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GULF


DEFENDER


Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts


Tyndall lease signing
Those who have not
signed their housing lease
yet may do so today 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at the Education
Center, Bldg. 1230.
Residents need to bring a
copyoftheservicemember's
most recent Leave and
Earning Statement. For
more information, contact
the GMH Community
Management Office at
286-1700.

Blood Drive
There will be a blood
drive Wednesday 8 a.m.
to 4 p.m. at the Commmu-
nity Activities Center. For
more information, contact
your unit representative
or Leslie Richardson at
283-3634.

No Gulf Defender
There will be no Gulf
Defender Dec. 29. and
Jan. 5 due to the holiday
season.

Cell phone use
The 325th Security
Forces Squadron would like
to remind Tyndall drivers
that cell phones may not
be used while driving on
base without a hands-free
device.



From the scope to the
microphone ... PAGE 4

Medical Group receives
top honors ... PAGES 10-11

The Avengers save the
holidays fortroops ... PAGE 17


sieve vvaiiace
Test flight
Toby Crabtree and his father, Staff Sgt. Brian Crabtree, 325th Maintenance Squadron, is shown the cock-
pit of an F-15 Eagle by Capt. Chris Ridlon, 95th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, (left) during Toby's Pilot
for a Day visit to the 95th FS. See the full story about the 5-year-old's special day on page 14.


Tyndall NCOA renamed after first CMSAF


CHRISSY CUTTITA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Tyndall's NCO Academy was
renamed Wednesday to honor the
first Chief Master Sergeant of the Air
Force.
The Paul W. Airey NCO Academy
dedication ceremony will be
remembered as the second greatest
thing to happen in the retired chief's
professional life, said Chief Airey, only
because becoming Chief Master Sgt.
of the Air Force will always be first, he
said.
"I am proud and a little in awe," said
Chief Airey. "I will never let you down
and I'm going to do my best to live up
to this."
For years the academy hoped they
could rename their institution after
the chief who has been involved with
professional development at Tyndall


since he retired here in 1970.
"Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force
Airey is a great hero, a trailblazer for
the enlisted corps and a great, humble
man," said Chief Master Sgt. Thomas
Schwenk, NCOA commandant, to a
crowd of active and retired military,
families, local community leaders and
Wednesday's graduating NCOA class.
The presiding officer for the
dedication was Col. Albert John
Bowley, Jr., commander of the College
for Enlisted Professional Military
Education, Maxwell AFB, Gunter
Annex, Ala.
"We celebrate a life well-lived,"
said Colonel Bowley. "We honor an
Air Force hero, aerial gunner, former
prisoner of war (in WWII), Korean War
veteran and Legion of Merit recipient.

SEE AIREY PAGE 7


Chief Airey speaks during the dedi-
cation of the NCO Academy.


Trst Temok Tranin


Vol. 65, No. 48


Dec. 15,2006


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Gulf Defender


Dec. 15, 2006


Lisa Norman

Words of wisdom

Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald Murray
spoke with Tyndall Airmen Tuesday about a variety of cur-
rent issues including leadership priorities, force shaping, the
impact of one's voice and his appreciation of all Airmen and
their contributions to the Air Force.





Identify this
Can you identify this ob-
ject? If so, send an e-mail
to editor@tyndall.af.mil with
"Identify this" in the sub-
ject line.
Three correct entries will
be chosen at random and
drawn from a hat to deter-
mine the final winner. The
prize can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office. Roger
Lachance, 325th Mainte-
nance Group, correctly
guessed the Dec. 8 "Iden-
tify This" as a mainte-
nance stand platform.
Congratulations Mr. La-
chance, come claim your
prize!


What is your family's holiday tradition?


"We have our family over for
a big dinner and then relax and
talk."

2ND LT. BRENDEN MCLEAN
28th Test Squadron


"Christmas morning my family un-
wraps presents and at night we eat
a big dinner. The next day we visit
grandma in Rhode Island."
AIRMAN CHANDRA WALMSLEY
2nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit


"We cut down a tree together,
bake cookies, visit the grand-
parents and go skiing."


JEAN BELL
Retired military


"We like to get a different sing-
ing stuffed toy every year and
sing along with it."


MASTER SGT. DOUGLAS PETTIFORD
325th Air Control Squadron


Gulf Defender Editorial Staff

Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters...........................325th FW commander
Maj. Susan A. Romano............... chief, 325th FW public affairs
Chrissy Cuttita................................ chief, internal information
Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga............................. .........editor
Airm an G lenn M oore ..............................................staff w riter


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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Dec. 15, 200o G^Vulf Defender Page 3
----------------- COMMENTARY


Making the holiday season spirit last longer


CHAPLAIN (COL.) RICHARD JOHNSON
U.S. Joint Forces Command
NORFOLK, Va. (AFPN) Except for the
feeding frenzy that can occur when last minute
shoppers compete for the last half-dozen "Bouncing
Tiggers" known to exist in the Western world, the
holiday period is generally a time of widespread
friendliness, hope, and cheer.
There is a pervasive attitude of peace, love and joy
that fills the hearts of most people. Have you ever
noticed that people are more friendly, cooperative
and helpful during the holidays?
Typically, however, this helpful and loving
attitude seems to quickly disappear right after the
holidays. Why does the spirit of the holidays seem
to disappear when the last of the holiday cookies
are gone? Is there a secret ingredient in the festive
foods that makes us love, accept and cooperate with
our fellow human beings?
The secret ingredient is in us.


The real answer lies in the fact that the holidays
are also a time for remembering the deepest truths of
humankind. All of the major religions of the world
celebrate the holidays and the New Year as a time of
reflection and rededication. The holidays are a time
for remembering and rejoicing because of the many
blessings that we all have received from God. They
are also a time for reaffirming the common bonds
and struggles of humankind. The holidays bring us
closer to God, and therefore closer to each other.
Dinners served at the homeless shelters, gifts given
to the needy and to orphans, letters written to lonely
military members, visits made to nursing homes and
past hurts that are forgiven and forgotten are hallmarks
of the holiday season because they are reminders
that we all share the same needs, hopes, desires, and
dreams. We all live under the same sun, breathe the
same air and drink the same water. Everyone desires
love, companionship, acceptance and recognition.
There is an undeniable bond that links us all.


Let the core values of the holiday linger in your lives.
People frequently ask why the holiday spirit
can't continue throughout the entire year. The truth
is it could! If the special feelings of the holiday
season are to continue past the time when the
holiday decorations have come down, then we must
continually and repeatedly remind ourselves of the
common ties and desires that we share. We must
continually draw closer to our God -- which will
draw us closer to all humankind.
This holiday season, when we worship at our
respective houses of worship, remember that the
"core values" of the holiday season ... those that
we so deeply enjoy at this time of year, such as the
"golden rule," the desire for true peace, and the love
of fellow human beings ... are not simply meant
to be practiced only during the holidays! Live the
spirit! Let the light of the holidays shine on in your
lives! May God richly bless you and yours during
this holiday season.


Festival of lights begins today at sundown


MAJ. SUSAN A. ROMANO
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Hanukah, the Jewish festival of
lights, is an eight-day festival that
occurs on the twenty-fifth day of the
Jewish month of Kislev and begins
today at sundown.
Its history can be traced more
than two thousand years ago,
commemorating the Maccabees
victory over the Syrians. The victory
itself was considered a miracle, and
Jewish legend explains that once
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem
had been reclaimed, it had to be
rededicated, but there was only one
jar of sacramental oil enough forjust
one day. Miraculously, the oil burned


Action Line
Call 283-2255


BRIG. GEN. TOD WOLTERS
325th Fighter Wing commander


for eight days, thus the eight days of,
Hanukkah.
Hanukkah, which means
rededication, is a time for Jewish
families to focus attcnltion oni
matters affcctinii Jc'\\lih education
of children. Its rchi,'ious s'ntificancc
is far less than other Jewish hohidaN s
such as Passover, YoIn KippLiu and
Rosh Hashanah, but the Icll_'IOIS
observance of Hanuikkah comes
at the lighting of the candles i n
the menorah. A menorah is a
candelabrum that holds nine candl'sc -
- one for each night plus a shammus_
The shammus, which t1anslatLc' into
servant, is used to light rhe othc'i
eight candles and is usually-higher


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


that the others in the menorah.
Once the shammus is lit, a prayer is
recited as. the iirt :candle is lit. Each
night another candle is lit until all
eight candles a r brn in ., on the eighth
ni_'ht ofHanukkah
Hanukkah s probably onl ofthcbest-
kil\\ Jc~\\ih holidaI\ nIot because
of an\ r'icat reli io i.u Sinilcance, but
because of its po\imlity to Christmas
,and its tradition of exchanging gifts.
:It is also a tini for preparing delicious
foods such as potato latkes (pancakes)
-and sufganiot (jelly donuts).
. Another tradition is playing with
a drcidel A dreidel is a square top
Sixth tour- Hebrew letters on them.
Children play with matchsticks,


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


candy, pennies, or gelt (chocolate
coins). Each letter signifies an action
the players must take. The Hebrew
letters--Nun, Gimmel, Heh and Shin
- have their roots in the Hebrew
phrase, "Nes gadol haya sham,'which
means a great miracle happened there.
Some believe it stands for the Yiddish
words, nit (nothing), gantz (all), halb
(half) and shtell (put), which are
actually the rules of the game. If a
player spins Nun, nothing happens.
If a player spins Gimmel, the spinner
takes all. If Heh is spun, the player
takes half. And if Shin appears, all
the players must ante up.
Happy Hanukkah, enjoy the latkes,
and here's to winning a lot of gelt!


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


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Page 4 Gulf Defender


Airman trades scope for microphone


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The saying goes, "third time's a charm,"
but not in Senior Airman Wallis Payano's
case.
The second time she auditioned for Tops
in Blue proved life-changing for the 81st
Range Control Squadron interface control
technician.
"I didn't make it last time, so I didn't
feel I would make it this time," saidAirman
Payano.
However, those feeling were put aside
during a recent commander's call in her


squadron when her commander gave
her the news she had been selected as
a Tops in Blue vocalist.
"I cried when I saw a certificate with
'Tops in Blue' on it in my commander's
hand," said Airmen Payano. "My
squadron is so supportive and proud of
me."
"She is an easy person to get excited
for," said Lt. Col. Barbara Omstead,
81st RCS commander. "I hear her
singing in the hall all the time. We are
most proud of her. I think Tops in Blue
will open her eyes to the rest of the


Air Force and build her confidence in
herself and others."
"I love singing. I got into it when I
joined junior high choir," said Airman
Payano.
She sings a variety of music such as
gospel and rhythm and blues, but her
favorite is Spanish.
"It's in my blood," said Airman
Payano, whose parents are from the
Dominican Republic. "I grew up with
it."

SSEE SINGER PAGE 18


Staff Sgt Stacey Haga
Airman Payano checks her sched-
ule before beginning link training.


Dec. 15, 2006





Dec. 15, 2006


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Page 6 Gulf Defender Dec. 15, 2006






Senior Airman Branden Belush

Duty title: Quality examinations
Hometown: Elizabethtown, Ky.
Time on station: Two years, nine months
Time in service: Three years, two
months
Hobbies: Sports, video games and
volunteering
SGoals: Getting my bachelor's degree
in computer science
Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB:
The beach, people and co-workers
Favorite movie: "Anchorman" and
"Wedding Crashers"
Favorite book: "Angels and Demons"
Airman Glenn Moore by Dan Brown
Airman Belsuh receives the Checkertail Salute War- Proudest moment in the military:
rior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters, Receiving an F-15 incentive flight.
325th Fighter Wing commander.
The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing
Airman Belush, 325th Fighter Wing, received the award commander program designed to recognize Tyn-
dali's Warrior of the Week Supervisors can nomi-
for processing 2,482 pay transactions with 99.9 percent docu- nate individuals via their squadron and group com-
ment accuracy totaling $468,175. As a PT leader, he took manders. Award recipients receive a certificate,
charge of the commander's Physical Training program. letter from the commander and a one-day pass.






Gulf Defender Page 7


* FROM AIREY PAGE 1
Chief Airey is someone we all know
and admire."
The ceremony left students feeling
honored and privileged to be part of
the historic event.
"NCO Academy Class of 07-1,
count ourselves lucky to be at the right
place at the right time," said Tech. Sgt.
Durene Colton, class leader. "Changing
the name as the academy enters its 50th
year of education, and doing it all on
the first Chief Master Sgt. of the Air
Force's birthday, is unreal."
Chief Airey also wanted to leave


the class with a quote he created
for the new Air Force memorial in
Washington.
"When I think of the enlisted force,
I think of dedication, determination,
loyalty and valor," said the retired chief.
The tradition of excellence
continues because of the chief and
other military leaders.
"How you live your life inspires
your country," Colonel Bowley said
to Chief Airey during the colonel's
ceremonial speech. "We educate to
inspire and develop the enlisted core.
We've nailed our vision and mission


Chief Schwenk congratulates Chief Airey (center) after the dedica-
tion olaaue was unveiled, while Col. Bowlev looks on.


Dec. 15, 2006





Page 8 Gulf Defender


Preventing FOD
Staff Sgt. Kyle Meicher and Airman 1st Class Clinton Gibson, 43rd
Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs remove a panel from an
F-15 Eagle's engine bay in order to perform maintenance on the jet.
In Oct., Sergeant Meicher was Golden Bolt Award winner and Airman
Gibson was the Foreign Object Damage Preventer of the Month.


Dec. 15, 2006






Gulf Defender Page 9


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How has the First Term
Airmen Center helped you
adjust to your first base?

"It gives me a lot of useful
information like how the base
is organized and where places
are located. Also, I understand
more about the Air Force."


AIRMAN BRIAN PLOOF
FTAC student


Get your Community
College of the Air Force in-
formation at
afvec.langley.af.mil.


1st FS, 1st AMU wraps up history


of training Eagle pilots to fly


STAFF SGT. STACEY HAGA
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Training an F-15 Eagle pilot is not a small feat.
It takes many people, many hours, many resources
and a lot of coordination.
The 1st Fighter Squadron and 1st Aircraft
Maintenance Unit have been dedicated to the mission
of training F-15 pilots, and have done so very
successfully.
The 1st FS was reactived here as a training
squadron in 1984 after 25 years of inactivation. The
1st FS, then called the 1st Tactical Fighter Training
Squadron, was reactivated Jan. 1, 1984 as part of
the 325th Tactical Training Wing. The squadron's
mission then was to train world-class Eagle pilots and
prepare them for operational duty world-wide, which
is the mission they continue to accomplish today.
In 1991, the operations and maintenance functions of
the 1st TFTS joined to form a combined squadron and
was renamed the 1st Fighter Squadron.
Today, the squadron and unit were inactivated again
to meet the needs of the ever evolving Air Force, and
they do so leaving behind a legacy of safe and effective
training for Air Force Eagle pilots.
"As of 'end-of-flying' Dec.6, we have safely flown
109,077 sorties and 143,741 hours," said Capt. Robert
Anson, 1st Aircraft Maintenance Unit officer in charge.
During those hours, the 1st FS trained approximately
670 pilots.
"To get there, the 1st AMU provided safe and reliable
aircraft to meet the flying training mission," said Chief
Master Sgt. Jody Reed, 1st AMU NCO in charge.
"The maintainers of the 1st AMU remained focused
on the training mission," said Lt. Col. Malcolm
Kemeny, 1st FS operations officer. "They surpassed
every goal during my tenure as operations officer. We
would not have enjoyed the success we had without
their dedicated support."


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1st Lt. Gary Wallace, the last student pilot to
fly in the 1st FS, prepares for taxi to the run-
way.


Steve Wallace
SeniorAirman Jay Ruark and SeniorAirman Nathan
Patrick, 1st AMU crew chiefs, prepare an F-15 for
the last 1st FS training mission.

Successful training is not accomplished solely by the
Airmen turning wrenches, nor is it accomplished only by those
flying the jets. It comes from a good working relationship
between the two elements, said Lt. Col. George Menker, 1st
FS commander.
"The working relationship between the fighter squadron
and AMU is exceptional," said Captain Anson. "Which leads
to balancing operational needs with aircraft maintenance
requirements."
"The greatest asset of the 1st FS is its people," said Colonel
Kemeny. "I have never seen such an exuberant 'can do'
attitude."
The hard work and commitment invested in the mission by
Airmen in the 1st FS and 1st AMU are proven by the number
of pilots trained. It's also made apparent by the numerous
decorations, awards and plaques that cover the walls of both
units.
The 1st FS received several honors, such as earning
the Air Force Maintenance Effectiveness Award for
1998, Nineteenth Air Force Top Operations Squadron
of the Year for 1998 and 325th Fighter Wing Fighter
Squadron of the Year for 1995, 1997 and 1998.
Other notable accomplishments include receiving the U. S.
Air Force Air Flight Safety of the Year award for 2002, as
well as recognition for best intelligence mission report.
The 1st AMU has received the 325th Fighter Wing AMU
of the Year award for 2003 and 2004, and has won numerous
Turkey Shoot competitions over the years. They even
continued their success into their final days by winning AMU
of the Quarter for the third time this year.
More important than awards and accolades, and above any
individual member, the collective team of Airmen assigned to
the 1st FS and 1st AMU will together create the legacy of the
Fighting' Furies.


Dec. 15, 2006





Page 10 Gulf Defender


FEATURE


Group personnel take home numerous AETC


medical service awards, hope forAir Force honors


Capt. Karen Kramer, public health officer in charge
discusses the plan to implement 2005 food code
changes with Staff Sgt. Gregory Douyon, public health
technician.


AIRMAN GLENN MOORE
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The 2006 Air Education and Training Com-
mand Air Force medical service annual awards
have been announced and the medical clinic
members here made a strong showing.
They won ten awards this year at the AETC
level and are now competing at the Air Force
level.
"It really spotlights the team and the work
they have done," said Col. George Nicolas,
325th Medical Group commander. "I'm very
proud of the work everyone has put in. The
awards recognize everyone, including a lot
of the people 'down in the trenches.'"
AETC has more medical facilities than any
other command. This makes the competition
much tougher and the process for the clinic
here selecting who should be submitted for
awards harder.
"When we look for a person to submit for
an award, we look for someone who is well
rounded," said Colonel Nicolas. "We need
people who can do all things really well, rather
than excelling in one area."
Winning the awards has also caused other
clinics to ask how our clinic here did so well.
"We have already had other clinics call to
see how we won all our awards," said Colonel
Nicolas. "It goes to show how well everyone
works together to achieve this goal."
Some would think the mixed environment of
military and civilian could be difficult at times,


but not for the clinic here.
"We actually have more civilians than
military working in the clinic right now,"
said Colonel Nicolas. "This team is a really
nice blend of civilian and military. Everyone
gets along and works together extremely
well."
The hard work paid off in the end for the
medical clinic as they have received recogni-
tion for their dedication to excellence.
The awards won by the medical clinic are
as follows:
Clinical Excellence Award
Company Grade Capt. Sandra Bruno
Nursing Service
Brig. Gen. Sarah Wells Outstanding NCO
Master Sgt. Lorilee Draper
Bio-environmental Engineering
Field Grade Engineer Maj. Kevin Boerma
Physician Assistant
David Gwinn Field Grade Maj. Tim Howerton
Public Health
Officer Capt. Karen Kramer
Resource Management
Airman Staff Sgt. Tawnie Miller
Surgeon General's Medical Information
Services
Airman Senior Airman Aquilino Alveo-
Forbes
Civilian Mandy Walz
Team 325th Medical Group
Medical Service Individual Mobilization
Augmentee Award Maj. Kelly Gervera


Chrissy Cuttita Courtesy photo
Capt. Sandra Bruno, medical director pediatrics checks Matthew Chapman's, 6-year-old patient, heartbeat Staff Sgt. Tawnie Miller (left), bio-metrics program
during a routine check up. manager, assists a co-worker while TDY to Germany.

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Chrissy Cuttita
Senior Airman Aquilino Alveo-Forbes, information systems
technician, prepares to troubleshoot a computer.


Chrissy Cuttita
MasterSgt. Lorilee Draper, family practice clinic NCO in charge,
inventories an emergency ready bag on an ambulance.


Chrissy Cuttita
Maj. Kelly Gervera, individual mobilization augmentee, teaches Capt. Dori
Richard how to use a blood glucose monitor.


Airman Glenn Moore
Mandy Walz, computerassistant reviews 325th Medical Support Squad-
ron training records.


Airman Glenn Ivioore
Maj. Tim Howerton, family practice flight commander, listens to Airman 1st Class
Nicole Cruz's upper respiratory area.


Airman ulenn Iloore
Maj. Kevin Boerma, bio-environmental engineering
flight commander, tests Hapsight, a device used to de-
tect chemical agents in the air.


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Page 12 Gulf Defender


ERAU registration
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univer-
sity Spring 2007 Term begins Jan. 8.
Registration will be held today and
Jan. 3 5 in the Education Center, Room
48. Applications are available online
under Web registration/forms. For more
information, call 283-4332.

GCCC holiday schedule
The Gulf Coast Community Col-
lege Tyndall Center will be closed
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The GCCC
Tyndall Center office hours will be
8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today Dec. 23.
GCCC will be closed Dec. 25 through
Jan. 1.
All tuitions assistance forms should
be turned in by 4 p.m. Dec. 23. Fees
are due Jan. 2. For more information,
call 283-4332.

Troy University
Registration for Troy University
Term 3 runs through Dec. 29. Classes
start Jan. 2 and end March 11. Stu-
dents may register with an advisor at
any Troy University location or online
by accessing Trojan WebExpress at
www.troy.edu.

Education Grant Program
The Air Force Aid Society's
General Henry H. Arnold Educa-
tion Grant Program provides $2,000
grants for undergraduate studies.
The deadline for 2007-2008 academic
year submissions is March 9.
Use of funds is limited to tuition,
books, fees, or other curriculum-required
materials.
To apply, visit the Airmen and Fam-
ily Readiness flight in Bldg. 745 orgoto
www.afas.org. For more information,
contact the flight at 283-4204.

ANG part-time vacancies
The Air National Guard units
in Montgomery, Ala., have part-
time vacancies. Contact Master Sgt.
Vonsetta Love at (334) 394-7190
or (800) 368-4481 or e-mail her
at vonsetta.love@almont.ang.
af.mil. For more information, visit
www.goang.com.
The 106th Maintenance Group,
Westhampton Beach, N.Y., has sev-
eral full-time and part-time openings.


If interested, contact Col. Robert
Landsiedel at (631) 723-7497.

Thrift Shop needs new manager
The Thrift Shop is now taking ap-
plications for the manager position.
For more information, stop by or call
the Thrift Shop at 286-5888. Ap-
plications will be accepted through
today.

Thrift Shop
The Thrift Shop is open Wednes-
day-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to
12:30 p.m. Winter clothing will be
accepted for consignment through
March 1. The store will be closed
Wednesday Dec. 29 for the holi-
days. For more information, call
286-5888 during business hours.

Tax statements
Servicemembers, military retirees
and annuitants, and federal civilian
employees paid by the Defense
Finance and Accounting Service
can expect to receive their 2006 tax
statements on the following dates:


Retiree Annual Statement:
Available on myPay Dec. 9, mailed
via U.S. Postal Service Dec. 16-31;
Retiree 1099R: Available on myPay
Dec. 15, mailed Dec. 16-31;
Annuitant Account Statement:
Available on myPay Dec. 18, mailed
Dec. 19-31;
Annuitant 1099R: Available on
myPay Dec. 18, mailed Dec. 19-31;
VSI/SSB W-2: Not available on
myPay, mailed Jan. 4-5;
Active Duty Air Force, Army,
Navy W-2: Available on myPay Jan.
22, mailed Jan. 23-29;
Reserve Air Force, Army, Navy W-
2: Available on myPay Jan. 2, mailed
Jan. 5-8;
Marine Corps active and reserve
W-2: Available on myPay Jan. 5,
mailed Jan. 9-10;
Civilian employee W-2: Available
on myPay Jan. 9, mailed Jan. 11-18;
Savings Deposit Program 1099INT:
Available on myPay Jan. 19, mailed
Jan. 19-20; and
Vendor Pay 1099: Not available on
myPay, mailed Jan. 27-31.


Catholic services
Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday,
Chapel Two
Reconciliation, 11 a.m. Friday
or by appointment
Chapel 2
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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Chrissy Cuttita
Cookies to the rescue
Geraldine Traver, front, Sonya Mason and other spouses prepare cookie packages for Airmen
Monday. Cookie donations were collected from the entire Tyndall community so approximately
500 cookie trays could be delivered to single Airmen.


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Chrissy Cuttita
Like father, like son
Brian Hite gets ready to knock down some pins at Raptor Lanes while his father
Gary Hite waits for his turn. Mr. Hite shot his third perfect game during Friday night
mixed doubles Dec. 8. On Saturday morning, during Junior/Senior youth league, his
son, Brian Hite, shot his first perfect game. Both perfect games were a first for the
Panama City bowling association.



OSS takes a lickin', keeps on tickin'


PIGSKIN PROGNOSTICATOR
From the land of mediocrity
'Amazing' is about the only
word I can think of after last
weekend. Four records were
broken last week and two more
players inched closer to records.
One prominent rushing record
was broken by San Diego running
back Ladainian Tomlinson.
Tomlinson now has the most
touchdowns in season with 29.
He already broke the record for
most touchdowns in a six-game
span earlier this season, became
the first Charger with eight 100-
yard rushing games in a row and
it doesn't look like he will stop
there.
Tomlinson is one touchdown
away from tying the record for
most rushing touchdowns in one
season and two points away from
tying Green Bay multi-positioned
Paul Horburg's record of 176
total points in a season.
Not a bad year and I'm sure


Atlanta is kicking themselves
for deciding to trade draft picks
with San Diego. Atlanta ended
up taking quarterback Michael
Vick with the first overall pick
and San Diego picked Tomlinson
third overall. Vick isn't bad, but
he isn't vying for the title of the
greatest quarterback ever, and
Tomlinson definitely has to be
mentioned in the discussion of
all-time great running backs.
Another record was broken
by Carolina quarterback Chris
Weinke. Weinke threw for 423
yards on 64 attempts might I
add breaking the team record
of passing yards in a game. I'm
still not sure if I'm more stunned
by the amount of yards Weinke
threw for or the fact Carolina
actually let the former Heisman
trophy winner throw the ball one
time, let alone 64 times.
A team who isn't setting any
records this year, at least any you
want to be known for, is OSS. I


was wondering how it felt being
out of the Super Prog contention
because I've never really had
that feeling.
"The only Super Prog that
matters is the NCAA Super Prog
in which my beloved Buckeyes
will be victorious!" said OSS
picker Mark Rivers.
Well,that'sgoodhe'srootingfor
amateurs and not professionals;
he'll fit right in. Since he is just
an amateur, I asked him if he
would still participate in the Pig
Prog next year after I've beat
him so badly this year.
"But of course. It's just like
being a first sergeant," said
Rivers. "Where else can you take
a beating everyday and still love
coming to work?"
Well, I'm glad he can cope with
being behind me in the standings
so well. I just hope the rest of
you can do the same!
Now let's get out there and
watch some football!


Intramural Sports Standings

Bowling


Team W L
SVS 94 42
MOS 92 44
MSS 90 46
Test 84 52
RED HORSE 82 54
AFNORTH 1 82 54
AFCESA 1 79 57
SFS 78 58
43rd AMU 76 60
DS2 74 62
CES 74 62
CS 1 74 62
AFCESA2 74 62
83rd FWS 1 71 65
AFNORTH 3 70 66
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


Team W
ACS 1 68
AMXS 2 68
AMMO 66
83rd FWS 2 66
AMXS 1 66
ACS 2 62
AMXS 4 60
Phase 1 58
MDG 54
CONS 54
ISRD 52
CS 2 52
372nd TRS 50
Phase 2 46
Bye 16
AMXS 1
AFCESA1
AFNORTH 3
AFNORTH 1
Jason Smith
E.T. Parker
Kirby Pyka
Justin Williams
Michelle Clements
Rachel Petri-Rose
Angie Woods
Aurora Webster


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68
70
70
70
74
76
78
82
82
84
84
86
90
112
959
2803
1109
3251
257
702
257
738
196
578
237
705


Pig Prog Scorebox

1st FS 125 NCOA 113
CONS 124 ACS 110
Pig Prog 119 CES 110
MXS 119 28th TES 100
372nd TRS 119 CS 102
CPTS 118 SVS 101
OSS 116 SFS 93
/ MDOS 86






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95th FS helps boy on road to recovery


AIRMAN GLENN MOORE
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Visiting the 95th Fighter Squadron on
Dec. 7 helped Toby Crabtree, 5, Pilot
for a Day, cope with his illness.
This was the 95th FS's fourth time
inducting a child as their special
guest in their Pilot for a Day program.
Before he stepped into the simulator,
he had the opportunity to meet the
commander, participate in a step brief
with pilots and tested for uniform and
mask fittings.
Toby has viral hepatitis. Doctors
aren't sure what caused his condition.
He has undergone two liver biopsies
and he may need to have another. Also,
his doctor's put him on steroids six
months ago to reduce inflammation of
his liver.
Toby still is taking the steroids, but
possibly could stop taking them in
about four weeks. After his last biopsy,


Steve Wallace
Toby Crabtree tries on a pair of flight gloves while visiting life support.

doctors said everything is almost back to look forward to and kept him really
to normal. excited," said Staff Sgt. Brian Crabtree,
"When he found out he would be going
(to the 95th FS) it gave him something SEE PILOT PAGE 18


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Superheroes and AAFES join forces


for fourth military-only marvel comic


DALLAS Just in time for the holiday season,
Marvel Comics' "The New Avengers" and the
Army & Air Force Exchange Service have teamed
up once again to bring troops stationed around
the world another free, military-exclusive comic
book.
Scheduled to arrive in continental U.S.
exchanges Wednesday and overseas, including
the 53 BX/PX facilities throughout Operations
Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, shortly thereafter,
"The New Avengers; Letters Home" is the fourth
installment of the military-only comic book
series.
"Due to their limited availability, collectors have
historically shown great interest in these special
AAFES/Marvel Comics editions," said Col. Max
Baker, AAFES chief of staff. "If the past is any


indicator, 'The New Avenger; Letters Home' issue
should go quickly."
Available exclusively at AAFES, the newest issue
once again features Marvel's superhero Captain
America, who, because his regular supporting cast
is away for the holidays, is joined by Silver Surfer,
Ghost Rider and special guest The Punisher.
When Hydra takes over a military communications
satellite, the superheroes spring into action to
ensure troops email messages to loved ones make
their way home.
Because of the highly collectible nature and the
anticipated demand for the 36-page comic, AAFES
officials advise that "The New Avengers; Letters
Home" is available on a first-come, first-served
basis.
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* FROM SINGER PAGE 4
On Jan. 15, Airman Payano will start her year tour
with Tops in Blue, often working 16-18 hour days
assembling and breaking down the stage, practicing
and performing. She understands the hard work that
lies ahead, but looks forward to the chance to do what
she enjoys.
"I love it and I am willing to give it my all," she
said.
She hopes her leadership skills, spirit and humor
will be an asset to the group during the tour.
"She is a pure and real person," said Colonel Omstead
of Airman Payano. "She has tremendous energy,
beautiful voice and moral values. She displays amazing
faith in other Airmen, God and the Air Force."
Airman Payano counts it a blessing and privilege to
share her love of music with others.
"It's wonderful to entertain others and be a reminder
to others of why we serve," she said. "I plan to do the
best I can in Tops in Blue. I want to touch people when
they are away from home. They need that."
Airman Payano also wants to use this opportunity to
mentor and teach others about music.
"Music is a great outlet and a great way to find one's
self and connect with others," she said.
(Editor Note: Tops in Blue is an all-active duty
Air Force special unit made up of talented amateur
performers selected for their entertainment abilities to
tour the world and perform for the public andAirmen.)

The Gulf Defender is published for
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Dec. 15, 2006


* FROM PILOT PAGE 14
Toby's father. "The experience
was really good for him to. He
loved it; the pilots treated him like
one of the guys.'"
"The 95th FS did great and
made everyone feel welcome,"
said Tiffanie Crabtree, Toby's
mother. "No one felt out of place
and even though Toby isn't big on
attention, he really enjoyed it and
it gave him more confidence."
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,
comfort 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."
When we asked his mother
what part of the day he enjoyed
the most, she was quick and
confident in her response.
"Toby enjoyed two videos
that Capt. Chris Ridlon, 95th
FS instructor pilot, played. One
had the song "Where Eagles
Fly" and there were eagles
throughout the video," said Ms.
Crabtree. "Toby really loves
eagles so Captain Ridlon made
a copy of the DVD so he could
take it home."
"Two other things Toby really
liked was the flight suit and the
coin the commander gave him,"
said Ms. Crabtree. "He carries
it everywhere with him and coin
checks everybody now."
As the 95th FS successfully
completed its fourth Pilot for a
Day, they can be sure that it has
made a difference in another
child's life.





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Dec. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 1 Vol. 65, No. 48 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Dec. 15, 2006 Trust, Teamwork, Training In Brief Inside • SEE AIREY PAGE 7 Tyndall lease signing Those who have not signed their housing lease yet may do so today 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Education Center, Bldg. 1230. Residents need to bring a copy of the servicemember’s most recent Leave and Earning Statement. For more information, contact the GMH Community 286-1700. Blood Drive There will be a blood drive Wednesday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Commmu nity Activities Center. For more information, contact your unit representative or Leslie Richardson at 283-3634. No Gulf Defender There will be no Gulf Defender Dec. 29. and Jan. 5 due to the holiday season. Cell phone use The 325th Security Forces Squadron would like to remind Tyndall drivers that cell phones may not be used while driving on base without a hands-free device. From the scope to the microphone ... PAGE 4 Medical Group receives top honors ... PA GE S 10-11 The Avengers save the holidays for troops ... PA GE 17 Toby Crabtree and his father, Staff Sgt. Brian Crabtree, 325th Maintenance Squadron, is shown the cock pit of an F-15 Eagle by Capt. Chris Ridlon, 95th Fighter Squadron instructor pilot, (left) during Toby’s Pilot for a Day visit to the 95th FS. See the full story about the 5-year-old’s special day on page 14. Steve WallaceCHRISSY CUTTIT A 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Tyndall’s NCO Academy was renamed Wednesday to honor the Force. The Paul W. Airey NCO Academy dedication ceremony will be remembered as the second greatest thing to happen in the retired chief’s professional life, said Chief Airey, only because becoming Chief Master Sgt. said. “I am proud and a little in awe,” said Chief Airey. “I will never let you down and I’m going to do my best to live up to this.” For years the academy hoped they could rename their institution after the chief who has been involved with professional development at Tyndall Chief Airey speaks during the dedi cation of the NCO Academy. Lisa Norman since he retired here in 1970. “Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Airey is a great hero, a trailblazer for the enlisted corps and a great, humble man,” said Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Schwenk, NCOA commandant, to a crowd of active and retired military, families, local community leaders and Wednesday’s graduating NCOA class. dedication was Col. Albert John Bowley, Jr., commander of the College for Enlisted Professional Military Education, Maxwell AFB, Gunter Annex, Ala. “We celebrate a life well-lived,” said Colonel Bowley. “We honor an Air Force hero, aerial gunner, former prisoner of war (in WWII), Korean War veteran and Legion of Merit recipient.

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Page 2 Gulf Defender Dec. 15, 2006 Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters.............................325th FW commander Chrissy Cuttita..................................chief, internal information Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga....................................................editor Gulf Defender Editorial Staff noted. tor@tyndall.af.mil. Public affairs staff members edit all material for accuracy, Identify this ... Can you identify this ob ject? If so, send an e-mail to editor@tyndall.af.mil with “Identify this” in the sub ject line. Three correct entries will be chosen at random and drawn from a hat to deter prize can be claimed at the Lachance, 325th Mainte nance Group, correctly guessed the Dec. 8 “Iden tify This” as a mainte nance stand platform. Congratulations Mr. La chance, come claim your prize! ON THE STREET What is your family’s holiday tradition? “We like to get a different sing ing stuffed toy every year and sing along with it.”MASTER SGT. DOUGLAS PETTIFORD 325th Air Control Squadron “We have our family over for a big dinner and then relax and talk.”2ND LT. BRENDEN MCLEAN 28th Test Squadron “Christmas morning my family un wraps presents and at night we eat a big dinner. The next day we visit grandma in Rhode Island. ” AIRMAN CHANDRA WALMSLEY “We cut down a tree together, bake cookies, visit the grand parents and go skiing.”JEAN BELL Retired Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force Gerald Murray spoke with Tyndall Airmen Tuesday about a variety of cur rent issues including leadership priorities, force shaping, the impact of one’s voice and his appreciation of all Airmen and their contributions to the Air Force. Lisa Norman Words of wisdom

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Dec. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 3 COMMENT ARY Action Line Call 283-2255 BRIG. GEN. TOD WOLTERS 325th Fighter Wing commander The Action Line is your direct line to me. It is one way to make Tyndall a better place to work and live. The goal is to provide you with an accurate, timely response. You must leave your name, phone number or address to receive a response. Questions or comments of general interest will be published in this forum. This avenue should only be used after coordinating problems or concerns sergeants or facility managers. sponse or you are unable to resolve the problem, call me at 283-2255. For fraud, waste and abuse calls, you should talk to the 325th Fighter Wing Inspector General’s Office, 283-4646. Calls concerning energy abuse should be referred to the energy hot line, 283-3995. Below are more phone numbers to help you resolve any issues with a base agency. Commissary 283-4825 Pass and Registration 283-4191 Medical and Dental 283-7515 MEO 283-2739 MPF and I.D. 283-2276 SFS Desk Sgt. 283-2254 Services 283-2501 Legal 283-4681 Housing 283-2036 CDC 283-4747 Wing Safety 283-4231 ADC 283-2911 Finance 283-4117 Civil Engineer 283-4949 Civilian Personnel 283-3203 Base Information 283-1113 Thank you for helping me improve Tyndall, and I look forward to hearing from you. CHAPLAIN (COL.) RICHARD JOHNSON NORFOLK, Va. (AFPN) – Except for the feeding frenzy that can occur when last minute shoppers compete for the last half-dozen “Bouncing Tiggers” known to exist in the Western world, the holiday period is generally a time of widespread friendliness, hope, and cheer. There is a pervasive attitude of peace, love and joy noticed that people are more friendly, cooperative and helpful during the holidays? Typically, however, this helpful and loving attitude seems to quickly disappear right after the holidays. Why does the spirit of the holidays seem to disappear when the last of the holiday cookies are gone? Is there a secret ingredient in the festive foods that makes us love, accept and cooperate with our fellow human beings? The secret ingredient is in us. The real answer lies in the fact that the holidays are also a time for remembering the deepest truths of humankind. All of the major religions of the world celebrate the holidays and the New Year as a time of for remembering and rejoicing because of the many blessings that we all have received from God. They and struggles of humankind. The holidays bring us closer to God, and therefore closer to each other. Dinners served at the homeless shelters, gifts given to the needy and to orphans, letters written to lonely military members, visits made to nursing homes and past hurts that are forgiven and forgotten are hallmarks of the holiday season because they are reminders that we all share the same needs, hopes, desires, and dreams. We all live under the same sun, breathe the same air and drink the same water. Everyone desires love, companionship, acceptance and recognition. There is an undeniable bond that links us all. Let the core values of the holiday linger in your lives. People frequently ask why the holiday spirit can’t continue throughout the entire year. The truth is it could! If the special feelings of the holiday season are to continue past the time when the holiday decorations have come down, then we must continually and repeatedly remind ourselves of the common ties and desires that we share. We must continually draw closer to our God -which will draw us closer to all humankind. This holiday season, when we worship at our respective houses of worship, remember that the “core values” of the holiday season ... those that we so deeply enjoy at this time of year, such as the “golden rule,” the desire for true peace, and the love of fellow human beings ... are not simply meant to be practiced only during the holidays! Live the spirit! Let the light of the holidays shine on in your lives! May God richly bless you and yours during this holiday season. Making the holiday season spirit last longer Festival of lights begins today at sundownMAJ. SUSAN A. ROMANO 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Hanukah, the Jewish festival of lights, is an eight-day festival that Jewish month of Kislev and begins today at sundown. Its history can be traced more than two thousand years ago, commemorating the Maccabees victory over the Syrians. The victory itself was considered a miracle, and Jewish legend explains that once the Temple Mount in Jerusalem had been reclaimed, it had to be rededicated, but there was only one jar of sacramental oil – enough for just one day. Miraculously, the oil burned for eight days, thus the eight days of Hanukkah. Hanukkah, which means rededication, is a time for Jewish families to focus attention on matters affecting Jewish education is far less than other Jewish holidays such as Passover, Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, but the religious observance of Hanukkah comes at the lighting of the candles on the menorah. A menorah is a candelabrum that holds nine candles – one for each night plus a shammus. The shammus, which translates into servant, is used to light the other eight candles and is usually higher that the others in the menorah. Once the shammus is lit, a prayer is night another candle is lit until all eight candles are burning on the eighth night of Hanukkah. Hanukkah is probably one of the bestknown Jewish holidays, not because because of its proximity to Christmas and its tradition of exchanging gifts. It is also a time for preparing delicious foods such as potato latkes (pancakes) and sufganiot (jelly donuts). Another tradition is playing with a dreidel. A dreidel is a square top with four Hebrew letters on them. Children play with matchsticks, candy, pennies, or gelt (chocolate the players must take. The Hebrew letters--Nun, Gimmel, Heh and Shin – have their roots in the Hebrew phrase, “Nes gadol haya sham,’ which means a great miracle happened there. Some believe it stands for the Yiddish words, nit (nothing), gantz (all), halb (half) and shtell (put), which are actually the rules of the game. If a player spins Nun, nothing happens. If a player spins Gimmel, the spinner takes all. If Heh is spun, the player takes half. And if Shin appears, all the players must ante up. Happy Hanukkah, enjoy the latkes, and here’s to winning a lot of gelt!

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Page 4 Gulf Defender Dec. 15, 2006 • SEE SINGER PAGE 18 Airman Payano checks her sched ule before beginning link training. Staff Sgt. Stacey Haga ST A FF SGT. ST AC EY HA G A 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The saying goes, “third time’s a charm,” but not in Senior Airman Wallis Payano’s case. The second time she auditioned for Tops in Blue proved life-changing for the 81st Range Control Squadron interface control technician. “I didn’t make it last time, so I didn’t feel I would make it this time,” said Airman Payano. However, those feeling were put aside during a recent commander’s call in her squadron when her commander gave her the news she had been selected as a Tops in Blue vocalist. ‘Tops in Blue’ on it in my commander’s hand,” said Airmen Payano. “My squadron is so supportive and proud of me.” “She is an easy person to get excited for,” said Lt. Col. Barbara Omstead, 81st RCS commander. “I hear her singing in the hall all the time. We are most proud of her. I think Tops in Blue will open her eyes to the rest of the herself and others.” “I love singing. I got into it when I joined junior high choir,” said Airman Payano. She sings a variety of music such as gospel and rhythm and blues, but her favorite is Spanish. “It’s in my blood,” said Airman Payano, whose parents are from the Dominican Republic. “I grew up with it.”

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Page 6 Gulf Defender Dec. 15, 2006 Senior Airman Branden Belush Airman Belsuh receives the Checkertail Salute War rior of the Week award from Brig. Gen. Tod Wolters, 325th Fighter Wing commander. The Checkertail Salute is a 325th Fighter Wing commander program designed to recognize Tyn dall’s Warrior of the Week. Supervisors can nomi nate individuals via their squadron and group com letter from the commander and a one-day pass. Airman Belush, 325th Fighter Wing, received the award for processing 2,482 pay transactions with 99.9 percent docu ment accuracy totaling $468,175. As a PT leader, he took charge of the commander’s Physical Training program. Duty title: Hometown: Time on station: Time in service: months Hobbies: volunteering Goals: Getting my bachelor’s degree Favorite thing about Tyndall AFB: Favorite movie: “Anchorman” and “Wedding Crashers” Favorite book: “Angels and Demons” Proudest moment in the military:

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Dec. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender • FROM AIREY PAGE 1 Chief Airey is someone we all know and admire.” The ceremony left students feeling honored and privileged to be part of the historic event. “NCO Academy Class of 07-1, count ourselves lucky to be at the right place at the right time,” said Tech. Sgt. Durene Colton, class leader. “Changing the name as the academy enters its 50th year of education, and doing it all on Force’s birthday, is unreal.” Chief Airey also wanted to leave the class with a quote he created for the new Air Force memorial in Washington. “When I think of the enlisted force, I think of dedication, determination, loyalty and valor,” said the retired chief. The tradition of excellence continues because of the chief and other military leaders. “How you live your life inspires your country,” Colonel Bowley said to Chief Airey during the colonel’s ceremonial speech. “We educate to inspire and develop the enlisted core. We’ve nailed our vision and mission here today.” Lisa Norman Chief Schwenk congratulates Chief Airey (center) after the dedica tion plaque was unveiled, while Col. Bowley looks on.

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Page 8 Gulf Defender Dec. 15, 2006 Staff Sgt. Kyle Meicher and Airman 1st Class Clinton Gibson, 43rd Aircraft Maintenance Unit crew chiefs remove a panel from an F-15 Eagle’s engine bay in order to perform maintenance on the jet. In Oct., Sergeant Meicher was Golden Bolt Award winner and Airman Gibson was the Foreign Object Damage Preventer of the Month. Preventing FOD

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Dec. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender TRAINING SPOTLIGHT TRAINING SPOTLIGHT Training Spotlight H ow has the First Term Airmen Center helped you “It gives me a lot of useful information like how the base is organized and where places are located. Also, I understand more about the Air Force.” AIRMAN BRIAN PLOOF FTAC student Successful training is not accomplished solely by the Airmen turning wrenches, nor is it accomplished only by those between the two elements, said Lt. Col. George Menker, 1st FS commander. and AMU is exceptional,” said Captain Anson. “Which leads to balancing operational needs with aircraft maintenance requirements.” “The greatest asset of the 1st FS is its people,” said Colonel Kemeny. “I have never seen such an exuberant ‘can do’ attitude.” The hard work and commitment invested in the mission by Airmen in the 1st FS and 1st AMU are proven by the number of pilots trained. It’s also made apparent by the numerous decorations, awards and plaques that cover the walls of both units. The 1st FS received several honors, such as earning the Air Force Maintenance Effectiveness Award for 1998, Nineteenth Air Force Top Operations Squadron of the Year for 1998 and 325th Fighter Wing Fighter Squadron of the Year for 1995, 1997 and 1998. Other notable accomplishments include receiving the U. S. Air Force Air Flight Safety of the Year award for 2002, as well as recognition for best intelligence mission report. The 1st AMU has received the 325th Fighter Wing AMU of the Year award for 2003 and 2004, and has won numerous Turkey Shoot competitions over the years. They even of the Quarter for the third time this year. More important than awards and accolades, and above any individual member, the collective team of Airmen assigned to the 1st FS and 1st AMU will together create the legacy of the Fightin’ Furies. 1st FS, 1st AMU wraps up history of training Eagle pilots to fly Get your Community College of the Air Force in formation at afvec.langley.af.mil. Steve Wallace Steve WallaceST AFF SGT. ST ACEY HAGA 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Training an F-15 Eagle pilot is not a small feat. It takes many people, many hours, many resources and a lot of coordination. The 1st Fighter Squadron and 1st Aircraft Maintenance Unit have been dedicated to the mission of training F-15 pilots, and have done so very successfully. The 1st FS was reactived here as a training squadron in 1984 after 25 years of inactivation. The 1st FS, then called the 1st Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, was reactivated Jan. 1, 1984 as part of the 325th Tactical Training Wing. The squadron’s mission then was to train world-class Eagle pilots and prepare them for operational duty world-wide, which is the mission they continue to accomplish today. In 1991, the operations and maintenance functions of the 1st TFTS joined to form a combined squadron and was renamed the 1st Fighter Squadron. Today, the squadron and unit were inactivated again to meet the needs of the ever evolving Air Force, and they do so leaving behind a legacy of safe and effective training for Air Force Eagle pilots. 109,077 sorties and 143,741 hours,” said Capt. Robert During those hours, the 1st FS trained approximately 670 pilots. “To get there, the 1st AMU provided safe and reliable Master Sgt. Jody Reed, 1st AMU NCO in charge. “The maintainers of the 1st AMU remained focused on the training mission,” said Lt. Col. Malcolm would not have enjoyed the success we had without their dedicated support.” 1st Lt. Gary Wallace, the last student pilot to way. Senior Airman Jay Ruark and Senior Airman Nathan Patrick, 1st AMU crew chiefs, prepare an F-15 for the last 1st FS training mission.

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Gulf Defender Page 11 Page 10 Gulf Defender FEATURE Group personnel take home numerous AETC medical service awards, hope for Air Force honors Mandy Walz, computerassistant reviews 325th Medical Support Squad ron training records. Capt. Sandra Bruno, medical director pediatrics checks Matthew Chapman’s, 6-year-old patient, heartbeat during a routine check up.Chrissy Cuttita Chrissy Cuttita Airman Glenn Moore Airman Glenn Moore Master Sgt. Lorilee Draper, family practice clinic NCO in charge, inventories an emergency ready bag on an ambulance.Chrissy Cuttita Chrissy Cuttita discusses the plan to implement 2005 food code changes with Staff Sgt. Gregory Douyon, public health technician. Senior Airman Aquilino Alveo-Forbes, information systems technician, prepares to troubleshoot a computer. AIRMAN GLENN MOORE325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs The 2006 Air Education and Training Com mand Air Force medical service annual awards have been announced and the medical clinic members here made a strong showing. They won ten awards this year at the AETC level and are now competing at the Air Force level. “It really spotlights the team and the work they have done,” said Col. George Nicolas, 325th Medical Group commander. “I’m very proud of the work everyone has put in. The awards recognize everyone, including a lot of the people ‘down in the trenches.’” AETC has more medical facilities than any other command. This makes the competition much tougher and the process for the clinic here selecting who should be submitted for awards harder. “When we look for a person to submit for an award, we look for someone who is well rounded,” said Colonel Nicolas. “We need people who can do all things really well, rather than excelling in one area.” Winning the awards has also caused other clinics to ask how our clinic here did so well. “We have already had other clinics call to see how we won all our awards,” said Colonel Nicolas. “It goes to show how well everyone works together to achieve this goal.” Some would think the mixed environment of but not for the clinic here. “We actually have more civilians than military working in the clinic right now,” said Colonel Nicolas. “This team is a really nice blend of civilian and military. Everyone gets along and works together extremely well.” The hard work paid off in the end for the medical clinic as they have received recogni tion for their dedication to excellence. The awards won by the medical clinic are as follows: Clinical Excellence Award Company Grade – Capt. Sandra Bruno Nursing Service Brig. Gen. Sarah Wells Outstanding NCO Master Sgt. Lorilee Draper Bio-environmental Engineering Field Grade Engineer – Maj. Kevin Boerma Physician Assistant David Gwinn Field Grade – Maj. Tim Howerton Public Health Resource Management Airman – Staff Sgt. Tawnie Miller Surgeon General’s Medical Information Services Airman – Senior Airman Aquilino AlveoForbes Civilian – Mandy Walz Team – 325th Medical Group Medical Service Individual Mobilization Augmentee Award – Maj. Kelly Gervera Chrissy Cuttita Airman Glenn Moore Maj. Kelly Gervera, individual mobilization augmentee, teaches Capt. Dori Richard how to use a blood glucose monitor. Nicole Cruz’s upper respiratory area. Maj. Kevin Boerma, bio-environmental engineering tect chemical agents in the air. Staff Sgt. Tawnie Miller (left), bio-metrics program manager, assists a co-worker while TDY to Germany.Courtesy photo

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Page 12 Gulf Defender Dec. 15, 2006 Briefs ERAU registration Embry-Riddle Aeronautical Univer sity Spring 2007 Term begins Jan. 8. Registration will be held today and Jan. 3 – 5 in the Education Center, Room 48. Applications are available online under Web registration/forms. For more information, call 283-4332. GCCC holiday schedule The Gulf Coast Community Col lege Tyndall Center will be closed 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. The GCCC 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. today Dec. 23. GCCC will be closed Dec. 25 through Jan. 1. All tuitions assistance forms should be turned in by 4 p.m. Dec. 23. Fees are due Jan. 2. For more information, call 283-4332. Troy University Registration for Troy University Term 3 runs through Dec. 29. Classes start Jan. 2 and end March 11. Stu dents may register with an advisor at any Troy University location or online by accessing Trojan WebExpress at www.troy.edu. Education Grant Program The Air Force Aid Society’s General Henry H. Arnold Educa tion Grant Program provides $2,000 grants for undergraduate studies. The deadline for 2007-2008 academic year submissions is March 9. Use of funds is limited to tuition, books, fees, or other curriculum-required materials. To apply, visit the Airmen and Fam ily Readiness flight in Bldg. 745 or go to www.afas.org. For more information, contact the flight at 283-4204. ANG part-time vacancies The Air National Guard units in Montgomery, Ala., have parttime vacancies. Contact Master Sgt. Vonsetta Love at (334) 394-7190 or (800) 368-4481 or e-mail her at vonsetta.love@almont.ang. af.mil. For more information, visit www.goang.com. The 106th Maintenance Group, Westhampton Beach, N.Y., has sev eral full-time and part-time openings. If interested, contact Col. Robert Landsiedel at (631) 723-7497. Thrift Shop needs new manager The Thrift Shop is now taking ap plications for the manager position. For more information, stop by or call the Thrift Shop at 286-5888. Ap plications will be accepted through today. Thrift Shop The Thrift Shop is open Wednes day-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Winter clothing will be accepted for consignment through March 1. The store will be closed Wednesday – Dec. 29 for the holi days. For more information, call 286-5888 during business hours. Servicemembers, military retirees and annuitants, and federal civilian employees paid by the Defense Finance and Accounting Service can expect to receive their 2006 tax statements on the following dates: Catholic services Daily Mass, 11:30 a.m. Monday–Friday, Chapel Two Reconciliation, 11 a.m. Fridays or by appointment Chapel 2 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.) Retiree Annual Statement: Available on myPay Dec. 9, mailed via U.S. Postal Service Dec. 16-31; Retiree 1099R: Available on myPay Dec. 15, mailed Dec. 16-31; Annuitant Account Statement: Available on myPay Dec. 18, mailed Dec. 19-31; Annuitant 1099R: Available on myPay Dec. 18, mailed Dec. 19-31; VSI/SSB W-2: Not available on myPay, mailed Jan. 4-5; Active Duty Air Force, Army, Navy W-2: Available on myPay Jan. 22, mailed Jan. 23-29; Reserve Air Force, Army, Navy W2: Available on myPay Jan. 2, mailed Jan. 5-8; Marine Corps active and reserve W-2: Available on myPay Jan. 5, mailed Jan. 9-10; Civilian employee W-2: Available on myPay Jan. 9, mailed Jan. 11-18; Savings Deposit Program 1099INT: Available on myPay Jan. 19, mailed Jan. 19-20; and Vendor Pay 1099: Not available on myPay, mailed Jan. 27-31. Cookies to the rescue Geraldine Traver, front, Sonya Mason and other spouses prepare cookie packages for Airmen 500 cookie trays could be delivered to single Airmen. Chrissy Cuttita GULF GUIDE

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Dec. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender Page 13 Intramural Sports Standings Bowling Team SVS MOS MSS Test RED HORSE AFNORTH 1 AFCESA 1 SFS 43rd AMU DS2 CES CS 1 AFCESA 2 83rd FWS 1 AFNORTH 3 Team ACS 1 AMXS 2 AMMO 83rd FWS 2 AMXS 1 ACS 2 AMXS 4 Phase 1 MDG CONS ISRD CS 2 372nd TRS Phase 2 Bye 94 92 90 84 82 82 79 78 76 74 74 74 74 71 70 W 68 68 66 66 66 62 60 58 54 54 52 52 50 46 16 42 44 46 52 54 54 57 58 60 62 62 62 62 65 66 L W L 68 68 70 70 70 74 76 78 82 82 84 84 86 90 112 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 AMXS 1 AFCESA 1 AFNORTH 3 AFNORTH 1 Jason Smith E.T. Parker Kirby Pyka Justin Williams Michelle Clements Rachel Petri-Rose Angie Woods Aurora Webster 959 2803 1109 3251 257 702 257 738 196 578 237 705 Pig Prog Pig Prog Scorebox 1st FS CONS Pig Prog MXS 372nd TRS CPTS OSS 125 124 119 119 119 118 116 NCOA ACS CES 28th TES CS SVS SFS MDOS 113 110 110 100 102 101 93 86 San Francisco at Seattle Dallas at Atlanta Cleveland at Baltimore Detroit at Green Bay Houston at New England Jacksonville at Tennessee Miami at Buffalo N.Y. Jets at Minnesota Pittsburgh at Carolina Tampa Bay at Chicago Washington at New Orleans Denver at Arizona Philadelphia at N.Y. Giants St. Louis at Oakland Kansas City at San Diego Cincinnati at Indianapolis Like father, like son Brian Hite gets ready to knock down some pins at Raptor Lanes while his father Gary Hite waits for his turn. Mr. Hite shot his third perfect game during Friday night Panama City bowling association. Chrissy CuttitaPIGSKIN PROGNOSTICA TOR From the land of mediocrity ‘Amazing’ is about the only word I can think of after last weekend. Four records were broken last week and two more players inched closer to records. One prominent rushing record was broken by San Diego running back Ladainian Tomlinson. Tomlinson now has the most touchdowns in season with 29. He already broke the record for most touchdowns in a six-game span earlier this season, became yard rushing games in a row and it doesn’t look like he will stop there. Tomlinson is one touchdown away from tying the record for most rushing touchdowns in one season and two points away from tying Green Bay multi-positioned Paul Hornburg’s record of 176 total points in a season. Not a bad year and I’m sure Atlanta is kicking themselves for deciding to trade draft picks with San Diego. Atlanta ended up taking quarterback Michael and San Diego picked Tomlinson third overall. Vick isn’t bad, but he isn’t vying for the title of the greatest quarterback ever, and mentioned in the discussion of all-time great running backs. Another record was broken by Carolina quarterback Chris Weinke. Weinke threw for 423 yards – on 64 attempts might I add – breaking the team record of passing yards in a game. I’m still not sure if I’m more stunned by the amount of yards Weinke threw for or the fact Carolina actually let the former Heisman trophy winner throw the ball one time, let alone 64 times. A team who isn’t setting any records this year, at least any you want to be known for, is OSS. I was wondering how it felt being out of the Super Prog contention because I’ve never really had that feeling. “The only Super Prog that matters is the NCAA Super Prog in which my beloved Buckeyes will be victorious!” said OSS picker Mark Rivers. Well, that’s good he’s rooting for amateurs and not professionals; an amateur, I asked him if he would still participate in the Pig Prog next year after I’ve beat him so badly this year. “But of course. It’s just like Rivers. “Where else can you take a beating everyday and still love coming to work?” Well, I’m glad he can cope with being behind me in the standings so well. I just hope the rest of you can do the same! Now let’s get out there and watch some football!

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Page 14 Gulf Defender Dec. 15, 2006 • SEE PILOT PAGE 18 AIR MA N GLENN MOORE 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Visiting the 95th Fighter Squadron on Dec. 7 helped Toby Crabtree, 5, Pilot for a Day, cope with his illness. This was the 95th FS’s fourth time inducting a child as their special guest in their Pilot for a Day program. Before he stepped into the simulator, he had the opportunity to meet the commander, participate in a step brief with pilots and tested for uniform and mask fittings. Toby has viral hepatitis. Doctors aren’t sure what caused his condition. He has undergone two liver biopsies and he may need to have another. Also, his doctor’s put him on steroids six months ago to reduce inflammation of his liver. Toby still is taking the steroids, but possibly could stop taking them in about four weeks. After his last biopsy, doctors said everything is almost back to normal. “When he found out he would be going (to the 95th FS) it gave him something 95th FS helps boy on road to recovery to look forward to and kept him really excited,” said Staff Sgt. Brian Crabtree, Steve Wallace

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Dec. 15, 2006 Gulf Defender DALLAS – Just in time for the holiday season, Marvel Comics’ “The New Avengers” and the Army & Air Force Exchange Service have teamed up once again to bring troops stationed around the world another free, military-exclusive comic book. Scheduled to arrive in continental U.S. exchanges Wednesday and overseas, including the 53 BX/PX facilities throughout Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, shortly thereafter, “The New Avengers; Letters Home” is the fourth installment of the military-only comic book series. “Due to their limited availability, collectors have historically shown great interest in these special AAFES/Marvel Comics editions,” said Col. Max Baker, AAFES chief of staff. “If the past is any indicator, ‘The New Avenger; Letters Home’ issue should go quickly.” Available exclusively at AAFES, the newest issue once again features Marvel’s superhero Captain America, who, because his regular supporting cast is away for the holidays, is joined by Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider and special guest The Punisher. When Hydra takes over a military communications satellite, the superheroes spring into action to ensure troops email messages to loved ones make their way home. Because of the highly collectible nature and the anticipated demand for the 36-page comic, AAFES officials advise that “The New Avengers; Letters Home” is available on a first-come, first-served basis. (Courtesy of AAFES News Service.) Superheroes and AAFES join forces for fourth military-only marvel comic

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Page 18 Gulf Defender Dec. 15, 2006 The Gulf Defender is published for people like Senior Airman Donald Ellis, 325th Maintenance Squadron munition crew member. • FROM SINGER PAGE 4 On Jan. 15, Airman Payano will start her year tour with Tops in Blue, often working 16-18 hour days assembling and breaking down the stage, practicing and performing. She understands the hard work that lies ahead, but looks forward to the chance to do what she enjoys. “I love it and I am willing to give it my all,” she said. She hopes her leadership skills, spirit and humor will be an asset to the group during the tour. “She is a pure and real person,” said Colonel Omstead of Airman Payano. “She has tremendous energy, beautiful voice and moral values. She displays amazing faith in other Airmen, God and the Air Force.” Airman Payano counts it a blessing and privilege to share her love of music with others. “It’s wonderful to entertain others and be a reminder to others of why we serve,” she said. “I plan to do the best I can in Tops in Blue. I want to touch people when they are away from home. They need that.” Airman Payano also wants to use this opportunity to mentor and teach others about music. self and connect with others,” she said. (Editor’s Note: Tops in Blue is an all-active duty Air Force special unit made up of talented amateur performers selected for their entertainment abilities to tour the world and perform for the public and Airmen.) • FROM PILOT PAGE 14 Toby’s father. “The experience was really good for him to. He loved it; the pilots treated him like ‘one of the guys.’” “The 95th FS did great and made everyone feel welcome,” said Tiffanie Crabtree, Toby’s mother. “No one felt out of place and even though Toby isn’t big on attention, he really enjoyed it and it gave him more confidence.” 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, comfort 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.” When we asked his mother what part of the day he enjoyed the most, she was quick and “Toby enjoyed two videos that Capt. Chris Ridlon, 95th FS instructor pilot, played. One had the song “Where Eagles Fly” and there were eagles throughout the video,” said Ms. Crabtree. “Toby really loves eagles so Captain Ridlon made a copy of the DVD so he could take it home.” “Two other things Toby really liked was the flight suit and the coin the commander gave him,” said Ms. Crabtree. “He carries it everywhere with him and coin checks everybody now.” As the 95th FS successfully completed its fourth Pilot for a Day, they can be sure that it has made a difference in another child’s life.

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