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GULF


DEFENDER


Vol. 65, No. 36


POW/MIA luncheon
The POW/MIA
luncheon will be at
11:45 a.m. today at the
Enlisted Club. The cost
is $14 for club mem-
bers and $16 for non-
members. The price
includes a commemo-
rative coin. Contact
your first sergeant for
more information.

Hispanic Heritage
month begins
Hispanic Heritage month
starts today and will last
until October 15. To
kick-off the month, the
Enlisted Club will host
a Latin Night with the
rhythm of merengue,
bachata and salsa start-
ing at 9 p.m. Saturday.

Beach Clean-up
Tyndall will have its
annual beach clean-up
8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Satur-
day at the NCO pavilion
and beach access.




Air Force's Birthday ...
PAGE 4

Tyndall remembers
9/11 ... PAGE 10

Child "pilot" visits the
95th FS ... PAGE 14


Sept. 15, 2006


Chrlssy Cuttita
Map quest
Two Airmen from the 325th Communications Squadron trace base fiber circuits to develop a "road
map" of how lines are connected between all of Tyndall's facilities. Airman 1st Class Christopher
Lewis, voice network system apprentice, and SeniorAirman Kristoffer Scott, telephone assistance tech-
nician, are assisting their squadron with the Air Force Combat Information Transport System program
process. For more on CITS, go to Page 6.



Travel orders must be cleared promptly


1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Fiscal year 2006 will end
Oct. 1, making it critical for
personnel to promptly clear
all travel orders through the
325th Comptroller Squad-
ron.
"Currently, 392 travel or-
ders, totaling more than
$450,000 are outstanding,"


said 2nd Lt. Tyler Hess, 325th
Comptroller Squadron finan-
cial services officer. "The
amounts for these orders can
either settle over or under the
obligated amount, so there's
potential to lose money at
the fiscal year close-out or
possibly overspend."
If outstanding travel orders
are not cleared promptly,


it will affect Tyndall as a
whole, he said.
"It is the individual's re-
sponsibility to clear outstand-
ing travel orders, because he
or she is specifically desig-
nated on the orders," said
Lieutenant Hess. "We en-
courage people to come to the
finance office and file their
voucher, or if the temporary


duty was cancelled, come
in and get amendments to
rescind the order."
Failing to clear generated
travel orders that are not filed
or canceled will leave allo-
cated funds unspent funds
that would otherwise be
available to purchase needed
items.
SEE TRAVEL PAGE 8


Trst Temok Tranin


Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts






Gulf Defender


Sept. 15, 2006


Who is your inspiration?


Got ID?


Staff Sgt. Lashondon Brown, 325th Mission Support
Squadron, assists Airman 1st Class Christopher Brown,
325th Maintenance Squadron, with a new military identifi-
cation card. The Military Personnel Flight's Customer Ser-
vice hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday. Appointments are highly encouraged and
sponsors must accompany their dependents when renew-
ing their cards. Call 283-2276 or 2242 to schedule an ap-
pointment.





Ide tify 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.
Capt. James Lowther,
325th Air Control Squad-
ron, correctly guessed
the Sept. 8 "Identify this"
as a stapler. Congratula-
tions, Captain Lowther,
- .- .. -... come claim your prize!


"My dad told me to be a good leader
and be a good example."

STAFF SGT. STEPHANIE FORREST
325th Operations Support Squadron


"My dad has always been a good
role model for me."


SENIOR AIRMAN ANTONIO JACKSON
325th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron


"My grandfather is my role model
because of his character."

IST LT. TONY GLESSNER
325th Air Control Squadron


"My daughter, Brianna, is my inspi-
ration. I want to provide a good life
for her."

STAFF SGT. SAMANTHA WHITFIELD
325th Mission Support Squadron


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
Airman Glenn Moore........................... ............staff writer


The Gulf Defender is published by the Panama City News Herald, a private firm in no
way connected with the U S Air Force, under exclusive written contract with Tyndall
Air Force Base, Fla This civilian enterprise Air Force newspaper is an authorized
publication for members of the U S military services Contents of the Gulf Defender
are not necessarily the official views of, or endorsed by, the U S government, De-
partment of Defense or Department of the Air Force
The appearance of advertising in this publication, including inserts and supplements,
does not constitute endorsement by the DOD, the Department of the Air Force or the
Panama City News Herald of the products or services advertised
Everything advertised in this publication shall be made available for purchase, use
or patronage without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital
status, physical handicap, political affiliation or any other non-merit factor of the
purchaser, user or patron


Editorial content is edited, prepared and provided by the 325th Fighter Wing
public affairs office Photographs are U S Air Force photos unless otherwise
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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Sept. 15, 200 Gulf D3I efender Page
---------6------- C OM M ENTARY ---------------


Airmen find ways to cope with marriage separation


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
"Soldiers' divorce rates up sharp-
ly," a USA Weekly headline reads.
Due to the war on terror and longer
deployments, more military couples
are calling it quits, reports say.
It's hard being away from the one
you love and even harder when there
is nothing you can do about it.
I'm a newlywed and even though
my husband and I have a great rela-
tionship, hearing about the divorce
statistics is enough to make me want
to panic.
Neither one of us is deployed cur-
rently, but I know what it feels like
to be apart from my partner for an
extended amount of time. We live
more than a thousand miles away
from each other, 1,029.26 miles
door-to-door to be exact.
We were married Feb. 10, two
weeks before I moved to Tyndall,
leaving my husband, Derrick, behind
at Tinker AFB, Okla. To this date, we
are still waiting for our join-spouse
application to be approved and re-
unite us.
I understand why it's taking so
long. The military is going through
very big changes right now. There
is nothing more we can do except
wait.
It can feel hopeless at times. I've
spent several evenings crying about
it. But the important thing is we are
still doing well.
To keep the spark going, we have
gotten creative. It's one of the only


Action Line
Call 283-2255


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


things you can do when you are is reminded of the times we do get to
apart. see each other.
Of course, we call each other ev- It's not always about the material
ery day, even if it's
a quick call to say
"I love you." But,


the regular phone
calls have become ~'
like dates for us. We t's n
always talk in the though.
evening, right when
the free calling time about att
starts. I know when titude to
he's going to call me, they are
so I always make sure
my schedule is clear
when he calls no
distractions. It's just
me and him.
He also calls me
sometimes just to say
"I love you," before I go to bed.
Those phone calls make me smile
even when I am at my lowest.
We also forward each other funny
e-mails, it's quick and easy, but it
lets us know we are thinking of each
other throughout the day.
We send pictures to each other.
Call me crazy, but it's almost as
good as getting to see him in person.
I also have pictures of him at work,
home and even on my phone.
We sometimes send each other
thoughtful gifts. We visited each
other in Atlanta recently and went to
a Braves game. We had so much fun
that day, so I had a mouse pad made
with a picture of us at the game on it.
Now when he is on the computer, he


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


)t always about the mater
've learned first-hand marria
tude. Couples need to have tl
get them through the lonely ti
apart.

STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs





things though. I've learned first-hand
marriage is a lot about attitude. Cou-
ples need to have the right attitude
to get them through the lonely times
when they are apart.
He taught me we can't get upset
over our situation because we have
done everything we can. Eventually,
even if it is March 2008, when he
separates from the military, we will
be back together.
I taught him even though our situ-
ation looks bleak, never give up hope
we will get stationed together.
The attitude to have is trust. Trust
your spouse and give him every rea-
son to trust you. I've learned trust
can keep a lot of unnecessary argu-
ments from happening.


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


Perhaps the most important les-
son I've learned though, is one that
can't easily be expressed. I've often
questioned why
would someone let
this happen to us,
does anyone care,
do they want us
rial things to fail? I've even
ge is a lot blamed myself for
it. After all, it was
e right at- my decision to re-
mes when train into a differ-
ent career field.
But regardless
of why we are
apart, one thing
has become evi-
dent to me the
cliche "absence
makes the heart
grow fonder" is true in our relation-
ship. I thought I loved him before we
moved apart, but that was "child's
play" compared to the love I have
for him now.
Maybe the most important lesson
is something I have started to learn
now and will continue to learn the
rest of my life. I've learned to ap-
preciate the time I do get to spend
with my husband and not spend it
nit-picking the things I don't care
for about him.
And I hope that is something I will
remember when we are growing old
together, because personally, I don't
feel like we are going to become
a statistic. I've learned to put that
panic aside.


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.


3


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Page 4 Gulf Defender


Leaders send AF birthday message


WASHINGTON (AFPN)- The following is ames-
sage from Secretary ofthe Air Force Michael W. Wynne
and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T Michael Moseley
on the Air Force's 59th birthday.
"Over the course of the past 59 years, the
Air Force has established itself as
the dominant force in air, space and
cyberspace. Our knowledge-enabled
Airmen have revolutionized the way
our nation defends itself and its allies
across the full spectrum of threats.
"Before our inception as an inde-
pendent service, the Air Force responded
wherever and whenever needed, whether
for disaster relief, humanitarian operations
or combat operations. We have only gotten better
in time.
"Our heritage is one of technological innova-
tion, courage and dedication. As we build on that
proud heritage and look toward new and unlimited
horizons, we will continue to deliver unmatched air,


space and cyberspace dominance for the interdepen-
dent joint team and our nation.
"Your tireless commitment, agility and profession-
alism are the foundation for our successes. Without
you, and the support of your families, we could not
Sbe the world-class team we are. Ameri-
ca's Airmen exemplify our core values
of Integrity First, Service Before Self
and Excellence in All We Do.
"As we lead into our diamond an-
Sniversary celebration, we count on our
P / most valuable asset our Airmen to
continue the magnificent work our forebears
bcgan. We are confident you'll conquer
tomorrow's challenges with the same courage,
commitment and confidence that defined our first
59 years.
"Thanks to our entire Air Force family across
the globe: active duty, civilian, Guard, Reserve,
retirees, veterans, and all their families. Happy
birthday, Air Force!"


Sept. 15, 2006





Sept. 15, 2006


Gulf Defender


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Page 6 Gulf Defender


Next generation information network coming to Tyndall


MASTER SGT. BRIAN TIMPE
325th Communications Squadron
The 325th Communications Squad-
ron is supporting Team Tyndall with
a next generation network upgrade
through the Air Force Combat Infor-
mation Transport System program this
month.
"This is the first base-wide upgrade of
our fiber optic network since the CITS
was installed at Tyndall eight years ago,"
said Chief Master Sgt. Carol Cox, 325th
CS plans and implementation flight
chief. "It is part of an Air Force plan to
reduce cost by upgrading the system in
major segments versus a piece-by-piece
approach."
During the next two years, the


325th CS will work closely with
headquarters Air Education and Train-
ing Command and General Dynamics
to ensure fiber optic connections and
network equipment in more than 200
facilities are ready to meet the needs
of the base's growing information
system. In addition, power and cool-
ing systems will be upgraded in rooms
where communications equipment is
stored if upgrades are needed to sup-
port larger network systems.
The 325th CS will also work closely
with personnel from the Air Force Com-
munications Agency at Scott AFB, Ill.;
the Electronics Systems Center at
Hanscom AFB, Mass. and the 38th
Engineering Installation Group at Tin-


ker AFB, Okla. Personnel from these
organizations will assist with program
management and engineering support
for the planning and implementation of
the network upgrade project here.
"Upgrading the base network will
significantly improve data commu-
nications capabilities for the (325th)
Fighter Wing and tenant units, enhanc-
ing their abilities to perform training
and wartime missions now and well
into the future," said John Alexin,
38th EIG systems telecommunica-
tions engineering manager assigned
to Tyndall.
This effort is designed to increase
bandwidth requirements allowing
advancements in weather and intelli-


gence imagery, desktop video telecon-
ferencing and voice transmissions over
the network. The base will also benefit
from increased network redundancy,
leading to greater survivability. An in-
tegrated team of contractors, civilians
and "blue suites" will begin the project
this month by conducting a survey of
facilities and fiber optic cable routes.
Installation will begin in the summer of
2007 and continue for one year.
Every effort will be made to
minimize impact on the Tyndall
community, but personnel may expe-
rience a few inconveniences during
the upgrade. If you have questions,
contact the 325th CS plans flight at
283-3215.


TYNDALL AFB


HOME OF
AIR DOMINANCE


Sept. 15, 2006





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Page 8 Gulf Defender


'101 Critical Days' ends, safety continues


CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Although the Air Force's 101 Critical Days of Summer
campaign ended Sept. 4, Tyndall officials are encouraging
personnel to continue to practice operational risk management
and focus on safety year-round.
During this year's annual campaign, the Air Force experi-
enced 18 fatalities compared to 29 during 2005.
'This yearthe base did great, but everyone needs to continue
to be on their guard to prevent the next mishap lurking right
around the comer," said Ken Jolley, 325th Fighter Wing chief
of ground safety.
As in past years, motor vehicle and motorcycle fatalities
accounted for most of Air Force fatalities and mishaps. Some
of the factors in these mishaps included losing control of the
vehicle, not using seat belts and consuming alcohol.
Other fatalities occurred during off-duty recreational ac-
tivities. With decreasing manning, it becomes increasingly
important to protect every resource, especially our people.
'The warriors ofthe 325th Fighter Wing have excelled," said
Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander.
"We continue to focus on winning the Global War on Terrorism
and sending our expeditionaryAirmen abroad with war-winning
attitude. Team Tyndall has lost no lives during this campaign ...
a credit to the professionalism of our Airmen."
The 'critical days'campaign has run annually since the early
1980s and was developed to counter an increase in Air Force


mishaps and fatalitiesthatoccurduringthe summermonths. The
campaign attempts to increase personal awareness of risks and
reduce the number of mishaps and fatalities.
"We should always be applying ORM to our decisions
while off-duty the same way we do on duty," said Mr. Jolley,
who is also the wing ORM point of contact. "Our mindset
shouldn't change just because the campaign is over; proper
safety precautions and decisions should be applicable year-
round. It needs to be a true mind-set for everyone at all
times." ORM is a critical process, and all three courses of
ORM training are available on the Air Force Safety Web
site for download.
"The first and maybe biggest step in ORM is to identify haz-
ards that surround any activity we want to do," said Mr. Jolley.
"It's like what we were taught when we learned to cross the
street. You have to stop, look and listen. If you stop and think
about what you are planning to do, you are basically applying
ORM to everyday decision making."
Tyndall keeps those efforts running year-round by continu-
ing to ensure the principals of ORM are learned and applied.
Events like Wingman Day, Safety Day, courses such as mo-
torcycle training and programs like Airman Against Drunk
Driving all contribute to better ORM and aid in educating the
wing populace on aspects of safety.
"ORM is everyone's responsibility," said Mr. Jolley. "The
trick is to know what the risk is, and take the necessary steps
to counter it."


* FROM TRAVEL PAGE 1
"Beginning in September, re-
maining available funds are pulled
together and managed at wing lev-
el," said Capt. Laura Christensen,
325th CPTS financial analysis
flight commander. "These funds
are used to purchase requirements
on the approved and prioritized
wing unfunded requirements list.
The more funds tied up in out-
standing travel orders reduces the
wing's ability to fund end-of-year
requirements."
By clearing all travel orders,
individuals will help streamline
the annual close-out process and
ensure an efficient distribution of
financial resources.
For more information on how
to clear outstanding travel vouch-
ers, call the finance office at
283-4117.


Senior Airman Veronica Soto


1st Lt Amanda Ferrell
Airman Soto receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of
the Week award from Col. Scott Davis, 325th Fighter
Wing vice commander.
Airman Soto ensured more than 100 incentive flyers, in
addition to all assigned aircrew, were properly fit with life
support equipment. She maintains a 98 percent discrepancy-
free average on equipment inspections. She also volunteers in
the local community through the American Red Cross.


Duty title: Aircrew life support specialist
Time on station: Two years
Time in service: Two years, six months
Hometown: Las Cruces, N.M.
Hobbies: Bowling, baseball, watching
movies and shopping
Goals: Get promoted to staff sergeant,
complete a bachelor's degree and earn
a commission in the Air Force
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The beach and the people
Favorite movie: "Mr. and Mrs. Smith"
Favorite book: The Bible
Pet Peeves: Lying and laziness
Proudest moment in the military: Be-
ing selected for senior airman below-
the-zone
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
commander program designed to recognize
Tyndall's Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can
nominate individuals via their squadron and
group commanders. Award recipients receive a
certificate, letter from the commander and a one-
day pass.


The Gulf Defender is
published for people like
Senior Airman William
Adams, 325th Operations
Support Squadron air
traffic controller.


rmm------- For current online
information about Air
Force pay, benefits,
.:p jobs and more, visit
'" ,," ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil


'YP P~ PEeE


Sept. 15, 2006






Sept. 15, 2006


Trainin Spotlight


Gulf Defender Page 9



Student pilots learn to fly in thin air


What aircraft would you like
to operate on as an air bat-
tle manager?

I would like to operate on
the E-3 Airborne Warning and
Control System, because I'm
interested in controlling air-to-
air engagements."

2ND LT. ERIN RUNDBERGET
325th ACS air battle manager student



Congratulations to the Air
Battle Manager graduates of
Class 06-016 from the 325th
Air Control Squadron!


STAFF SGT. BENJAMIN ROJEK
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
A pilot is cruising along at 30,000
feet in an F-15 Eagle when suddenly
he begins to feel "different." He gets
light-headed and his vision starts to
blur. What is going on?
That question is answered when F-15
B-Course students go through physiolog-
ical training in the altitude chamber.
Aviators have long known about the
effects of high altitude flight on the hu-
man body, specifically what happens
when the body doesn't get enough
oxygen, but it wasn't until about 50
years ago the Air Force adopted a
physiological training program to
teach pilots how the body reacts to the
stresses of flight.
One such stress is hypoxia, a condi-
tion in which the body is in an oxygen
deficient environment, such as flying
at high altitudes where there are fewer
oxygen molecules. If the condition is
not immediately recognized and cor-
rective actions taken, the results can
be disastrous.
Staff Sgt. Rodrigo Vener, 325th Aero-
medical-Dental Squadron aerospace
physiology technician, said the symp-
toms of hypoxia vary from person to
person. Other physiological factors will
also effect the onset of hypoxia.
"For a healthy individual flying at
18,000 feet, the time of useful con-
sciousness (the period of time which a
person retains normal motor functions)
is about 30 minutes, but is reduced to
three to five minutes at 25,000 feet,


Sergeant Vener said. "If the same in-
dividual smoked, didn't exercise and
maintained an unhealthy lifestyle, his
time of useful consciousness would be
reduced."
Teaching students about hypoxia, and
letting them actu-
ally experience it,
would be difficult if
the only way to get
the experience was
to fly. Fortunately,
the 325th ADS has
an altitude cham-
ber, which is a small
room-sized struc-
ture that resembles
a contraption out
of a 1950s science
fiction movie. Graphic llust
Inside the chamber, each student is seat-
ed at a console with an oxygen regulator.
To eliminate any confusion on procedures
during actual flight, the regulators in the
chamber are exactly the same type as those
used in Air Force aircraft.
The students don their helmets and
oxygen masks, are given a briefing and
the door is sealed. Air is removed from
the chamber simulating an increase in
altitude. Once they reach the target
pressure altitude, students remove their
oxygen masks and are given a series of
written puzzles to figure out.
Having trouble with mental rea-
soning is a symptom of hypoxia,
so the students' performance while
completing the puzzles is monitored
closely by instructors.


Chrissy Cuttita


Students are taught to gang-load their
oxygen regulators by moving all switches
at once to provide 100 percent oxygen,
which is delivered under pressure. They
are also taught to fasten their oxygen
masks if they begin to feel any symptoms
of hypoxia.
"Teaching the students to
gang-load their regulators is
a critical part of the train-
ing," Sergeant Vener
said. "If hypoxia
sets in and the pi-
lot immediately
sets his regulator
to deliver 100 per-
cent oxygen under
pressure, he will
recover within 30
tion by Staff Sgt Stacey Haga to 60 seconds. But,
ifthe pilot doesn't get the oxygen turned
on or the mask up, he could pass out and
be unable to recover the aircraft."
According to Maj. Brian Biebel, 95th
Fighter Squadron, assistant director of
operations, a rare but possible cause of
oxygen deficiency in fighter aircraft is
decompression, a condition in which
there is a loss of the atmospheric pres-
sure maintained in the cockpit.
"Failures in a system on the jet that
could cause decompression could be
difficult to recognize, so pilots must
be able to recognize the symptoms of
hypoxia as soon as they begin," said
Major Biebel.
By becoming aware of these
symptoms in training, pilots can
recover in the air.


Congratulations to Mission
Ready Airmen graduates of
Classes 2006-070, 2006-071
and 2006-H01
from the 372nd Training
Squadron/Detachment 4!


Scoping out

Airman 1stClass Calvin Smith,
325th Air Control Squadron
pilot simulator technician,
simulates pilot maneuvers
and radio communications
to help train future air bat-
tle managers. This training
prepares air battle managers
for controlling live aircraft
with effective radio commu-
nication.


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Page 12 Gulf Defender


FEATURE


Gulf Defender


Airman reflects on personal loss in 'massacre'


LT. COL. DON ARIAS
Air Forces Northern Public Affairs director
More than 3,000 people were mas-
sacred in the Sept. 11 attacks. I say
"massacre" because although tragic,
this was no "tragedy" or "accident"
or "act of God." It was an insane,
blood-thirsty massacre of non-com-
batants defenseless men, women and
children were intended targets.
We all remember where we were
when we heard the terrible news. I
was at work participating in a North
American Aerospace Defense Com-
mand exercise. Most people assumed
it must have been an accident that
a plane had crashed into the World
Trade Center. But I received notifica-
tion from our Northeast Air Defense
Sector in New York that there was
a hijacking. Was the hijacked plane
the one that hit the North Tower? We
weren't sure. My thoughts were with
my younger brother who was on the
84th floor of the South Tower.
I called Adam in his office and
shared our final conversation. In that
two-minute phone call he told me of
the terrible sights he saw from his
window of men and women jumping
to their deaths from the North Tower
rather than suffering certain incinera-
tion. He told me of desperate people
at their windows contemplating that
terrible choice -jump or burn.
I speculated it was the suspected hi-
jacked aircraft that caused the life or
death, human drama to unfold before
my brother's eyes. Over the phone, I
heard the commotion of people look-
ing out of the window and I listened
to their all-too-human responses as
they watched fellow human beings
leap to their deaths. I heard the ur-
gency in my brother's voice, too.
His last words to me were, "I gotta
go now..." As he hung up the phone
I quickly responded,"Go home." I
don't know if he heard me. I never
talked to my brother again.
Then came the second crash and
with it, the terrible confirmation that
this was no accident, this was an at-
tack. Our NORAD exercise ended and
we were in "real-world ops."
When another airliner slammed
into the southwest side of the Pen-
tagon minutes later, it was clear this


Capt. Richie Meo (left), a New York City firefighter, and Lt. Col. Do
Air Forces Northern director of public affairs, unvail a portrait of
onel's brother who was killed in the World Trade Center during
attacks. The portrait will be displayed in the new Air Forces N


complex here.
was a coordinated and organized at-
tack on our country, our government
and our very way of life. Airliners
that normally carry families and busi-
ness travelers became deadly guided
missiles aimed at the symbols of our
democracy.
Todd Beamer and his fellow pas-
sengers on Flight 93 challenged the
terrorists who commandeered their
plane. Their final words before they
took on the terrorists have become
a rallying cry for all of us: "Let's
roll!"
When Flight 93 slammed into a
field in Pennsylvania instead of the
terrorists' intended target, we knew
all on that flight were lost.
When my brother didn't come
home from work that night, I knew
in my heart he was gone, too.
The patriots of Sept. 11 were our
mothers and fathers, our sisters and
brothers, our sons and daughters.
They were our friends, our col-
leagues, our loved ones. And we
mourn the loss of each and every one
of them because, unlike the enemies
of America, we value every human
life.


Because we cannot forget
ages of 9/11, we need to reme
are a nation at war. We cann(
the stories of courage and 1
of brother firefighters who r
stairs of the towering inferno
others scrambled to get ou
never forget the courage my
Adam showed as he assisted
leading people to safety. Nc
ever forget the terrible price
for being an American.
We can only imagine th
other stories of courage and
that will never be told becat
lived to tell it.
We should never forget th
taped images of the terror
laughed at our loss, or the sr
ous street celebrations of f
hating fanatics.
The agents of evil who
those planes hate America. T
us not for what we've done
what we stand for: Our belie
determination, freedom and
and the right to govern ourse
Americans, we must all figh
right to live in safety and se(
As vice president of op


for an international trading firm, my
brother was part of the great Ameri-
can economic engine. His agenda was
not politics, religion or ideology it
was prosperity and freedom. He was
light-hearted, determined, smart and
talented. I'll never forget his easy
way and infectious laugh. And I will
never forget why he died.
The terrorists wanted to topple the
U.S. government the way they took
down the Twin Towers. They wanted
to cripple our military power by at-
tacking the Pentagon.
They did not succeed.
They failed because America is
more than just buildings, more than
any one company or institution and
more than any loved one they could
kill. The terrorists may have brought
down symbols of our greatness, but
America's strength is built on so
Lisa Normanmuch more than buildings and people.
in Arias, America is built on ideas, hopes and
the col- dreams that we have cherished for
the 9/11 generations. The terrorists will never
northern
understand these concepts.
This was our generation's "Pearl
the im- Harbor," an unprovoked attack on our
mberwe way of life. More than 2,800 people
ot forget lost their lives in the towers that day.
heroism, But so many more lives were affected.
in up the The lives of the families, friends and
no while colleagues left behind. To them we
t. I will say, "We will never forget."
brother Today, terrorists seek weapons
rescuers of mass destruction. If unchecked,
or will I we could be talking casualty figures
he paid in the millions. As members of the
Armed Forces, we have a sacred duty
ie many to prevent that from happening. The
heroism war on fanatical fascism is a war we
use none simply must win.
Our nation was transformed by
e video- the massacre of 9/11, and so must
sts who we transform our commitment to
pontane- defending our country. We must never
reedom- forget the heroes of Sept. 11 or our
uniformed brothers and sisters who
crashed are fighting far from home to keep us
hey hate free. We must stay focused like never
Sbut for before on the fact that we are fighting
fin self- a war that we dare not lose.
justice, As we observe the fifth anniversary
,lves. As of 9/11, let's remember President
t for our Bush's vow, which is worth repeating:
curity. "We will not tire, we will not falter,
erations and we will not fail."


.~


Lisa Norman
1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell
The American flag flew at half-staff Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander, was joined by more than 600 members from squad-
ver Flag Park Mnonday in honor of rons across Tyndall during the Memorial Run. The run started at precisely 7:46 a.m. Sept. 11, the time the first
Patriot Day. tower was hit during the 9/11 attacks five years ago.
Patriot Day.


The Southeast Air Defense Sector Honor Guard team modified
the traditional POW/MIA remembrance table to recognize those
lost in the 9/11 attacks. The Honor Guard performed at the Memo-
rial Luncheon held at the Enlisted club here Sept. 11.


Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo Jr.
Master Sgt. Daniel Rebstock, an Air Forces Northern first sergeant, prepares a
wreath for the remembrance ceremony held in the base chapel Sept. 11 to com-
memorate the victims and heroes of the 9/11 attacks.


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OSC function
The Tyndall Officers' Spouses Club
will host a night of fun and games with
dinner and Bunco 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at
the Officers' Club. Dinner will include
a garden salad, baked potato soup,
Tuscan chicken sandwich, apple crisp,
tea and coffee. The cost is $9 for club
members and $11 for non-club mem-
bers. Please RSVPto Geraldine Traver
at 871-1895 or rgtraver@netzero.com.

Guard/Reserve
All eligible members of the Air Force
Reserve can now submit retirement ap-
plications electronically via the virtual
Personnel Center Guard and Reserve,
a 24/7 customer service Web portal
operated by the Air Reserve Personnel
Center in Denver.
This new Web-enabled service will
give Airmen the ability to monitor the
status of their application from start to
finish. Reservists can log on to the vPC-
GR at arpc.afrc.af.mil/support/default.
asp to begin the process.

Case lot sale
The Commissary's case lot sale starts
today and ends Sunday. For more infor-
mation call 283-4825.

Troy University
Registration for Troy University
Term 2 runs 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.

Gulf Coast Community College
The Gulf Coast Community College
Tyndall Center is looking to hire an eve-
ning math tutor to work two to four hours
per week.
Applicants should be proficient in
math through the Calculus I level.
To apply, call 283-4332 or visit room
45-A of the Education Building.

Gulf Coast Community College
The Gulf Coast Community College
placement test for the Tyndall Center will
be at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $5.


The results are instantaneous.
The following short-term classes are
available at the Tyndall Center: Public
Speaking, Western Civilization II and
Macro Economics.
At the main campus the following
courses are available: English Composi-
tion II and Religions of the World.
For more information, call 283-4332.

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 information, call the Fitness
Center at 283-2631.

Hispanic Heritage Committee
Tyndall's Hispanic Heritage Com-
mittee is seeking new board members
(president, vice president and chair-
men). The committee gives Hispanics
an opportunity to get together to plan
community events and learn about the


Latin culture through talking, music
and food. For more information, con-
tact Elisa Esterley at 283-8483.

Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop is open 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Wednesday- Friday. Con-
signments are accepted from all valid
ID card holders 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday and Thursdays. For more
information, call 286-5888.

Eglin Spouses' Club
The Eglin Officers' Spouses Club will
host the 21st Annual Craft Bazaar 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Niceville
Community Center. This event is open to
the public. For more information, please
contact Kim Hoelscher at 850-897-4509
or mkhoelscher@aol.com.

AAFES supplement
The 2006 Exchange Fall/Winter
Home Decor Supplement is avail-
able at all main stores and online at
www.aafes.com.


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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Get your read on
Staff Sgt. Christopher Bucklus, 325th Maintenance Operations Squadron education training manager,
searches for a book at the base library. The library will have a book sale 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. now until
Saturday. The sale will include books, videos and audio books. The money generated from the sale
will be used for children's activities, arts and crafts and DVDs.






Sept. 15, 2006


Gulf Defender


CONS wins week one, Pig Prog will prevail


Intramural Sports Standings


PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATOR
From the merry old land of Boz

The hits just keep on coming. Es-
pecially if you were Aaron Brooks
on Monday Night. Guess how
many times the Oakland Raiders'
quarterback was sacked. Twice?
Four times? Try nine times. That's
no way to start a season.
And how did the Chargers' rookie
quarterback fare? Philip Rivers, in his
first start, used LaDainian Tomlinson
to take San Diego to a 27-0 road vic-
tory. I'm sure he was excited, but he
shouldn't get cocky. His team has
some tough games coming up.
Moving from a horrible beat-
down to a touchy-feely game, the
"Manning Bowl" proved to be fun to
watch. Brothers Eli and Peyton were
the first sibling quarterbacks to meet
in a game, and they kept it amicable,
praising each other afterward.
"I told (Eli) I loved him," Peyton
said after he and the Colts took
down his little brother's Giants
26-21 in field goal-heavy victory.
Awww. Isn't that sweet. Didn't


anyone tell you Peyton? There's
no loving in football!
Here at Tyndall, last year's
champs, 325th Contracting Squad-
ron, got off to a winning start, win-
ning for Week 1 with 12 correct
picks. Their win came down to the
Minnesota vs. Washington game.
Only three squadrons picked the
Vikings to win, and CONS was
one of them.
"I have a crack team ofprognosti-
cators," said Thomas Reese, CONS
picker. "They told me Minnesota
would win no problem... butthey also
said Carolina would kill Atlanta."
While Reese was humble and
said his team would just take each
week as they come, when I told
him I would be the overall victor,
he spoke up.
"The Pig Prog might want to step
up his game," said Reese. "Here's
the bar; come join us!"
The climb up is easy. It's the fall
that's going to be rough on you.
Now, let's get out there and
watch some football!


Pig Prog


Scorebox

CONS 12
MXS 11
1st FS 10
1st Sgts 10
Pig Prog 9
ACS 9
372nd TRS 9
SVS 9
28th TES 9
CPTS 9
MDOS 9
SFS 9
AMXS 8
CS 8
NCOA 8
OSS 8
CES / 7


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Team
SFS
MXS
COMM
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83rd FWS


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


Team
TEST
AMXS 4
AMXS 1
CES
AFCESA 1
SVS
ACS 2
Phase 1
RED HORSE
MOS
MSS
372nd TRS
AMMO
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L Team
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RHS 5
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OSS 3
MDG 3
SVS 3
ACS 2
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Bowling
L Team
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10 CS 2
10 43rd AMU
10 Phase 2
14 AFNORTH 3
16 CONS
16 DS2
16 83rd FWS 1
16 SFS
16 AFNORTH 1
16 ACS 1
16 83rd FWS 2
18 MDG
18 CS 1
20 Bye


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
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Chong Dodson
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Rhonda McMichael


Staff Sgt Stacey Haga

Row for health
Reggie Hamond, Air Force Civil Engineer Sup-
port Agency chemical biological radiological
nuclear equipment manager uses the back row
machine. September is Cholesterol Awareness
month. Working out is one way to reduce cho-
lesterol. The Health and Wellness Center has
classes on how to control your cholesterol, for
more information, call 283-3826.


Positions open
at Fitness Center

The Tyndall Fitness Center is hiring aer-
obics instructors
and sporting of-
ficials. Applicants
must be military
or civilian employ-
ees from Tyndall,
or military depen-
dents.
For more infor-
mation, contact the
Fitness Center at 283-2631.






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Child becomes first 95th FS 'pilot' for a day


STORY AND PHOTOS BY
STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
A young boy sits in the cockpit of an F-15
Eagle simulator. Screens displaying images
of sky and sea surround him. A pilot helps
him "lock on" to an aircraft.
"You got him," said Capt. Chad Spellman,
95th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot.
The boy laughs and asks for another shot
at the target.
In this moment, it is easy to forget the boy,
Austin Sheffield, has been very ill lately.
Austin, at age 11, is in a fight, not against
enemy aircraft, but against cancer.
On Monday, he was a "pilot" in the 95th
FS' first Pilot for a Day program.
The Pilot for a Day program here was
inspired by a program that already exists at
Randolph AFB, Texas.
"My wife saw pictures of their program
in one of the squadrons and suggested we
do the same or something similar," said Lt.
Col. William Routt, 95th FS commander.
"In addition, Master Sgt. Benjamin Rausa
(325th Maintenance Squadron) has led a
similar program for the last few air shows
at Tyndall and he has inspired us."
With that inspiration and a lot of effort,
the 95th FS adapted the program to its
squadron's mission, giving their first "pilot"


Captain Spellman shows Austin how
to wear a pilot's flight gear.


a tour of the squadron,
lunch with their pilots, a
ride in the simulator and
tour of the F-15.
"Everyone in the squad-
ron was very helpful in
making it a success," said
1st Lt. Kristen Gibson,
95th FS adjutant, who
spent many hours coordi-
nating Austin's visit.
Even though the
squadron has a very
busy training schedule,
the commander views
this program as a great
way to give back to the
community and share
their mission.
"There are many who
are not as fortunate and
through what ever means
we can provide, com-
fort or a fun experience,
we can give back," said
Colonel Routt. "Through
this program, I hope to Austin takes
paint a good picture of the 95th FS, the
325th Fighter Wing and the Air Force.
We can tell the Air Force story to the
community."
Austin's mother, step-father and sister
joined him for his pilot for a day adven-
ture and enjoyed the opportunity to come
out and visit the squadron. Austin's sister,
Jessica, even flew against him in the
simulator.
"My hope for Austin and his family is
simply to offer them an exciting experi-
ence," said Colonel Routt. "If we give him
a fond memory, it will have been a success.
They have had to deal with so many dif-
ficult times, many heart wrenching, and
this day can offer an escape."
"It's an awesome way to make him and
our family feel special," said Geri Papic,
Austin's mother. "It gets him out of his


flight in the F-15 simulator.
daily routine."
"I'd like to thank the whole 95th FS," said
Staff Sgt. Jason Papic, Southeast Air Defense
Sector, Austin's step-father. "They made it
happen."
Throughout the day, Austin was given
small keepsakes to remind him of his
special day and at the end of the day, he
was presented a lithograph of himself in
front of the F-15 signed by members of
the 95th FS.
"Hopefully, Austin had fun and forgot
about his illness for awhile," said Lieutenant
Gibson.
When asked if he had a fun time, Austin
smiled and said, "Yes, ma'am."
His smile got bigger when asked what his
favorite part of the day was.
"I got to fly a test plane (in the simulator)
and I shot down my sister," he said.


Fitness station gives users a 'leg up' on getting fit


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Recently, Airman Leader-
ship School class 2006-06
left a legacy of fitness for
Tyndall.
The class brought one Air-
man's idea to life as a class
legacy project, building a


fitness station for runners
on the track behind the NCO
Academy.
The idea was conceived
by Staff Sgt. Philip Morris,
325th Civil Engineer Squadron
firefighter.
"My main motivation for
this station came from a por-


tion of the Air Force physical
training leader class with
Lt. Col. Daniel Kulund," said
Sergeant Morris. "He asked
all of us attending to try
incorporating some kind of
physical station into your
run, whether it be stopping
and doing 30 pushups or do-


ing a few pull-ups."
It was pointed out during
the class there were not many
places along Tyndall's tracks
and trails to do this.
"After the class, I got the
idea of putting (together) a


* SEE FITNESS PAGE 18


Sept. 15, 2006





Gulf Defender Page 15


Remember
your double
hearing
protection.


A&


p


FOD Preventer of the Month


6


Sept. 15, 2006


Master Sgt. Jonathan
Broadway, 95th Aircraft
Maintenance Unit weap-
ons section chief, per-
forms weapons supervi-
sory postload inspection
on an F-15 Eagle.
Sergeant Broadway was
theAugust FOD Preventer
of the Month. He found an
air lock fastener and fas-
aa tener retaining pin lying
on the ground beside an
aircraft. The recovery of
the fastener and retaining
pin prevented an aircraft
impoundment and pos-
sible aircraft damage.
Staff Sgt Stacey Haga





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Gas prices reflect month-to-month U.S. market price


DALLAS As any driver knows, gas prices
can be a pain in the pump. Prices in the U.S., for
example, often change in the blink of an eye.
Fortunately, the Army and Air Force Exchange
Service's overseas gas pricing policy, as approved
by its military board of directors, protects mili-
tary families throughout Europe and the Pacific
from day-to-day or even hour-to-hour fluctua-
tions with prices based on the previous four or
five week Department of Energy average.
The benefit of this policy for military drivers
serving far from home and generally surrounded
by exorbitant gas prices throughout their host
country is pump prices on post are only adjusted
at the first of each month, just 12 times a year.
In addition to predictable, regular adjust-
ments, AAFES often releases details of overseas
pricing changes in advance, allowing troops
to make purchase decisions prior to the actual
adjustment.


With the ability to know what
prices will be for up to thirty days,
unlike CONUS where prices can
change hourly, comes the potential
for confusion as current prices
in the U.S. can be temporarily
inconsistent with prices drivers
pay overseas.
Because AAFES uses the
previous four to five week DOE
average to establish overseas
gas prices, price increases and
decreases are not immediately
seen at bases and posts over-
seas.
For example, according to
the DOE, drivers in the U.S.
were paying average pump
prices as high as $2.94 in April,
while military customers were


filling up at AAFES OCONUS stations for as little
as $2.42 a gallon.
"While there may be a four week delay, the
market based policy ensures whenever
U.S. pump prices change, prices at AAF-
ES OCONUS stations will follow," said
Master Sgt. Bryan Eaton, AAFES' senior
enlisted advisor chief. "Whether stateside
fluctuations impact AAFES OCONUS pump
prices at the first of the month or the next,
troops and their families overseas, in the long
term, will always find gas prices in-line with
the national average for U.S. stations."
Authorized exchange customers can find
out more about AAFES' gas pricing policy
by contacting their nearest exchange's General
Manager.
For more information, contact Penny Madison,
Tyndall AAFES' general manager, at 283-2580.
(Courtesy ofArmy-Air Force Exchange Service)


Sept. 15, 2006






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* FROM FITNESS PAGE 14
station, like that in the fire station,
for everyone to use," said Sergeant
Morris.
Soon after, he went to ALS and
ended up presenting the idea to the
students and instructors as a possible
legacy project for the class.
"I was assigned to the legacy project
team and they all liked the idea," he
said.
Users can perform pull-ups, back
rows and hanging abdominal routines
at the fitness station. Sergeant Morris
also plans on adding a place to do
dips to the station.
"I would like to see it get put
to good use," he said. "It doesn't
really matter if one person or the
entire base uses it, as long as the
people using it gain something
from it."
The station, when used properly,
can help Airmen increase their
strength levels, while running
to improve their cardiovascular
health. Being fit to fight is essen-
tial to the Air Force and its people,


including Sergeant Morris.
"Fitness for me is very impor-
tant. It not only helps me accom-
plish my job, but it also helps me
manage different aspects of my
personal life," he said. "In my job
fitness is a necessity. We never
know when we might have to run
up a flight of stairs with 60 pounds
of gear on or be faced with carry-
ing someone from a building or an
emergency area."
"As a firefighter and hard-train-
ing athlete, Sergeant Morris knows
pulling is every bit as impor-
tant as pushing," said Colonel
Kulund, 325th Medical Group
chief of medical staff. "He built
a multi-station machine with high
and low climbing bars that rivals
a fully-stocked gym and will be a
training boom for all of Tyndall's
Airmen."
"Without fitness, I or any other
military member, would not be able
to perform our assigned duties or
deployments that come with wearing
the uniform," said Sergeant Morris.


Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Sergeant Morris maneuvers his way across
the bars of the new fitness station he de-
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Sept. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 1 Vol. 65, No. 36 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Sept. 15, 2006 Trust, Teamwork, Training In Brief Inside Air Force’s Birthday ... PAGE 4 Tyndall remembers 9/11 ... PAGE 10 Child “pilot” visits the 95th FS ... PAGE 14 POW/MIA luncheon The POW/MIA luncheon will be at 11:45 a.m. today at the Enlisted Club. The cost is $14 for club mem bers and $16 for nonmembers. The price includes a commemo rative coin. Contact your first sergeant for more information. Hispanic Heritage month begins Hispanic Heritage month starts today and will last until October 15. To kick-off the month, the Enlisted Club will host a Latin Night with the rhythm of merengue, bachata and salsa start ing at 9 p.m. Saturday. Beach Clean-up Tyndall will have its annual beach clean-up 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Satur day at the NCO pavilion and beach access. 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 TRAVEL PAGE 8 Chrissy Cuttita Map quest map” of how lines are connected between all of Tyndall’s facilities. Airman 1st Class Christopher Lewis, voice network system apprentice, and Senior Airman Kristoffer Scott, telephone assistance tech nician, are assisting their squadron with the Air Force Combat Information Transport System program process. For more on CITS, go to Page 6. 1ST LT. AMANDA FERRELL 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Fiscal year 2006 will end Oct. 1, making it critical for personnel to promptly clear all travel orders through the 325th Comptroller Squad ron. “Currently, 392 travel or ders, totaling more than $450,000 are outstanding,” Travel orders must be cleared promptly said 2nd Lt. Tyler Hess, 325th cial services officer. “The amounts for these orders can either settle over or under the obligated amount, so there’s potential to lose money at possibly overspend.” If outstanding travel orders are not cleared promptly, it will affect Tyndall as a whole, he said. “It is the individual’s re sponsibility to clear outstand ing travel orders, because he nated on the orders,” said Lieutenant Hess. “We en courage people to come to the voucher, or if the temporary duty was cancelled, come in and get amendments to rescind the order.” Failing to clear generated or canceled will leave allo cated funds unspent – funds that would otherwise be available to purchase needed items.

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Page 2 Gulf Defender Sept. 15, 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 Airman Glenn Moore................................................staff writer 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 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. Capt. James Lowther, 325th Air Control Squad ron, correctly guessed as a stapler. Congratula tions, Captain Lowther, come claim your prize! ON THE STREET Who is your inspiration? “My grandfather is my role model because of his character.” 1ST LT. TONY GLESSNER 325th Air Control Squadron “My dad told me to be a good leader and be a good example.” ST AFF SGT. STEPHANIE FORREST 325th Operations Support Squadron “My daughter, Brianna, is my inspi ration. I want to provide a good life for her.” ST AFF SGT. SAMANTHA WHITFIELD 325th Mission Support Squadron “My dad has always been a good role model for me.” Got ID? Staff Sgt. Ben Rojek Staff Sgt. Lashondon Brown, 325th Mission Support Squadron, assists Airman 1st Class Christopher Brown, 325th Maintenance Squadron, with a new military identifi cation card. The Military Personnel Flight’s Customer Ser vice hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Appointments are highly encouraged and sponsors must accompany their dependents when renew ing their cards. Call 283-2276 or 2242 to schedule an ap pointment. SENIOR AIRMAN AN T ONIO JACK S ON 325th Aeromedical-Dental Squadron

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Sept. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 3 Action Line Call 283-2255 BRIG. GEN. (S) TOD WOL TERS 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. COMMENT ARY t’s not always about the material things about attitude. Couples need to have the right at titude to get them through the lonely times when they are apart.ST AFF SGT. ST ACEY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs ST A FF SG T. ST ACEY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs “Soldiers’ divorce rates up sharp ly,” a USA Weekly headline reads. Due to the war on terror and longer deployments, more military couples are calling it quits, reports say. It’s hard being away from the one you love and even harder when there is nothing you can do about it. I’m a newlywed and even though my husband and I have a great rela tionship, hearing about the divorce statistics is enough to make me want to panic. Neither one of us is deployed cur rently, but I know what it feels like to be apart from my partner for an extended amount of time. We live more than a thousand miles away from each other, 1,029.26 miles door-to-door to be exact. We were married Feb. 10, two weeks before I moved to Tyndall, leaving my husband, Derrick, behind at Tinker AFB, Okla. To this date, we are still waiting for our join-spouse application to be approved and re unite us. I understand why it’s taking so long. The military is going through very big changes right now. There is nothing more we can do except wait. It can feel hopeless at times. I’ve spent several evenings crying about it. But the important thing is we are still doing well. To keep the spark going, we have gotten creative. It’s one of the only things you can do when you are apart. Of course, we call each other ev ery day, even if it’s a quick call to say “I love you.” But, the regular phone calls have become like dates for us. We always talk in the evening, right when the free calling time starts. I know when he’s going to call me, so I always make sure my schedule is clear when he calls – no distractions. It’s just me and him. He also calls me sometimes just to say “I love you,” before I go to bed. Those phone calls make me smile even when I am at my lowest. We also forward each other funny e-mails, it’s quick and easy, but it lets us know we are thinking of each other throughout the day. We send pictures to each other. Call me crazy, but it’s almost as good as getting to see him in person. I also have pictures of him at work, home and even on my phone. We sometimes send each other thoughtful gifts. We visited each other in Atlanta recently and went to a Braves game. We had so much fun that day, so I had a mouse pad made with a picture of us at the game on it. Now when he is on the computer, he is reminded of the times we do get to see each other. It’s not always about the material things though. I’ve learned first-hand marriage is a lot about attitude. Cou ples need to have the right attitude to get them through the lonely times when they are apart. He taught me we can’t get upset over our situation because we have done everything we can. Eventually, even if it is March 2008, when he separates from the military, we will be back together. I taught him even though our situ ation looks bleak, never give up hope we will get stationed together. The attitude to have is trust. Trust your spouse and give him every rea son to trust you. I’ve learned trust can keep a lot of unnecessary argu ments from happening. Perhaps the most important les son I’ve learned though, is one that can’t easily be expressed. I’ve often questioned why would someone let this happen to us, does anyone care, do they want us to fail? I’ve even blamed myself for it. After all, it was my decision to re train into a differ ent career field. But regardless of why we are apart, one thing has become evi dent to me – the clich “absence makes the heart grow fonder” is true in our relation ship. I thought I loved him before we moved apart, but that was “child’s play” compared to the love I have for him now. Maybe the most important lesson is something I have started to learn now and will continue to learn the rest of my life. I’ve learned to ap preciate the time I do get to spend with my husband and not spend it nit-picking the things I don’t care for about him. And I hope that is something I will remember when we are growing old together, because personally, I don’t feel like we are going to become a statistic. I’ve learned to put that panic aside.

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Page 4 Gulf Defender Sept. 15, 2006 Leaders send AF birthday message WASHINGTON (AFPN) – The following is a mes sage from Secretary of the Air Force Michael W. Wynne and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. T. Michael Moseley on the Air Force’s 59th birthday. “Over the course of the past 59 years, the Air Force has established itself as the dominant force in air, space and cyberspace. Our knowledge-enabled Airmen have revolutionized the way our nation defends itself and its allies across the full spectrum of threats. “Before our inception as an inde pendent service, the Air Force responded wherever and whenever needed, whether for disaster relief, humanitarian operations or combat operations. We have only gotten better in time. “Our heritage is one of technological innova tion, courage and dedication. As we build on that proud heritage and look toward new and unlimited horizons, we will continue to deliver unmatched air, space and cyberspace dominance for the interdepen dent joint team and our nation. “Your tireless commitment, agility and profession alism are the foundation for our successes. Without you, and the support of your families, we could not be the world-class team we are. Ameri ca’s Airmen exemplify our core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do. “As we lead into our diamond an niversary celebration, we count on our most valuable asset – our Airmen – to began. We are confident you’ll conquer tomorrow’s challenges with the same courage, 59 years. “Thanks to our entire Air Force family across the globe: active duty, civilian, Guard, Reserve, retirees, veterans, and all their families. Happy birthday, Air Force!”

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Page 6 Gulf Defender Sept. 15, 2006 Next generation information network coming to TyndallMA ST ER SG T. BRIAN TIM P E 325th Communications Squadron The 325th Communications Squad ron is supporting Team Tyndall with a next generation network upgrade through the Air Force Combat Infor mation Transport System program this month. was installed at Tyndall eight years ago,” said Chief Master Sgt. Carol Cox, 325th CS plans and implementation flight chief. “It is part of an Air Force plan to reduce cost by upgrading the system in major segments versus a piece-by-piece approach.” During the next two years, the 325th CS will work closely with headquarters Air Education and Train ing Command and General Dynamics network equipment in more than 200 facilities are ready to meet the needs of the base’s growing information system. In addition, power and cool ing systems will be upgraded in rooms where communications equipment is stored if upgrades are needed to sup port larger network systems. The 325th CS will also work closely with personnel from the Air Force Com munications Agency at Scott AFB, Ill.; the Electronics Systems Center at Hanscom AFB, Mass. and the 38th Engineering Installation Group at Tin ker AFB, Okla. Personnel from these organizations will assist with program management and engineering support for the planning and implementation of the network upgrade project here. “Upgrading the base network will nications capabilities for the (325th) Fighter Wing and tenant units, enhanc ing their abilities to perform training and wartime missions now and well into the future,” said John Alexin, 38th EIG systems telecommunica tions engineering manager assigned to Tyndall. This effort is designed to increase bandwidth requirements allowing advancements in weather and intelli gence imagery, desktop video telecon ferencing and voice transmissions over from increased network redundancy, leading to greater survivability. An in tegrated team of contractors, civilians and “blue suites” will begin the project this month by conducting a survey of Installation will begin in the summer of 2007 and continue for one year. Every effort will be made to minimize impact on the Tyndall community, but personnel may expe rience a few inconveniences during the upgrade. If you have questions, 283-3215. Tyndall AFB Home of Air Dominance

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Page 8 Gulf Defender Sept. 15, 2006 The Gulf Defender is published for people like Senior Airman William Adams, 325th Operations Support Squadron air 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. 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 For current online information about Air jobs and more, visit ask.afpc.randolph.af.mil Senior Airman Veronica Soto Airman Soto receives the Checkertail Salute Warrior of the Week award from Col. Scott Davis, 325th Fighter Wing vice commander. day pass. 1st Lt. Amanda Ferrell support equipment. She maintains a 98 percent discrepancyfree average on equipment inspections. She also volunteers in the local community through the American Red Cross. Duty title: Aircrew life support specialist Time on station: Two years Time in service: Two years, six months Hometown: Las Cruces, N.M. Hobbies: Bowling, baseball, watching movies and shopping Goals: Get promoted to staff sergeant, complete a bachelor’s degree and earn a commission in the Air Force Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: The beach and the people Favorite movie: “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” Favorite book: The Bible Pet Peeves: Lying and laziness Proudest moment in the military: Be ing selected for senior airman belowthe-zone CHRI SS Y CU TT I T A 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Although the Air Force’s 101 Critical Days of Summer personnel to continue to practice operational risk management and focus on safety year-round. During this year’s annual campaign, the Air Force experi enced 18 fatalities compared to 29 during 2005. “This year the base did great, but everyone needs to continue to be on their guard to prevent the next mishap lurking right around the corner,” said Ken Jolley, 325th Fighter Wing chief of ground safety. As in past years, motor vehicle and motorcycle fatalities accounted for most of Air Force fatalities and mishaps. Some of the factors in these mishaps included losing control of the vehicle, not using seat belts and consuming alcohol. Other fatalities occurred during off-duty recreational ac tivities. With decreasing manning, it becomes increasingly important to protect every resource, especially our people. “The warriors of the 325th Fighter Wing have excelled,” said Brig. Gen. (S) Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander. “We continue to focus on winning the Global War on Terrorism and sending our expeditionary Airmen abroad with war-winning attitude. Team Tyndall has lost no lives during this campaign a credit to the professionalism of our Airmen.” The ‘critical days’ campaign has run annually since the early 1980s and was developed to counter an increase in Air Force mishaps and fatalities that occur during the summer months. The campaign attempts to increase personal awareness of risks and reduce the number of mishaps and fatalities. “We should always be applying ORM to our decisions while off-duty the same way we do on duty,” said Mr. Jolley, who is also the wing ORM point of contact. “Our mindset shouldn’t change just because the campaign is over; proper safety precautions and decisions should be applicable yearround. It needs to be a true mind-set for everyone at all times.” ORM is a critical process, and all three courses of ORM training are available on the Air Force Safety Web site for download. ards that surround any activity we want to do,” said Mr. Jolley. “It’s like what we were taught when we learned to cross the street. You have to stop, look and listen. If you stop and think about what you are planning to do, you are basically applying ORM to everyday decision making.” Tyndall keeps those efforts running year-round by continu ing to ensure the principals of ORM are learned and applied. Events like Wingman Day, Safety Day, courses such as mo torcycle training and programs like Airman Against Drunk Driving all contribute to better ORM and aid in educating the wing populace on aspects of safety. “ORM is everyone’s responsibility,” said Mr. Jolley. “The trick is to know what the risk is, and take the necessary steps to counter it.” ‘101 Critical Days’ ends, safety continues• FROM TRAVEL PAGE 1 “Beginning in September, re maining available funds are pulled together and managed at wing lev el,” said Capt. Laura Christensen, 325th CPTS financial analysis are used to purchase requirements on the approved and prioritized wing unfunded requirements list. The more funds tied up in out standing travel orders reduces the wing’s ability to fund end-of-year requirements.” By clearing all travel orders, individuals will help streamline the annual close-out process and For more information on how to clear outstanding travel vouch ers, call the finance office at 283-4117.

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Sept. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender ST AFF SGT. BENJAMIN ROJEK 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs A pilot is cruising along at 30,000 feet in an F-15 Eagle when suddenly he begins to feel “different.” He gets light-headed and his vision starts to blur. What is going on? That question is answered when F-15 B-Course students go through physiolog ical training in the altitude chamber. Aviators have long known about the when the body doesn’t get enough oxygen, but it wasn’t until about 50 years ago the Air Force adopted a physiological training program to teach pilots how the body reacts to the One such stress is hypoxia, a condi tion in which the body is in an oxygen at high altitudes where there are fewer oxygen molecules. If the condition is not immediately recognized and cor rective actions taken, the results can be disastrous. Staff Sgt. Rodrigo Vener, 325th Aero medical-Dental Squadron aerospace physiology technician, said the symp toms of hypoxia vary from person to person. Other physiological factors will also effect the onset of hypoxia. 18,000 feet, the time of useful con sciousness (the period of time which a person retains normal motor functions) is about 30 minutes, but is reduced to TRAINING SPOTLIGHT TRAINING SPOTLIGHT Training Spotlight What aircraft would you like to operate on as an air bat tle manager? “I would like to operate on the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, because I’m interested in controlling air-toair engagements.” 2ND LT. ERIN RUNDBERGET 325th ACS air battle manager student Chrissy Cuttita Airman 1st Class Calvin Smith, 325th Air Control Squadron pilot simulator technician, simulates pilot maneuvers and radio communications to help train future air bat tle managers. This training prepares air battle managers for controlling live aircraft with effective radio commu nication. Scoping out Congratulations to the Air Battle Manager graduates of Class 06-016 from the 325th Air Control Squadron! Congratulations to Mission Ready Airmen graduates of Classes 2006-070, 2006-071 and 2006-H01 from the 372nd Training Squadron/Detachment 4! Sergeant Vener said. “If the same in dividual smoked, didn’t exercise and maintained an unhealthy lifestyle, his time of useful consciousness would be reduced.” Teaching students about hypoxia, and letting them actu ally experience it, the only way to get the experience was the 325th ADS has an altitude cham ber, which is a small room-sized struc ture that resembles a contraption out of a 1950s science Inside the chamber, each student is seat ed at a console with an oxygen regulator. To eliminate any confusion on procedures chamber are exactly the same type as those used in Air Force aircraft. The students don their helmets and the door is sealed. Air is removed from the chamber simulating an increase in altitude. Once they reach the target pressure altitude, students remove their oxygen masks and are given a series of Having trouble with mental rea soning is a symptom of hypoxia, so the students’ performance while completing the puzzles is monitored closely by instructors. Students are taught to gang-load their oxygen regulators by moving all switches at once to provide 100 percent oxygen, which is delivered under pressure. They are also taught to fasten their oxygen masks if they begin to feel any symptoms of hypoxia. “Teaching the students to gang-load their regulators is a critical part of the train ing,” Sergeant Vener said. “If hypoxia sets in and the pi lot immediately sets his regulator to deliver 100 per cent oxygen under pressure, he will recover within 30 to 60 seconds. But, if the pilot doesn’t get the oxygen turned on or the mask up, he could pass out and be unable to recover the aircraft.” According to Maj. Brian Biebel, 95th Fighter Squadron, assistant director of operations, a rare but possible cause of decompression, a condition in which there is a loss of the atmospheric pres sure maintained in the cockpit. “Failures in a system on the jet that could cause decompression could be be able to recognize the symptoms of hypoxia as soon as they begin,” said Major Biebel. By becoming aware of these symptoms in training, pilots can recover in the air. Graphic illustration by Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga

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Gulf Defender Page 13 Page 12 Gulf Defender FEATURE Tech. Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo Jr. Lisa Norman Base honors 9/11 heroes, victims complex here. Lisa Norman LT. COL. DON ARIASAir Forces Northern Public Affairs director More than 3,000 people were mas sacred in the Sept. 11 attacks. I say “massacre” because although tragic, this was no “tragedy” or “accident” or “act of God.” It was an insane, blood-thirsty massacre of non-com batants – defenseless men, women and children were intended targets. We all remember where we were when we heard the terrible news. I was at work participating in a North American Aerospace Defense Com mand exercise. Most people assumed it must have been an accident that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. But I received notifica tion from our Northeast Air Defense Sector in New York that there was a hijacking. Was the hijacked plane the one that hit the North Tower? We weren’t sure. My thoughts were with my younger brother who was on the 84th floor of the South Tower. I called Adam in his office and shared our final conversation. In that two-minute phone call he told me of the terrible sights he saw from his window – of men and women jumping to their deaths from the North Tower rather than suffering certain incinera tion. He told me of desperate people at their windows contemplating that terrible choice – jump or burn. I speculated it was the suspected hi jacked aircraft that caused the life or death, human drama to unfold before my brother’s eyes. Over the phone, I heard the commotion of people look ing out of the window and I listened to their all-too-human responses as they watched fellow human beings leap to their deaths. I heard the ur gency in my brother’s voice, too. His last words to me were, “I gotta go now...” As he hung up the phone I quickly responded,“Go home.” I don’t know if he heard me. I never talked to my brother again. Then came the second crash – and with it, the terrible confirmation that this was no accident, this was an at tack. Our NORAD exercise ended and we were in “real-world ops.” When another airliner slammed into the southwest side of the Pen tagon minutes later, it was clear this was a coordinated and organized at tack on our country, our government and our very way of life. Airliners that normally carry families and busi ness travelers became deadly guided missiles aimed at the symbols of our democracy. Todd Beamer and his fellow pas sengers on Flight 93 challenged the terrorists who commandeered their plane. Their final words before they took on the terrorists have become a rallying cry for all of us: “Let’s roll!” When Flight 93 slammed into a field in Pennsylvania instead of the terrorists’ intended target, we knew all on that flight were lost. When my brother didn’t come home from work that night, I knew in my heart he was gone, too. The patriots of Sept. 11 were our mothers and fathers, our sisters and brothers, our sons and daughters. They were our friends, our col leagues, our loved ones. And we mourn the loss of each and every one of them because, unlike the enemies of America, we value every human life. Because we cannot forget the im ages of 9/11, we need to remember we are a nation at war. We cannot forget the stories of courage and heroism, of brother firefighters who ran up the stairs of the towering inferno while others scrambled to get out. I will never forget the courage my brother Adam showed as he assisted rescuers leading people to safety. Nor will I ever forget the terrible price he paid for being an American. We can only imagine the many other stories of courage and heroism that will never be told – because none lived to tell it. We should never forget the video taped images of the terrorists who laughed at our loss, or the spontane ous street celebrations of freedomhating fanatics. The agents of evil who crashed those planes hate America. They hate us not for what we’ve done, but for what we stand for: Our belief in selfdetermination, freedom and justice, and the right to govern ourselves. As Americans, we must all fight for our right to live in safety and security. As vice president of operations for an international trading firm, my brother was part of the great Ameri can economic engine. His agenda was not politics, religion or ideology – it was prosperity and freedom. He was light-hearted, determined, smart and talented. I’ll never forget his easy way and infectious laugh. And I will never forget why he died. The terrorists wanted to topple the U.S. government the way they took down the Twin Towers. They wanted to cripple our military power by at tacking the Pentagon. They did not succeed. They failed because America is more than just buildings, more than any one company or institution and more than any loved one they could kill. The terrorists may have brought down symbols of our greatness, but America’s strength is built on so much more than buildings and people. America is built on ideas, hopes and dreams that we have cherished for generations. The terrorists will never understand these concepts. This was our generation’s “Pearl Harbor,” an unprovoked attack on our way of life. More than 2,800 people lost their lives in the towers that day. But so many more lives were affected. The lives of the families, friends and colleagues left behind. To them we say, “We will never forget.” Today, terrorists seek weapons of mass destruction. If unchecked, we could be talking casualty figures in the millions. As members of the Armed Forces, we have a sacred duty to prevent that from happening. The war on fanatical fascism is a war we simply must win. Our nation was transformed by the massacre of 9/11, and so must we transform our committment to defending our country. We must never forget the heroes of Sept. 11 or our uniformed brothers and sisters who are fighting far from home to keep us free. We must stay focused like never before on the fact that we are fighting a war that we dare not lose. As we observe the fifth anniversary of 9/11, let’s remember President Bush’s vow, which is worth repeating: “We will not tire, we will not falter, and we will not fail.” Lisa Norman Patriot Day. We will not forget

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Page 12 Gulf Defender Sept. 15, 2006 GULF GUIDE Briefs OSC function will host a night of fun and games with dinner and Bunco 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at a garden salad, baked potato soup, Tuscan chicken sandwich, apple crisp, tea and coffee. The cost is $9 for club members and $11 for non-club mem bers. Please RSVP to Geraldine Traver at 871-1895 or rgtraver@netzero.com. Guard/Reserve All eligible members of the Air Force Reserve can now submit retirement ap plications electronically via the virtual Personnel Center Guard and Reserve, a 24/7 customer service Web portal operated by the Air Reserve Personnel Center in Denver. This new Web-enabled service will give Airmen the ability to monitor the status of their application from start to GR at arpc.afrc.af.mil/support/default. asp to begin the process. Case lot sale The Commissary’s case lot sale starts today and ends Sunday. For more infor mation call 283-4825. Troy University Registration for Troy University Term 2 runs 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. Gulf Coast Community College The Gulf Coast Community College Tyndall Center is looking to hire an eve ning math tutor to work two to four hours per week. math through the Calculus I level. To apply, call 283-4332 or visit room 45-A of the Education Building. Gulf Coast Community College The Gulf Coast Community College placement test for the Tyndall Center will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday. The cost is $5. The results are instantaneous. The following short-term classes are available at the Tyndall Center: Public Speaking, Western Civilization II and Macro Economics. At the main campus the following courses are available: English Composi tion II and Religions of the World. For more information, call 283-4332. 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 information, call the Fitness Center at 283-2631. Hispanic Heritage Committee Tyndall’s Hispanic Heritage Com mittee is seeking new board members (president, vice president and chair men). The committee gives Hispanics an opportunity to get together to plan community events and learn about the 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.) Latin culture through talking, music and food. For more information, con tact Elisa Esterley at 283-8483. Thrift Shop The Thrift Shop is open 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. WednesdayFriday. Con signments are accepted from all valid ID card holders 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays. For more information, call 286-5888. Eglin Spouses’ Club host the 21st Annual Craft Bazaar 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 30 at the Niceville Community Center. This event is open to the public. For more information, please contact Kim Hoelscher at 850-897-4509 or mkhoelscher@aol.com. AAFES supplement The 2006 Exchange Fall/Winter Home Dcor Supplement is avail able at all main stores and online at www.aafes.com. Staff Sgt. Christopher Bucklus, 325th Maintenance Operations Squadron education training manager, searches for a book at the base library. The library will have a book sale 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. now until Saturday. The sale will include books, videos and audio books. The money generated from the sale will be used for children’s activities, arts and crafts and DVDs. Get your read on Airman Glenn Moore

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Sept. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 13 Intramural Sports Standings Golf Team 372nd TRS CES AFCESA AFNORTH 1 MXS 1 COMM 1 MSS 53rd WEG MOS 1 SFS Team 83rd FWS RHS TEST OSS MDG SVS ACS 601st 2 CONS MXS 2 Points 78 77.5 75.0 71.5 70.5 68.5 66.5 61.5 58.0 54.5 Bowling Team TEST AMXS 4 AMXS 1 CES AFCESA 1 SVS ACS 2 Phase 1 RED HORSE MOS MSS 372nd TRS AMMO AMXS 2 ISRD Team AFCESA 2 CS 2 43rd AMU Phase 2 AFNORTH 3 CONS DS2 83rd FWS 1 SFS AFNORTH 1 ACS 1 83rd FWS 2 MDG CS 1 Bye 35 30 30 30 26 24 24 24 24 24 24 24 22 22 20 W 20 19 18 18 18 18 16 16 16 14 14 12 10 6 6 5 10 10 10 14 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 18 18 20 L W L 20 21 22 22 22 22 24 24 24 26 26 28 30 34 34 Points 52.5 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 AFNORTH 1 AFCESA 2 AFCESA Steve Murphy Ken Young Jeff Kerzan Julio Morelos Rachel Petri-Rose Chong Dodson Lisa Wyndham Rhonda McMichael 973 2897 1136 3412 267 715 276 751 204 555 252 708 Flag Football Team SFS MXS COMM OSS AMXS CES 83rd FWS W 4 5 3 3 3 4 2 L 0 1 1 1 2 3 3 Team MDG 601st 1 ACS 372rd TRS 53rd WEG SVS W 2 1 0 0 0 0 L 3 4 3 6 0 0 Positions open at Fitness Center The Tyndall Fitness Center is hiring aer obics instructors and sporting of must be military or civilian employ ees from Tyndall, or military depen dents. For more infor mation, contact the Fitness Center at 283-2631. Who is Tyndall picking? 325th Civil Engineer Squadron for NFL Week 2: Buffalo @ Miami Carolina @ Minnesota Cleveland @ Cincinnati Detroit @ Chicago Houston @ Indianapolis New Orleans @ Green Bay N.Y. Giants @ Philadelphia Oakland @ Baltimore Tampa Bay @ Atlanta Arizona @ Seattle St. Louis @ San Francisco Kansas City @ Denver New England @ N.Y. Jets Tennessee @ San Diego Washington @ Dallas Pittsburgh @ Jacksonville PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICA T OR From the merry old land of Boz The hits just keep on coming. Es pecially if you were Aaron Brooks on Monday Night. Guess how many times the Oakland Raiders’ quarterback was sacked. Twice? Four times? Try nine times. That’s no way to start a season. And how did the Chargers’ rookie quarterback fare? Philip Rivers, in his to take San Diego to a 27-0 road vic tory. I’m sure he was excited, but he shouldn’t get cocky. His team has some tough games coming up. Moving from a horrible beatdown to a touchy-feely game, the “Manning Bowl” proved to be fun to watch. Brothers Eli and Peyton were in a game, and they kept it amicable, praising each other afterward. “I told (Eli) I loved him,” Peyton said after he and the Colts took down his little brother’s Giants Awww. Isn’t that sweet. Didn’t anyone tell you Peyton? There’s no loving in football! Here at Tyndall, last year’s champs, 325th Contracting Squad ron, got off to a winning start, win ning for Week 1 with 12 correct picks. Their win came down to the Minnesota vs. Washington game. Only three squadrons picked the Vikings to win, and CONS was one of them. “I have a crack team of prognosti cators,” said Thomas Reese, CONS picker. “They told me Minnesota would win no problem ... but they also said Carolina would kill Atlanta.” While Reese was humble and said his team would just take each week as they come, when I told him I would be the overall victor, he spoke up. “The Pig Prog might want to step up his game,” said Reese. “Here’s the bar; come join us!” The climb up is easy. It’s the fall that’s going to be rough on you. Now, let’s get out there and watch some football! Pig Prog Scorebox CONS MXS 1st FS 1st Sgts Pig Prog ACS 372nd TRS SVS 28th TES CPTS MDOS SFS AMXS CS NCOA OSS CES 12 11 10 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 8 8 8 8 7 Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga Reggie Hamond, Air Force Civil Engineer Sup port Agency chemical biological radiological nuclear equipment manager uses the back row machine. September is Cholesterol Awareness month. Working out is one way to reduce cho lesterol. The Health and Wellness Center has classes on how to control your cholesterol, for more information, call 283-3826. Row for health

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Page 14 Gulf Defender Sept. 15, 2006 • SEE FITNESS PAGE 18 ST ORY AND P HO T O S B Y ST A FF SG T. ST ACEY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs A young boy sits in the cockpit of an F-15 Eagle simulator. Screens displaying images of sky and sea surround him. A pilot helps him “lock on” to an aircraft. “You got him,” said Capt. Chad Spellman, 95th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot. The boy laughs and asks for another shot at the target. In this moment, it is easy to forget the boy, enemy aircraft, but against cancer. On Monday, he was a “pilot” in the 95th The Pilot for a Day program here was inspired by a program that already exists at Randolph AFB, Texas. “My wife saw pictures of their program in one of the squadrons and suggested we do the same or something similar,” said Lt. Col. William Routt, 95th FS commander. “In addition, Master Sgt. Benjamin Rausa (325th Maintenance Squadron) has led a similar program for the last few air shows at Tyndall and he has inspired us.” With that inspiration and a lot of effort, the 95th FS adapted the program to its Captain Spellman shows Austin how a tour of the squadron, lunch with their pilots, a ride in the simulator and tour of the F-15. “Everyone in the squad ron was very helpful in making it a success,” said 1st Lt. Kristen Gibson, 95th FS adjutant, who spent many hours coordi nating Austin’s visit. Even though the squadron has a very busy training schedule, the commander views this program as a great way to give back to the community and share their mission. “There are many who are not as fortunate and through what ever means we can provide, com fort or a fun experience, we can give back,” said Colonel Routt. “Through this program, I hope to paint a good picture of the 95th FS, the 325th Fighter Wing and the Air Force. We can tell the Air Force story to the community.” Austin’s mother, step-father and sister joined him for his pilot for a day adven ture and enjoyed the opportunity to come out and visit the squadron. Austin’s sister, Jessica, even flew against him in the simulator. “My hope for Austin and his family is simply to offer them an exciting experi ence,” said Colonel Routt. “If we give him a fond memory, it will have been a success. They have had to deal with so many dif this day can offer an escape.” “It’s an awesome way to make him and our family feel special,” said Geri Papic, Austin’s mother. “It gets him out of his ST AFF SGT. ST ACEY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Recently, Airman Leader ship School class 2006-06 left a legacy of fitness for Tyndall. The class brought one Air man’s idea to life as a class legacy project, building a daily routine.” “I’d like to thank the whole 95th FS,” said Staff Sgt. Jason Papic, Southeast Air Defense Sector, Austin’s step-father. “They made it happen.” Throughout the day, Austin was given small keepsakes to remind him of his special day and at the end of the day, he was presented a lithograph of himself in front of the F-15 signed by members of the 95th FS. “Hopefully, Austin had fun and forgot about his illness for awhile,” said Lieutenant Gibson. When asked if he had a fun time, Austin smiled and said, “Yes, ma’am.” His smile got bigger when asked what his favorite part of the day was. and I shot down my sister,” he said. fitness station for runners on the track behind the NCO Academy. The idea was conceived by Staff Sgt. Philip Morris, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron “My main motivation for this station came from a por tion of the Air Force physical training leader class with Lt. Col. Daniel Kulund,” said Sergeant Morris. “He asked all of us attending to try incorporating some kind of physical station into your run, whether it be stopping and doing 30 pushups or do ing a few pull-ups.” It was pointed out during the class there were not many places along Tyndall’s tracks and trails to do this. “After the class, I got the idea of putting (together) a

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Sept. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 15 FOD Preventer of the Month Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga Master Sgt. Jonathan Broadway, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit weap ons section chief, per forms a weapons supervi sory postload inspection on an F-15 Eagle. Sergeant Broadway was the August FOD Preventer of the Month. He found an air lock fastener and fas tener retaining pin lying on the ground beside an aircraft. The recovery of the fastener and retaining pin prevented an aircraft impoundment and pos sible aircraft damage.

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Sept. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 17 DALLAS – As any driver knows, gas prices can be a pain in the pump. Prices in the U.S., for example, often change in the blink of an eye. Fortunately, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service’s overseas gas pricing policy, as approved by its military board of directors, protects mili tary families throughout Europe and the Pacific from day-to-day or even hour-to-hour fluctua tions with prices based on the previous four or five week Department of Energy average. The benefit of this policy for military drivers serving far from home and generally surrounded by exorbitant gas prices throughout their host country is pump prices on post are only adjusted at the first of each month, just 12 times a year. In addition to predictable, regular adjust ments, AAFES often releases details of overseas pricing changes in advance, allowing troops to make purchase decisions prior to the actual adjustment. With the ability to know what prices will be for up to thirty days, unlike CONUS where prices can change hourly, comes the potential for confusion as current prices in the U.S. can be temporarily inconsistent with prices drivers pay overseas. Because AAFES uses the average to establish overseas gas prices, price increases and decreases are not immediately seen at bases and posts over seas. For example, according to the DOE, drivers in the U.S. were paying average pump prices as high as $2.94 in April, while military customers were as $2.42 a gallon. “While there may be a four week delay, the market based policy ensures whenever U.S. pump prices change, prices at AAF ES OCONUS stations will follow,” said Master Sgt. Bryan Eaton, AAFES’ senior enlisted advisor chief. “Whether stateside fluctuations impact AAFES OCONUS pump prices at the first of the month or the next, troops and their families overseas, in the long term, will always find gas prices in-line with the national average for U.S. stations.” Authorized exchange customers can find out more about AAFES’ gas pricing policy by contacting their nearest exchange’s General Manager. For more information, contact Penny Madison, Tyndall AAFES’ general manager, at 283-2580. ( Courtesy of Army-Air Force Exchange Service )

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Page 18 Gulf Defender Sept. 15, 2006 • FROM FITNESS PAGE 14 for everyone to use,” said Sergeant Morris. Soon after, he went to ALS and ended up presenting the idea to the students and instructors as a possible legacy project for the class. “I was assigned to the legacy project team and they all liked the idea,” he said. Users can perform pull-ups, back rows and hanging abdominal routines also plans on adding a place to do dips to the station. “I would like to see it get put to good use,” he said. “It doesn’t really matter if one person or the entire base uses it, as long as the people using it gain something from it.” The station, when used properly, can help Airmen increase their strength levels, while running to improve their cardiovascular health. Being fit to fight is essen tial to the Air Force and its people, including Sergeant Morris. “Fitness for me is very impor tant. It not only helps me accom plish my job, but it also helps me manage different aspects of my personal life,” he said. “In my job fitness is a necessity. We never know when we might have to run up a flight of stairs with 60 pounds of gear on or be faced with carry ing someone from a building or an emergency area.” ing athlete, Sergeant Morris knows pulling is every bit as impor tant as pushing,” said Colonel Kulund, 325th Medical Group chief of medical staff. “He built a multi-station machine with high and low climbing bars that rivals a fully-stocked gym and will be a training boom for all of Tyndall’s Airmen.” military member, would not be able to perform our assigned duties or deployments that come with wearing the uniform,” said Sergeant Morris. Sergeant Morris maneuvers his way across the bars of the new fitness station he de signed. Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga

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