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Vol. 65, No. 35


Change of Command
The 83rd Fighter
Weapons Squadron
Change of Command
Ceremony is at 3 p.m.
today in Hangar 5.
Lt. Col. Raymond
O'Mara will relinquish
command to Lt. Col. Terry
Scott.


Sept. 11
Events


Memorial


The memorial run is
scheduled for 7:46 a.m.
Monday at the Fitness
Center. Participants are
encouraged to line up at
the start with their squad-
rons or groups.
The run will end at
Flag Park where a wreath
laying ceremony will be
held at 9 a.m. All military
and civilian personnel
and their families are
encouraged to attend.
For more information,
contact your first sergeant
or call the Fitness Center
at 283-2631.




Tyndall's newest ALS
and NCO Academy grad-
uates ... PAGE 7

Kickoff week for the
NFL and Pig Prog ...
PAGE 13

The 325th ACS wel-
comes exchange students
... PAGE 14

AAFES promotes safe-
ty at the fuel pump ...
PAGE 17


GULF


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


Standing Proud
Tyndall Honor Guard members,
Staff Sgts. Joseph Alers and
Austin Weeks (far right), stand
at attention during a graduation
ceremony for 14 newly inducted
Honor Guard members Aug. 18.
Senior Airman Aquilino Alveo-
Forbes (far left), Honor Guard
lead trainer, presented the flight
of graduates to Lt. Col. Cynthia
Brown, 325th Services Squadron
commander, as first sergeants,
supervisors and other support-
ers looked on. For more on the
Honor Guard, turn to Page 10.
1st Lt Amanda Ferrell


Airman, community 'voice' remembered


CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Tyndall lost a dear Air
Force family member Sat-
urday with the passing of
Maj. Gen. Larry Fleming, 31
years and one day after he
retired from the Air Force.
He was well known for
his active voice on the base
and in Bay County, where
he lived since shortly after
he retired.
"He was active, no ques-
tion about it," said retired
Maj. Gen. Carl Peterson.
"He was always looking at
what we were doing and how


it affects future generations.
He'd always do his research
and never back off a posi-
tion."
Though the two friends
did not hold official titles
downtown, General Peterson
called himself and General
Fleming "neighborhood ex-
perts."
On base, the Retirees Ac-
tivities office has definitely
been influenced by General
Fleming. In fact, he was pri-
marily responsible for setting
it up in 1978 and for often
monitoring and manning it
until just one week ago.


Maj. Gen. Larry Fleming

"I thought he was a great
individual," said retired
Chief Master Sgt. Doyle
Wade, RAO volunteer. "He


was always looking out for
the military."
General Fleming's first
experience at Tyndall was as
a student at the Air Tactical
School in 1947. While at-
tending training here, he was
assigned as a fighter pilot
to the 1st Fighter Group at
March Field, Calif.
A decorated war veteran,
General Fleming served in
World War II with the 55th
Fighter Group in England,
flying the P-51 Mustang and
is credited with 197 combat
hours in 38 missions.
SEE FLEMING PAGE 6


Trst Temok Tranin


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Sept. 8, 2006


28th Test Squadron/Detachment 2 focus:


What is the most marketable


skill in your career field?


Hearts apart
Christina Jones points to where she wants a heart painted on
her face by Jan Sheffield, a family readiness consultant from
the Airman and Family Readiness Center here. More than 100
Tyndall Airmen, who will be deploying over the next few weeks,
gathered with their families at the Enlisted Club Aug. 30 for the
"Warrior Farewell" ceremony. The ceremony featured activities
for children and information from base agencies to help fami-
lies prepare for the upcoming deployment.


"Research and problem solving are
the most marketable skills in engi-
neering because you have to form a
plan to attack problems."


"Leadership skills, diverse engi-
neering experience and exposure to
high levels of responsibility are the
most marketable skills."


CESAR MATAMORUS II CAPT. JILL EVENSKI
F-16 lead contract engineer Developmental engineer and flight commander


Can you identify this
object? If so, send an
e-mail to editor@tyndall.
af.mil with "Identify this"
in the subject line.
Three correct entries
will be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from a
hat to determine the fi-
nal winner. The prize can
be claimed at the Public
Affairs office.
No one correctly guessed
the "Identify this" for
Sept. 1. Since it was so
difficult, we may run it
again in a future issue of
the Gulf Defender. Better
luck next time!


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


"Computer skills are the most mar-
ketable because as a client support
administrator, I'm the first defense
for computer problems."

STAFF SGT. JARED AUSTIN
Administrative assistant


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


"Knowledge, experience and per-
sonal skills to handle unique and
challenging situations are the most
marketable skills in my field."

TRACEY ALVEY
Facility security manager


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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COMMENARY


Pivotal time in Air Force calls for new perspective
CAPT. MIKE GARRETT our war fighting skills as Airmen. It's every Airman's from old practices. If the Republic would have lost,
325th Fighter Wing deputy chief of plans responsibility, and it will take each of us to ensure our history would have defined the moment as a setting
As Airmen we will soon, and some have already, feel Air Force's goals are met. sun. At this pivotal time, our Air Force must adjust
the effects of having to do less with less. Why is this? With such a task ahead, I feel it's important to ap- to the transformation at hand.
Take into consideration our aging fleet of aircraft, ply an old vision to today's challenge. In the face of Our commanders are going to need our help. Each
which need to be replaced and debt from the current adversity the words of one of our founding fathers, Airman today has inherited the task of doing less
war, which is soon expected to exceed an estimated Benjamin Franklin, captures it best. During the Con- with less to ensure mission accomplishment and the
$320 billion. These issues, among others, are driving stitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin future success of our Air Force. Do your part. Take
our Air Force to make serious adjustments through was waiting to sign a document that would hold the a look around your work centers and make note of
programs such as Force Shaping and Program Budget fate and destiny of our nation. During the convention, programs and processes that can be done better. Make
Decision 720. By design, these programs will realign his eyes fell upon a carving on the back of George suggestions for improvement through the chain of
and cut our force structure by 40,000 people over the Washington's chair, a carving ofahalfsun. He stared command and "take the football and run with it."
next 15 months. We will all be affected directly or thoughtfully at it for a moment, and then proclaimed Propose solutions to problems, not complaints to
indirectly because it's a part of our lives now and will words that would be remembered forever, problems, and expect to have greater responsibility
be for several years to come. havee oftenlookedatthatpicturebehindthepresident regardless of your rank. These are just a few things
With challenges of modernizing the aircraft fleet without being able to tell whether it was a rising sun or we can all do to contribute.
and maintaining the best trained Airmen in the world setting sun. Now at length, I have the happiness to know Through each of our efforts and team work, we
on a limited budget, we also have the daunting task of that it is indeed a rising, not a setting sun," he said. will ensure that the Air Force will continue to be a
ensuring mission accomplishment. Simply, we cannot What do you think Benjamin Franklin meant and strategic player in our national defense. Tyndall's
continue to operate with the old practices and organi- how does it relate to us now? At a pivotal time of mission of guaranteeing air dominance will remain
national structures that we have in the past. We must change in our history, he knew that we had to sepa- the forefront of supporting the Combat Air Forces,
do it better, smarter and more efficiently without losing rate from the comfortable "norm," and break away and America will always claim victory.


Details make difference, set us apart from others


MAJ. KEVIN WALKER
736th Security Forces Squadron commander
ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE,
Guam Undoubtedly, at some time in
our life we have all been told, "Don't
sweat the small stuff."
But instead, I would argue to say,
"Sweat the small stuff." It's the small
stuff that is going to set you apart. More
on that in a minute.
We all rose our right hand and vol-
unteered to become part of this great
Air Force for various reasons.
Some may have entered to serve
the country, some to pay for college
and some may have entered out of

Action Line
Call 283-2255


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


a sense of patriotism following
Sept. 11, 2001.
No matter what our reasons, the
overwhelming majority of today's
Airmen care a great deal about the Air
Force and are passionate about their
job and career field. With that passion
comes the drive to excel and the pride
that is felt from ajob well done.
But for some reason, many people
don't let that passion or pride drive them
all the way through their objective.
Many people have their eyes set on
large targets, but end up missing the small
ones. While large targets are important,
it's the small ones that can add up.


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


"Sweat the small stuff, and the small
stuff will set you apart."
MAJ. KEVIN WALKER
736th Secunty Forces Squadron commander


I had a commander once tell me the
difference between a good unit and a
great unit is the attention to detail. He
couldn't have been more right.
Think of it like this. You have moved
to a new assignment. Upon your ar-
rival, you may have had someone meet
you at the airport. They may have had


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


a vehicle waiting for you, and they
may have even driven you to your
hotel or on-base lodging.
While there is nothing wrong with
that welcome, some attention to the
small details would really have made
an impact.
Suppose that same sponsor met
you at the airport with a welcome
package, knew not only your name, but
the name of your family members and
pets, took you to pick up your rental car,
gave you a quick tour of the surrounding
area, drove you to your room, and even

SEE DETAILS 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.


Sept. 8, 2006






Page 4 Gulf Defender


* FROM DETAILS PAGE 3
had some kind of food and drinks waiting
for you in your room.
Those are the little details that delin-
eate a good sponsor program with a great
sponsor program. Just those little details
tell a newly arrived Airman that the unit
they are now assigned to is squared away
and ready for them.
One more example could be your
unit's physical training program.
Suppose your unit's physical train-
ing program is conducted on Monday,
Wednesday and Friday. Stretching is
left up to each individual, the run can be
however far or fast you would like and
then after the run, everyone gets back
together for cool-down stretches.
Now consider that same program
where the unit fell into formation for
stretches, everyone was in the Air Force
PT uniform, everyone participated in
calisthenics, an organized run was con-
ducted for a known distance or pace,
everyone conducted cool-down stretches
together and then "pass-ons" and orders
of the day were issued.
While they are both effective PT
programs, those little details easily set
apart the good PT program from the
great PT program. As good programs


turn into great programs, the standard
will be set.
The next thing you know, the squad-
ron on a whole has transformed from a
good squadron to a great squadron.
To put this all in perspective, small
things not only can set a good unit
apart from a great unit, they can save
lives.
The attention to detail that comes
with "sweating the small stuff' will
help maintainers ensure all the tools
are properly secured before the aircraft
engines turn, they will help engineers
ensure the electrical box is locked out
before wires are cut, they will help
trainers ensure the latest information is
taught to teams deploying down range.
The list can go on and on.
Practicing, demanding and enforc-
ing attention to detail does not mean
you are obsessive-compulsive; it
means you care about your job and
your Airmen. It means you have the
passion and pride not only to do what
is right, but to go that extra mile and
make sure your task, unit, wing and
Air Force are as squared away as they
can possibly be.
Sweat the small stuff, and the small
stuff will set you apart.


AETC kicks off CFC


GEN. BILL LOONEY
AETC commander
Each year the Combined Federal
Campaign gives us the opportunity
to give much needed support back
to our local communities. Last year
we did a fantastic job of meeting or
exceeding all our set goals. Your
contributions to CFC made an in-
credible difference in the lives of
those less fortunate than ourselves.
As this year's drive begins, I en-
courage you to support the organi-
zations of your choice.
As you know, CFC is impor-


tant to our communities and our
Air Force. CFC is one way of
showing how much we appreciate
our community neighbors, and an
opportunity to give back to those
who support us through thick and
thin. I encourage you to join me
in making this year's CFC our best
effort yet.
Thank you for all you do to
make AETC a "command of
choice," and for the important
role you play in developing
America's Airmen today ... for
tomorrow.


Sept. 8, 2006






Gulf Defender Page 5


Tyndall prepares for CFC 2006


RANDOLPH AIR FORCE
BASE, Texas The 2006 to 2007
Combined Federal Campaign
runs Sept. 1 through Dec. 15 for
both continental United States
and overseas bases.
Tyndall's CFC campaign
starts Tuesday followed
by a Kickoff Breakfast,
which is scheduled for
7 a.m. Wednesday at the
Officers' Club for all com-
manders, key workers, first
sergeants and chiefs. The
campaign will end Oct. 24.
Last year, federal employ-
ees and servicemembers donated
a record setting $268 million to
the CFC. Contributions can be in
cash, check or by payroll deduc-
tion.
"There are numerous local and
national agencies that need our
help," said Senior Master Sgt.
Billy Simmons, Tyndall's CFC


project officer. "The minimum
contribution is $2 per month."
Military and civilian person-
nel who are deployed or will be
deployed during the campaign
will participate in the overseas


CFC at their deployed location
where they will have access to the
same national and international
charities.
Those people who wish to do-
nate to local charities may donate
to charities at the deployed loca-
tion. Ifmarried, they may obtain a
spousal CFC power of attorney to


complete local contribution forms
at their home base.
The CFC was established in 1961
and is the largest workplace charity
campaign in the country. This an-
nual fall fund-raising drive allows
nearly four million federal
employees and military per-
sonnel to contribute to thou-
sands of local and national
nonprofit organizations.
On average, one in four
federal employees or their
dependents will benefit
from the CFC charities this
year, according to CFC
officials.
Donors may designate which
charities receive their money by
filling out a pledge card.
The CFC Web site is at www.
opm.gov/cfc.
For more information, contact
your unit representative or Ser-
geant Simmons at 283-8044.


Sept. 8, 2006






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FROM FLEMING PAGE 1
During the Vietnam War era, he
flew the A-i Skyraider with the
Vietnamese after being transferred
to the Republic of Vietnam as ad-
viser to the Deputy Chief of Staff,
Operations, Vietnamese Air Force,
at Tan Son Nhut Airfield in January
1968. It was at this assignment he
met General Peterson.
"We all worked together; he told
us what to do and we did it," said
General Peterson, who remembers
his friend as someone who was
serious about work but also had a
humorous side.
Their careers crossed a second
time at Tyndall before owning post-
retirement homes down the road
from each other in Panama City.
General Peterson remembered
assuming command from General
Fleming in 1973 at the Air Defense
Weapons Center, Aerospace De-
fense Command here. There were 96
aircraft on Tyndall's runway includ-


ing F-106s, T-33s, a few air rescue
helicopters and additional aircraft
here for air-combat and live-fire
training. General Fleming left the
busy airfield here to command the
24th North American Air Defense
Command Region and the 24th Air
Division at Malmstrom Air Force
Base, Mont. from February 1973
until June 1974.
His last assignment was chief of
staff, U.S. Southern Command with
headquarters at Quarry Heights,
Canal Zone in 1974.
"He was a good friend, a great
Soldier and Airman who flew 7,000
flying hours with only one acci-
dent," said General Peterson.
General Fleming's military deco-
rations and awards include the
Legion of Merit with two oak
leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying
Cross, Meritorious Service Medal,
Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters,
Air Force Commendation Medal
with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished


Unit Citation Emblem, and the Air
Force Outstanding Unit Award Rib-
bon with oak leaf cluster.
"He was honest and straight for-
ward. He was a loving husband
and father," said General Peterson.
"We'd both call each other daily at
6 a.m. We never started out together
but we ended up together (in life)."
General Fleming was born in
1922, in Green Bay, Wis., where he
graduated from high school in 1941.
He then attended St. Norbert's Col-
lege, West DePere, Wis. He enlisted
in the U.S. Army Air Corps in No-
vember 1942 and began his active
military career in January 1943 as
an aviation cadet.
He was commissioned as a second
lieutenant and received his pilot
wings in Jackson, Miss., in March
1944, and then attended P-40 pilot
training.
Services for General Fleming
were held Wednesday, and a memo-
rial mass was held at St. Dominic's


Catholic Church.
"General Fleming was an out-
standing member of our faith com-
munity," said Father Peter Zalewski,
pastor of St. Dominic Catholic
Church in Panama City where Gen-
eral Fleming was a member. "He
was quite active in helping others
and was a great example to other
retirees.
"He was an exemplary model of
using the talent, skills and abilities
he developed in military service to
continue to serve the community
around him after active duty," said
Father Zalewski.


TYNDALL AFB






HOME OF
AIR DOMINANCE


Sept. 8, 2006






Gulf Defender Page 7


Congratulations to Tyndall's
NCO Academy graduates
(Thefollowing technical sergeants graduated Aug. 31.)
Richard Anderson 325th MXG


Albert Badstein
Jeffrey Carstens
John Clowe
Brian Crouse
Danita Del Toro
Robert Nichols
Dennis Price, Jr.
Eric Rinke
Christopher Short
Daniel Slater
James Williams


43rd AMU
325th MXG
325th SFS
16th EWS
AFNORTHA2
325th AMXS
325th CES
313rd TRS
325th AMXS
325th FW
325th AMXS


John L. Levitow Award Jeremy Unterseher


325th CES


Distinguished Graduates Mark Isaacs 372rd TRS/Det. 4
Michael Ratliff 325th AMXS


Congratulations to Tyndall's

Airman Leadership School graduates
(Thefollowing senior airmen graduated Aug. 29.)


Jessica Brown
Thomas Burkhart
Darius Cook
Donald Ellis
William Foreman
Noah Klapprodt
Philip Morris
Ronald Striggles
Jimmy Welch
Corey Dantzler
Jessica Dennard
Aaron Gable
Nathaniel Hensley
Dana McDermott
Rhygin Ramsdell
Kevin Stafford
Terry Todd
Michael Trysnicky
Jason Turner
Justin Usera
Steven Wilkerson

Leadership Award
Daniel Bautista


325th OSS
325th MXS
325th MSS
325th MXS
325th AMXS
325th CS
325th CES
53rd TSS
325th CES
325th SFS
83rd FWS
28th TES/Det. 2
325th AMXS
325th AMXS
325th AMXS
325th MSS
325th AMXS
325th OSS
325th MXS
325th OSS
325th CS


325th AMXS


John L. Levitow Award
Aaron Ward 81st RCS


OPSEC -
When in doubt,talk itoutwith your security
manager.


Sept. 8, 2006






Page 8 Gulf Defender


AF adds enlisted assignment

preference to virtual MPF


RANDOLPH AIR FORCE
BASE, Texas Enlisted Airmen
are now able to change their assign-
ment preferences online through the
virtual Military Personnel Flight, as
the Air Force continues Personnel
Services Delivery Transformation.
Enlisted Airmen are now respon-
sible for updating their own assign-
ment preferences online through
vMPF.
"This automation streamlines the
assignment process," said Capt. Jay
Johnson, chief of the future opera-
tions integration branch at the Air
Force Personnel Center. "Airmen
will no longer have to visit their
CSS or MPF to update assignment
preferences; they'll be able to do
it from their computer at work or
home."
Airmen wanting to make updates
to the assignment preferences will
be directed to instructions found
in the "Self Service Actions" sec-
tion of the vMPF.


"Each Airman will be responsible
for updating their choices to reflect
current desires, and they will need
to view the Enlisted Quarterly As-
signments Listings frequently to stay
current on available assignments,"
said Captain Johnson.
For more information on this new
initiative, contact the Air Force Con-
tact Center at 1-800-616-3775.


FOD Preventer of the Month


Staff Sgt. Cody Williams, 43rd Aircraft
Maintenance Unit crew chief, inspects the
nain landing gear well of an F-22 Raptor.
Sergeant Williams was named the July
OD Preventer of the Month for eliminat-
na several hazards on the flichtline.


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Tech. Sgt. Tina Crews


ISt LI Amanaa t-errell
Sergeant Crews receives the Checkertail Salute War-
rior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters,
325th Fighter Wing commander.
Sergeant Crews assists attorneys by gathering evidence, in-
terviewing witnesses and preparing case notes. Her efforts have
led to the conviction of criminals including DUI offenders. She
also managed Tyndall's tax center, saving military members and
retirees more than $166,000 in tax preparation fees.


Duty title: NCO in charge of civil law
Time on station: Nine months
Time in service: Sixteen years, 10
months
Hometown: Detroit
Hobbies: Fishing, swimming, sewing
and dancing
Goals: To make master sergeant and
get a master's degree in criminal justice
Favorite movie: "The Matrix"
Favorite book: "Black Hawk Down, A
Story of Modern War" by Mark Bowden
Pet Peeves: People who do not com-
plete computer based training for de-
ployments.
Proudest moment in the military:
Receiving this award
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive a
certificate, letter from the commander and a one-
day pass.


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The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
Airman Claribel Najera-
Torres, 325th Services
Squadron food services
technician.


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Sept. 8, 2006


Trainin Spotlight


SGulf Defender Page 9



Airfield managers compare, integrate, learn


What was the best part
of Airman Leadership
School?

SMNeeting the first Chief
Master Sgt. of the Air Force,
Chief Paul Airey, who in-
spired me to become a great
supervisor."

SENIOR AIRMAN
COREY DANTZLER
ALS student


Congratulations to the F-15C
Eagle Basic Course gradu-
ates of Class 06 EBT from
the 1st Fighter Squadron!


1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Military and civilian aircraft operate
in overlapping airspace, making the task
of controlling air traffic the joint respon-
sibility of both Air Force and civilian
controllers.
Airfield operations officer trainees
here are taught the importance of in-
teroperability with civilian controllers
from day one. And before they graduate
the course here and begin supervising air
traffic controllers at operational bases, all
airfield operations officer trainees must
visit a live civilian air control facility
to gain insight on their role in the joint
effort.
"Students from all phases ofthe officer
training program attended a four day base
visit to Warner-Robins AFB, Ga., and
Atlanta," said 2nd Lt. Nicole Backes,
325th Operations Support Squadron
airfield operations officertrainee. '"There
was a two-fold purpose to the trip. The
first was to expose us to other areas of air
traffic control and airfield management
that we may encounter while deployed.
The second was to see civilian air traffic
control facilities in action, and under-
stand how military and civilian opera-
tions integrate."
Six students, accompanied by one
instructor, arrived first at Warner-Robins
AFB, Ga., for a lesson in deployed air
traffic control operations.
"Touring mobile air traffic control
equipment gave insight on expedition-
ary operations, and what a typical day is
like for airfield operations officers when


deployed," said
2nd Lt. Charles
Jesse, 325th OSS
airfield operations
officer.
"A typical day
for airfield op-
erations officers
when deployed
involves decon-
flicting airspace
and resolving air-
field issues while
maintaining the
highest level of
safety possible," Lieutenant Jessi
said Lieutenant dar Approach C<
Backes.
Operating in deployed locations puts
airfield operations officers wherever
runways are built, which is often in aus-
tere locations with little time to establish
working facilities.
"The insight I gained from the airfield
managers atWamer-RobinsAFB was how
fastthe Air Force can 'stand up'mobile air
traffic control units for immediate service
in deployed conditions," said Lieutenant
Jesse. "This gives us the ability to control
aircraft anywhere on the globe within one
and a half hours of stand up."
"I also learned just how involved our
role as airfield operations officers will be
while deployed, and how our expertise
is used on a regular basis by multiple
agencies both at home and in deployed
locations," he said.
The students were briefed on mobile
Radar Approach Control systems and


1st Lt Amanda Ferrell
e monitors live air traffic in the Ra-
ontrol center here.
mobile tower units, which bring naviga-
tion devices and other needed air control
systems to isolated locations.
After touring Warner-Robins AFB,
Ga., and becoming acquainted with
Combat Communications facilities, the
trainees traveled to Atlanta to witness
their civilian counterparts in action.
"Our first stop in Atlanta was to the
Terminal Radar Approach Control Cen-
ter," said Lieutenant Backes. "The center
controls air traffic into Atlanta, Macon,
and Columbus, Ga., and they communi-
cate with military aircraft when our pilots
enter their airspace."
The officer trainees learned that the
challenges encountered on military
airfields are similar to those civilian
controllers see every day.
"The military provides a service to

SEE STUDENTS PAGE 15


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


Generating knowledge

Airman Basic Joshua Dawson,
372nd Training Squadron/De-
tachment 4 mission ready airman
(right), explains how to service
an integrated drive generator to
his instructor and fellow Airmen.
The generator supplies electri-
cal energy to F-15 Eagle aircraft.
Trainees from class 2006069
graduated Thursday, and are now
mission ready F-15 crew chiefs.





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FEATURE


REPRESENTING WITH HONOR


1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Sharp clicks echo each deliberate
step. The first note of "Taps" slowly
creeps from a bagpipe in the distance
and six Airmen, stoically poised,
carry the casket of a fellow comrade
to its final resting place.
Tyndall Honor Guard members
proudly accept the responsibility of
conducting formal military ceremo-
nies, which recognize and continue
the tradition of reverence for fellow
Airmen who have served, and con-
tinue to serve.
"My most memorable experience
in the Honor Guard was a funeral
ceremony my flight and I performed,"
said Airman 1st Class James Mitchell,
81st Range Control Squadron weapons
director technician and Honor Guard
member. "It was just like many of
the other funerals we had performed
together in the past, except the son
of the man we buried was standing
with his family proudly wearing his
military uniform."
"It made the experience so much


more real and humbling," said the
Airman. "I had the personal honor
of giving (the man's son) three shells
from the rounds we fired during his
father's 21-gun-salute. It was a tre-
mendous honor."
The significance of the Honor Guard
is tremendous to the families and pub-
lic audiences they perform for, and
their impact is lasting. The reaction
they receive from their audience is only
one of the benefits being a part of the
organization offers.
Members are offered a ceremonial
uniform, free dry cleaning for the
ceremonial uniform and two duty
uniforms per week, and an Honor
Guard coin presented after they com-
plete training or perform at their first
funeral ceremony.
"Members are also given the
opportunity to travel throughout
Tyndall Honor Guard's area of re-
sponsibility, which covers 11,546
square miles across Florida, Georgia
and Alabama," said Tech. Sgt. Tobin
Winebrenner, 325th Services Squad-
ron Honor Guard flight commander.


1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell
Airman 1st Class Matthew Helton, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron fire-
fighter, is congratulated by the Honor Guard flight commander, Sergeant
Winebrenner, during the graduation ceremony Aug. 18.


The benefits are enticing, but hav-
ing what it takes to be a valuable
member of the team is crucial.
"The Honor Guard is made up of


Chief Master Sgt. Mark Charles, right, 325th Communications Squadron chief enlisted manager, stands in
position as the Honor Guard marches forward carrying a casket during practice. Chief Charles is an honorary
Honor Guard member who will perform during funerals to honor fellow enlisted members.


64 personnel from all units on Tyn-
dall," said Sergeant Winebrenner.
"They are in 20-plus different Air
Force Specialty Codes and 90 percent
of our members are ranks of senior
airman and below."
The demographics of the team are
diverse, but what every Honor Guard
member has in common is clear.
"The Tyndall Honor Guard team


1st Lt. Amand
During funerals, Honor Guard men
fold the American flag using the tradit
triangular fold. The team practices
because each fold must be precise.


has unquestionable integrity, loyalty,
trustworthiness and dependability,"
said the sergeant.
And that's exactly what draws mo-
tivated Airmen to the organization.
"After hearing a lot of positive
comments pertaining to the Honor
Guard and what it does for the com-
munity, I decided to take the time
to volunteer," said Airman Rashaad
Robinson, 325th Security Forces
Squadron patrolman and one of the
newest members of the team. "As an
Honor Guard member, I am aware
of the fact that we are held to a high
standard. Our uniforms should be
crisp, physical training is three times
each week and training is second
nature."
Training
begins with
an initial 6T"


course cov-
ering uni-
form wear,
ceremonial
procedures


Each performance has a specific set of
movements and a definite order, and it's
important to perfect each one, he said.
The Honor Guard provides an
awesome learning experience, and
as with any other high-profile duty,
it requires discipline and patience,
said Airman Mitchell.
Each member has a favorite cer-
emony to perform, and each for a
different reason.
"The most fulfilling and honorable
detail is giving a servicemember their
last honors," said Airman Mitchell.
"I particularly like performing the
retirement ceremony for the simple
fact that it gives me a chance to give
thanks to the men and women who
have served in our military," said Air-


I he Tyndall Honor Guard team has un-
questionable integrity, loyalty, trustworthi-
ness and dependability."

TECH. SGT. TOBIN WINEBRENNER
Tyndall Honor Guard flight commander


and orienta-
tion to the
Honor Guard
schedule and "lifestyle." Senior Honor
Guard members work closely with each
new recruit to prepare them for the
numerous ceremonies and details they
will perform.
"The initial training class is de-
signed to get members familiar with
the most frequent Honor Guard re-
quests," said Sergeant Wine-
brenner. "The class consists
of more than 40 hours of
proficiency training, which is
continued during each Honor
Guard (one month) rotation.
At the beginning of each
rotation, the flight's trainer
will plan training for the
week based on the requests
we receive and the need for
perfecting a particular per-
formance."
The trainees must learn to
perform many detailed move-
ments, becoming proficient in
a variety of ceremonies.
"During our initial train-
ing, we focused on funer-
a Ferrell als, retirement ceremonies,
ibers indoor colors, outdoor col-
:ional ors, and change of command
en ceremonies," said Airman
Robinson.


man Robinson.
Members can
volunteer or be
appointed by
their squadron
for Honor Guard
duty.
"The typical
contract is for
13 months,"


said Sergeant
Winebrenner. "The first month is a
training class, followed by 12 month-
ly rotations of performing details."
Whether members are appointed or
volunteer, it doesn't -
take long for a strong ,
sense of pride and ca-
maraderie to set in.
"I am an Honor --
Guard volunteer,"
said Airman Mitch-
ell. "I believe being
on the Honor Guard
is a very unique and
distinguished position
that affords me many
opportunities."
The team gathers
for group social events
and many are close
friends. The joy of be-
ing a part of the Honor
Guard clearly tran-
scends the experience
of performing formal
ceremonial details.
"I enjoy the fact that
I am giving back to the
community and meet-
ing new people," said Col. Scott D
Airman Robinson. are present
ball tournar


1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell
Airman 1 st Class Michael Ward, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics
technician and Honor Guard member, stands to recognize the graduates.

i .[ I I I


Chrissy Cuttita
avis, 325th Fighter Wing vice commander, salutes the flag as the colors
ed during the opening ceremonies of a military world championship soft-
lent in August at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach.


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Sept. 8, 2006


Guuz Guiw:


Personnel records go online
Air Force bases are beginning a
two-year project to eliminate hard-
copy Unit Personnel Record Groups
from their respective military person-
nel flights. TyndallAFB is scheduled
to ship hardcopy UPRGs to the Air
Force Personnel Center Nov. 6.
All records will be electronically
scanned and available for viewing in
the Automated Records Management
System by Nov. 22. At that time, Air-
men will have access to their own
records by logging on to ARMS at the
AFPC Secure Website. For more infor-
mation, call military personnel flight
customer service at 283-2276.

POW/MIA Recognition Day
At 3 p.m. Thursday, the National
Prisoners of War/Missing in Action
Recognition Day Ceremony will
start with a 24-hour vigil run at
Flag Park.
To sign up, contact your first ser-
geant. For more information, contact
Senior Airman Theresa Edmiston at
283-1098.

POW/MIA luncheon
The POW/MIA luncheon will be
at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at the En-
listed Club. The cost is $14 for club
members and $16 for non-members.
The price includes a commemorative
coin. Contact your first sergeant for
more information.

Heart Link
A Heart Link meeting is scheduled
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 the services avail-
able for Air Force spouses. For more
information or to make reservations,
contact the Airman and Family Readi-
ness Center at 283-4205.

Best Beginnings Class
The Airman and Family Readiness
Center will host the Best Beginnings
Class from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15 in
Bldg. 743. Infant and Child CPR will
be offered afterward. When calling,
request 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.

Smooth Move Workshop
A workshop designed to ease the
transition to your next duty station
is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon
Wednesday at the Airman and Family
Readiness Center. Representatives
from finance, Tricare, legal and other
base agencies will be available to
offer their services. For more infor-
mation or to make reservations, call
283-4204.

Troy University
Registration for Troy University Term
2 runs Monday through Oct. 6. Classes
start Oct. 9 and end Dec. 17. Students
may register with an advisor at any Troy
University location or online by accessing
Trojan WebExpress at www.troy.edu.
Degree programs, course listings and
an admission application can be found
online at fwr.troy.edu. For more informa-
tion, call 283-4449.


Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop has returned to
regular operating hours of 9:30 a.m.
to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday Friday.
Consignments are accepted from I.D.
card holders from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursdays. The thrift
shop will be open from 9 a.m. to noon
Saturday. For more information, call
286-5888.

Fee for intramural sports
The 325th Services Squadron
will no longer receive appropriated
funds for intramural sports programs
here starting Oct. 1. Members will
soon pay a fee to participate in the
intramural program. For more in-
formation, call the Fitness Center
at 283-2631.

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


Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday,
Chapel Two
Reconciliation, before Saturday
Mass or by appointment
Saturday Mass, 5 p.m.,
Chapel Two
Sunday Mass, 9:30 a.m.,
Chapel Two
Religious Education, 11 a.m.,
Bldg. 1476
Protestant services
Traditional worship service,
9:30 a.m., Chapel One
Contemporary worship
service, 11 a.m., Chapel Two
Wednesday Fellowship,
5 p.m., Chapel Two
(For more information on other
services in the local area, call the
Chaplain's office at 283-2925.)


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Lots o' deals
Capt. Dave Van Pelt, 325th Air Control Squadron intelligence officer, shops for items in the "bulk"
aisle at the Commissary. The Commissary will have a case lot sale Sept. 15-17. Case lot sales offer
shoppers the chance to buy bulk quantities of their favorite products at savings of up to 50 percent
or more. For more information, call 283-4825 or go to www.commissaries.com.






Sept. 8, 2006


Gulf Defender


Opening week is here bring it on


PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATOR
From the city on the Sound

It's here, it's here!
The kickoff for the NFL sea-
son is just like Christmas ... if
Christmas involved 250-pound
men in plastic armor smashing
into each other like runaway
trains. At any rate, my living
room is decorated in my favorite
team's colors, my No. 37 jersey
is laid out and the Monday Night
Football theme song echoes
throughout the house.
As of press time, I still don't
know who won the opening
Pittsburgh vs. Miami game, but
that's alright. The games that
matter won't be played until
Sunday.
I'm keeping an eye on the Jets
vs. Titans game. Rookie Brad
Smith, drafted by New York to
play wide receiver, also stepped
in as quarterback and running
back in their preseason win over


Philadelphia. Talk about versatil-
ity. If Tennessee wants to win,
the team will have to clear up
their quarterback situation. Billy
Volek, Kerry Collins or Vince
Young who's going to start on
Sunday?
I checked around with some
of Tyndall's pickers to see which
games they would be watching
during the opening week. Seth
Foulkes, 325th CES picker, said
he wants to see the Colts vs. Gi-
ants game. I can agree with him
there. A Peyton Manning vs. Eli
Manning match-up will be fun
to watch.
However, Foulkes said he
is also looking forward to the
Steelers vs. Dolphins game. Ap-
parently he is from Pittsburgh
and has been a Steelers fan his
whole life. This seems to cloud
his prognosticator vision.
"Basically, I pick teams based
on past performance," he said.


"Whether it's from the previ-
ous season or many years back,
records give a lot of insight ...
but the Steelers, regardless of
records, get my pick."
Devon Blackwell, 325th CPTS
picker, is similarly loyal to the
Raiders.
"I grew up in L.A. watching
the Raiders play," Blackwell
said. "I'll never turn my back on
the Raiders!"
While loyalty is admirable
and can win over friends, it's
not going to win the Super Prog
trophy.
But, Blackwell is adamant
that CPTS will bring home the
coveted "Golden Football."
"We'll win by using our supe-
rior brain power," he said.
I hope that isn't the same "brain
power" you used to pick Cincin-
nati to go to Super Bowl XLI.
Now, let's get out there and
watch some football!


Intramural Sports Standings


F


Team
SFS
COMM
MXS
AMXS
OSS
CES
83 FWS


Team
372nd TRS
CES
AFNORTH 1
MXS 1
AFCESA
COMM 1
MSS
53rd WEG
SFS
83rd FWS


Point
78
77.5
71.5
70.5
69
68.5
66.5
61.5
54.5
52.5


Team W
AMXS 4 22
Test 20
Phase 1 20
AMXS 1 18
AMMO 18
CES 16
ACS 2 16
MSS 14
SVS 14
AFCESA 1 14
RED HORSE 14
AFNORTH 3 14
MOS 14
372nd TRS 14
AFCESA2 12

Team High Game Scra
Team High Series Scra
Team High Game Han
Team High Series Han
High Male Game Scral
High Male Series Scra
High Male Game Hand
High Male Series Han
High Female Game Sc
High Female Series S
High Female Game Ha
High Female Series H.


tor's


itch
itch
dicap
dicap
tch
tch
licap
dicap
scratch
scratch
handicap
handicap


lag Football
L Team
0 MDG
0 ACS
1 SVS
1 601st 1
1 53rd WEG
2 372 TRS
2

Golf
s Team F
MOS 1
RHS 5
TEST 4
OSS 3
MDG 3
SVS 3
ACS 2
601 2 2
CONS 1
MXS2 1

Bowling
L Team
2 CONS
4 CS2
4 ISRD
6 ACS 1
6 SFS
8 AMXS 2
8 DS2
10 AFNORTH 1
10 83 FWS 2
10 43rd AMU
10 Phase 2
10 83 FWS 1
10 325 MDG
10 CS 1
12 Bye


83rd FWS 1
AMXS 1
AMXS 4
DS2
Jon Tindell
Gary Hite
Chz Veno
Steve Smith
Rachel Petri-Rose
Chong Dodson
Melissa Seguin
Veronica Bailey


L
12
12
14
14
14
16
16
16
16
16
16
18
18
20
24

958
2623
1134
3340
274
718
263
700
175
512
232
655


Positions open
at Fitness Center

The Tyndall Fitness Center is hiring
aerobics instruc-
tors and sport-
ing officials. Ap-
plicants must be
military or civilian
employees from
Tyndall, or mili-
tary dependents.
For more infor-
mation, contact
the Fitness Center at 283-2631.


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2
0
8
8
5
2.5
6
2
3.5
0


Airman Glenn Moore






Page 14 Gulf Defender


Exchange program brings worlds, missions together


CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
There's no better way to
know your allies than to don
their uniform and embed your-
self into the equivalent of your
job intheir country. That's what
seems to work for the 325th Air
Control Squadron here, who
continues to strengthen their
mission by utilizing the Air
Force Military Personnel Ex-
change Program.
While a foreign officer be-
came a member of Tyndall's
team, an Airman works on a
Japanese air base.
Japanese Air Self Defense
Force Capt. Kazunobu Akutsu
is halfway through his two-year
assignment here as a simulator
instructor at the 325th ACS.
The exchange officer takes his
work and the Air Force mission
very seriously.


"Of course, I can't deny I'm
homesick, but this is my duty
and I can overcome it," he said.
"It's good for the students to
have me here with them (every
work day). I have a stronger
responsibility now."
While Captain Akutsu is
here, Air Force Maj. Charles
Grahn has been instructing
weapons controller students
at the 5th Technical School in
Komaki, Japan, as part of the
exchange program since Octo-
ber 2004. The major, a gradu-
ate of the 325th ACS air battle
manager course, was accepted
for the exchange program
which led to the assignment
in Japan.
"The exchange program
helps the Air Force mission
because it increases both of
the countries' understanding
and ability to work with each


other," said Major Grahn, who
volunteered for the professional
challenge and the chance to
learn the Japanese language.
"The most rewarding part of
this assignment for me profes-
sionally is seeing the JASDF
going to bilateral and intera-
tional exercises and using the
skills I have taught."
According to Air Force In-
ternational Affairs, this is the
opportunity the exchange pro-
gram is designed to offer. By
embedding U.S. military per-
sonnel into foreign air forces,
they help Airmen gain valu-
able understanding of how
our international and coalition
partners operate.
"Fifty years ago, who could
have possibly imagined the in-
credibly tight military alliance
that has formed between Japan
and the U.S.," said Norm Her-


rin, 325th ACS instructional
systems specialist who has
sponsored numerous JASDF
exchange officers over the


past decade. "To me, that
friendship is the biggest ben-

SEE EXCHANGE PAGE 18


Chrissy Cuttita
Captain Akutsu instructs 2nd Lt. Brad Dvorak, 325th
Air Control Squadron air battle manager student, on
a simulator here.


Course prepares acting first sergeants for demanding task


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The duty position of first sergeant has
many stressors of its own, but what about
those who fill in for the first sergeant
when he's out of the office?
In addition to their current job, acting


first sergeants have all of the responsibili-
ties of a first sergeant, without the official
first sergeant training.
That is why the Acting First Sergeant
Certification Course here, a three-day
training program for those taking on this
responsibility, was created.


Chrissy Cuttita
Master Sgts Dennis Robison and Elisabeth Reid role play a domes-
tic violence scenario as their peers evaluate conflict resolution tech-
niques taught in the Acting First Sergeant Certification course.


"The course does not replace the
First Sergeant Academy," said Master
Sgt. John Ross, 325th Communications
Squadron first sergeant. "It helps the
senior NCOs and selects serve as a first
sergeant when needed."
The certification course is for senior
noncommissioned officers and senior
NCO selects recommended by their first
sergeants for acting first sergeant duties.
It also provides training to NCOs acting
as first sergeants in units that are too small
to have one assigned.
"The course was set up by the first
sergeants council and is adapted to meet
the current needs of the wing," said Ser-
geant Ross.
The course is taught here quarterly by
Tyndall's first sergeants and base agen-
cies, such as Life Skills and Security
Forces. Approximately, 80 NCOs are
trained per year here.
Some of the topics covered in the
three days are personnel issues, financial
responsibilities, unfavorable information
files and first sergeant response actions.
The class members are also provided
the opportunity to ask questions to a
commanders' panel and first sergeants'
panel. The last day ofthe course provides
them a chance to put their new found


knowledge to the test with a role play
scenario.
However, knowledge is not the only
thing the acting first sergeants take away
from the course. The acting first sergeants
receive a first sergeants guide with a list
of contacts for base agencies and first
sergeants, a Uniform Code of Military
Justice guide, a copy of the course slides
and handouts from base agencies.
These guides can prove very valuable
to them while performing first sergeant
duties.
"The course sets them up for success,"
said Sergeant Ross. "We provide a net-
work of support for them. This network
is critical to their success."
"The slides were a good reference,"
said Senior Master Sgt. Wil Black, 325th
CS support flight chief, who has been an
acting first sergeant on numerous occa-
sions. "However, the biggest help was
the contacts. I knew where to go when I
needed help."
"We are all here to help each other,"
said Sergeant Ross.
Sergeant Ross also said the duties of a
first sergeant or active first sergeant can
be very rewarding.
"If I am helping someone, it's a great
thing," he said.


Sept. 8, 2006






Sept. 8, 2006
FROM STUDENTS PAGE 9
its customers, who are pilots, just as the civil-
ian sector does. We operate under the same
federal jurisdictions with the main differences
being the volume of aircraft we control," said
Lieutenant Jesse.
Students were able to better understand their
civilian counterparts' duty as air traffic control-
lers and airfield managers after visiting the
facilities and speaking with the professionals
themselves.
"Visiting the Atlanta (air traffic control fa-
cilities) gave great insight into the interactions
between military and civilian control centers,
as well as offered a view of the Federal Avia-
tion Administration's equipment and control
methods," said 2nd Lt. Nathan Coyle, 325th
OSS airfield operations officer trainee. "Mili-
tary air traffic control members are in constant
communication and interaction with civilian
controllers. We work together to safely and ex-
peditiously move civilian and military aircraft
to their destinations."
Lieutenant Coyle said that the opportunity
helped him realize "the significant influence
members of our career field may have on the
National Airspace System, specifically those
working as Air Force representatives to the
FAA."
The trainees broadened their knowledge of air
traffic control, and gained new perspective.
"I have a whole new level of respect for what
our civilian counterparts do on a daily basis," said
Lieutenant Jesse.


Gulf Defender


Second Lt. Eric Cagurangan


Lieutenant Cagurangan recieves the Associate
Spotlight from Lt. Col. Collin Smith, 28th Test
Squadron/Detachment 2 commander.

Lieutenant Cagurangan executed 24 F-16 ground test
missions, saving the Air Force $609,000 and 71 aircraft
sorties. He also added valuable electronic attack threat in-
formation to the Air Force Weapons School course syllabus.
He also volunteered more than 40 hours in the community
with Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army.


Duty title: F-16 flight test engineer
Time on Station: Eleven months
Time in Service: Eleven months
Hometown: Atwater, Calif.
Hobbies: Tennis, reading and run-
ning
Favorite book: "Dune" by Frank Her-
bert
Favorite movie: "The Matrix"
Favorite thing about Tyndall: The
solidarity of those in my unit.
Pet Peeve: Local traffic
Proudest moment in the military:
Earning a commission and becoming
an Air Force officer.


The Associate Spotlight is a 325th Fighter
Wing commander program designed to rec-
ognize a Warrior from one of Tyndall's tenant
units. Supervisors can nominate individuals
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Fuel safety: pay attention at the pump


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
In June, a car burst into flames
destroying 10 other vehicles at
the Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., hos-
pital. What happened? Was it a
bomb?
No, the owner of the vehicle
had two five-gallon containers of
gasoline in the trunk.
"The Ft. Leonard Wood Fire De-
partment suspects the fire most
likely started when an electrical
spark from the tail or brake light
ignited fumes that accumulated
in the hot enclosed trunk," said
Mike Myers, Army and Air Force
Exchange Service health and
safety manager. "It was a miracle
no one was fatally injured."
This incident has sparked AAF-
ES to re-emphasize the safety
precautions everyone should
practice when handling gaso-
line, whether they are storing or
pumping it.
"Most everyone handles, stores
or uses gasoline nearly everyday
without giving thought as to how
dangerous it is," said Ken Jolley,


325th Fighter Wing ground safe-
ty manager and chief of occu-
pational safety. "Gasoline can
be dangerous if it's not treated
with respect."
The American Petroleum In-
stitute recommends the follow-
ing precautions for storing and
transporting gasoline:
* Store gas at room temperature
and away from potential heat
sources such as the sun.
* Handle gasoline outdoors, or
in ventilated areas.
Mr. Myers also recommends
keeping gasoline containers
tightly closed and not storing
them in a vehicle's trunk for a
prolonged period of time.
"Gasoline and other fuels are
extremely dangerous and we
must exercise great care when
using, transporting or storing
them," he said.
Another hazard at the pump is
static electricity.
* Turn off any auxiliary sources
of ignition such as cell phones.
* Do not smoke, light matches
or lighters at the pump or when


handling gasoline.
* When dispensing gasoline into
a container, use only approved
portable containers. Place them
on the ground to avoid a possi-
ble static electricity ignition of
fuel vapors. Never fill contain-
ers inside a vehicle or its trunk,
the bed of a pickup truck or the
floor of a trailer.
* When filling a portable con-
tainer, manually control the
nozzle valve throughout the
filling process.
* Fill a container no more than
95 percent full to allow for ex-
pansion.
Many efforts are made at the
269 AAFES gas stations world-
wide to provide gas to custom-
ers in a safe manner. It is up to
the approximate 11.6 million
customers to treat gasoline
with respect and heed all warn-
ings posted at the pump.
"Gasoline and respect, we all need
to have both," said Mr. Jolley.

(Information from an AAFES news
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* FROM EXCHANGE PAGE 14
efit for the young people in uniform on
both sides of the globe."
The squadron here is not an unfamiliar
place for the weapons controller born
in Tokyo. Captain Akutsu spent a few
weeks with the 325th ACS as an inter-
national student studying here in 2003.
In fact, his squadron commander at his
military station, Naha, was an instruc-
tor here in 1993 and recommended the
captain take the exchange instructor posi-
tion because of his knowledge in tactical
interception.
Captain Akutsu's squadron in Japan
has experience working with Americans.
His squadron works side-by-side with
Airmen at Kadena Air Base on a daily
basis, and they have participated in exer-
cises like Cope Thunder together.
While Major Grahn went to Kichijoji
Language School, near Tokyo, to learn
Japanese before starting his job in Japan,
CaptainAkutsu "hit the ground running"
as soon as he arrived here.
The Japanese officer learned English
in school and through work, but language
is still a challenge for the officer with
seven years of military experience. Luck-
ily, ABMs and command and control


center personnel have their own operat-
ing language called "brevity words."
Captain Akutsu can attest that the
words ABM students here struggle to
memorize are valuable during daily air
operations.
Similar to American ABMs, JASDF
weapons controllers are the "eyes" in the
sky over their country.
He has handled the real-world task of
scrambling to determine who the "dot"
is on the radar screen, which is a task
he simulates for ABM students here on
their scopes.
At his home base, he's also had to
coordinate information with control
centers at Kadena AB to determine
if aircraft over southwest Japan were
friendly or foe.
"We use English (in Japan) because it
is easy to convey in a short time," said
Captain Akutsu.
ABM classes 06011 and 06015 have
already recognized their Japanese ally
as one of the best simulator instructors
here.
Though from different countries,
Captain Akutsu's students have similar
professional backgrounds.


The captain entered the National
Defense Academy in Japan and studied
ground, maritime and air defense for four
years. During his second year, he picked
JASDF as his choice of national service.
Upon completion of the six-month of-
ficer candidate school, he was assigned
as a weapons controller.
"It's very important to manage air
campaigns and also the entire flying or-
ganization including maintenance," said
Captain Akutsu. "International work is
difficult. I must accept the culture and it
takes time to acclimate."
He has had to adjust to the more ad-
vanced and sophisticated avionics tech-
nology ofthe U.S.Air Force, and adapt to
the local Panama City culture. However,
his coworkers welcome him as "a brother
in arms," and he enjoys the beaches like
the rest of Tyndall's personnel. He has
visited three other Air Force bases in his
career, and enjoyed touring Washington
D.C. CaptainAkutsu also keeps in touch
with six of his fellow Japanese officers


benefit their military careers.
"My experience working with the
Japanese military would be a great
help if I were to enter into the new
international affairs officer career field
(the former FAO program) or if I got an
assignment where I would be working
with the JASDF or Japanese officials
in the future," said Major Grahn.


(from various professional backgrounds) La
who are serving at otherAir Force bases Courtesy Photo
through the exchange program. Scopes are used by ABM stu-
Both officers believe this program will dents to view air traffic.


Voluntary Assignments

Applications put on hold


Due to the delay in the Program
Budget Decision 720 authorization
reductions, the Air Force has further
delayed the temporary suspension
of the Voluntary Assignment Ap-
plications consideration further
from Aug. 20 until approximately
Sept. 30.
This includes base of prefer-
ence, voluntary stabilized base
assignment program and follow-on/
home-basing, join spouse, CONUS
isolated and permissive assignments
requests.
Airmen may continue to ap-
ply and Military Personnel Fights
will update MilPDS to reflect ap-
plication pending status; however,
consideration of the application
will not occur until after Sept. 30 as
manning projections could change


significantly based on authorization
reductions.
Short notice follow-on/home-bas-
ing requests, oversees returnee with
a report no later than date within 60
days, and first-term Airmen base of
preference requests with a projected
re-enlistment within 60 days will be
worked on a case- by-case basis.
These requests should be sent
via e-mail to the appropriate Air
Force Personnel Center assignment
noncommisioned officer.
Additional information will be
posted on the AFPC assignments
Web page and provided to the Air
Force Contact Center.
For more information, con-
tact Master Sgt. Noel Lorenzo at
283-8368 or e-mail AFPC at afpc.
dpaas3 @randolph.af.mil.


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Sept. 8, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 1 Vol. 65, No. 35 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Sept. 8, 2006 Trust, Teamwork, Training In Brief Inside Tyndall’s newest ALS and NCO Academy grad uates ... PAGE 7 Kickoff week for the NFL and Pig Prog ... PAGE 13 The 325th ACS wel comes exchange students ... PAGE 14 AAFES promotes safe ty at the fuel pump ... PAGE 17 Airman, community ‘voice’ remembered Change of Command The 83rd Fighter Weapons Squadron Change of Command Ceremony is at 3 p.m. today in Hangar 5. Lt. Col. Raymond O’Mara will relinquish command to Lt. Col. Terry Scott. Sept. 11 Memorial Events The memorial run is scheduled for 7:46 a.m. Monday at the Fitness Center. Participants are encouraged to line up at the start with their squad rons or groups. The run will end at Flag Park where a wreath laying ceremony will be held at 9 a.m. All military and civilian personnel and their families are encouraged to attend. For more information, or call the Fitness Center at 283-2631. 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell Tyndall Honor Guard members, Staff Sgts. Joseph Alers and Austin Weeks (far right), stand at attention during a graduation ceremony for 14 newly inducted Honor Guard members Aug. 18. Senior Airman Aquilino AlveoForbes (far left), Honor Guard of graduates to Lt. Col. Cynthia Brown, 325th Services Squadron supervisors and other support ers looked on. For more on the Honor Guard, turn to Page 10. Standing Proud • SEE FLEMING PAGE 6 CHRISSY CUTTITA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Tyndall lost a dear Air Force family member Sat urday with the passing of Maj. Gen. Larry Fleming, 31 years and one day after he retired from the Air Force. He was well known for his active voice on the base and in Bay County, where he lived since shortly after he retired. “He was active, no ques tion about it,” said retired Maj. Gen. Carl Peterson. “He was always looking at what we were doing and how it affects future generations. He’d always do his research and never back off a posi tion.” Though the two friends did not hold official titles downtown, General Peterson called himself and General Fleming “neighborhood ex perts.” On base, the Retirees Ac Fleming. In fact, he was pri marily responsible for setting it up in 1978 and for often monitoring and manning it until just one week ago. “I thought he was a great individual,” said retired Chief Master Sgt. Doyle Wade, RAO volunteer. “He was always looking out for the military.” General Fleming’s first experience at Tyndall was as a student at the Air Tactical School in 1947. While at tending training here, he was assigned as a fighter pilot to the 1st Fighter Group at March Field, Calif. A decorated war veteran, General Fleming served in World War II with the 55th Fighter Group in England, flying the P-51 Mustang and is credited with 197 combat hours in 38 missions. Maj. Gen. Larry Fleming

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Page 2 Gulf Defender Sept. 8, 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. Identify this ... Can you identify this object? If so, send an e-mail to editor@tyndall. af.mil with “Identify this” in the subject line. Three correct entries will be chosen at ran dom and drawn from a hat to determine the fi nal winner. The prize can be claimed at the Public Affairs office. No one correctly guessed the “Identify this” for Sept. 1. Since it was so difficult, we may run it again in a future issue of the Gulf Defender. Better luck next time! ON THE STREET 28th Test Squadron/Detachment 2 focus: What is the most marketable “Leadership skills, diverse engi neering experience and exposure to high levels of responsibility are the most marketable skills.” CAPT. JILL EVENSKI “Computer skills are the most mar ketable because as a client support for computer problems.” STAFF SGT. JARED AUSTIN Administrative assistant “Knowledge, experience and per sonal skills to handle unique and challenging situations are the most TRACEY ALVEY Facility security manager “Research and problem solving are the most marketable skills in engi neering because you have to form a plan to attack problems.” CESAR MATAMORUS IIF-16 lead contract engineer Hearts apart 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell Christina Jones points to where she wants a heart painted on the Airman and Family Readiness Center here. More than 100 Tyndall Airmen, who will be deploying over the next few weeks, gathered with their families at the Enlisted Club Aug. 30 for the “Warrior Farewell” ceremony. The ceremony featured activities for children and information from base agencies to help fami lies prepare for the upcoming deployment.

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Sept. 8, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 3 “S weat the small stuff, and the small stuff will set you apart .” MAJ. KEVIN WALKER 736th Security Forces Squadron commander I had a commander once tell me the difference between a good unit and a great unit is the attention to detail. He couldn’t have been more right. Think of it like this. You have moved to a new assignment. Upon your ar rival, you may have had someone meet you at the airport. They may have had a sense of patriotism following Sept. 11, 2001. No matter what our reasons, the overwhelming majority of today’s Airmen care a great deal about the Air Force and are passionate about their comes the drive to excel and the pride that is felt from a job well done. But for some reason, many people don’t let that passion or pride drive them all the way through their objective. Many people have their eyes set on large targets, but end up missing the small ones. While large targets are important, it’s the small ones that can add up. 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 Pivotal time in Air Force calls for new perspective Details make difference, set us apart from others CAPT. MIKE GARRETT 325th Fighter Wing deputy chief of plans As Airmen we will soon, and some have already, feel the effects of having to do less with less. Why is this? which need to be replaced and debt from the current war, which is soon expected to exceed an estimated $320 billion. These issues, among others, are driving our Air Force to make serious adjustments through programs such as Force Shaping and Program Budget Decision 720. By design, these programs will realign and cut our force structure by 40,000 people over the next 15 months. We will all be affected directly or indirectly because it’s a part of our lives now and will be for several years to come. and maintaining the best trained Airmen in the world on a limited budget, we also have the daunting task of ensuring mission accomplishment. Simply, we cannot continue to operate with the old practices and organi zational structures that we have in the past. We must responsibility, and it will take each of us to ensure our Air Force’s goals are met. With such a task ahead, I feel it’s important to ap ply an old vision to today’s challenge. In the face of adversity the words of one of our founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin, captures it best. During the Con stitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was waiting to sign a document that would hold the fate and destiny of our nation. During the convention, his eyes fell upon a carving on the back of George Washington’s chair, a carving of a half sun. He stared thoughtfully at it for a moment, and then proclaimed words that would be remembered forever. “I have often looked at that picture behind the president without being able to tell whether it was a rising sun or setting sun. Now at length, I have the happiness to know that it is indeed a rising, not a setting sun,” he said. What do you think Benjamin Franklin meant and how does it relate to us now? At a pivotal time of change in our history, he knew that we had to sepa rate from the comfortable “norm,” and break away from old practices. If the Republic would have lost, sun. At this pivotal time, our Air Force must adjust to the transformation at hand. Our commanders are going to need our help. Each Airman today has inherited the task of doing less with less to ensure mission accomplishment and the future success of our Air Force. Do your part. Take a look around your work centers and make note of programs and processes that can be done better. Make suggestions for improvement through the chain of command and “take the football and run with it.” Propose solutions to problems, not complaints to problems, and expect to have greater responsibility regardless of your rank. These are just a few things we can all do to contribute. Through each of our efforts and team work, we will ensure that the Air Force will continue to be a strategic player in our national defense. Tyndall’s mission of guaranteeing air dominance will remain the forefront of supporting the Combat Air Forces, and America will always claim victory. MAJ. KEVIN WALKER 736th Security Forces Squadron commander ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam – Undoubtedly, at some time in our life we have all been told, “Don’t sweat the small stuff.” But instead, I would argue to say, “Sweat the small stuff.” It’s the small stuff that is going to set you apart. More on that in a minute. We all rose our right hand and vol unteered to become part of this great Air Force for various reasons. Some may have entered to serve the country, some to pay for college and some may have entered out of a vehicle waiting for you, and they may have even driven you to your hotel or on-base lodging. While there is nothing wrong with that welcome, some attention to the small details would really have made an impact. Suppose that same sponsor met you at the airport with a welcome package, knew not only your name, but the name of your family members and pets, took you to pick up your rental car, gave you a quick tour of the surrounding area, drove you to your room, and even • SEE DETAILS PAGE 4

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Page 4 Gulf Defender Sept. 8, 2006 GEN. BILL LOONEY AETC commander Each year the Combined Federal Campaign gives us the opportunity to give much needed support back to our local communities. Last year we did a fantastic job of meeting or exceeding all our set goals. Your contributions to CFC made an in credible difference in the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves. As this year’s drive begins, I en courage you to support the organi zations of your choice. As you know, CFC is impor tant to our communities and our Air Force. CFC is one way of showing how much we appreciate our community neighbors, and an opportunity to give back to those who support us through thick and thin. I encourage you to join me in making this year’s CFC our best effort yet. Thank you for all you do to make AETC a “command of choice,” and for the important role you play in developing America’s Airmen today for tomorrow. AETC kicks off CFC had some kind of food and drinks waiting for you in your room. Those are the little details that delin eate a good sponsor program with a great sponsor program. Just those little details tell a newly arrived Airman that the unit they are now assigned to is squared away and ready for them. One more example could be your unit’s physical training program. Suppose your unit’s physical train ing program is conducted on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Stretching is left up to each individual, the run can be however far or fast you would like and then after the run, everyone gets back together for cool-down stretches. Now consider that same program where the unit fell into formation for stretches, everyone was in the Air Force PT uniform, everyone participated in calisthenics, an organized run was con ducted for a known distance or pace, everyone conducted cool-down stretches together and then “pass-ons” and orders of the day were issued. While they are both effective PT programs, those little details easily set apart the good PT program from the great PT program. As good programs • FROM DETAILS PAGE 3 turn into great programs, the standard will be set. The next thing you know, the squad ron on a whole has transformed from a good squadron to a great squadron. To put this all in perspective, small things not only can set a good unit apart from a great unit, they can save lives. The attention to detail that comes with “sweating the small stuff” will help maintainers ensure all the tools are properly secured before the aircraft engines turn, they will help engineers ensure the electrical box is locked out before wires are cut, they will help trainers ensure the latest information is taught to teams deploying down range. The list can go on and on. Practicing, demanding and enforc ing attention to detail does not mean you are obsessive-compulsive; it means you care about your job and your Airmen. It means you have the passion and pride not only to do what is right, but to go that extra mile and make sure your task, unit, wing and Air Force are as squared away as they can possibly be. Sweat the small stuff, and the small stuff will set you apart.

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Sept. 8, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 5 Tyndall prepares for CFC 2006 RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – The 2006 to 2007 Combined Federal Campaign runs Sept. 1 through Dec. 15 for both continental United States and overseas bases. Tyndall’s CFC campaign starts Tuesday followed by a Kickoff Breakfast, which is scheduled for 7 a.m. Wednesday at the sergeants and chiefs. The campaign will end Oct. 24. Last year, federal employ ees and servicemembers donated a record setting $268 million to the CFC. Contributions can be in cash, check or by payroll deduc tion. “There are numerous local and national agencies that need our help,” said Senior Master Sgt. Billy Simmons, Tyndall’s CFC project officer. “The minimum contribution is $2 per month.” Military and civilian person nel who are deployed or will be deployed during the campaign will participate in the overseas CFC at their deployed location where they will have access to the same national and international charities. Those people who wish to do nate to local charities may donate to charities at the deployed loca tion. If married, they may obtain a spousal CFC power of attorney to complete local contribution forms at their home base. The CFC was established in 1961 and is the largest workplace charity campaign in the country. This an nual fall fund-raising drive allows nearly four million federal employees and military per sonnel to contribute to thou sands of local and national On average, one in four federal employees or their dependents will benefit from the CFC charities this year, according to CFC Donors may designate which charities receive their money by The CFC Web site is at www. opm.gov/cfc. For more information, contact your unit representative or Ser geant Simmons at 283-8044.

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Page 6 Gulf Defender Sept. 8, 2006 • FROM FLEMING PAGE 1 During the Vietnam War era, he flew the A-1 Skyraider with the Vietnamese after being transferred to the Republic of Vietnam as ad viser to the Deputy Chief of Staff, Operations, Vietnamese Air Force, at Tan Son Nhut Airfield in January 1968. It was at this assignment he met General Peterson. “We all worked together; he told us what to do and we did it,” said General Peterson, who remembers his friend as someone who was serious about work but also had a humorous side. Their careers crossed a second time at Tyndall before owning postretirement homes down the road from each other in Panama City. General Peterson remembered assuming command from General Fleming in 1973 at the Air Defense Weapons Center, Aerospace De fense Command here. There were 96 aircraft on Tyndall’s runway includ ing F-106s, T-33s, a few air rescue helicopters and additional aircraft here for air-combat and live-fire training. General Fleming left the busy airfield here to command the 24th North American Air Defense Command Region and the 24th Air Division at Malmstrom Air Force Base, Mont. from February 1973 until June 1974. His last assignment was chief of staff, U.S. Southern Command with headquarters at Quarry Heights, Canal Zone in 1974. “He was a good friend, a great Soldier and Airman who flew 7,000 flying hours with only one acci dent,” said General Peterson. General Fleming’s military deco rations and awards include the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with six oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with oak leaf cluster, Distinguished Unit Citation Emblem, and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Rib bon with oak leaf cluster. “He was honest and straight for ward. He was a loving husband and father,” said General Peterson. “We’d both call each other daily at 6 a.m. We never started out together but we ended up together (in life).” General Fleming was born in 1922, in Green Bay, Wis., where he graduated from high school in 1941. He then attended St. Norbert’s Col lege, West DePere, Wis. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in No vember 1942 and began his active military career in January 1943 as an aviation cadet. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant and received his pilot wings in Jackson, Miss., in March 1944, and then attended P-40 pilot training. Services for General Fleming were held Wednesday, and a memo rial mass was held at St. Dominic’s Catholic Church. “General Fleming was an out standing member of our faith com munity,” said Father Peter Zalewski, pastor of St. Dominic Catholic Church in Panama City where Gen eral Fleming was a member. “He was quite active in helping others and was a great example to other retirees. “He was an exemplary model of using the talent, skills and abilities he developed in military service to continue to serve the community around him after active duty,” said Father Zalewski. Tyndall AFB Home of Air Dominance

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Sept. 8, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 7 Congratulations to Tyndall’s NCO Academy graduates (The following technical sergeants graduated Aug. 31.) John L. Levitow Award Jeremy Unterseher 325th CES Distinguished Graduates Mark Isaacs 372rd TRS/Det. 4 Michael Ratliff 325th AMXS Richard Anderson 325th MXG Albert Badstein 43rd AMU Jeffrey Carstens 325th MXG John Clowe 325th SFS Brian Crouse 16th EWS Danita Del Toro AFNORTH A2 Robert Nichols 325th AMXS Dennis Price, Jr. 325th CES Eric Rinke 313rd TRS Christopher Short 325th AMXS Daniel Slater 325th FW James Williams 325th AMXS Congratulations to Tyndall’s Airman Leadership School graduates Jessica Brown 325th OSS Thomas Burkhart 325th MXS Darius Cook 325th MSS Donald Ellis 325th MXS William Foreman 325th AMXS Noah Klapprodt 325th CS Philip Morris 325th CES Ronald Striggles 53rd TSS Jimmy Welch 325th CES Corey Dantzler 325th SFS Jessica Dennard 83rd FWS Aaron Gable 28th TES/Det. 2 Nathaniel Hensley 325th AMXS Dana McDermott 325th AMXS Rhygin Ramsdell 325th AMXS Kevin Stafford 325th MSS Terry Todd 325th AMXS Michael Trysnicky 325th OSS Jason Turner 325th MXS Justin Usera 325th OSS Steven Wilkerson 325th CS Leadership Award Daniel Bautista 325th AMXS John L. Levitow Award Aaron Ward 81st RCS (The following senior airmen graduated Aug. 29.) OPSEC When in doubt, talk it out with your security manager.

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Page 8 Gulf Defender Sept. 8, 2006 The Gulf Defender is published for people like Airman Claribel NajeraTorres, 325th Services Squadron food services technician. Tech. Sgt. Tina Crews Sergeant Crews receives the Checkertail Salute War rior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander. The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing commander program designed to recognize Tyndall’s Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can nominate individuals via their squadron and group commanders. Award recipients receive a day pass.1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell Sergeant Crews assists attorneys by gathering evidence, in terviewing witnesses and preparing case notes. Her efforts have led to the conviction of criminals including DUI offenders. She also managed Tyndall’s tax center, saving military members and retirees more than $166,000 in tax preparation fees. Duty title: NCO in charge of civil law Time on station: Nine months Time in service: Sixteen years, 10 months Hometown: Detroit Hobbies: Fishing, swimming, sewing and dancing Goals: To make master sergeant and get a master’s degree in criminal justice Favorite movie: “The Matrix” Favorite book: “Black Hawk Down, A Story of Modern War” by Mark Bowden Pet Peeves: People who do not com plete computer based training for de ployments. Proudest moment in the military: Receiving this award FOD Preventer of the Month Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga Staff Sgt. Cody Williams, 43rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chief, inspects the main landing gear well of an F-22 Raptor. Sergeant Williams was named the July FOD Preventer of the Month for eliminat RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas – Enlisted Airmen are now able to change their assign ment preferences online through the virtual Military Personnel Flight, as the Air Force continues Personnel Services Delivery Transformation. Enlisted Airmen are now respon sible for updating their own assign ment preferences online through vMPF. “This automation streamlines the assignment process,” said Capt. Jay Johnson, chief of the future opera tions integration branch at the Air Force Personnel Center. “Airmen will no longer have to visit their CSS or MPF to update assignment preferences; they’ll be able to do it from their computer at work or home.” Airmen wanting to make updates to the assignment preferences will be directed to instructions found in the “Self Service Actions” sec tion of the vMPF. “Each Airman will be responsible for updating their choices to reflect current desires, and they will need to view the Enlisted Quarterly As signments Listings frequently to stay current on available assignments,” said Captain Johnson. For more information on this new initiative, contact the Air Force Con tact Center at 1-800-616-3775. AF adds enlisted assignment preference to virtual MPF

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Sept. 8, 2006 Gulf Defender TRAINING SPOTLIGHT TRAINING SPOTLIGHT Training Spotlight What was the best part of Airman Leadership School? “M Master Sgt. of the Air Force, Chief Paul Airey, who in spired me to become a great supervisor.” SENIOR AIRMAN COREY DANTZLER ALS student Chrissy Cuttita Airman Basic Joshua Dawson, 372nd Training Squadron/De tachment 4 mission ready airman (right), explains how to service an integrated drive generator to his instructor and fellow Airmen. The generator supplies electri cal energy to F-15 Eagle aircraft. Trainees from class 2006069 graduated Thursday, and are now mission ready F-15 crew chiefs. Generating knowledge Get your Community College of the Air Force information at afvec.langley.af.mil. 1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Military and civilian aircraft operate in overlapping airspace, making the task sibility of both Air Force and civilian controllers. Airfield operations officer trainees here are taught the importance of in teroperability with civilian controllers from day one. And before they graduate the course here and begin supervising air visit a live civilian air control facility to gain insight on their role in the joint effort. training program attended a four day base visit to Warner-Robins AFB, Ga., and Atlanta,” said 2nd Lt. Nicole Backes, 325th Operations Support Squadron was a two-fold purpose to the trip. The that we may encounter while deployed. control facilities in action, and under stand how military and civilian opera tions integrate.” Six students, accompanied by one AFB, Ga., for a lesson in deployed air “Touring mobile air traffic control equipment gave insight on expedition ary operations, and what a typical day is deployed,” said 2nd Lt. Charles Jesse, 325th OSS “A typical day for airfield op erations officers when deployed involves decon flicting airspace and resolving air maintaining the highest level of safety possible,” said Lieutenant Backes. Operating in deployed locations puts airfield operations officers wherever runways are built, which is often in aus tere locations with little time to establish working facilities. managers at Warner-Robins AFB was how fast the Air Force can ‘stand up’ mobile air in deployed conditions,” said Lieutenant Jesse. “This gives us the ability to control aircraft anywhere on the globe within one and a half hours of stand up.” “I also learned just how involved our while deployed, and how our expertise is used on a regular basis by multiple agencies both at home and in deployed locations,” he said. The students were briefed on mobile Radar Approach Control systems and mobile tower units, which bring naviga tion devices and other needed air control systems to isolated locations. After touring Warner-Robins AFB, Ga., and becoming acquainted with Combat Communications facilities, the trainees traveled to Atlanta to witness their civilian counterparts in action. Terminal Radar Approach Control Cen ter,” said Lieutenant Backes. “The center and Columbus, Ga., and they communi cate with military aircraft when our pilots enter their airspace.” challenges encountered on military airfields are similar to those civilian controllers see every day. “The military provides a service to Congratulations to the F-15C Eagle Basic Course gradu ates of Class 06 EBT from the 1st Fighter Squadron! 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell dar Approach Control center here. • SEE STUDENTS PAGE 15

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Gulf Defender Page 13 Page 12 Gulf Defender FEATURE 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell Representing with honor 1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Sharp clicks echo each deliberate step. The first note of “Taps” slowly creeps from a bagpipe in the distance and six Airmen, stoically poised, carry the casket of a fellow comrade to its final resting place. Tyndall Honor Guard members proudly accept the responsibility of conducting formal military ceremo nies, which recognize and continue the tradition of reverence for fellow Airmen who have served, and con tinue to serve. “My most memorable experience in the Honor Guard was a funeral said Airman 1st Class James Mitchell, 81st Range Control Squadron weapons director technician and Honor Guard the other funerals we had performed together in the past, except the son of the man we buried was standing with his family proudly wearing his military uniform.” more real and humbling,” said the of giving (the man’s son) three shells from the rounds we fired during his mendous honor.” is tremendous to the families and pub lic audiences they perform for, and their impact is lasting. The reaction they receive from their audience is only organization offers. Members are offered a ceremonial uniform, free dry cleaning for the ceremonial uniform and two duty uniforms per week, and an Honor Guard coin presented after they com plete training or perform at their first funeral ceremony. “Members are also given the opportunity to travel throughout Tyndall Honor Guard’s area of re sponsibility, which covers 11,546 square miles across Florida, Georgia and Alabama,” said Tech. Sgt. Tobin Winebrenner, 325th Services Squad ron Honor Guard flight commander. Chief Master Sgt. Mark Charles, right, 325th Communications Squadron chief enlisted manager, stands in position as the Honor Guard marches forward carrying a casket during practice. Chief Charles is an honorary Honor Guard member who will perform during funerals to honor fellow enlisted members. Winebrenner, during the graduation ceremony Aug. 18. Airman 1st Class Michael Ward, 325th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron avionics technician and Honor Guard member, stands to recognize the graduates. During funerals, Honor Guard members triangular fold. The team practices often because each fold must be precise. The benefits are enticing, but hav ing what it takes to be a valuable member of the team is crucial. “The Honor Guard is made up of 64 personnel from all units on Tyn dall,” said Sergeant Winebrenner. “They are in 20-plus different Air Force Specialty Codes and 90 percent of our members are ranks of senior airman and below.” The demographics of the team are diverse, but what every Honor Guard member has in common is clear. “The Tyndall Honor Guard team has unquestionable integrity, loyalty, trustworthiness and dependability,” said the sergeant. And that’s exactly what draws mo tivated Airmen to the organization. “After hearing a lot of positive comments pertaining to the Honor Guard and what it does for the com to volunteer,” said Airman Rashaad Robinson, 325th Security Forces Squadron patrolman and one of the newest members of the team. “As an of the fact that we are held to a high standard. Our uniforms should be crisp, physical training is three times each week and training is second nature.” Training begins with an initial course cov ering uni form wear, ceremonial procedures and orienta tion to the Honor Guard schedule and “lifestyle.” Senior Honor Guard members work closely with each new recruit to prepare them for the numerous ceremonies and details they will perform. “The initial training class is de signed to get members familiar with the most frequent Honor Guard re quests,” said Sergeant Wine brenner. “The class consists of more than 40 hours of proficiency training, which is continued during each Honor Guard (one month) rotation. At the beginning of each rotation, the flight’s trainer will plan training for the week based on the requests we receive and the need for perfecting a particular per formance.” The trainees must learn to perform many detailed move ments, becoming proficient in a variety of ceremonies. “During our initial train ing, we focused on funer als, retirement ceremonies, indoor colors, outdoor col ors, and change of command ceremonies,” said Airman Robinson. important to perfect each one, he said. The Honor Guard provides an awesome learning experience, and as with any other high-profile duty, it requires discipline and patience, said Airman Mitchell. Each member has a favorite cer emony to perform, and each for a different reason. detail is giving a servicemember their last honors,” said Airman Mitchell. retirement ceremony for the simple fact that it gives me a chance to give thanks to the men and women who have served in our military,” said Air man Robinson. Members can volunteer or be appointed by their squadron for Honor Guard duty. “The typical contract is for 13 months,” said Sergeant Winebrenner. “The first month is a training class, followed by 12 month ly rotations of performing details.” Whether members are appointed or volunteer, it doesn’t take long for a strong sense of pride and ca maraderie to set in. Guard volunteer,” said Airman Mitch on the Honor Guard is a very unique and distinguished position that affords me many opportunities.” The team gathers for group social events and many are close ing a part of the Honor Guard clearly tran scends the experience of performing formal ceremonial details. community and meet ing new people,” said Airman Robinson. “The Tyndall Honor Guard team has un questionable integrity, loyalty, trustworthi ness and dependability. ” TECH. SGT. TOBIN WINEBRENNER 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell are presented during the opening ceremonies of a military world championship soft ball tournament in August at Frank Brown Park in Panama City Beach. Chrissy Cuttita

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Page 12 Gulf Defender Sept. 8, 2006 GULF GUIDE Briefs Personnel records go online Air Force bases are beginning a two-year project to eliminate hard copy Unit Personnel Record Groups from their respective military person to ship hardcopy UPRGs to the Air Force Personnel Center Nov. 6. All records will be electronically scanned and available for viewing in the Automated Records Management System by Nov. 22. At that time, Air men will have access to their own records by logging on to ARMS at the AFPC Secure Website. For more infor customer service at 283-2276. POW/MIA Recognition Day At 3 p.m. Thursday, the National Prisoners of War/Missing in Action Recognition Day Ceremony will start with a 24-hour vigil run at Flag Park. geant. For more information, contact Senior Airman Theresa Edmiston at 283-1098. POW/MIA luncheon The POW/MIA luncheon will be at 11:45 a.m. Sept. 15 at the En listed Club. The cost is $14 for club members and $16 for non-members. The price includes a commemorative more information. Heart Link A Heart Link meeting is scheduled 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 the services avail able for Air Force spouses. For more information or to make reservations, contact the Airman and Family Readi ness Center at 283-4205. Best Beginnings Class The Airman and Family Readiness Center will host the Best Beginnings Class from 9 a.m. to noon Sept. 15 in Bldg. 743. Infant and Child CPR will be offered afterward. When calling, request 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. Smooth Move Workshop A workshop designed to ease the transition to your next duty station is scheduled from 9 a.m. to noon Wednesday at the Airman and Family Readiness Center. Representatives base agencies will be available to offer their services. For more infor mation or to make reservations, call 283-4204. Troy University Registration for Troy University Term 2 runs Monday through Oct. 6. Classes start Oct. 9 and end Dec. 17. Students may register with an advisor at any Troy University location or online by accessing Trojan WebExpress at www.troy.edu. Degree programs, course listings and an admission application can be found online at fwr.troy.edu. For more informa tion, call 283-4449. 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.) Thrift Shop The Thrift Shop has returned to regular operating hours of 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday – Friday. Consignments are accepted from I.D. card holders from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. The thrift shop will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, call 286-5888. Fee for intramural sports The 325th Services Squadron will no longer receive appropriated funds for intramural sports programs here starting Oct. 1. Members will soon pay a fee to participate in the intramural program. For more in formation, call the Fitness Center at 283-2631. Scrappin’ Factory The Arts and Crafts Center will host a scrapbooking class from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. For res ervations, call 283-4511. aisle at the Commissary. The Commissary will have a case lot sale Sept. 15-17. Case lot sales offer shoppers the chance to buy bulk quantities of their favorite products at savings of up to 50 percent or more. For more information, call 283-4825 or go to www.commissaries.com. Lots o’ deals Airman Glenn Moore

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Sept. 8, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 13 PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATOR From the city on the Sound It’s here, it’s here! The kickoff for the NFL sea son is just like Christmas if Christmas involved 250-pound men in plastic armor smashing into each other like runaway trains. At any rate, my living room is decorated in my favorite team’s colors, my No. 37 jersey is laid out and the Monday Night Football theme song echoes throughout the house. As of press time, I still don’t know who won the opening Pittsburgh vs. Miami game, but that’s alright. The games that matter won’t be played until Sunday. I’m keeping an eye on the Jets vs. Titans game. Rookie Brad Smith, drafted by New York to play wide receiver, also stepped in as quarterback and running back in their preseason win over Intramural Sports Standings Golf Team 372nd TRS CES AFNORTH 1 MXS 1 AFCESA COMM 1 MSS 53rd WEG SFS 83rd FWS Team MOS 1 RHS TEST OSS MDG SVS ACS 601 2 CONS MXS 2 Points 78 77.5 71.5 70.5 69 68.5 66.5 61.5 54.5 52.5 Bowling Team AMXS 4 Test Phase 1 AMXS 1 AMMO CES ACS 2 MSS SVS AFCESA 1 RED HORSE AFNORTH 3 MOS 372nd TRS AFCESA 2 Team CONS CS 2 ISRD ACS 1 SFS AMXS 2 DS2 AFNORTH 1 83 FWS 2 43rd AMU Phase 2 83 FWS 1 325 MDG CS 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 52 50 48 38 35 32.5 26 22 13.5 10 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 83rd FWS 1 AMXS 1 AMXS 4 DS2 Jon Tindell Gary Hite Chz Veno Steve Smith Rachel Petri-Rose Chong Dodson Melissa Seguin Veronica Bailey 958 2623 1134 3340 274 718 263 700 175 512 232 655 Gary Hite practices for upcoming games game Sept. 2. Upcoming games are sched uled for Oct. 15, Nov. 12 and Dec. 16. Four men and two women having the highest cumulative pin count for 18 games will be selected for the base team. Rollin’ along Airman Glenn Moore Flag Football Team SFS COMM MXS AMXS OSS CES 83 FWS W 3 3 4 3 2 3 2 L 0 0 1 1 1 2 2 Team MDG ACS SVS 601st 1 53rd WEG 372 TRS W 2 1 1 1 0 0 L 3 2 3 4 2 4 Positions open at Fitness Center The Tyndall Fitness Center is hiring aerobics instruc tors and sport ing officials. Ap plicants must be military or civilian employees from Tyndall, or mili tary dependents. For more infor mation, contact the Fitness Center at 283-263 1 . Philadelphia. Talk about versatil ity. If Tennessee wants to win, the team will have to clear up their quarterback situation. Billy Volek, Kerry Collins or Vince Young – who’s going to start on Sunday? I checked around with some of Tyndall’s pickers to see which games they would be watching during the opening week. Seth Foulkes, 325th CES picker, said he wants to see the Colts vs. Gi ants game. I can agree with him there. A Peyton Manning vs. Eli Manning match-up will be fun to watch. However, Foulkes said he is also looking forward to the Steelers vs. Dolphins game. Ap parently he is from Pittsburgh and has been a Steelers fan his whole life. This seems to cloud his prognosticator vision. “Basically, I pick teams based on past performance,” he said. “Whether it’s from the previ ous season or many years back, records give a lot of insight but the Steelers, regardless of records, get my pick.” Devon Blackwell, 325th CPTS picker, is similarly loyal to the Raiders. “I grew up in L.A. watching the Raiders play,” Blackwell said. “I’ll never turn my back on the Raiders!” While loyalty is admirable and can win over friends, it’s not going to win the Super Prog trophy. But, Blackwell is adamant that CPTS will bring home the coveted “Golden Football.” “We’ll win by using our supe rior brain power,” he said. I hope that isn’t the same “brain power” you used to pick Cincin nati to go to Super Bowl XLI. Now, let’s get out there and watch some football! Opening week is here – bring it on Pigskin Prognositcator’s Picks For NFL Week 1: Miami @ Pittsburgh Atlanta @ Carolina Baltimore @ Tampa Bay Buffalo @ New England Cincinnati @ Kansas City Denver @ St. Louis New Orleans @ Cleveland N.Y. Jets @ Tennessee Philadelphia @ Houston Seattle @ Detroit Chicago @ Green Bay Dallas @ Jacksonville San Francisco @ Arizona Indianapolis @ N.Y. Giants Minnesota @ Washington San Diego @ Oakland 35

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Page 14 Gulf Defender Sept. 8, 2006 Exchange program brings worlds, missions together CHRISSY CUTTITA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs There’s no better way to know your allies than to don their uniform and embed your self into the equivalent of your job in their country. That’s what seems to work for the 325th Air Control Squadron here, who continues to strengthen their mission by utilizing the Air Force Military Personnel Ex change Program. came a member of Tyndall’s team, an Airman works on a Japanese air base. Japanese Air Self Defense Force Capt. Kazunobu Akutsu is halfway through his two-year assignment here as a simulator instructor at the 325th ACS. work and the Air Force mission very seriously. “Of course, I can’t deny I’m homesick, but this is my duty and I can overcome it,” he said. “It’s good for the students to have me here with them (every work day). I have a stronger responsibility now.” While Captain Akutsu is here, Air Force Maj. Charles Grahn has been instructing weapons controller students at the 5th Technical School in Komaki, Japan, as part of the exchange program since Octo ber 2004. The major, a gradu ate of the 325th ACS air battle manager course, was accepted for the exchange program which led to the assignment in Japan. “The exchange program helps the Air Force mission because it increases both of the countries’ understanding and ability to work with each other,” said Major Grahn, who volunteered for the professional challenge and the chance to learn the Japanese language. “The most rewarding part of this assignment for me profes sionally is seeing the JASDF going to bilateral and interna tional exercises and using the skills I have taught.” According to Air Force In ternational Affairs, this is the opportunity the exchange pro gram is designed to offer. By embedding U.S. military per sonnel into foreign air forces, they help Airmen gain valu able understanding of how our international and coalition partners operate. “Fifty years ago, who could have possibly imagined the in credibly tight military alliance that has formed between Japan and the U.S.,” said Norm Her rin, 325th ACS instructional systems specialist who has sponsored numerous JASDF Captain Akutsu instructs 2nd Lt. Brad Dvorak, 325th Air Control Squadron air battle manager student, on a simulator here. Chrissy CuttitaSTAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs many stressors of its own, but what about In addition to their current job, acting That is why the Acting First Sergeant training program for those taking on this responsibility, was created. “The course does not replace the First Sergeant Academy,” said Master Sgt. John Ross, 325th Communications Squadron first sergeant. “It helps the sergeant when needed.” It also provides training to NCOs acting to have one assigned. sergeants council and is adapted to meet the current needs of the wing,” said Ser geant Ross. The course is taught here quarterly by cies, such as Life Skills and Security Forces. Approximately, 80 NCOs are trained per year here. Some of the topics covered in the responsibilities, unfavorable information The class members are also provided the opportunity to ask questions to a panel. The last day of the course provides them a chance to put their new found knowledge to the test with a role play scenario. However, knowledge is not the only sergeants, a Uniform Code of Military Justice guide, a copy of the course slides and handouts from base agencies. These guides can prove very valuable duties. “The course sets them up for success,” said Sergeant Ross. “We provide a net work of support for them. This network is critical to their success.” “The slides were a good reference,” said Senior Master Sgt. Wil Black, 325th sions. “However, the biggest help was the contacts. I knew where to go when I needed help.” “We are all here to help each other,” said Sergeant Ross. Sergeant Ross also said the duties of a be very rewarding. “If I am helping someone, it’s a great thing,” he said. Master Sgts Dennis Robison and Elisabeth Reid role play a domes Chrissy Cuttita• SEE EXCHANGE PAGE 18 past decade. “To me, that friendship is the biggest ben -

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Sept. 8, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 15 its customers, who are pilots, just as the civil ian sector does. We operate under the same federal jurisdictions with the main differences being the volume of aircraft we control,” said Lieutenant Jesse. Students were able to better understand their facilities and speaking with the professionals themselves. cilities) gave great insight into the interactions between military and civilian control centers, as well as offered a view of the Federal Avia tion Administration’s equipment and control methods,” said 2nd Lt. Nathan Coyle, 325th communication and interaction with civilian controllers. We work together to safely and ex peditiously move civilian and military aircraft to their destinations.” Lieutenant Coyle said that the opportunity working as Air Force representatives to the FAA.” The trainees broadened their knowledge of air “I have a whole new level of respect for what our civilian counterparts do on a daily basis,” said Lieutenant Jesse. Lieutenant Cagurangan recieves the Associate Spotlight from Lt. Col. Collin Smith, 28th Test Squadron/Detachment 2 commander. The Associate Spotlight is a 325th Fighter Wing commander program designed to rec ognize a Warrior from one of Tyndall’s tenant units. Supervisors can nominate individuals via their squadron and group commanders. wing commander and other items presented by their unit. Isaac Gibson Lieutenant Cagurangan executed 24 F-16 ground test missions, saving the Air Force $609,000 and 71 aircraft sorties. He also added valuable electronic attack threat in formation to the Air Force Weapons School course syllabus. He also volunteered more than 40 hours in the community with Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army. Duty title: Time on Station: Eleven months Time in Service: Eleven months Hometown: Atwater, Calif. Hobbies: Tennis, reading and run ning Favorite book: “Dune” by Frank Her bert Favorite movie: “The Matrix” Favorite thing about Tyndall: The solidarity of those in my unit. Pet Peeve: Proudest moment in the military: Earning a commission and becoming Second Lt. Eric Cagurangan • FROM STUDENTS PAGE 9 Chrissy Cuttita

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Sept. 8, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 17 STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs destroying 10 other vehicles at the Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo., hos pital. What happened? Was it a bomb? No, the owner of the vehicle gasoline in the trunk. “The Ft. Leonard Wood Fire De likely started when an electrical spark from the tail or brake light ignited fumes that accumulated in the hot enclosed trunk,” said Mike Myers, Army and Air Force Exchange Service health and safety manager. “It was a miracle no one was fatally injured.” This incident has sparked AAF ES to re-emphasize the safety precautions everyone should practice when handling gaso line, whether they are storing or pumping it. “Most everyone handles, stores or uses gasoline nearly everyday without giving thought as to how dangerous it is,” said Ken Jolley, 325th Fighter Wing ground safe ty manager and chief of occu pational safety. “Gasoline can be dangerous if it’s not treated with respect.” The American Petroleum In stitute recommends the follow ing precautions for storing and transporting gasoline: • Store gas at room temperature and away from potential heat sources such as the sun. • Handle gasoline outdoors, or in ventilated areas. Mr. Myers also recommends keeping gasoline containers tightly closed and not storing them in a vehicle’s trunk for a prolonged period of time. “Gasoline and other fuels are extremely dangerous and we must exercise great care when using, transporting or storing them,” he said. Another hazard at the pump is static electricity. • Turn off any auxiliary sources of ignition such as cell phones. • Do not smoke, light matches or lighters at the pump or when handling gasoline. • When dispensing gasoline into a container, use only approved portable containers. Place them on the ground to avoid a possi ble static electricity ignition of fuel vapors. Never fill contain ers inside a vehicle or its trunk, the bed of a pickup truck or the floor of a trailer. • When filling a portable con tainer, manually control the nozzle valve throughout the filling process. • Fill a container no more than 95 percent full to allow for ex pansion. Many efforts are made at the 269 AAFES gas stations world wide to provide gas to custom ers in a safe manner. It is up to the approximate 11.6 million customers to treat gasoline with respect and heed all warn ings posted at the pump. “Gasoline and respect, we all need to have both,” said Mr. Jolley. (Information from an AAFES news release was used in this article.)

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Page 18 Gulf Defender Sept. 8, 2006 both sides of the globe.” The squadron here is not an unfamiliar place for the weapons controller born in Tokyo. Captain Akutsu spent a few weeks with the 325th ACS as an inter national student studying here in 2003. In fact, his squadron commander at his military station, Naha, was an instruc tor here in 1993 and recommended the captain take the exchange instructor posi tion because of his knowledge in tactical interception. Captain Akutsu’s squadron in Japan has experience working with Americans. His squadron works side-by-side with Airmen at Kadena Air Base on a daily basis, and they have participated in exer cises like Cope Thunder together. While Major Grahn went to Kichijoji Language School, near Tokyo, to learn Japanese before starting his job in Japan, Captain Akutsu “hit the ground running” as soon as he arrived here. in school and through work, but language seven years of military experience. Luck ily, ABMs and command and control center personnel have their own operat ing language called “brevity words.” Captain Akutsu can attest that the words ABM students here struggle to memorize are valuable during daily air operations. Similar to American ABMs, JASDF weapons controllers are the “eyes” in the sky over their country. He has handled the real-world task of scrambling to determine who the “dot” is on the radar screen, which is a task he simulates for ABM students here on their scopes. At his home base, he’s also had to coordinate information with control centers at Kadena AB to determine if aircraft over southwest Japan were friendly or foe. “We use English (in Japan) because it is easy to convey in a short time,” said Captain Akutsu. ABM classes 06011 and 06015 have already recognized their Japanese ally as one of the best simulator instructors here. Though from different countries, Captain Akutsu’s students have similar professional backgrounds. The captain entered the National Defense Academy in Japan and studied ground, maritime and air defense for four years. During his second year, he picked JASDF as his choice of national service. Upon completion of the six-month of as a weapons controller. “It’s very important to manage air ganization including maintenance,” said Captain Akutsu. “International work is takes time to acclimate.” He has had to adjust to the more ad vanced and sophisticated avionics tech nology of the U.S. Air Force, and adapt to the local Panama City culture. However, his coworkers welcome him as “a brother in arms,” and he enjoys the beaches like the rest of Tyndall’s personnel. He has visited three other Air Force bases in his career, and enjoyed touring Washington D.C. Captain Akutsu also keeps in touch (from various professional backgrounds) who are serving at other Air Force bases through the exchange program. “My experience working with the Japanese military would be a great help if I were to enter into the new (the former FAO program) or if I got an assignment where I would be working in the future,” said Major Grahn. Due to the delay in the Program Budget Decision 720 authorization reductions, the Air Force has further delayed the temporary suspension of the Voluntary Assignment Ap plications consideration further from Aug. 20 until approximately Sept. 30. This includes base of prefer ence, voluntary stabilized base assignment program and follow-on/ home-basing, join spouse, CONUS isolated and permissive assignments requests. Airmen may continue to ap ply and Military Personnel Fights plication pending status; however, consideration of the application will not occur until after Sept. 30 as manning projections could change reductions. Short notice follow-on/home-bas ing requests, oversees returnee with a report no later than date within 60 preference requests with a projected re-enlistment within 60 days will be worked on a caseby-case basis. These requests should be sent via e-mail to the appropriate Air Force Personnel Center assignment Additional information will be posted on the AFPC assignments Web page and provided to the Air Force Contact Center. For more information, con tact Master Sgt. Noel Lorenzo at 283-8368 or e-mail AFPC at afpc. dpaas3@randolph.af.mil. Voluntary Assignments Applications put on hold• FROM EXCHANGE PAGE 14 Scopes are used by ABM stu Courtesy Photo For current information about Air Force pay, ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil

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