appointment
Saturday Mass, 5 p.m.,
Chapel Two
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Chapel Two
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Bldg. 1476

Protestant services
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
Contemporary worship
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.)

Page 14

Let's duel!
Kyler Dinham, left, challenges Lorenzo Wolff, right, to a YuGiOh duel while Jordon McNeal
waits for his turn in the tournament. The popular card game is one of many activities the Youth
Center provides children during open recreation hours. Open recreation hours are 4-7 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday and Thursday; 4-10 p.m. Friday; and 2-6 p.m. Saturday.

Gulf Defender Page 15

Tyndall Ammo softball team wins eastern Ammo Bowl

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Tyndall's 325th Maintenance Squad-
ron munitions flight softball team 1 set
anew record for the Ammo Bowl Sun-
day with a 46-36 win against the Eglin
AFB, Fla., team in the Eastern Ammo
Bowl championship game.
The Ammo Bowl has been a 20-year
tradition in the ammunitions career
field with divisions in the Pacific Air
Force, U.S. Air Force in Europe and
a western and eastern division in the
Never has a team won more than
three years in a row in any of the
regions, but all that changed when
Tyndall's Team 1 sealed its fourth
straight win.

372 TRS
53 WEG
83 FWS



A large crowd was present at H.G
Harder's park in Panama City for the
championship game with teams, family
and friends representing eight bases in
the eastern U.S.
The field was muddy from the
rainstorm earlier in the day, but
that didn't slow down the players'
Tyndall had three teams in the
tournament, two munitions teams
and one weapons team. Team 1 went
undefeated in the tournament.
"That's what we set out to do we
wanted to be the only team to win
four years in a row and do it unde-
feated," said James Reagh, Team 1
coach. "And we didn't stop until we

Top: Staff Sgt.
Paul Guerrero
watches his team
field the ball dur-
ing the fourth in-
Left: Master Sgt.
William Johnson
slams the ball for
a base hit during
a playoff game
on Saturday.
Right: Maj. Eric
North passes
the trophy to the
four-year cham-
pions after two
days of competi-




601 1
601 2

Golf Standings

CGO hosts 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., and
the race begins at 8 a.m. at Eagle Drive in base housing here
There are two options for entry:
Sprint triathlon: 600-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run
Duathlon: 1.1-Mile run, 12-mile bike, 3-mile run
Registration is available online at
For more information, call 283-2060.

Aug. 4,2006

Page 16 Gulf Defender

platforms such as the E-3 Air-
borne Warning and Control
System and E-8 Joint Surveil-
lance Target get Attack Ra-
dar System, or operate from
ground based Control and Re-
porting Centers.
Advances in communication
and targeting are enhancing
both the F-22's stealth capa-
bilities and the accuracy of
the information provided by
command and control, mak-
ing the F-22 even more lethal,
according to pilots.
'Text messaging minimizes
the amount of time on the ra-
dio," said Maj. Clayton Bartels,
43rd FS instructor pilot. "Once
you get the information, you
have it, and then all you have
to do inside your jet is get that
information to the weapon."
Integration advances at Tyn-
dall led to the first successful drop
of a joint direct attack munition
by an operational F-22 at Nellis
AFB, Nev. range in December.
TyndallAFB is the first base
in the Air Force to develop
command and control and F-22
integration tactics, and is using

the new capabilities to train all
new F-22 pilot and air battle
manager students. The ABM
student syllabus is beginning
to see more missions with the
F-22 every day.
"The mission capabilities
we are executing daily with
C2 and the F-22s here at Tyn-
dall are paying dividends out
in the (Combat Air Forces)
right now," Colonel Davis
said. "Everything we do here
is a direct reflection on what's
done out in the CAF. We train
to those missions that the CAF
is doing using C2 and F-22
integration, and our graduates
in both systems carry those
skills out with them to their
next assignment."
F-22 pilot training is also
enhanced through command
and control integration, which
allows F-22 student pilots to
train as they fight.
"It significantly improves
our training to be able to work
with a controller anytime,
particularly important when
you are doing dynamic tar-
geting because it's all about

1st Lt Jon Qulnlan
First Lts. Andrew Popoola, Renee Powell and Darin Romain, ABM students at the
325th ACS, practice sending free-text messages to F-22 Raptor pilots.

shortening the kill chain," said
Major Bartels. "If we never
practice with an actual com-
mand and control entity you
are really missing a big piece
of the puzzle."
Current command and con-
trol and F-22 integration train-
ing is just the start as pilots
and air battle managers real-
ize that the advantages of the

data link environment can be
incorporated into all new Air
Force platforms.
"I think (command and con-
trol integration) won't just be
used with the F-22 and cur-
rently fielded strike platforms;
but rather, it will continue with
the F-35 Lightning II," said
Maj. Chris Hoskins, 325thACS
assistant director of operations,

who led the integration efforts
for the ACS.
"The sky is the limit. The
same tactics we have de-
veloped here in the last six
months will continue to be
refined to the point the F-22
and the F-35 are complete data
link contributors to the single
integrated air picture," said
Major Hoskins.

Aug. 4, 2006

Gulf Defender Page 17

ranging for emergency care
downtown, and transporting
the critically-ill patient safe-
ly. We expect no less than
flawless performance from
our medics, and they always
Last night, while most
of us slept, Airmen stood
guard at the gate, manned
fire trucks and sat in the com-
mand post protecting over
a billion dollars in military
hardware and thousands of
on-base residents. They see
it as a routine part of their
jobs, and they probably don't
ever consider the scope of the
All of us carry enormous
responsibility as military
members, not just the people
in the stories listed above.
We must be vigilant and

ready at a moment's notice for
duty anywhere in the world.
We must be fully proficient
in ourjobs, knowledgeable in
world affairs and humane in
our interactions with others.
We set the groundwork for
international relations, get
the mission accomplished,
coordinate complex activi-
ties with civilian authorities,
test our proficiency in our
specialties and show our hu-
manity and concern for those
in need.
All of this is ingrained in
each of us from a very young
age through discipline, dedi-
cation and an internal drive.
There is no other organiza-
tion in the world that can do
in decades what we do every
day. I have had the privilege
to serve with a remarkable
group of people.

Master Sgt. Marie Byhardt (front), leads the Hula Dance Contest Tuesday at
Bonita Bay during the Air Forces Northern Bonita Bay day.

Aug. 4,2006

Page 18 Gulf Defender

QA flight keeps Airmen's work standards top notch

325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
When Maintenance Evaluation Standardization
Program inspectors from Air Education and Train-
ing Command visited Tyndall June 5-9, it wasn't the
first time maintenance procedures and programs were
observed with a critical eye.
In fact, that happens here all the time, courtesy of
a flight of local evaluators known collectively as the
Quality Assurance flight.
This unit works directly for the 325th Main-
tenance Group commander to detect and report
positive and negative trends within the maintenance
"We are the eyes and ears of the maintenance
group commander," said chief evaluator Master Sgt.
Don Strickland, who is a crew chief by trade. "We
have specialty codes from every maintenance spe-
cialty code who work in three shifts days, swings
and mids to accomplish our mission."
Sergeant Strickland said it's a mission that in-
cludes several different kinds of inspections from
quality verifications, where an inspection is done
after a maintenance procedure is completed, to
personnel evaluations, where inspectors watch a
procedure step-by-step.
"We are looking for compliance with technical
data, Air Force Occupational Hazard Standards,
operating instructions and local directives," Sergeant
Strickland said.
Violations occur when the technical data is
not followed correctly or it could be a direct
safety violation. Results of inspections and ob-
servations are passed to the aircraft maintenance
units' supervision in a daily report. Additionally,
the maintenance group commander is formally
briefed monthly, and the wing commander is
briefed quarterly.
Sergeant Strickland said there is a predeter-
mined amount and type of inspections for each
functional area monthly per the maintenance
group commander, but others occur as required
or desired. He also pointed out while compliance
is key, that doesn't mean inspectors can't help or
point out a better way of doing things during a
Sergeant Strickland explained this role comes

Tech. Sgt. Eric West, quality assurance evaluator, listens as SeniorAirman Matthew
Reed, assistant crew chief, explains the steps of a nose landing gear inspection.

from the fact the inspectors, who are hand picked
and go through an interview process, are the top
in their respective fields, and based on their daily
duties in QA, have a broader knowledge base.
"I enjoy the opportunity to be able to help people
on the flightline," said Tech. Sgt. Eric West, an evalu-
ator with a crew chief background. "I especially like
helping some of the younger Airmen on procedures
they might not be as familiar with as we are. I may
know something they don't, so I'm out there to give
them a hand to learn the job correctly and safely, I'm
not out there to bum anyone."
In fact, Senior Master Sgt. Paul King, QA super-
intendent said one of the challenges the inspectors
face is eliminating the "black hat" stereotype the
inspectors can get labeled with.
"Human relations is very important in this job," he
said. "We have to keep standards high and our goal
is also be consistent, fair and objective. Maintainers

are going to get the same type of evaluation no matter
who the inspector is. We want to instill a sense of group
professionalism; our guys have that attitude and those
on the flightline understand that."
Sergeant Strickland agrees, and said inspectors
have to have a special personality.
"You can't be timid if you see a violation," Sergeant
Strickland said. "You have to make the call."
"In this job, evaluators get to see the broad stroke
of the maintenance world and spend a lot of time get-
ting into the books learning all the time and becoming
more of an expert One hundred percent eyes on,"
Sergeant King said.
And when Sergeant West was asked what he
enjoyed most about the job, he said, "It's totally dif-
ferent from working on a jet," I get to see the whole
picture of maintenance activities and learn a lot more
about any and all guidelines that apply to flightline

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Gen. Moseley: New bomber on horizon for 2018

Air Combat Command Public Affairs
(AFPN) A new bomber scheduled
for operation as early as 2018 will
enhance America's long-range strike
capabilities, according to Air Force
Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley
in a recentArmed Services Committee
In a step to develop future long-
range strike capabilities, Air Combat
Command is conducting a study that
is looking at aircraft platforms and
weapon improvements. Air Force
leaders will use the study to decide
the best pathway for providing
long-range strike capabilities for
the future Air Force. This process
normally takes about two years, but
the 2018 target requires accelerated
The new bomber is necessary to re-
capitalize the Air Force's fleet of B-52
Stratofortress and B-l Lancer "legacy
bombers," and to counter advanced
anti-access systems of America's en-
emies, said Lt. Col. Kevin Shorb, chief
ofAir Combat Command's Next Gen-
eration Long Range Strike Division.
Modern enemy anti-access systems,
such as surface-to-air missiles and
enemy aircraft, are emerging and
becoming common, he added.
In the speech, General Moseley
said the current bomber fleet is ade-
quate to meet America's needs today,
despite its age -- but that's likely to
change in the future without a new
The B-52 and B-l are not expected
to engage a target in guarded enemy
territory without the help of advanced

airframes like the stealthy F-22 Rap-
tor, according to Lt. Col. Tony Siler,
ACC chief of the Ground Dominance
Capability Team.
"We refer to it as, 'Kick down the
door,'" said Colonel Siler. "Taking
down a portion of the enemy's air
defense is the initial part of air war-
AB-l orB-52 can't penetrate guard-
ed territory on its own but the new
bomber could be expected to penetrate,
engage, and return without any help.
Colonel Shorb said the platform
should also meet the needs ofa leanerAir
Force by reducing aircraft, sorties and
fuel needed to put bombs on target.
Fuel efficiency and longer range
are important features, according to
Colonel Siler because they reduce de-
pendency on the Air Force's in-flight
refueling tankers most of which are
approaching 50 years in service. Also,
because bomber forces aren't typically
based in theater, long-range bomb-
ers fly long distances to deliver their
weapons and thus face much longer
flying hours.
This new endeavor comes at a time
when the Air Force budget is strained,
40,000 Airmen are on their way out
the door, and remaining Airmen are
tightening the belt. Yet a stealthy, long-
range bomber is needed more than
ever. The average age of the force's
aircraft is 23.5 years. It's the oldest
inventory the Air Force has operated
since its beginning in 1947.
The first B-52 rolled off the as-
sembly line February 1955 and the
51-year-old aircraft design makes
up more than half of the Air Force's

Courtesy of AFPN
The Air Force bomber force, the B-52, B-1 and B-2, in flight together.

bomber inventory. That's equivalent
to a police department using a 1955
Dodge Monaco for its patrol car. The
B-52 will be more than 90 years old
before it retires.
Furthermore, the increasing age
of Air Force aircraft requires more
dollars invested to modernize their
capabilities. Quite simply, "Old aircraft
strain the budget," said Colonel Shorb.
"The critical nature of current funding
impacts the ability to modernize and
sustain current fleets."
"The Air Force budget must balance
our resources, support a lean, ready
force and meet current and future joint
warfighting requirements," said Maj.
Brenda Campbell, secretary of the Air
Force spokesperson. "The way we
fight wars is changing. We must ensure
our force is structured to meet future

emerging threats."
But the major also said shortfalls
in the budget could prevent the Air
Force from providing the air and space
capabilities America needs.
During Operation Iraqi Freedom,
bombers delivered two-thirds of the
total Air Force tonnage while flying
roughly five percent of all Air Force
strike sorties, Colonel Shorb said.
These bombs were dropped against
an enemy without anti-access sys-
tems; so essentially, the door didn't
need to be kicked down. The same
accomplishments would've been
thorny had Iraq's anti-access system
been developed.
Air Force leaders said long-range
bombers have become the foundation


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of what makes up a lethal Air Force. Because
of this, the new bomber planned for 2018
won't be the end of long-range strike tech-
nological investment.
"Transformational technology thrust
for a future long-range strike capability is
planned for deployment in the 2035 plus
timeframe," said Colonel Shorb.
He added these investments will likely go
to platforms with hypersonic technology,
that's Mach 6-plus capabilities. Nonethe-
less, the challenge herein doesn't involve
developing the technology, but financing
it during a funding drought.


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