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Vol. 1, No. 11 Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. Training Expeditionary Airpower Experts Oct. 29, 2007

In Brief

Tyndall Air Force Base
Halloween trick-or-treat
hours are 5:30 to 7:30 p.m
Oct. 31 in base housing.

Retiree Day
Retiree Appreciation Day
is 8:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at the
For more information,
call Marielle Beniquez at

Health Fair
The annual Health Benefits
Fair for civilian employees is
8 a.m. Nov. 13 in room 267,
Bldg. 650.

Turkey Bowl
The Officers' Spouses Club
Turkey Bowl is11 a.m. Nov.
13. Interested participants
must sign up no later Nov. 9.
For more information, call

Smooth Move
The Airmen and Family
Readiness Flight hosts the
Smooth Move permanent
change of station workshop at
9 a.m. Nov. 14 in the Airman
and Family Readiness
Classroom, Bldg. 743. For
more information, call 283-

Post Office hours
The base's United States
Post Office hours are now
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday
through Friday.

Susan Trahan
Tyndall Air Force Base firefighters battle a controlled and simulated F-15 crash site during an exer-
cise in Mexico Beach, Fla. Oct. 23. Also on scene were first responders from Mexico Beach and Port
St. Joe, Fla. emergency agencies.

Exercise tests Tyndall and local agencies

First responders from Mexico Beach
and Port St. Joe, Fla. joined forces
with Tyndall Air Force Base's fire
department, security forces and support
agencies to test accident response skills
during an exercise in Mexico Beach
The exercise began at 8:45 a.m. with
an in-flight emergency that transitioned
into a simulated F-15 crash in a wooded

area next to U.S. Highway 98.
Six minutes after the incident
occurred, Tyndall AFB's fire trucks
arrived on scene and joined up with
Mexico Beach's fire department for
the response.
Once on scene, civilian and military
firefighters faced a mock crash
complete with jet debris and flaming
steel barrels, making the exercise as
realistic as possible.
The local police, along with

Tyndall AFB's security forces, set
up a cordon around the affected area
and treated everything as if it was
really happening by keeping all non-
essential personnel out of the danger
zone-with the exception of exercise
evaluators and local news agencies
that were covering the event.
There were also exercise players
acting on scene to prepare the
exercisers for all possible scenarios.

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Medical Group assists Team Tyndall

with Traumatic Stress Response

TyndallAir Force Base has created a Traumatic Stress Response
Team to respond to traumatic incidents that occur within the Team
Tyndall community. The purpose ofthe team is to foster resiliency
for people that are exposed to potential traumatic stress and assist
the individual and unit in retuming to normal functioning in daily
life following exposure to a potentially overwhelming incident or
The TSR team is comprised of members from the mental health
flight, chaplains and Family Support Center. Commanders are
able to consult with the TSR team chief to determine how best to
serve the needs of those affected and develop an individual plan
to address those needs.
The team can offer preparatory education for those likely to
experience traumatic stress. They also offer group or individual
education, screening, psychological first aid, and referral for
those exposed to traumatic stress. Individuals can seek up to
four meetings with a member of the TSR team for the purpose
of education and consultation. If formal medical assessment and
treatment are indicated, then a referral will be made.
For help in dealing with traumatic stress, contact Maj. Walter
Calvo from the medical group at 523-7511 or 283-7511. For help
after duty hours, contact the 325th Security Forces Squadron or
command post and ask for the mental health on-call provider.

The basics about

Traumatic Stress
Traumatic Stress is any event with
sufficient emotional power to overcome
the usual coping abilities of people who
are exposed to it. Examples of traumatic
stress include: suicide of a unit member,
serious injury or death in the line-of duty,
and or a multi-casualty accident.
Training and exercises can help buffer
the effects of stress, but extreme stress
still has the potential to negatively impact
normal and healthy individuals.
The majority of these people recover
in 1-2 weeks. Some, however, develop
post traumatic stress disorder or other
significant illnesses that can cause job
"burnout" and result in them seeking
separation, cross-training, or retirement.

Panama City News Herald writer and Gulf Defender editor, Jonas Hogg played the
part of an aggressive media member.
"It was pretty fun coming at things from a different angle them I'm used to," Mr.
Hogg said. "It was a good chance to have fun with it. If there was a real plane down,
I probably wouldn't have pressed my luck with the security forces like I did here
Behind the scenes at the installation control center, Brig. Gen. Tod D. Wolters, 325th
Fighter Wing commander, provided command and support to the initial response force
with the assistance of his ICC staff consisting of group commanders, various support
unit representatives and the emergency operations center.
The ICC and the EOC are activated during crises and allow the incident commanders
the ability to request needed support from one source. The EOC becomes a recovery
force once the scene is contained and controlled and takes on different roles during the
recovery process.
This wasn't the first time Tyndall AFB has exercised with local authorities.
"Tyndall teams up with our local communities whenever practical to practice joint
response tactics to ensure when real-world tragedies strike, all players are ready
to respond as a coordinated team," said Col. John Bird, 325th Fighter Wing vice
commander. "As a federal entity we always strive to work with the state, county and
local emergency response teams. After events like 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina, we
know that it is the only way that we can react ... as a coordinated team."
Charles Cain, Tyndall AFB Fire and Emergency Services chief and incident
commander, was energetic about the overall response.
"I think the exercise went super!" he said. "It did surface several limiting factors
on our side and confirmed our communications interoperability. Any time we can
participate with our off-base counterparts in an exercise of this magnitude, it's really
important and a great learning experience for everyone involved. When and if we do
this for real, it runs a lot smoother because of these exercises."


Flag Football

(as of Oct. 29)
Team Win Loss

AMXS 10 1
SFS 9 1
SVS 7 1
COMM 10 2
MDG 9 3
OSS 7 3
MXS 6 4
ACS 6 4
MOS 6 6
601st 3 6
MSS/FW 4 8
CES 4 8
53rd 2 9
823rd 1 9
CONS 1 10
AFRL 0 10


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If so, send an e-mail
to editor@tyndall.af.mil
with "Identify this" in
the subject line.
Three correct entries
will be chosen at ran-
dom and drawn from
a hat to determine the
final winner. The prize
can be claimed at the
Public Affairs office.
Timothy Nelson,
325th Mission Sup-
port Group, cor-
rectly guessed the
Oct. 22 "Identify This"
as a pair of scissors
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95th AMU earn first place in quarterly competition

Each quarter at Hanger
4 here, top performers
from the 2nd Aircraft
Maintenance Unit, 43rd
AMU and 95th AMU
gather for their turn in the
weapons load and jammer
"Each weapons-load
crew consists of three
members who were
selected from each AMU's
leadership," explained
Staff Sgt. Anthony Smith,
325th Maintenance Group
standardization lead crew
member responsible to set
up and run the competition.
"The crew has to have been
working together for at
least 90 days, and they're
selected based on their job
proficiency level."
Staff Sgt. Larry Pyne,
Senior Airman Louie
Duffee and Airman 1st
Class Mike Dodson
represented 2nd AMU.
Staff Sgt. Jeff Taggart,
Senior Airman Drew

Carpenter and Airman
1st Class Daniel Dubisky
represented 95th AMU.
Staff Sgt. Stewart Baxter,
Airmen 1st Class Joel Bass
and Charles Fairchild
represented 43rd AMU.
Starting out with 3,000
points available, each crew
is graded in three different
areas, beginning with
a dress and appearance
From there, the
competitors must complete
a 20-question job-
knowledge test.
The last test is the load
During this stage of the
competition, the three-man
crew, each having their own
specific job, must prepare
the jet for the missiles
and then load the missile
to the aircraft, within 30
"The hardest part is
always after the load," said
Airman Carpenter. "You're
standing there waiting. You
run over everything you

did, looking for mistakes."
After the weapons load
competition, the jammer
competition begins.
The jammer is a vehicle,
which steers from the rear,
used to transport munitions
to the aircraft. Unlike the
weapons load, the jammer
competition is an individual
Selected for this
competition was Airman
1st Class Rasheem Ramsey,
2nd AMU, Senior Airman
Brandon Signorotti, 95th
AMU and Airman 1st Class
Alexander Thompson, 43rd
Graded in three
different areas, the
jammer competitors must
also complete a uniform
inspection; however, this is
where the similarities end
between the two contests.
The second portion of the
competition is a jammer
pre-use inspection. The
individual must ensure
the jammer is 100 percent
serviceable, including tires

courtesy pnoto

Lt. Col. Eric North, 325th Maintenance Squadron com-

mander (left) and Chief Master Sgt. Booker Woods,

325th Fighter Wing Weapons Manager (right), pres-

ent the 95th weapons load crew of the quarter with


pumped, no frays on wires
and all liquids are filled.
The last testis completing
the coned course, where
the patience and skill of
the jammer is tested.
The course is set up like
a track, explained Sergeant
The competitors must
weave the jammer through
four sets of cones which
are placed tightly together,
explained Sergeant Smith.
Then, they must make a
tight turn between two rows
of cones. Once finished
with the turn, the jammers
weave through another set
of cones and then another
turn just like the first. This
course is completed twice
and to add to the difficulty,
it must be completed in
less than two minutes.
"It was a fairly simple
course, but it was set up
to be very tight, so it was
hard to turn efficiently,"
said Airman Signorotti.
"You had to pretend
you're driving Miss.
Daisy," explained Airman
Signorotti referring to the
simulated missile in the
trunk of the jammer. "You
have to be careful and
"The performance was
better in this competition;
there was a higher point
spread this quarter," said
Sergeant Smith.
At 3 p.m., the scores
were announced the
95th AMU wins... in both
Winners took home
the plaques and bragging
rights as the quarter's top
The 95th AMU load crew
has been working together
since May 2006. They have
competed in four other
competitions, also bringing
home victories.
"Our overall performance
was pretty good," said

Sergeant Taggart. "There
were a few mistakes, but
we still brought home the
"The important part ofthe
competition was making
sure we were all on the
same page with timing,"
said Airman Dubisky.
Taking away more
than just the recognition
attached to the plaque, the
95th load crew agreed that
pride in their work and a
shot at load crew of the
year were more personal
They're not the only ones
to reflect on that day's
"The most difficult part
was trying to complete the
course in the allotted time of
two minutes," said Airman
Signorotti, winner of the
jammer competition.
Airman Signorotti says
he felt happy and excited
with his win, but mostly
relieved from the stress of
being in the spotlight.
Sergeant Smith explains
the importance of the
competition is not only a
morale booster and way of
recognizing hard workers,
but it also allows airmen
to build confidence in their
job proficiency.
"This competition
creates challenges within
the weapons community
and hopefully most troops
will see crews winning and
want to be in that situation,"
said Sergeant Taggart.
The victors from the 95th
took home the win, each
returning to a normal day
on the job, but each offering
their own encouragement
and thoughts to other
"Take pride in what you
do, and if the opportunity
arises, take it," said Airman
Signorotti. "It's a great
opportunity, win or lose."

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to riches

Most people have heard the fairy
tale where a person turns his rags to
riches, well in this case the Air Force
Repair Enhancement Program here
accomplishes this by turning trash into
The idea is simple. AFREP collects
and repairs miscellaneous aircraft parts,
electronics and practically anything
else people throw away once they
break, instead of buying completely
new parts.
The money saved by AFREP falls
into two categories cost savings or
cost avoidance. Air Force Instruction
21-123 states that cost savings are
earned when a repaired item is turned
into supply and a credit is captured. In
contrast, cost avoidance refers to items
repaired and returned with no credit.
"Each year AFREP saves Tyndall

thousands in cost avoidance and in
some years millions is cost savings
by repairing assets locally and quickly
turning the items back into the supply
system," said 1st Lt. Patrick Nobles,
325th Maintenance Group executive
'These actions are critical to
keeping the aging fleet of the F-15
eagles viable," said Lieutenant Nobles.
"It's not just the F-15s that utilize the
program, but AFREP is very involved
with the F-22 programs and getting
them established."
One item that has been recently
repaired by AFREP is the flex shaft. A
flex shaft is an assistant to the actuator
to help move the exhaust nozzles on
the F-15 engine. The engine requires
five flex shafts per engine, in case
one of the flex shafts stops working
while a jet is flying the other four can
"Previously, engine shops were

turning in flex shafts to supply and
just discarding them," said Senior
Airman Kimoreen McKenzie, 325th
Maintenance Operations Squadron
AFREP technician. "AFREP
researchedthe cost-and-supply demand
level to determine if the base has a need
forthem. Supply now transfers them to
our account so AFREP can send them
off to a vendor to get repaired.
Since AFREP starting repairing flex
shafts, the Air Force has saved a total of
$25,190.21, said Airman McKenzie.
The AFREP program saved Tyndall
AFB more than $1 million dollars
in fiscal year 2007. Half of that was
returned to the wing.
Some items that were purchased
with AFREP money in 2007 were new
carpeting, new furniture, paint and new
air conditioning systems in government
vehicles according to Master Sgt. John
Goerke, 325th Maintenance Group
AFREP superintendent.

"Our AFREP program is a great
benefit to the wing," said Col. Brett
Haswell, 325th Maintenance Group
In addition, AFREP helps in more
than one way.
"Not only does it save the Air Force
money, but it also saves a countless
number of waiting hours," said
Sergeant Goerke.
"We recently repaired a cable test set
for a cost avoidance of $10,000," said
Sergeant Goerke. "If the test set would
have been ordered, the wait time would
have been nearly a year."
AFREP technician get creative when
repairing parts.
"Our Airmen get a chance to show
their ingenuity and resourcefulness,
while earning funds for wing and
maintenance group projects," said
Colonel Haswell. "If it wasn't for that
funding, we wouldn't be able to expand
our maintenance capabilities."

Miss Florida meets Tyndall Air Force Base

Left: Miss Florida 2007, Kylie Williams, looks through the scope of this automatic weap-
on during a visit with the 325th Security Forces Squadron Oct. 18.

Middle: Miss Williams takes a trip to visit the explosive ordinance disposal team here
and tries on one of the bomb suits. Her platform for the upcoming Miss America pagent
in Jan 2008 is "support the troops."

Right: Miss Williams takes to the air in a F-15C Eagle with Lt. Col. Kevin Murray, 2nd
Fighter Squadron commander, Oct. 19.

Commander's Commentary: How to deal with conflict?

There is an old saying that
what doesn't kill you makes you
stronger". If you can keep this
philosophy in the back of your
mind, you might be surprised at
the variety of situations you can
apply it to on a personal as well
as professional level in your daily
The majority of us don't wake up
each morning eagerly anticipating
a day full of conflict. The broadest
definition of conflict found in
the dictionary is "the opposition

or simultaneous functioning of
mutually exclusive impulses,
desires or tendencies". Using this
definition, much of what we do each
day could be viewed as conflict.
For example, getting the kids off to
school, driving to work, interacting
with customers, patients and co-
workers, or implementing change.
How we handle each situation often
shapes how the rest of our day will
There are a multitude of coping
strategies for dealing with conflict.
Some positive approaches include
mutually agreeable compromises,
such as cereal for breakfast today
and pancakes tomorrow. Picking
your battles is it really worth
getting into an accident to rush
for the last close-up parking spot
or to save a few minutes getting
to work. Placing yourself in the
other person's shoes "now I can
see where this process really is
confusing," and facilitating rather
than dictating. Getting buy-in from
others or empowering them once
you've given them a goal.
Some negative approaches include
the "just say no" philosophy, the
"because I said so" philosophy, the
"because it's the rules" philosophy,
or the "don't make waves"

Each conflict will be different. A
battlefield scenario would require
clear-cut guidance and decisions,
usually with no questions asked. A
medical example of this would be
the need to prioritize patients for
treatment atthe field hospitals inIraq
where resources or capabilities are
often very limited. Most in-garrison
scenarios allow for consensus,
collaboration or negotiated
compromise approaches.
Certain conflicts are clearly
avoidable simply by following Air
Force core values or policies orjust
using common sense. These would
include matters ofintegrity, fairness,
equality, drinking and driving,
sexual harassment, violation of the
Uniform Code of Military Justice
or any discriminatory actions. Each
of us has listened to at least one
briefing on each of these topics, so
there are no acceptable excuses for
participating in such actions.
Usually in a conflict situation,
you have control only over your
own actions and reactions, not
those of the other party. How
you choose to respond will set the
tone for whether this conflict will
be one of simple "disharmony" or
escalate into one of "warfare". As

military members, we are all held
to a higher standard of conduct than
many of our civilian peers. How
we handle daily conflict reflects not
only on ourselves but also on the
Air Force.
If you find yourself in a conflict
situation that you don't know how
to handle, remember that there are
many people and resources here on
base that can help you immediately
or teach you coping skills to help
you prevent an inappropriate
outcome in the future. Some
of these include your chain of
command, your first sergeant, the
family advocacy office, Military
Equal Opportunity, the Sexual
Assault Response Coordinator, the
base chaplains and the Inspector
General office.
Conflict is a natural part of life. It
is often very uncomfortable while
you are in the midst of the event.
The overall experience can end up
being either positive or negative
depending upon your actions and
reactions. The choice is yours.
The next time you find yourself in a
conflict situation, try to remember
that if it doesn't kill you, it might
just make you a stronger person.

2007 Varsity

Tyndall Tigers Men
The men's Tigers beat Eagles
of Eglin AFB 83-74 to even
their record at 1-1 Oct. 20.
Tyndall Lady Tigers
The lady Tigers beat the Eg-
lin Lady Eagles with a score
of 74-70 to up their record to
2-0 Oct. 20.

Photos by Airman 1st Class Anthony J Hyatt
Sprint to the finish
Nikolai Wedekind, a professional triathlete, came in first place with a time of 1:03:08 during the Tynman TrilDuath-
Ion Oct. 20 in base housing. The race consisted of a 600m swim in the bay, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5k run. The
proceeds benefited the Combined Federal Campaign.

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