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Risky business
People who vandalize
Eglin houses that have
been designated for
destruc-
tion are
endan-
gering themselves
because of hazardous
materials inside. Page 2.
Fuel for you
An Eglin airman is
instrumental in keeping
them flying in Southwest
Asia. See story, page 2.
Nomad University
i The 33rd
Fighter
Wing has
set up a sys-
tem to help
to allay the
concerns of its members
in the coming draw-
down. See page 3.
Daytripper
If you only think of New
Orleans when you think
of Mardi Gras, you're
missing out
on a lot of -
the fun.
See page 4.
What's up
Bored? Check out the
Flyer calendar on
page 8.
Ambush safeguard
The Ground Combat
Training Squadron now
has 10 Mine Resistant
Ambush Protected
(MRAP) armored fight-
ing vehicles.See story on
page 9.


Airmen protect the presidents


Eglin personnel


ensure


Obama, Bush safety
By Lois Walsh
Team Ealin Public Affairs
Eglin personnel worked behind the scenes to ensure
the safety of the presidents during the week of the
inauguration.
Airmen from the 96th Security Forces Squadron
and the 96th Civil Engineer Squadron's Explosive
Ordnance Disposal Flight got up close and personal
with both outgoing President George W. Bush and
incoming President Barack Obama as they filled task-
ings that ensured their commanders-in-chiefs' security. 1
When then President-elect Barack Obama visited I
Baltimore as the last stop of his train tour before arriv-
ing at Washington D.C. for the inauguration, Staff Sgt.
Michael Espinoza was there. A military working dog
handler, Espinoza and his dog, Jimmy, were one of 29 Staff Sgt.
dog partners to team up with EOD personnel at the Eglin Air F
of then Pre
Please see PROTECT, page 9 rity for the


Courtesy photo
Michael Espinoza, a dog handler with the 96th Security Forces at
orce Base, inspects a vehicle in Baltimore prior to the Jan. 17 arrival
esident-elect Barack Obama. Espinoza was on hand to provide secu-
* incoming president.


Details emerge


on post-911 I


GI Bill steps


By Rick Maze
Air Force Times
A simple, Internet-based
enrollment system is planned for
the post-9/11 GI Bill to take care
of everything from initial qualifi-
cation to transferring benefits to
family members, for those who
want that option.
"We want it to be pain-free,
we want it to be simple and fast,"
said a senior defense official who
asked not to be identified because
many details remain undecided.
Pentagon and Department of
Veterans Affairs officials are
preparing to implement Aug. 1


the biggest increase in veterans
education benefits since World
War II. The program promises to
cover full tuition, with additional
stipends for books and living
expenses, for full-time students
attending the public college or
university of their choice.
On average, the combination
of payments adds up to more than
$85,000 in college benefits over
four years, and it is possible that
some people attending private
schools could get far more under
a program in which VA will pay
more if expensive schools agree
Please see BILL, page 5


Eglin battles aircraft-bird collisions




vultures, ospreys and others J .


By Noel Getlin
Team Ealin Public Affairs
The world of aviation has long
known that bird strikes on aircraft are
common, costly and deadly. But
when a flock of Canada geese recent-
ly brought down an airliner larger
than a basketball court, the rest of the
world became aware, too.
"It was an unfortunate thing that
happened in New York," said Marty
Daniel, one of two U.S. Department
of Agriculture contractors on Eglin
Air Force Base. "There were a lot of
people who didn't know a bird could
cause that kind of damage. That in
itself brought public awareness to our
kind of work."


Related story, page 4

Daniel and Charles Kara are
wildlife biologists tasked with carry-
ing out the Bird and Wildlife Aircraft
Strike Hazard program, known as
BASH. The two men in the Air
Armament Safety Office work in con-
junction with the 46th Test Wing and
other agencies to eliminate wildlife
threats on Eglin and its ranges,
including Duke Field and the
Northwest Florida Regional Airport.
According to U.S. Air Force
wildlife statistics, there were 4,790
bird strikes on Air Force aircraft in
Please see VULTURES, page 4


Air Force courtesy photos
Marty Daniel and Charles Kara, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services wildlife
biologists, hold a turkey vulture effigy before they prepare to hang it in a tree, right. At left,
turkey vultures roost atop a cell phone tower in Valparaiso.


Bronze Star
Capt. Pamela Tan, 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron, thanks
Col. Steve DePalmer, 53d Wing commander, after receiving her
Bronze Star medal Jan. 22 during a 36 EWS commander's call.
She received the medal for her accomplishments as a
Electronic Warfare Officer deployed with a Army battalion in
Iraq. Story, page 5.












Fuels NCO from Eglin



keeps the gas flowing


quickly," he said. "We all follow
the same technical order so we


SOUTHWEST ASIA-The know what needs to be done to get
380th Expeditionary Logistics the mission accomplished."
Readiness Squadron's Fuels Flight Schubert said he enjoys working
delivers the second largest amount in fuels because of how close
of fuel in the entire area of respon- everyone is, even when they deploy
sibility with a daily average of
520,000 gallons. .
Staff Sgt. Joshua Schubert It IS repetitious, but
is the day-shift fuels distribu- rf
tion supervisor for the flight. practice Imakes perfect.
He spends his shifts moving -Sta osha Sc
around the flight line monitor- -Staff Sgt.Joshua Schuber
ing all the ongoing refueling
operations and, when needed, lend- with airmen from other home units.
ing a hand. He is deployed from "Fuels is a family oriented Air
Eglin Air Force Base. Force specialty code," he said. "We
Schubert describes his job as like deploying with other bases not
ensuring all flight line refueling only to meet new and different
operations run smoothly to help the brethren, but each base has their
wing execute its mission and air own slightly different way of oper-
tasking orders the flight line. ating and we learn that as well."
"I'm out here performing quality While the job may seem tedious,
control and making sure everyone it can help airmen accomplish the
is doing the job correctly and mission more effectively.


"It is repetitious," Schubert said.
"But practice makes perfect. The
more we do our job the better we
get at it."
Repetition has helped Schubert
bring experience and reliability to
the mission, say his superiors.
"Sergeant Schubert is a
knowledgeable non-commis-
sioned officer with a positive atti-
tude who I can go to in a pinch,"
said Master Sgt. George Allen,
the 380th ELRS Fuels Operations
superintendent. "He brings flexi-
bility and job knowledge com-
bined with experience to the
team."
Schubert said he enjoys the job
and, like his leadership says, he has
a winning attitude.
"I lucked out getting a job like
fuels in the Air Force," he said. "I
meet lots of people and have a large
impact on getting the mission done.
That's a good feeling to wake up to
every day."


Staff Sgt. lan Strain, 380th Expeditionary Logistics
Readiness Squadron non-commissioned officer in
charge, fuels laboratory runs a test on fuel, Jan. 21.
Strain is testing the particulate content, water
amount and color of the fuel to ensure all levels are
where they need to be before the aircraft leaves the
ground. Strain is deployed from Eglin Air Force Base
and is from Littleton, N.H.


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By Amn Anthony Jennings
Team Eglin Public Affairs
What began as a seemingly
harmless gesture of adolescence
could possibly become a cause
for concern among base housing
officials as a dangerous act of
destruction.
A rash of vandalism has bro-
ken out in the Eglin base housing
area in vacant housing units
scheduled for demolition.
"People think just because the
houses are being demolished
they can come in and wreak
havoc," said Staff Sgt. Julios
Morelos, 96th Civil Engineer
Squadron project manager. "But
not only are they costing the Air
Force money to clean up the
mess they made, they are putting
themselves at risk."


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Vacant Eglin houses pose a health hazard due to electrical, gas and
asbestos exposure dangers.


Many of the housing units
have working electricity and gas,
posing fire and electrical haz-
ards. However, one of the main
concerns for housing officials is
asbestos exposure.
The housing units to be
demolished were built with
asbestos, a group of minerals
that occur naturally in the envi-
ronment as bundles of fibers and
can be separated into thin,
durable threads. These fibers are
resistant to heat, fire, chemicals
and do not conduct electricity,
which is why it was widely used
for construction.
When products containing
asbestos are disturbed, tiny fibers
are released into the air. If
inhaled they may get trapped in
the lungs and remain there for a
long time. Over time, these fibers
can accumulate and cause scar-
ring and inflammation, which
can lead to serious health prob-
lems.
An investigation by 96th
Security Forces Squadron into an
act of vandalism at 104 Spruce
Court led to the discovery of
drug paraphernalia for two modi-


fled smoking devices. However,
neither of the items had bum
marks or residue consistent with
drug use.
A walkthrough of the house
revealed names written on the
walls, but there was not enough
information to narrow down who
was being referenced. Security
forces went out to Spruce Court
and spoke with residents on both
sides of the street.
"We came across several
houses with children who, at one
time or another, went inside the
abandoned houses," said Master
Sgt. Jay Curtis, 96th SFS investi-
gator. "We instructed the parents
to counsel their children on the
importance of staying out of
vacant and abandoned houses."
"Parents should be vigilant
and keep a watchful eye of what
their children are doing because
if they are caught, there are con-
sequences," said Kathy Lawhon,
96th CE housing official. "This
is another reason to keep their
yards up to standards as a pre-
ventative measure to ensure their
house isn't mistaken as vacant
and possibly vandalized."


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Nomad University doors to open


Air Force Photo by Chrissy Cuttita
Staff Sgt. Joel Church, 33rd Operations Support Squadron air crew
flight equipment craftsman, sets up a computer for use at the
Nomad University cyber cafe that opened Jan. 28. The university is
a 33rd Fighter Wing personnel-led venture to provide services for
personnel who are relocating due to the wing's drawdown.


By Chrissy Cuttita
Team Ealin Public Affairs
Cutting the ribbon of Nomad
University Jan. 28 meant doors
of support opened for airmen
with personal issues related to
the 33rd Fighter Wing draw-
down.
The area set aside in the
same building as the
dining facility pro-
vides a central loca- In
tion for family sup-
port, Internet usage, bigg
faith-based spiritual
support and a place fami
for children to occupy
themselves while
their parents make
decisions on their
future.
"The concept came from
wing leadership who wanted
something to help smooth tran-
sition," said Master Sgt. Steven
Zellers who is responsible for
maintaining the university.
In September the sergeant
helped prepare what was needed
to ask 9th Air Force for finan-
cial assistance which resulted in
$21,000 to cover initial setup.


"In all assignments, the
biggest concerns are usually
family-type issues," said Chief
Master Sgt. Douglas Kesler,
33rd FW command chief.
"There is always great stress on
getting children to new schools,
helping the spouse get employ-
ment, transferring all financial


I11 assignments, the

est concerns are usu

ily-type issues.

-Chief Master Sgt. Douglas K

requirements, selling homes,
changing registration on vehi-
cles, moving pets, changing
medical and dental care just to
name a few. The Air Force
assists members moving into
their new duty but even more
importantly they do a great job
of helping families during this
transition. "
Eglin's Airmen and Family
Readiness Center personnel are


ready to support appointments
at the university so wing mem-
bers will not have to travel to
the other side of the base, away
from their duty location, for
support. Working with wing
leadership they plan to address
any stress commonly experi-
enced when airmen and their
families are uprooted
in a military perma-
nent change of station.
"The unknowns are
tally the primary drivers of
this stress and the
relocation program is
designed to help
.esler reduce most of these
unknowns through an
A&FRC program
called Smooth Move," said Jim
Helms. "Smooth Move is
attended by both the military
member and spouse and is facil-
itated by the A&FRC, Law
Office, Finance, Travel, Traffic
Management Office, Housing
and TRICARE. These are nor-
mally the primary agencies mili-
tary PCSing need to get infor-
mation from and ask their vari-
ous questions to."


Future


topic of


seminar
By SSgt. Stacia Zachary
Team Ealin Public Affairs
Dr. George Friedman,
Strategic Forecasting founder
and CEO, will present a semi-
nar based on his latest book,
"The Next 100 Years-A
FORECAST for the 21st
Century" Feb. 10. The event,
hosted by The Air Force
Research Laboratory
Munitions Directorate
Revolutionary Tcl-' ii, h -.1,
Team and the Air Armament
Academy, will be from 9 to 10
a.m. at the Eglin Conference
Center, across from the bowl-
ing alley.
Friedman will discuss what
he foresees as the top issues in
the international arena and
how he uses trends as indica-
tors to advise on potential
future situations. The STRAT-
FOR analyst will introduce his
"'i-ch i.liiy i techniques" and
show how he applies them to
given situation to map out
future events. Key topics of
discussion are technological
advances to come from the
current Global War on Terror,
population trends and geopo-
litical forecasting.
A professor of political sci-
ence for almost 20 years,
Friedman was an early design-
er of computerized war games.
While working in academics,
he briefed military and politi-
cal leadership including senior
commanders in all armed serv-
ices, the U.S. Army War
College, National Defense
University and the RAND
Corporation on security and
national defense matters.
To register for the seminar,
sign up online at the A3 Web
site,
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Pilot knows bird strike danger first hand


After 26 years in the air, colonel

learned how serious it can be


By Noel Getlin
Team Ealin Public Affairs
Former 46th Test Wing Vice
Commander Col. Kevin Burms
went for 26 1/2 years without hit-
ting a single bird in flight. But on
April 23, 2001, just a short time
before he retired from the Air
Force, he found out just how seri-
ous a bird strike could be.
The colonel, with 800 F-16
flight hours and 4,500 total flight
hours under his belt, was flying
an F-16B on a routine bombing
mission out on the range under
low-level clouds. A flight test
engineer was in the back seat for
the mission.
"We were going out to the
range to drop trainer bombs, BU-
33s, on a two-ship mission," said
the colonel, who, incidentally,
chaired Eglin's bird activity com-
mittee at the time.
He was on his third bomb run
of the mission when the tell-tale
smoke used to spot the bomb
landing didn't appear. As he
began the turn to climb back up
to pattern altitude, it happened.
"I made it most of the way
through the 90-degree turn when
all I saw was this big gray
(area)," said Bums. "Then I heard
this really loud crack noise and I
knew (a bird) hit the airplane."


He said everything seemed
OK at first; and just as he thought
he'd gotten lucky, the engine
began grinding and he knew the
bird had gone down the engine
intake.
He immediately headed in the
direction of the closest airfield,
Duke Field, and climbed as high
as he could. He wanted to get to
at least 2,000 feet above ground
level, the recommended mini-
mum altitude for ejecting from an
aircraft.
In the meantime, the engine
made intermittent grinding nois-
es.
"I didn't know if we were
going to make it," Bums said. "If
the engine quit, we were going to
eject right away."
"We were pretty full of fuel
since it was early in the mission,"
Bums said. In addition, they also
had a hot gun with lots of ammu-
nition that he was going to shoot
during the mission but hadn't had
a chance.
Because of the weight, he
came in for landing at a high
speed, making the brakes
extremely hot. Unbeknownst to
the pilot and passenger, the strike
had punctured an oil tank and
severed fuel lines causing jet fuel
to spill out in a large pool


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Air Force courtesy photo
Col. Bill Thornton, former 46th Operations Group commander,
takes a look a the damage a bird did to the F-16 Falcon aircraft
he flew during his fini flight as a commander on Eglin. Thornton
is currently the 412th Test Wing commander at Edwards Air
Force Base, Calif.


beneath them on the runway.
When he tried to move the plane
out of the puddle, the engine was
so trashed, it wouldn't move.
"When I pushed it up to go,
the engine compressor stalled and
it wouldn't go anywhere, so I
shut the engine down," he said.
"When you shut down on those
kind of airplanes, if no one's
underneath to catch it, there's a
little fuel dump from the engine
(from fuel in the lines)." When
that happened, the fuel dumped
on the hot brakes igniting the fuel
on the ground.
"We were surprised by it," he
said. "I saw this big fireball
underneath the left wing, so we


egressed the aircraft more quickly
than we'd like to."
The fii, lil. i, I were on it
right away and, other than a few
bruises, both men made it out
unscathed.
From the experience, officials
improved communications on the
airfield. At that time, the pilot
could not communicate with the
fil. liIlI i, on the ground, so the
tower relayed messages back and
forth. But now, the pilot can
speak directly with ground crews
and fii li -'hll I,
Colonel Burns said every
effort helps.
"It could have been worse," he


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VULTURES
From page I
2007 costing $125 million in
damages. There were 15 air
strikes near airfields at Eglin and
Duke Field in 2008, and 32
reported off site.
There's been a drop in aircraft
and bird collisions since 2004
when 21 birds struck aircraft, and
that's no accident. Daniel and
Kara came to Eglin in May 2005
to refocus efforts on the BASH
program. At the time, the pro-
gram several agencies managed
the program. Now their addition
allows one agency to coordinate
the efforts and get to duties in a
timely manner.
The scientists say the majority
of their work is around the air-
fields because the most dangerous
time for aircraft is during take off
and landing. But low-level flying
is also an opportunity for colli-
sions with large birds, such as
turkey vultures, hawks, eagles,
falcons and kestrels. These birds
of prey hunt from a much higher
altitude that puts them in the path
of C-130s performing low-level
missions.
"It's not just big birds that are
threats, but the flocks of small
birds like mourning doves, the
European starlings and killdeer
that get sucked into the engine
intakes," Kara said. Bird strikes
can damage the engine blades
causing it to shut down, as well as
sever fuel lines. If birds collide
with other parts of the plane, they
can go through canopies, wings,
cone radar in the nose of the
plane, and damage a number of
sensors and antennas.
"There's always a reason that
wildlife is in the area," said
Daniel. "Something is attracting
them there. So if you have a spe-
cific area they are (-.I.iil--li.
you go and try to figure out the
source of the problem."
"In November, there was an
influx of turkey vultures near the
approach of Runway 19," said
Daniel. "We figured out a vulture
effigy is a good way to go
because it's nonlethal and quiet'"
Effigies are hung upside down in
tall trees and even cell phone tow-
ers at the altitude the birds fly. "If
you can hang it in the birds' travel
corridor or their roost, they don't
like it," Daniel said.
But these methods are consid-
ered reactive and both men prefer
to be proactive and use nonlethal
techniques.
"We concentrate more on
habitat modification to prevent
birds and mammals from being
there in the first place," Daniel
said. "You're always going to
have a problem. No matter how
many times you shoot or scare
them away, they'll just keep com-
ing back'"
There are regulations now to
keep grass around airfields
around 14 inches high to discour-
age flocking birds. Tall grass pre-
vents the birds from seeing each
other to warn against imminent
danger. It's also harder for the
birds to find the insects and seeds
they eat in the tall grass. The base
also uses insecticides and cuts
down fruit and berry trees
because they attract insects.
They also trap beavers that
build dams near the air field
because the dams create fertile
grounds for waterfowl. Several
birds, like osprey, like to roost
over water because it's difficult
for predators to reach them.
"We are highly skilled," said
Kara, adding that it's not a hunt-
ing job, as many people think it
is.
"It's about making safer skies
for those who fly birds and
people," said Daniel.


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to discount tuition rates for people
using the new GI Bill.
While some of the most cru-
cial details-like exactly how
much will be paid-have yet to
be determined, defense and VA
officials are working on rules to
simplify the application process
and make it easy for people to
understand their benefits.
There are a few surprises in
the VA proposal. For example, VA
officials have determined that
divorce will cut off a spouse's
right to continue using transferred
benefits, and children will lose
their right to transferred benefits if
they get married. The two restric-
tions stem from the definition of
"family member" in VA law.
VA officials did have to fill in
some holes in the law, such as
what to do about benefits for peo-
ple attending schools outside the
U.S. In addition, special rules pre-
vent benefits from being wasted
in case military duties disrupt a
student's education, or if other
mitigating factors-such as a
service-connected disability-
force someone to withdraw from
school.
Here are details of the plan.
Tuition payments
Basic benefits, paid directly to
a college or university, will cover
full tuition plus fees up to a cap
equal to the highest in-state
tuition rate for a four-year public
institution in the state where a
person is attending school.
The average in-state tuition
with fees for four-year schools is


By Samuel King Jr.
Team Ealin Public Affairs
Volunteering for an opportuni-
ty to incorporate electronic war-
fare into a real-world wartime
environment has led to a Bronze
Star medal for one engineer in the
36th Electronic Warfare
Squadron.
Capt. Pamela Tan, a military
engineer, received her medal Jan.
22 from Col. Steve DePalmer,
53rd Wing commander, for her
seven-month service as an elec-
tronic warfare officer
with an Army battalion '
in Iraq. h
Tan, a six-year veter-
an, said she volunteered yOU
for the deployment as a the
change of pace from her th e
primary duty as a team
member testing the loa(
ALR-56M pod for the
F-15.
After five weeks of
training, she was stationed at a
forward operating base south of
Baghdad and put in charge of the
ground electronic warfare mission
for an entire Army battalion of
close to 500 people.
"When I got there, the Army
unit was preparing to leave, so I
had the opportunity to learn my
job with the 'old' pros, then train
a brand new battalion on electron-
ic warfare," said the 30-year-old.
Her primary duties were to
install and maintain the frequency
jammers attached to the vehicles
that would go outside the base
perimeter and train the soldiers on
how to use it. To do that, she
often ventured beyond the wire to
see the tactics the Army used, so
she could better incorporate elec-


$6,585 this year and is expected
to increase about 6 percent for the
2009-10 academic year, according
to the College Board.
Two important factors could
reduce payments: the amount of
active service a member has since
Sept. 11, 2001, and the number of
credits being taken. Anyone with
fewer than three years of service
or taking less than a full load of
classes will get a percentage of
full benefits.
Private-school tuition
A public-private matching
fund program would increase
benefits for students using the
Post-9/11 GI Bill at private insti-
tutions where tuition and fees
exceed the maximum benefit
for each state based on public-
school costs.
This "Yellow Ribbon" pro-
gram requires VA to sign agree-
ments with each participating
school under which VA will pay
$1 more in tuition for each dollar
that the school reduces its tuition
costs for GI Bill users. This
makes it possible for full tuition
to be covered at private schools.
Schools can limit the number
of people receiving reduced
tuition under the program as long
as they make the reductions avail-
able on a first-come, first-served
basis. This will prevent schools
from discounting costs for full-
time students only.
Schools also must promise that
the reduced tuition rates would
remain in effect for an entire aca-
demic year.
Benefit limits
Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are
limited, as with most other veter-


tronic warfare into their routine.
"It was very important to get
face-time with those soldiers who
were actually using the equip-
ment," said Tan. "I tried to pro-
vide them some basic trou-
bleshooting tips if the system
went down. Many times the sol-
diers had never seen or touched
this equipment before arriving in
theater."
Midway through her deploy-
ment, there was a leadership
change and a new set of direc-


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tives. Her unit's area of responsi-
bility grew from a few small vil-
lages to an area the size of
Atlanta. This created new chal-
lenges for the captain's single-
person shop.
"I had a good routine going,
you know. I knew all the guys,
then all of a sudden the workload
doubled," said the California
native. "Now there were new vul-
nerabilities, intel, population and
interference."
With all of new challenges and
exposure, the unit never lost a life
to combat.
"When the soldiers would
return from patrol, I would hear
stories of explosions going off
after the convoy would roll by,"
said the captain. "They would say


ans education benefits programs,
to 36 months of payments, with
the ability to start and stop using
them over time.
Housing stipend
A living expense, based on the
military's basic allowance for
housing, will be paid to most stu-
dents using the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
The stipend will not be paid to
people using their GI Bill benefits
for distance learning courses or to


people attending school less than
half-time.
The living expense will equal
the Basic Allowance for Housing
of an E-5 with dependents for the
ZIP code where the student is
enrolled in school if the school is
in the U.S. If the school spans
more than one ZIP code, the
stipend will be based on the rate
for the ZIP code that covers the
majority of the school, which is
not necessarily the same as the
majority of campus housing.
The average monthly BAH for
an E-5 with dependents today is
about $1,328.
Book allowance
A book allowance, which also
covers the cost of other supplies,


it had to be the jammers."
The captain is the third
member of the 36 EWS to
deploy as an electronic warfare
officer and two more are on the
way. Even the squadron com-
mander has completed a tour,
and he knows the importance
of the EW mission in the field.
"I am extremely proud of
Capt. Tan," said Lt. Col. Greg
Patchske, 36 EWS commander.
"Her accomplishments while
deployed truly amaze me. The
53rd EWG
(Electronic
ing, Warfare Group)
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eguys viding EW
work- support to
Swork- Army units in
both
Afghanistan
a Tn and Iraq for
m ela Tan several years
now. Our EW
professionals assist the Army
with integrating EW into their
ground operations. Bottom
line-soldiers' lives were saved
by the heroic efforts of Capt.
Tan and all the deployed EW
experts."


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will be paid in a lump sum at the
start of a semester. A student may
receive up to $1,000 per academic
year, but actual payments will be
based on how many credits are
being taken.
This is a flat payment, not a
reimbursement, intended to cover
books, supplies, equipment and
other costs not covered by tuition
and fees.
Transfer rights
While defense and service
P officials are still working on
final details, the rules taking
shape will allow the entire career
force-including retirement-eligi-
ble members who are still serv-
ing-to transfer all or part of their
earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits
to spouses and children.
Members will be able to
decide how much can be trans-
ferred and can change or cancel
the transfer at any time as long as
the order is done in writing.
Benefits can be transferred to
more than one person but cannot
exceed the total 36 months of
benefits earned by the member.
Service members must make
new four-year commitments to
transfer benefits and could be
forced to repay any used benefits
if they do not complete the four
years. However, defense and serv-
ice officials are working on their
own transfer rules that will make


exceptions when a member can't
complete the four years, as when
disability, high-year tenure or
some other factor ends military
service.
The basic law passed last year
says benefits can be transferred to
a spouse after a member serves
six years and to a child or chil-
dren after 10 years of service, as
long as the new four-year com-
mitment is made in writing.
Spouses can use benefits, with
the service member's permission,
while the member is on active
duty and for up to 15 years after
either the member's separation
from the service or the member's
death.
Tutorial assistance
Receiving a new benefit to
cover the cost of tutoring requires
a certification that the tutoring is
necessary and is limited to stu-
dents attending school at least
half-time. Those who are eligible
can receive $100 per month for
up to 12 months.
Licensing tests
Up to $2,000 is available to
reimburse the cost of taking one
licensing or certification test. The
payment would come on top of
all other Post-9/11 GI Bill bene-
fits.
(Full information, www.air-
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From Mobile

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it's party time

through FatTuesday

Mardi Gras isn't just a New
Orleans phenomenon. Parades,
balls and events take place all
over the Gulf Coast, including
a celebration scheduled for the
area Feb. 7.
"Oh my, I thought the Miss
America pageant was the big
event for dresses and tiaras,"
said April Davis, wife of
deployed Special Operations
Command JAG Capt. Aubrey
Davis. A recent family outing
to Mobile, Ala., was an eye-
opener for the Montana native.
"I thought Mardi Gras was one
day only," she said. "I had no
idea so much went into the
event," she said.
The first Mardi Gras parade
of the 2009 Mobile season
kicked off at Dauphin Island
with Krewe De La Dauphine
on Saturday, Jan. 24.
The Greater Fort Walton
Beach Chamber of Commerce
sponsors Mardi Gras by the
Sea Feb. 7, starting with a
parade at 11 a.m. on Santa
Rosa Boulevard, Okaloosa
Island. Following a festival at
the boardwalk, festivities come
to a head at the Santa Rosa
Mall, with live music played
by "Miles from Coltrane" at a
Mardi Gras ball.
Before you enjoy the local
celebration, you can get a feel
for Mardi Gras at the Mardi
Gras museum in Mobile.
Wilbur Pillman, the man
responsible for 50 years of rev-
elry as the court jester to
Mobile royalty, guides the
party through the Mobile
Carnival Museum (MCM).
"The museum has only been
open since 2005, but we are
very pleased with what we
have accomplished and the


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Dianne Bitzes Mardi Gras, Mobile, Ala.
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Parade viewers Zoe Bitzes, left, and April Davis enjoyed their
first-ever Mardi Gras parade at Dauphin Island.


insight we provide the public
about the celebration and
pageantry that is Mardi Gras,"
said Pillman. The historic
Bernstein-Bush house is home
to the MCM. The building's
detailed crown molding,
authentic pine wood floors,
and unique chandeliers would
alone be worth a tour when
visiting Mobile. Yet the ornate
gowns, trains, and costumes
that fill the 14 rooms and line
the hallways are truly the
crown jewels of the structure.
The gowns are worn during
black tie balls by queens and
their courts, sponsored by the


various krewes (organizations
that sponsor balls and celebra-
tions for Mardi Gras.)
"Who pays for the gowns?
One word: Daddy," said
Pillman. The "daddy" of whom
Pillman spoke was the father
of the Mardi Gras reigning
queen, chosen annually. Many
queens come from successive
generations of Mobile's finest
families. This is southern tradi-
tion at its most fundamental
nature.
"This crown was worn by
three generations, starting in
1903 and was then worn in the
years 1936, 1957, and 1959-


all by family members," said
Pillman. Anyone who appreci-
ates the time involved in hand-
work will want to spend a
good bit of time at the muse-
um.
"Gown selection starts
almost immediately following
the selection of the queen at
the Thanksgiving Camellia
Ball. The queen is chosen from
distinguished Mobile debu-
tantes," said Pillman.
Pointing to a rare purple
gown, Pillman said, "This
gown took the entire year from
announcement to the day it
was worn to be completed. The
80-pound train is outfitted with
rollers for support. The collars
are both elaborate and beauti-
ful, but they are designed to be
harnesses the lady wears to
support gown trains."


Among the many costumes
worn by Mardi Gras kings and
queens, discreetly hidden in a
second floor corer showcase
is Pillman's own jester cos-
tume. "I've been wearing that
same costume for 50 years
now-I was wearing it during
the ball in which I met the love
of my life, my wife," said
Pillman.
Touring the MCM brings
Mobile's history to life. Mardi
Gras as celebrated in the
United States originated in
Mobile, Ala. in 1703.
"Most people think of New
Orleans as the home of beads
and moon pies, but it all start-
ed here in Mobile," said
Pillman.
Celebrations continued
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Mobile Carnival Museum
Getting there: Travel west along 1-10 toward Mobile.Just prior
to entering the city of Mobile, take exit 27.After exiting, contin-
ue straight through the stop light and through the Bankhead
Tunnel.This is Government Street.The museum is down five
blocks at the intersection of Claiborne Street and Government
(on the southwest corner).
Hours of operation: Monday,Wednesday, Friday, Saturday 9
a.m. to 4 p.m. (Last tour begins at 3 p.m.)
Telephone: 251-432-3324
Accessibility:The museum is wheel chair accessible on 2 of the
3 levels via an elevator.
Entrance fees:Adults, $5; Children 12 and under, $2;
Under age 3: No charge
Other information: Mobile has many Mardi Gras parades and
events scheduled. For a full list, go to
mobilecarnivalmuseum.com.
Locally, on Okaloosa Island, Mardi Gras on the Island, will take
place Saturday, Feb. 7.The parade will begin at I I a.m. on Santa
Rosa Boulevard with more than 70 Mardi Gras theme floats.A
festival will take place at The Boardwalk, noon-5 p.m., with
music, food, costumes, children's activities.The celebration closes
with the Mardi Gras by the Sea Ball at the Mall: Carnivale
Atmosphere at Santa Rosa Mall, 8 p.m.- I a.m., with live music by
"Miles from Coltrane" Mardi Gras costumes or black tie; Local
restaurants featuring "Taste of Mardi Gras." Tickets, $35, now
available at the Chamber office.
Pensacola's Mardi Gras parade is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 21,
2 p.m. pensacolamardigras.com
Panama City's Mardi Gras celebration is scheduled for Friday,
Feb. 6, through Saturday, Feb. 7, 3-5 p.m.
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What would a Mardi
Gras parade be
without beads
being tossed to the
crowd? The beads
were plentiful at the
Dauphin Island
parade last
Saturday.
Photos
by Dianne Bitzes


Mardi Gras is a
family affair. Entire
clans dress to the
nines to celebrate
and party until the
more solemn sea-
son of Lent, as
shown by these
costumes in the
Mobile museum.


The entrance to the Mobile Carnival Museum. The colorful
and exotic display around the doorway lets the visitor know
he's in for something unique.


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annually until the Civil War.
"Following the war, Joe Caine,
a clerk for the city of Mobile,
decided the time for mourning
was over, dressed up in cos-
tume, and persuaded fellow
Mobilians to join in the revel-
ry," said Pillman.
In 1938, the Mobile Area
Mardi Gras Association, Inc.
(MAMGA), formally the
Colored Carnival Association
(CCA), was incorporated under
the trusteeship of W. L.
Russell, D.D.S, J.T. McKinnis,
Sam Besteda, Jr., and Dr. J.A.
Franklin. Russell, a respected
dentist and civic leader, was
president of the CCA and
MAMGA for fifty years.
Russell envisioned the carnival
association as an outlet for the
youth of the black community
to display their talents.
"Sometime during the 80s,
one of the main organizing
bodies for carnival season, the
Mobile Carnival Association,
invited MAMGA to combine
with them," said Pillman.
"MAMGA declined the invita-
tion and told MCA, you cele-
brate in your way, and we'll
celebrate in ours."
Today the MCA and the
MAMGA is about cultural
diversity, not segregation. The
carnival museum is proud to
house history and costumes
from most of Mobile's carnival
krewes.
"From now until Fat
Tuesday (the day before Ash
Wednesday and the final day
of Mardi Gras), there are
parades all over the gulf
region. The hardest part of
Mardi Gras is deciding which
parades to attend," said Davis.
"I can't wait until the next time
we go out and get more beads,
moon pies, and all the other
stuff they throw off the floats!"


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Blood drives for January
Northwest Florida Blood Services
Blood Mobile calendar
Friday, Jan. 30: Eglin BX, 9 a.m.-
3 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 31: White Wilson
Niceville, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 3: Fort Walton
Medical Center, 9 a.m. -5 p.m.; Alys
Beach, 30A, noon-5 p.m.
Wednesday, Feb. 4: Faith
Assembly Church,
Geronimo Street, Destin,
8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 5:
Baker High School,
noon-7 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 8: First United
Methodist Church, Crestview, 599
Eighth Ave., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Eglin summer hiring
The Eglin Civilian Personnel
Office is accepting applications for
summer hire positions in clerical and
general laborer. To apply, pick up
applications from your school coun-
selor's office or at the Civilian
Personnel Office on Eglin AFB, 310
WVan Matre Ave., Bldg. 210, Rm.
101, on the first floor hallway. The
Applications will be available in a
rack next to door of Rm. 101.
Applications will be accepted through
Feb. 13, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday
through Friday. Applications mailed
in must be postmarked by Feb. 13.
Applicants must have reached their
16th birthday by June 8, 2009, and
must be enrolled at least part-time in
high school, college, or vocational
technical school. For more informa-
tion, call Angie Beal at 882-3967 or
Sherry Akers at 882-6258.
Women's scholarship set
Republican Women of Okaloosa,
Federated are accepting applications
for their annual $1,000 scholarship,
established to assist a high school
female graduate pursue
her college education. p q
The recipient must show
a high degree of motiva-
tion in pursuit of her
education and have an
active history of community service
and/or political involvement.
Applications must be received by


April 15. The scholarship will be
awarded April 25. For more informa-
tion and a copy of the application,
visit the Web site rwof.org or contact
Gayle Blumberg at 863-4194.
Tax reception desk
Volunteers are needed to run the
reception desk at the Tax
Center during tax season.
No training or previous
experience is required.
Anyone with an ID card
can volunteer. Help is needed during
two shift times: 8-11 a.m. or 12:30-
3:30 p.m. through April. Volunteers
will work once a week. More infor-
mation: Susan Reaves, 882-1040 or
e-mail susan.reaves@eglin.af.mil.
Poster contest
The Greater Fort Walton Beach
Chamber's Billy Bowlegs Pirate
Festival Committee has announced its
annual contest for the official 2009
"Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival" poster
artwork. This year's festival will be
June 4-8 in Fort Walton Beach.
Artwork submissions should be
11-by-14 inches and include the
theme verbiage of "No Surrender." It
must contain the words "54th Billy
Bowlegs Pirate Festival, Fort Walton
Beach, FL." All submissions should
be in a camera-ready medium and
unsigned.
The winning artist will be featured
in a press release and will be given
booth space at the festival to sell
signed copies of the winning poster
artwork and other work of his choice.
(The Chamber will provide up to 100
copies of the poster for the artist's
sales booth.) Submit your artwork to
the Chamber, 34 S.E. Miracle Stip
Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach. Entry
deadline is March 1. For further infor-
mation, call Brenda Fame at 244-
8191.
Power Hour
The Power Hour exercise class
incorporates strength and resistance
training which can transform your
whole body within one hour. This
fun, upbeat class will allow you to
both straighten and tone all you major
muscle groups at one time using
dumbbells and weight bars. Classes
are adjustable to any fitness level and
great for people that need the motiva-
tion of a group environment or just
want to break from their regular rou-
tine. Class time is Tuesdays at 7 a.m.
at the Fitness Center Annex/HAWC.
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The parking lot located on the
south side of Building 851, immedi-
ately south of water tower 857, will
remain closed for parking and pedes-
trian/vehicle traffic until Feb. 27.
What's your idea?
The Air Force Idea Program will
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More information: 882-3964 or
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Free Super Bowl party
The Eglin Chapel
Singles group will spon-
sor a free Super Bowl
party on Sunday, Feb. 1,
5 p.m., at the Chapel
Center Annex. There will be wings,
pizza, chips and beverages with the
game shown on a wide-screen TV.
For more information, call Dave
Nickerson, 882-4046 or 729-1831.
Black History Month liturgy
The Catholic African-American
Awareness Group of Okaloosa
County invites the public to its
Annual Liturgical Mass
Commemorating Black History
Month Sunday, Feb. 1, at Saint Mary
Catholic Church, 110 St. Mary Ave.,
Fort Walton Beach. The mass will
emphasize the rich heritage of
African-American culture in the
Catholic Church.
The Eglin Brotherhood Choir
will begin the celebration with a 30-
minute concert, beginning at 2 p.m.
The mass will start at 2:30 p.m. The
combined choirs from St. Joseph and
St. Anthony parishes of Pensacola
will provide music during the mass.
A reception will follow.
Point of contact: Roland
Simmons, president, 729-2573.
Team Lean Challenge 2009
Team Lean Challenge is a com-
mand-wide initiative designed to
help the AFMC workforce develop a
healthier lifestyle by instilling good
habits, building a nutrition/exercise
routine and losing weight in a safe,
healthy manner. It runs March 2 -
May 29. Online enrollment runs Feb.
2-27. If you don't currently have an
account, log onto afmcwellness.com
and take the health risk appraisal to
access the site. Official weigh-ins
will be conducted weekdays Feb. 19-
26, 7:30-9:30 a.m., and Feb. 27, 7:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Fitness
Annex/HAWC, Bldg. 843, 2nd floor.


For more information, call the
Fitness Center Annex/HAWC. 883-
9127.
February boating seminars
Four boating semi-
nars starting at 7 p.m.
will be conducted in
February at the
University of West
Florida Coombs
Campus, Lovejoy Road, Fort Walton
Beach. The two-hour seminars,
geared toward local boaters, are
being presented as a part the UWF
Continuing Education program. The
schedule: Feb. 2, knots, bends and
hitches; Feb. 9, on board weather
forecasting; Feb. 16, GPS usage for
navigation; Feb. 23, rules of the road.
Registration is available online
through the UWF Continuing
Education Maritime Education Web
site: uwf.edu" www.uwf.edu.
Information, 315-0686 or 474-
2914 or visit fwsps.com.
Free career workshops
The Career Resource Center at
Northwest Florida State College will
hold a series of workshops that pro-
vide tips on resume writing, choos-
ing a college major, and techniques
for job interviews. Workshops are
free and are open to students and the
general public. To reserve a seat, call
729-5227.
Resume Writing
Feb. 3: 5-5:50 p.m., Room 353,
Fort Walton Beach campus
Interviewing Techniques
Feb. 5: 5-5:50 p.m., Room 353,
Fort Walton Beach campus
Choosing a Major
Feb. 12: 1-2 p.m., Room 328,
Fort Walton Beach campus
Resume Writing and Interviewing
Techniques (combined workshop)
Feb. 17: 10-noon, Room 154,
Chautauqua Center, DeFuniak
Springs.
Emergency response team
Okaloosa County Community
Emergency Response Team (CERT)
will hold training sessions Tuesdays,
6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 3-March 31 at the
Wright Fire Department (#2
Racetrack Road), Fort Walton Beach.
Registration can be made online
at okaloosa-cert-
team.org/SignUp.html or, for more
information, contact, Jennifer
Tindall, 243-0315, or e-mail
CERT@united-way.org.
Classical music study
Music from the composers


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Water media

The Niceville Public Library is featuring a water media exhibit
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Frederick Delius and Elliott Carter
will be the topic at the
community classical
music study series,
Better Listening, Feb. 4,
at the Unitarian
Universalist Fellowship
of the Emerald Coast in Valparaiso.
All sessions are open to the public
and free. No reservations are
required. The programs are held each
Wednesday at 7 p.m. through Feb.
25. Call Lou Johnson at 897-1411 or
e-mail musicstudy@uufec.com for
further information.
Personnel issue seminars
A team from the Air Force
Personnel Center will visit Eglin
Feb. 4 to talk to civilians, enlisted
and officers about personnel issues.
Two sessions are scheduled: 10-
11:30 a.m. at the Officers' Club and
2-3:30 p.m. at Nomad Hall. Specific
topics covered in the Spread the
Word briefings include 365-day
deployment options, the Global Air
and Space Expeditionary Force
tempo-banding system, civilian hir-
ing procedures, and assignment
processes for officers and enlisted
airmen.
Women's health fair
In conjunction with Women's
Health Month, the
Republican Women of
Okaloosa, Federated will
host a health fair on
Wednesday, Feb. 4, at
the Holiday Inn
SunSpree, Okaloosa Island, begin-
ning at 11:30 a.m.
The program will be led by
Micki Glenn, who specializes in
women's health issues. Glenn devel-
oped an interest in the subject early
in her career as a mammographer.
She later opened her own clinic
where she performed bone density
studies. Her profession in radiology
created a special interest in bone
densitometry, with a concentration
on osteoporosis, and its effects on
women's health.
To make a reservation, contact
Bev McNally at 609-7989 or mcnal-
ly2@cox.net by noon Friday, Jan.
30. Cost of the lunch is $15 for
members and $18 for guests. For
more information about RWOF, visit
rwof.org.
53d Wing Annual Awards
The 53d Wing will hold its annu-
al awards banquet Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. at
the Emerald Coast Conference
Center. Members from the various
geographically separated units will
come into town to celebrate and
award its best and brightest. The
guest speaker is Chief Master Sgt.
Stephen Sullens, Air Combat
Command Command Chief. For
more information, call 882-0053.
Mystery By The Book Club
S The Fort Walton
Beach Library Mystery
by the Book Club will
meet at noon Thursday,
Feb. 5, in the library
meeting room to discuss the book
"The Cat Who Could Read
Backwards," by Lilian Jackson
Braun. Bring a brown bag lunch;
coffee and dessert will be served. For
more information, call 833-9590.
Special Olympics cagers
Come out and support the 2009
Northwest Florida Special Olympics
Sectional Basketball Tournament.
Athletes of all ages and skill levels
will participate in individual and
team events. Competition will be
held at the Eglin Fitness Center and
Lewis Middle School Feb. 6, 1-5
p.m. (opening ceremonies, then into
competition), and Feb. 7, 8 a.m.-
noon. Cheer on local competitors as
they vie for a spot in the state tourna-
ment. Info: call 883-7321 ext. 3301
or e-mail Jason.Seitz@eglin.af.mil
Mardi Gras trip
Join Information Tickets and
Tours on a trip to the New Orleans
Mardi Gras, Feb. 6-8. The trip
includes transportation, two nights at
the Hilton Riverside, the "Krewe du
Vieux" parade in the French Quarter
and a visit to Harrah's casino with
admission to Mardi Gras World. Cost
is $185 per person with double occu-
pancy. More information, call 882-
5930.







Friday. January 30. 2009


Air Force photo by Lois Walsh
The Ground Combat Training Squadron recently acquired 10
Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored fighting
vehicles. These vehicles, designed to survive IED attacks and
ambushes, add another dimension to the curriculum of the
squadron's schoolhouse.



Training squadron


gains new vehicles


By Lois Walsh
Team Eglin Public Affairs
Eglin airmen are training with
a new asset that may one day
save their lives.
The Ground Combat Training
Squadron recently acquired 10
Mine Resistant Ambush
Protected (MRAP) armored fight-
ing vehicles. These vehicles,
designed to survive IED attacks
and ambushes, add another
dimension to the curriculum of
the squadron's schoolhouse
which provides flexible training
to security forces personnel prior
to deployment. The MRAPs, with
their distinctive V-shape hulls and
beefy profile, may be seen on the
roadways around the base.
Master Sgt. Howard Stahl,
GCTS'NCOIC for Logistics, said
the MRAPs are a great addition
to the schoolhouse.
"Students will have training
on what the warfighters are going
to see when they get downrange,"
Stahl said.
The students will spend 32
hours training on vehicle opera-
tions. The training focuses on


driving the vehicle, safety and
operating the equipment mounted
inside. While many of the stu-
dents have experience with
Humvees, the MRAPs are larger,
wider and taller.
Staff Sgt. Robert Springer,
NCOIC for Force Protection
Technologies, there's an entirely
different feel to the MRAPS.
Scenarios for use in training have
been developed for the students,
including convoy operations.
They can also be used as live-fire
platforms for exercises.
"We'll be using them both on
base and off base out on the
ranges," Sergeant Springer said.
"People might see them out on
the roads as we have to cross
main roads to get to the range."
Springer asks that the base
populace to give the MRAPs
some room on the road" when
they see them on or off base.
"The MRAPs have many
blind spots for the operators not
unlike those found on a semi-
tractor trailer," he said, "so driv-
ers need to use caution around
them."


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PROTECT
From page I
War Memorial Plaza. The ser-
geant, who left Eglin Jan. 15,
had just three days to prepare to
be part of this historic event.
According to Espinoza, secret
service tasked his team with
securing buildings surrounding
the square and vehicle entry con-
trol point monitoring. More than
100,000 people attended the
event.
"We were expecting to have
quite a few upset people because
they (Baltimore police) would
only allow 30,000 inside the
square," Espinoza said. "But it
went pretty smoothly."
The sergeant, who has been a
dog handler since 2003, has
experience with distinguished
visitors, supporting both
Presidents Bush and Carter. But
he was well aware of the signifi-
cance of the president-elect's
stop.
"It's history-it's not every


day that's going to happen," he
said. "It wasn't the actual inau-
guration, but it was close
enough."
A few states away, the EOD
team headed to Midland, Texas,
where the Bush family, including
former President George H.W.
Bush and former first lady
Barbara Bush, were arriving on
Jan. 20, after the inauguration.
About 20,000 people welcomed
the Bushes at Centennial Plaza.
Staff Sgts. Daniel Batt,
Michael Pereira, Matthew
Wilt, Michael Edwards, Senior
Airman Anthony DeMarino and
Airman First Class Kyle
Massengale left Eglin Jan. 19 at
the request of the secret service.
Divided into three teams of two,
Pereira said their responsibilities
included sweeping the area
where the crowds and president
would be. Tech Sgt. Robert
Brooking, NCOIC of the EOD
Test Directives Section, worked
the details to ensure the teams
arrived with some tools of the


trade, including "good-looking
clothing."
"We arrived prior to the
crowd and supported the Secret
Service in whatever they need-
ed," Batt said. "It wasn't obvious
to the general public who we
were or what we were doing
there."
The teams just got a quick
glimpse of the president through
the window of his SUV but did
get up close to a real celebrity,
the White House dog, Miss
Beasley, who was stretching her
legs at the airport.
The EOD technicians spent a
full day with their presidential
duties, which were a "unique
experience" for the heavily
deployed team. It was the first
time Massengale had a chance to
protect a president, although he
was involved when former Vice
President Dick Cheney visited
Fort Walton Beach in the fall.
"It was a moment in history,"
said Pereira concluded.
(First of two articles.)


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64,000 miles. $16,000.
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Niceville apt, 2BR/ 1BA,
laundry room with wash-
er/dryer connections. No
Pets. $600 (1st month
free with 1 year lease)
$500 Security Deposit.
(850) 678-6870
Roommate, private bed-
room/ bath. $400
includes utilities. Close
to bases. 362-6456


FWB, Nice furnished,
smoke free, 2 bedroom,
no pets, fenced yard.
W/G/S electric furnished,
$700/mo., $400/deposit
862-3085


Kim's Restaurant,
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Parkway, Uptown
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Motorola C168i, $10. Exc
condition, 803-5235
8" Sterling Silver herring-
bone bracelet w/lobster
clasp (Italian 925), $10;
Exc condition, 803-5235
Blue Fox Fur from
Finland, made in Hong
Kong, waist level coat,
size: L, $75; Exc condi-
tion, 803-5235


'04 Toyota Highlander
LTD, V6, 43K Miles, CD
changer. Power moon-
roof, seats, windows and
locks. Black with light grey,
leather interior. Very clean.
$17K, 678-2812.
Haverty's Children's Pine
Bunk Beds with built-in
desk and bookcase.
Includes 6 drawer dresser.
$800.00 OBO (Navarre)
543-0692 LV. MSSG.


Antique oriental teak
wood dinner table, 2 cap-
tain & 4 reg chairs, 2
leafs $1000 obo. 376-
4330
L-shaped sectional sofa-
w/ 2 recliners & sofa bed,
tweed colored cloth.
$800 obo. 376-4330
Riverside, solid oak (med
stain) desk, drawers on
each side, Exc condition,
$250; 803-5235.


1998 Randy Moss signed
NFL football. Certified
signature value $225.
Sale $150.00 Alex
Rodriguez MLB certified
signature value $400,
sale $200 651-1485
Dining table, 4 chairs, 1
bench, $350; computer
desk $65; end table
w/drawer $25, pro type
mop bucket $25. 376-
4330


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Craftsman rider mower.
13.5HP, 30" cut, electric
start. Recently serviced.
Excellent condition.
$450.00 (850)897-2010
between 8 a.m. 6 p.m.
2001 POLARIS
SPORTSMAN 500HO
warn winch, front & rear
bumper, front & rear
racks w/rails, Benz Silent
muffler, great condition
$3,500. 398-6600.


Total Gym 2000, perfect
cond., $400.00 new, sell
for $100.00. 48R zip up
AF Blues jacket with liner,
$25.00. Lee, 864-1433
after 5PM.
Self-assemble type book-
case $40 & entertain-
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$50, both dark color, both
for $70, 376-4330
Philippine wood coffee
table $40; 23" x 23" glass
top end table $20.
Worldwide multi-system
VHS $100 obo 376-
4330
Washer $25. Dryer(gas)
$50. Diamond engage-
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band $1600 obo. Call
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look coffee table &
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BIk dining table & 6
chairs $90 or OBO;
Drawing table -$15. Pics
upon request Sam 699-
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Refrigerator, 2003
Whirlpool Side by Side,
25 Cu. Ft., Icemaker in
Door, Excellent condition,
$550, 678-5488


2008 Avalanche 1500
LTZ 4X4, Z71 Off-Road
Package, loaded, excel-
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miles $31,500 585-0632.
2008 HD Black Dyna
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Large seascape painting,
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shoulder strap purse,
medium size, $50; All Exc
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White Fridge excellent
condition $200 OBO;
Black metal futon bunk
bed with mattress $125
OBO; 850-543-1568
Oak Dining Room table
great condition $100
OBO; White Over The
Range Microwave $50
OBO. 543-1568
Dragon Heat RLP-35
35,000 BTU ready
Heater, this is a Propane
and it is nice used only
twice last year $100.00
850-682-1236
Casio CTK-573 electron-
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By Noel Getlin T eam Eglin Public Affairs The world of aviation has long known that bird strikes on aircraft are common, costly and deadly. But when a flock of Canada geese recently brought down an airliner larger than a basketball court, the rest of the world became aware, too. “It was an unfortunate thing that happened in New York,” said Marty Daniel, one of two U.S. Department of Agriculture contractors on Eglin Air Force Base. “There were a lot of people who didn’t know a bird could cause that kind of damage. That in itself brought public awareness to our kind of work.” Daniel and Charles Kara are wildlife biologists tasked with carrying out the Bird and Wildlife Aircraft Strike Hazard program, known as BASH. The two men in the Air Armament Safety Office work in conjunction with the 46th Test Wing and other agencies to eliminate wildlife threats on Eglin and its ranges, including Duke Field and the Northwest Florida Regional Airport. According to U.S. Air Force wildlife statistics, there were 4,790 bird strikes on Air Force aircraft in Risk y business People who vandalize Eglin houses that have been designated for destruction are endangering themselves because of hazardous materials inside. Page 2.Fuel for you An Eglin airman is instrumental in keeping them flying in Southwest Asia. See story, page 2.Nomad Univ er sity The 33rd Fighter Wing has set up a system to help to allay the concerns of its members in the coming drawdown. See page 3.Daytripper If you only think of New Orleans when you think of Mardi Gras, you’re missing out on a lot of the fun. See page 4.What’ s up Bored? Check out the Flyer calendar on page 8.Ambush safeguar d The Ground Combat Training Squadron now has 10 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored fighting vehicles.See story on page 9. Eglin Flyer The hometown paper for Eglin Air Force Base (850) 678-1080 info@eglinflyer.com Friday, January 30, 2009 Related story, page 4 Inside Please see VULTURES,page 4 Please see PROTECT,page 9 Eglin battles aircraft-bird collisionsBy Lois Walsh T eam Eglin Public Affairs Eglin personnel worked behind the scenes to ensure the safety of the presidents during the week of the inauguration. Airmen from the 96th Security Forces Squadron and the 96th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight got up close and personal with both outgoing President George W. Bush and incoming President Barack Obama as they filled taskings that ensured their commanders-in-chiefs’security. When then President-elect Barack Obama visited Baltimore as the last stop of his train tour before arriving at Washington D.C. for the inauguration, Staff Sgt. Michael Espinoza was there. A military working dog handler, Espinoza and his dog, Jimmy, were one of 29 dog partners to team up with EOD personnel at the Airmen protect the presidentsCourtesy photo Staff Sgt. Michael Espinoza, a dog handler with the 96th Security Forces at Eglin Air Force Base, inspects a vehicle in Baltimore prior to the Jan. 17 arrival of then President-elect Barack Obama. Espinoza was on hand to provide security for the incoming president. Eglin personnel ensure Obama,Bush safety Air Force photo by Samuel King Jr.Bronze StarCapt. Pamela Tan, 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron, thanks Col. Steve DePalmer, 53d Wing commander, after receiving her Bronze Star medal Jan. 22 during a 36 EWS commander’s call. She received the medal for her accomplishments as a Electronic Warfare Officer deployed with a Army battalion in Iraq. Story, page 5. By Rick Maze Air Force T imes A simple, Internet-based enrollment system is planned for the post-9/11 GI Bill to take care of everything from initial qualification to transferring benefits to family members, for those who want that option. “We want it to be pain-free, we want it to be simple and fast,” said a senior defense official who asked not to be identified because many details remain undecided. Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs officials are preparing to implement Aug. 1 the biggest increase in veterans education benefits since World War II. The program promises to cover full tuition, with additional stipends for books and living expenses, for full-time students attending the public college or university of their choice. On average, the combination of payments adds up to more than $85,000 in college benefits over four years, and it is possible that some people attending private schools could get far more under a program in which VA will pay more if expensive schools agree Please see BILL,page 5Details emerge on post-9/11 GI Bill stepsBiologist duo works to repel vultures,ospreys and othersAir Force courtesy photos Marty Daniel and Charles Kara, U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services wildlife biologists, hold a turkey vulture effigy before they prepare to hang it in a tree, right. At left, turkey vultures roost atop a cell phone tower in Valparaiso.

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By SSgt. Mike Andriacco 380th Air Expeditionary W ing SOUTHWEST ASIAThe 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron’s Fuels Flight delivers the second largest amount of fuel in the entire area of responsibility with a daily average of 520,000 gallons. Staff Sgt. Joshua Schubert is the day-shift fuels distribution supervisor for the flight. He spends his shifts moving around the flight line monitoring all the ongoing refueling operations and, when needed, lending a hand. He is deployed from Eglin Air Force Base. Schubert describes his job as ensuring all flight line refueling operations run smoothly to help the wing execute its mission and air tasking orders the flight line. “I’m out here performing quality control and making sure everyone is doing the job correctly and quickly,” he said. “We all follow the same technical order so we know what needs to be done to get the mission accomplished.” Schubert said he enjoys working in fuels because of how close everyone is, even when they deploy with airmen from other home units. “Fuels is a family oriented Air Force specialty code,” he said. “We like deploying with other bases not only to meet new and different brethren, but each base has their own slightly different way of operating and we learn that as well.” While the job may seem tedious, it can help airmen accomplish the mission more effectively. “It is repetitious,” Schubert said. “But practice makes perfect. The more we do our job the better we get at it.” Repetition has helped Schubert bring experience and reliability to the mission, say his superiors. “Sergeant Schubert is a knowledgeable non-commissioned officer with a positive attitude who I can go to in a pinch,” said Master Sgt. George Allen, the 380th ELRS Fuels Operations superintendent. “He brings flexibility and job knowledge combined with experience to the team.” Schubert said he enjoys the job and, like his leadership says, he has a winning attitude. “I lucked out getting a job like fuels in the Air Force,” he said. “I meet lots of people and have a large impact on getting the mission done. That’s a good feeling to wake up to every day.” Fuels NCO from Eglin keeps the gas flowingBy Amn Anthony Jennings T eam Eglin Public Affairs What began as a seemingly harmless gesture of adolescence could possibly become a cause for concern among base housing officials as a dangerous act of destruction. A rash of vandalism has broken out in the Eglin base housing area in vacant housing units scheduled for demolition. “People think just because the houses are being demolished they can come in and wreak havoc,” said Staff Sgt. Julios Morelos, 96th Civil Engineer Squadron project manager. “But not only are they costing the Air Force money to clean up the mess they made, they are putting themselves at risk.” Many of the housing units have working electricity and gas, posing fire and electrical hazards. However, one of the main concerns for housing officials is asbestos exposure. The housing units to be demolished were built with asbestos, a group of minerals that occur naturally in the environment as bundles of fibers and can be separated into thin, durable threads. These fibers are resistant to heat, fire, chemicals and do not conduct electricity, which is why it was widely used for construction. When products containing asbestos are disturbed, tiny fibers are released into the air. If inhaled they may get trapped in the lungs and remain there for a long time. Over time, these fibers can accumulate and cause scarring and inflammation, which can lead to serious health problems. An investigation by 96th Security Forces Squadron into an act of vandalism at 104 Spruce Court led to the discovery of drug paraphernalia for two modified smoking devices. However, neither of the items had burn marks or residue consistent with drug use. A walkthrough of the house revealed names written on the walls, but there was not enough information to narrow down who was being referenced. Security forces went out to Spruce Court and spoke with residents on both sides of the street. “We came across several houses with children who, at one time or another, went inside the abandoned houses,” said Master Sgt. Jay Curtis, 96th SFS investigator. “We instructed the parents to counsel their children on the importance of staying out of vacant and abandoned houses.” “Parents should be vigilant and keep a watchful eye of what their children are doing because if they are caught, there are consequences,” said Kathy Lawhon, 96th CE housing official. “This is another reason to keep their yards up to standards as a preventative measure to ensure their house isn’t mistaken as vacant and possibly vandalized.”Air Force photo Staff Sgt. Ian Strain, 380th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron non-commissioned officer in charge, fuels laboratory runs a test on fuel, Jan. 21. Strain is testing the particulate content, water amount and color of the fuel to ensure all levels are where they need to be before the aircraft leaves the ground. Strain is deployed from Eglin Air Force Base and is from Littleton, N.H. 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Nomad University doors to openBy Chrissy Cuttita T eam Eglin Public Affairs Cutting the ribbon of Nomad University Jan. 28 meant doors of support opened for airmen with personal issues related to the 33rd Fighter Wing drawdown. The area set aside in the same building as the dining facility provides a central location for family support, Internet usage, faith-based spiritual support and a place for children to occupy themselves while their parents make decisions on their future. “The concept came from wing leadership who wanted something to help smooth transition,” said Master Sgt. Steven Zellers who is responsible for maintaining the university. In September the sergeant helped prepare what was needed to ask 9th Air Force for financial assistance which resulted in $21,000 to cover initial setup. “In all assignments, the biggest concerns are usually family-type issues,” said Chief Master Sgt. Douglas Kesler, 33rd FW command chief. “There is always great stress on getting children to new schools, helping the spouse get employment, transferring all financial requirements, selling homes, changing registration on vehicles, moving pets, changing medical and dental care just to name a few. The Air Force assists members moving into their new duty but even more importantly they do a great job of helping families during this transition. “ Eglin’s Airmen and Family Readiness Center personnel are ready to support appointments at the university so wing members will not have to travel to the other side of the base, away from their duty location, for support. Working with wing leadership they plan to address any stress commonly experienced when airmen and their families are uprooted in a military permanent change of station. “The unknowns are the primary drivers of this stress and the relocation program is designed to help reduce most of these unknowns through an A&FRC program called Smooth Move,” said Jim Helms. “Smooth Move is attended by both the military member and spouse and is facilitated by the A&FRC, Law Office, Finance, Travel, Traffic Management Office, Housing and TRICARE. These are normally the primary agencies military PCSing need to get information from and ask their various questions to.” Air Force Photo by Chrissy Cuttita Staff Sgt. Joel Church, 33rd Operations Support Squadron air crew flight equipment craftsman, sets up a computer for use at the Nomad University cyber cafe that opened Jan. 28. The university is a 33rd Fighter Wing personnel-led venture to provide services for personnel who are relocating due to the wing’s drawdown. Eglin Flyer Friday, January 30, 2009 Page 3 ‘In all assignments,the biggest concerns are usually family-type issues.’Chief Master Sgt.Douglas KeslerFuture topic of seminarBy SSgt. Stacia Zachary T eam Eglin Public Affairs Dr. George Friedman, Strategic Forecasting founder and CEO, will present a seminar based on his latest book, “The Next 100 YearsA FORECAST for the 21st Century” Feb. 10. The event, hosted by The Air Force Research Laboratory Munitions Directorate Revolutionary Technology Team and the Air Armament Academy, will be from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Eglin Conference Center, across from the bowling alley. Friedman will discuss what he foresees as the top issues in the international arena and how he uses trends as indicators to advise on potential future situations. The STRATFOR analyst will introduce his “forecasting techniques” and show how he applies them to given situation to map out future events. Key topics of discussion are technological advances to come from the current Global War on Terror, population trends and geopolitical forecasting. A professor of political science for almost 20 years, Friedman was an early designer of computerized war games. While working in academics, he briefed military and political leadership including senior commanders in all armed services, the U.S. Army War College, National Defense University and the RAND Corporation on security and national defense matters. To register for the seminar, sign up online at the A3 Web site, https://afkm.wpafb.af.mil/ASP s/Reg/Register.asp?Filter=OOED-AAA2&Eventid=191&Groupid=2 45&Class=81973&TypeName =Class.

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By Noel Getlin T eam Eglin Public Affairs Former 46th Test Wing Vice Commander Col. Kevin Burns went for 26 1/2 years without hitting a single bird in flight. But on April 23, 2001, just a short time before he retired from the Air Force, he found out just how serious a bird strike could be. The colonel, with 800 F-16 flight hours and 4,500 total flight hours under his belt, was flying an F-16B on a routine bombing mission out on the range under low-level clouds. A flight test engineer was in the back seat for the mission. “We were going out to the range to drop trainer bombs, BU33s, on a two-ship mission,” said the colonel, who, incidentally, chaired Eglin’s bird activity committee at the time. He was on his third bomb run of the mission when the tell-tale smoke used to spot the bomb landing didn’t appear. As he began the turn to climb back up to pattern altitude, it happened. “I made it most of the way through the 90-degree turn when all I saw was this big gray (area),” said Burns. “Then I heard this really loud crack noise and I knew (a bird) hit the airplane.” He said everything seemed OK at first; and just as he thought he’d gotten lucky, the engine began grinding and he knew the bird had gone down the engine intake. He immediately headed in the direction of the closest airfield, Duke Field, and climbed as high as he could. He wanted to get to at least 2,000 feet above ground level, the recommended minimum altitude for ejecting from an aircraft. In the meantime, the engine made intermittent grinding noises. “I didn’t know if we were going to make it,” Burns said. “If the engine quit, we were going to eject right away.” “We were pretty full of fuel since it was early in the mission,” Burns said. In addition, they also had a hot gun with lots of ammunition that he was going to shoot during the mission but hadn’t had a chance. Because of the weight, he came in for landing at a high speed, making the brakes extremely hot. Unbeknownst to the pilot and passenger, the strike had punctured an oil tank and severed fuel lines causing jet fuel to spill out in a large pool beneath them on the runway. When he tried to move the plane out of the puddle, the engine was so trashed, it wouldn’t move. “When I pushed it up to go, the engine compressor stalled and it wouldn’t go anywhere, so I shut the engine down,” he said. “When you shut down on those kind of airplanes, if no one’s underneath to catch it, there’s a little fuel dump from the engine (from fuel in the lines).” When that happened, the fuel dumped on the hot brakes igniting the fuel on the ground. “We were surprised by it,” he said. “I saw this big fireball underneath the left wing, so we egressed the aircraft more quickly than we’d like to.” The firefighters were on it right away and, other than a few bruises, both men made it out unscathed. From the experience, officials improved communications on the airfield. At that time, the pilot could not communicate with the firefighters on the ground, so the tower relayed messages back and forth. But now, the pilot can speak directly with ground crews and firefighters. Colonel Burns said every effort helps. “It could have been worse,” he said. Eglin Flyer Page 4 Friday, January 30, 2009 CHURCHDIRECTORY “Pointing The Way To Jesus”IMMANUELANGLICANCHURCH250 Indian Bayou Trail, Destin Church Office: 850-837-6324www.iacdestin.orgSunday Morning Services 7:45 Holy Communion 10:00 Family Communion ServiceMinistries provided for children, nursery through 8th gradeW ednesday Night Student Ministry 6:30-8:00 “Encounter”(6th-12th grade) 444 Valparaiso Pkwy. 850-678-4822 www.fbcvalparaiso.org(Located 5 Minutes from the Eglin East Gate, across from the Valparaiso City Hall)S UND A YS Morning Bible Study 9:30 a.m. Morning Celebration Service 11:00 a.m. Evening Bible Study 5:00 p.m. W EDNESD A YS Mid Week Prayer Service 6:00 p.m. Children-In-Action 6:00 p.m.“Engaging...God Connecting...with others Serving...all”FIRSTBAPTISTCHURCHOFVALPARAISOLead Pastor T.J. Kollar Pastor & First Lady ParkerFIRST CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST798 Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue Crestview, FL 32536 (850) 682-4900 fcogic@fcogicg.ccoxmail.com Sunday School at 9:30 a.m. Sunday Morning Service at 11 a.m. Wednesday Night Bible Study 6:30 p.m. Traditional: 8:15 & 11:00 a.m. Contemporary: 9:40, 9:42, 11:02 a.m.Sunday, February 1: Where is God when my relationships break down?First United Methodist Church of Niceville214 Partin Dr. S. 678-4411 www.fumcniceville.org Pilot knows bird strike danger first handAfter 26 years in the air,colonel learned how serious it can be Air Force courtesy photo Col. Bill Thornton, former 46th Operations Group commander, takes a look a the damage a bird did to the F-16 Falcon aircraft he flew during his fini flight as a commander on Eglin. Thornton is currently the 412th Test Wing commander at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. Weddings, Engagements, or Special Anniversaries?Just write up a brief article and enclose a photo if possible. Bring it by or mail it to:Eglin Flyer 1181 E. John Sims Pkwy, Niceville, FL 32578 VULTURESFrom page 12007 costing $125 million in damages. There were 15 air strikes near airfields at Eglin and Duke Field in 2008, and 32 reported off site. There’s been a drop in aircraft and bird collisions since 2004 when 21 birds struck aircraft, and that’s no accident. Daniel and Kara came to Eglin in May 2005 to refocus efforts on the BASH program. At the time, the program several agencies managed the program. Now their addition allows one agency to coordinate the efforts and get to duties in a timely manner. The scientists say the majority of their work is around the airfields because the most dangerous time for aircraft is during take off and landing. But low-level flying is also an opportunity for collisions with large birds, such as turkey vultures, hawks, eagles, falcons and kestrels. These birds of prey hunt from a much higher altitude that puts them in the path of C-130s performing low-level missions. “It’s not just big birds that are threats, but the flocks of small birds like mourning doves, the European starlings and killdeer that get sucked into the engine intakes,” Kara said. Bird strikes can damage the engine blades causing it to shut down, as well as sever fuel lines. If birds collide with other parts of the plane, they can go through canopies, wings, cone radar in the nose of the plane, and damage a number of sensors and antennas. “There’s always a reason that wildlife is in the area,” said Daniel. “Something is attracting them there. So if you have a specific area they are (gathering), you go and try to figure out the source of the problem.” “In November, there was an influx of turkey vultures near the approach of Runway 19,” said Daniel. “We figured out a vulture effigy is a good way to go because it’s nonlethal and quiet.” Effigies are hung upside down in tall trees and even cell phone towers at the altitude the birds fly. “If you can hang it in the birds’travel corridor or their roost, they don’t like it,” Daniel said. But these methods are considered reactive and both men prefer to be proactive and use nonlethal techniques. “We concentrate more on habitat modification to prevent birds and mammals from being there in the first place,” Daniel said. “You’re always going to have a problem. No matter how many times you shoot or scare them away, they’ll just keep coming back.” There are regulations now to keep grass around airfields around 14 inches high to discourage flocking birds. Tall grass prevents the birds from seeing each other to warn against imminent danger. It’s also harder for the birds to find the insects and seeds they eat in the tall grass. The base also uses insecticides and cuts down fruit and berry trees because they attract insects. They also trap beavers that build dams near the air field because the dams create fertile grounds for waterfowl. Several birds, like osprey, like to roost over water because it’s difficult for predators to reach them. “We are highly skilled,” said Kara, adding that it’s not a hunting job, as many people think it is. “It’s about making safer skies for those who fly birds and people,” said Daniel.

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to discount tuition rates for people using the new GI Bill. While some of the most crucial detailslike exactly how much will be paidhave yet to be determined, defense and VA officials are working on rules to simplify the application process and make it easy for people to understand their benefits. There are a few surprises in the VA proposal. For example, VA officials have determined that divorce will cut off a spouse’s right to continue using transferred benefits, and children will lose their right to transferred benefits if they get married. The two restrictions stem from the definition of “family member” in VA law. VA officials did have to fill in some holes in the law, such as what to do about benefits for people attending schools outside the U.S. In addition, special rules prevent benefits from being wasted in case military duties disrupt a student’s education, or if other mitigating factorssuch as a service-connected disability force someone to withdraw from school. Here are details of the plan.Tuition paymentsBasic benefits, paid directly to a college or university, will cover full tuition plus fees up to a cap equal to the highest in-state tuition rate for a four-year public institution in the state where a person is attending school. The average in-state tuition with fees for four-year schools is $6,585 this year and is expected to increase about 6 percent for the 2009-10 academic year, according to the College Board. Two important factors could reduce payments: the amount of active service a member has since Sept. 11, 2001, and the number of credits being taken. Anyone with fewer than three years of service or taking less than a full load of classes will get a percentage of full benefits.Private-school tuitionA public-private matching fund program would increase benefits for students using the Post-9/11 GI Bill at private institutions where tuition and fees exceed the maximum benefit for each state based on publicschool costs. This “Yellow Ribbon” program requires VA to sign agreements with each participating school under which VA will pay $1 more in tuition for each dollar that the school reduces its tuition costs for GI Bill users. This makes it possible for full tuition to be covered at private schools. Schools can limit the number of people receiving reduced tuition under the program as long as they make the reductions available on a first-come, first-served basis. This will prevent schools from discounting costs for fulltime students only. Schools also must promise that the reduced tuition rates would remain in effect for an entire academic year.Benefit limitsPost-9/11 GI Bill benefits are limited, as with most other veterans education benefits programs, to 36 months of payments, with the ability to start and stop using them over time.Housing stipendA living expense, based on the military’s basic allowance for housing, will be paid to most students using the Post-9/11 GI Bill. The stipend will not be paid to people using their GI Bill benefits for distance learning courses or to people attending school less than half-time. The living expense will equal the Basic Allowance for Housing of an E-5 with dependents for the ZIP code where the student is enrolled in school if the school is in the U.S. If the school spans more than one ZIP code, the stipend will be based on the rate for the ZIP code that covers the majority of the school, which is not necessarily the same as the majority of campus housing. The average monthly BAH for an E-5 with dependents today is about $1,328.Book allowanceA book allowance, which also covers the cost of other supplies, will be paid in a lump sum at the start of a semester. A student may receive up to $1,000 per academic year, but actual payments will be based on how many credits are being taken. This is a flat payment, not a reimbursement, intended to cover books, supplies, equipment and other costs not covered by tuition and fees.Transfer rightsWhile defense and service officials are still working on final details, the rules taking shape will allow the entire career forceincluding retirement-eligible members who are still servingto transfer all or part of their earned Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits to spouses and children. Members will be able to decide how much can be transferred and can change or cancel the transfer at any time as long as the order is done in writing. Benefits can be transferred to more than one person but cannot exceed the total 36 months of benefits earned by the member. Service members must make new four-year commitments to transfer benefits and could be forced to repay any used benefits if they do not complete the four years. However, defense and service officials are working on their own transfer rules that will make exceptions when a member can’t complete the four years, as when disability, high-year tenure or some other factor ends military service. The basic law passed last year says benefits can be transferred to a spouse after a member serves six years and to a child or children after 10 years of service, as long as the new four-year commitment is made in writing. Spouses can use benefits, with the service member’s permission, while the member is on active duty and for up to 15 years after either the member’s separation from the service or the member’s death.Tutorial assistanceReceiving a new benefit to cover the cost of tutoring requires a certification that the tutoring is necessary and is limited to students attending school at least half-time. Those who are eligible can receive $100 per month for up to 12 months.Licensing testsUp to $2,000 is available to reimburse the cost of taking one licensing or certification test. The payment would come on top of all other Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits. (Full information, www.airforcetimes.com.) By Samuel King Jr. T eam Eglin Public Affairs Volunteering for an opportunity to incorporate electronic warfare into a real-world wartime environment has led to a Bronze Star medal for one engineer in the 36th Electronic Warfare Squadron. Capt. Pamela Tan, a military engineer, received her medal Jan. 22 from Col. Steve DePalmer, 53rd Wing commander, for her seven-month service as an electronic warfare officer with an Army battalion in Iraq. Tan, a six-year veteran, said she volunteered for the deployment as a change of pace from her primary duty as a team member testing the ALR-56M pod for the F-15. After five weeks of training, she was stationed at a forward operating base south of Baghdad and put in charge of the ground electronic warfare mission for an entire Army battalion of close to 500 people. “When I got there, the Army unit was preparing to leave, so I had the opportunity to learn my job with the ‘old’pros, then train a brand new battalion on electronic warfare,” said the 30-year-old. Her primary duties were to install and maintain the frequency jammers attached to the vehicles that would go outside the base perimeter and train the soldiers on how to use it. To do that, she often ventured beyond the wire to see the tactics the Army used, so she could better incorporate electronic warfare into their routine. “It was very important to get face-time with those soldiers who were actually using the equipment,” said Tan. “I tried to provide them some basic troubleshooting tips if the system went down. Many times the soldiers had never seen or touched this equipment before arriving in theater.” Midway through her deployment, there was a leadership change and a new set of directives. Her unit’s area of responsibility grew from a few small villages to an area the size of Atlanta. This created new challenges for the captain’s singleperson shop. “I had a good routine going, you know. I knew all the guys, then all of a sudden the workload doubled,” said the California native. “Now there were new vulnerabilities, intel, population and interference.” With all of new challenges and exposure, the unit never lost a life to combat. “When the soldiers would return from patrol, I would hear stories of explosions going off after the convoy would roll by,” said the captain. “They would say it had to be the jammers.” The captain is the third member of the 36 EWS to deploy as an electronic warfare officer and two more are on the way. Even the squadron commander has completed a tour, and he knows the importance of the EW mission in the field. “I am extremely proud of Capt. Tan,” said Lt. Col. Greg Patchske, 36 EWS commander. “Her accomplishments while deployed truly amaze me. The 53rd EWG (Electronic Warfare Group) has been providing EW support to Army units in both Afghanistan and Iraq for several years now. Our EW professionals assist the Army with integrating EW into their ground operations. Bottom linesoldiers’lives were saved by the heroic efforts of Capt. 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Mardi Gras isn’t just a New Orleans phenomenon. Parades, balls and events take place all over the Gulf Coast, including a celebration scheduled for the area Feb. 7. “Oh my, I thought the Miss America pageant was the big event for dresses and tiaras,” said April Davis, wife of deployed Special Operations Command JAG Capt. Aubrey Davis. A recent family outing to Mobile, Ala., was an eyeopener for the Montana native. “I thought Mardi Gras was one day only,” she said. “I had no idea so much went into the event,” she said. The first Mardi Gras parade of the 2009 Mobile season kicked off at Dauphin Island with Krewe De La Dauphine on Saturday, Jan. 24. The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber of Commerce sponsors Mardi Gras by the Sea Feb. 7, starting with a parade at 11 a.m. on Santa Rosa Boulevard, Okaloosa Island. Following a festival at the boardwalk, festivities come to a head at the Santa Rosa Mall, with live music played by “Miles from Coltrane” at a Mardi Gras ball. Before you enjoy the local celebration, you can get a feel for Mardi Gras at the Mardi Gras museum in Mobile. Wilbur Pillman, the man responsible for 50 years of revelry as the court jester to Mobile royalty, guides the party through the Mobile Carnival Museum (MCM). “The museum has only been open since 2005, but we are very pleased with what we have accomplished and the insight we provide the public about the celebration and pageantry that is Mardi Gras,” said Pillman. The historic Bernstein-Bush house is home to the MCM. The building’s detailed crown molding, authentic pine wood floors, and unique chandeliers would alone be worth a tour when visiting Mobile. Yet the ornate gowns, trains, and costumes that fill the 14 rooms and line the hallways are truly the crown jewels of the structure. The gowns are worn during black tie balls by queens and their courts, sponsored by the various krewes (organizations that sponsor balls and celebrations for Mardi Gras.) “Who pays for the gowns? One word: Daddy,” said Pillman. The “daddy” of whom Pillman spoke was the father of the Mardi Gras reigning queen, chosen annually. Many queens come from successive generations of Mobile’s finest families. This is southern tradition at its most fundamental nature. “This crown was worn by three generations, starting in 1903 and was then worn in the years 1936, 1957, and 1959 all by family members,” said Pillman. Anyone who appreciates the time involved in handwork will want to spend a good bit of time at the museum. “Gown selection starts almost immediately following the selection of the queen at the Thanksgiving Camellia Ball. The queen is chosen from distinguished Mobile debutantes,” said Pillman. Pointing to a rare purple gown, Pillman said, “This gown took the entire year from announcement to the day it was worn to be completed. The 80-pound train is outfitted with rollers for support. The collars are both elaborate and beautiful, but they are designed to be harnesses the lady wears to support gown trains.” Among the many costumes worn by Mardi Gras kings and queens, discreetly hidden in a second floor corner showcase is Pillman’s own jester costume. “I’ve been wearing that same costume for 50 years nowI was wearing it during the ball in which I met the love of my life, my wife,” said Pillman. Touring the MCM brings Mobile’s history to life. Mardi Gras as celebrated in the United States originated in Mobile, Ala. in 1703. “Most people think of New Orleans as the home of beads and moon pies, but it all started here in Mobile,” said Pillman. Celebrations continued Parade viewers Zoe Bitzes, left, and April Davis enjoyed their first-ever Mardi Gras parade at Dauphin Island. Dianne BitzesDay Tripper Trip TipsMardi Gr as , Mobile , Ala. Mobile Carnival MuseumGetting ther e: Travel west along I-10 toward Mobile.Just prior to entering the city of Mobile,take exit 27.After exiting,continue straight through the stop light and through the Bankhead Tunnel.This is Government Street.The museum is down five blocks at the intersection of Claiborne Street and Government (on the southwest corner). Hour s of oper ation: Monday,Wednesday,Friday,Saturday 9 a.m.to 4 p.m.(Last tour begins at 3 p.m.) Telephone:251-432-3324 Accessibility: The museum is wheel chair accessible on 2 of the 3 levels via an elevator. Entr ance fees: Adults,$5;Children 12 and under,$2; Under age 3:No charge Other information : Mobile has many Mardi Gras parades and events scheduled.For a full list,go to mobilecarnivalmuseum.com. Locally,on Okaloosa Island,Mardi Gras on the Island,will take place Saturday,Feb.7.The parade will begin at 11 a.m.on Santa Rosa Boulevard with more than 70 Mardi Gras theme floats.A festival will take place at The Boardwalk,noon-5 p.m.,with music,food,costumes,children’s activities.The celebration closes with the Mardi Gras by the Sea Ball at the Mall:Carnivale Atmosphere at Santa Rosa Mall,8 p.m.-1 a.m.,with live music by “Miles from Coltrane” Mardi Gras costumes or black tie;Local restaurants featuring “Taste of Mardi Gras.” Tickets,$35,now available at the Chamber office. 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Blood drives for January Northwest Florida Blood Services Blood Mobile calendar Friday, Jan. 30: Eglin BX, 9 a.m.3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31: White Wilson Niceville, 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3: Fort Walton Medical Center, 9 a.m. -5 p.m.; Alys Beach, 30A, noon-5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 4: Faith Assembly Church, Geronimo Street, Destin, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5: Baker High School, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 8: First United Methodist Church, Crestview, 599 Eighth Ave., 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Eglin summer hiring The Eglin Civilian Personnel Office is accepting applications for summer hire positions in clerical and general laborer. To apply, pick up applications from your school counselor’s office or at the Civilian Personnel Office on Eglin AFB, 310 W Van Matre Ave., Bldg. 210, Rm. 101, on the first floor hallway. The Applications will be available in a rack next to door of Rm. 101. Applications will be accepted through Feb. 13, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday. Applications mailed in must be postmarked by Feb. 13. Applicants must have reached their 16th birthday by June 8, 2009, and must be enrolled at least part-time in high school, college, or vocational technical school. For more information, call Angie Beal at 882-3967 or Sherry Akers at 882-6258. Women’s scholarship set Republican Women of Okaloosa, Federated are accepting applications for their annual $1,000 scholarship, established to assist a high school female graduate pursue her college education. The recipient must show a high degree of motivation in pursuit of her education and have an active history of community service and/or political involvement. Applications must be received by April 15. The scholarship will be awarded April 25. For more information and a copy of the application, visit the Web site rwof.org or contact Gayle Blumberg at 863-4194. Tax reception desk Volunteers are needed to run the reception desk at the Tax Center during tax season. No training or previous experience is required. Anyone with an ID card can volunteer. Help is needed during two shift times: 8-11 a.m. or 12:303:30 p.m. through April. Volunteers will work once a week. More information: Susan Reaves, 882-1040 or e-mail susan.reaves@eglin.af.mil. Poster contest The Greater Fort Walton Beach Chamber’s Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival Committee has announced its annual contest for the official 2009 “Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival” poster artwork. This year’s festival will be June 4-8 in Fort Walton Beach. Artwork submissions should be 11-by-14 inches and include the theme verbiage of “No Surrender.” It must contain the words th Billy Bowlegs Pirate Festival, Fort Walton Beach, FL.” All submissions should be in a camera-ready medium and unsigned. The winning artist will be featured in a press release and will be given booth space at the festival to sell signed copies of the winning poster artwork and other work of his choice. (The Chamber will provide up to 100 copies of the poster for the artist’s sales booth.) Submit your artwork to the Chamber, 34 S.E. Miracle Strip Pkwy., Fort Walton Beach. Entry deadline is March 1. For further information, call Brenda Farne at 2448191. Power Hour The Power Hour exercise class incorporates strength and resistance training which can transform your whole body within one hour. This fun, upbeat class will allow you to both straighten and tone all you major muscle groups at one time using dumbbells and weight bars. Classes are adjustable to any fitness level and great for people that need the motivation of a group environment or just want to break from their regular routine. Class time is Tuesdays at 7 a.m. at the Fitness Center Annex/HAWC. Class Instructor is Susan Hunter, a Certified Personal Trainer and Fitness Instructor with numerous specialized certifications. Call 883-9127. Parking lot closed The parking lot located on the south side of Building 851, immediately south of water tower 857, will remain closed for parking and pedestrian/vehicle traffic until Feb. 27. What’s your idea? The Air Force Idea Program will have your ideas reviewed and evaluated by a subject matter expert and you might earn some extra money if your idea is adopted by the Air Force. More information: 882-3964 or https://ipds.csd.disa.mil. Free Super Bowl party The Eglin Chapel Singles group will sponsor a free Super Bowl party on Sunday, Feb. 1, 5 p.m., at the Chapel Center Annex. There will be wings, pizza, chips and beverages with the game shown on a wide-screen TV. For more information, call Dave Nickerson, 882-4046 or 729-1831. Black History Month liturgy The Catholic African-American Awareness Group of Okaloosa County invites the public to its Annual Liturgical Mass Commemorating Black History Month Sunday, Feb. 1, at Saint Mary Catholic Church, 110 St. Mary Ave., Fort Walton Beach. The mass will emphasize the rich heritage of African-American culture in the Catholic Church. The Eglin Brotherhood Choir will begin the celebration with a 30minute concert, beginning at 2 p.m. The mass will start at 2:30 p.m. The combined choirs from St. Joseph and St. Anthony parishes of Pensacola will provide music during the mass. A reception willfollow. Point of contact: Roland Simmons, president, 729-2573. Team Lean Challenge 2009 Team Lean Challenge is a command-wide initiative designed to help the AFMC workforce develop a healthier lifestyle by instilling good habits, building a nutrition/exercise routine and losing weight in a safe, healthy manner. It runs March 2 May 29. Online enrollment runs Feb. 2-27. If you don’t currently have an account, log onto afmcwellness.com and take the health risk appraisal to access the site. Official weigh-ins will be conducted weekdays Feb. 1926, 7:30-9:30 a.m., and Feb. 27, 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Fitness Annex/HAWC, Bldg. 843, 2nd floor. For more information, call the Fitness Center Annex/HAWC. 8839127. February boating seminars Four boating seminars starting at 7 p.m. will be conducted in February at the University of West Florida Coombs Campus, Lovejoy Road, Fort Walton Beach. The two-hour seminars, geared toward local boaters, are being presented as a part the UWF Continuing Education program. The schedule: Feb. 2, knots, bends and hitches; Feb. 9, on board weather forecasting; Feb. 16, GPS usage for navigation; Feb. 23, rules of the road. Registration is available online through the UWF Continuing Education Maritime Education Web site: uwf.edu” www.uwf.edu. Information, 315-0686 or 4742914 or visit fwsps.com. Free career workshops The Career Resource Center at Northwest Florida State College will hold a series of workshops that provide tips on resume writing, choosing a college major, and techniques for job interviews. Workshops are free and are open to students and the general public. To reserve a seat, call 729-5227. Resume Writing Feb. 3: 5-5:50 p.m., Room 353, Fort Walton Beach campus Interviewing Techniques Feb. 5: 5-5:50 p.m., Room 353, Fort Walton Beach campus Choosing a Major Feb. 12: 1-2 p.m., Room 328, Fort Walton Beach campus Resume Writing and Interviewing Techniques (combined workshop) Feb. 17: 10-noon, Room 154, Chautauqua Center, DeFuniak Springs. Emergency response team Okaloosa County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will hold training sessions Tuesdays, 6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 3-March 31 at the Wright Fire Department (#2 Racetrack Road), Fort Walton Beach. Registration can be made online at okaloosa-certteam.org/Sign_Up.html or, for more information, contact, Jennifer Tindall, 243-0315, or e-mail CERT@united-way.org. Classical music study Music from the composers Frederick Delius and Elliott Carter will be the topic at the community classical music study series, Better Listening, Feb. 4, at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of the Emerald Coast in Valparaiso. All sessions are open to the public and free. No reservations are required. The programs are held each Wednesday at 7 p.m. through Feb. 25. Call Lou Johnson at 897-1411 or e-mail musicstudy@uufec.com for further information. Personnel issue seminars A team from the Air Force Personnel Center will visit Eglin Feb. 4 to talk to civilians, enlisted and officers about personnel issues. Two sessions are scheduled: 1011:30 a.m. at the Officers’Club and 2-3:30 p.m. at Nomad Hall. Specific topics covered in the Spread the Word briefings include 365-day deployment options, the Global Air and Space Expeditionary Force tempo-banding system, civilian hiring procedures, and assignment processes for officers and enlisted airmen. Women’s health fair In conjunction with Women’s Health Month, the Republican Women of Okaloosa, Federated will host a health fair on Wednesday, Feb. 4, at the Holiday Inn SunSpree, Okaloosa Island, beginning at 11:30 a.m. The program will be led by Micki Glenn, who specializes in women’s health issues. Glenn developed an interest in the subject early in her career as a mammographer. She later opened her own clinic where she performed bone density studies. Her profession in radiology created a special interest in bone densitometry, with a concentration on osteoporosis, and its effects on women’s health. To make a reservation, contact Bev McNally at 609-7989 or mcnally2@cox.net by noon Friday, Jan. 30. Cost of the lunch is $15 for members and $18 for guests. For more information about RWOF, visit rwof.org. 53d Wing Annual Awards The 53d Wing will hold its annual awards banquet Feb. 5 at 5 p.m. at the Emerald Coast Conference Center. Members from the various geographically separated units will come into town to celebrate and award its best and brightest. The guest speaker is Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Sullens, Air Combat Command Command Chief. For more information, call 882-0053. Mystery By The Book Club The Fort Walton Beach Library Mystery by the Book Club will meet at noon Thursday, Feb. 5, in the library meeting room to discuss the book “The Cat Who Could Read Backwards,” by Lilian Jackson Braun. Bring a brown bag lunch; coffee and dessert will be served. For more information, call 833-9590. Special Olympics cagers Come out and support the 2009 Northwest Florida Special Olympics Sectional Basketball Tournament. Athletes of all ages and skill levels will participate in individual and team events. Competition will be held at the Eglin Fitness Center and Lewis Middle School Feb. 6, 1-5 p.m. (opening ceremonies, then into competition), and Feb. 7, 8 a.m.noon. Cheer on local competitors as they vie for a spot in the state tournament. Info: call 883-7321 ext. 3301 or e-mail Jason.Seitz@eglin.af.mil Mardi Gras trip Join Information Tickets and Tours on a trip to the New Orleans Mardi Gras, Feb. 6-8. The trip includes transportation, two nights at the Hilton Riverside, the “Krewe du Vieux” parade in the French Quarter and a visit to Harrah’s casino with admission to Mardi Gras World. Cost is $185 per person with double occupancy. More information, call 8825930. CALENDAR2009 Flyer photoWater mediaThe Niceville Public Library is featuring a water media exhibit by noted local artist Marla Armstrong through Feb. 27. 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War Memorial Plaza. The sergeant, who left Eglin Jan. 15, had just three days to prepare to be part of this historic event. According to Espinoza, secret service tasked his team with securing buildings surrounding the square and vehicle entry control point monitoring. More than 100,000 people attended the event. “We were expecting to have quite a few upset people because they (Baltimore police) would only allow 30,000 inside the square,” Espinoza said. “But it went pretty smoothly.” The sergeant, who has been a dog handler since 2003, has experience with distinguished visitors, supporting both Presidents Bush and Carter. But he was well aware of the significance of the president-elect’s stop. “It’s historyit’s not every day that’s going to happen,” he said. “It wasn’t the actual inauguration, but it was close enough.” A few states away, the EOD team headed to Midland, Texas, where the Bush family, including former President George H.W. Bush and former first lady Barbara Bush, were arriving on Jan. 20, after the inauguration. About 20,000 people welcomed the Bushes at Centennial Plaza. Staff Sgts. Daniel Batt, Michael Pereira, Matthew Wilt,Michael Edwards, Senior Airman Anthony DeMarino and Airman First Class Kyle Massengale left Eglin Jan. 19 at the request of the secret service. Divided into three teams of two, Pereira said their responsibilities included sweeping the area where the crowds and president would be. Tech Sgt. Robert Brooking, NCOIC of the EOD Test Directives Section, worked the details to ensure the teams arrived with some tools of the trade, including “good-looking clothing.” “We arrived prior to the crowd and supported the Secret Service in whatever they needed,” Batt said. “It wasn’t obvious to the general public who we were or what we were doing there.” The teams just got a quick glimpse of the president through the window of his SUV but did get up close to a real celebrity, the White House dog, Miss Beasley, who was stretching her legs at the airport. The EOD technicians spent a full day with their presidential duties, which were a “unique experience” for the heavily deployed team. It was the first time Massengale had a chance to protect a president, although he was involved when former Vice President Dick Cheney visited Fort Walton Beach in the fall. “It was a moment in history,” said Pereira concluded. (First of two articles.) DINING& ENTERTAINMENT Eglin Flyer Friday, January 30, 2009 Page 9 Air Force photo by Lois Walsh The Ground Combat Training Squadron recently acquired 10 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored fighting vehicles. These vehicles, designed to survive IED attacks and ambushes, add another dimension to the curriculum of the squadron’s schoolhouse. Training squadron gains new vehiclesBy Lois Walsh T eam Eglin Public Affairs Eglin airmen are training with a new asset that may one day save their lives. The Ground Combat Training Squadron recently acquired 10 Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored fighting vehicles. These vehicles, designed to survive IED attacks and ambushes, add another dimension to the curriculum of the squadron’s schoolhouse which provides flexible training to security forces personnel prior to deployment. The MRAPs, with their distinctive V-shape hulls and beefy profile, may be seen on the roadways around the base. Master Sgt. 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Classified Eglin Flyer Eglin Flyer Page 10 Friday, January 30, 2009 2005 Toyota Avalon limited. Perfect condition. 64,000 miles. $16,000. 650-7389 Niceville apt, 2BR/ 1BA, laundry room with washer/dryer connections. No Pets. $600 (1st month free with 1 year lease) $500 Security Deposit. (850) 678-6870 Roommate, private bedroom/ bath. $400 includes utilities. Close to bases. 362-6456 FWB, Nice furnished, smoke free, 2 bedroom, no pets, fenced yard. W/G/S electric furnished, $700/mo., $400/deposit 862-3085 Kim's Restaurant, Korean Sushi, 99 Eglin Parkway, Uptown Station, FWB, 244-2872, 244-0417. Kim’s Cleaning Service: Home, Office or Condo. Licensed, insured. 850374-1050 Services Restaurants Mobile Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Autos for Sale AT&T/Cingular Go Phone Motorola C168i, $10. Exc condition, 803-5235 8" Sterling Silver herringbone bracelet w/lobster clasp (Italian 925), $10; Exc condition, 803-5235 Blue Fox Fur from Finland, made in Hong Kong, waist level coat, size: L, $75; Exc condition, 803-5235 Toyota Highlander LTD, V6, 43K Miles, CD changer. Power moonroof, seats, windows and locks. Black with light grey, leather interior. Very clean. $17K, 678-2812. Haverty’s Children’s Pine Bunk Beds with built-in desk and bookcase. Includes 6 drawer dresser. $800.00 OBO (Navarre) 543-0692 LV. MSSG. Antique oriental teak wood dinner table, 2 captain & 4 reg chairs, 2 leafs $1000 obo. 3764330 L-shaped sectional sofaw/ 2 recliners & sofa bed, tweed colored cloth. $800 obo. 376-4330 Riverside, solid oak (med stain) desk, drawers on each side, Exc condition, $250; 803-5235. 1998 Randy Moss signed NFLfootball. Certified signature value $225. Sale $150.00 Alex Rodriguez MLB certified signature value $400, sale $200 651-1485 Dining table, 4 chairs, 1 bench, $350; computer desk $65; end table w/drawer $25, pro type mop bucket $25. 3764330 Craftsman rider mower. 13.5HP, 30” cut, electric start. Recently serviced. Excellent condition. $450.00 (850)897-2010 between 8 a.m. 6 p.m. 2001 POLARIS SPORTSMAN 500HO warn winch, front & rear bumper, front & rear racks w/rails, Benz Silent muffler, great condition $3,500. 398-6600. Total Gym 2000, perfect cond., $400.00 new, sell for $100.00. 48R zip up AF Blues jacket with liner, $25.00. Lee, 864-1433 after 5PM. Self-assemble type bookcase $40 & entertainment center (up to 27”tv) $50, both dark color, both for $70, 376-4330 Philippine wood coffee table $40; 23" x 23" glass top end table $20. Worldwide multi-system VHS $100 obo 3764330 Washer $25. Dryer(gas) $50. Diamond engagement ring and wedding band $1600 obo. Call Ashley 850.598.5791 Sport Cargo Carrier$90 or OBO; Leather suitcase look coffee table & matching end table $50 or OBO. Pics upon request Sam 699-8890. Blk dining table & 6 chairs $90 or OBO; Drawing table -$15. Pics upon request Sam 6998890. Refrigerator, 2003 Whirlpool Side by Side, 25 Cu. Ft., Icemaker in Door, Excellent condition, $550, 678-5488 2008 Avalanche 1500 LTZ 4X4, Z71 Off-Road Package, loaded, excellent condition 30,000 miles $31,500 585-0632. 2008 HD Black Dyna Super Glide 700 miles asking 12,000 Mike 850 305 9628 Large seascape painting, $45; Coach black leather shoulder strap purse, medium size, $50; All Exc condition, 850-803-5235. White Fridge excellent condition $200 OBO; Black metal futon bunk bed with mattress $125 OBO; 850-543-1568 Oak Dining Room table great condition $100 OBO; White Over The Range Microwave $50 OBO. 543-1568 Dragon Heat RLP-35 35,000 BTU ready Heater, this is a Propane and it is nice used only twice last year $100.00 850-682-1236 Casio CTK-573 electronic keyboard with numerous features. Includes keyboard stand and stool. $250.00. Call 2177593 Louis Vuitton Monogram Canvas Looping Replica Purse (M51146), new $195, asking $65. Exc condition, 803-5235 Help Wanted Help Wanted Help Wanted Autos for Sale Autos for Sale Autos for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale Homes for Sale NEWSPAPER DELIVERYEarn extra cash of $45 to $140 or more each week in your spare time! The Bay Beacon seeks a reliable independent contractor to insert, bag, and deliver newspapers Tuesday night. You must be over 21 and have a reliable vehicle, a good driving record, a Florida driver’s license, and proof of current liability insurance. No collecting duties. Earnings vary according to route and work load. Stop by the Bay Beacon for an information sheet and to fill out an application. The Beacon 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville 678-1080 (Parkway East Shopping Center acr oss from PoFolks) SAYYOU SAW IT IN THE FLYER BEAUTIFUL 1,871 sq. ft. Ranch Style Home in BWB.Home is newly painted with 3 BR carpeted and 2 BR tiled. Remodeled kitchen, tiled, all new electric appliances. Washer and dryer stay with home. Large living room with French doors that enter a screened-in patio. Roof is 4 years old, this home has a large fenced-in yard with a wooden deck and built-in benches surround deck, patio furniture stays. Great feature is the oversized 2 car garage. $295,000 Call 582-7979 800-874-8929 Niceville, FL 32578 www.carriagehills.com LOOKING FOR ARENTAL? CALLOUR RENTALOFFICE AT 678-9448678-5178 1821 John Sims Pkwy. realtor@carriagehills.com ONE VISIT IS ALLYOU NEED to know this 3/3 is for you. 2904SF showplace has 9’to 12’ceilings, hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, 3 car garage, upgrades throughout! All this anda sun room and lanai too! $399,400 Web#780 LIFE LOOKS BETTER HERE at this 3/2.5 home in Lake Pippin Estates.This two story home has lots of living space and is located on Choctawhatchee Bay with breathtaking views. Anature lover’s paradise with lots of trees. $685,000 Web#814 2008 PARADE OF HOMES WINNER! Lovely single story all brick 4/3 Gary Miller Home in Swift Creek. 4 living areas, 3 car garage, hardwood and tile flooring, raised ceilings, custom mill work, stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. $549,000 Web#808 CREATE YOUR OWN MASTERPIECE on this half acre Swift Creek home site! This lot will accommodate most luxury home plans. Enjoy amenities like the large community center, sparkling pool, tennis, and a 3-mile walking trail! $99,000 Web#807 BLUEWATER ELEMENTARYDISTRICT Take a close look at this picturesque country home in the heart of Bluewater Bay! From the rocking chair front porch to the renovated kitchen, to the three living areas, to the huge backyard, you’ll find a warm and inviting floorplan, top notch condition, and a great place to call HOME! $295,000 Web#806 SAVVYBUYERS WELCOME at this 2506SF, 4/2 Gary Miller resale home located in the heart of Bluewater Bay! Designed with a flowing floorplan, 3 living areas, high ceilings, and sporting a brand new kitchen, this home is one of the best buys in Bluewater! See it today for $349,900! Web#805 BRING ALLOFFERS on this 2/2, 1110SF condo in Seascape Garden Villas. Beautiful view from back porch of the 11th fairway and green. Partially furnished and ready to be your primary residence or a summer get-a-way. $225,000 Web#792 BEAUTIFULLOT on newly paved road with many mature trees located just 3 blocks from the Bay. Great price for first time homebuyer or builder looking for economical lot! $49,500 Web#898 SAY“HELLO” TO THIS GOOD BUY in Cedar Ridge. The sellers have transformed this 1843SF, 3/2 with new wood and tile floors, fresh paint, stainless appliances, granite counters, new interior door, a sunny Florida room and more! Terrific value at 249,900! Web#899 H UGE HOME on ? acre golf course lot with pool and Jacuzzi awaits your family. This beautiful home has it all from granite counters tops in the kitchen to spiral staircase in the courtyard by the Jacuzzi. Priced to sell! Make your appointment today! $365,000 Web#900 Realtor Happy New Year!-I I T T S S O O P P P P O O R R T T U U N N I I T T Y Y T T I I M M E E ! ! Office: (850) 897-SOLD (7653) “The Fields at the Woodlands”Bluewater Bay’s Newestcommunity. Pick your lot Pick your Plan. Affordable custom building by McDorman Construction.New Home Under Construction . . . . . . . . .$350,000 RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY V ACANT LAND N EW CONSTRUCTION Unfurn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, W/D, Great w/ Roommate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,100 Unfurn. House, 3/2, Niceville, W/D, No Pets . . .$1,250 Furn. Waterfront Studio, Utilities Included . . . . .$ 800 Furn. Efficiency, Bayfront, Full kit, W/D . . . . . . .$1,100 Furn. FC 1/1, Ground Floor, End Unit, W/D . . . .$1,200 Furn. Lakeside Condo, 2/2, Gr. Floor, Screened patio .$1,200 Furn. Efficiency, Bayfront, Full Kitchen, W/D, 1st Floor . . .$1,250 Unfurn. BWB Home, 3/2, Lots of Room, Golf Course, W/D$1,450 Furn. Marina Cove Townhome 3/2.5, Utilities Included, Walk Out to the Bay . . . . . . . .$1,900We are Bluewater Bay’s ON SITE Agents Meeting Your Real Estate Sales and Rental Needs.Steve Hughes (502-1014)RENT AL PROPERTIES Van Hughes (850) 897-2683 (850)502-10161/28 9 Lot Community inside BWB Lots, Build to Suit -$105,000 Magnolia Plantation, Golf Course Lot . . . . . . . . . .$279,900 Southwind – Golf Course Lot . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$349,000Diane Cocchiarella (830-3568) Carrie Leugers (974-5436) Blue Pine Village 2/2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$159,900 Move-In Ready Custom Build New . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$350,000 Sunset Beach, 3/2, Gated Comm., Golf Course . . . . . .$359,000Call Us to List Your Property Today!***MILITARYDISCOUNTS***Waived Application Fee; Flat Rate Security Deposit. Best Priced in Bluewater Bay $159,900 Lots ofvehicles under $12,000.Happy clicking.100% Bumper to Bumper WarrantyCARS TRUCKS SUVS 850-269-2000 DESTIN .comuniversalmotorcars SEE NEWS HAPPENING? CALLTHE BEACON NEWSPAPERS AT 678-1080!

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Eglin Flyer Friday, January 30, 2009 Page 11 Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Homes for Rent Eglin Flyer Classified CLASSIFIED AD AND FREE FLEAMARKET AD DEADLINE: NOON TUESDAYFOR FRIDAYEGLIN FLYER & HURLBURT PATRIOTPlease write ad on form. Include phone number as part of ad. Minimum charge per paper is $9.95* for up to 10 words. Each additional word 20. Attach more paper if needed. GUIDELINES FOR FREE FLEA MARKET ADS Free Flea Market ads are for the one-time sale of personal property. They cannot be used for home sales, rentals, child-care services, or commercial products and services. (See the Paid Classified Ad coupon at right for our low price on such ads.) Free Flea Market ads may be no longer than 25 words and must include the item price. Free Flea Market ads must be e-mailed to free@eglinflyer.com or free@hurlburtpatriot.com (not both). Your full name, address, day phone and home phone must be in the e-mail. (Except for the phone number you specify in the ad. This identifying information won't be included in the published ad.) Free Flea Market ads run only once per submission. If you want to run the ad again, please e-mail it again. You may submit more than one ad per week. The publisher can't promise that any free Flea Market ad will run. The way to ensure your ad will run is to submit a paid ad. See the Paid Classified Ad form. The publisher reserves the right to edit or refuse any ad. The Eglin Flyer The Hurlburt Patriot 1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville FL32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: (850) 729-3225 free@eglinflyer.com free@hurlburtpatriot.com Name Phone Address (Price) x (Number of Weeks Ad will Run) x (Number of papers): Total Cost: *Base price includes $5 weekly discount for walk-in or mail-in prepaid ads. Hurlburt Patriot Eglin Flyer Bay BeaconPlease make checks payable to Beacon Newspapers.Check which paper(s) ad should appear in: Beacon Newspapers, 1181 E. 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Call 678-1080 to Place Your Classified The Beacon Newspapers RENT ALS (850) 897-1443 Call to see our properties at Bluewater Bay Resort Realty.Bluewater Bay Resort RealtyFLORIDA CLUB at BLUEW A TER BA Y Furnished, Utilities Included 2/2: with loft: $1700/mo. 2/2: $1400-$1,500/mo. Pets O.K. 1/1: $1100/mo. Pets O.K. Unfurnished 2/2: $850-$1,200 Partly Furnished 50% OFF 1st Month with lease: $1050/mo.BWB FURNISHED UTIL TIES INCLUDED Townhomes 2/2: $1400/mo. 3/2: $1600/mo. 4/2: $1700/mo.BWB UNFURNISHED 1/1: Wood Floors $750/mo 1/1, $675/mo., Ground Floor, Water/Sewer, Trash Included 2/1, $900/mo., Lakeside 3/2 $1,250/mo.; Oakmont Circle 3/2 $1,100/mo.; Patio Home 9 Mos.NICEVILLE UNFURNISHED 2/1: $650/mo., 50% OFF 1st month rent w/ 1 yr lease WILSON MINGER AGENCY, INC.Niceville’s Top-Selling Real Estate Officewww.OurLocalAgent.com CALLFOR ADDITIONALRENTALS(850) 729-6504RENT RENT ALS: ALS:Crestview-House, 516 Candlewood, 3/2 . . . . . . . . . . . $ 695 Crestview-House, 3087 Oak St., 3/1.5 . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 750 Crestview-House, 522 Risen Star, 3/2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 950 Niceville-House, 926 Rue de Palm 4/2, w/ Pool . . . . . .$1,200Niceville-House, 466 Olde Post Rd., 4/3, w/ Pool . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,800Niceville-Condo, 4276 Calinda #127, 2/2, Furnished . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$1,495Valparaiso-Apt., 154-B John Sims, 2/1 . . . . . . . . . . . . $ 495 Okaloosa Island-House, 725 Sail Fish, 3/2.5, w/ Pool, Furnished . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .$2,500 2006 DODGE DAKOTA SLT CLUB CAB V8 18K MILES 2005 FORD F-150 STX 2007 TOYOTA SOLARA SE LOW MILES $12,4902007 CHEVY HHR LT EXTRA CLEAN $10,990 2005 FORD EXPEDITION 3RD ROW REAR AIR $11,890 2004 FORD RANGER EDGE SUPER CAB V6 $9,990 2008 FORD FOCUS SE 2D $10,990$8,990 2003 DODGE DURANGO SLT 3RD ROW $7,990 2006 CHEVROLET 1500 XCAB $13,990 2006 JEEP WRANGLER X 4X4 AT 23K MILES 6 CYL $13,990 2006 FORD F-150 XLT X-CAB $13,988 2004 NISSAN MAXIMA SL 2003 CADILLAC DEVILLE LOADED!!! 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Eglin Flyer Page 12 Friday, January 30, 2009 BMW 335I Twin TurboW as: $33,935 Now: $28,575 Chevrolet CorvetteW as: $23,995 Now: $21,990 Volvo S-40W as: $22,575 Now: $18,995 Chevrolet Impala LTW as: $18,550 Now: $15,995 GMC Sonoma X Cab SLSW as: $9,995 Now: $7,995 Nissan MaximaW as: $23,595 Now: $21,545 Mitsubishi GalantW as: $17,995 Now: $14,995 Toyota CorollaW as: $16,595 Now: $13,545 Acura CLS CoupeW as: $10,550 Now: $8,595 Nissan SentraW as: $16,885 Now: $13,995 Toyota 4-RunnerW as: $23,675 Now: $21,995 BMW 325IW as: $19,545 Now: $17,995 Saab 9-3W as: $19,775 Now: $16,995 Toyota TacomaW as: $18,995 Now: $16,555 Volkswagen RabbitW as: $15,985 Now: $12,995 Isuzu RodeoW as: $9,575 Now: $7,995 Mercedes CLK 500 CabrioletW as: $27,890 Now: $24,545 GMC Reg CabW as: $8,675 Now: $6,690 Dodge Quad Cab 4X4W as: $22,785 Now: $19,995 Jeep Wrangler SaharaW as: $22,650 Now: $19,545 Chevrolet Extended Cab Z-71W as: $17,995 Now: $14,995P.A.LLOANEXPERT100% FINANCINGONMOSTCARS Beal Pkwy. Santa Rosa Mall MaryEstherBlvd.6Niceville Premier Autos 6Niceville Premier AutosPalm Blvd.1010 John Sims Pkwy. Niceville8 8 5 5 0 0 6 6 7 7 8 8 1 1 3 3 0 0 2 2369 N. Beal Pkwy. Ft. Walton Beach8 8 5 5 0 0 3 3 6 6 2 2 6 6 8 8 7 7 3 3N N O O W W T T W W O O L L O O C C A A T T I I O O N N S S Niceville High School Mercedes SL500 Roadster W as: $43,948 Now: $38,990 BMW 528I W as: $42,597 Now: $37,822 Chevrolet Impala LTW as: $16,995 Now: $13,995 Volkswagen ConvertibleW as: $18,995 Now: $16,545 Chrysler SebringW as: $9,995 Now: $7,995 Volkswagen JettaW as: $10,995 Now: $8,995 Ford MustangW as: $1 1,990 Now: $9,990 Mitsubishi Spyder GSW as: $8,595 Now: $6,995 Dodge Dakota Club Cab SLTW as: $12,995 Now: $10,995 Chevrolet CavalierW as: $8,550 Now: $6,995 Chevrolet C-1500 XCabW as: $8,555 Now: $6,995 Jeep Grand CherokeeW as: $6,990 Now: $4,595 Mazda MPV VanW as: $6,575 Now: $4,575 Kia SedonaW as: $8,575 Now: $6,995 Dodge Calibur SXTW as: $15,575 Now: $12,995 369 N. BEAL PARKWAY 369 N. BEAL PARKWAYat our Ft. Walton Location! at our Ft . Walton Location! Chevrolet TahoeW as: $13,995 Now: $11,995P PR R I I C C E E& & P PA A Y Y M M E E N N T TI IN N F F O O I I N N3 3 0 0 M MI I N N U U T T E E S S! ! P PR R I I C C E E& & P PA A Y Y M M E E N N T TI IN N F F O O I I N N3 3 0 0 M MI I N N U U T T E E S S! !P.A.LLOANEXPERT100% FINANCINGONMOSTCARS Jeep Grand CherokeeW as: $19,995 Now: $16,995 Camry XLEW as: $24,565 Now: $18,990 Volkswagen PassatW as: $10,865 Now: $8,995 Credit Problems? Need a Car?WE CAN HELP!850-362-6873 On Lot Financing!