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“Checkered Flag 18-2 takes to the skies at Tyndall”

Checkered Flag 18-2, a large force exercise, kicked off at Tyndall July 9, 2018, and will conclude July 20.

Checkered Flag is a large-scale aerial exercise designed to integrate fourth and fifth-generation airframes to enhance the capabilities of Airmen while providing training to rapidly respond to current, real-world conflicts and preparing for the future of air superiority.

“To be ready and lethal is our overall goal,” said Lt Col. Paul “Tabs” Voss, Head Quarters Air Combat Command Operations Division (A3O7) branch chief. “Tyndall is perfectly suited for Checkered Flag given [the size of their airspace] and the freedom to execute the air superiority mission. Tyndall is an outstanding location for these exercises.”

The two-week long exercise focuses on the involvement of the F-22 Raptor, F-35A Lightning II and legacy aircraft training in a large-force exercise to enhance combat airpower capabilities.

During this exercise, units are evaluated on their ability to mobilize, integrate, deploy and employ combat airpower assets on a larger scale while tactically integrating with various fighter squadrons.

“Checkered Flag is an event that allows us to execute and get Airmen back to readiness,” Voss said. “What we do here at Tyndall with fifth and fourth-generation [aircraft], is execute air superiority, which is one of Air Combat Command’s functions and responsibly. This large-scale exercise is a good way to apply air superiority with fourth and fifth-generation airframes.”

Checkered Flag integrates the total force through training active-duty Airmen while capitalizing on the knowledge, experience and proficiency of Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard Airmen and other military branches.

“Reservist are running the show,” Voss said. “We now have the synergy of working with them and can execute missions with a force that is healthy. In addition, we are working with Navy and Marine counter parts.”

Jeff Satterfield, HQ ACC A3O7 Checkered Flag program manager, said the young exercise is vital to predeployment training, and both Tyndall and reserve Airmen involved in it play a significant role to the success of the exercise.

“All of Tyndall has really embraced it,” said Satterfield about the exercise. “There’s great synergy between all Tyndall units and all the different units and branches that come down.”

Story and photos by Staff Sergeant Sergio A. Gamboa, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

This story and more can be found on our website at

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“325th FW welcomes new commander”

The 325th Fighter Wing welcomed its newest wing commander during a change of command ceremony at Hangar 5, July 13, 2018.

U.S. Air Force Col. Brian Laidlaw, former 325th FW vice commander, assumed command of the wing from Col. Michael Hernandez during the ceremony.

During his speech, Laidlaw thanked all in attendance and went on to express the importance of the wing’s mission and its importance to the security of the nation.

Maj. Gen. Scott Zobrist, 9th Air Force commander, presided over the ceremony. In attendance were Team Tyndall Airmen, sister service military members and local community leaders.

As part of the ceremony, Zobrist collected the ceremonial guidon from Hernandez and presented it to Laidlaw, symbolizing his acceptance of responsibility as the new wing commander.

As the roar of aircraft engines could be heard spinning up on the flightline, drowning out his voice over the loudspeakers, Laidlaw finished his speech and the ceremony with a message to all of Team Tyndall.

“Our number one priority, as it was under Col. Hernandez, is to do everything in our power to maintain combat readiness. That’s what those jets are out there doing right now,” Laidlaw continued.

“To our ops desk, go ahead and launch the fleet, you have the green light. You [have] important missions to fly today and that is bottom line our most important mission.”

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Isaiah J. Soliz, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

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“325th FW commander retires after more than 22 years”

U.S. Air Force Col. Michael Hernandez, outgoing 325th Fighter Wing commander, flew an F-22 Raptor for the last time at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., July 9, 2018. Col. Hernandez is retiring after more than 22 years of service in the Air Force. Team Tyndall thanks him for all of his years of dedicated service and for all that he has done for us!

Photos by Senior Airman Dustin Mullen and Senior Airman Cody Miller, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

This story and more can be found on our website at

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Team Tyndall welcomes its new commanders during change of command ceremonies at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
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Online bulletin board used to share information about events on and around Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida.

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Here are Team Tyndall's newest promotees!

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Team Tyndall,
We are nearing completion of our all new Fitness Center Track/Field and have a few more steps to complete with your assistance. On July 3 from 5 to 9 p.m. and ALL of July 4, contractors will be resurfacing the Fitness Center Track. This procedure is executed with a very high amount of pressure and the potential for overspray exists. As a preventative measure, certain parking lots will be blocked off so that vehicles and other personal property damage does not occur.

PLEASE NOTE: This will NOT impact Sports Day, July 3.

See the graphic showing all of the parking lots that will be "off limits" during this period. Please direct your questions or concerns to (850) 283-8690.

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“Wing Appreciation Day/Sports Day July 3, and 4th of July Holiday Hours”

Team Tyndall,

In planning for the upcoming 325 FW Wing Appreciation Day/Sports Day, Tuesday, July 3, and the 4th of July on Wednesday, please see the following areas/sections to see the OPEN (hours of operation), and if they are either CLOSED, OR may have minimal manning for customer service:


FSS offices will be CLOSED on Tuesday, July 3 and Wednesday, July 4, with the following exceptions:
- Airman & Family Readiness Center: July 3: OPEN; July 4: CLOSED
- Arts and Crafts: July 3: OPEN; July 4: CLOSED
- Auto Hobby Shop: CLOSED
- Base Training Office: CLOSED
- Berg-Liles Dining Facility: CLOSED for Renovation
- Bowling Center: July 3: OPEN; July 4: OPEN, 1100-1600
- Child Development Center: July 3: OPEN; July 4: CLOSED
- Civilian Personnel Office: CLOSED
- Education Office: July 3: OPEN; July 4: CLOSED
- FamCamp: OPEN
- Fitness Center: July 3: 1000-1800: July 4: 1000-1800
- Installation Personnel Readiness: CLOSED
- Library: July 3: OPEN; July 4: CLOSED
- Manpower Office: July 3: OPEN; July 4: CLOSED
- Marina: CLOSED for Renovations (Grand Reopening July 10)
- Military Personnel Flight: July 3: Customer Support (CACs and IDs) 0730-1530 (Appt Only); July 4: Closed
- Oasis Sports Lounge/Horizons: July 3 DFAC and Snack Bar; OPEN; July 4 OPEN for DFAC only
- PSC—Official Mail Center: July 3: OPEN; July 4: CLOSED
- Outdoor Recreation: July 3 CLOSED; July 4 0900-1700
- Pool: OPEN
- Raptor Quick Turn: CLOSED
- RRRP Recycle: July 3: OPEN; July 4: CLOSED
- Studio TY/FSS Marketing: CLOSED
- USPS: July 3: OPEN; July 4: CLOSED
- Youth Center: July 3: OPEN; July 4: CLOSED

For assistance with questions, please contact (850) 890-8749. For an updated listing of FSS hours, events, and activities, please visit their website:


SFS Staff Offices will be OPEN on Tuesday, July 3 and CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4 along with the following functions:
- Pass and Registration/Visitor Control Center: OPEN on Tuesday, July 3. CLOSED, Wednesday, July 4.
- Reports and Analysis: OPEN on Tuesday, July 3. CLOSED, Wednesday, July 4.
- Commercial Vehicle Search Gate: OPEN on Tuesday, July 3. CLOSED, Wednesday, July 4.
- Sabre Gate will be open for normal traffic and will issue visitor passes and process commercial deliveries while Pass and Registration/Visitor Control Center and the Commercial Vehicle Search Gate are closed. Please call (850) 283-COPS with any questions.


Medical Group Main Clinic: CLOSED, Tuesday, July 3 and CLOSED, Wednesday, July 4.
- Dental Clinic: CLOSED, Tuesday, July 3, and CLOSED, Wednesday, July 4.
- Mental Health: CLOSED, Tuesday, July 3 and CLOSED, Wednesday, July 4.
- Satellite Pharmacy: CLOSED, Tuesday, July 3 and CLOSED, Wednesday, July 4.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are having an emergency please dial 911. For all Urgent/Non-emergent needs contact the Nurse Advice Line at 1-800-TRICARE (874-2273) or our after-hours service at (850) 283-2778.

If you need routine or follow-up care you can make an appointment on TRICARE Online or request an appointment through our Relayhealth Secure Messaging System. Note that dependents no longer need a referral for Urgent Care. Active duty must call the Nurse Advice Line or Flight Doc for a referral when the clinic is closed.


All LRS offices will be CLOSED on Tuesday-Wednesday, July 3-4, with the following exceptions:

- Aircraft Parts Store (APS): Standby operations. Standby number: (850) 628-4144
- Vehicle Operations: Standby Operations. Standby number: (850) 832-2248/2232
- Vehicle Maintenance: Standby Operations. Standby Number (850) 832-2271
- Small Air Terminal: Standby Operations. Standby number: (850) 832-2253
- Log Plans: Standby Operations. Standby number: (850) 630-2508
- Traffic Management Office (TMO):
-- Cargo Movements: Standby Operations. Standby number: (850) 832-2255
-- Personal Property/Passenger Travel: Standby Operations. Standby number: (850) 832-2235
- Base Service Station and Fuel Support: Operating under normal weekend business hours.
-- Questions and concerns may be directed to the Fuels Service Center at (850) 283-2335.


- Fire Dept will be in-service and can be reached at (850) 283-4777
- The 24/7 CES Customer Service line will be available at (850) 283-4949
- Dorm Management Office will be CLOSED on Tuesday July 3 and Wednesday, July 4
- Gov’t Housing Office will be OPEN on Tuesday, July 3, and CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4


All Comm offices will be CLOSED on Wednesday, July 4th.

For Comm emergencies during this period call the Comm Focal Point and Standby Personnel (850) 283-4896.


Wing Staff, Comptroller, and Contracting offices will be CLOSED Tuesday-Wednesday, July 3-4, with the following exceptions and contact numbers in case of an emergency:

- Command Post: Normal Operations (850) 283-2155
- SARC: Standby contact Crisis Action Line (850) 625-1231
- Chapel: Standby contact through Command Post (850) 283-2155
- XP: Standby contact through Command Post (850) 283-2155
- Safety: Standby Contacts: Occupational (850) 774-6961, Flight (850) 774-6962, Weapons (850) 774-6960
- Public Affairs: Standby contact through Command Post (850) 283-2155
- IG: Standby contact through Command Post (850) 283-2155
- JA: Standby contact through Command Post (850) 283-2155
- Comptroller: Standby contact through Command Post (850) 283-2155


NOTE: Contractors are required to follow the terms of their contract and are not relieved of work by the Government on ACC Down days or Holidays unless specifically stated in their contracts.


Sunday, July 1 – 1000-1700 OPEN
Monday, July 2 – CLOSED
Tuesday, July 3 – 0900-1900 OPEN
Wednesday, July 4 – 0900-1700 OPEN
Thu, Fri & Sat normal hours – OPEN

AAFES: will have the following hours of operation on Tuesday, July 3 – Thursday, July 5:
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Team Tyndall,

Are you prepared to vote in the upcoming election? The Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP) encourages military service members, their eligible family members, and overseas citizens to submit a new Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) every January to ensure they can participate in upcoming Federal elections.

Once completed, do not forget to print and sign the form before submitting it to your local election office. Contact information can be found at Don't forget to follow up with your election official to ensure your registration was received.

Armed Forces Voters Week runs from June 27 to July 5. Information booths will be located in the Exchange Mall on Friday, June 29, Base Support Center on Monday, July 2, and Horizons on Tuesday, July 3 for further voting questions.

Annual military voter training is available at

Your Installation Voting Assistance Office, located at the Airman & Family Readiness Center, can be reached at (850) 283-8011 or by email at

Additional resources can be found on Tyndall's voting assistance page at

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“Celebrating a safe Fourth of July”

Each July Fourth, thousands of people, most often children and teens, are injured while using consumer fireworks. Despite the dangers of fireworks, few people understand the associated risks, such as devastating burns, other injuries, fires, and even death. Tyndall Fire Emergency Services along with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is urging the public to avoid the use of consumer fireworks and instead, to enjoy displays of fireworks conducted by trained professionals. Be safe and keep your distance.

Permanent scarring, loss of vision, dismemberment – these are too often the harsh realities of amateur fireworks use. According to the NFPA, amateur fireworks use endangers not only the users, but also bystanders and surrounding property and structures. Pyrotechnic devices ranging from sparklers to aerial rockets cause thousands of fires and serious injuries each year.

When things go wrong with fireworks, they can go wrong far faster than any fire protection provisions can reliably respond. Fireworks are dangerous and unpredictable, especially in the hands of amateurs. The few seconds of pleasure those fireworks may bring are not worth the risk of injury, permanent scarring, or even death.

In recent years, fireworks have been one of the leading causes of injuries serious enough to require hospital emergency room treatment. Fireworks can result in severe burns, fractures, scars, death or disfigurement that can last a lifetime. The thousands of serious injuries each year typically harm the eyes, head, or hands, and are mostly reported in states where fireworks are legal. Even sparklers, which are considered by many to be harmless, reach temperatures of more than 1,000° F.

Wooded areas, homes and even automobiles have become engulfed in flames because of fireworks. Fireworks related fires have typically caused at least $20 million in property loss each year in recent years. A substantial portion of structure fire property loss due to fireworks typically involves bottle rockets or other fireworks rockets. These rockets can land on rooftops or wedge within certain structures and still retain enough heat to cause a fire.

Public fireworks displays conducted by trained professionals are the smartest and safest fireworks alternative for anyone because they are established under controlled settings and regulations. After these displays, or any other time, children should never pick up fireworks that may be left over. Fireworks that have been ignited and fail to immediately explode or discharge can cause injury because they may still be active. Children should always tell an adult if they find fireworks rather than picking up smoking or charred fireworks themselves, which can pose a serious risk. Tyndall Fire Emergency Services wants you to celebrate our nation’s independence in a safe way. View fireworks from a distance where your safety has been ensured by professionals.

Please remember that the use and/or storage of fireworks on Tyndall AFB is strictly prohibited unless approved in writing by the Mission Support Group Commander.

Story by 325th Fighter Wing Fire Emergency Services

This story and more can be found on our website at

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#ICYMI: United States Air Force Lt. Col. Adrienne Stahl and Lt. Col. Brian Stahl have had the great fortunate of being stationed together four separate times. Their military careers first crossed paths at the Air Force Academy and eventually led to them both serving as commanders at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida. The video interview and story can be found at

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Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. has a prescribed burn planned for Saturday, June 23 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in burn compartment 5. It will be approximatetly 1,880 acres and north of the airfield. Transport winds are predicted to be south westerly with mixing height forecast at 5,000 ft, which should minimize smoke in sensitive areas.

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“Siblings sworn to serve”

Family lineage unveiled a career path for a pair of siblings raised in a military household. Traveling from post to post, their father, a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel, set a precedence for service before self. With a family history tracing back to the American Revolution, military service became a Stahl tradition.

The choice to serve was never a topic of discussion, but something that came naturally.

“It’s always been engrained in our family to serve in some capacity,” said Lt. Col. Brian Stahl, prior 325th Training Support Squadron commander. “We never really talked about it and it wasn’t something that came up in common conversation.”

“It wasn’t a plan, it just ended up that way,” chimed in Lt. Col. Adrienne Stahl, 325th Maintenance Squadron commander.

Although, the decision to serve side-by-side as brother and sister wasn’t a coordinated endeavor, their career paths aligned when Adrienne entered the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., in 1999. Her brother, a senior at the academy, helped to push and motivate her along the way, giving her a unique freshman experience.

“I showed up in ’99 as a freshman when he was a senior, so that went well for me,” Adrienne said sarcastically.

As a freshman in the academy, life is challenging to begin with, Adrienne recalls.

“When you have a whole senior class of people who happen to be your brother and his friends, there is a different light and focus on you,” Adrienne chuckled. “You get a lot of attention that you weren’t necessarily seeking, but in the same vein, it was always in good spirit.”

Their journey together started at the Air Force Academy, but unbeknownst to them, they would cross paths time and time again.

“Once we left the academy, that was assignment one,” Brian said. “Assignment two was when we were at Langley Air Force Base, [Virginia]. So, I was flying F-22s [Raptors] with the 94th Fighter Squadron and Adrienne was actually a maintainer, the OIC (Officer in Charge) in the 27th Fighter Squadron just down the street. After we left Langley, I left first, I went up to the Pentagon and spent about two years working there and she came up there shortly thereafter. The fourth time we have been assigned together was here at Tyndall.”

“At every assignment, I’m following him, they can’t shake me,” Adrienne added.

Together they developed a humorous explanation as to why they have been so fortunate to receive multiple joint assignments.

“We have this theory that AFPC (Air Force Personnel Center) thinks we are joint spouse, so you have to assign the Stahls together,” Adrienne said with a giggle.

The two have always fostered a strong sibling bond, but wearing the uniform together has given them a new perspective on life and leadership, enabling them to grow and learn from each other.

“We have always had a really strong relationship, so I would say our relationship hasn’t necessarily grown stronger, but we certainly have learned new things about how we approach life,” Brian said. “We are different personalities, there is no denying that.”

“If you ask our mom and dad, we were like oil and water growing up,” Brian chuckled. “I was very straight-laced, she was pushing the boundaries here and there.”

Their unique personalities and leadership styles allow them to play off each other’s strengths, teaching them new ways to approach challenges associated with command positions.

“Growing up as CGOs (Company Grade Officers), now being commanders, what we have learned is you can take the best parts of each other, learn and try to apply that to whatever situation you are in,” Brian explained.

With Brian’s recent departure from Tyndall, the siblings look to the future.

“You just take it day-by-day, year-by-year,” Adrienne said. “We are optimistic and hopeful that we will cross paths again.

“But as far as our relationship goes, the bonds are forged,” Adrienne added. “There is no going back.”

Story and photos by Airman 1st Class Delaney Gonzales, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Video by Senior Airman Tybee Hurst, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

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Team Tyndall,

Here is an important message from the 325th Medical Group:

“The 325 MDG strives to ensure safe and effective care for all beneficiaries. Recent unanticipated reductions in staffing levels require us to reassess the number of TRICARE Prime patients who can be enrolled to the 325 MDG Family Health Clinic.

Our Family Health Clinic is staffed at 4 of 8 medical providers, each responsible for twice the number of patients normally assigned to a Primary Care Manager. Wait time in the Family Health Clinic will soon approach 30 days for many patients.

For safety, access to care and to showcase a commitment to our mission of ensuring combat-ready Airmen, we will be re-assigning some Active Duty Family Members to a Primary Care Manager in the local community. We will coordinate this action with our TRICARE/Humana contractor, who will communicate directly to affected patients.

Active Duty Family Members who are re-assigned to off-base Primary Care Managers will see no co-pays for their care. All re-assigned will continue to have benefits at the 325 MDG including Radiology, Immunizations, Pharmacy and Laboratory. We appreciate your support in this process and are available to answer any questions you may have.

Here are the specific actions we have or will be taking:

1. 1 June: Closing New Family Health Clinic enrollment to:
a. Retirees
b. Retiree Family Members over age 16
c. Active Duty Family Members more than 30 miles from the 325 MDG

2. 1 June: Providing newly enrolling Active Duty Family Members, over age 16, the option to have a network Primary Care Manager off-base

3. 6 June: Moving all currently enrolled Active Duty Family Members age 16 or less from the Family Health Clinic to the 325 MDG Pediatrics Clinic

4. 11 June: Moving a small number of non-Active Duty patients (less than 50) to a civilian Internal Medicine provider based on medical complexity

5. Today - 15 July: Reassigning 600-700 Active Duty Family Members over age 16 from Family Health Clinic to a network Primary Care Manager off-base based on:
a. Distance of residence from the 325 MDG
b. Specific medical needs

Primary Care Manager re-assignment actions will not affect Active Duty Service Members. Additionally, they will not affect Active Duty Family Members living on-base or already enrolled Retirees/Retiree Family Members, with exception to item 4 above.

We appreciate your patience and look forward to answering any questions you may have. Our Tricare Operations and Patient Administration phone number is (850) 283-7931.”

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“Tom and Jerry’s Father’s Day special: Part II”

In the early afternoon hours, Tom prepared, it was a day he had been longing for decades; the day he would finally have Jerry’s number. He carefully reviewed his plan, plotted his course, and prepared for the ultimate game of cat-and-mouse – a battle between father and son.

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jerry, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group QF-16 Aerial Target pilot, and his son, Tom, 95th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptor lead pilot, got the chance to fly with each other for the first time as Air Force members.

As they support different missions at the same base, the opportunity to fly against one another is slim. So when they had the opportunity to do so, they took full advantage and prepared to take flight.

“Did I ever expect it would happen? No, but I hoped that it would,” Jerry answered the question he has asked himself many times. “When the opportunity came up, I happened to be scheduled to fly the same day. We asked our commanders if I could support the F-22 training requirements with a QF-16 and they said it would be a great idea.”

“It was always something that was in the back of my mind, but there was never the time or a reason to do it until recently,” Tom said to follow up his dad. “The time just worked out pretty well. Before that opportunity showed up, there was our respective mission that we had to get done.”

As a 95th FS pilot, Tom is a key contributor to the squadron mission in projecting unrivaled combat air power and providing air dominance for America.

His father, Jerry, and 53d WEG are tasked to test air-to-air and air-to ground weapons systems across the spectrum, including missiles, guns, and bombs of all types. This is done at Tyndall as well as halfway across the country at Holloman AFB, New Mexico and the Utah Test and Training Range.

The 53rd WEG helps the 95th FS, among other units, test aircraft and weapons in order to test pilots, aircraft and weapons system proficiency, said Tom.

“Anywhere somebody needs aerial targets to support weapons testing, we can go help,” Jerry added.

Before heading to the flightline and getting in his jet, nerves ran through Tom’s body knowing he was about to head to the skies with his father for one of the biggest rivalries they have had in recent years.

While over the Gulf Coast sparkling blue waters, Tom heard a familiar voice that made him smile from ear-to-ear. Though it wasn’t the first time they have flown the skies together, it was one that would not be forgotten.

“You hear your dad on the radio, look over and see him flying the jet next to you is out of this world,” he said as he reminisced about the moment. “It’s definitely one of the cooler flights I have had to this day.”

While in the air, Tom and Jerry were performing basic fighter maneuvers within a visual arena simulating a one-on-one dog fight. It was training Tom needed, and that reason made this flight happen.

Jerry was playing the role of the aggressor with what fifth-generation aircraft pilots would most likely see out in a deployed location, a fourth-generation aircraft.

“It was mano-y-mano, one against one,” said his father. “It was a tremendous feeling to look across and see my son flying a Raptor. I saw him start maneuvering against me trying to take me out, and I’m trying to get him back. That whole experience was awesome.”

It was a good thing Jerry wasn’t flying a Raptor during their mission or Tom would be in trouble. But in the end, there could only be one victor.

“There are a couple of distinct advantages being an F-22 pilot, but he definitely had some old-man-tricks and a lot more experience flying jets,” Tom said of his father’s skills. “I’m glad I had that handicap working in my favor.”

“The Raptor is not to be trifled with,” Jerry said moving his head right to left with a look of admiration.

At the end, this experience was one they would never forget. Tom takes his victory and credits his father, Jerry.

“Thanks for providing the initial motivation and support allowing me to pursue my goals and helping me achieve all of them,” Tom showed gratitude toward his dad.

To read “Tom and Jerry’s Father’s Day special: Part I” go to

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

This story and more can be found on our website at

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Happy Flag Day! The red, white, and blue flag of the United States was officially adopted by the Second Continental Congress as a national symbol on this day in 1777. Display the stars & stripes proudly.

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“Tom and Jerry’s Father’s Day special: Part I”

In the early afternoon hours, a game of cat and mouse is played, Jerry once again on the verge of getting the best of Tom. This time the tides have turned, Tom came out victorious. These characters however, are not the cartoon stars some may be thinking about, they are a father-son duo in the U.S. Air Force.

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Jerry, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group QF-16 aerial target pilot, passed on the Air force lineage to his son Tom, 95th Fighter Squadron F-22 Raptor lead pilot.

Jerry grew up in Minnesota where he graduated high school. After visiting a few Air Force bases as a student, he decided once he graduated high school he would join the Air Force.

“I went [to the Air Force Academy] a few times and was impressed with what I saw, the academic program and other development opportunities, I then made it my primary choice,” Jerry said. “I joined because I wanted an opportunity to serve the country.”

And serve his country he has. After the academy, he was put on track to be a fighter pilot. Upon completion of training, he was assigned as an F-15 Eagle pilot.

Throughout his 30 plus years of working in the Air Force, Jerry flew F-15s for over 22 years, transitioned to the QF-4 Aerial Target and now flies QF-16 Aerial Targets at the 53rd WEG.

Following in his father’s footsteps, Tom decided he wanted to join the Air Force and headed to the academy himself.

“I had an idea that I wanted to fly planes when I was younger and started to think what I wanted to be when I grew up,” Tom said. “I grew up seeing my dad fly planes and being around Air Force bases a lot. For many of the same reasons, I wanted to join the academy just like him.”

Being in the military Jerry traveled around the world with his family, going from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, to Royal Air Force Lakenheath, England, and finally ending up at Tyndall in 1998. There he transitioned from active duty to Air National Guard and then to a civilian in the Air Force.

“Raising Tom was good, fun, rewarding,” Jerry said. “I made it my goal to never slow him down until he was out of high school. I was excited and very happy that he chose to follow in the same footsteps that I did. It made me very proud of him, at the same time, I wanted him to succeed on his own merit. I have been watching his accomplishments with a great deal a pride and am humbled and thankful we are able to have a career serving our country and accomplishing the mission of the Air Force.”

After graduating the academy in 2013, Tom went to Vance Air Force Base, Oklahoma, then to Tyndall where he completed his pilot training at the only F-22 Raptor training school in the world at the 43rd Fighter Squadron.

“As a pilot you get back-to-back nonstop awesome flying, there are times when it drags, but it is the best job you can have,” Tom said.

Jerry concurred with his son, showing that no matter the level of experience, the joy found in taking part in the mission is the same.

“I would back that up,” his dad chimed in as he looked over at his son and smiled. “There are some times that are routine and repetitive than others. But even those periods are rewarding in the sense you know you are doing something that is required for national defense. Being a pilot gives us opportunities that you don’t get anywhere else.”

Tom and Jerry, son and father, had the chance to fly their corresponding aircraft as adversaries in an F-22 and QF-16 right before Father’s Day.

To view the recount of the actual mission read “Tom and Jerry’s Father’s Day special: Part II” and visit at a later date.

Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

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U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) | United States Air Force | Air Combat Command | Gen Mike Holmes | ACC Command Chief | ACC F-22 Raptor Demo Team | Airman Magazine

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Team Tyndall,

There will be construction work done in the parking lot between the Fitness Center and the Base Track along Mississippi Rd, from June 13 - July 9. A partial section of the parking lot (closest to the running track/football field) will be closed for installation of a new manhole and force main lines running parallel to Mississippi Road.

Please plan ahead and remain flexible. Contact the 325th CES Engineering Flight at (850) 283-2631 or (850) 283-4397 for any questions. Thank you for your patience!

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“Promising start for Sea Turtle nesting season at Tyndall”

A team of volunteers known as the Tyndall Turtle Trackers marked the first sea turtle nest on a Tyndall Beach for the 2018 season May 12 and have found 10 additional nests throughout May.

May is the first month of sea turtle nesting season in Florida and all the nests are believed to belong to Loggerhead Sea Turtles, the most common species of sea turtle to nest on Tyndall.

The Turtle Trackers are headed up by the 325th Civil Engineer Squadron’s Natural Resources flight, but it is staffed by more than 25 volunteers from the base and local community.

At the start of each season, teams go out every weekend, and the Natural Resources personnel go out on week days to comb the beaches of Tyndall to find signs of sea turtle nests. This effort takes place every year in an attempt to help provide numbers for the overall conservation efforts of sea turtles in Florida.

Some volunteers have been volunteering to help with Tyndall’s conservation efforts for more than a decade.

Linda Yori, a science teacher at the University Academy in Panama City, Fl. and a member of the Tyndall Turtle Trackers has been volunteering to help with Tyndall’s conservation efforts for more than 12 years.

Having the opportunity to be a part of conservation efforts for wild life here at Tyndall has been amazing, said Yori. Tyndall has a wonderful volunteer program and they reach out to the local community as well as those on base to take part. They also provide education on not just the sea turtles but the many endangered species that call Tyndall home.

Sea Turtles generally nest at night, so a typical day for a tracker starts very early. They arrive at the NCO Beach house at 5:30 a.m., check and prepare equipment, jump on their All-Terrain Vehicles and head out for their assigned beach areas.

Once on the beach and the sun is rising, volunteers will immediately start looking for turtle tracks.

“When you get out to the beach it’s just so beautiful and peaceful,” said Yori. “And it is so exciting when you actually find one!”

When turtle tracks are found on the beach, a tracker will first try to determine what kind of sea turtle made the tracks. Different species of turtles are known for making different patterns in the sand when they crawl to make a nest.

Once the species determination is made, they will then follow the tracks to try to determine if the female sea turtle deposited her eggs or made a “false crawl.” False crawls are when female turtles will crawl out of the ocean and on to the beach, but not actually make a nest, for natural reasons or possibly because she was disturbed by people or artificial lights.

If there is a nest suspected, the trackers will then mark the nest by placing 4 poles with tape, a sign to warn beachgoers of the presence of a nest and a metal screen over the top layer of sand to try and ward off predators.

Onshore threats to eggs and hatchlings include ghost crabs, coyotes, raccoons, opossums, dogs, feral cats, seagulls, wading birds, crows, eagles, poachers and light pollution. Even the sea oats that grow in the dunes can pose a threat to the nests. The oat’s roots can sometimes grow into the eggs as they naturally seek nutrients.

Because of the already drastic threats the turtle nests face, it is critical that beachgoers respect and do not disturb any nesting turtles, hatchlings or nests that they may find.

Sea turtle nesting season goes through to the end of October, but hatchlings are expected to start emerging from their nests to make the trip across the beach and into the ocean in July.

“I feel very fortunate to know so many thoughtful environmental stewards who make up our dependable volunteer team,” Danielle Bumgardner, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service wildlife biologist. “It is a pleasure to get to know the numerous active duty personnel, military dependents, and locals from our community, who share their time to make a difference in these conservation efforts. I am very proud to partner with Tyndall as a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service biologist as we continuously do our best to ensure the conservation and protection of threatened and endangered species through multiple programs here at the Natural Resources flight.”

Story by Tech. Sgt. Sara Keller, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Photos by Tech. Sgt. Sara Keller and Senior Airman Cody R. Miller, 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

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Tyndall AFB has a prescribed burn planned for Sunday, June 10 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. in burn compartment number 5. The burn will be approximately 1,880 acres and will be north of the airfield. The transport winds are predicted to be westerly with the mixing height forecast at 5,000 feet, which should minimize smoke in sensitive areas.

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