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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

                                                                    INSIDE TODAY

 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?

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To the point                                             Goal Day Tracker
Volunteers needed
   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.
Call 813-828-4555.

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
(813) 837-5065.
                                                          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
the country.
   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
ID card.
   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!
                                                                                                        MacDill hosted
   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.
                                                                                                        started      the
   The event was divided up into numerous forums with
                                                                                                        day off with a
topics ranging from facility energy management to al-
                                                                                                        briefing from
ternative fuels to the possibility of hosting nuclear pow-
                                                                                                        the Wing com-
er plants at Air Force installations in the future.
                                                                                                        mander, Col.
   Representatives from both military and industry or-
                                                                                                        Robert Thomas
ganizations sat on panels, facilitating discussion among
                                                                                                        (pictured) and
the attendees.
                                                                                                        visited numer-
   “(The forum) is an excellent opportunity for industry
                                                                                                        ous signifigant
to meet and talk with senior government officials about
                                                                                                        places throught
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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needs a sharp Master Ser-
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paratus to better meet to-
morrow’s challenges while
protecting freedom today
   - The journal focuses on
joint doctrine, integrated
operations, coalition war-
fare, contingency plan-
ning, military operations
conducted across the spec-
trum of conflict, and joint
force development
   - It publishes research
papers and essays, written
by subject matter experts,
that promote continuing
joint education and im-
prove interagency orches-
tration of all instruments
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

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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,
she said.
   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
the military.
   “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,”
she added.
   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.
                                     Big win!
                                     (Clockwise from top
                                     left) Terry Williams,
                                     Roderick israel, Har-
                                     ley Smith, Gary Kac-
                                     zmarek, Dawan Ab-
                                     dussalaam,      Adam
                                     Ferguson, Charles
                                     Petty,and John Bratch-
                                     er of the 6th MSS wins
                                     the over 30 basketball

Photo by Senior Airman David Minor
MEDAL                                                            KC-135
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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-
                                                                                           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
female pilot.
  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-
la Widnall
   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            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                                   ; or Special Agent Bill Hub-
overseas.                                              There will be a Protestant Easter Sunrise          bard 828-4921,

                                                                                                     Chapel Schedule
                                                                               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

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