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Play time
The Air
Force
Band
will be
the
fourth military band in
the inauguration
parade for Barack
Obama Jan. 20. See
page 2.
Ready to follow
Adm. Michael Mullen,
Chairman of the Joint
Chiefs of Staff, says
the military won't hes-
itate to fol-
low the
new presi-
dent. Page
3.
Safety first
American deaths in
Iraq were down signif-
icantly in 2008, as
attacks declined by
almost 95 percent.
Story, page 3.
Day Tripper
Thrill to the animals,
the acrobats, the aeri-
alists and
the clowns
as Circus
Pages
comes to
Fort Walton
Beach. See page 4.
What's up?
Check out the Patriot
calendar for places to
go and things to do
during the Gulf Coast
holiday season. See
page 6.
j_______


Officers seek


cash to finance


Peru mission


By Savannah Chastain
Correspondent
"Be the change you want to
see in the world." That's a quote
from Mahatma Gandhi that
Capt. Nicholas Seeliger and his
wife, Kristy, took to heart. In
September 2007, this military
couple founded the non-profit
organization Healing Peru,
using Gandhi's words on its
Web site Ilh .n.ill-a| I'l -l) to
describe the reason for their
efforts.
This year, the Seeligers and a
team of 10 other volunteers plan
to return to Peru on Feb. 13.


They have planned an extended
trip of 15 days, so they will
have more time to work with
the people.
"This is something we feel
really passionate about," said
Kristy. "We started because my
grandmother and my mother are
from Peru. We went to the vil-
lage where she was raised. It's a
very poor village, and we want-
ed to do something for the peo-
ple there."
Capt. Seeliger is an Air
Force physician practicing as a
Please see PERU, page 7


Photo by Savannah Chastain
Glynis and Phil Darbonne put finishing touches on the
2008 panel honoring fallen veterans of war. The panel is on
display at the Air Armament Museum in Shalimar.


' =^ ,
Submitted photo
Dr. Nicholas Seeliger with a patient who speaks the native
Quechua language.


Wall honoring



fallen updated


Museum holds artist's tribute


By Savannah Chastain
Correspondent
Have you ever watched a war
movie that moved you so much
that you just cried inside and
out, feeling with your heart that
the men and women being por-
trayed were fighting for a noble
cause-perhaps "Saving Private
Ryan," or "Black Hawk Down"?
What if you learned that one
of those men in the actual battle
of Mogadishu, Somalia, (the bat-
tle that "Black Hawk Down" is
based on) was a Floridian, and
that, although he survived that
battle, he once again risked his
life 11 years later, this time sac-


rificing it in the war in Iraq?
This man has a name: Aaron
A. Weaver. He had a family. He
had a life and a purpose aside
from serving his country. But he
gave it all up, and for that we
should not forget that this man
was a living person. You can see
his face, along with those of 216
other Floridians who gave their
lives in the current wars in Iraq
and Afghanistan, on the memori-
al wall inside the Air Force
Armament Museum, just outside
of Eglin.
"The truth of it is, every one
Please see MUSEUM, page 5


Man gets 15 years


in deaths of airmen


By Kris Wernowsky
Special to the Patriot
A Florida man was sen-
tenced to 15 years in prison
Jan. 8 for the hit-and-run deaths
of an Air Force couple.
Tech. Sgt. Daniel Schoen,
32, and wife, Staff Sgt. Erin
Schoen, 31, died as they walked
their dogs in their Navarre
neighborhood the night of Aug.
31. Both were assigned to
Hurlburt Field.
The driver who hit the cou-
ple was Robert Hill, 20, of
Navarre. After Hill struck the
couple, he drove home. He did-
n't turn himself in to police
until the next day.
Circuit Judge Ron Swanson,
a former Navy officer, called


Hill's actions inexplicable and
callous before he sentenced him
to 15 years in state prison and
15 years probation.
"This case is one of the most
tragic this court has seen in 35
year as a professional," the
judge said.
Hill faced up to 30 years in
state prison.
Daniel Schoen was a flight-
line expeditor with the 1st
Special Operations Aircraft
Maintenance Squadron. Erin
Schoen was the noncommis-
sioned officer in charge of the
base Life Skills Support Center.
They met at Hurlburt and mar-
ried two years ago.
Please see MAN, page 2


Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo

Dress rehearsal
The 99-piece U.S. Air Force band practices inside a hangar at Andrews AFB, Md., Jan. 7 in
preparation for its parade performance for the inauguration of President-elect Barack
Obama. Story, page 2.







Hurlburt Patriot


Friday, January 16, 2009


AF band tunes up for historic event


Inaugural parade performance

will create enduring memories


By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
"Welcome to one of the great-
est moments of your career."
With those words, Col.
Dennis M. Layendecker, com-
mander, music director and con-
ductor for the Air Force Band,
impressed on his airmen the
importance of their upcoming
mission supporting the presiden-
tial inauguration.
"This is a historic moment for
our country," Layendecker told
the musicians, assembled nine
across and 11 deep in the 459th
Air Refueling Wing's Hangar 11
for a 6 a.m. rehearsal session.
"It's a great example to the
world of what it means to have a
peaceful transition of power," he
said.
The Air Force Band will join
the other military service bands
to march from the Capitol to the
White House during President-
elect Barack Obama's inaugural
parade Jan. 20, said Air Force
Capt. Christopher Moore of the
Armed Forces Inaugural
Committee.
The Army Band, known as
"Pershing's Own," will go first
along the 1.5-mile parade route
as part of the presidential escort
formation. The Army Field Band
also will march in what organiz-
ers refer to as the first "division,"
or segment, of the parade.
"The President's Own"
Marine Corps Band will be on
stage at the Capitol for the swear-
ing-in ceremony, then march
down Pennsylvania Avenue as
part of the second parade divi-
sion. The U.S. Navy Band will
follow in the third division.
As the youngest of the pre-
mier military bands, with a her-
itage dating to 1941, the Air
Force Band will march in the
fourth division.
The Air Force Band will be in
the last contingent of armed
forces bands, with only the Coast
Guard Band to follow, Air Force
Chief Master Sgt. Elizabeth

MAN
From page I
Many of the Schoens' col-
leagues from the base appeared
in uniform in the courtroom
gallery.
Hill gave a tearful address to


Schouten, the band's superintend-
ent, said. "The way we see it,
they're saving the best for last,"
she added with a smile.
Each service band will have
99 musicians, a number reserved
only for inaugural parades and
state funeral processions. "That's
a b-i-i-i-g band," two to four
times the usual size, Layendecker
said. "I )IhcilIII: it is kind of like
steering an aircraft carrier."
Air Force Chief Master Sgt.
Edward Teleky, the band's drum
major, will wave his huge, cere-
monial baton, or "mace," high as
he leads the Air Force Band
down Pennsylvania Avenue.
Layendecker and his command
element will go next, followed by
the trombones, French horns,
trumpets, percussions and wind
players. The tubas will hold up
the rear.
They'll march at 100 steps a
minute, a bit slower than their
typical 120-step march tempo.
Schouten estimated that, at
that pace, the band will go
through eight or nine iterations of
the three songs it will play: John
Philip Sousa's "The Washington
Post" march,
"In Place
Soundoff: Into 'T he v
Trombones I l
Triumphant,"
and "The Air w a
Force Song." w a
As they
approach the our fli
review stand,
the band will
burst into a ren- CO m I
edition of "Hail
to the Chief."
Schouten -
expressed hope
that they'll
reach the stand before night set-
tles over the Washington skyline.
She has a good sense of what to
expect on Jan. 20. She's marched
in six inaugural parades-
through rain, snow, slush, below-
zero temperatures and blustery
wind gusts-since following her

about two dozen people who
came in honor of the Schoens.
"I'm not a bad person. I
made a bad decision," he said.
"There was no reason for me to
believe I hit two people."
Hill told a police officer the
night the Schoens were killed


Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio M. Ricardo
Master Sgt. Ryan Haines marches in a cold, morning rain on the tarmac at Andrews AFB, Md., with the
99-piece U.S. Air Force band Jan. 7 in preparation for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama.


childhood dream and joining the
Air Force Band.
During President Bill
Clinton's second inauguration,
she and her fellow band members
marched behind miniature ponies
and elephants, which left unex-
pected "debris" in their wake
along the parade route.
"You have to stay in forma-
tion, whatever happens,"



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ing as we renc


rst salute to o


wander in chief


Chief Master Sgt. Elizabeth


Schouten said with a laugh.
"Some of the band members had
to get rid of their shoes after that
parade.'
Formation "is everything"
when marching in the Air Force
Band, Schouten explained.
After all, Layendecker said,

that he knew he hit % ,u- iini-.
but didn't know what, accord-
ing to a Florida Highway Patrol
report.
He also said he had two
beers the day of the accident,
the report said.
Hill's girlfriend wailed in
anguish as Swanson delivered
his decision. A court security
guard escorted her from the
courtroom. Her screams could
be heard through two sets of
doors that separate the court-


"the whole world will be watch-
ing as we render our first salute
to our commander in chief."
Teleky, preparing for his sixth
inaugural parade, appeared
undaunted by the prospect of mil-
lions of spectators in Washington
and billions more via TV.
"We're going to come in, do
our mission and complete our
mission, regardless of how many
people there
are," he said.

vill be "And when
S111 D^/\ we do, we
will be repre-
de c sending our
U.S. military.
It's an honor
Ur to be able to
do that to bil-
r lions of peo-
ple around
the globe."
With that
Schouten in mind, the
band's com-
mand group
moved through the formation
during Wednesday's rehearsal to
ensure no detail went overlooked.
They followed along as the group
moved outside into the pouring
rain to march in formation across
the tarmac.
"We try to be as perfect as

room from the hallway.
The Schoens' family mem-
bers had their first opportunity
to address the man who killed
the young couple.
As the family members
spoke, Hill's mouth quivered.
His face tightened as he tried
not to cry. He sniffled.
Daniel was on the verge of
becoming a professional body-
builder, his dream cut short by
what his brother Rick Martinez
called a senseless act.


humanly possible," Schouter said.
"After all, the public hears with
their eyes. When they see us, we
want to be sure that we are repre-
senting the excellence of the men
and women of the Air Force."
Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin
Bowers, a clarinetist looking for-
ward to his first inaugural parade,
said Jan. 20 will be a high point
in a three-year Air Force career
already punctuated with many
high points.
"We play for a lot of impor-
tant functions, but this is as
important as it gets," he said. "It's
amazing to be part of such a his-
torical event. I feel lucky to rep-
resent the Air Force and airmen
around the world."
Despite her vast inaugural
experience, Schouten said, she's
looking forward to the upcoming
inauguration with the same
enthusiasm she felt during her
first, President Ronald Reagan's
first inauguration in 1981.
"What a wonderful opportuni-
ty this is to be a part of our
nation's celebration and to cele-
brate our way of life," she said.
"This will be a grand demonstra-
tion of support for our newest
commander in chief. I'm so glad
to be part of this historic
moment, and of this band."

"He was headed for great-
ness in bodybuilding, but that
chance was stolen from him,"
Martinez said as he looked at
Hill.
Erin Schoen's mother, Nancy
Pfeifer of Baden, Pa., is now
taking care of her daughter's
two sons. She felt sorry for Hill.
"I just want them to know
that you are taking responsibili-
ty and hopefully your life will
be better," she said. "They made
this world a better place."
Defense attorney Shelly
Reynolds called her client's
actions those of a naive young
man who was scared. She noted
that he eventually turned him-
self in to police.
"Don't penalize him for
coming forward voluntarily,"
she said. "Nothing my client
could have done could have
brought them back."
Prosecutor James Parker
called Hill's actions selfish, not-
ing that his leaving the scene of
the crash stood in contrast to
the selflessness of the Schoens'
service to their country.
"They spent their lives serv-
ing others," he said.
(Kris Wernowsky is a
reporter for the Pensacola News
Journal.)


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Joint Chief of Staffs Chairman Adm. Mike Mullen makes a point during a news conference.



JCS chief says military



ready to follow Obama


By Samantha L. Quigley
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, D.C.-
Whatever decisions President-
elect Barack Obama makes
regarding Iraq and Afghanistan,
the military is prepared to carry
them out, the chairman of the
Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an
interview Sunday on the CBS
TV show "60 Minutes."
"When President-elect
Obama gets in and says,
'Here's the decision,' the
United States military, led by
me, is going to march off and
execute that decision," Navy
Adm. Mike Mullen told corre-
spondent David Martin.
Should that
decision be to
withdraw 'W hen
troops from
Iraq, as Obama
stated he gets in
would in cam-
paign address- sion" t
es, it's up to
Mullen to tell led by
the new presi-
dent what it and ex
will take.
Before
Christmas, the
chairman visit-
ed the front
lines in Iraq to determine for
himself what it will take to get
140,000 troops out of the coun-
try gracefully.
"I don't think it's 'Mission
Impossible,'" Mullen said, not-
ing that the president-elect has
said consistently that he wants
to withdraw troops responsibly.
"Certainly, a responsible
withdrawal ... is, I think, a
very, very possible outcome
here, given what I've seen tran-
spire over the last couple of
years and literally what I saw
walking the streets of Samarra,"
the chairman said.
Samarra is home to the al-
Askari Mosque, a Shiia Muslim
shrine also known as "the
Golden Mosque." The February


2006 bombing of the mosque
sparked sectarian violence that
nearly tore Iraq apart. The
structure is now being rebuilt.
Mullen also made his way to
Afghanistan during his pre-hol-
iday trip, and he said he stands
by his earlier assessment that
"we are not winning" the war
there.
"I said it because I believed
it, and I still believe it," he said.
"I think the level of violence in
2008 surprised us all. The
sophistication of the tactics of
the insurgency surprised us all."
A possible answer to the
upswing in violence in
Afghanistan includes more


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troops on the ground, he said.
"The exact number isn't
known," he acknowledged. "I
talked ... about a range
between 20,000 and 30,000."
That would nearly double
the number of troops fighting
the insurgency in Afghanistan.
But even increased troop num-
bers won't do any good unless
the insurgent safe haven in
Pakistan is mitigated, the admi-
ral said. Pakistan shares a bor-
der with Afghanistan, and
Taliban extremists have been
using safe havens within
Pakistan to plan and train for
attacks inside Afghanistan.
"That safe haven's got to be
shut down to a level where it
doesn't have the effect that it's


having now," Mullen said. "In
the long run, if that is not done,
then additional troops are not
going to have that big an
impact."
Mullen said he makes a
point of meeting with his
Pakistani counterpart whenever
he's in the area, including this
past trip. This visit marked his
seventh visit to the country
since he took office in October
2007. It's a critical relationship,
Mullen said, adding that rela-
tions with the country are equal
to, if not more important than,
those with any other country
right now.
The relationship between the
new presi-
dent and the
~bama ~ military he'll
command
:he de i- also is criti-
:he deci- cal, Mullen
said. The
military, chairman
met with
rch off Obama in
Chicago
Shortly after
1 the election
at the presi-
ke Mullen dent-elect's
request.
"As com-
mander in chief, the connection
with the military is absolutely
vital," he said. "So making that
connection as early as possible
and as solid as possible is a
huge deal."
Mullen said he doesn't sense
any hesitancy from the military
over the incoming president.
"What's really important
about us in the military is that
we stay neutral and remain apo-
litical," he said. "We work for
whoever the president is. All of
us in the military will do that
faithfully to support President
(George W.) Bush until the 20th
of January, and we'll do the
same thing for President-elect
Obama once he gets into the
position."


U.S. deaths in Iraq


decreased in 2008

I0 attacks a day in 2008,

compared to 180 in 2007
By John J. Kruzel
American Forces Press Service
The number of U.S. military fatalities in Iraq in 2008 fell
two-thirds compared with the previous year, underscoring an
improvement in security amid upcoming provincial elections.
Last year's casualty figure-314-marks a sharp reduction
from 2007 when 904 troops died. The 2008 tally comes on the
heels of a week in which the number of daily attacks in Iraq
dropped nearly 95 percent compared to the same time last year.
"This is a dramatic improvement of safety throughout the
country," Army Brig. Gen. David G. Perkins, a Multinational
Force Iraq spokesman, told reporters in Baghdad last week,
when the average number of daily attacks in Iraq was 10, com-
pared to 180 a year earlier.
He added that the country's murder rates have dropped
below levels that existed before the start of American opera-
tions in Iraq. In November, the ratio was .9 per 100,000 people.
Military and Defense Department officials have attributed
security gains over the past year to a host of factors, including
the now-completed surge of U.S. forces, Sunni fighters aligning
themselves with Iraqi and coalition forces to help purge al-
Qaida and maintain security, and a cease-fire pledge by promi-
nent Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr, who controlled several mili-
tias.
Overall violence in Iraq has fallen some 80 percent since the
surge of 33,000 U.S. forces began in January 2007.
Speaking in October about the reduced bloodshed in Iraq,
Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,
emphasized the role of reinvigorated counterinsurgency tactics.
Put simply, counterinsurgency is a form of warfare in which
a civilian population is in the center of a tug-of-war between an
insurgency and the forces attempting to stop it. The Army and
Marine Corps in late 2006 published a counterinsurgency strat-
egy written by a host of contributors, including Army Gen.
David H. Petraeus, who implemented its tenets while serving
for 20 months as the top U.S. commander in Iraq.
"In my view, what really turned it around was the counterin-
surgency tactics our troops embraced and perfected," Mullen
said Oct. 8 at the annual Association of the U.S. Army confer-
ence.
While the security gains are significant, Army Gen.
Raymond T. Odiemo, Multinational Force Iraq commander,
warned in an interview with reporters in Baghdad last month
against becoming complacent amid Iraq's improved security, a
transfer of authority to Iraqi forces and an upcoming election.
"In military terms, transitions are the most dangerous
times," the general said Dec. 23. "What we're trying to do is
make sure we don't have any seams in our transition."
A piece of legislation hammered out by Washington and
Baghdad-known as the Status of Forces Agreement -went
into effect Jan. 1. The agreement supersedes the United Nations
mandate for the coalition presence in Iraq, and transfers mili-
tary operational authority to Iraqi forces with U.S. forces
assuming a support, or "overwatch," role.
The deal becomes effective ahead of the scheduled Jan. 31
provincial elections in Iraq, which Odiemo characterized as the
next security test for combined forces.
"Al-Qaida will try to exploit the elections because they don't
want them to happen. So I think they will attempt to create
some violence and uncertainty in the population," he said. "The
next 60 days are a critical period."


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Friday, January 16, 2009


The big top is coming to town


Day Tripper

Savannah Chastain


Circus Pages brings big cats,

camels, elephants and fun


Lions and tigers and bears...
oh my! The circus is coming to
town again!
The classic show that never
gets old is rolling in again on
Monday, Jan. 26, at the
Northwest Florida Fairgrounds,
Fort Walton Beach. The popular
Circus Pages (pronounced pah-
hays) International, a family busi-
ness that is definitely family
friendly, will put on two shows
that night.
Circus Pages was started in
Cuba in the 1960s by Jose Pages.
Today, Circus Pages is still fami-
ly-owned and operated, with sev-
eral generations of Pages, as well
as an international crew perform-
ing in the show. Circus Pages
travels year-round, performing all
over North America.
Each hour-and-a-half long


spectacular includes elephants,
rare white tigers, lions, trained
dogs, ponies, horses, camels and
more. There are acrobats on tram-
polines, and rings, jugglers and
magic shows. The show is per-
formed very close to the audi-
ence, and the circular stage makes
it easy to see everything. Several
acts include volunteers from the
audience, so everyone feels they
are a part of the fun.
Ringmaster James Earhart said
people are surprised by the expe-
rience of an up-close encounter
with the show.
"That's one of the biggest
compliments that we hear,"
Earhart said. "Out of all of our e-
mails, that's the part we really
hear, when people get so close to
the elephants. They don't realize
how big an elephant is, because


Ringmaster James Earhart juggles fiery batons during last
year's performance.













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The lions and tigers prepare to begin their part of the show... Grrrr!


in the large arena circuses, the
elephant looks like an ant."
During the large cat show, a
circular cage is set up so the lions
and tigers cannot escape. Nervous
parents and children watch as two
trainers enter the cage and coax
the huge animals to jump, stand
on hind legs and perform other
tricks. Last year one of the tigers
was a bit edgy and growled at his
trainer during the show. The audi-
ence gasped, but the show went
on.
When the acrobats came out,
many wondered how they would
perform their feats inside such a
small room, as, unlike the usual
high-ceilings of a circus arena,
the fairgrounds building had a rel-
atively low ceiling. But these
acrobats were able to trampoline,
do flips and twists, and still keep
it low enough to avoid hitting the
ceiling. This astounded the audi-
ence even more because of the
great precision it took for the
acrobats to accomplish their act.
"We make it work wherever
we go," Earhart said of the chal-
lenges they face with small build-
ings. "We try to make it work all
over the nation. People notice the
small building and expect less
because of it, but they always go
away surprised."
Even a year later, kids still
remember the fun they had at the
circus. Eleven-year-old Anna-
Laura Chastain remembered her
favorite act. "The lion tamers and
the tigers were awesome!" she
said. Younger sister Trinity
Chastain said she had several
favorites. "We got to ride on the
elephants," she said. "The funni-
est part was when the little clown
came out with all the rats, and
they fell out of his pants!" Even
parents find themselves enjoying
the show.
"A lot of the parents don't
expect to have a good time,"
Earhart said, "but many of them
actually enjoy it more than the
kids."
At all Circus Pages shows,
kids and parents alike can enjoy
elephant and pony rides during
the intermission for $5 to $7.
There is also lots of festive food
such as cotton candy, popcorn
and the age-old circus favorite,
peanuts. Light-up toys, glow
necklaces and circus coloring
books are also available for sou-
venirs.
"This is great family fun you
can bring the whole family to,"
Earhart said. "Good clean family
fun that your grandma won't
blush at. Bring your family, have
a great time, forget about the
economy and enjoy yourself."


This beautiful acrobatic display was given by a young cast
member, only 17 years old.



Trip Tips

Circus Pages, Jan. 26

Show Times: Two shows will be held on Monday, Jan. 26,
at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m.
Price: $15 adults
Two free children (14 years and under) admitted per paid
adult with merchant coupons found at local area mer-
chants.
Additional children, $2 each
Getting There: The Circus Pages will be held at the
Northwest Florida Fairgrounds off of Lewis Turner
Boulevard, FortWalton Beach.The fairgrounds are locat-
ed directly across from the FortWalton Beach Golf
Course. (Approximately 4.5 miles from Eglin's West
Gate.)
Fairgrounds phone: 862-021 I
Online: circuspages.com
Extras: Make sure to bring plenty of extra cash as cash is
the only means of payment the Circus Pages accepts.
Elephant and pony rides cost $7 per adult and $5 per
child.Also, bring money for snacks and souvenirs. Make
sure to bring a camera, as there are several great photo
opportunities during the show.There is a $5 charge for
professional photos with the animals, but non-flash pho-
tos are permitted during the show, and intermission.The
doors open one hour prior to the show to allow people
in for seating.
Accessibility:All fairground buildings are handicapped
accessible.


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MUSEUM
From page I

of these kids has a story," said
mural creator Phil Darbonne. "It
puts faces to the names and I
hope it keeps people thinking
about it." Darbonne and his
wife, Glynis, created the mural
using purple tiles and imprinting
color photos of the fallen heroes
onto them. They periodically
return to update the wall of sac-
rifice, which is why they were in
the museum last week.
But the idea for the mural
actually began with William
"Bill" Everett. Everett is a five-
time Purple Heart recipient him-
self, and the commander of the
local chapter of the Order of the
Purple Heart.
"We came up with the idea
back in November of 2007," he
said, referring to his wife,
Jacqueline. "We asked George
(Jones, director of the Air Force
Armament Museum) if he would
receive us, then we asked the
base (Eglin) and they jumped up
and down at the idea."
The mural was unveiled last
January at the Air Force
Armament Museum as the first
of its kind.
"Eglin Air Force Base is the
first and only museum to have a
memorial like this," said Everett.
"We are the first state to have it,
and the first for a portable dis-
play." The Darbonnes have also
created portable displays for
Florida and Texas.


The first few panels of the Purple Heart photo mural.


As of right now, Florida is
also the only state to have a per-
manent memorial for the heroes
of the conflicts in Iraq and
Afghanistan.
"We are working on trying to
do one for every state," said a
hopeful Glynis Darbonne. "We
will have one ready for
Mississippi on the 31st of
January." These portable dis-
plays travel around their home
state to different military func-
tions honoring the fallen heroes
in a tangible way.
Jones said it is easy to look at
the soldiers' pictures and see a
familiar resemblance to someone
you know. He said he has
noticed people looking at the


mural and saying things like,
"Doesn't that look like Uncle
Joe?" and "That girl looks
younger than Julie." Jones noted
that 34 of the faces in the
memorial wall are from the four
local counties surrounding
Eglin: Escambia, Okaloosa,
Walton and Santa Rosa.
Everett described how he
goes about attaining the pictures
for the mural.
"What I do is pick up the
phone and call the family, tell
them who we are and what we
want to do for them," he said.
He said that last year at the
unveiling, they held a large cere-
mony at the museum with 250
Patriot Guards (independent vol-


Photo by Savannah Chastain

unteers who honor fallen mili-
tary members) riding motorcy-
cles to escort the families.
Everett said they also held sever-
al small quiet ceremonies for
families whose loved ones have
been added to the wall since
then.
The museum plans its next
large event to honor the fallen
heroes, prisoners of war and
those missing in action, for mid-
September. The mural's first
heroes date to 2002, Phil
Darbonne remarked. "When it's
all said and done, we will add
one last panel with all the statis-
tics on it," he said, adding with a
hopeful gleam in his eye, "Boy I
can't wait to make that one."


Chief of staff visits Hurlburt


By Jodi L. Jordan
505 Command and Control Wing
The Air Force's top
officer met airmen of Hurlburt
Field and discussed the
importance of command and
control to the joint team Jan.
9.
Gen. Norton Schwartz
spent time with the airmen of
the 505th Command and
Control Wing, a unit charged
with improving and standard-
izing tactics, training, testing,
exercises, and experimenta-
tion for command of air and
space power in the joint and
coalition environments.
"It's wonderful to be back
here at Hurlburt," said
Schwartz, who has been sta-
tioned at the base three times,
including a tour as the com-
mander of the 16th Special
Operations Wing from 1995
to 1997.
Col. Jack Shanahan, 505th
CCW commander, briefed
Schwartz on the wing's mis-
sion as the Air Force's only
wing dedicated to operational-
level command and control.
The 505th CCW, made up of
only about 900 people, is also
the lead agency for integrat-
ing command and control
processes across the Air
Force.
Despite the small size of
the 505th CCW, Schwartz rec-
ognized the impact the wing
brings to the Air Force mis-
sion.
"Our Air Force offers an
array of capabilities for our
joint team, and the discipline
that brings them all together
is command and control,"
Schwartz said. "When we in
the Air Force say 'everybody
matters,' well, the 505th CCW
exemplifies that."


Air Force Chief of Staff
Gen. Norton Schwartz
meets Senior Airman
Grace Blazado during a
visit to the 505th
Command and Control
Wing Jan. 9 at Hurlburt
Field. Airman Blazado is a
505th Communications
Squadron client support
administrator.

Air Force photo


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Yard sale for cause
Medicines and supplies are need-
ed for mission trip to small village in
Peru. A yard sale is scheduled for
Saturday, Jan. 17, beginning at 6:30
a.m. in the parking lot at Corpus
Christi Catholic Church, 307 Beach
Drive, Destin.
For more information, visit heal-
ingperu.org.
Blood drives for January
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Blood Services Blood
Mobile calendar
Jan. 17: Wal-Mart,
Crestview, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jan. 21: Holmes County High
School, Bonifay, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Jan. 24: Minority Ministerial
Network of Okaloosa County, 509 N
Eglin Parkway, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Jan. 25: Calvary Chapel,
Racetrack Road Center, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
Jan. 27: Paxton High School, 8:30
a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Jan. 28: Hurlburt Medical Group,
8 a.m.-4 p.m. Okaloosa County
Offices, Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort
Walton Beach, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
Jan. 31: Eglin BX, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
'Choking Man' screening
The Friends Guild of the Destin
Library sponsors a monthly movie
night, featuring an award-winning
independent and foreign film. On Jan.
20, they will present "Choking Man"
at the Destin City Library, 7-9 p.m.
The program is free. Seating is limit-
ed to 60.
Call 837-8572.
Shipwreck lecture slated
Wellington Place, 233 Carmel
Drive, Fort Walton Beach, plans a
public lecture Jan. 21 at 2 p.m., led
by Dr. Della Scott-Ireton of the
University of West Florida on the two


shipwrecks of Tristan de Luna. Call
864-4600.
Rock Band contests
J.R. Rockers will hold Rock Band
video game competitions each
Wednesday from Jan. 21 to Feb. 25 at
5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to win-
ners.
For details, call 884-6469.
Library story hour
Story hour is held every Thursday
(except for holidays) at the Hurlburt
Library at 10 a.m.
Jan. 22: Starts.
Jan. 29: Colors.
Call 884-6266.
Antique show, sale set
The 46th annual Antique Show
and Sale will take place Jan. 23 and
24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Jan. 25, 11
a.m.-5 p.m., at the Northwest Florida
Fairgrounds, Lewis Turner Boulevard.
Admission is $5. Children are free
with parent or guardian.
Call Jean Davis, 863-3901, or
Susan Davis, 862-1925, for more
information.
Charity basketball game
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's
Office and on-air radio personalities
from Cumulus Broadcasting will pit
their basketball skills against one
another Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at
Fort Walton Beach High School.
Admission is $5.
Proceeds go to St. Jude A
Children's Research
Hospital. J4LV
Call 243-7676.
Aerobathon planned
The Aderholt Fitness Center will
hold an Aerobathon, starting at 9 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 24, for patrons aged 14
and up. Info, 884-6949.
Star-gaze with experts
Want to see stars? The Northwest
Florida Astronomy Association and
the Escambia Amateur Association
will have telescopes at the Hurlburt
picnic ground Saturday, Jan. 24, start-
ing at 6 p.m. Call the library that day
between noon and 4 to ensure visibil-
ity will allow star-gazing. Call
884-6266.


Child care training
Child care provider classes will be
held Jan. 27-30, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Classes are free and required for FCC
licensing. Call 884-4300.
Denim and Diamonds set
The United Way of Okaloosa and
Walton Counties' annual Dinner and
Silent Auction is planned for Friday,
Jan. 30, at the Palms of Destin resort.
The theme is "Denim and
Diamonds." Come dressed in your
favorite denim and enjoy great food,
casino games and a large array of
auction items.
Call 243-0315.
Mixed media exhibit
"Proper Reason," a mixed media
collection by nation-
ally acclaimed artist
Joe Hobbs, will be
displayed at the Full
Circle Gallery, 29B
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Beach, Monday through Saturday,
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 218-5801.
Baseball, softball signups
Youth baseball and girls softball
registration runs Feb. 2-March 13,
with the season tentatively sched-
uled to start in April. Coach pitch is
for ages 5-6, machine
pitch for ages 7-12
and softball for ages
10-14. Cost: $45 per
player. Coaches for
all divisions are also being sought,
with training scheduled for Feb. 26
and 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call
884-6355.
Middle East orientation
The USAF Special Operations
School invites all special operations
personnel to attend the Middle East
Orientation Course (MEOC) Feb. 2-6.
This course is designed for personnel
preparing to deploy to the Middle
East or who have a professional or
analytical interest in the region. The
course provides a broad, non-techni-
cal education on the cultural, histori-
cal, political, economic, social, reli-
gious and security dynamics of the
region. Spouses are welcome to
attend on a space-available basis.
For more information, call Capt.
Neil Hicks at 884-7988 or visit
https://jsoupublic.socom.mil/usafsos/
index.php.
Start Smart Baseball
Youth Center is taking signups for
Start Smart Baseball, which teaches
children aged 3-5 the basic motor
skills to play organized baseball. Start
Smart is a parent/child, one-on-one
instruction program. Registration runs
Feb. 2-March 31. The program starts
in April and will be held every
Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m., for six
weeks. The cost is $20 per
parent/child team. Call 884-6355.
CERT training scheduled
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.
Sign up for the training online at
okaloosa-cert-team.org/Sign Up.html
or, for more information, call Jennifer
Tindall, 243-0315, or e-mail
CERT@united-way.org.
The CERT Program educates peo-
ple about disaster preparedness for
hazards that may affect their area and
trains them in basic disaster response
skills, such as fire safety, light search
and rescue, team organization and
disaster medical operations. Using the
training learned in the classroom and
during exercises, CERT members can
assist others in their neighborhood
following an event when professional
responders are not immediately avail-
able to help. The CERT program is
an official emergency preparedness
program administered under the
Federal Emergency Management
Agency (FEMA).
Church sets craft show
The First Presbyterian Church of


Fort Walton Beach, 134 Beal Ave.,
SW. will be the site of a SERRV
Craft Market Feb. 8, 15, and 22, 9
a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 11, 14, 18 and 21,
10 a.m.-1 p.m. The market is open to
the public.
For more information, call 243-
3732 or Carol Davis, 243-4777.
Economy expo slated
In celebration of Okaloosa Saves
Week, the University of Florida and
Okaloosa County Extension Office
plan an Eco-Nomic Living Expo at
the NWF State College campus Feb.
21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. S
The Eco-Nomic Living Expo will
present ideas on how to save money,
conserve resources and build wealth,
not debt, as part of Okaloosa Saves
programs.
Deborah Owens, featuring her
new book "Nickel and Dime Your
Way to Wealth": will offer her "sim-
ple approach" to secu-
rity and wealth. Owens
is host of "Real
Money," a finance talk
show, is a sought-after
author, and is passionate about help-
ing people from all walks of life.
Check okaloosasaves.org for
updated information.
Happy Days here again
A Happy Days Musical Day trip
Feb. 28 will celebrate the 1950s with
Richie Cunningham, Fonzie and the
gang as they try to save Arnold's
from the wrecking ball. Round trip
transportation, with a ticket to the
musical, costs $70 per person. Call
884-6795/5699.
Travel Expo planned
The annual Hurlburt ITT Travel
Expo is scheduled for March 4, 10
a.m.-1 p.m. at the Soundside Club.
Attendees will be able to buy vaca-
tion packages below market price and
more than $8,000 in door prizes are
expected to be given away.
The Hurlburt squadron with the
most attendees will win a "no-frills
teal deal" from the Hurlburt Marina,
including a day at the beach with
canopy, grill, tables, chairs and free
rentals of canoes and kayaks.
For info, call 884-6795.
Cheer competition
The Sugar Sand Nationals Spirit
Cheer cheering competition will take
place Sunday, March 8, at the
Okaloosa County Convention Center
on Okaloosa Island. The event is
open to the public. The time will be
announced later.
Getting commissioned
For those enlisted active duty mil-
itary wanting to apply for a commis-
sioning spot, take note of the changes
in the Basic Officer Training (BOT)
guide. The changes include important
information for the next board. To
find the changes, check out the BOT
using the Air Force Portal and Web
address my.af.mil/gcss-
af/USAF/ep/browse.do?categoryld=-
2191492&parentCategoryId=-
1611609&channelPageId=-1537972.
More information: 884-6724.


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Shipwreck talk
Dr. Della Scott-lreton of the University of West Florida will discuss the two shipwrecks of
Tristan de Luna Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at Wellington Place, 233 Carmel Drive, Fort Walton Beach.
Call 864-4600. This engraving, by William Miller, is titled "The Shipwreck."


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PERU
From page I
family medicine resident at
Eglin. Last year, the Seeligers
and a team of several doctors,
nurses and volunteers traveled
to Andahuaylillas, (An-da-why-
lee-us) Peru to conduct a three-
day clinic, offering free general
medical care, and OB-GYN
services to the villagers. Over
the three days of their clinic,
more than 540 patients came to
see them.
Kristy said that as the word
spread that free medical care
was available, people came from
everywhere, forming lines long
before noon, some traveling
from several miles down the
rocky mountainside.
"These people are very hum-
ble people. They may not even
have shoes, just some sandals
that they have sewn together,
and they live in clay houses... If
they come to our clinic we may
be their only chance of seeing a


Healing Peru
2009 Team:
Confirmed Volunteers:
CAPT. Nicholas Seeliger, M.D.
Kristy Seeliger, M.S.A.
Noah Seeliger
MAJ. Levi Sundermeyer, M.D.
CAPT. Kent Broberg, M.D.
CAPT. Brandon Hemphill, M.D.
CAPT. Robert Ochsner, M.D.
Sarah 0. Forrest
LT. John Connors, RN
CAPT. Robin Ducker, RN
SGT. Richard Ramos-Gomez,
EMT
Kevin McIntosh, MS4 (Fourth-
year medical student)
Arancha Garcia, PhD


physician."
Nicholas and Kristy are both
devout Catholics, but, while this
is what drives them to do what
they do, evangelism is not the
main focus of their trips.
"We're not there to convert
people. That's not our mission,"
said Kristy. "The health clinic is
the main purpose of the trip, to
provide free health care to the
poorest of the poor in Peru."
"The poorest of the poor,"
Kristy said, "are descendants of
the Incas of Peru living in the
Peruvian Andes."
The mission statement of
Healing Peru emphasizes that
their vision is "to provide heal-
ing and relieve suffering to the
poor and underserved peoples of
the Peruvian Andes."
Kristy said she and her hus-
band feel a strong bond with the
people of Peru, and especially in
Andahuaylillas, because her
grandmother, Leonor Rojas
Baca, was such a humble and
giving person.
"She was the kind of person
who made friends wherever she
went," they wrote on their Web
site. "She had a strong Catholic
faith, and she lived trying to do
God's will."
Kristy said that because she
was loved so much by her
grandmother and mother, she
wants to bring as much of that
love back to the people of
Andahuaylillas where it all
began.
"We are really excited,"
Kristy said. "We have five doc-
tors from Eglin, two nurses, a
tech and a student not in mili-
tary, plus several spouses and
volunteers."
The group is holding a yard
sale on Saturday, Jan. 17, to


Submitted photo
Kristy Seeliger, right, and her mother, Rocio Gallina ,the Peruvian native who inspired the non-
profit organization Healing Peru in honor of Kristy's grandmother, Leonor Rojas Baca.


help raise funds for the trip.
"We use the money for sup-
plies for our free clinic and to
cover other expenses for the mis-
sions trip," said Kristy. The yard
sale will be held at Corpus Christi
Catholic Church, 307 Beach
Drive, Destin, starting at 6:30
a.m.
"This is our biggest thing,"
Kristy said of the group's planned


fundraisers. "Our other thing is
Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort
donated a three-night stay with
free golf and dinner for a raffle."
Tickets will be sold during the
yard sale, at $10 per ticket or $25
for three. Healing Peru also takes
donations online at its Web site.
Kristy and Nicholas Seeliger
see themselves as humanitarians,
trying to make the world a better


place by relieving suffering and
bringing joy to those who are
often forgotten and neglected.
Kristy commented that while out
on mission last year she was
touched by the people gathered
around them.
"At one point, my husband
leaned over and said to me, 'It's
like we're seeing Jesus himself,'"
she said.


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By Kris Wernowsky Special to the Patriot A Florida man was sentenced to 15 years in prison Jan. 8 for the hit-and-run deaths of an Air Force couple. Tech. Sgt. Daniel Schoen, 32, and wife, Staff Sgt. Erin Schoen, 31, died as they walked their dogs in their Navarre neighborhood the night of Aug. 31. Both were assigned to Hurlburt Field. The driver who hit the couple was Robert Hill, 20, of Navarre. After Hill struck the couple, he drove home. He didn’t turn himself in to police until the next day. Circuit Judge Ron Swanson, a former Navy officer, called Hill’s actions inexplicable and callous before he sentenced him to 15 years in state prison and 15 years probation. “This case is one of the most tragic this court has seen in 35 year as a professional,” the judge said. Hill faced up to 30 years in state prison. Daniel Schoen was a flightline expeditor with the 1st Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. Erin Schoen was the noncommissioned officer in charge of the base Life Skills Support Center. They met at Hurlburt and married two years ago. By Savannah Chastain Correspondent “Be the change you want to see in the world.” That’s a quote from Mahatma Gandhi that Capt. Nicholas Seeliger and his wife, Kristy, took to heart. In September 2007, this military couple founded the non-profit organization Healing Peru, using Gandhi’s words on its Web site (healingperu.org) to describe the reason for their efforts. This year, the Seeligers and a team of 10 other volunteers plan to return to Peru on Feb. 13. They have planned an extended trip of 15 days, so they will have more time to work with the people. “This is something we feel really passionate about,” said Kristy. “We started because my grandmother and my mother are from Peru. We went to the village where she was raised. It’s a very poor village, and we wanted to do something for the people there.” Capt. Seeliger is an Air Force physician practicing as a Please see MAN,page 2 (850) 678-1080 info@hurlburtpatriot.com The Hometown Paper for Hurlburt Field Friday, January 16, 2009 Play time The Air Force Band will be the fourth military band in the inauguration parade for Barack Obama Jan. 20. See page 2.Ready to follo w Adm. Michael Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, says the military won’t hesitate to follow the new president. Page 3.Safety fir st American deaths in Iraq were down significantly in 2008, as attacks declined by almost 95 percent. Story, page 3.Day T ripper Thrill to the animals, the acrobats, the aerialists and the clowns as Circus Pages comes to Fort Walton Beach. See page 4.What’ s up? Check out the Patriot calendar for places to go and things to do during the Gulf Coast holiday season. See page 6. InsideMan gets 15 years in deaths of airmen Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Cecilio M. RicardoDress rehearsalThe 99-piece U.S. Air Force band practices inside a hangar at Andrews AFB, Md., Jan. 7 in preparation for its parade performance for the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. Story, page 2. Officers seek cash to finance Peru mission By Savannah Chastain Correspondent Have you ever watched a war movie that moved you so much that you just cried inside and out, feeling with your heart that the men and women being portrayed were fighting for a noble causeperhaps “Saving Private Ryan,” or “Black Hawk Down”? What if you learned that one of those men in the actual battle of Mogadishu, Somalia, (the battle that “Black Hawk Down” is based on) was a Floridian, and that, although he survived that battle, he once again risked his life 11 years later, this time sacrificing it in the war in Iraq? This man has a name: Aaron A. Weaver. He had a family. He had a life and a purpose aside from serving his country. But he gave it all up, and for that we should not forget that this man was a living person. You can see his face, along with those of 216 other Floridians who gave their lives in the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, on the memorial wall inside the Air Force Armament Museum, just outside of Eglin. “The truth of it is, every one Please see MUSEUM,page 5 Wall honoring fallen updatedMuseum holds artist’s tributePhoto by Savannah Chastain Glynis and Phil Darbonne put finishing touches on the 2008 panel honoring fallen veterans of war. The panel is on display at the Air Armament Museum in Shalimar. Please see PERU,page 7Submitted photo Dr. Nicholas Seeliger with a patient who speaks the native Quechua language.

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Many of the Schoens’colleagues from the base appeared in uniform in the courtroom gallery. Hill gave a tearful address to about two dozen people who came in honor of the Schoens. “I’m not a bad person. I made a bad decision,” he said. “There was no reason for me to believe I hit two people.” Hill told a police officer the night the Schoens were killed that he knew he hit something, but didn’t know what, according to a Florida Highway Patrol report. He also said he had two beers the day of the accident, the report said. Hill’s girlfriend wailed in anguish as Swanson delivered his decision. A court security guard escorted her from the courtroom. Her screams could be heard through two sets of doors that separate the courtroom from the hallway. The Schoens’family members had their first opportunity to address the man who killed the young couple. As the family members spoke, Hill’s mouth quivered. His face tightened as he tried not to cry. He sniffled. Daniel was on the verge of becoming a professional bodybuilder, his dream cut short by what his brother Rick Martinez called a senseless act. “He was headed for greatness in bodybuilding, but that chance was stolen from him,” Martinez said as he looked at Hill. Erin Schoen’s mother, Nancy Pfeifer of Baden, Pa., is now taking care of her daughter’s two sons. She felt sorry for Hill. “I just want them to know that you are taking responsibility and hopefully your life will be better,” she said. “They made this world a better place.” Defense attorney Shelly Reynolds called her client’s actions those of a na•ve young man who was scared. She noted that he eventually turned himself in to police. “Don’t penalize him for coming forward voluntarily,” she said. “Nothing my client could have done could have brought them back.” Prosecutor James Parker called Hill’s actions selfish, noting that his leaving the scene of the crash stood in contrast to the selflessness of the Schoens’ service to their country. “They spent their lives serving others,” he said. (Kris Wernowsky is a reporter for the Pensacola News Journal.) By Donna Miles American Forces Press Service “Welcome to one of the greatest moments of your career.” With those words, Col. Dennis M. Layendecker, commander, music director and conductor for the Air Force Band, impressed on his airmen the importance of their upcoming mission supporting the presidential inauguration. “This is a historic moment for our country,” Layendecker told the musicians, assembled nine across and 11 deep in the 459th Air Refueling Wing’s Hangar 11 for a 6 a.m. rehearsal session. “It’s a great example to the world of what it means to have a peaceful transition of power,” he said. The Air Force Band will join the other military service bands to march from the Capitol to the White House during Presidentelect Barack Obama’s inaugural parade Jan. 20, said Air Force Capt. Christopher Moore of the Armed Forces Inaugural Committee. The Army Band, known as “Pershing’s Own,” will go first along the 1.5-mile parade route as part of the presidential escort formation. The Army Field Band also will march in what organizers refer to as the first “division,” or segment, of the parade. “The President’s Own” Marine Corps Band will be on stage at the Capitol for the swearing-in ceremony, then march down Pennsylvania Avenue as part of the second parade division. The U.S. Navy Band will follow in the third division. As the youngest of the premier military bands, with a heritage dating to 1941, the Air Force Band will march in the fourth division. The Air Force Band will be in the last contingent of armed forces bands, with only the Coast Guard Band to follow, Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Elizabeth Schouten, the band’s superintendent, said. “The way we see it, they’re saving the best for last,” she added with a smile. Each service band will have 99 musicians, a number reserved only for inaugural parades and state funeral processions. “That’s a b-i-i-i-g band,” two to four times the usual size, Layendecker said. “Directing it is kind of like steering an aircraft carrier.” Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Edward Teleky, the band’s drum major, will wave his huge, ceremonial baton, or “mace,” high as he leads the Air Force Band down Pennsylvania Avenue. Layendecker and his command element will go next, followed by the trombones, French horns, trumpets, percussions and wind players. The tubas will hold up the rear. They’ll march at 100 steps a minute, a bit slower than their typical 120-step march tempo. Schouten estimated that, at that pace, the band will go through eight or nine iterations of the three songs it will play: John Philip Sousa’s “The Washington Post” march, “In Place Soundoff: Into Trombones Triumphant,” and “The Air Force Song.” As they approach the review stand, the band will burst into a rendition of “Hail to the Chief.” Schouten expressed hope that they’ll reach the stand before night settles over the Washington skyline. She has a good sense of what to expect on Jan. 20. She’s marched in six inaugural parades through rain, snow, slush, belowzero temperatures and blustery wind gustssince following her childhood dream and joining the Air Force Band. During President Bill Clinton’s second inauguration, she and her fellow band members marched behind miniature ponies and elephants, which left unexpected “debris” in their wake along the parade route. “You have to stay in formation, whatever happens,” Schouten said with a laugh. “Some of the band members had to get rid of their shoes after that parade.” Formation “is everything” when marching in the Air Force Band, Schouten explained. After all, Layendecker said, “the whole world will be watching as we render our first salute to our commander in chief.” Teleky, preparing for his sixth inaugural parade, appeared undaunted by the prospect of millions of spectators in Washington and billions more via TV. “We’re going to come in, do our mission and complete our mission, regardless of how many people there are,” he said. “And when we do, we will be representing our U.S. military. It’s an honor to be able to do that to billions of people around the globe.” With that in mind, the band’s command group moved through the formation during Wednesday’s rehearsal to ensure no detail went overlooked. They followed along as the group moved outside into the pouring rain to march in formation across the tarmac. “We try to be as perfect as humanly possible,” Schouter said. “After all, the public hears with their eyes. When they see us, we want to be sure that we are representing the excellence of the men and women of the Air Force.” Air Force Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Bowers, a clarinetist looking forward to his first inaugural parade, said Jan. 20 will be a high point in a three-year Air Force career already punctuated with many high points. “We play for a lot of important functions, but this is as important as it gets,” he said. “It’s amazing to be part of such a historical event. I feel lucky to represent the Air Force and airmen around the world.” Despite her vast inaugural experience, Schouten said, she’s looking forward to the upcoming inauguration with the same enthusiasm she felt during her first, President Ronald Reagan’s first inauguration in 1981. “What a wonderful opportunity this is to be a part of our nation’s celebration and to celebrate our way of life,” she said. “This will be a grand demonstration of support for our newest commander in chief. I’m so glad to be part of this historic moment, and of this band.”Page 2 Friday, January 16, 2009 Hurlburt Patriot Ignacio MacasaetGraphic ArtistGwen PellnitzGraphic ArtistCandice O'BrienGraphic ArtistMike LewisGraphic ArtistDeborah TiptonReceptionistKaron DeyBookkeeperDennis NealAdvertising RepresentativeStephen SmithAdvertising RepresentativeBunniFarnhamAdvertising RepresentativeSara KentAdvertising DirectorStephen W. KentEditor and Publisher1181 E. John Sims Parkway, Niceville, Florida 32578 (850) 678-1080 Fax: (850) 729-3225 info@hurlburtpatriot.comThe Hurlburt Patriot is published by Bayou Enterprises Inc., doing business as Beacon Newspapers, a private firm in no way connected with the U.S. Air Force. This publication's content is not necessarily the official view of, or endorsed by, the U.S . Government, the Department of Defense, the Department of the Air Force or Hurlburt Field. The official news source for Hurlburt Field is www.hurlburt.af.mil. The appearance of advertising is the publication does not constitute endorsement by the U.S. Government, the Department of Defense, Department of the Air Force, Hurlburt Field, Bayou Enterprises Inc. or Beacon Newspapers for products or services advertised. 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By Samantha L. Quigley American Forces Press Service WASHINGTON, D.C. Whatever decisions Presidentelect Barack Obama makes regarding Iraq and Afghanistan, the military is prepared to carry them out, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said in an interview Sunday on the CBS TV show Minutes.” “When President-elect Obama gets in and says, ‘Here’s the decision,’the United States military, led by me, is going to march off and execute that decision,” Navy Adm. Mike Mullen told correspondent David Martin. Should that decision be to withdraw troops from Iraq, as Obama stated he would in campaign addresses, it’s up to Mullen to tell the new president what it will take. Before Christmas, the chairman visited the front lines in Iraq to determine for himself what it will take to get 140,000 troops out of the country gracefully. “I don’t think it’s ‘Mission Impossible,’” Mullen said, noting that the president-elect has said consistently that he wants to withdraw troops responsibly. “Certainly, a responsible withdrawal is, I think, a very, very possible outcome here, given what I’ve seen transpire over the last couple of years and literally what I saw walking the streets of Samarra,” the chairman said. Samarra is home to the alAskari Mosque, a Shiia Muslim shrine also known as “the Golden Mosque.” The February 2006 bombing of the mosque sparked sectarian violence that nearly tore Iraq apart. The structure is now being rebuilt. Mullen also made his way to Afghanistan during his pre-holiday trip, and he said he stands by his earlier assessment that “we are not winning” the war there. “I said it because I believed it, and I still believe it,” he said. “I think the level of violence in 2008 surprised us all. The sophistication of the tactics of the insurgency surprised us all.” A possible answer to the upswing in violence in Afghanistan includes more troops on the ground, he said. “The exact number isn’t known,” he acknowledged. “I talked about a range between 20,000 and 30,000.” That would nearly double the number of troops fighting the insurgency in Afghanistan. But even increased troop numbers won’t do any good unless the insurgent safe haven in Pakistan is mitigated, the admiral said. Pakistan shares a border with Afghanistan, and Taliban extremists have been using safe havens within Pakistan to plan and train for attacks inside Afghanistan. “That safe haven’s got to be shut down to a level where it doesn’t have the effect that it’s having now,” Mullen said. “In the long run, if that is not done, then additional troops are not going to have that big an impact.” Mullen said he makes a point of meeting with his Pakistani counterpart whenever he’s in the area, including this past trip. This visit marked his seventh visit to the country since he took office in October 2007. It’s a critical relationship, Mullen said, adding that relations with the country are equal to, if not more important than, those with any other country right now. The relationship between the new president and the military he’ll command also is critical, Mullen said. The chairman met with Obama in Chicago shortly after the election at the president-elect’s request. “As commander in chief, the connection with the military is absolutely vital,” he said. “So making that connection as early as possible and as solid as possible is a huge deal.” Mullen said he doesn’t sense any hesitancy from the military over the incoming president. “What’s really important about us in the military is that we stay neutral and remain apolitical,” he said. “We work for whoever the president is. All of us in the military will do that faithfully to support President (George W.) Bush until the 20th of January, and we’ll do the same thing for President-elect Obama once he gets into the position.” Joint Chief of Staffs Chairman Adm. 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Petraeus, who implemented its tenets while serving for 20 months as the top U.S. commander in Iraq. “In my view, what really turned it around was the counterinsurgency tactics our troops embraced and perfected,” Mullen said Oct. 8 at the annual Association of the U.S. Army conference. While the security gains are significant, Army Gen. Raymond T. Odierno, Multinational Force Iraq commander, warned in an interview with reporters in Baghdad last month against becoming complacent amid Iraq’s improved security, a transfer of authority to Iraqi forces and an upcoming election. “In military terms, transitions are the most dangerous times,” the general said Dec. 23. “What we’re trying to do is make sure we don’t have any seams in our transition.” A piece of legislation hammered out by Washington and Baghdadknown as the Status of Forces Agreement went into effect Jan. 1. The agreement supersedes the United Nations mandate for the coalition presence in Iraq, and transfers military operational authority to Iraqi forces with U.S. forces assuming a support, or “overwatch,” role. The deal becomes effective ahead of the scheduled Jan. 31 provincial elections in Iraq, which Odierno characterized as the next security test for combined forces. “Al-Qaida will try to exploit the elections because they don’t want them to happen. So I think they will attempt to create some violence and uncertainty in the population,” he said. “The next 60 days are a critical period.”

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Lions and tigers and bears oh my! The circus is coming to town again! The classic show that never gets old is rolling in again on Monday, Jan. 26, at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Fort Walton Beach. The popular Circus Pages (pronounced pahhays) International, a family business that is definitely family friendly, will put on two shows that night. Circus Pages was started in Cuba in the 1960s by Jose Pages. Today, Circus Pages is still family-owned and operated, with several generations of Pages, as well as an international crew performing in the show. Circus Pages travels year-round, performing all over North America. Each hour-and-a-half long spectacular includes elephants, rare white tigers, lions, trained dogs, ponies, horses, camels and more. There are acrobats on trampolines, and rings, jugglers and magic shows. The show is performed very close to the audience, and the circular stage makes it easy to see everything. Several acts include volunteers from the audience, so everyone feels they are a part of the fun. Ringmaster James Earhart said people are surprised by the experience of an up-close encounter with the show. “That’s one of the biggest compliments that we hear,” Earhart said. “Out of all of our emails, that’s the part we really hear, when people get so close to the elephants. They don’t realize how big an elephant is, because in the large arena circuses, the elephant looks like an ant.” During the large cat show, a circular cage is set up so the lions and tigers cannot escape. Nervous parents and children watch as two trainers enter the cage and coax the huge animals to jump, stand on hind legs and perform other tricks. Last year one of the tigers was a bit edgy and growled at his trainer during the show. The audience gasped, but the show went on. When the acrobats came out, many wondered how they would perform their feats inside such a small room, as, unlike the usual high-ceilings of a circus arena, the fairgrounds building had a relatively low ceiling. But these acrobats were able to trampoline, do flips and twists, and still keep it low enough to avoid hitting the ceiling. This astounded the audience even more because of the great precision it took for the acrobats to accomplish their act. “We make it work wherever we go,” Earhart said of the challenges they face with small buildings. “We try to make it work all over the nation. People notice the small building and expect less because of it, but they always go away surprised.” Even a year later, kids still remember the fun they had at the circus. Eleven-year-old AnnaLaura Chastain remembered her favorite act. “The lion tamers and the tigers were awesome!” she said. Younger sister Trinity Chastain said she had several favorites. “We got to ride on the elephants,” she said. “The funniest part was when the little clown came out with all the rats, and they fell out of his pants!” Even parents find themselves enjoying the show. “A lot of the parents don’t expect to have a good time,” Earhart said, “but many of them actually enjoy it more than the kids.” At all Circus Pages shows, kids and parents alike can enjoy elephant and pony rides during the intermission for $5 to $7. There is also lots of festive food such as cotton candy, popcorn and the age-old circus favorite, peanuts. Light-up toys, glow necklaces and circus coloring books are also available for souvenirs. “This is great family fun you can bring the whole family to,” Earhart said. “Good clean family fun that your grandma won’t blush at. Bring your family, have a great time, forget about the economy and enjoy yourself.” Photos by Savannah Chastain The lions and tigers prepare to begin their part of the show... Grrrr! Ringmaster James Earhart juggles fiery batons during last year’s performance. This beautiful acrobatic display was given by a young cast member, only 17 years old.Page 4 Friday, January 16, 2009 Hurlburt Patriot Savannah ChastainDay Tripper 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)The big top is coming to town Circus Pages brings big cats, camels,elephants and fun Trip TipsCircus P ages , Jan. 26 Sho w Times: Two shows will be held on Monday,Jan.26, at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Price: $15 adults Two free children (14 years and under) admitted per paid adult with merchant coupons found at local area merchants. Additional children,$2 each Getting Ther e: The Circus Pages will be held at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds off of Lewis Turner Boulevard,Fort Walton Beach.The fairgrounds are located directly across from the Fort Walton Beach Golf Course.(Approximately 4.5 miles from Eglin’s West Gate.) Fairgrounds phone:862-0211 Online: circuspages.com Extras:Make sure to bring plenty of extra cash as cash is the only means of payment the Circus Pages accepts. Elephant and pony rides cost $7 per adult and $5 per child.Also,bring money for snacks and souvenirs.Make sure to bring a camera,as there are several great photo opportunities during the show.There is a $5 charge for professional photos with the animals,but non-flash photos are permitted during the show,and intermission.The doors open one hour prior to the show to allow people in for seating. Accessibility: All fairground buildings are handicapped accessible.

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of these kids has a story,” said mural creator Phil Darbonne. “It puts faces to the names and I hope it keeps people thinking about it.” Darbonne and his wife, Glynis, created the mural using purple tiles and imprinting color photos of the fallen heroes onto them. They periodically return to update the wall of sacrifice, which is why they were in the museum last week. But the idea for the mural actually began with William “Bill” Everett. Everett is a fivetime Purple Heart recipient himself, and the commander of the local chapter of the Order of the Purple Heart. “We came up with the idea back in November of 2007,” he said, referring to his wife, Jacqueline. “We asked George (Jones, director of the Air Force Armament Museum) if he would receive us, then we asked the base (Eglin) and they jumped up and down at the idea.” The mural was unveiled last January at the Air Force Armament Museum as the first of its kind. “Eglin Air Force Base is the first and only museum to have a memorial like this,” said Everett. “We are the first state to have it, and the first for a portable display.” The Darbonnes have also created portable displays for Florida and Texas. As of right now, Florida is also the only state to have a permanent memorial for the heroes of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. “We are working on trying to do one for every state,” said a hopeful Glynis Darbonne. “We will have one ready for Mississippi on the 31st of January.” These portable displays travel around their home state to different military functions honoring the fallen heroes in a tangible way. Jones said it is easy to look at the soldiers’pictures and see a familiar resemblance to someone you know. He said he has noticed people looking at the mural and saying things like, “Doesn’t that look like Uncle Joe?” and “That girl looks younger than Julie.” Jones noted that 34 of the faces in the memorial wall are from the four local counties surrounding Eglin: Escambia, Okaloosa, Walton and Santa Rosa. Everett described how he goes about attaining the pictures for the mural. “What I do is pick up the phone and call the family, tell them who we are and what we want to do for them,” he said. He said that last year at the unveiling, they held a large ceremony at the museum with 250 Patriot Guards (independent volunteers who honor fallen military members) riding motorcycles to escort the families. Everett said they also held several small quiet ceremonies for families whose loved ones have been added to the wall since then. The museum plans its next large event to honor the fallen heroes, prisoners of war and those missing in action, for midSeptember. The mural’s first heroes date to 2002, Phil Darbonne remarked. “When it’s all said and done, we will add one last panel with all the statistics on it,” he said, adding with a hopeful gleam in his eye, “Boy I can’t wait to make that one.” By Jodi L. Jordan 505 Command and Control W ing The Air Force’s top officermet airmen of Hurlburt Field and discussed the importance of command and control to the joint team Jan. 9. Gen. Norton Schwartz spent time with the airmen of the 505th Command and Control Wing, aunit charged with improving and standardizing tactics, training, testing, exercises, and experimentation for command of air and space power in the joint and coalition environments. “It’s wonderful to be back here at Hurlburt,” said Schwartz, who has been stationed at the base three times, including a tour as the commander of the 16th Special Operations Wing from 1995 to 1997. Col. Jack Shanahan, 505th CCW commander, briefed Schwartz on the wing’s mission as the Air Force’s only wing dedicated to operationallevel command and control. The 505th CCW, made up of only about 900 people, is also the lead agency for integrating command and control processes across the Air Force. Despite the small size of the 505th CCW, Schwartz recognized the impact the wing brings to the Air Force mission. “Our Air Force offers an array of capabilities for our joint team, and the discipline that brings them all together is command and control,” Schwartz said. “When we in the Air Force say ‘everybody matters,’well, the 505th CCW exemplifies that.”Friday, January 16, 2009 Page 5 Hurlburt Patriot ALL AROUND THE TOWN ALL AROUND THE TOWN Transmission Specialist for over 10 years3 year/ 100,000 mile WARRANTYavailable 610 Elm Street, NicevilleNOW OFFERING(850) 729-6629A/C REPAIR BRAKES WATER PUMPS TIMING BELTS STRUTS & SHOCKS Photo by Savannah Chastain The first few panels of the Purple Heart photo mural. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz meets Senior Airman Grace Blazado during a visit to the 505th Command and Control Wing Jan. 9 at Hurlburt Field. Airman Blazado is a 505th Communications Squadron client support administrator. Air Force photoChief of staff visits HurlburtAcademy rated among top 100The U.S. Air Force Academy was named one of the nation’s top 100 best value colleges for 2009 by The Princeton Review Jan. 8. The Best Values College List features 50 public and 50 private colleges. The Princeton Review selected these institutions as its “best value” choices for 2009 based on its surveys of administrators and students at more than 650 public and private colleges and universities. The selection criteria covered more than 30 factors in three areas: academics, costs of attendance and financial aid using the most recently reported data from each institution for its 2007 through 2008 academic year. “The Air Force Academy is honored to earn this distinction,” said Brig. Gen. Dana H. Born, the dean of the faculty. “It is further recognition of the great effort we are making in providing cadets with not just a world-class education, but a full spectrum of learning experiences that develop their character and leadership so they become officers who are ready to meet the challenge of serving the Air Force and the nation.” The Princeton Review has also recognized the Academy’s academic prowess in previous years. In Princeton Review’s Annual Best Colleges book, it has named the Academy the nation’s No. 1 college for professor availability for the past four years, as well as highlighting other Academy academic strengths including a student-faculty ratio of 8:1, an average class size of 20, and zero classes taught by teaching assistants. The Princeton Review is one of America’s most widely known education services and test preparation companies. For more information on the Princeton Review’s Best Value Colleges for 2009, go to:http://www.princetonreview.co m/best-valuecolleges.aspx?uidbadge=%07. MUSEUMFrom page 1

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Yard sale for cause Medicines and supplies are needed for mission trip to small village in Peru. A yard sale is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, beginning at 6:30 a.m. in the parking lot at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 307 Beach Drive, Destin. For more information, visit healingperu.org. Blood drives for January Northwest Florida Blood Services Blood Mobile calendar Jan. 17: Wal-Mart, Crestview, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 21: Holmes County High School, Bonifay, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24: Minority Ministerial Network of Okaloosa County, 509 N Eglin Parkway, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 25: Calvary Chapel, Racetrack Road Center, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 27: Paxton High School, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Jan. 28: Hurlburt Medical Group, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Okaloosa County Offices, Lewis Turner Blvd., Fort Walton Beach, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Jan. 31: Eglin BX, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ‘Choking Man’screening The Friends Guild of the Destin Library sponsors a monthly movie night, featuring an award-winning independent and foreign film. On Jan. 20, they will present “Choking Man” at the Destin City Library, 7-9 p.m. The program is free. Seating is limited to 60. Call 837-8572. Shipwreck lecture slated Wellington Place, 233 Carmel Drive, Fort Walton Beach, plans a public lecture Jan. 21 at 2 p.m., led by Dr. Della Scott-Ireton of the University of West Florida on the two shipwrecks of Tristan de Luna. Call 864-4600. Rock Band contests J.R. Rockers will hold Rock Band video game competitions each Wednesday from Jan. 21 to Feb. 25 at 5 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to winners. For details, call 884-6469. Library story hour Story hour is held every Thursday (except for holidays) at the Hurlburt Library at 10 a.m. Jan. 22: Starts. Jan. 29: Colors. Call 884-6266. Antique show, sale set The 46th annual Antique Show and Sale will take place Jan. 23 and 24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., and Jan. 25, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds, Lewis Turner Boulevard. Admission is $5. Children are free with parent or guardian. Call Jean Davis, 863-3901, or Susan Davis, 862-1925, for more information. Charity basketball game The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and on-air radio personalities from Cumulus Broadcasting will pit their basketball skills against one another Saturday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Fort Walton Beach High School. Admission is $5. Proceeds go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Call 243-7676. Aerobathon planned The Aderholt Fitness Center will hold an Aerobathon, starting at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 24, for patrons aged 14 and up. Info, 884-6949. Star-gaze with experts Want to see stars? The Northwest Florida Astronomy Association and the Escambia Amateur Association will have telescopes at the Hurlburt picnic ground Saturday, Jan. 24, starting at 6 p.m. Call the library that day between noon and 4 to ensure visibility will allow star-gazing. Call 884-6266. Child care training Child care provider classes will be held Jan. 27-30, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Classes are free and required for FCC licensing. Call 884-4300. Denim and Diamonds set The United Way of Okaloosa and Walton Counties’annual Dinner and Silent Auction is planned for Friday, Jan. 30, at the Palms of Destin resort. The theme is “Denim and Diamonds.” Come dressed in your favorite denim and enjoy great food, casino games and a large array of auction items. Call 243-0315. Mixed media exhibit “Proper Reason,” a mixed media collection by nationally acclaimed artist Joe Hobbs, will be displayed at the Full Circle Gallery, 29B SE Eglin Parkway, Fort Walton Beach, Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Call 218-5801. Baseball, softball signups Youth baseball and girls softball registration runs Feb. 2-March 13, with the season tentatively scheduled to start in April. Coach pitch is for ages 5-6, machine pitch for ages 7-12 and softball for ages 10-14. Cost: $45 per player. Coaches for all divisions are also being sought, with training scheduled for Feb. 26 and 26, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Call 884-6355. Middle East orientation The USAF Special Operations School invites all special operations personnel to attend the Middle East Orientation Course (MEOC) Feb. 2-6. This course is designed for personnel preparing to deploy to the Middle East or who have a professional or analytical interest in the region. The course provides a broad, non-technical education on the cultural, historical, political, economic, social, religious and security dynamics of the region. Spouses are welcome to attend on a space-available basis. For more information, call Capt. Neil Hicks at 884-7988 or visit https://jsoupublic.socom.mil/usafsos/ index.php. Start Smart Baseball Youth Center is taking signups for Start Smart Baseball, which teaches children aged 3-5 the basic motor skills to play organized baseball. Start Smart is a parent/child, one-on-one instruction program. Registration runs Feb. 2-March 31. The program starts in April and will be held every Wednesday, 1:30-2:30 p.m., for six weeks. The cost is $20 per parent/child team. Call 884-6355. CERT training scheduled 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. Sign up for the training online at okaloosa-cert-team.org/Sign_Up.html or, for more information, call Jennifer Tindall, 243-0315, or e-mail CERT@united-way.org. The CERT Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may affect their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. The CERT program is an official emergency preparedness program administered under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Church sets craft show The First Presbyterian Church of Fort Walton Beach, 134 Beal Ave., SW. will be the site of a SERRV Craft Market Feb. 8, 15, and 22, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 11, 14, 18 and 21, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. The market is open to the public. For more information, call 2433732 or Carol Davis, 243-4777. Economy expo slated In celebration of Okaloosa Saves Week, the University of Florida and Okaloosa County Extension Office plan an Eco-Nomic Living Expo at the NWF State College campus Feb. 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. S The Eco-Nomic Living Expo will present ideas on how to save money, conserve resources and build wealth, not debt, as part of Okaloosa Saves programs. Deborah Owens, featuring her new book “Nickel and Dime Your Way to Wealth,” will offer her “simple approach” to security and wealth. Owens is host of “Real Money,” a finance talk show, is a sought-after author, and is passionate about helping people from all walks of life. Check okaloosasa ves.org for updated information. Happy Days here again A Happy Days Musical Day trip Feb. 28 will celebrate the 1950s with Richie Cunningham, Fonzie and the gang as they try to save Arnold’s from the wrecking ball. Round trip transportation, with a ticket to the musical, costs $70 per person. Call 884-6795/5699. Travel Expo planned The annual Hurlburt ITT Travel Expo is scheduled for March 4, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Soundside Club. Attendees will be able to buy vacation packages below market price and more than $8,000 in door prizes are expected to be given away. The Hurlburt squadron with the most attendees will win a “no-frills teal deal” from the Hurlburt Marina, including a day at the beach with canopy, grill, tables, chairs and free rentals of canoes and kayaks. For info, call 884-6795. Cheer competition The Sugar Sand Nationals Spirit Cheer cheering competition will take place Sunday, March 8, at the Okaloosa County Convention Center on Okaloosa Island. The event is open to the public. The time will be announced later. Getting commissioned For those enlisted active duty military wanting to apply for a commissioning spot, take note of the changes in the Basic Officer Training (BOT) guide. The changes include important information for the next board. To find the changes, check out the BOT using the Air Force Portal and Web address my.af.mil/gcssaf/USAF/ep/browse.do?categoryId=2191492&parentCategoryId=1611609&channelPageId=-1537972. More information: 884-6724.Page 6 Friday, January 16, 2009 Hurlburt Patriot 2009 Calendar Shipwreck talkDr. Della Scott-Ireton of the University of West Florida will discuss the two shipwrecks of Tristan de Luna Jan. 21 at 2 p.m. at Wellington Place, 233 Carmel Drive, Fort Walton Beach. Call 864-4600. This engraving, by William Miller, is titled “The Shipwreck.”

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family medicine resident at Eglin. Last year, the Seeligers and a team of several doctors, nurses and volunteers traveled to Andahuaylillas, (An-da-whylee-us) Peru to conduct a threeday clinic, offering free general medical care, and OB-GYN services to the villagers. Over the three days of their clinic, more than 540 patients came to see them. Kristy said that as the word spread that free medical care was available, people came from everywhere, forming lines long before noon, some traveling from several miles down the rocky mountainside. “These people are very humble people. They may not even have shoes, just some sandals that they have sewn together, and they live in clay houses If they come to our clinic we may be their only chance of seeing a physician.” Nicholas and Kristy are both devout Catholics, but, while this is what drives them to do what they do, evangelism is not the main focus of their trips. “We’re not there to convert people. That’s not our mission,” said Kristy. “The health clinic is the main purpose of the trip, to provide free health care to the poorest of the poor in Peru.” “The poorest of the poor,” Kristy said, “are descendants of the Incas of Peru living in the Peruvian Andes.” The mission statement of Healing Peru emphasizes that their vision is “to provide healing and relieve suffering to the poor and underserved peoples of the Peruvian Andes.” Kristy said she and her husband feel a strong bond with the people of Peru, and especially in Andahuaylillas, because her grandmother, Leonor Rojas Baca, was such a humble and giving person. “She was the kind of person who made friends wherever she went,” they wrote on their Web site. “She had a strong Catholic faith, and she lived trying to do God’s will.” Kristy said that because she was loved so much by her grandmother and mother, she wants to bring as much of that love back to the people of Andahuaylillas where it all began. “We are really excited,” Kristy said. “We have five doctors from Eglin, two nurses, a tech and a student not in military, plus several spouses and volunteers.” The group is holding a yard sale on Saturday, Jan. 17, to help raise funds for the trip. “We use the money for supplies for our free clinic and to cover other expenses for the missions trip,” said Kristy. The yard sale will be held at Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 307 Beach Drive, Destin, starting at 6:30 a.m. “This is our biggest thing,” Kristy said of the group’s planned fundraisers. “Our other thing is Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort donated a three-night stay with free golf and dinner for a raffle.” Tickets will be sold during the yard sale, at $10 per ticket or $25 for three. Healing Peru also takes donations online at its Web site. Kristy and Nicholas Seeliger see themselves as humanitarians, trying to make the world a better place by relieving suffering and bringing joy to those who are often forgotten and neglected. Kristy commented that while out on mission last year she was touched by the people gathered around them. “At one point, my husband leaned over and said to me, ‘It’s like we’re seeing Jesus himself,’” she said. Submitted photo Kristy Seeliger, right, and her mother, Rocio Gallina , the Peruvian native who inspired the nonprofit organization Healing Peru in honor of Kristy’s grandmother, Leonor Rojas Baca. PERUFrom page 1Friday, January 16, 2009 Page 7 Hurlburt Patriot Healing Peru 2009 Team:Confirmed Volunteers: CAPT. Nicholas Seeliger, M.D. Kristy Seeliger, M.S.A. Noah Seeliger MAJ. Levi Sundermeyer, M.D. CAPT. Kent Broberg, M.D. CAPT. Brandon Hemphill, M.D. CAPT. Robert Ochsner, M.D. Sarah O. Forrest LT. John Connors, RN CAPT. Robin Ducker, RN SGT. Richard Ramos-Gomez, EMT Kevin McIntosh, MS4 (Fourthyear medical student) Arancha Garcia, PhD

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