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Vol. 55, Issue 14                                        16th Special Operations Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.                                                             April 7, 2006

19 selected for
captain bars                               Great greens
   The captain’s promotion list,
released today, had 19 first lieu-
                                           Gator Lakes closing for
tenants from Hurlburt Field on it.         six-month, $900,000
    Air Force Operations Test
        Evaluation Center
                                           renovations to course
              Deane Cove                   by Jamie Haig
  Air Force Special Operations             Contract writer                   “We’ve been
                                              The Hurlburt Field
                                                                             trying to do this
          William Clayton                  golf course will close for        for the past six
             Felicia Kersh                 approximately six mon-
            Jennifer Snow                  ths starting April 16 in
                                                                             years. The
8th Special Operations Squadron            order to complete more            money is finally
             Brian Brooks                  than $900,000 in renova-          there for us to
                9th SOS                    tions to the course’s
           Justin Lacomb                   greens and restaurant.            start the work.”
               16th SOS                       The driving range and                  Mike Treylinek,
          Bradford Aikens                  pro shop will remain
                                                                                 Gator Lakes course
                                           open during this time
             John Gattone                                                                  manager
                                           period, said Mike Trey-
           Jeremy Sparks                   linek, Gator Lakes course
     16th Operations Support               manager.                          months.
              Squadron                        “When golfers return,             The driving range and
         Jennifer Edwards                  they’ll find 19 brand new         the pro shop will be open
           Jayson Stewart                  greens to play on,” Mr.           daily from 6:30 a.m. to
            Derek Molloy                   Treylinek said. “We’re            6:30 p.m. Special associ-
  16th Equipment Maintenance               doing a complete rede-            ate memberships will be
              Squadron                     sign.”                            available during the hia-
            Jason Sumner                      The redesign of some           tus.
                                           of the greens is due to              “It’s in desperate need
    16th Logistics Readiness                                                 of repair,” said Senior
                                           location, water drainage,
              Squadron                     air movement and sun.             Airman Tom Goodge, Air
         Abbillyn Johnson                  All 19 greens will be ren-        Force Special Operations
     16th Medical Operations               ovated.                           Command.
              Squadron                        “It’s a long time com-            The course is expected
        Michelle Desrochers                ing,” said Mr. Treylinek.         to reopen at the end of
 16th Security Forces Squadron             “We’ve been trying to do          October.
            Ramon Davis                    this for the past six years.         For more information,
 39th Info Operations Squadron             The money is finally              call the pro shop at 881-
           Heather Alden                   there for us to start the         2251.
   720th Special Tactics Group             work needed.”                        (Editor’s note: Staff Sgt.
            Luis Figueroa                     Mr. Treylinek said the         Mareshah Haynes, 16th
    720th Operations Support               golf course expects to lose       Special Operations Wing,                                             Photograph by Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes
              Squadron                     approximately $200,000            public affairs, contributed to   Marine Corps Sgt. Stephen Proctor, a student here, watches his
           Joseph Booker                   in revenue in the next six        this article.)                   putt track toward the cup on the 18th hole Tuesday afternoon.

                                                                    Two Hurlburt Field


                                 Dagger Point: Maj.

                                                                                                                                                                         High Low

       823rd RED                 Steven Edwards                     Airmen participate

       HORSE Squadron            recounts the night                 in the Bataan                                                                                   Today 77      61
       captain wins              he piloted a MH-53                 Memorial Death                                                 0 Drinks under 21                Sat.  79      59
       $12,200 on Wheel          after it was hit by                March at White                                                 0 DUIs                           Sun.  75      45
       of Fortune                an RPG                             Sands Missile                   Hornets stung by               1 Drink an hour
                                                                    Range, N.M.                     Medics 15-14                   3 Drinks a night

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2           COMMANDO          April 7, 2006

I report to my boss, I work for my people 16th SOW Aimpoints                                                                             Fight and win
by Maj. Theresa Humphrey                      award packages, I make sure it is the        do not show up to work every day              Take best care of our wingmen,
355th MOS commander                           best submission possible and we are          trying to impress him.                      families and resources
                                              recognizing the right people.                    The energy I spend doing that             Become the next generation of Air
   DAVIS-MONTHAN AIR FORCE                        When I discipline people, I make         takes away from the energy I could          Force and Air Commando leaders
BASE, Ariz. — I report to my boss,            sure it is fair, equitable and appropri-     be spending helping my people suc-
but I work for my people.                     ate. I set standards and expect my           ceed. If I take care of my people, they
   This phrase is about taking care of        people to follow them. I speak my            will get the job done, and the more         Disclaimer
                                                                                                                                           Published by the Northwest Florida Daily
people and being a selfless leader.           mind even if I don’t tell them what          professionally satisfied they are, the      News, a private firm in no way connected with the
   When I walk through my door                they want to hear.                           better they will perform. The better        U.S. Air Force, under exclusive written contract
every morning, I’m not thinking                   I try to make things fun, even           they perform, the better I am fulfill-      with the 16th Special Operations Wing.
                                                                                                                                           This civilian enterprise Air Force newspaper is
about what I can do to impress my             commander’s calls and staff meet-            ing my responsibilities to my boss.         an authorized publication for members of the U.S.
boss but what I can do to help my             ings. I give people honest feedback              They are taking care of me by           military services (add "overseas" in publications
people.                                       and I take theirs in return. I let them      enabling me to take care of my boss.        outside the United States). Contents of (name of
                                                                                                                                       newspaper) are not necessarily the official views
   Does it mean my boss doesn’t               know what I expect, when they’ve             If my boss notices, that’s great! If not,   of, or endorsed by, the U.S. Government, the
matter? Of course not! I am still             done well, when they haven’t quite           my reward is in knowing my people           Department of Defense, or the Department of the
                                                                                                                                       Air Force. The appearance of advertising in this
responsible to him, I still answer to         hit the mark and what they need to           are taken care of, motivated to show        publication, including inserts or supplements,
him and I still need to keep him              do to improve.                               up to work every day and doing              does not constitute endorsement by the
informed. However, I don’t exert all              I let people do their jobs and trust     their best.                                 Department of Defense, the Department of the Air
                                                                                                                                       Force or Northwest Florida Daily News of the
of my energy on him. I save it for my         them until they give me a reason not             To me, all the recognition in the       products or services advertised.
people. I take care of them, they take        to.                                          world is worthless if I am making my            Everything advertised in this publication shall
care of me and I can take care of my              Most importantly, I genuinely care       people miserable in the process.            be made available for purchase, use or patronage
                                                                                                                                       without regard to race, color, religion, sex, nation-
boss.                                         about their well being and try to con-       Maybe it just boils down to priorities.     al origin, age, marital status, physical handicap,
   So what does it mean when I say            vey that in everything I do. The             I feel an effective leader thinks “peo-     political affiliation or any other nonmerit factor of
                                                                                                                                       the purchaser, user or patron. Editorial content is
“I work for my people?”                       minute this seems phony, I lose credi-       ple first,” not “me first.”                 edited, prepared, and provided by the 16th Special
   It means that whenever I do any-           bility.                                          Good leaders take care of their         Operations Wing Public Affairs office. All photo-
thing, it is to help them out. When I             Now, about my boss. Don’t get me         people because they know their peo-         graphs are Air Force photographs unless other-
                                                                                                                                       wise indicated.
review enlisted performance reports           wrong; my boss is very important             ple will take care of them. When            Submitting articles
and officer performance reports, I            and I don’t mean to belittle him in          their people take care of them, lead-           The deadline for submissions to the COM-
put an equal amount of time and               any way. After all, he signs my report       ers can take care of their bosses.          MANDO is noon Monday for briefs the week of
                                                                                                                                       publication. Articles may be submitted on IBM for-
effort into all of them no matter what        and if he really wanted to he could          Good bosses will see this quality and       mat computer disk or via electronic mail. Non-
the ratee’s rank. When I review               make my life miserable. My point is I        in turn take care of the leader.            electronic submissions must be typed, double-
                                                                                                                                       spaced. All submissions must include the name
                                                         Open Line                                                                     and telephone number of a person to call.
                                                                                                                                       Open Line
                                                                                                                                           The Commander’s Open Line is your direct
 Fogged over housing windows                                        between the double panes of glass.                                 line to the base commander for questions or sug-
    I live in base housing, and I am concerned that my                  Unfortunately, disassembling a sealed double pane              gestions about subjects of concern to the Hurlburt
 windows have a grey, fogged-over appearance. I’ve                  window for cleaning is not feasible. While having to               Field community. To receive a response, leave your
                                                                                                                                       name, unit and telephone number. Open lines of
 tried to work with housing ever since my family moved              look through windows that are not crystal clear can be             general interest will be printed in the COMMAN-
 in. Housing maintenance has been out, and they took                annoying, we simply do not have the money to replace               DO.
 measurements as if to replace the windows. But, the                all the discolored glass in family housing (or on base)                Other questions will be answered by letter or
                                                                                                                                       phone call. Remember, the quickest and most effi-
 windows haven’t been repaired. I’ve been told there is a           and with privatization only about a year away, all of              cient way to resolve a problem is to talk directly to
 larger project to replace the windows but there isn’t              our old houses in Pine Shadows, Live Oak, and                      the agency responsible. This gives them an oppor-
                                                                                                                                       tunity to help you and perhaps improve their
 enough money to do it. There are other houses with the             Soundside are to be demolished and replaced with new               process. However, if you’re not satisfied with the
 same problem.                                                      houses.                                                            answer you receive, feel free to give the command-
    Is there a way to take apart the windows and                        We have not and will not, however, forgo the neces-            er a call at 884-OPEN (6736), or e-mail your con-
                                                                                                                                       cerns to
 remove the fog rather than replace them?                           sary level of housing maintenance, and I will have our             Address information
                                                                    housing office contact you to take a second look at your               U.S. MAIL: COMMANDO
 Response provided by 16th Mission Support Group                    windows.                                                               131 Bartley Street, Suite 326
                                                                                                                                           Hurlburt Field, FL 32544-5271
    The seals on energy saving windows do occasionally                  Subject to the availability of MFH funding, severely               E-MAIL:
 fail and allow some moisture penetration, which typi-              discolored windows will be replaced on a case-by-case                  TELEPHONE: (850) 884-7464
                                                                                                                                           FAX: (850) 884-6093
 cally causes minor fogging and/or discoloration                    basis.                                                                        COMMANDO Editorial Staff:
    All Open Lines, questions or sugges-          To submit an Open Line, call 884-       in the COMMANDO. Others will be                              Col. Norman Brozenick Jr.
 tions about subjects of concern to the       OPEN (6736) or e-mail your concerns         answered by a phone call. Remember, the
                                                                                                                                                           Capt. Virgil Magee
 Hurlburt Field community, are seen by        to with your       quickest, most efficient way to solve a                          Chief, Public Affairs
 the 16th Special Operations Wing com-        name, unit and telephone number. Open       problem is to contact the organization                            Airman 1st Class
 mander.                                      Lines of general interest will be printed   directly.                                                          James Dickens

                                                                                          -Test smoke detectors
 ORI preparation                                                                          -Know fire escape plan
                                                                                          -Keep pathways clear                         DUI Tracker
                                                                                          -Know your assembly location
 General tips to prevent fires                                                            -Ensure fire extinguishers are oper-
                                                                                                                                       April 7 - April 13 : 0 DUI
                                                                                                                                       This year: 10
                                                                                                                                       DUIs for 2005: 31
       Unfamiliar environments,                -Smoke only in designated areas            ational                                      Last DUI: 16th Helicopter Maintenance Squadron
    crowded accommodations, a high             -Use proper receptacles for discard-       -Only use approved undamaged
    operations tempo and carelessness          ing smoking materials                      electrical cords and appliances              Days since last DUI: 15
    can adversely affect fire safety.          -Practice good housekeeping                -Clear self-help projects through                16th OG ... 39               16th MSG ... 55
                                                                                          civil engineering                               16th MXG ... 15              16th MDG ... 456
       The key to fire-safe mission exe-       -Set up fire alert system                                                               Totals are current as of April 13
    cution is fire prevention – make it        -Use carbon monoxide detectors, if            For more information, see page            Don’t Drink and Drive. Call AADD at 884-8844
    part of your daily routine.                available                                  52 of the Airman’s Manual.                   Potential saves this year: 200
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                                                                                News                                          April 7, 2006     COMMANDO                      3

Horseman wins big on “Wheel”                would appear on the show.
by Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes
COMMANDO staff                                 Captain Witucki, a Fort Walton
                                            Beach native, was moving into her
   A 823rd RED HORSE Squadron               new home after being assigned to
Airman had two reasons to celebrate         Hurlburt Field when she got the call
Wednesday at J.R. Rocker’s.                 from Wheel of Fortune producers
   Capt. Charri Witucki pinned on           telling her should was chosen to
her newly earned rank and viewed            appear on their “Salute to the Armed
her appearance on Wheel of Fortune          Forces” Week.
with her squadron and family.                  “My children always told me I was
   She won second place on the show         good and should go on the show,”
with a total of $12,200.                    said Captain Witucki. “When I was
   After auditioning for the show in        younger I had a dream that I was on
November 2004 while stationed at            Wheel of Fortune in my uniform.”
Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., she was           Even while fulfilling a childhood
invited back to the second round of         dream, Captain Witucki didn’t forget
auditions with only 99 other potential      about her family back at Hurlburt
contestants. The contestants had to         Field.                                                                                       Photograph by Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes

take a written test of 20 word puzzles         She dedicated her first spin on the    Capt. Charri Witucki, (second from right) 823rd RED HORSE Squadron, cele-
that had to be completed in five min-       wheel to 823rd RHS, by yelling the        brates getting promoted to captain and winning $12,200 on Wheel of Fortune
                                                                                      with family and friends Wednesday at J.R. Rockers.
utes. Eighty contestants were elimi-        squadron chant “To the horse!” as she
nated in that round. The remaining 20       spun the wheel.                             Contestants have to wait three           Captain Witucki said she plans on
were told they would be notified               “I was very proud to represent the     months after taping to receive the         spending the money doing some fun
within the next 18 months if they           military,” Captain Witucki said.          money they won on the show.                things with her family.

Arbor Day celebrated on base                                                                                          ACC takes CSAR
by Jamie Haig                                                                                                         Courtesy of ACC News Service
Contract writer
                                                                                                                         LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Air
   Arbor Day was celebrated March 30 in the court-                                                                    Combat Command took administrative control
yard of the Riptide Fitness Center with a tree plant-                                                                 of select Air Force combat search and rescue
ing ceremony.                                                                                                         assets from Air Force Special Operations
   “More than 1,000 trees were destroyed on base in                                                                   Command April 3 as part of a realignment
the past few years,” said Phillip Pruitt, 16th Civil                                                                  announced in February.
Engineer Squadron. “The hurricanes devastated                                                                            The transfer ensures the Air Force core com-
our tree population, and we’re trying to revive it.”                                                                  petency of combat search and rescue, or CSAR,
   Col. Paul Harmon, 16th Special Operations Wing                                                                     is directly linked to the combat air forces and
vice commander and Lt. Col. Victor Manges, 16th                                                                       the personnel they support. This consolidates
Mission Support Group deputy commander, shov-                                                                         the management of limited Air Force resources
eled dirt to plant the first of more than 200 trees that                                                              and provides a clearer presentation of force in
will be transplanted around Hurlburt Field.                                                                           theater. Under ACC, CSAR assets can be mobi-
   Mr. Pruitt also said that Hurlburt Field is now                                                                    lized faster during a national crisis, integrated
celebrating its 11th year as Tree City status with the                                                                into combat training and tasked to support all
National Arbor Day Foundation and National                                                                            air and space expeditionary force rotations,
Association of State Foresters. Six of the 11 years,                                                                  ACC officials said.
Hurlburt Field won the Arbor Day Foundation                                                                              Moving the CSAR mission under ACC will
Growth Award.                                                                                                         be completely transparent to the warfighter.
   According to the National Arbor Day                                                                                They will continue, as before, to gain CSAR
Foundation, four standards must be met for a town                                                                     capability from the owning major command.
or community in order to be granted Tree City sta-                                                                    The transfer will affect most active-duty opera-
tus.                                                                                                                  tional HC-130s, HH-60 Pave Hawks and most
   The four standards assert that a tree board or                                                                     combat rescue officers and pararescuemen, as
department must be established to develop a com-                                                                      well as the Air Force Rescue Coordination
prehensive tree management program. Second, a                                                                         Center at Langley Air Force Base, Va.
tree care ordinance is the second step, in which a                                         Photograph by Jamie Haig      Units transferred from AFSOC to ACC will
written tree work plan is established. Third, a com-       Col. Paul Harmon, 16th Special Operations Wing             not relocate.
munity forestry program has to be set up with a            vice commander, (right) and Lt. Col. Victor Manges,           In addition, Air Force Reserve and Air
budget that will care for the tree resources. The final    16th Mission Support Group deputy commander,               National Guard units will remain administra-
                                                           help plant a tree near the Riptide Fitness Center.
step is an Arbor Day observance and proclamation                                                                      tively controlled by Air Force Reserve
must be held in the town or community. A simple            nities over others when allocations of federal or          Command and their respective states, but will
tree planting, as done on Hurlburt Field, or a week-       state grant money are made for trees or forestry           be gained by ACC or Pacific Air Forces when
long observation is obligatory.                            programs. The money is then allocated to purchas-          fully mobilized.
   The benefit for becoming established as a Tree          ing more trees, maintenance and upkeep.                       Active-duty units affected by the transfer are
City is financial according to the foundation.                “We’re hoping to have the 200 trees planted
   The National Arbor Day Foundation Web site              around the base and housing areas within the next                                    See ACC, Page 11
states that preference is given to Tree City commu-        four weeks,” said Mr. Pruitt.
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4           COMMANDO           April 7, 2006

Dagger Point:
Major Edwards shares his experience of getting shot down

                                                                                                      Photographs by 1st Lt. Jeremiah Alder
    I just had the will to survive and            My first thought was when we                  The place we got shot down from                    U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate
    the need to get the aircraft on the           saw the other aircraft land was               the place we landed was only                                         Airman James Evans
    ground.                                       like, yeah, “We’re OK the other               about a mile, so I knew they were             Airman Elliot Littles cleans the
                                                  aircraft’s here.                              very close.                                   underside of an E-2C Hawkeye
                                                                                                                                              assigned in the ship's hangar bay
by 2nd Lt. Amy Gonzales                        Robert Colannino and Randy Kensey,            there, and I couldn’t really see them;           aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft
                                               managed to crash land the aircraft in         but I could see them moving so I                 carrier USS Abraham Lincoln.
Deputy Chief, public affairs

    (Dagger Point is a multi-part series
focusing on Air Commando history.)
                                               the hostile enemy territory.
                                                  The second helicopter of the flight
                                               remained in the area, took enemy fire,
                                                                                             knew they were alive.
                                                                                                 I decided we needed to shut down
                                                                                             the aircraft and get the heck out of
    On April 12, 2004, Maj. Steven
Edwards was the flight lead of a two-
ship formation of MH-53s on a resup-
                                               and eventually picked up the downed
                                                  As a result of their heroic actions,
                                                                                             there because they (the enemy) would
                                                                                             be on top of us in no time. The place
                                                                                             we got shot down from the place we
                                                                                                                                                In Arms
ply mission enroute to Fallujah, Iraq.         seven men on the two aircraft                 landed was only about a mile, so I               Navy
    While on their way, they had to            received medals Dec. 16, 2005.                knew they were very close. My first                 WASHINGTON – The Depart-
stop at a landing zone to deliver                 Major Edwards was cited for valor.         thought was to get them out of the air-          ment of Defense announced April
ammunition. The landing zone was                  Below is an excerpt Major                  craft and get it shut down.                      4 the death of a Sailor who was
occupied by other aircraft, so the crew        Edwards, now the 14th Weapons                     That was a problem because the               supporting Operation Iraqi
flew back around to the south to find          Squadron MH-53 course assistant               throttle had been destroyed so we                Freedom.
an alternate landing zone.                     director of operations, gave the              couldn’t shut it down up front…I got                Corpsman Geovani Padil-
    The copilot had control of the air-        Commando March 30.                            the engineer and copilot out of the              laaleman, 20, of South Gate, Calif.,
craft while then Captain Edwards                                                             front, then got the engineer in the              died April 2 as a result of enemy
helped out the engineer in the middle              COMMANDO: Was there a certain             back to come up front and help me                action in Al Anbar Province, Iraq.
seat. Out of the corner of his eye,            point where your training kicked in?          shut the aircraft down, and it took              He was permanently assigned to
Major Edwards saw a bright flash of                Edwards: I think right from the           over five minutes for that to happen.            Bethesda Naval Hospital, USNS
light and a puff of smoke. Before he           get-go when we first got hit — just           It was a long, long time.                        Comfort (T-AH 20) Detachment
had time to say anything, a rocket-            from noticing the RPG shot. The train-             It seemed like eternity to get it shut      and operationally assigned to
propelled grenade hit the aircraft in          ing we get at the 19th (SOS) lets us see      down. We were able to egress the air-            Third Battalion, Eighth Marine
its nose, knocking the bird up into an         what stuff like that looks like. I knew       craft, and the other MH-53 was able to           Regiment, 2/28 Brigade Combat
80 degree pitch.                               immediately something had been                come around, pick us up and save the             Team.
    The RPG blasted through the                launched at us. My assumption is it           day.                                             Army
windshield,      wounding         Major        was an RPG, but we’ll never know for              COMMANDO: At what point did                     WASHINGTON – U.S. Soldiers
Edwards, the copilot and the flight            sure, because the aircraft was later          you realize you were going to make it            deployed in Afghanistan and Iraq
engineer. The blast severed communi-           destroyed.                                    out of there?                                    are prohibited from wearing non-
cations lines, destroying the instru-              After that, I just had the will to sur-       Edwards: My first thought when               standard-issue body armor, a sen-
ment panel and automatic flight con-           vive and the need to get the aircraft on      we saw the other aircraft land was,              ior Army officer told reporters
trols. The gaping hole rendered the            the ground. I had to just fall back on        “Yeah, we’re OK the other aircraft’s             here today.
aircraft nearly uncontrollable.                my experience in flying and use what          here.”                                              Parents of Soldiers serving in
    The helicopter started to climb and        little I had to get the aircraft to the           COMMANDO: Is there any advice                overseas combat zones "ought to
stall out. After Major Edwards real-           ground.                                       you’d like to share?                             feel comfortable with the fact and
ized that he was still alive, he had to            COMMANDO: When you realized                   Edwards: The biggest thing is                know ... that we have provided
regain the control of the aircraft from        you landed the aircraft, what was             training is important. I know some-              the best body armor that is avail-
the copilot. He was eventually able to         going through your head?                      times it gets mundane, especially with           able anywhere in the world," said
take the control despite the middle of             Edwards: Once I got on the                all the different training we have to go         Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Sorenson,
the dash being gone.                           ground I had to assess the co-pilot           through as aircrew.                              deputy for acquisition and sys-
    Despite his injuries, a severely           and engineer to see if they were alive            But, the more times you to do it the         tems management for the
damaged aircraft, blacked-out condi-           or dead or what their status was. I           easier it will be for you to draw from           Assistant Secretary of the Army
tions and unfamiliar terrain, Major            tried to look under my (night vision)         your memory and use it when you                  Acquisition, Logistics and Tech-
Edwards, with the aid of Master Sgts.          goggles to see if they were alive over        need it.                                         nology.
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One Air Force family’s story on autism
by Master Sgt. Frank Dailey                avoids eye contact, yet he chatters on                                            the prayers of a child untainted by the
AFSOC IG                                   about all types of things. He is an             Information                       cynical world we live in. His prayer as
                                           expert on dinosaurs, trains and most                                              I left for Afghanistan in September
    By now most of you have seen the       recently, science fiction. He does math      USAF Crossroads resources            2001, “Dear God, make the bad men
awesome film footage of Jason              in his head, which drives his teachers              and articles                  change their minds.” Simple, true and
McElwain, the 18-year-old team train-      crazy. Yet, tying his shoes is a huge          to the point.
er, who was given the chance to dress      challenge and any change in his envi-           tion/special_pdd.cfm                  Frank has taught me to slow down
out with the seniors for the basketball    ronment is so difficult that it often                                             and enjoy the simple things. He has
team’s final game.                         results in a tantrum, commonly called       International Center for Autism       given us a view of the world we
    From obscurity, he went on to hit      meltdowns.                                       and Related Disorders            would have otherwise overlooked. In
six three-pointers in the last minutes        Through the years we have had to              time, he will master his emotions and
of the game. The true miracle is that      endure the reality that our son is dif-                                           blend into society as a teacher, scien-
Jason has autism. Since his perform-       ferent. We have had to keep our cool          Florida State C.A.R.D. site         tist or whatever he is inspired to do.
ance in that game he has been on TV        when well-meaning parents come up                 He, just like Jason McElwain, is des-
and met the president. His triumph         during a meltdown and tell us that                                                tined for greatness.
has brought tears to my eyes several       old adage spare the rod…                                                              Today, Air Force families live with
times. He is the face of the autistic         My wife once took off her shoes        reduce the occurrence of the melt       autism day in and day out.
child.                                     and offered them to woman who was         downs and help Frank control his             If you are a parent of an autistic
    My wife and I have learned a lot       very insistent on giving her advice, if   emotions.                               child it is important that you have the
about autism over the past few years,      she could only walk a mile and expe-         To be honest, our growth as a fam-   resources to fight for your child’s
with our son Frank. He, like Jason, is a   rience our life.                          ily with autism has been a blessing.    rights.
high functioning autistic. To look at         Through great medical support          We have learned to look at the world        There are several organizations
him you might think him shy. He            and counseling, we have been able to      through Frank’s eyes. We have heard     dedicated to education and support.

                                                  ARMED FORCES COMM INC
                                                    CS/COMMUNITY MAT
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6         COMMANDO          April 7, 2006                                                                                           

SECAF testifies on future budget concerns   Air Force faces in the upcoming years.    15 years permit an end-strength            and excess capacities in our aircraft
by Master Sgt. Mitch Gettle
Air Force Print News                           One method, Total Force Integra-       reduction of 40,000 full-time equiva-      and missile fleets,” Secretary Wynne
                                            tion, has exposed unnecessary redun-      lents across the Future Years Defense      said.
   WASHINGTON – The Secretary of            dancies that have and will be elimi-      Plan, he said.                                 Currently there are legislative
the Air Force explained the Air Force       nated to capitalize on operational           “Using our manpower smarter is          restrictions that prohibit the retire-
priorities that drive the fiscal year       capabilities of the Guard and Reserve,    the key to retention and the key to        ment of nearly 15 percent of the aging
2007 budget request to members of           he said.                                  force management,” Secretary Wynne         aircraft fleet.
the Senate Appropriations Committee            “In addition to using our people       said. “Air Force Smart Operations 21           Lifting these restrictions on retire-
subcommittee on defense March 29.           more efficiently through Total Force      will also help with the second chal-       ments will ensure the Air Force tech-
   Secretary Michael W. Wynne told          Integration, we’ve instituted Air Force   lenge – operations and maintenance         nological edge for the future and
the committee there are three crucial       Smart Operations 21 – smarter and         increases.”                                eliminate exhaustive resources on air-
areas of concern for the Air Force –        leaner operations,” Secretary Wynne          Soaring fuel costs and the mainte-      craft that have declining military util-
winning the war on terrorism, per-          said.                                     nance cost for the aging aircraft fleet    ity, he said.
sonnel challenges and maintaining,              “No process or organizational         affect the operability due to the              “Our commitment is to increase
modernizing and recapitalizing air-         construct is immune to this Air Force-    declining military utility of these air-   the aggregate military utility across
craft and equipment.                        wide critical review.”                    craft, he said.                            the total spectrum of operations for
   He focused on methods used to               The efficiencies of these methods         “We can harvest savings from cut-       the Joint Force commander,” Secre-
rein in the rising personnel costs the      and the lessons learned over the last     ting requirements for redundancies         tary Wynne said.

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                                                                               15th SOS
                                                                            Casey Coates
                                                                               16th SOS
                                                                         Francine Gumina

                                                                                              PENSACOLA GUARAN -
                                                                            Casey Mabry
                                                                               16th OSS

                                                                          Robert Garrison
    Congratulations to the fol-             Riley Ours                       16th AMXS

lowing technical sergeants who            Garry Warren                    Gilbert Gurule
graduated March 30 from Class               Albert Zahn                 James Haywood

   06-3 of the Tyndall NCO                16th Logistics             Christopher Mansfield
           Academy:                    Readiness Squadron              Gerald Maquindang
  Academic Achievement
                                          Alan L’Orange
                                         Anthony Mitchell
                                                                        Christine Massey
                                                                             Kendra Nay             2 X 3.00
     Robert Harrison Jr.,            16th Services Squadron              Joshual Paakuala
      25th Information                      Alan Ratley                   Stephen Packer
    Operations Squadron                    16th Medical                    Joshua Staggs
 Distinguished Graduates:               Support Squadron             Christopher Watchhorn
     Robert Harrison Jr.,                Bryant Williams                 16th Component
            25th IOS                18th Flight Test Squadron        Maintenance Squadron
       Christian Price,                    Gary Mishey                     Justin Barquet
         16th Aircraft                     Daniel Rimes                     Justin Fraizer
   Maintenance Squadron                      25th IOS                       Dathan Jarvis
    Christopher Wright,                   Jason Hopper                      Keith Luther
        16th Security                     505th Exercise                      16th EMS
      Forces Squadron                   Control Squadron                Daniel Humphrey
           Graduates:                   Terry Fedrowitz Jr.               Alonzo Jacque
      Air Force Special                     720th OSS                     Gaelen Nelson
   Operations Command                      Robert Kalch                     Samuel Sells
        Tina Gladue                         John Nolan                      Adam Simon
        Cynthia Iniguez                                                      16th HMXS
        Patricia Jackson              Fifty-eight senior airmen of     Omolade Akinremi
         Charlie Lott              Class 06-C graduated from the           Caleb Dennis
      AFSOC Regional               Hurlburt Field Airman Lead-          Dustin Grabowski
     Supply Squadron               ership School March 28:                 Craig Miller
       Brian Gilliland                John L. Levitow Award              James Osman
         Harold Scott                       Mark Teusch,                    16th Medical
          6th Special                          16th EMS              Operations Squadron
   Operations Squadron                   Leadership Award                    Leah Breakey
      Stephen Stockton                     Maribel Lyons,                     16th Civil
            8th SOS                          10th Combat               Engineer Squadron

                                                                                              SCHOOL MACHINE DIS -
        Scott Mesaros                    Weather Squadron                 Rolando Clarke
           15th SOS                   Distinguished Graduates:          Francisco Mendez

          Dino Julian                    Matthew Northrup,                Janel Mitchell
      Richard Messick                     16th Maintenance               Aaron Mosier

           20th SOS                     Operations Squadron          Joshua Rudderforth
   Christopher Goodwin                   Samantha Vazquez,            Sherrika Thompkins

        Linwood Stull                         16th HMXS                         16th CS
      16th Operations                     Jason Strickland,                 Carrie Edgett

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     Support Squadron                         16th AMXS                     Patrick Eukel
      Jonathan Sollisch                      Scott Reigle,                     16th LRS
         16th AMXS                            16th HMXS                      Avery Hardge
         Rossie Bunn                       Maribel Lyons,                    Ellery Johnson
       Thomas Carter                           10th CWS                         Jed Lirio
         Kelvin Hall                  Academic Achievement                    Brandon Paul
      16th Equipment                             Award                   Hashim Sahadat
  Maintenance Squadron                   Matthew Northrup,                 16th Security
        Stevie Haskell                         16th MOS                  Forces Squadron
     Fernando Martinez                       Team Award                  Robert Robinson
        Michael White                       Spooky flight               Kevin Thompson
       16th Helicopter                         Graduates:              823rd RED HORSE
  Maintenance Squadron                    Air Force Special                   Thai Kong
         Edward Paff                     Operations Forces              David Laskowski
   16th Communications                     Martinni Taylor              25th Information
           Squadron                          AFSOC RSS               Operations Squadron
      Evelyn Ansotigue                       Gerald Lane                      Patrice Bell
           16th Civil                           8th SOS                      23rd Special
    Engineer Squadron                       Patrick Garvin              Tactics Squadron
        Carey Jordan                                                       Michael Blout
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                                                                                                                                               Courtesy photographs
Second Lt. Jeremy Coffman and Staff Sgt. James Tetrault, 16th Communications Squadron, before starting the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico.

Bataan Death March
Hurlburt Airmen pay tribute to fallen service members in
26.2 mile ruck sack march at White Sands Missile Range
                                           by Airman 1st Class                      Two Air Commandos marched             you start to hurt, but they had a lot
                                           James Dickens                         alongside more than 4,000 partici-       of veterans there to shake your
                                           Editor                                pants March 26.                          hand. That was a real boast. I’m
                                                                                    Second Lt. Jeremy Coffman and         lucky that I had Sergeant Tetrault
                                            Thousands of American and            Staff Sgt. James Tetrault, both from     there, because we really had to rely
                                        Filipino Soldiers were forced by the     the 16th Communications Squadron,        on each other. This event was unlike
                                        Japanese to march for days in the        participated in the 26-mile march        anything I’ve done before.”
                                        scorching heat with little sleep and     with 35-pound ruck sacks.                   “The veterans were telling us to
                                        little food and water, in April 1942,       “I feel privileged to get a chance    keep going” said Sergeant Tetrault.
                                        in a World War II event now known        to honor the men of Bataan,” said        “And you have no option, they went
                                        as the Bataan Death March.               Lieutenant Coffman.                      through a lot worse conditions – it
                                            When Soldiers fell behind they          “We got the chance to meet some       was very motivating.”
                                        were killed, if they asked for water     of the veterans from Bataan and             Lieutenant Coffman said he
                                        they were killed and those who did       hear their stories before the march,”    planned to do the event again next
                                        survive were forced to into prison       said Sergeant Tetrault.                  year and recommended it to anyone
                                        camps.                                      Lieutenant Coffman and Sergeant       interested.
                                            These World War II heroes are        Tetrault trained for this event by          “We really emptied the tank on
                                        honored by marchers from across          marching on the beach with a ruck        this march, are were sore for days
                                        the United States and other coun-        sack, weight training and running,       after,” said Lieutenant Coffman.
                                        tries in the Bataan Memorial Death       in the morning before work.              “Doing something like this is a hard
                                        March that takes place annually on          Even though they trained hard,        feeling to duplicate.”
                                        White Sands Missile Range, N.M.          the course still proved difficult.          For more information on the
                                            The 26.2-mile march takes partici-       “The first 10 miles you feel good.   Bataan Memorial Death March, visit
Participants march the trail during the pants to elevations of 4,100 – 5,300     Then the elevation changes,” said or call
Bataan Memorial Death March, March. 26. feet.                                    Lieutenant Coffman. “At mile 15          Lieutenant Coffman at 884-2980.
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ACC, Continued from Page 3
the 347th Rescue Wing at            Affected Air National
Moody AFB, Ga., and all sub-     Guard units are the 106th
ordinate units; the 563rd        Rescue Wing at Gabreski
Rescue Group at Davis-           Field, N.Y., and the 129th                                                              Speed
Monthan AFB, Ariz., and all
subordinate units; the HH-
                                 RQW at Moffett Field, Calif.
                                    CSAR assets and person-
                                                                                                                         720th Advanced
60G Combined Test Force at       nel assigned to PACAF and                                                               Skills Training
Nellis AFB, Nev.; and the Air    U.S. Air Forces Europe will                                                             Airmen train
Force Rescue Coordination        not be affected by the transfer.                                                        Thursday on
Center at Langley AFB, Va.       Further actions associated                                                              rapid onloading
Air Force Reserve Command        with the transfer, including a                                                          and offloading
units affected are the 920th     routine site visit and funding                                                          dirt bikes, four-
Rescue Wing at Patrick AFB,      actions, will occur over the                                                            wheelers and a
Fla., and the 943rd Rescue       next few months.                                                                        Humvee onto a
Group at Davis-Monthan,             ACC, with assistance from                                                            C-130 with
Ariz., and its subordinate       AFSOC, will complete the                                                                Airmen from the
                                                                                                                         Illinois Air
squadron, the 304th Rescue       programmatic actions associ-                                                            National Guard
Squadron       at    Portland    ated with the transfer by                                                               on the flightline.
International Airport, Ore.      October.                                     Photograph by Staff Sgt. Mareshah Haynes

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April is Child Abuse                                                 DOROTHY'S      DOLLAR SMART
                                                                     HAIR CARE    CS/GRAND OPENING
Prevention Month                                                      CS/HAIR          586846
by Callie Gray-Bobbitt
16th MDG                             Family Fest
   April is Child Abuse
                                    The Hurlburt Field Family
Prevention month and its
                                    Fest and annual egg hunt
goal is to bring awareness to
                                    will begin at 10 a.m. April
the high amount of child
                                    15 in the community park.
abuse in our society and the
                                    Free rides, crafts, games,
urgent need to prevent the
                                    entertainment and give-
abuse of children.
                                    aways are planned. For
   Children deserve to be
                                    more information, call
raised in an environment
that’s safe and secure emo-
tionally, physically and men-
tally.                             (i.e. teachers, law enforce-
   Abuse of children tran-         ment, or day care providers).
scends class, ethnicity, race,     All Department of Defense
educational level and reli-        employees are required to
gious preferences. Children        report suspected child abuse.
who are abused carry emo-              The primary goal is to
tional, mental and in some         keep children in their home
cases, physical consequences       with their parents by provid-
of their abuse into adulthood      ing services to the family and
and throughout the rest of         children. However, when a
their lives.                       child has to be removed from
   Child abuse can cause a         the home due to safety con-
cycle of abuse in families         cerns, there are several costs
where the children learn to be     involved.
perpetrators of abuse as well          One of the costs is placing
as creating lifelong victims of    a child with a family member

abuse.                             or into foster care. In-home
   According to the National       services, medical care and

Center on Child Abuse, pre-        counseling are also provided
vention research reports that      as needed. Additional costs

in a study conducted in 2000       include court costs, law
found that nearly 1,356 chil-      enforcement costs and costs
dren died as a result of child
abuse and neglect, which
                                   of mental health services as a
                                   result of the emotional harm                  3 X 10.00
means that nearly four chil-       children endure when abu-
dren die every day from            sed.
abuse and neglect.                     Approximately 50 percent
   The U.S. Department of          of children removed from
Health and Human Services          due to safety concerns are
directs the National Child         reunited with their parents.
Abuse and Neglect Data Sys-            Hurlburt’s Family Ad-
tem that collects data from        vocacy Program offers par-
across the country regarding       enting classes, stress manage-
child abuse and neglect. Their     ment classes, and anger man-
most recent report from 2003       agement classes. A new par-
showed that 906,000 children       ent support program is also
were victims of abuse and          offered through Family Ad-
neglect in 2003.                   vocacy that provides classes
   Approximately 1,500 chil-       and home visits to couples
dren died as a result of abuse     prior to the birth of a baby or
and neglect. Children three        to new parents. For any fur-
and under had the highest          ther questions about services
rate of victimization and girls    or classes offered or to regis-
were more likely to be victims     ter for any classes or pro-
of abuse than boys. There          grams call 881-5061.
were 138,499 victims of child          Reporters of child abuse
abuse and neglect in the state     and neglect are kept confi-
of Florida in 2003.                dential. Reports of suspected
   The study also showed           child abuse or neglect can be
that one-half of reports made      made through the Florida
alleging abuse or neglect          Abuse Hotline at (800) 96-
were made by professionals         ABUSE or (800) 962-2873.
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                                                                                                                                      Prices are $3.50 for adults and $1.75
                                                                                                                                           for children age 6 and older.
                                                                                                                                     Movies start at 7 p.m. unless otherwise
Incorrect deductions                                                                                                                                 indicated.
   Approximately 207 Hurlburt Field
                                                                                                                                     Base theater – 884-7648
Airmen, mostly officers, had $100
erroneously deducted from their end-
                                                                                                         Practice                       Friday – Firewall (PG-13) Jack is a
of-month March pay for Montgomery                                                                        Senior Airman               bank security expert, whose specialty is
                                                                                                         Christopher Laynes, 16th    designing infallible theft-proof financial
GI Bill contributions.                                                                                   Aircraft Maintenance        computer systems. When a criminal
   The Air Force Personnel Center and                                                                    Squadron, watches new       mastermind kidnaps his family, Jack is
the Defense Finance and Accounting                                                                       members of the Hurlburt     forced to find a flaw in his system and
Services are currently working the                                                                       Field Honor Guard           steal $100 million. With the lives of his
issue and expect to resolve it by end-                                                                   practice Tuesday in the     wife and children at stake, he has only
of-month April.                                                                                          parking lot near J.R.       hours to find a loophole in the thief's
                                                                                                         Rockers. Hours of           own impenetrable system.
Military Appreciation                                                                                    practice are required to
                                                                                                         perform the color detail
                                                                                                                                        Saturday – Curious George (G) The
   The VFW Post 11367, Spectre Post,                                                                                                 adventures of Curious George, the
located at 3050 Hwy. 98 West, will host                                                                  in ceremonies.              inquisitive little guy with an insatiable
                                                                 Photograph by Master Sgt. Stuart Camp
                                                                                                                                     taste for adventure. George's spunky
Military Appreciation Day from noon
                                                                                                                                     and fun-loving nature lands him in a
– 4 p.m. May 20th. Enjoy an open                                                                                                     series of (mis-) adventures.
house, food and family fun. For more      Munch & Mend                                   high school students. The cost is $13          Sunday – Pink Panther (PG) A
information, call Karen at 883-7341.         The base chapel will hold Munch &           for members and $15 for non-mem-            world-famous soccer coach has been
                                          Mend at 5 p.m. Monday. Airmen can              bers. No childcare will be provided.        murdered and his priceless ring set
Retirement ceremony                       enjoy a free home-cooked meal while            Reservations must be made by April          with the stunning diamond known as
   A retirement ceremony will be held     having minor repairs done, or stripes,         14. For more information, call Karin        the "Pink Panther" has been stolen. The
1:30 p.m. April 14 in the 19th Special    patches or name tapes sewn on one              Heaton at 515-0371.                         French government needs a master
Operations Squadron to honor Master       clean uniform. For more information,                                                       detective to solve the crime and recov-
Sgt. Marshall Mosley Jr. The uniform      call Bill White at 884-7371 or Jimmie          Bundles for Babies                          er the gem – but he's not available, so
                                                                                                                                     they recruit none other than Inspector
of the day is battle dress uniform.       Thomas at 315-4746.                               The Bundles for Babies class will
                                                                                                                                     Jacques Clouseau.(Editors note: Movies
                                                                                         meet 9-11:30 a.m. Wednesday in the          are subject to change. Telephone number is
EEO appointment                           Hazardous waste                                family support center. Guests will          provided for patrons to confirm dates.)
   Arnetha Welcome is the installation       Household hazardous waste collec-           learn about the developmental stages
commander's chief advisor on equal        tion day is 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. April 21.          of an infant, communication and
employment opportunity matters and        Bring items to the Hurlburt Field haz-         bonding skills, budgeting information
serves as the base alternative dispute    ardous waste collection facility, build-       and more. Each family receives a bun-       Catholic Mass
resolution champion and overall base      ing 90523, located on RED HORSE                dle for baby with 11 items in a tote        Saturday, 5:30 p.m.
special emphasis program manager.         road behind the Aderholt Fitness               bag.                                        Sunday, 7:15 and 10 a.m.
For more information about the EEO        Center. For more information, call 884-                                                    Confessions: Saturday, 4:30 - 5 p.m., or
program, contact Ms. Welcome at 884-      4651.                                          Holy Week schedule:                         by request
                                                                                                                                     Youth: 5 p.m. Sunday
6691.                                                                                    April 13
                                          Parent-teen camp                               Catholic – Holy Thursday mass, 7 p.m.       Religious Education: September – May
                                                                                                                                     Protestant Services
                                             The U.S. Air Force Academy will             followed by Adoration until midnight        Sunday, 8:30 a.m. (Traditional worship)
                                          host the second annual parent/teen             Protestant – Maundy Thursday serv-          11:30 a.m. (Contemporary worship)
                                          outdoor adventure camp June 25 - July          ice, 5-6 p.m.                                                         Religious
Sexual assault                            2 in Colorado Springs. Colo. Interest-         April 14                                                              Education:
   Sexual assault awareness day will      ed applicants must complete an appli-          Catholic – Good Friday – Stations of                                  August – May
be 2 p.m. Monday on the boardwalk         cation form and each parent and teen           the Cross, Noon                                                       Youth and
on Okaloosa Island. Hurlburt Field        must write a one-page essay on a               Good Friday service, 7 p.m.                                           Singles groups
sexual assault prevention office and      selected topic.                                Protestant – Good Friday service, 3                                   available
other local organizations will have          Deadline for submissions is April           p.m.                                                                  Jewish Services
information on prevention and com-        17. For more information, call Steve           April 15
                                                                                                                                     Sabbath services: Friday, 7:30 p.m., Eglin
munity resources. For more informa-       Jerome at 884-3734.                            Catholic – Easter vigil mass, 7:30 p.m.     Chapel Center
tion, call 884-7272.                                                                     April 16 – Easter Sunday                    Muslim Services (882-2111), Eglin
                                          Free child care                                Catholic – Easter masses, 7:15 a.m. &       Chapel Center
New Commandos                                The next "Give Parents a Break" will        10 a.m.                                     Jumuah: Friday, 12:45 p.m.
   Commando Connection, a manda-          be held 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. tomorrow in            Protestant – Sunrise service, 6 a.m.        For more information, call 884-7795.
tory briefing for newcomers, will be      the family support center. Free child          Soundside by the water
held at 8 a.m. Thursday in the base       care is provided for eligible families         Traditional/Liturgical, 8:30 a.m.           Airmen Against
theater. The brief covers base-required   with children 6 months to 12 years old.        Contemporary, 11:30 a.m.                    Drunk Driving
material. Local law enforcement offi-     The program is for qualified spouses                                                       For a free, confidential ride home,
cials also cover regulations concerning   of deployed or remote active-duty              Travel expo                                 call AADD at 884-8844. Don’t drink
this area.                                members or for emergency situations               Information, Tickets & Travel will       and drive.
                                          and is sponsored by the Air Force Aid          host a travel expedition 10 a.m. – 1
Basewide e-mails                          Society. For more information, call            p.m. April 26 in The Soundside.             24-hour Fraud, Waste
   All basewide e-mails should now        884-5441.                                      Vendors will offer a variety of infor-
be sent to the 16th Special Operations                                                   mation and more than $8,000 in door
                                                                                                                                     and Abuse hotline:
Wing Public Affairs Office instead of     Spouses' club                                  prizes will be given away.                  Hurlburt Field – 884-6322
                                                                                                                                     Air Force – (800) 538-8429
the 16th Communications Squadron.            The Hurlburt Spouses' Club will                Admission is free and open to gov-       Department of Defense – (800) 424-9098
The new e-mail address is: 16SOW.PA.      hold their annual Hurlburt Field               ernment card holders and their guests.          For    Spouses Club Scholarship Dinner 6:30           A pasta lunch will be served for the
more information, call the public         p.m. April 20 in The Soundside. Seven          cost of $5. For more information, call
affairs office at 884-7464.               scholarships will be presented to local        884-6795.
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Autism awareness                                         today in the family support center. This workshop           Air Commando Salute
   The Walk for Autism Awareness will be from 9-         will provide the information and tools to help peo-
11 a.m. tomorrow at the Henderson Beach State            ple understand the investment world. For more
Park in Destin. For more information, call David         information, call 884-6355.
Triana at 515-0203 or Tech. Sgt. Kent Castro at 543-
6635.                                                    Cookie challenge
                                                            Enter a previously unpublished recipe in the
Base tax center                                          annual Air Force Cookie Challenge. Categories
   The base tax center is open in building 90332 and     include holiday or special occasions, no-bake cook-
is available to assist people with free tax prepara-     ies, healthy cookies and cookie maker specials.
tions until April 15. The tax center hours are 8 a.m.    Registration forms and guidelines are on line at
– 4 p.m., Monday, Tuesday and Friday; 8 a.m. – 8 Deadline for
p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.        entries is April 28. The Cookie Challenge "Taste Off"
For an appointment, call 884-7542.                       will be 10 a.m. May 12 in the community center. For
                                                         more information, call (888) 801-7210, ext.
Federal job search                                       8508844597.
   Learn about the different procedures for
researching and applying for Federal Civil Service       Your own boss
positions with all branches and agencies, 9-11 a.m.        Learn the inside track on what it will take to
                                                                                                                                            Photograph by Jamie Haig
April 21 in the family support center. For more          make a business a success 9 a.m. April 26 in the
information, call 884-5441.                              family support center. For more information, call
                                                                                                                  Tech. Sgt. Jacob Ivie
Family Fest                                                                                                      Organization: 25th      remain qualified and
   The Hurlburt Field Family fest and annual egg                                                                 Information Opera-      worldwide deploy-
hunt will be held at 10 a.m. April 15 in the commu-                                                              tions Squadron          able. Spearheaded ef-
nity park Free rides, crafts, games, entertainment                                                               Duty Title: NCO in      fort to schedule 2,326
and giveaways are part of the family-oriented fun.       Education information                                   charge, scheduling      flying, ground and
For more information, call 884-6355.                        Visit the Air Force Virtual Education Center at      Hometown:Ponco          ancillary require-
                                                and the Virtual Military   City, Okla.             ments while remain-
Avoid unhappy marriage                                   Personnel Flight at for infor-    Hobbies: Family,        ing as subject matter
   Two-session class explores ways to follow your        mation on educational opportunities.                    fishing, shooting       expert on three dif-
heart without losing your mind. Classes are at 4-                                                                Mission                 ferent languages.
5:30 p.m. Wednesday and April 19 in the family           UWF office hours                                        Contributions:             (For information on
support center. Participants are taught to learn            The University of West Florida will have regular     Sergeant Ivie is        submitting an Airman
more about themselves and someone they're inter-         office hours at the Hurlburt Field Education            responsible for 10      for the Air Commando
ested in. For more information, call 884-5441.           Services Center. The office will be open 8:30 a.m. –    scheduling process,     Salute, call the 16th
                                                         4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Walk-ins are           supervises two NCOs     Special      Operations
Basic investing                                          welcome, or make an appointment to see Allan            and ensure 27 direct    Wing Public Affairs
  A basic investing class will be held 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.   Gold, call 884-2723.                                    support officers        Office at 884-7464.)

         MILITARY MEDIA                                                         RHINO LININGS OF OKALOOSA
        CS/STATIONED LOC                                                                CS/ADVANCE
             601242                                                                       601648
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                                                                                                                                                      In the
                                                                                                                                                    Adventure Race
                                                                                                                                                         A joint Hurlburt Field/Eglin
                                                                                                                                                    Adventure Race will be held 8:30
                                                                                                                                                    a.m. April 29. Participants will kayak
                                                                                                                                                    for five miles, hike with orienteering
                                                                                                                                                    for six miles and bike ride over ter-
                                                                                                                                                    rain for seven miles. The race begins
                                                                                                                                                    at East River off Highway 98 toward
                                                                                                                                                    Navarre. Categories for doubles
                                                                                                                                                    include male, female, coed, and
                                                                                                                                                    teen/adult. Male and female single
                                                                                                                                                    categories are also offered. Limited
                                                                                                                                                    slots are available on a first-come,
                                                                                                                                                    first-serve basis. Pick up entry forms
                                                                                                                                                    with detailed information including
                                                                                                                                                    the race map at any Hurlburt or
                                                                                                                                                    Eglin fitness center or download
                                                                                                                                                    them at
                                                                                                                                                    wide/services/. Early registration
                                                                                                                                                    takes place now through April 15 at
                                                                                                                                                    $60 for doubles and $30 for singles.
                                                                                                                                                    Late registration runs April 16-27 at
                                                                                                                                                    $70 for doubles and $40 for singles.
                                                                                                                                                    Participants are responsible for pro-
                                                                                                                                                    viding a mountain bike with bike
                                                                                                                                                    helmet. Kayaks and life jackets will
                                                                                                                                                    be provided by the 16th and 96th
                                                                                                                                                    Services’ squadrons. Call Aderholt
                                                                                                                                                    Fitness Center at 884-6884/6876 for
                                                                                                                                                    more details.
                                                                                                        Photograph by Master Sgt. Stuart Camp       Aerobics classes
 Gettin’ tips                                                                                                                                           Fitness centers on base offer a
                                                                                                                                                    variety of aerobics classes -- body
 The Indians’ Shane Waters gets instructions from coach Scott Eads, 823rd RED HORSE Squadron, at first base during a game                           shaping, boot camp, cardio sculpt,
                                                                                                                                                    cycling, fusion, step, super class,
 against the Royals Tuesday afternoon. The youth baseball league had its opening ceremonies prior to the games Tuesday.                             yoga and Pilates. Weekdays, there
                                                                                                                                                    are classes that begin as early as 6:30
                                                                                                                                                    a.m. and as late at 6:15 p.m. For

Hornets stung by Medics 15-14
                                                                                                                                                    more information, call the fitness
                                                                                                                                                    centers or visit the website:
by Master Sgt.                        24 hits in the game, besting                                                                                  10K race
Stuart Camp                           16th MDG’s 21 hits.                                                                                                The Trailblazer 2006 10-kilome-
                                                                                                                                                    ter trail run and picnic will be con-
Superintendent,                           “Base hits, that’s what won                                                                               ducted by the Northwest Florida
public affairs                        the game,” said 16th MDG                                                                                      Track Club April 23 at Timberlake
                                                                                                                                                    Pond. The 6.2-mile course is run on
                                      player/coach Chris Estro.                                                                                     the Eglin range, just off Highway 189
   Chad Barth’s bases-loaded              The last-inning rally in-                                                                                 (Lewis Turner Boulevard). The race
line drive drove in the win-          cluded a sacrifice fly to deep                                                                                begins at 1 p.m., and the picnic will
                                                                                                                                                    begin as soon as the race is complete.
ning run for the 16th Medical         right center field by Roy                                                                                     There is a team competition -- three
Squadron in intramural soft-          Martinez, scoring Mann from                                                                                   runners, with at least one being a
ball action Tuesday night.            third base.                                                                                                   female -- as well as individual cate-
                                                                                                                                                    gories. Entry fee is free for NWFTC
   The medics won 15-14                   Mann’s solo homer in the                                                                                  members or $5 for non-members.
behind three runs in the bot-         fifth inning was his first of the                                                                             Registration is day-of only. For more
                                                                                                                                                    information, call Robert Brownfield
tom of the seventh inning to          young season.                                                                                                 at 598-3207.
come back from a six-run                  “He got a real good hit on                                                                                Fiesta Run discount
deficit after giving up nine          that one,” said Xavier Sal-                                                                                        All active duty members inter-
runs to the 20th Special              gado, 20th SOS pitcher.                                                                                       esting in running the 32nd annual
                                                                                                                                                    Fiest Run in Pensacola may register
Operations Squadron in the                The regular season for                                                                                    for a discounted price of $15 if the
fourth inning.                        intramural softball began                                                                                     entry is posted by the April 27 dead-
   The win took the 16th              March 27.                                                                                                     line. Entry forms are available at the
                                                                                                                                                    Pensacola Runners Association web-
Medical Group off the snide               There are two leagues this                                                                                site:
in their third game of the sea-       year – American, which plays                                                                                  Online registration is also available.
                                                                                                                                                    This year the 10K distance has been
son.                                  its games Mondays and                                                                                         designated as the Road Runner's
   “The top of the order just         Wednesdays, and National,                                                                                     Club of America's Florida 10K cham-
came through in the clutch,”          which plays Tuesdays and                                                                                      pionship.
                                                                                                                                                         The race begins at 8 a.m. May 6.
said medic pitcher Ron                Thursdays. Games are play-                                                                                    Buses will take runners from the
Mann.                                 ed on Fields 1 and 2 behind                                                                                   Seville Square to the start from 6:00
   The 20th SOS pounded out           the Aderholt Fitness Center.                                                                                  to 7:15 a.m. Buses will also bring 5K
                                                                                                                                                    finishers back to the park. For more
                                                                                                                                                    information, contact Ray Yarbrough

                   Box score                                                                                                                        at 850-476-8765 or by email at ckray-
                                                                                                                                                    Intramural letters
              Runs by inning                            Runs     Hits                                                                                   Squadron's letters of intent to
                                                                                                                                                    play co-ed volleyball are due to the
 16 MDG       2   0    5   2      3      0   3           15       21                                       Photograph by Master Sgt. Stuart Camp    Aderholt Fitness Center by 2 p.m.
                                                                          Ron Mann, 16th Medical Group pitcher, delivers to the plate               April 11. For more information, call
 20 SOS       4   0    0   9      0      1   0           14       24      against the 20th Special Operations Squadron Tuesday.                     884-6884.

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