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GULF


DEFENDER
Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts


POW/MIA Day
The National Prison-
ers of War/Missing in
Action Recognition Day
Ceremony will start with
a 24-hour vigil run begin-
ning at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at
Flag Park.
Contact your first ser-
geant to sign up for the
event. For more infor-
mation, contact Senior
Airman Theresa Edmiston
at 283-1098.

POW/MIA luncheon
A POW/MIA luncheon
is scheduled 11:45 a.m.
Sept. 15 at the Enlisted
Club. The cost is $14 for
club members and $16 for
non-members. For more
information, contactyour
first sergeant.





Armed Forces Voters
week starts ... PAGE 7

Medical records are
going electronic ...
PAGE 10

The "Pigskin Prog-
nosticator" is back in
action ... PAGE 15


Fill 'er up!


Chrissy Cuttita


Senior Airman Kelly Timmerman, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, wheels an external fuel tank un-
der an F-15 Eagle here. The tank holds 600 gallons of fuel and is one of three that can be put on the jet.



Section commander awarded Airman's Medal


CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
A Tyndall lieutenant, who
risked her life to save others,
was awarded the Airman's
Medal here Tuesday.
While on her way home
from work Nov. 7, 2005,
2nd Lt. Shannon Bancroft,
325th Maintenance Opera-
tions Squadron section com-
mander, was the first to take
action at the scene of a four-
car accident on Highway 231


in Panama City.
"I have done
it before and it
is something I
would do again,"
she said, referring
to the aid she provided
an injured victim at
the scene.
The Airman's
Medal is awarded
to Airmen who dis-
tinguish themselves
by performing a heroic


act not involving
combat, which may
Sput their lives at
f risk.
F "I understand the
stature that comes
\\ th this medal," said
Lieutenant Bancroft.
"I am also very
humbled because
I could never leave
or walk away from
a situation where
somebody was hurt


and needed help. I only did
what came naturally. I ap-
preciate that others see what
I did as brave, but for me, I
did what seemed right and
didn't think twice about it."
The accident in Novem-
ber was the fourth accident
Lieutenant Bancroft has
responded to in her lifetime,
and she has risen to the chal-
lenge every time.

SEE MEDAL PAGE 6


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Vol. 65, No. 34


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Page 2 Gulf Defender


Sept. 1, 2006


What team are you cheering

for this football season?


Feelin' groggy


Not even the sergeant of arms can stomach the grog bowl. Senior
Airman Mayra Duarte, 325th Communication Squadron communi-
cations cable system journeyman, adds a "special sauce" to the
grog during the 325th Mission Support Group's dining out cere-
mony held Aug. 25 for the group's Airmen and their families.


Can you identify this ob-
ject? If so, send an e-mail
to editor@tyndall.af.mil with
"Identify this" in the sub-
ject line. Three correct
entries will be chosen at
random and drawn from
a hat to determine the fi-
nal winner. The prize can
be claimed at the Public
Affairs office. Staff Sgt.
Lewis Pittman, 325th Air-
craft Maintenance Squad-
ron crew chief, correctly
guessed the Aug. 25
"Identify this" as a rubber
duck bill. Congratulations,
Sergeant Pittman. Come
claim your prize!


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
1st Lt. Am anda Ferrell................. .............. ......staff w riter
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga............................. ............editor


"To be loyal to my home state, I
cheer for the Green Bay Packers
and University of Wisconsin."

SENIOR MASTER SGT. RON HAGEN
325th Medical Group


"I cheer for the University of Mi-
ami because I'm from Florida."


STAFF SGT. JOHN BERRY
325th Medical Support Squadron


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


"I'm a Florida girl, so I cheer forthe
University of Florida and I like the
New England Patriots."

AIRMAN BASIC WHITNEY SOLANO
325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron


"Florida State is the best team in
the world."

AIRMAN MATT SIMMONS
325th Communications Squadron


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 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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CAPT. BRAD DEVOE
Area Defense Counsel
If your first sergeant calls you into his office and
says you are being charged with a crime, you are be-
ing accused of a crime by the Office of Special Inves-
tigation or Security Forces, or
you may have done something
illegal and you want advice "An Article 15
about what to do next, call the
consequences, an
Area Defense Counsel. navigating this prc
As the new ADC on the de-
fense team here, I am a licensed cA
attorney who helps military
members who are in, or could
be in, legal trouble with the
military justice system. Together with my team mem-
ber, a defense paralegal, my duty is to work hard to
represent the interests of our clients.
We provide legal services to military members
who face a variety of situations including courts-
martial, Articles 15, administrative discharges, let-
ters of reprimand, admonishment and counseling,


ca
d
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DPT
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unfavorable information files and other adverse
actions.
I strongly recommend anyone facing court-martial,
administrative discharge or non-judicial punishment
under Article 15, to contact our office for advice.
An Article 15 can
have serious career con-
sequences, and no one
n have serious career
no one should consider should consider navigat-
ess alone." ing this process alone.
We will advise you of
fenBRAD DEVO your legal options, and
review any written re-
sponse you make to an
Article 15. Commanders
and first sergeants can also set up an appointment
with the ADC for any military member facing an
Article 15.
The ADC office is under a separate chain of com-
mand to avoid undue influence or the appearance
of undue influence. We operate independent of any
other agency on base, including the base legal office


or any tenant unit. This allows the ADC office to work
for the client's interest alone.
If we cannot represent a military member on
Tyndall AFB, then a defense counsel from another
base will be obtained.
My team and I are bound by law and our profession
to maintain strict confidentiality with our clients. All
communication we have with our clients is covered
by the attorney-client privilege. Thus, anything Air-
men tell us while we are representing them, remains
completely private.
The ADC office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monday Friday. The ADC can always be reached
through the Command Post for an emergency. All
clients should call ahead to set up an appointment,
but the office will do its best to meet the immediate
needs of walk-in clients. To make an appointment,
call 283-2911.
It is your right to request an attorney, and ADC
services are free. Remember, it is also your right to
remain silent if accused of a crime, and immediately
contact the ADC for guidance.


Use your voice, vote, to be heard on Capitol Hill


CHIEF MASTER SGT.
ROBIN CALLAWAY
325th Maintenance Group superintendent
When I enlisted in 1977, there were
more than 600,000 Airmen in the
Air Force. In the very near future,
because of budget cuts, force shap-
ing, outsourcing and privatization,
the number will most likely be half
its current size. As our Air Force con-
tinues to get smaller, who is speaking
for us on Capitol Hill?
A better question might be, "What
are you doing for your voice to


Action Line
Call 283-2255


BRIG. GEN. (S) TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander


be heard?" Some options for be-
ing heard include writing letters to
elected officials, e-mailing politi-
cians through their Web sites or
leaving voice mail messages at their
offices to voice your concerns. If
you are a registered voter, you will
most likely receive a response. But
most elected officials are bombarded
on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis
with e-mail and phone messages to
the extent that most messages don't
get a response.
So with that said, how can you


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
accurate, 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 re-
sponse or you are unable to resolve the


be sure your needs are being met by
lawmakers on Capitol Hill? I can
answer that question with five simple
words: Support a professional mili-
tary organization.
Generally, I am amazed by the
expressions and answers I receive
when I ask Airmen if they are mem-
bers of a professional organization.
Organizations such as the Air Force
Association, Air Force Sergeants
Association, the Noncommissioned
Officers Association, the Retired
Officers Association, the Vietnam


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
to help you resolve any issues with
a base agency.
Commissary 283-4825
Pass and Registration 283-4191
Medical and Dental 283-7515
MEO 283-2739


Veterans of America, the American
Legion and the Veterans of Foreign
Wars just to name a few speak for
us daily on Capitol Hill.
Unfortunately, as our total force
gets smaller, so does their member-
ship, resulting in a smaller voice. So
what can we do to provide them with
a louder voice?
An organization with two or three
hundred thousand members has much
more influence to their respective

SSEE VOICE PAGE 4


MPF and I.D. 283-2276
SFS Desk Sgt. 283-2254
Services 283-2501
Legal 283-4681
Housing 283-2036
CDC 283-4747
Wing Safety 283-4231
ADC 283-2911
Finance 283-4117
Civil Engineer 283-4949
Civilian Personnel 283-3203
Base Information 283-1113
Thank you for helping me improve
Tyndall, and I look forward to hearing
from you.


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Know your rights; when in doubt call the ADC


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* FROM VOICE PAGE 3
lobbyist than just 100,000 mem-
bers can provide. Much like
voting, registered voters during
an election can provide a very
loud message. Low numbers
of members send messages
like "we don't have the time,"
or "we don't really care about
the impact of the legislation
being considered." As the old
saying goes, "There is safety
in numbers," which essentially
means, the more people are
behind something, the more
Congress will pay attention to
an organization's wants and
needs.
Over the years, professional
military associations have had a
tremendous impact on our lives
as service members. Some of
the biggest issues they have
tackled have included: in-
creased allowances and reduc-
tion of out-of-pocket expenses
during permanent change of
station moves; increased pay
and benefits; approval of vari-
ous health care benefit expan-
sion demonstration projects
(i.e. Tricare Senior Prime);
achievement of an expanded


pharmacy benefit, "Tricare for
Life" benefit; quality-of-life
benefits for reservists and their
families; continued protection
of military stores (commissar-
ies and exchanges); elimination
of source taxes; elimination of
the Social Security Earnings
test; retirement protection and
appropriation/authorization of
"Impact Aid" funding for local
school districts educating the
children of military families
and many more.
As you can see, these orga-
nizations are here for us, the
men and women in uniform, but
they cannot be an effective and
respected presence on Capital
Hill without a powerful force
behind them. At the risk of
sounding like an old "brown
shoe" chief master sergeant,
if you aren't part of the solu-
tion, you're part of the
problem.
I encourage you .":
to consider join-
ing a professional
military associa-
tion to make your
lifestyle on active
duty the best it


can be, while at the
same time, making
your future retire-
ment as fruitful
and beneficial as
you hope. Will .''
you be heard on
Capitol Hill? 'i


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a Unity run begins 9/11 remembrance here


1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
TyndallAirmen will gather at the start-
ing line not to race, but to remember.
The Sept. 11th Memorial Run is
scheduled to start at 7:46 a.m. in front
of the Fitness Center and continue
for one and a half miles, ending at
Flag Park. All military and civilian
S personnel are highly encouraged to
participate.
"The event is intended to honor
S j those lost in the terrorist attacks on
Sept. 11, 2001," said Master Sgt.
Kenneth Young, NCO in charge of
the Fitness Center and event coordi-
nator. "This event is for team unity.
t It's not a competition. People are
encouraged to form up at the starting
line with members of their groups


and squadrons and run or walk the
course together."
No official times will be recorded,
and no winners will be announced.
"Participants are encouraged to start
and finish the course together as squad-
rons to show camaraderie and unity,"
said Sergeant Young.
The event is scheduled to begin at
the Fitness Center with a welcome
message from the commander and an
invocation. The Tyndall Honor Guard
will ceremoniously post the colors near
the starting line.
"Posting of the colors at any event
is significant to me," said Tech. Sgt.
Tobin Winebrenner, Tyndall Honor
Guard NCO in charge. "The tragedy
affected people on a national scale,
and while people tend to forget events


over time, the memorial run shows
that Team Tyndall is united and hasn't
forgotten."
The run will end at Flag Park, where
Maj. Gen. Scott Mayes, Air Forces
Northern, Continential U.S. NORAD
Region commander, will lead a wreath
laying ceremony at 9 a.m.
Canadian Forces Brig. Gen. Marcel
Duval will also speak at the ceremony,
which will mark the fifth-year anniver-
sary of the attacks.
The event will honor those who
served on Sept. 11, 2001 and recog-
nize servicemembers who continue to
defend the nation through Operation
Noble Eagle.
For more information or to par-
ticipate in the memorial events, contact
your first sergeant.


Sept. 1, 2006






Page 6 Gulf Defender

* FROM MEDAL PAGE 1
The Cedar Grove police department
lauded the lieutenant for her efforts
stating that it was a "brave" act pulling
someone from a gas and smoke-filled car.
"A lot of times people won't get in-
volved," said Lt. Bern Snell, a Cedar
Grove police officer who responded to
the accident. "We appreciate what she
did, and I know the woman (she saved)
appreciated it."
After witnessing the accident, Lieutenant
Bancroft immediately established contact
with a woman trapped in her smoke-filled
car. She assessed the woman's injuries and
helped keep her calm. She also assisted the
on-scene police officer with getting every-
one away from the car in case the leaking
gasoline caught fire. The passenger-side
door was then pried open, and the woman


Sept. 1, 2006


was pulled from the car.
"The trunk was in the front seat and the
engine was in the dash (board)," said the
lieutenant. "It was a four-door, but it looked
like atwo-door car when I got there. I hated
to pull her from the car with a possible back
injury, but with gasoline pouring over my
feet, I didn't have a choice."
Once the paramedics arrived, they
asked Lieutenant Bancroft to continue
assisting the woman while they assessed
the other accident victims.
Since the day of the accident, the survi-
vor and the lieutenant have kept in touch. Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th Fight-
"I kept in contact with her and her hus- er Wing commander, pins the Airman's
band for about a month after the accident Medal on Lieutenant Bancroft during a
until I knew she was going to be alright," ceremony Tuesday.
she said. "When I would talk to her it was
pretty emotional, but I am so grateful she's ries. She always referred to me as her angel,
healthy and able to recover from her inju- which was very humbling as well."






Gulf Defender Page 7


AEF Center reassigned to personnel center


WASHINGTON (AFPN) The Air
and Space Expeditionary Force Center be-
came assigned to the Air Force Personnel
Center at Randolph AFB, Texas, after an
announcement made by Air Force Chief of
Staff Gen. T Michael Moseley Aug. 29.
"This merger will allow AFPC total
visibility of Air Force requirements
spanning home station to the front lines,"
said Lt. Gen. Roger A. Brady, Air Force
deputy chief of staff, Manpower and Per-
sonnel. "The assignment process will have
clearer vision into the true requirements
and be able to set realistic priorities to
execute assignment policy. We'll be able
to better refine and target personnel policy
and programs within our expeditionary
force structure."
The reassignment will synergize opera-
tions between the two centers and focus
on operation of personnel by merging
permanent authorizations, wartime re-
quirements and assignments under a single
commander.
"We can expect to see a more seam-
less flow of assignments, deployments,
personnel policies and programs that are
more in-tune with the AEF structure,"
said Maj. Joseph Schneider, 325th Mis-
sion Support Squadron military Personnel


flight commander. "This realignment will
allow the deployment process to become
align with other personnel processes as
well as garnering efficiencies from the
Personnel Services Delivery transforma-
tion effort."
Although the merger takes place at
headquarters level, results may be seen
at the base level.
"As time passes, I expect to see an
increased level of coordination in our
assignment and deployment processes,"
said Major Schneider. "MPF Airmen at
the base-level already have their eyes
directly on the wartime requirement.
The personnel readiness unit is the per-
sonnel deployment processing agency.
MPF Airmen, along with the installation
deployment officer in the logistics readi-
ness division, are the people providing
wing leadership visibility of our person-
nel wartime requirements."
"The AEF Center's continued focus
has been on making the AEF better for
our Airmen and the combatant com-
manders," said Col. Brian Kelly, AEFC
commander. "Combined with AFPC's
personnel expertise and worldwide
data systems, it will allow our Air
Force to better integrate total end-to-


end warfighter support."
Wartime requirements include air-
frames, munitions, equipment and many
other aspects necessary forthe fight. But
it's the management of the personnel that
will be the focus of this merger.
"The PRU is the hub of the person-
nel piece," said Maj. Schneider. "That
being said, this change will create
increased synergy between the AFPC
assignment officers, NCOs and their
counterparts at the AEFC which will
affect the assignment process. How
that happens remains to be seen, but the
changes will keep the Air Force's war-
time requirements top priority and serve
the needs of the individual Airman."
The AEFC's mission to execute the Air
Force battle rhythm and deliver versatile
air and space power will not change.
Maj. Gen. Tony Przybyslawski, AFPC
commander, understands the expedition-
ary culture, having been the commander of
the AEFC prior to his arrival at AFPC.
"This will be a seamless transition,"
General Przybyslawski said, "because you
don't get a second chance when it comes
to supporting the warfighter."
(Contributed by 325th Fighl, Wng
Public Affairs)


Armed Forces
Voters Week

Sept. 3-9 is Armed Forces
Voters Week, a DOD-wide
event to promote voting aware-
ness to military members and
their dependents.
Although there is no presi-
dential election this year, many
states have important congres-
sional or gubernatorial elec-
tions Nov. 7. The procedures
and deadlines to vote absentee
vary from state to state. Mem-
bers and dependents must
complete a Federal Postcard
Application to receive an ab-
sentee ballot.
More information is avail-
able online at www.fvap.gov,
which has specific instructions
for each state, or active-duty
members can contact their unit
voting assistance officers.


Its Your


Sept. 1, 2006






Page 8 Gulf Defender


Medical records are going electronic with AHLTA


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The 325th Medical Group, as well
as other medical facilities throughout
the Air Force, will soon be using the
Department of Defense's global elec-
tronic health record system to track
patient records.
The system, known as Armed
Forces Health Longitudinal Technol-
ogy Application, will be used in 800
clinics and 70 hospitals throughout the
military by the end of December, said
defense officials.
"Tyndall began the conversion to
electronic records in August 2005,
and in October 2005, all new patient
encounters were entered electroni-
cally," said Capt. Robert Orlando,
325th Medical Support Squadron
resource management flight com-
mander. The system here will soon
be fully integrated with AHLTA, and
patient records will be available to
nearly 60,000 military healthcare
professionals world-wide.
The new system has the potential


to serve more than nine million service-
members, retirees and their families.
"This transition gives instant access
to patients' health records 24 hours a
day, seven days a week. AHLTA enables
continuity of care for our military forces
from the battlefield to their home base,"
said Captain Orlando. "When minutes
matter the most, this can mean the dif-
ference between life and death."
AHLTA compiles information from
multiple locations, so beneficiaries will
no longer track records from various
sources. Healthcare providers will have
access to complete medical records,
which will help them determine the ap-
propriate treatment for patients.
The system will also reduce unneces-
sary repetition of lab tests or procedures
due to unavailable or lost records.
"Patients are at the heart of our AHL-
TA efforts," said the captain. "Rather
than a record that begins the day it was
established, this electronic health record
reaches back 25 months into legacy sys-
tems to include lab test results, prescrip-
tions and other ancillary information."


Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Airman 1st Class Cindy Swain, 325th Medical Group aerospace
medical technician, reviews a medical record before filing it.


The long-term vision is to be able to
update all information in patients' digital
medical records from their first encounter
on the battlefield, to the care they receive
in stateside facilities. Defense officials
expect that feature to be possible within


the next three years.
"AHLTA has revolutionized our
records department. In the past, it could
take hours to find a patient record,"
said Captain Orlando. "Now it is only
a keystroke away."


Marilyn Mars


ISI LI Amanaa a-errell
Ms. Marsh receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of
the Week award from Col. Scott Davis, 325th Fighter
Wing vice commander.
Ms. Marsh performs squadron administrative duties such as
reviewing and tracking all performance reports, decorations and
memorandums. She also mentors new flight commanders and
organizes squadron social events. She volunteers in the com-
munity by supporting the March of Dimes organization.


h
Duty title: 325th Aeromedical-Dental
Squadron commander's secretary
Time on station: 15 years
Hometown: Clark Air Base, Philippines
Hobbies: Reading, running, spending
time with my family and home renovation
Goals: Promotion to GS-6 and getting my
computer technician certification
Favorite thing about Tyndall: The people
and beaches
Favorite movie: "The Green Mile"
Favorite book: "The Real Deal" by Feen
Michaels
Pet Peeves: Laziness
Proudest moment in the military: Pro-
motion to GS-5 and being part of my
squadron's mission.
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.


The Gulf Defender is pub-
lished for people like
Senior Airman
Aaron Ward,
81st Range Control Squadron
weapons director.


Remember
your double
hearing
protection.


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SGulf Defender Page 9



Diverse ALS setting enhances learning


What are you looking for-
ward to most about your first
operational assignment?

I'll be moving to Royal Air
Force Lakenheath. I'm looking
forward to traveling and seeing
other parts of the world."

AItMAN 1ST CLASS
KHIRA GEIST
Mission Ready Airman


I 0BL IN R TOI oLY .AN i
IR, SPAE ND EISPAI


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
What ob responsibilities do a medi-
cal technician, a crew chief and a pa-
trolman have in common?
The answer is supervision.
Supervision is one of the key ele-
ments taught in Airman Leadership
School throughout the Air Force.
In order to be an effective supervisor,
one important lesson must be learned :
diversity is every where.
Simply put, diversity refers to differ-
ences between people. These differenc-
es go beyond gender and race, and can
have a positive effect on the workplace
when managed properly, according to
ALS instruction material.
One of the many goals ALS instruc-
tors have is to show students how to use
their role as supervisors to ensure that
diversity in the workplace is accepted
and beneficial.
Diversity is present in nearly every
aspect ofALS starting with the variety
of career fields represented by students
in the course.
"Each flight room is balanced by
race, gender and occupation prior to
any student entering the classroom,"
said Staff Sgt. James Parker, ALS
instructor.
This offers a variety of different
answers and information from students
during classroom discussions.
'The variety of the answers allows
the students to explore leadership con-
cepts from multiple viewpoints," said
Sergeant Parker. "The open-minded-
ness to be willing to listen to an alter-
nate viewpoint, or be open to a process


Statt bgt. Stacey Haga
Senior Airmen Ronald Striggles and Jimmy Welch, ALS students, practice giv-
ing a performance feedback session while Senior Airmen Jessica Denard and
Daniel Bautista evaulate their classmates' communication skills.


change, can be an invaluable tool when
faced with the challenges of day-to-day
mission management."
"Attending ALS with other career
fields gives us a better idea of how oth-
ers contribute to the mission also," said
Senior Airman Ronald Striggles, ALS
student.
Through this diversity, the instructors
aim to teach students the importance of
teamwork.
"Teamwork cannot be truly success-
ful if the concept of diversity is not
understood and put into practice," said
Sergeant Parker. "Each member of a
team brings a unique talent or ability
that enables the team to accomplish
goals more effectively as a collective
unit than they would as an individual."
"Here we learn to understand the dif-
ferences in people and develop tolerance
and patience to better supervise and lead


Airmen," said Airman Striggles.
The lessons taught in ALS through
diversity help prepare Airmen for the
future structure of the Air Force.
"In an era when we are expected to do
'more with less,' we must focus on the
collective strengths, created in our dif-
ferences, to accomplish the mission as
efficiently and effectively as possible,"
said Sergeant Parker.
ALS instructors also strive to help the
students learn to overcome the barriers
of diversity, such as stereotyping and
prejudice, to increase teamwork and
the benefits of having a diverse working
environment.
"Everyone, in every Air Force Spe-
cialty Code, in every unit in the Air Force,
encounters diversity on a daily basis," said
Sergeant Parker. 'The benefits come from
capitalizing on the positive differences
and not exploiting the negative ones."


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


Fuel for thought
Airman Shane Moore and Airman 1st
Class Kevin Leonard, 372nd Train-
ing Squadron/Detachment 2 mission
ready Airmen, learn about the compo-
nents of a jet fuel starter with the as-
sistance of their instructor, Staff Sgt.
Michael Kell. The students are two
of six Airmen who graduated from
F-15 crew chief training Monday. In
the classroom, students use unser-
viceable parts to help them identify
aircraft components and understand
how they work in the Eagle.




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FEATURE


101 Critical Days of Summer closes Wednesday

Tyndall to continue applying safety lessons learned


Above: Airman 1st Class Mike Clifford, 325th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural
maintenance journeyman, replaces the rims on his tires at Tyndall's Hobby Shop. Car-
care professionals are available to offer assistance and ensure safety at the shop.
Below: Staff Sgt. Dacia Chenier, 325th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron aerospace physi-
ology technician, buckles her daughter, Aleena, into her car seat before heading home.
Seat belts prevent deaths in 42 percent of all potentially fatal crashes, according to the
AETC safety office. In the past three summers, almost 75 percent of all fatalities were
caused by vehicle accidents. Additionally, 90 percent of Air Force vehicle fatalities
occur off-duty.


Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga
Second Lieutenants Kevin Unks and Colin Cavanaugh, 325th Air Control Squadron air battle manager students, take a wet approach to fitness by participating in
lap swim at the base pool. Swimming tragedies can be avoided, said Air Education and Training Command's safety office, by observing all risks involved. Swim-
ming without flotation devices, having little aquatic experience, drinking alcohol and swimming alone are hazards to look out for while enjoying the water.


Chrissy Cuttita
Matthew Hall makes his move during an intense game of
dodge ball at the Youth Center. Adults always referee.


."_ Chrissy Cuttita
Chrissy Cuttita Staff gt. Stacey Haga Staff Sgt. Jessie Snyder bats for the munitions flight softball Team 1
Second Lt. Anthony D'Agostino, 325th Air Control Squadron air battle manager student, Senior Airman Devon Williams, Air Forces Northern com- during this year's Ammo Bowl in August. Sports were listed as one
docks a boat at Bonita Bay after sailing with visiting friends and family. Boaters are encour- munications control center controller, uses weight equip- of the summer's highest mishap-related activities. Operational risk
ages to know how to properly use the equipment, understand rules of boating traffic and ment at the Fitness Center. Proper lifting techniques management is suggested as a way to access all situations.
Chrissy Cuttita wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets. should be used during this activity.


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Records go online
Air Force bases are beginning a
two-year project to eliminate hardcopy
Unit Personnel Record Groups from
their respective military personnel
flights. Tyndall AFB is scheduled to
ship UPRGs to the Air Force Personnel
Center Nov. 6.
They will scan all records and have
them available for viewing in the Au-
tomated Records Management System
by Nov. 22. At that time Airmen will
have access to their own records by
logging on to ARMS at the AFPC
Secure Website. The MPF here thanks
casual lieutenants from the 325th Air
Control Squadron who have provided
great assistance in this effort.

Guard/ Reserve retirement
All eligible members of the Air
Force Reserve can now submit retire-
ment applications electronically via
the virtual Personnel Center Guard
and Reserve.
This new Web-enabled service gives
Airmen the ability to monitor the status
of their application from start to finish.
Reservists can log on to the vPC-GR at
arpc.afrc.af.mil/support/default.asp to
begin the process.

Chapel event
Protestant Women of the Chapel's
fall kickoff is scheduled from 9:30 to
11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Spiritual
Fitness, Bldg. 1476. To attend the
fellowship or for more information,
contact the Chapel at 283-2925.

Heart Link
The next Heart Link meeting is
scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 at the Enlisted Club Classics
Lounge. Heart Link is an orientation
about the Air Force mission and ser-
vices available to benefit every Air
Force spouse. For more information or
to make reservations, contact the Fam-
ily Support Center at 283-4205.

Best Beginnings Class
The Family Support Center will
host the Best Beginnings Class from
9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15 in the FSC
classroom, Bldg. 743. Infant and Child
CPR will be offered afterwards. When
calling, specify that you want to sign


up for the CPR class in addition to
Best Beginnings. The CPR class is
free; however, it is limited to eight
families. For more information and to
make reservations, call 283-4204.

Thirft Shop
The Thrift Shop has returned to its
regular operating hours of Wednesday-
Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Consignments are accepted from I.D.
cardholders from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursdays. The next
scheduled Saturday opening will be
from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 9. For more
information, call 286-5888.

Swim Club
The Seals Swim Club is a junior
league swim team at the Naval
Support Activity Panama City. It is
a competitive swim program that
offers individualized instruction,
stroke development, goal setting
and fun activities. There are six
swim meets scheduled for the fall
season. The club is now taking new
swimmers.
Practice times are from 4:30 p.m. to
6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday,


and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
For more information, contact
coaches Mike and Kelley Hodges at
233-4831 or 319-0822.

Troy University
Registration for Troy University
Term 2 runs Sept. 11 through Oct. 6.
Classes start Oct. 9 and end Dec. 17.
Students may register with an advi-
sor at any Troy University location
or online by accessing Trojan Web-
Express at www.troy.edu.
Degree programs, course offer-
ings and an admission application
can be found online at fwr.troy.edu.
Students desiring all online classes
may register through eCampus.

Case lot sale
The Commissary will have a
case lot sale Sept. 15-17. For more
information, call 283-4825 or go to
www.commissaries.com.

Scrappin' Factory
The Arts and Crafts Center will host
a scrapbooking class from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. Sept. 9. For reservations, call
283-4511.


Sept. 1, 2006


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.)


Guu: Guiwc


Stattf gt Stacey Haga
Got it covered

Mary Glancy, Sand Dollar Inn housekeeper, makes a guest's bed in one of the lodging facilities.
The Sand Dollar Inn is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They cater to servicemembers, re-
tired military and their families. For information or to make a reservation, call 283-4211.






Sept. 1, 2006


Gulf Defender


Intramural Sports Standings


Striking a Heisman

Justin Murray, 325th Maintenance Squadron intramural flag football team player, clutches
the football as the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron team closes in on him for the flag. MXS
beat CES, 40-21 during their flag football game Aug. 24. The season started Aug. 21.




Super Prog is back who will win?


PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATOR
From the Emerald City

Thank goodness the NFL season is kicking off
Thursday. I finally have a good excuse for all the
cheese dip and beer in the refrigerator.
Seriously, though, I was going through with-
drawals. I've been watching ESPN Classic just
to get a fix of some gridiron action. But now,
beginning with the game in Pittsburgh, I'll have
six months of pigskin bliss.
Speaking of Pittsburgh, do you think they can
repeat their Super Bowl win? They seem pretty
fired up, but two losses in the preseason, Jerome
Bettis retiring and Ben Roethlisberger's Evel
Knievel impersonation may have shaken their
resolve. Let's hope so. I mean, they stole the
Super Bowl once, but can they afford to buy off
referees two years in a row?
The team that lost Super Bowl XL, the Se-
attle Seahawks, looks good on paper, but teams
that lost the championship in the past have not
made it back to the Bowl the next year. But who
knows? Maybe Shaun Alexander and Matt Has-
selbeck can take the 'Hawks down the
road to Super Bowl XLI. Stranger things r1
have happened. 1,
Here at Tyndall, I'm interested to
see who can make it to Super Prog f
II. Last season, 325th CONS took
the trophy home. I have to know:


Can they do it again?
"We don't live in the past," said CONS' newest
picker, Tom Reese. "While others may be focused
on our incredible success from last year, we prefer
to engage our resources on today's battle."
While eloquently put, a simple, "Yes," would
have worked fine.
The squadron CONS went head to head in last
year's Super Prog with the 325th MOS, but didn't
sign up to play this year. Reese wasn't surprised.
"If you can't be the best at something, don't
do it," he said. "Some organizations realize this
and wisely chose not to play."
It feels great to be at the top, but what about
being the last place team?
"We strategically finished last because we're
building a dynasty," said John Trachte of the
325th MXS team. "We wanted to lull people into
a false sense of security before we go on to be
back-to-back champions!"
Yeah, yeah. But does that mean you can
knock CONS from their Super Prog throne?
"They should enjoy it while
they can," said Trachte. "They
won't be there for long."
I smell a challenge ... or
maybe it's just all that cheese
dip in the refrigerator.
Now, let's get out there and watch
I. some football!


F


Team
MXS
SFS
COMM
AMXS
CES
83rd FWS
ACS


Team
TRS
CES
AFNORTH 1
COMM1
AFCESA
MXS1
53 WEG
MSS
SFS
RHS


Team
Phase 1
AMXS 4
28th TES
AMMO
CES
ACS 2
372nd TRS
AFCESA 2
SVS
AFCESA 1
MSS
RED HORSE
AMXS1
CS2
AFNORTH 3


lag Football
L Team
0 SVS
0 601st 1
0 OSS
0 372 TRS
1 MDG
1 53rd WEG
1

Golf
s Team
83rd FWS
MOS 1
TEST
OSS
MDG
SVS
ACS
601 2
CONS
MXS 2

Bowling


Point
78
72
70.5
68.5
65.5
65.5
61
60.5
54.5
50


Team High Game Scratch
Team High Series Scratch
Team High Game Handicap
Team High Series Handicap
High Male Game Scratch
High Male Series Scratch
High Male Game Handicap
High Male Series Handicap
High Female Game Scratch
High Female Series Scratch
High Female Game Handicap
High Female Series Handicap


Points
50
46
43.5
38
35
32.5
26
22
13.5
8.5


Team
ISRD
SFS
43rd AMU
MOS
CONS
83rd FWS 2
Phase 2
AFNORTH1
MDG
AMXS2
ACS1
DS2
CS1
83rd FWS 1
Bye


SVS 1006
AFNORTH 1 2964
28th TEST 1140
AMXS 4 3264
Frank Bessette 270
E.T. Parker 743
Fred Alcorn 264
Rich Pratt 726
Denise Morey 207
Rachel Petri-Rose 561
Amber Atherton 265
Veronica Bailey 713


Men's Varsity Basketball Try-Outs

Try-outs and practice for the 2006-
2007 Tyndall Tigers Men's Varsity
Basketball team are scheduled to
begin at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday at the Fit-
ness Center. All in-
terested individuals
are encouraged to
sign-up now at the
Fitness Center.
For more infor-
mation contact
Coach Sharpe at
283-5006.


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Air Force lieutenant breaks Army push-up record


SENIOR AIRMAN
J.G. BUZANOWSKI
Air Force Print News
CAMP SHELBY, MISS. -
One hundred and sixty two.
That was the installation
record for the most push-ups
in the Army's Camp Shelby
gas chamber without wearing a
mask. And thus a challenge was
made to the Airmen attending
combat skills training here.
Without a second thought,
1st Lt. Stephen Maddox picked
up the gauntlet.


Lieutenant Maddox, cen-
ter, runs in Tyndall's Pris-
oner of War/Missing in
Action vigil Sept. 2005.


He'd certainly done more
than 162 push-ups before the
lieutenant played football for the
Air Force Academy before his
current assignment to the 325th
Communications Squadron.
Urged on by his fellow Airmen,
he answered with two words:
"Bring it."
First up was his actual gas
chamber qualification. He'd have
to knock that out before moving
on to the challenge. After some
quick calisthenics, he dropped
his mask and did 70 push-ups.
For Lieutenant Maddox, it was
a warm-up.
"The record was set back in
2004 by a Wisconsin National
Guardsman," said Army Master
Sgt. Jerry Nickles, a nuclear, bio-
logical and chemical non-com-
missioned officer and training
instructor. "The push-ups aren't
the problem I've seen people
do 200. It's staying in there with
all that gas."
With the chamber filled with
tear gas, Lieutenant Maddox
and several supporters entered.
He tore off his mask and imme-
diately hit the ground to start his
shot at the record.
Others joined in, removing
their gas masks as well and


keeping pace with
the lieutenant. One
Airman did 17 be-
fore he had to get
out. Another did
as many as 50. By
the time Lieuten-
ant Maddox hit
his first 70, he'd
hit his stride.
"I knew I had
to just keep at it,"
the lieutenant said.
"There was no
Lieutenar
way I was going te record
to quit."
ups in the
He took a cou-
ple of breaks, but as the effects
of the gas would set in, he im-
mediately got back to task. One
by one, his supporters fled the
room the gas was too much
for them to stay inside.
A few minutes later, Lieuten-
ant Maddox emerged from the
chamber. A crowd of more than
100 Airmen stood by, waiting to
hear if he'd done it.
"165!" someone yelled out.
The crowd went wild; his bois-
terous supporters kept calling
out the number. No one could
believe it, not even the Sol-
diers who instruct the training
course.


Air Force News
it Maddox, left, pumps out
d breaking number of push-
Camp Shelby gas chamber.
"Plenty have tried and have
done 50, 60, 70," Sergeant
Nickles said. "I certainly didn't
think he'd do it. That record will
be around for a while; no one is
breaking that."
For Lieutenant Maddox, the
victory was one of Air Force
pride and friendly competition
with the sister services.
"When they told us about it,
they issued it as a challenge,"
Lieutenant Maddox said. "The
Air Force never backs down
from a challenge.
"Plus it's always good to beat
the Army," laughed the former
offensive lineman.


'Your Guardians of Freedom' site set to scale down


WASHINGTON (AFPN) Budget
constraints and contract services reductions
have forced officials to make changes to
the "Your Guardians of Freedom" Web site
starting Oct 1.
The Web site enables Air Force members
to order pins for employers of activated
Guardsmen (E pin), parents (P pin) and
spouses (S pin). Pin recipients also receive
a personalized letter signed by the Air Force
secretary and chief of staff thanking them
for supporting the Airman's service.
The pins are a contemporary adaptation of
the World War II "E" flags used to recognize
companies for contributions to the war effort.
The program was established in Novem-
ber 2001 to recognize employer support
of activated Guard and Reserve Airmen. It
expanded in 2003 to recognize parents of
total force Airmen, spouses of Airmen and
Air Force civilians.


"To date more than 833,000 pins have The next phase of the program will
been delivered," said Capt. Tynisha Jones- include a new user-friendly Web site. The
Vincent, YGOF program "S" pin will continue to
manager. "Basic training and Than *RP ri I e be available to order on-
officer accessions have been line for active-duty mem-
the biggest customers of the bers through the Air Force
program." Portal. This will allow Air
Enlisted and officer acces- Force members who have
sions will continue to have married since joining the
the opportunity to order and service the opportunity to
present the "P" pin to their order a spouse pin.
parents or "S" pin to their n l The "E" pin will no lon-
spouses at their graduations. ger be available after the
The change to the program Oct. 1 deadline.
leaves it open only to new accessions. Other Additionally, "My Mommy is an Air-
members have until Oct. 1 to use the Web site men" and "My Daddy is an Airmen" books
for placing orders. are available for distribution through base
"Members still have two months to order agencies. These books are aimed at el-
parent pins; we will make sure all orders ementary-aged children to help give them
and backorders received through Oct. 1 are a better understanding of the Air Force as
fulfilled," Captain Jones-Vincent said. children of deployed Airmen.


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Family practice fulfills wide range of patient needs


SENIOR AIRMAN SARAH MCDOWELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
(Editor 's note: This is the last of a
three-part feature series highlighting
the 325th Medical Group's women's
health clinic, flight medicine, and
family practice.)
For most base members active
duty, retired, family members and
many others this intensely busy
location is the center of their health-
care universe.
It's where patients of all ages
typically go to visit their medical care
provider and receive routine treatment
for everything from minor body aches
to chronic illnesses.
This hub of the medical wheel at
Tyndall is the 325th Medical Opera-
tions Squadron's family practice clin-
ic. The roughly 46-plus staff members
are part of the squadron's medical
services flight, one that also includes
physical therapy, immunizations and
internal medicine clinics under its
wide umbrella of primary care.
With a total patient pool of 16,200
people, one could infer that, at least
for staff members, this clinic is no
place for the 'faint of heart.'
"As one of the busiest family practic-
es in the command, they currently have
seven total providers (down recently
from nine), who have about 1,500 pa-
tients enrolled to each of them," said
Master Sgt. Alberto Boykin, 325th
MDOS superintendent.
Family practice is organized into two
primary care managementteams -Eagle
and Raptor. Each team has four subunits
consisting of a provider (a doctor, phy-
sician assistant or nurse practitioner),
a nurse (usually a captain or major),
two enlisted aerospace medical service
technicians and an administrative tech-
nician. The providers typically care for
more than 30 patients daily.


Incoming patients first meet with
an administrative technician who en-
sures they are fully checked in, pulls
their medical record and posts it to the
member's respective provider.
The medical service technicians
screen the record for any missing or
inconsistent data, ensuring that when
the provider enters the treatment or
examination room, they avoid wast-
ing time because of disconnects in
information.
Next, they perform a variety of
initial checks, such as weight, blood
pressure and temperature. In addition
to assisting providers with routine
appointments, medical service techni-
cians also spend many hours poring
over active-duty members' Physical
Health Assessment records, ensur-
ing Tyndall troops on world wide
deployment status are physically and
administratively fit to fight.
A new practice is on the horizon
called Pulminary Function tests,
which will allow providers to di-
agnose pulmonary-related disease,
said Maj. Timothy Howerton, 325th
MDOS physician assistant.
As for the appointment line, pa-
tients are urged to refrain from calling
the appointment line during the daily
peak period, which is from 7-8 a.m.,
when several hundred callers may be
attempting to get through.
"Our new information help line
has been designed to direct patients
to the appropriate office for needs,"
Sergeant Boykin said. "The Tricare
Service center, where patients can
go if they have needs, is now located
next to the main pharmacy for ben-
efit questions, billing issues or other
needs."
Another way the clinic has improved
is by using the Armed Forces Health
Longitudinal Technology Application


Staff Sgt. Allison Bir demonstrates how to attach an electrocar-
diogram machine on Airman Josue Cuevas. An EKG is an impor-
tant part of patients' initial evaluation when they have a heart relat-
ed problem. Both Airmen are 325th Medical Operations Squadron
medical service technicians.

system, which tracks electronic medi- "The mission of family practice is to
cal records, instead of the Provider keep active duty members fit to fight
Graphic User Interface, a patient in- at all times through preventive medi-
formation software program. cine," Major Howerton said.


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Tyndall AFB AAFES Labor Day

weekend holiday hours


Facility
Alterations
Anthony's
Barber
Barber (flightline)
Beauty shop
Cell n' Accessories
Charley's
Class Six
Cool Beanz Coffee
Dry cleaners
Felix Lake
GNC
Main store
MCSS
Optical shop
Robin Hood
Service station
Shoal point


Saturday
closed
11 a.m. 5
9 a.m. 5 p.
closed
10 a.m. 8
9:30 a.m. 5


Sunday


p.m.
.m.


p.m.
:30 p.m.


11 a.m. 5 p.m.
8 a.m. 10 p.m.
closed
closed
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
9 a.m. 6 p.m.
9 a.m. 7 p.m.
9 a.m. 4 p.m.
9:30 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.
closed
9 a.m. 5 p.m.
11 a.m. 6 p.m.


closed
11 a.m.
11 a.m.
closed
closed
closed


- 4 p.m.
-4 p.m.


closed
10 a.m. 6 p.m.
closed
closed
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
closed
closed
closed
closed
11 a.m. 6 p.m.


Monday
closed
11 a.m. 4 p.m.
closed
closed
closed
closed
closed
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
closed
closed
6 a.m. 9 p.m.
10 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
10 a.m. 5 p.m.
closed
closed
closed
closed
closed


Commissary
Burger King


Other Base Facilities
9 a.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 5 p.m.
7 a.m. 8 p.m. 10 a.m. 5 p.m.


closed
closed


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Sept. 1, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 1 Vol. 65, No. 34 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Sept. 1, 2006 Trust, Teamwork, Training In Brief Inside Armed Forces Voters week starts ... PAGE 7 Medical records are going electronic ... PAGE 10 The “Pigskin Prog nosticator” is back in action ... PAGE 15 POW/MIA Day The National Prison ers of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day Ceremony will start with a 24-hour vigil run begin ning at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 at Flag Park. geant to sign up for the event. For more infor mation, contact Senior Airman Theresa Edmiston at 283-1098. POW/MIA luncheon A POW/MIA luncheon is scheduled 11:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at the Enlisted Club. The cost is $14 for club members and $16 for non-members. For more information, contact your Senior Airman Kelly Timmerman, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, wheels an external fuel tank un der an F-15 Eagle here. The tank holds 600 gallons of fuel and is one of three that can be put on the jet. Fill ’er up! Section commander awarded Airman’s Medal • SEE MEDAL PAGE 6 CHRISSY CUTTITA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs A Tyndall lieutenant, who risked her life to save others, was awarded the Airman’s Medal here Tuesday. While on her way home from work Nov. 7, 2005, 2nd Lt. Shannon Bancroft, 325th Maintenance Opera tions Squadron section com mander, was the first to take action at the scene of a fourcar accident on Highway 231 in Panama City. “I have done it before and it is something I would do again,” she said, referring to the aid she provided an injured victim at the scene. The Airman’s Medal is awarded to Airmen who dis tinguish themselves by performing a heroic act not involving combat, which may put their lives at risk. “I understand the stature that comes with this medal,” said Lieutenant Bancroft. “I am also very humbled because I could never leave or walk away from a situation where somebody was hurt and needed help. I only did what came naturally. I ap preciate that others see what I did as brave, but for me, I did what seemed right and didn’t think twice about it.” The accident in Novem ber was the fourth accident Lieutenant Bancroft has responded to in her lifetime, and she has risen to the chal lenge every time. Chrissy Cuttita

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Page 2 Gulf Defender Sept. 1, 2006 Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters.......................325th FW commander Maj. Susan A. Romano...............chief, 325th FW public affairs Chrissy Cuttita..................................chief, internal information 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell..............................................staff writer Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga....................................................editor Gulf Defender Editorial Staff 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 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 purchaser, user or patron. Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 325th Fighter Wing noted. The deadline for article submissions to the Gulf Defender is 4 p.m. Friday, prior to the week of publication unless otherwise noted. Articles must be typed and double-spaced, preferably on a 3.5-inch disc. Stories should be submitted di FW/PAI, 445 Suwannee Ave., Tyndall AFB, FL, 32403-5425 or e-mailed to edi tor@tyndall.af.mil. Public affairs staff members edit all material for accuracy, brevity, clarity, conformity to regulations and journalistic style. The delivery of the Gulf Defender to Tyndall base housing sections is provided by the Panama City News Herald. For more information, or to advertise in the newspaper, call (850) 747-5000. ON THE STREET What team are you cheering for this football season? Identify this ... Can you identify this ob ject? If so, send an e-mail to editor@tyndall.af.mil with “Identify this” in the sub ject line. Three correct entries will be chosen at random and drawn from nal winner. The prize can be claimed at the Public Lewis Pittman, 325th Air craft Maintenance Squad ron crew chief, correctly guessed the Aug. 25 “Identify this” as a rubber duck bill. Congratulations, Sergeant Pittman. Come claim your prize! Feelin’ groggy Tech. Sgt. Jason Rosenbaum Not even the sergeant of arms can stomach the grog bowl. Senior Airman Mayra Duarte, 325th Communication Squadron communi cations cable system journeyman, adds a “special sauce” to the grog during the 325th Mission Support Group’s dining out cere mony held Aug. 25 for the group’s Airmen and their families. “I cheer for the University of Mi ami because I’m from Florida.” STAFF SGT. JOHN BERRY 325th Medical Support Squadron “Florida State is the best team in the world.” AIRMAN MATT SIMMONS 325th Communications Squadron “I’m a Florida girl, so I cheer for the University of Florida and I like the New England Patriots.” AIR M AN BA S I C WHITNEY SOLANO 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron “To be loyal to my home state, I cheer for the Green Bay Packers and University of Wisconsin.” SENIOR MA S TER SGT. RON HAGEN 325th Medical Group

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Sept. 1, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 3 Action Line Call 283-2255 BRIG. GEN. (S) TOD WOLTERS 325th Fighter Wing commander The Action Line is your direct line to me. It is one way to make Tyndall a better place to work and live. The goal is to provide you with an accurate, 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 sergeants or facility managers. sponse 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 to help you resolve any issues with a base agency. Commissary 283-4825 Pass and Registration 283-4191 Medical and Dental 283-7515 MEO 283-2739 MPF and I.D. 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 “A n Article 15 can have serious career consequences, and no one should consider navigating this process alone.” CAPT. BRAD DEVOE Area Defense Counsel Know your rights; when in doubt call the ADC CAPT. BRAD DEVOE Area Defense Counsel says you are being charged with a crime, you are be tigation or Security Forces, or you may have done something illegal and you want advice about what to do next, call the Area Defense Counsel. As the new ADC on the de fense team here, I am a licensed attorney who helps military members who are in, or could be in, legal trouble with the military justice system. Together with my team mem ber, a defense paralegal, my duty is to work hard to represent the interests of our clients. We provide legal services to military members who face a variety of situations including courtsmartial, Articles 15, administrative discharges, let ters of reprimand, admonishment and counseling, actions. I strongly recommend anyone facing court-martial, administrative discharge or non-judicial punishment An Article 15 can have serious career con sequences, and no one should consider navigat ing this process alone. We will advise you of your legal options, and review any written re sponse you make to an Article 15. Commanders with the ADC for any military member facing an Article 15. for the client’s interest alone. If we cannot represent a military member on Tyndall AFB, then a defense counsel from another base will be obtained. My team and I are bound by law and our profession communication we have with our clients is covered by the attorney-client privilege. Thus, anything Air men tell us while we are representing them, remains completely private. Monday Friday. The ADC can always be reached through the Command Post for an emergency. All clients should call ahead to set up an appointment, needs of walk-in clients. To make an appointment, call 283-2911. It is your right to request an attorney, and ADC services are free. Remember, it is also your right to remain silent if accused of a crime, and immediately contact the ADC for guidance. Use your voice, vote, to be heard on Capitol HillCHIEF MASTER SGT. ROBIN CALLA W AY 325th Maintenance Group superintendent When I enlisted in 1977, there were more than 600,000 Airmen in the Air Force. In the very near future, because of budget cuts, force shap ing, outsourcing and privatization, the number will most likely be half its current size. As our Air Force con tinues to get smaller, who is speaking for us on Capitol Hill? A better question might be, “What are you doing for your voice to be heard?” Some options for be ing heard include writing letters to elected officials, e-mailing politi cians through their Web sites or leaving voice mail messages at their you are a registered voter, you will most likely receive a response. But on a daily (sometimes hourly) basis with e-mail and phone messages to the extent that most messages don’t get a response. So with that said, how can you be sure your needs are being met by lawmakers on Capitol Hill? I can words: Support a professional mili tary organization. Generally, I am amazed by the expressions and answers I receive when I ask Airmen if they are mem bers of a professional organization. Organizations such as the Air Force Association, Air Force Sergeants Association, the Noncommissioned Officers Association, the Retired Officers Association, the Vietnam Veterans of America, the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars – just to name a few – speak for us daily on Capitol Hill. Unfortunately, as our total force gets smaller, so does their member ship, resulting in a smaller voice. So what can we do to provide them with a louder voice? An organization with two or three hundred thousand members has much • SEE VOICE PAGE 4

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Page 4 Gulf Defender Sept. 1, 2006 lobbyist than just 100,000 mem bers can provide. Much like voting, registered voters during an election can provide a very loud message. Low numbers of members send messages like “we don’t have the time,” or “we don’t really care about the impact of the legislation being considered.” As the old saying goes, “There is safety in numbers,” which essentially means, the more people are behind something, the more Congress will pay attention to an organization’s wants and needs. Over the years, professional military associations have had a tremendous impact on our lives as service members. Some of the biggest issues they have tackled have included: in creased allowances and reduc tion of out-of-pocket expenses during permanent change of station moves; increased pay and benefits; approval of vari ous health care benefit expan sion demonstration projects (i.e. Tricare Senior Prime); achievement of an expanded • FROM VOICE PAGE 3 pharmacy benefit, “Tricare for Life” benefit; quality-of-life benefits for reservists and their families; continued protection of military stores (commissar ies and exchanges); elimination of source taxes; elimination of the Social Security Earnings test; retirement protection and appropriation/authorization of “Impact Aid” funding for local school districts educating the children of military families and many more. As you can see, these orga nizations are here for us, the men and women in uniform, but they cannot be an effective and respected presence on Capital Hill without a powerful force behind them. At the risk of sounding like an old “brown shoe” chief master sergeant, if you aren’t part of the solu tion, you’re part of the problem. I encourage you to consider join ing a professional military associa tion to make your lifestyle on active duty the best it can be, while at the same time, making your future retire ment as fruitful and beneficial as you hope. Will you be heard on Capitol Hill?

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Sept. 1, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 5 1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Tyndall Airmen will gather at the start ing line not to race, but to remember. The Sept. 11th Memorial Run is scheduled to start at 7:46 a.m. in front of the Fitness Center and continue for one and a half miles, ending at Flag Park. All military and civilian personnel are highly encouraged to participate. “The event is intended to honor those lost in the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001,” said Master Sgt. Kenneth Young, NCO in charge of the Fitness Center and event coordi nator. “This event is for team unity. It’s not a competition. People are encouraged to form up at the starting line with members of their groups and squadrons and run or walk the course together.” and no winners will be announced. “Participants are encouraged to start rons to show camaraderie and unity,” said Sergeant Young. The event is scheduled to begin at the Fitness Center with a welcome message from the commander and an invocation. The Tyndall Honor Guard will ceremoniously post the colors near the starting line. “Posting of the colors at any event Tobin Winebrenner, Tyndall Honor Guard NCO in charge. “The tragedy affected people on a national scale, and while people tend to forget events over time, the memorial run shows that Team Tyndall is united and hasn’t forgotten.” The run will end at Flag Park, where Maj. Gen. Scott Mayes, Air Forces Northern, Continential U.S. NORAD Region commander, will lead a wreath laying ceremony at 9 a.m. Canadian Forces Brig. Gen. Marcel Duval will also speak at the ceremony, sary of the attacks. The event will honor those who served on Sept. 11, 2001 and recog nize servicemembers who continue to defend the nation through Operation Noble Eagle. For more information or to par ticipate in the memorial events, contact

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Page 6 Gulf Defender Sept. 1, 2006 The Cedar Grove police department lauded the lieutenant for her efforts stating that it was a “brave” act pulling “A lot of times people won’t get in volved,” said Lt. Bern Snell, a Cedar the accident. “We appreciate what she did, and I know the woman (she saved) appreciated it.” After witnessing the accident, Lieutenant Bancroft immediately established contact car. She assessed the woman’s injuries and helped keep her calm. She also assisted the one away from the car in case the leaking door was then pried open, and the woman was pulled from the car. “The trunk was in the front seat and the engine was in the dash (board),” said the lieutenant. “It was a four-door, but it looked like a two-door car when I got there. I hated to pull her from the car with a possible back injury, but with gasoline pouring over my feet, I didn’t have a choice.” Once the paramedics arrived, they asked Lieutenant Bancroft to continue assisting the woman while they assessed the other accident victims. Since the day of the accident, the survi vor and the lieutenant have kept in touch. “I kept in contact with her and her hus band for about a month after the accident until I knew she was going to be alright,” she said. “When I would talk to her it was pretty emotional, but I am so grateful she’s healthy and able to recover from her inju -• FROM MEDAL PAGE 1 ries. She always referred to me as her angel, which was very humbling as well.” Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th Fight er Wing commander, pins the Airman’s Medal on Lieutenant Bancroft during a ceremony Tuesday.

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Sept. 1, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 7 WASHINGTON (AFPN) – The Air and Space Expeditionary Force Center be came assigned to the Air Force Personnel Center at Randolph AFB, Texas, after an announcement made by Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley Aug. 29. “This merger will allow AFPC total visibility of Air Force requirements spanning home station to the front lines,” said Lt. Gen. Roger A. Brady, Air Force deputy chief of staff, Manpower and Per sonnel. “The assignment process will have clearer vision into the true requirements and be able to set realistic priorities to execute assignment policy. We’ll be able and programs within our expeditionary force structure.” The reassignment will synergize opera tions between the two centers and focus on operation of personnel by merging permanent authorizations, wartime re quirements and assignments under a single commander. “We can expect to see a more seam personnel policies and programs that are more in-tune with the AEF structure,” said Maj. Joseph Schneider, 325th Mis sion Support Squadron military Personnel AEF Center reassigned to personnel center allow the deployment process to become align with other personnel processes as Personnel Services Delivery transforma tion effort.” Although the merger takes place at headquarters level, results may be seen at the base level. “As time passes, I expect to see an increased level of coordination in our assignment and deployment processes,” said Major Schneider. “MPF Airmen at the base-level already have their eyes directly on the wartime requirement. The personnel readiness unit is the per sonnel deployment processing agency. MPF Airmen, along with the installation ness division, are the people providing wing leadership visibility of our person nel wartime requirements.” “The AEF Center’s continued focus has been on making the AEF better for our Airmen and the combatant com manders,” said Col. Brian Kelly, AEFC commander. “Combined with AFPC’s personnel expertise and worldwide data systems, it will allow our Air Force to better integrate total end-toWartime requirements include air frames, munitions, equipment and many it’s the management of the personnel that will be the focus of this merger. “The PRU is the hub of the person nel piece,” said Maj. Schneider. “That being said, this change will create increased synergy between the AFPC counterparts at the AEFC which will affect the assignment process. How that happens remains to be seen, but the changes will keep the Air Force’s war time requirements top priority and serve the needs of the individual Airman.” The AEFC’s mission to execute the Air Force battle rhythm and deliver versatile air and space power will not change. Maj. Gen. Tony Przybyslawski, AFPC commander, understands the expedition ary culture, having been the commander of the AEFC prior to his arrival at AFPC. “This will be a seamless transition,” General Przybyslawski said, “because you don’t get a second chance when it comes ( Contributed by 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs ) Armed Forces Voters Week Sept. 3-9 is Armed Forces Voters Week, a DOD-wide event to promote voting aware ness to military members and their dependents. Although there is no presi dential election this year, many states have important congres sional or gubernatorial elec tions Nov. 7. The procedures and deadlines to vote absentee vary from state to state. Mem bers and dependents must complete a Federal Postcard Application to receive an ab sentee ballot. More information is avail able online at www.fvap.gov, which has specific instructions for each state, or active-duty members can contact their unit

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Page 8 Gulf Defender Sept. 1, 2006 Marilyn Marsh Ms. Marsh receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of the Week award from Col. Scott Davis, 325th Fighter Wing vice 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 a day pass. 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell Ms. Marsh performs squadron administrative duties such as reviewing and tracking all performance reports, decorations and organizes squadron social events. She volunteers in the com munity by supporting the March of Dimes organization. Duty title: 325th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron commander’s secretary Time on station: 15 years Hometown: Clark Air Base, Philippines Hobbies: Reading, running, spending time with my family and home renovation Goals: Promotion to GS-6 and getting my Favorite thing about Tyndall: The people and beaches Favorite movie: “The Green Mile” Favorite book: “The Real Deal” by Feen Michaels Pet Peeves: Laziness Proudest moment in the military: Pro motion to GS-5 and being part of my squadron’s mission. The Gulf Defender is pub lished for people like Senior Airman Aaron Ward, 81st Range Control Squadron weapons director. STAFF SGT. STA C EY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 325th Medical Group, as well as other medical facilities throughout the Air Force, will soon be using the Department of Defense’s global elec tronic health record system to track patient records. The system, known as Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technol ogy Application, will be used in 800 clinics and 70 hospitals throughout the military by the end of December, said “Tyndall began the conversion to electronic records in August 2005, and in October 2005, all new patient encounters were entered electroni cally,” said Capt. Robert Orlando, 325th Medical Support Squadron resource management flight com mander. The system here will soon be fully integrated with AHLTA, and patient records will be available to nearly 60,000 military healthcare professionals world-wide. The new system has the potential Medical records are going electronic with AHLTA to serve more than nine million service members, retirees and their families. “This transition gives instant access to patients’ health records 24 hours a day, seven days a week. AHLTA enables continuity of care for our military forces said Captain Orlando. “When minutes matter the most, this can mean the dif ference between life and death.” AHLTA compiles information from no longer track records from various sources. Healthcare providers will have access to complete medical records, which will help them determine the ap propriate treatment for patients. The system will also reduce unneces sary repetition of lab tests or procedures due to unavailable or lost records. “Patients are at the heart of our AHL TA efforts,” said the captain. “Rather than a record that begins the day it was established, this electronic health record reaches back 25 months into legacy sys tems to include lab test results, prescrip tions and other ancillary information.” The long-term vision is to be able to update all information in patients’ digital expect that feature to be possible within the next three years. “AHLTA has revolutionized our records department. In the past, it could said Captain Orlando. “Now it is only a keystroke away.” Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga Airman 1st Class Cindy Swain, 325th Medical Group aerospace

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Sept. 1, 2006 Gulf Defender TRAINING SPOTLIGHT TRAINING SPOTLIGHT Chrissy Cuttita Airman Shane Moore and Airman 1st Class Kevin Leonard, 372nd Train ing Squadron/Detachment 2 mission ready Airmen, learn about the compo nents of a jet fuel starter with the as sistance of their instructor, Staff Sgt. Michael Kell. The students are two of six Airmen who graduated from F-15 crew chief training Monday. In the classroom, students use unser viceable parts to help them identify aircraft components and understand how they work in the Eagle. Fuel for thought Diverse ALS setting enhances learning Get your Community College of the Air Force information at afvec.langley.af.mil. Training Spotlight What are you looking for operational assignment? “I ’ll be moving to Royal Air Force Lakenheath. I’m looking forward to traveling and seeing other parts of the world.”AIR M AN 1S T CLA SS KHIRA GEI S T Mission Ready Airman STAFF SGT. STA C EY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs What job responsibilities do a medi cal technician, a crew chief and a pa trolman have in common? The answer is supervision. Supervision is one of the key ele ments taught in Airman Leadership School throughout the Air Force. In order to be an effective supervisor, one important lesson must be learned : diversity is every where. Simply put, diversity refers to differ ences between people. These differenc es go beyond gender and race, and can have a positive effect on the workplace when managed properly, according to ALS instruction material. One of the many goals ALS instruc tors have is to show students how to use their role as supervisors to ensure that diversity in the workplace is accepted Diversity is present in nearly every aspect of ALS starting with the variety in the course. race, gender and occupation prior to any student entering the classroom,” said Staff Sgt. James Parker, ALS instructor. This offers a variety of different answers and information from students during classroom discussions. “The variety of the answers allows the students to explore leadership con cepts from multiple viewpoints,” said Sergeant Parker. “The open-minded ness to be willing to listen to an alter nate viewpoint, or be open to a process Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga Senior Airmen Ronald Striggles and Jimmy Welch, ALS students, practice giv ing a performance feedback session while Senior Airmen Jessica Denard and Daniel Bautista evaulate their classmates’ communication skills. change, can be an invaluable tool when faced with the challenges of day-to-day mission management.” “Attending ALS with other career ers contribute to the mission also,” said Senior Airman Ronald Striggles, ALS student. Through this diversity, the instructors aim to teach students the importance of teamwork. “Teamwork cannot be truly success ful if the concept of diversity is not understood and put into practice,” said Sergeant Parker. “Each member of a team brings a unique talent or ability that enables the team to accomplish goals more effectively as a collective unit than they would as an individual.” “Here we learn to understand the dif ferences in people and develop tolerance and patience to better supervise and lead Airmen,” said Airman Striggles. The lessons taught in ALS through diversity help prepare Airmen for the future structure of the Air Force. “In an era when we are expected to do ‘more with less,’ we must focus on the collective strengths, created in our dif ferences, to accomplish the mission as said Sergeant Parker. ALS instructors also strive to help the students learn to overcome the barriers of diversity, such as stereotyping and prejudice, to increase teamwork and environment. “Everyone, in every Air Force Spe cialty Code, in every unit in the Air Force, encounters diversity on a daily basis,” said capitalizing on the positive differences and not exploiting the negative ones.”

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Gulf Defender Page 11 Page 10 Gulf Defender FEATURE Chrissy Cuttita 101 Critical Days of Summer closes Wednesday Tyndall to continue applying safety lessons learned Matthew Hall makes his move during an intense game of dodge ball at the Youth Center. Adults always referee. Chrissy Cuttita Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga Senior Airman Devon Williams, Air Forces Northern com munications control center controller, uses weight equip ment at the Fitness Center. Proper lifting techniques should be used during this activity. Above: Airman 1st Class Mike Clifford, 325th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, replaces the rims on his tires at Tyndall’s Hobby Shop. Carcare professionals are available to offer assistance and ensure safety at the shop. Below: Staff Sgt. Dacia Chenier, 325th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron aerospace physi ology technician, buckles her daughter, Aleena, into her car seat before heading home. Seat belts prevent deaths in 42 percent of all potentially fatal crashes, according to the caused by vehicle accidents. Additionally, 90 percent of Air Force vehicle fatalities occur off-duty. Second Lt. Anthony D’Agostino, 325th Air Control Squadron air battle manager student, docks a boat at Bonita Bay after sailing with visiting friends and family. Boaters are encour wear U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets. Chrissy Cuttita Chrissy Cuttita Chrissy Cuttita during this year’s Ammo Bowl in August. Sports were listed as one of the summer’s highest mishap-related activites. Operational risk management is suggested as a way to access all situations. Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga

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Page 12 Gulf Defender Sept. 1, 2006 GULF GUIDE Briefs Records go online Air Force bases are beginning a two-year project to eliminate hardcopy Unit Personnel Record Groups from their respective military personnel ship UPRGs to the Air Force Personnel Center Nov. 6. They will scan all records and have them available for viewing in the Au tomated Records Management System by Nov. 22. At that time Airmen will have access to their own records by logging on to ARMS at the AFPC Secure Website. The MPF here thanks casual lieutenants from the 325th Air Control Squadron who have provided great assistance in this effort. Guard/ Reserve retirement All eligible members of the Air Force Reserve can now submit retire ment applications electronically via the virtual Personnel Center Guard and Reserve. This new Web-enabled service gives Airmen the ability to monitor the status Reservists can log on to the vPC-GR at arpc.afrc.af.mil/support/default.asp to begin the process. Chapel event Protestant Women of the Chapel’s fall kickoff is scheduled from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Spiritual Fitness, Bldg. 1476. To attend the fellowship or for more information, contact the Chapel at 283-2925. Heart Link The next Heart Link meeting is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Enlisted Club Classics Lounge. Heart Link is an orientation about the Air Force mission and ser Force spouse. For more information or to make reservations, contact the Fam ily Support Center at 283-4205. Best Beginnings Class The Family Support Center will host the Best Beginnings Class from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15 in the FSC classroom, Bldg. 743. Infant and Child CPR will be offered afterwards. When calling, specify that you want to sign up for the CPR class in addition to Best Beginnings. The CPR class is free; however, it is limited to eight families. For more information and to make reservations, call 283-4204. Thirft Shop The Thrift Shop has returned to its regular operating hours of WednesdayFriday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Consignments are accepted from I.D. card holders from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. The next scheduled Saturday opening will be from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 9. For more information, call 286-5888. Swim Club The Seals Swim Club is a junior league swim team at the Naval Support Activity Panama City. It is a competitive swim program that offers individualized instruction, stroke development, goal setting and fun activities. There are six swim meets scheduled for the fall season. The club is now taking new swimmers. Practice times are from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 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.) and 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Saturday. For more information, contact coaches Mike and Kelley Hodges at 233-4831 or 319-0822. Troy University Registration for Troy University Term 2 runs Sept. 11 through Oct. 6. Classes start Oct. 9 and end Dec. 17. Students may register with an advi sor at any Troy University location or online by accessing Trojan Web Express at www.troy.edu. Degree programs, course offer ings and an admission application can be found online at fwr.troy.edu. Students desiring all online classes may register through eCampus. Case lot sale The Commissary will have a case lot sale Sept. 15-17. For more information, call 283-4825 or go to www.commissaries.com. Scrappin’ Factory The Arts and Crafts Center will host a scrapbooking class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 9. For reservations, call 283-4511. Mary Glancy, Sand Dollar Inn housekeeper, makes a guest’s bed in one of the lodging facilites. The Sand Dollar Inn is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They cater to servicemembers, re tired military and their families. For information or to make a reservation, call 283-4211. Got it covered Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga

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Sept. 1, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 13 Intramural Sports Standings Golf Team TRS CES AFNORTH 1 COMM1 AFCESA MXS 1 53 WEG MSS SFS RHS Team 83rd FWS MOS 1 TEST OSS MDG SVS ACS 601 2 CONS MXS 2 Points 78 72 70.5 68.5 65.5 65.5 61 60.5 54.5 50 Bowling Team Phase 1 AMXS 4 28th TES AMMO CES ACS 2 372nd TRS AFCESA 2 SVS AFCESA 1 MSS RED HORSE AMXS 1 CS 2 AFNORTH 3 Team ISRD SFS 43rd AMU MOS CONS 83rd FWS 2 Phase 2 AFNORTH 1 MDG AMXS 2 ACS 1 DS2 CS 1 83rd FWS 1 Bye 22 20 20 18 18 16 16 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 12 W 12 12 10 10 10 8 8 8 8 8 8 6 6 4 0 2 4 4 6 6 8 8 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 12 L W L 12 12 14 14 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 18 20 24 Points 50 46 43.5 38 35 32.5 26 22 13.5 8.5 Team High Game Scratch Team High Series Scratch Team High Game Handicap Team High Series Handicap High Male Game Scratch High Male Series Scratch High Male Game Handicap High Male Series Handicap High Female Game Scratch High Female Series Scratch High Female Game Handicap High Female Series Handicap SVS AFNORTH 1 28th TEST AMXS 4 Frank Bessette E.T. Parker Fred Alcorn Rich Pratt Denise Morey Rachel Petri-Rose Amber Atherton Veronica Bailey 1006 2964 1140 3264 270 743 264 726 207 561 265 713 Super Prog is back – who will win? PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATOR From the Emerald City Thank goodness the NFL season is kicking off Thursday. I finally have a good excuse for all the cheese dip and beer in the refrigerator. Seriously, though, I was going through with drawals. I’ve been watching ESPN Classic just to get a fix of some gridiron action. But now, beginning with the game in Pittsburgh, I’ll have six months of pigskin bliss. Speaking of Pittsburgh, do you think they can repeat their Super Bowl win? They seem pretty fired up, but two losses in the preseason, Jerome Bettis retiring and Ben Roethlisberger’s Evel Knievel impersonation may have shaken their resolve. Let’s hope so. I mean, they stole the Super Bowl once, but can they afford to buy off referees two years in a row? The team that lost Super Bowl XL, the Se attle Seahawks, looks good on paper, but teams that lost the championship in the past have not made it back to the Bowl the next year. But who knows? Maybe Shaun Alexander and Matt Has selbeck can take the `Hawks down the road to Super Bowl XLI. Stranger things have happened. Here at Tyndall, I’m interested to see who can make it to Super Prog II. Last season, 325th CONS took the trophy home. I have to know: Can they do it again? “We don’t live in the past,” said CONS’ newest picker, Tom Reese. “While others may be focused on our incredible success from last year, we prefer to engage our resources on today’s battle.” While eloquently put, a simple, “Yes,” would have worked fine. The squadron CONS went head to head in last year’s Super Prog with the 325th MOS, but didn’t sign up to play this year. Reese wasn’t surprised. “If you can’t be the best at something, don’t do it,” he said. “Some organizations realize this and wisely chose not to play.” It feels great to be at the top, but what about being the last place team? “We strategically finished last because we’re building a dynasty,” said John Trachte of the 325th MXS team. “We wanted to lull people into a false sense of security before we go on to be back-to-back champions!” Yeah, yeah. But does that mean you can knock CONS from their Super Prog throne? “They should enjoy it while they can,” said Trachte. “They won’t be there for long.” I smell a challenge or maybe it’s just all that cheese dip in the refrigerator. Now, let’s get out there and watch some football! Striking a Heisman Chrissy Cuttita Flag Football Team MXS SFS COMM AMXS CES 83rd FWS ACS W 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 L 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 Team SVS 601st 1 OSS 372 TRS MDG 53rd WEG W 1 1 0 0 0 0 L 1 1 0 1 2 2 Men’s Varsity Basketball Try-Outs Try-outs and practice for the 20062007 Tyndall Tigers Men’s Varsity Basketball team are scheduled to Tuesday at the Fit ness Center. All in terested individuals are encouraged to sign-up now at the Fitness Center. For more infor mation contact Coach Sharpe at 283-5006.

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Page 14 Gulf Defender Sept. 1, 2006 WASHINGTON (AFPN) – Budget constraints and contract services reductions the “Your Guardians of Freedom” Web site starting Oct 1. The Web site enables Air Force members to order pins for employers of activated Guardsmen (E pin), parents (P pin) and spouses (S pin). Pin recipients also receive a personalized letter signed by the Air Force secretary and chief of staff thanking them for supporting the Airman’s service. The pins are a contemporary adaptation of companies for contributions to the war effort. The program was established in Novem ber 2001 to recognize employer support of activated Guard and Reserve Airmen. It expanded in 2003 to recognize parents of total force Airmen, spouses of Airmen and Air Force civilians. ‘Your Guardians of Freedom’ site set to scale down “To date more than 833,000 pins have been delivered,” said Capt. Tynisha JonesVincent, YGOF program manager. “Basic training and the biggest customers of the program.” sions will continue to have the opportunity to order and present the “P” pin to their parents or “S” pin to their spouses at their graduations. The change to the program leaves it open only to new accessions. Other members have until Oct. 1 to use the Web site for placing orders. “Members still have two months to order parent pins; we will make sure all orders and backorders received through Oct. 1 are The next phase of the program will include a new user-friendly Web site. The “S” pin will continue to be available to order on line for active-duty mem bers through the Air Force Portal. This will allow Air Force members who have married since joining the service the opportunity to order a spouse pin. The “E” pin will no lon ger be available after the Oct. 1 deadline. Additionally, “My Mommy is an Air men” and “My Daddy is an Airmen” books are available for distribution through base agencies. These books are aimed at el ementary-aged children to help give them a better understanding of the Air Force as children of deployed Airmen. SENIOR AIRMAN J.G. BUZANOWSKI Air Force Print News CAMP SHELBY, MISS. – One hundred and sixty two. That was the installation record for the most push-ups in the Army’s Camp Shelby gas chamber without wearing a mask. And thus a challenge was made to the Airmen attending combat skills training here. Without a second thought, 1st Lt. Stephen Maddox picked up the gauntlet. Air Force lieutenant breaks Army push-up record He’d certainly done more than 162 push-ups before the lieutenant played football for the Air Force Academy before his current assignment to the 325th Communications Squadron. Urged on by his fellow Airmen, he answered with two words: “Bring it.” First up was his actual gas to knock that out before moving on to the challenge. After some quick calisthenics, he dropped his mask and did 70 push-ups. For Lieutenant Maddox, it was a warm-up. “The record was set back in 2004 by a Wisconsin National Guardsman,” said Army Master Sgt. Jerry Nickles, a nuclear, bio logical and chemical non-com instructor. “The push-ups aren’t the problem – I’ve seen people do 200. It’s staying in there with all that gas.” tear gas, Lieutenant Maddox and several supporters entered. He tore off his mask and imme diately hit the ground to start his shot at the record. Others joined in, removing their gas masks as well and keeping pace with the lieutenant. One Airman did 17 be fore he had to get out. Another did as many as 50. By the time Lieuten ant Maddox hit his first 70, he’d hit his stride. “I knew I had to just keep at it,” the lieutenant said. “There was no way I was going to quit.” He took a cou ple of breaks, but as the effects of the gas would set in, he im mediately got back to task. One room – the gas was too much for them to stay inside. A few minutes later, Lieuten ant Maddox emerged from the chamber. A crowd of more than 100 Airmen stood by, waiting to hear if he’d done it. “165!” someone yelled out. The crowd went wild; his bois terous supporters kept calling out the number. No one could believe it, not even the Sol diers who instruct the training course. “Plenty have tried and have done 50, 60, 70,” Sergeant Nickles said. “I certainly didn’t think he’d do it. That record will be around for a while; no one is breaking that.” For Lieutenant Maddox, the victory was one of Air Force pride and friendly competition with the sister services. “When they told us about it, they issued it as a challenge,” Lieutenant Maddox said. “The Air Force never backs down from a challenge. “Plus it’s always good to beat the Army,” laughed the former offensive lineman. Lieutenant Maddox, left, pumps out the record breaking number of push ups in the Camp Shelby gas chamber. Air Force News Lieutenant Maddox, cen ter, runs in Tyndall’s Pris oner of War/Missing in Action vigil Sept. 2005. Lisa Norman

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Sept. 1, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 15 SENIOR AIR M AN SARAH MCDO W ELL 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs ( Editor’s note: This is the last of a three-part feature series highlighting the 325th Medical Group’s women’s health clinic, flight medicine, and family practice. ) For most base members – active duty, retired, family members and many others – this intensely busy location is the center of their health care universe. It’s where patients of all ages typically go to visit their medical care provider and receive routine treatment for everything from minor body aches to chronic illnesses. This hub of the medical wheel at Tyndall is the 325th Medical Opera tions Squadron’s family practice clin ic. The roughly 46-plus staff members are part of the squadron’s medical physical therapy, immunizations and internal medicine clinics under its wide umbrella of primary care. With a total patient pool of 16,200 people, one could infer that, at least for staff members, this clinic is no place for the ‘faint of heart.’ “As one of the busiest family practic es in the command, they currently have seven total providers (down recently from nine), who have about 1,500 pa tients enrolled to each of them,” said Master Sgt. Alberto Boykin, 325th MDOS superintendent. Family practice is organized into two primary care management teams – Eagle and Raptor. Each team has four subunits consisting of a provider (a doctor, phy sician assistant or nurse practitioner), a nurse (usually a captain or major), two enlisted aerospace medical service technicians and an administrative tech nician. The providers typically care for more than 30 patients daily. Staff Sgt. Allison Bir demonstarates how to attach an electrocar diogram machine on Airman Josue Cuevas. An EKG is an impor tant part of patients’ initial evaluation when they have a heart relat ed problem. Both Airmen are 325th Medical Operations Squadron medical service technicians. an administrative technician who en sures they are fully checked in, pulls their medical record and posts it to the member’s respective provider. The medical service technicians screen the record for any missing or inconsistent data, ensuring that when the provider enters the treatment or examination room, they avoid wast ing time because of disconnects in information. Next, they perform a variety of initial checks, such as weight, blood pressure and temperature. In addition to assisting providers with routine appointments, medical service techni cians also spend many hours poring over active-duty members’ Physical Health Assessment records, ensur ing Tyndall troops on world wide deployment status are physically and A new practice is on the horizon called Pulminary Function tests, which will allow providers to di agnose pulmonary-related disease, said Maj. Timothy Howerton, 325th MDOS physician assistant. As for the appointment line, pa tients are urged to refrain from calling the appointment line during the daily peak period, which is from 7-8 a.m., when several hundred callers may be attempting to get through. “Our new information help line has been designed to direct patients Sergeant Boykin said. “The Tricare Service center, where patients can go if they have needs, is now located next to the main pharmacy for ben needs.” Another way the clinic has improved is by using the Armed Forces Health Longitudinal Technology Application system, which tracks electronic medi cal records, instead of the Provider Graphic User Interface, a patient in formation software program. Family practice fulfills wide range of patient needs “The mission of family practice is to at all times through preventive medi cine,” Major Howerton said. Senior Airman Sarah McDowell

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Sept. 1, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 17 Tyndall AFB AAFES Labor Day weekend holiday hours Facility Saturday Sunday MondayAlterations closed closed closed Anthony’s 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Barber 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. closed Beauty shop 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. closed closed Cell n’ Accessories 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. closed closed Charley’s 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. closed closed Class Six 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Cool Beanz Coffee closed closed closed Dry cleaners closed closed closed Felix Lake 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. GNC 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Main store 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. MCSS 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. closed closed Optical shop 9:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. closed closed Robin Hood closed closed closed Service station 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. closed closed Shoal point 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. closed Other Base Facilities Commissary 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. closed Burger King 7 a.m. – 8 p.m. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. closed

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