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Vol. 35, No. 10 Friday, March 7, 2008
New tanker to bring increased capabilities to warfighter
WASHINGTON — Air Force officials
here announced Feb. 29 the selection of the
Northrop Grumman Company to replace
the aging KC-135 Stratotanker fleet. After
months of reviewing and evaluating proposals
from vendors, the source selection team chose
Northrop Grumman to produce up to 179 of
the new air refuelers.
The new tanker, called the KC-45A, is ex-
pected to enter the test phases in 2010 with
the first mission-capable aircraft ready by
2013. The new tanker will bring increased air-
lift, force protection and most importantly, air
refueling capabilities to the warfighter, said
Lt. Gen. Donald J. Hoffman, military deputy
in the office of the assistant secretary of the
Air Force for acquisition at the Pentagon.
Throughout the selection process, Air Force
officials evaluated proposals based on the ven-
dors’ ability to meet nine key performance pa-
rameters and five evaluation factors.
“The performance parameters are the spe-
cific requirements we have for the aircraft, Courtesy Northrop Grumman
and the evaluation factors are how we grade
the vendors on their ability to meet those re- An artist rendering of the future shows a KC-45A refueling a B-2 Spirit Stealth Bomber. The
quirements. The KC-45A must meet all of the Northrop Grumman-made KC-45A will replace aging KC-135 aircraft throughout use in the Air
key performance parameters,” General Hoff- Force.
man said. same sortie. Another advantage of the KC-45A is the
The capabilities of the new tanker add in- “The new tanker will also be able to refuel ability to receive fuel, a capability only a hand-
creased operational flexibility for the air mo- two probe-equipped aircraft at the same time, ful of the current tankers possess, the general
bility world. The ability to provide aerial re- a capability that’s available with only 20 of said. Being able to receive fuel means it can
fueling for both boom-and-receptacle and the KC-135 fleet,” General Hoffman said. “The accept reserve fuel from another tanker allow-
probe-and-drogue aircraft in the same sortie is KC-45A will have the capability to carry an air ing it to remain in the air longer.
one example. refueling pod on each wing. When wing pods The new tanker also will have increased
Currently, for most KC-135s to conduct are installed, the aircraft can provide fuel to cargo space for passengers, pallets and medical
probe-and-drogue refueling operations, a two Navy or allied fighters at the same time, evacuation, as well as increased force protec-
boom-drogue adapter must be attached to the cutting almost in half the amount of time it tion measures against surface-to-air missiles,
boom before takeoff, preventing them from takes a four-ship formation to cycle across the
refueling receptacle-equipped aircraft in the tanker.” See KC-45, Page 15
AF women’s history New dorms on schedule 50 years of flying Over 30 winners
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Today’s Air Force is an expeditionary force; Are you ready?
by Master Sgt. Steve Barsalou non-combat related injury while down range
6th Security Forces Squadron and he had to return stateside. The Airman
that replaced him had a few days notice and
Seriously, are you ready? The Air Force of off he went. But you know what? HE WAS
today is significantly different than the Air READY! He stepped up to the plate, packed
Force I joined 18 years ago. I can’t imagine his bags, out processed and filled the void.
how different it is for our Senior Leaders. He met his responsibilities to himself, our
Part of that difference is that we are a more unit, the wing, the Air Force and most impor-
expeditionary force, a more fit force and a tantly the mission. He was ready to execute
more intelligent force. Today I will focus on and defend freedom; he wanted to be a part
the expeditionary aspect. of the GWOT.
So back to my question. Are you ready to Could you have done the same thing? Do
deploy tomorrow? The answer should be a you have the mechanisms at home to be able
resounding YES! This is not a new develop- to leave in a moments notice? Is your spouse
ment. We didn’t just start deploying. The prepared to be the single parent for months
Air Force has been in the rotation for the 18 on end? Are you fully trained in your job?
years I’ve been in and its not ending anytime Are your records squared away? Are you fit
soon. Little did we know in August of 1990 to fight? Can you put on your battle rattle
with the start of Operation Desert Shield and not lose your breath in the process? Most
that we were starting to form the expedition- importantly, can you step into a deployed
ary Air Force we have become. The transi- environment and be an immediate asset for
tion has been major as we have absorbed your deployed commander. For the most part
serious combat rolls in addition to the flying, the only person that can answer these ques-
fighting and winning we are so well suited to tions is you. Master Sgt. Steve Barsalou
do. The expanded roll we play is just further Not being prepared is not an out. You
proof that we need to be ready. If you are don’t get a free pass because you have not people. The line of defense against those
just getting the memo you better get on the prepared your family or you haven’t main- people is US. The American public relies on
bus quickly. tained your fitness. The one’s that will suf- the Armed Forces to keep it free. When you
Being ready to deploy isn’t just having fer will be the people you leave behind and signed the dotted line, raised your right hand
a packed bag. It isn’t always going to be a the squadron that is so desperately awaiting and repeated “I will support and defend the
six month, or longer, notification and it isn’t your arrival. Are you ready? If you are not, constitution of the United States against all
always going to line up with your AEF des- you need to get there quickly, as I said ear- enemies foreign and domestic” you verbalized
ignation. As I am sure many of you have lier, this is not new. your commitment to deploying when your
experienced, things happen that can vault Our children will only know a world window opens. When that window opens will
you to the forefront in a moments notice. My with people that want to do bad things to you be able to step through?
squadron recently had an Airman hurt in a America, America’s interests and American I ask you, Are You Ready?
Q: I have been calling the nience. Lodging had experienced
base lodging to make a reser- a glitch in the communication
vation and am unable to get an system. We are correcting the
answer. I would like someone to problem. For future reference, if
call me back so I may schedule a you experience a problem with
reservation. lodging, please call the 6th Ser-
A: Thank you for your call and vices Command section at (813)
we apologize for any inconve- 828-3802.
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To the point Goal Day Tracker
The MacDill Retiree Activities Office is in need
of volunteers. The office assists retired military,
their family, and survivors in identifying, apply-
ing for, and receiving entitlements resulting from
the sponsor’s military service. The RAO also assists
individuals in the resolution of difficulties arising
from receipt or non-receipt of entitlements. Exten-
sive training is available covering the subject mat-
ter necessary to provide counseling in these areas.
Training for new dads
Family Advocacy Staff teaches a class for new
dads — DAD 101, which is eight hours of hands-
on basic training on how to care for your new baby.
This is a program that can improve a father’s par-
enting skills. Call 813-827-9172 to register for the
March 20 class, which runs from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m..
DAD’S 101 BASIC Class is offered the third Thurs-
day of every month.
Military Widows meet
The Society of Military Widows has a chapter
in the Tampa Bay area. It meets the first Saturday
of each month. All services and ranks are welcome.
For information on meetings, call (813) 831-6181 or
Current as of March 7
AFSA meets monthly
Please come out and support your local AFSA
Chapter 552. Meetings are held the third Tuesday
of each month at the Enlisted Club at 11:30 a.m. in
the Heritage Room. All ranks are welcome. If you
Staff Sgt. Pablo Vales
have questions, please contact Tech Sgt. Chapman
at 826-2757 or Senior Master Sgt. Oconnor at 827- 6th Dental Squadron
9064, or Master Sgt. Winchester at 827-9308.
Job Title: Dental Lab technician
Speed limit reduction
The speed limit on North Boundary Road begin- Home Town: Providence, RI
ning just east of MacDill Ave. has been reduced
from 35 mph to 25 mph. The 25 mph limit extends Short-term goals: Get my CCAF
to Hangar Loop Drive, where it remains 25 mph. Degree.
This speed limit reduction is intended to enhance
vehicle and pedestrian safety for people around the Long-term goals: Get my Bache-
CENTCOM Complex. lor’s in International Relations.
Other actions, such as additional crosswalks,
crosswalk warning signs, and street light improve- Advice to others: Keep it real.
ments have already been implemented and are
yielding positive results. Please note this speed Role model and why: My father,
limit change and continue to watch out for pedes- for his strong work ethic and great
trians. family values.
Airman’s Attic saves you money Why did you join the Air Force:
The Airman’s Attic welcomes all donations and Job security
exists to defer some cost of living expense by pro-
viding donated clothing items, household items, etc
without cost to eligible Airmen, as well as active du-
ty members of all branches of the U.S. military as- Photo by Senior Airman David Minor
See TO THE POINT, Page 7
Patient Safety Awareness Week message spread at MacDill
by Airman 1st Class Latanya Reid what causes disease and infections. share experiences. They bring what they’ve
6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs Additionally, public health members teach learned back to the base to use for teaching
people about warning signs that are over- purposes.
This week, Team MacDill celebrates Na- looked and they also warn the public about They also plan the medical checklist for
tional Patient Safety Awareness Week. The any known dangers such as an outbreak of the servicemembers preparing to deploy and brief
theme for this event is “Prevention is better flu. them about hygiene along with ensuring they
than a cure” and members of the 6th Medi- “The biggest pests in Florida are mosqui- have their vaccinations completed.
cal Group have dedicated their time to help- toes, because they can transfer disease easily,” Sergeant McLendon said some tips he has
ing the base populace become more involved said Sergeant McLendon who also worked in shared with people to ensure they remain dis-
in their health. the community health section. ease free include; always carrying a small bot-
The 6th MDG Public Health Department He said the entomology department works tle of hand sanitizer and washing hands after
has focused on working to safeguard people with the community to discover any viral or every trip to the restroom. For overseas trips,
against unhealthy and unsanitary practices. bacterial outbreaks in the area. Currently they Sergeant McLendon suggests people learn
Staff Sgt. Timothy McLendon, 6th Aerospace are working to eliminate mosquitoes in the lo- about any disease that may be prevalent to an
Medicine Squadron public health technician cal community. To do so, they capture them, area before visiting.
said his department’s mission is to educate study their flight patterns and then finding While scientist and health professionals are
people on ways to improve their health. They the best protection method. a long way from making the world disease free,
perform monthly inspections at base facilities “We warn the base about how to avoid those they are working everyday to ensure everyone
to maintain proper sanitation methods. (with dense mosquito populations) by sending has the tools they need to remain healthy. At
“One of our biggest missions is education be- out warnings via email. Then we coordinate MacDill, the fight rages on against disease
cause a lot of people have the ‘it can’t happen with the community entomology or pest con- carrying mosquitoes, the influenza virus and
to me philosophy,” said Sergeant McLendon. trol to get rid of them.” he said. other various bacteria that thrive in the hu-
Because there may be some misconceptions Some of the other activities public health mid Florida climate. Team MacDill members
about how a person can become infected by participates in to spread awareness are work- can do their part in the fight against disease
hazardous bacteria or viruses, public health shops and health fairs. At the fairs, they learn by getting the proper vaccinations and main-
officials work diligently to educate people on from other people in their careerfield and taining personal health practices.
MacDill holds rich history of women in uniform
by Senior Airman Juanika Glover
6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
On April 27, 1943 MacDill went coed by
welcoming women from the Tampa Bay com-
munity and across the country that had
joined the military to do their part in serving
They would no longer just be the wives of
Soldiers, and Airmen. They became an inte-
gral part of the Armed Forces missions.
Along side their male counterparts, the
newly appointed ‘servicewomen’ wore mili-
tary uniforms and worked in nontraditional
The Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps or
WAAC was created at the request of the war
department, shortly after World War II began,
to serve with the Army for the purpose of re-
leasing men in rear-line duties for service at
the fighting front. Photo by Staff Sgt. Joeseph Swafford
Col. Oveta Hubby, director of the organiza- Airman 1st Class Katherine Holt reads the 1943 Summer Edition of the MacDill Field Thunder-
tion, said in a 1943 interview with the Thun- bird. Airman Holt was reading the old publication to understand women’s history in the Air
derbird quarterly magazine, “The origins of Force for Women’s History Month, which is March.
the WAAC lie in military necessity. These la-
dies want to serve with us and would be of diers who stood by watching at a distance. had no prior training, were sent to technical
great benefit to the military and to the na- The women filled positions in the base hos- training schools across the country before
tion’s war efforts.” pital, dental laboratory, transportation office, coming to MacDill.
The MacDill men vouched for Col. Hubby library, rationing office, communications of- The WAACs spent many productive years
and welcomed the women into service with fice and the base photo laboratory. at MacDill filling roles which enabled more
open arms. On the day of their arrival to Mac- The women were chosen for their positions men to fight at the front lines of the war.
Dill, the WAACs were greeted by MacDill’s based on the skills and knowledge they had Without their contributions and desire to
military bands and hundreds of curious sol- prior to joining the military. The women, who See WOMEN, Page 17
March 2008 National Women’s
History Month celebrates artists
Each year, March is designated as National Women’s
History Month to ensure that the history of American
women will be recognized and celebrated in schools,
workplaces, and communities throughout the country.
The stories of women’s historic achievements present
an expanded view of the complexity and contradiction
of living a full and purposeful life.
The knowledge of women’s history provides a more
expansive vision of what a woman can do. This per-
spective can encourage girls and women to think larger
and bolder and can give boys and men a fuller under-
standing of the female experience.
To honor the originality, beauty, imagination, and
multiple dimensions of women’s lives, we have chosen
Women’s Art: Women’s Vision as the 2008 theme for
National Women’s History Month.
The history of women and art is quintessential wom-
en’s history. It is the story of amazing women’s accom-
plishments acclaimed at the time but written out of
history. Join us in ensuring that their accomplishments
are never forgotten.
This year’s theme provides a special opportunity to
discover and celebrate women’s visual arts in a variety
of forms and mediums.
2008 National Women’s History Month
To ensure that a diversity of art and artists are
represented, the 2008 Honorees were selected based
on their art, their vision, their art form, their cultur-
al background, the region in which they live and the
quality and passion of the nomination submitted. Stay
tuned for more information on the honorees.
Judy Chicago - 1939; Painter/Printmaker/Tapestry/
Harmony Hammond -1944; Painter
Edna Hibel – 1917 Colorist, Painter, Stone Lithogra-
pher, Serigrapher, Etcher, Sculptress, and Filmmaker
Lihua Lei – 1966 Multimedia Installation
Rose Cecil O’Neill – 1874-1944 Painter, Illustrator,
Violet Oakley – 1874-1961 Muralist, Stained Glass
Jaune Quick – To-See-Smith – 1940 Abstract Painter/
Faith Ringgold – 1930 Painter/Quilter
Miriam Schapiro – 1923 Print/ Painter
Lorna Simpson – 1960 Artist
Nancy Spero – 1926 Painter
June Claire Wayne – 1918 Painter/Lithographer
To THE PoiNT Correction:
From Page 3 In last week’s Thunderbolt, an incorrect answer
signed to MacDill or any ic year. The scholarships, be awarded to eligible mili- to a question was printed in the Honor Guard Spot-
which can be used for tu- tary dependents at a recep- light. The answer to why Staff Sgt. David Wackerman
unit supported by Mac-
ition and books at any ac- tion in May. For more infor- joined the Honor Guard should have read: “I thought
Dill. Eligibility is defined
credited college, university mation, contact Christine that there was nothing better than honoring the men
as active duty E-1 through
or vocational school, will Stives at (813) 221-4606. and women who served before me.”
E-6 and their family mem-
ber who have a valid DOD
Those donating uni-
forms please note that
regulations require all
name tags be removed.
The Attic also needs vol-
unteers for Fridays. Hours
of operation are Tuesday,
Wednesday and Friday
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Thrift shop deals
The thrift shop is open
Tuesday, Wednesday and
Friday from 10 a.m. to
2 p.m. and the first Sat-
urday of the month from
9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Consign-
ments are accepted on
Tuesdays and Fridays
from 10 a.m. to noon and
Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m.
Volunteers are needed.
Applications are avail-
able for the MacDill Offi-
cers’ Spouses’ and Enlisted
Spouses’ Clubs Academic
Merit Scholarship Program
for the 2007-2008 academ-
Cyber warfare a major challenge, DoD official says
by John J. Kruzel cyber attacks are prob- computers against cyber nia’s largest bank to shut Admiral McConnell said
American Forces Press Service ably analogous to the first attacks. down its online banking China, Russia and pos-
time, way back when peo- In addition, the United network. sibly other nation-states
WASHINGT ON — ple had bows and arrows States and other NATO “Estonia happens to be have been assessed as be-
Deputy Defense Secretary and spears, and somebody allies are expected to ad- very advanced, in terms ing capable of collecting
Gordon England is the lat- showed up with gunpow- dress the issue of cyber of networks in their coun- or exploiting data held
est government official to der and everybody said, defense when the 20th try,” Mr. England said. “So on U.S. information sys-
express concern about the ‘Wow. What was that?’” NATO summit convenes strength was turned into tems.
United States’ cyberspace Mr. England, speaking in Bucharest, Romania, in vulnerability.” “The threat that also
vulnerabilities. to an audience Mar. 3 gath- early April. Last week, the Pen- concerns us a great deal,
“Cyber warfare is al- ered here for a Veterans of Estonia, a NATO mem- tagon’s top intelligence and maybe even more so,
ready here,” said Mr. Eng- Foreign Wars conference, ber, was victimized by official today told a Sen- is if someone has the abil-
land. “It’s one of our major noted that President Bush a series of data-flood- ate committee that cyber ity to enter information
challenges.” addressed the threat by ing attacks last year that threats are contributing in systems, they can de-
Describing the new establishing a task force brought down the Web to the “unusually complex” stroy data,” he said. “And
battlefront, the deputy to coordinate U.S. govern- sites of several daily news- security environment the the destroying data could
secretary said, “I think ment efforts to safeguard papers and forced Esto- United States faces. be something like money
“A global military trend supply, electric power dis-
of concern is ... the sophis- tribution, transportation
ticated ability of select na- sequencing and that sort
tions and non-state groups of thing.”
to exploit and perhaps Elsewhere on Capitol
target for attack our com- Hill last week, Michael G.
puter networks,” Army Lt. Vickers, assistant secre-
Gen. Michael D. Maples, tary of defense for special
director of the Defense operations, low-intensity
Intelligence Agency, told conflict and interdepen-
the Senate Armed Ser- dent capabilities, ap-
vices Committee on Feb. peared before the Strate-
27. Joining the Pentagon’s gic Force Subcommittee of
top intelligence official at the House Armed Services
the hearing on current Committee on Feb. 27.
and future threats facing “In the area of cyber-
the United States was the space, both nation states
director of national intel- and non-state actors con-
ligence, retired Navy Vice tinued to seek ways and
Adm. John M. “Mike” Mc- means to counter the ad-
Connell. Asked by senators vantages we obtain from
about cyber threats, Admi- our use of information and
ral McConnell said, “We’re to turn those same advan-
not prepared to deal with tages against us in both
it.” conventional and uncon-
“The United States in- ventional ways,” he said.
formation infrastructure, Mr. Vickers said the De-
including telecommunica- fense Department is work-
tions and computer net- ing closely with interagen-
works and systems, and cy partners to scope future
most importantly the data missions, address the part-
that reside on these sys- ners’ respective roles and
tems is critical to virtu- to determine how best to
ally every aspect of our face potential adversaries’
modern life,” he contin- attempts to counter our in-
ued. “Threats to our intel- formation advantages.
ligence infrastructure are “We are making prog-
an important focus of this ress,” he said, “but much
community.” remains to be done.”
Dorm construction project on track for Labor Day completion
by Airman First Class Kath- en, washer/dryer unit but MacDill’s oldest dorms
erine B. Holt no dishwasher. The living were built dorms between
6th Air Mobility Wing Public room will have a love seat, 1960 and 1967. The newest
Affairs two chairs and end ta- dorms, built in 1969, were
bles. The dining room will recently demolished and
Construction for Mac- come with a table and four are to be replaced with new
Dill’s new and first-ever chairs. dorms. In the near future,
quad-dorm, dorm 253, is The dorm will be three building 379 will come
on time and scheduled to floors with three sets of down and 377 will re-open.
be completed on Labor Day. stairs and roof access. The With all the demoli-
The $11 million project, south side of the dormitory tion and reconstruction,
that began 35 weeks ago, is will have balcony walk- MacDill’s room count is
equipped with 20 modules ways on each floor. A com- falling well below the new
containing four individual mon area will be on the projected installation re-
rooms. The 1,500 square first floor and it will have quirement of 427 rooms.
foot modules will include a a pool table, big screen TV, Air Force installations
dining room, a kitchen and vending machines, washer/ with the lowest amounts of
a living room that the four dryer units and mailboxes, rooms become priority for
occupants will share. said Thorp. construction of new dorms.
“All the modules are The quad-dorm design is Therefore, there is already
identical,” said Peter B. a standard layout of the Air planning in progress for an
Thorp, project manager Force set by the Air Force additional 120- room dorm, Photo by Senior Airman David Minor
with David Boland, Inc. Center for Engineering and The new quad-dorm will Construction continues on the new dormitories at
“Airmen will walk into the the Environment. hold 80 Airmen. The deci- MacDill. Dorm construction started April 2007 and is
dining room, through the “There was not much sion on who will move in to expected to be finished in April this year.
kitchen, then into the liv- room to play around with the new dorm building will
ing room.” the design of these dorms,” be made March 19.
The individual rooms said Chris Lecompte, the
will have their own bath- unaccompanied housing
room, closet and air-con- coordinator. “This dorm is
ditioning unit. Bedroom practically a rubber stamp
furniture consists of a bed, of the AFCEE model.”
desk, entertainment cen- Chris Lecompte added,
ter and drawers. The closet changes were made con-
will have a shoe rack and cerning air conditioning, air
a shelf above the hanger pressure, and dehumidifi-
rack. The kitchen will in- ers to prevent mold during
clude a four-eye stove, ov- the hot summer months.
Energy Forum showcases Grand
environmental achievements Tour!
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AFPN) — Approximately 500
its first Execu-
Air Force, government and industry leaders gathered to
tive Wives tour
discuss current and future energy and environmental
We d n e s d a y.
programs during the service’s second annual Energy Fo-
The tour group
rum March 3 here.
The event was divided up into numerous forums with
day off with a
topics ranging from facility energy management to al-
ternative fuels to the possibility of hosting nuclear pow-
the Wing com-
er plants at Air Force installations in the future.
Representatives from both military and industry or-
ganizations sat on panels, facilitating discussion among
“(The forum) is an excellent opportunity for industry
to meet and talk with senior government officials about
one of the most important issues facing the United
Photo by Airman 1st Class Stephenie Wade the day.
States military and our great nation,” said Secretary of
the Air Force Michael W. Wynne. “We are exploring how
to capitalize on the knowledge and creativity of the in-
dustry to develop new energy projects on our bases.”
“We’ve found that we share many of the same chal-
lenges (as major industry businesses do) in maintaining
our operational or primary mission edge while balanc-
ing investment in infrastructure,” said William C. “Bill”
Anderson, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for
installations, environment and logistics, as well as the
Air Force’s senior energy executive.
Such similarities made it easy for all participants to
compare lessons learned and exchange ideas as to how to
incorporate energy and environmentally-sound changes
and processes at all organizational levels.
“We are transforming our business processes, infra-
structure and technology to enable us to operate our in-
stallations within reduced funding levels,” Mr. Anderson
Many of the Air Force’s recent accomplishments re-
garding energy and the environment were highlighted
at the event, such as completing C-17 Globemaster III
and B-52 Stratofortress flights on synthetic fuel and
flicking the switch on Nellis Air Force Base’s solar panel
field in Nevada, which is North America’s largest solar
photovoltaic power system.
“These efforts are the means by which we are meeting
the enormous challenges of today and the foreseeable fu-
ture, and they ultimately enable us to sustain and mod-
ernize the world’s best air, space and cyberspace force,”
Mr. Anderson said. “These transformational changes will
help us maintain our focus on our Air Force’s three over-
arching priorities: Winning today’s fight, taking care of
our people and preparing for tomorrow’s challenges.”
Team MacDill must dial 9-1-1 for all fire emergencies
It is the goal of the MacDill Fire Depart- of smoke and if a gas leak is discovered. need to be transferred to the MacDill Emer-
ment to provide the highest quality of service When reporting a fire always dial 9-1-1 gency Dispatch Center.
possible to all MacDill Team members. It is and warn all facility occupants by activating We encourage Team MacDill to dial 9-1-1
the intent of our department to establish for- the installed fire alarm system by pulling the for any emergency not only for fires, but also
mal relationships with the commands and de- nearest fire alarm pull station. If your facility if you need Security Forces or have a medi-
tachments within our jurisdiction. The aim of does not have an installed fire alarm system or cal emergency as well. When you activate the
this program is to increase the MacDill com- it fails to activate, then quickly move through 9-1-1 system be prepared to answer the ques-
munity’s understanding of the activities and the facility announcing “FIRE!, FIRE!, FIRE!” tions of the dispatcher, the more information
roles of the Fire Department and to maintain When you dial 9-1-1 from any base telephone, he or she gathers the faster the responders
Team MacDill’s confidence in our abilities and your call goes directly to the MacDill Fire De- are able to get to and mitigate the emergency.
services. partments Emergency Dispatch Center. Al- Remember all emergencies that affect Team
It is the responsibility of ALL personnel as- ways stay on the line until the emergency dis- MacDill need to be reported by activating the
signed to MacDill AFB to report all fires via patchers tells you to hang up. If you dial 9-1-1 9-1-1 system. For more information please ref-
the 9-1-1 system regardless if the fire has been from a cellular telephone your call may go to erence MacDill AFB Instruction 32-106 or call
extinguished or not. Dial 9-1-1 if you discover a the Tampa Fire Rescue dispatcher, if this is the the Fire Prevention section at 828-4236.
fire, suspect there may be a fire, discover past case, simply tell the dispatcher that you are on
evidence of a fire, detect the smell or presence MacDill AFB calling from a cellular phone and (Courtesy 6th Civil Engineer Squadron)
Airman’s Roll Call
Joint Force Quarterly: A Resource for All
As the Air Force becomes more and “JFQ issue 49, 2 quarter, 2008,” focuses
more involved in joint operations, all Air- on airpower. Here are additional reasons
men should strive to gain a better under- to consider this publication as a valuable
standing of the joint environment and its resource of joint forces information: d
missions. - JFQ is the Chairman’s flagship joint
The Joint Force Quarterly is a publica- military and security studies journal
tion that can help Airmen in their quest designed to inform members of the U.S.
for such knowledge. It’s published for the Armed Forces, allies, and other partners
Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff by the on joint and integrated operations; na-
Institute for National Strategic Studies, tional security policy and strategy; efforts
National Defense University, to promote to combat terrorism; homeland security;
understanding of the integrated employ- and developments in training and joint
ment of land, sea, air, space, and special professional military education to trans-
operations forces. The current volume, form America’s military and security ap-
See ROLL CALL, Page 13
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port Group, is looking for
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needs a sharp Master Ser-
geant or Tech Sergeant for
the position. This is a two-
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an option to extend for
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- The journal focuses on
joint doctrine, integrated
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of national power
New York christening powered by memories, resolve
by Mass Communication Special- naval tradition of christenings
ist 2nd Class David Poe and the naming of ships.
Naval Support Activity New Orleans “The names are important,”
Public Affairs he said. “They come from battles,
or symbols, or communities, and
AVONDALE, La. (NNS) they serve as reminders of the
— The Navy’s newest amphibi- sacrifices of Americans past and
ous tranport dock was chris- present. Each has a legacy, and
tened “New York” March 1, at the as ‘New York’ will for the Sailors
Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and Marines that will serve up-
New Orleans Shipyard at Avon- on it, each is a source of inspira-
dale, La. tion.”
With seven-and-a-half tons of England’s connection to what
steel recovered from New York will be the Navy’s fifth amphibi-
City’s World Trade Center forged ous transport dock of the San
into its bow stem and hundreds Antonio class is more than just
of New York City first responders serving as a speaker at its chris-
in attendance for the ceremony, tening.
the ship’s motto “Strength forged On Sept. 7, 2002, while serving
through sacrifice. Never Forget,” as Secretary of the Navy, England
was heard loud and clear. formally announced that LPD 21 Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Tiffini M. Jones
An array of speakers were on would be named New York from Mrs. Dotty England, wife of Deputy Secretary of Defense The Hon.
hand for the christening, includ- the decks of USS Intrepid, a re- Gordon England, christens the amphibious transport dock Pre-Com-
ing the Honorable Gordon Eng- furbished aircraft carrier, which missioning Unit New York (LPD 21) at Northrop Grumman Shipbuild-
land, Deputy Secretary of De- serves as a museum ship, and is ing New orleans. The bow of the New York is built with metal recov-
fense. England spoke about the See CHRISTEN, Page 14 ered from the World Trade Center site.
President awards Medal of Honor to first Sioux
WASHINGTON (Army News father had enlisted in the North shameful blunder. Others suspect-
Service) – Calling him a “men- Dakota National Guard in 1942. ed racism. … Whatever the rea-
tor, teacher and legend,” President The president described the son, the first Sioux to ever receive
George W. Bush awarded the Med- former North Dakota National the Medal of Honor died without
al of Honor posthumously March Guardmember as “strong, cou- knowing it was his. A terrible in-
3 to Master Sgt. Woodrow “Woody” rageous, a great Soldier, a good justice was done to a good man, to
Wilson Keeble. Samaritan,” in the White House his family and to history. … On be-
Keeble is the first full-blooded ceremony attended by Vice Presi- half of a grateful nation, I deeply
Sioux Indian to be awarded the dent Richard Cheney; Secretary regret that this tribute comes de-
Medal of Honor and the 121st of Defense Robert Gates; the Joint cades too late.”
member of the National Guard to Chiefs of Staff; Lt. Gen. H Steven His voice lowered, the com-
be awarded the nation’s highest Blum, chief of the National Guard mander-in-chief became storytell-
military award for valor, accord- Bureau; and numerous other civil- er-in-chief as he honored Keeble by
ing to National Guard Educational ian and military leaders. But the telling of his exploits as a Soldier
Foundation records. president focused on the 17 mem- on the battlefield and of the re-
It was President Bush’s ninth bers of Keeble’s surviving family spect he earned as a citizen in his
Medal of Honor ceremony – but he and dozens of Sioux Indians, many community.
said this one was different. of them uniformed veterans. “There are some things we can
“It’s taken nearly 60 years for … “His nominating paperwork was still do for him,” Bush said. “We Photo by Carrie McLeroy
Keeble to be awarded the medal he lost, and then it was resubmitted, can tell his story. We can honor
Russell Hawkins displays the
earned on the battlefield in Korea,” and then it was lost again,” Bush his memory. And we can follow his
Medal of Honor presented by
Bush said in the East Room of the explained. “Then the deadline lead – by showing all those who
President George W. Bush post-
White House. passed, and Woody and his fam- have followed him on the battle-
humously to his stepfater, Master
Russell Hawkins, Keeble’s step- ily were told it was too late. Some field the same love and generosity
son, accepted the medal. His step- blamed the bureaucracy for a See MEDAL, Page 16 Sgt. Woodrow Wilson Keeble.
The new KC-45A
A look at the tanker of tomorrow End of an era for the KC-135R Stratotanker
by Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs It’s a bittersweet thought for those who know and love it
QUESTION: Why does the Air Force need the KC- by Nick Stubbs
45A and what are its capabilities? Thunderbolt editor
ANSWER: The first KC-135 reached age 50 in 2006. While it will be years before they all
It will take over three decades to recapitalize the entire are retired, it’s the beginning of the end
KC-135 fleet. By the time the last KC-135 is retired un- of the KC-135R Stratotanker, the vener-
der this plan, it will be 80 years old. The tanker is a criti- able plane in service in the Air Force for
cal force multiplier and absolutely essential to the way just a bit more than 50 years and well
known in the skies over Tampa Bay.
this nation fights its wars, and provides humanitarian
The announcement Feb. 29 that a
support around the globe. The KC-45A will be a great as-
successor, to be called the KC-45A, has
set to the nation, not only as a tanker, but as a means to
been chosen is bittersweet for some. MacDill file photo
augment the airlift fleet, provide aeromedical evacuation,
While the KC-135 is showing its age Serving since 1957, the KC-135 is
and transport passengers.
and keeping them flying has been a headed for retirement with the an-
challenge, the old birds will be missed
QUESTION: How will the Air Force global reach ca- nouncement of its replacement last
in some respects, said Maj. Matt Hin-
pabilities change, if at all, with the new platform? [e.g., week.
kle, assistant director of operations for
what will you be able to do that you cannot currently the 91st Air Refueling Squadron. fight anywhere in the world.
do?] Major Hinkle said he’s been flying While it likely will be some time be-
KC-135s for nine years, putting in 2,700 fore the KC-135Rs at MacDill begin
ANSWER: The KC-45A will be able to carry more fuel, hours in them. After so much time, you vanishing, some pilots and aircrews
more cargo, more passengers, and be able to refuel both tend to get attached to a plane, he said. already are licking their chops at the
receptacle and probe-equipped receivers on every mis- “When I first started to fly them I prospect of flying the newer KC-45A.
sion. It will be better able to operate in hostile airspace, wasn’t all that impressed, but looking Among its benefits are larger load ca-
having defensive systems, provisions for multi-point re- back, I wouldn’t change a thing,” he pacity, the ability to
fueling, real-time information in the cockpit, and be able said. “They’ve always gotten me home carry more passengers and fuel.
to support special and night operations with Night Vision in one piece,” Major Hinkle said. Col. Jon Klaus, 6th Operations Group
Imaging System compatible lighting. The KC-135, which is nearly as old as commander, who has 1,500 hours in
the Air Force itself, recently celebrated KC-135s, said he is happy to see a new
QUESTION: What will the aircrew component of the its 50th year of service. It has been used plane on the way, but he has only good
new KC-45A be? for everything from a transport plane, things to say about the KC-135 and its
to flying medical evacuation missions, performance for five decades.
ANSWER: The KC-45A crew component is anticipat- and perhaps most famously, as the aer- “It’s a great airplane from a stick and
ed to be the same as the KC-135 (pilot, co-pilot, boom op- ial gas station that brings fuel to the rudder technical view,” he said. It’s very
erator, and when needed, a crew chief). See KC-135, Page 19
From Page 1
allowing it to traverse and land in high-threat storage bladders on the ground, which can be Northrop Grumman, the real winners are the
environments. used to power ground vehicles instead of hav- warfighter, the taxpayers and the nation,”
“The KC-45 is a tanker first, but the cargo ing convoys on the road. These are tremendous General Hoffman said. “For the warfighters,
capacity will be very useful,” the general said. capabilities for air mobility commanders.” we are replacing old equipment with modern
“The new tanker will be able to haul people Air Force officials were committed to mak- capability; the taxpayers are getting the best
and cargo directly to military airfields instead ing a decision that would provide the best value deal in a very competitive environment;
of having to cross-load onto C-130 (Hercules overall value to the warfighter and the tax- and the nation will maintain the capability to
aircraft) or C-17 (Globemaster IIIs), which is payers, he said. project air power and be responsive to its glob-
what we do now. It can also download fuel to “Although the contract will be awarded to al responsibilities for decades to come.”
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of spirit that Woody showed his country taken and the Allies won the day.”
every day.” The president credited Keeble’s heroism
Keeble’s Medal of Honor was awarded with saving many American lives.
for action near Sangsan-ni, Korea, Oct. But Keeble’s life wasn’t defined by that
20, 1951. The medal was awarded for con- act alone, and the president described the
spicuous gallantry and intrepidity, at the man who won the affection and respect of
risk of his life, above and beyond the call those with whom he served, of his fellow
of duty. Sioux and of those who came into contact
Prior to Oct. 20, Keeble’s company had with him.
taken heavy losses and the master ser- He was already a decorated veteran of
geant himself had more than 83 grenade World War II, for actions at Guadalcanal.
fragments in his body, Bush said. Defying The Chicago White Sox scouted him, but
his doctor, he returned to the battlefield he would throw grenades, not baseballs.
Oct. 20. He led Soldiers through a minefield, put-
“Communist forces still held a crucial ting himself at risk. He fought on despite
hill,” Bush said. “They had pinned down two shots to the arm.
U.S. forces. … One Soldier said the ene- Though he suffered strokes after Korea
my lobbed so many grenades … that they and could not speak, after his first wife’s
looked like a flock of blackbirds. … Noth- death he courted a second woman, named
ing seemed to be working. … American Blossom.
boys were dying. But our forces had one “He wrote a note asking Blossom to
advantage: Woody was back, and Woody marry him,” Bush said. “She told him
was some kind of mad. she needed some time to think about it.
“He grabbed grenades and his weapon So, while she was deliberating, Woody put
and climbed that crucial hill alone. Woody their engagement announcement in the
climbed hundreds of yards through dirt newspaper. This is a man who was relent-
and rock, with his wounds aching, bullets less in love as well as war.”
flying and grenades falling. … Someone … On the platform behind the president
remarked: ‘Either he’s the bravest Soldier were two empty chairs, honoring a Sioux
I have ever met, or he’s crazy.’ Soldiers tradition by representing Woody and Blos-
watched in awe as Woody single-handedly som and acknowledging their passing into
took out one machine gun nest, and then the spiritual world.
another. When Woody was through, all 16 The president called the master ser-
enemy Soldiers were dead, the hill was See MEDAL, Page 19
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help, winning the war may have taken longer.
Staff Sgt. Michelle Jefferies, 6th Services Squadron
Fitness Center supervisor, said she feels like women
have come a long way since the days of the WAACs.
She said their efforts paved the way for women like her
who joined the military to make a difference.
“There have been some great strides in the military
for women when it comes to opportunities,” said Ser-
geant Jefferies. “Unlike in the past, we have the same
chance to excel as men do. We have the same rank
structure now and we’re given the same opportunity to
test for promotion and achieve a higher rank as men.
There’s nothing holding us back. We have the same
test dates and the same time in grade, so everything is
The opportunity is there for women if they take it,
Sergeant Jefferies has taken advantage of her time
in the military by working hard and getting reward-
ed for her efforts. She has even had a hand in helping
MacDill’s Fitness Center earn awards with the Five
Star Program which rates fitness centers through the
Air Force or their quality and customer service.
“I definitely feel like I represent for women, because
not only do I have military strength within me, I also
have a nurturing strength as a woman which aids me
in educating young Airmen.”
Sergeant Jefferies said she feels like nothing has
taken away from her identity as a woman by being in
“You can still be feminine and be a military woman
at the same time. If I could go back in time I’d still
join the military. I’ve made so many great friends, seen
some amazing places and I’m a part of an important
mission. I have the women of the past who fought to
become apart of the Armed Forces to thank for that,”
The WAACs at MacDill and other bases across the MacDill historical photo
country, not only made history; they paved the road Women have come a long way, from Women’s Auxiliary
for women of the military today, who not only fight for Army Corps, to fully integrated members of the U.S. Air
their country but die for their country as well. Force.
(Clockwise from top
left) Terry Williams,
Roderick israel, Har-
ley Smith, Gary Kac-
zmarek, Dawan Ab-
Petty,and John Bratch-
er of the 6th MSS wins
the over 30 basketball
Photo by Senior Airman David Minor
From Page 16 From Page 15
geant “an everyday hero” who despite his war injuries reliable, particularly after the upgrade to longer in inventories, the imaginations
and strokes mowed lawns for seniors, helped rescue cars the ‘R’ model engines.” and fabrication skills of maintainers has
from snowbanks and was generous to those less fortunate The KC-135 have periodic maintenance been key.
than himself. He called him a devoted veteran who never issues, but that’s to be expected for a plane The Air Force inventory of KC-135s is
complained about his missing medal. that has been around for so long, said Col. 195 active duty, 251 Air National Guard
“The Sioux have a saying: ‘The life of a man is a circle’,” Klaus. He noted that the newest KC-135R and 84 in the Air Force Reserves. The
Bush said. “Today we complete Woody Keeble’s circle – at MacDill rolled off the production line normal crew consists of three members,
from an example to his men to an example for the ages.” the same year Martin Luther King gave a pilot, copilot and boom operator, with a
Hawkins talked about his stepfather after the ceremo- his “I have a dream” speech. fourth, a navigator used on some missions.
ny. “We know how he lives with us in spirit,” he said. “His The first KC-135Rs arrived at MacDill The maximum takeoff weight is 322,500
honor will continue by the honor that his country gave in 1996, when base mission converted to pounds and a maximum of 200,000 pounds
him by recognizing him with the Medal of Honor. air mobility and refueling. Keeping them of fuel can be transferred.
“It means a lot to the Sioux nation,” Hawkins said. flying has been the challenge of the 6 Air- KC-135s can travel 530 mph at 30,000
“The traditional values that we had were ones of bravery, craft Maintenance Squadron, no easy task feet. The wingspan is 130 feet, 10 inches
humility and generosity, and when you look at Woodrow’s considering the age of the fleet and in- and the length is 136 feet, 3 inches. It is 41
life as a Soldier and as a civilian, you can see that he ex- creased operations tempo since Sept. 11, 2001. feet, 8 inches tall. The maximum ceiling is
emplified all those qualities.” With so many sorties associated with 50,000 feet.
A National Guard armory is among places the family Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom, Even though a new tanker is official,
is considering displaying the medal so that the public can the cost of keeping MacDill’s tankers the Air Force recapitalization plan calls
learn the story. climbed to thousands of dollars a day. With for gradual replacement, the last KC-135
“Woodrow started his military service with the 164th some of the planes dating to the Eisen- to come out of service when it is 80 years
Infantry, which is a National Guard unit in North Dako- hower era, breakage and wear of parts no old, said Major Hinkle.
ta,” Hawkins explained. “The National Guard … has been
very, very supportive of Woodrow throughout all these ef-
At the Pentagon today, Secretary of the Army Pete Ge-
ren called Keeble an extraordinary American hero. He
quoted Keeble’s own writings about his combat experi-
ences: “There were terrible moments that encompassed a
lifetime, an endlessness when terror was so strong in me
that I could feel idiocy replace reason. Yet, I never left my
position, nor have I shirked hazardous duty. Fear never
made a coward out of me.”
Milestones are many for women in the Air Force
Women in Air Force accepted into the military neers, heroes, and role u Nancy Harkness Love woman to receive the Dis-
on much the same basis models...They were the commander of Air Force tinguished Flying Cross
u Women in the Air as men; the separate sta- Women Air Force Service Service Pilots (WAFS) u First President of the
Force (WAF) was a United tus of WAF was abolished. Pilots, WASP, the first u A small group of fe- Ninety Nines
States Air Force program That same year, the Unit- women in history trained male transport pilots that First Woman Helicopter
which served to bring ed States Air Force Acad- to fly American military was formed in 1942 Pilot
women into limited roles emy began training female aircraft. u WAFS was folded u Hanna Reitsch be-
in the Air Force. pilots. u The idea was to hire into the Women Air Force comes the first woman to
u WAF was formed in women pilots to perform Service Pilots (WASPs) in fly a helicopter
1948, when President Tru- Women Air Force all of non-combat aviation 1943 u The first woman to be
man signed the Women’s Service Pilots jobs to free up male pilots licensed as a helicopter pi-
Armed Services Integra- for combat. The Ninety-Nines lot
tion Act, allowing women u WASP u The Ninety-Nines
to serve directly in the u During World War II, Women’s Auxiliary was founded on November First African
military. a select group of young Ferrying Squadron 2, 1929 at Curtiss Field, American Pilot
u In 1976, women were women pilots became pio- Long Island, New York for
the mutual support and u Bessie Coleman, fac-
advancement of women in ing race and gender dis-
aviation. crimination, found the door
u 117 women pilots li- locked at flying schools. So
censed at the time were she studied French and
invited and the group is sailed for Paris to learn to
named for the 99 licensed fly. She returned in 1921,
women pilots who attend- the world’s first licensed
ed the meeting African-American pilot.
u The organization cur- “Brave Bessie,” as she be-
rently has 6,000 members came known
in thirty countries. Their
mission is to promote First Woman Bomb-
world fellowship through er Pilot
flight; to provide network- u June 1941- First
ing and scholarship op- woman to pilot a bomber
portunities for women and across the North Atlantic;
aviation education in the organizes a group of twen-
community; and to pre- ty-five American Women
serve the unique history of to fly in support of Great
women in aviation Britian’s war.
u Link www.ninety- u 1941 to 1943- Presi-
nines.org/99s.html dent of 99’s, an organiza-
First Woman Parachut- tion of women aviators
er founded in 1929.
u Tiny Broadwick, in u September 11, 1942-
1908 at age 15, became Appointed director of wom-
the first person to make a en’s flying training for the
parachute jump from a hot United States.
air balloon. u July 1943- Appointed
u In 1914 Broadwick to the general staff of the
gave the first demonstra- U.S. Army Air Forces; di-
tion of a parachute jump rected all phases of Wom-
to the US government. en’s Air Force Service Pi-
u Later she was the first lots (WASP) program.
woman to make a jump First Woman in Air
from a hydro airplane Force
First Woman to Fly u Esther Blake was the
Across Atlantic Ocean Solo “first woman in the Air
u Emilia Earhart wom- Force.”
an to fly solo across the At- u She enlisted on the
lantic Ocean first minute of the first
u Earhart was the first hour of the first day regu-
See MILESTONES, Page 21
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moored in New York Harbor.
More than five years later, England’s enthusiasm for
New York hasn’t waned.
“This is a special ship,” said England. “Ships’ names
are messages and while we know fellow citizens will
not forget Sept. 11 and New York City, we’ll be sure
to bring this message when we bring the fight to the
England’s wife Dotty served as the ship’s sponsor.
While her husband served as the 72nd and 73rd sec-
retary of the Navy, she was a strong advocate of Navy
and Marine Corps families with a special dedication to
their housing, medical care and other support activi-
ties. Among many involvements with New York, Dotty
participated in the ceremonial pouring of World Trade
Center-salvaged steel in nearby Amite, La., in 2004.
While a small crew had already been assigned to New
York’s ship’s company, the bulk of the crew is scheduled
to report for duty in the fall. The ship is scheduled to
be commissioned in September 2009 and will be home-
ported in Norfolk.
Ron Parker, a retired New York City firefighter, was
one of many New York City first responders on hand
for the ceremony.
Parker served with Brooklyn, N.Y. Ladder Company
148 on Sept. 11, 2001, and remained at the World Trade
Center wreckage site almost around-the-clock for more
than four months after the attack while he helped re-
cover the remains of 45 of his fellow fire fighters, along
with countless others. In the shadows of the 25,000-ton
vessel New York, Parker personally christened the ship
with a perspective that may define the spirit of the am-
phibious transport dock’s legacy.
“Embedded in the core of this mighty ship,” he said,
“are the souls of mighty heroes, never to be forgotten.”
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lar United States Air Force duty was authorized for
women on 8 July, 1948
First Woman Astronaut
u Sally K. Ride
u In 1983, Dr. Sally Ride became the first American
woman in space on the shuttle Challenger (STS-7)
u She was named Director of the California Space
Institute and Professor of Physics at the University of
California, San Diego.
First Woman Air Force Pilot
u 1st Lt. Jeannie Flynn became the Air Force’s first
u She flew the most advanced tactical fighter aircraft,
the Strike Eagle F-15E
u First U.S. woman selected for combat training.
First Woman Secretary of Air Force
u First woman secretary of the Air Force (1993), Shei-
u 18th secretary of the Air Force and the first woman
to hold the office.
March 8 March 11 Service at the Bayshore Pavilion at 6:15 a.m.
A salute the troops barbecue sponsored by The Enlisted Spouses Club meets at 7 p.m.
Law & Order Student Organization will be held at the Surf’s Edge Enlisted Club. If you are the March 24
at Stetson University College of Law, 1401 61st. spouse of an active duty or retired enlisted ser- AFOSI Detachment 340 is hosting a Special
St. South, Gulfport. vicemember or the civilian equivalent, please Agent recruiting drive at the MacDill Chapel
This is a charity event aimed at collecting join us for fund-raising, social gatherings, and Annex I, bldg 355 at 8:30 a.m. AFOSI Special
supplies for care packages to send to service- community service. Spouses that are active du- Agents will provide an AFOSI mission brief
members around the world. ty themselves are eligible for membership. The (stateside & deployed missions). Immediately
Hours are 2 to 6 p.m. and activities include ESC is open to all branches of the military. following the mission brief, agents will hold a
a carnival, games, face paiting, horsshoes and For more information, contact Kelly Patch question and answer session. Applicants will
crafts for kids. Admission, food, and all activi- at 813-352-0653 or Samantha Wolf at 813-610- then be invited to remain at the annex and be-
ties are free and open to all. Those attending are 0061 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. gin the initial assessment/application process.
asked to each bring an approved item that can Contact Michael Cravens at 828-8230, michael.
be sent in a care package to a soldier stationed March 23 email@example.com; or Special Agent Bill Hub-
overseas. There will be a Protestant Easter Sunrise bard 828-4921, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protestant services Catholic services
Sunday - 9 a.m., Traditional Service Saturday - Mass, 5:30 p.m.
10:30 a.m., Religious Education, Noon, Sunday - Mass, 10:30 a.m.
Gospel Service Monday to Thursday: Mass, 12:10 p.m.
Tuesday -Noon, Promise Keepers Saturday - Sacrament of Reconciliation,
6 p.m., Pioneer Club(grades 1 to 7) 4:30 p.m., (or by appointment)
Thursday - 11:30 a.m., Officers’ Chris-
tian Fellowship Jewish and Islamic services
Friday - 10 a.m., Women of the Chapel Call 828-3621 for information.
At the Movies Tonight 7 p.m. Saturday 7 p.m.
Mad Money The Bucket List
A comedy about three ordi- Two terminally ill men try to
nary women who form an un- fulfill a wish list known as “The
likely friendship and decide to Bucket List” before each kicks
do something extraordinary the bucket. After they break
- rob one of the most secure out of a cancer ward, they head
banks in the world. PG-13 off on a road trip. PG-13
Mad Money The Bucket
Shows and times are Saturday 3 p.m. List Coming soon
subject to change. Call the 27 Dresses Rambo
MacDill Theater at 828- Jane is idealistic, romantic John Rambo has retreated
2780 for complete listings. and completely selfless – a pe- to a simple life in a rural Thai
Doors normally open 20 rennial bridesmaid whose own village near the Burmese bor-
minutes prior to showtime, happy ending is nowhere in der, capturing snakes for local
but call the theater for sight. But when younger sis- entertainers, and transporting
verification because they ter Tess captures the heart of roamers in his old PT boat. Fol-
may open earlier. Tickets Jane’s boss – with whom she is lowing repeated pleas, Rambo
are $2.75. Children under secretly in love – Jane begins helps ferry a group of Christian
4 are free, unless it’s a G- 27 Dresses to reexamine her “always-a- Rambo aid workers into war-torn Bur-
rated movie. bridesmaid...” lifestyle. PG-13 ma. R