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					Vol. 39, No. 47                                                                                   Friday, Novewmber 12,, 2010




    Team MacDill: AMC IG says you’re ‘Excellent’
                                                                                                                   Photo by Tech. Sgt. Tanika Belfield

(Left to right) Col. Donald Barnes, 6th Mission Support group commander; Col. Lenny Richoux, 6th AMW commander; Col. James Morgan, 6th
Operations Group commander; Col. David Pavey, 927th Air Refueling Wing commander; and Col. Dave Cohen, 6th AMW vice commander at the
moment of celebration when it was learned Team MacDill scored an “Excellent” overall for the Nuclear Operations Readiness Inspection.
 COMMANDER’s CORNER
Honoring veterans; NORI results
by Col. Lenny Richoux                                                 weekend, keep safety in mind and take care of
6th Air Mobility Wing commander                                       your wingmen!
                                                                         Onto this week’s “shout outs …”
   On Thursday, November 11, we paused to                                Senior Airman Robert Schwartzkopf,
reflect upon one of our nation’s greatest assets:                     6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, excelled
our veterans. In America, Veteran’s Day is a                          in support of the Navy’s COMPUTEX mission.
unique holiday: symbolizing the service, self                         Airman Schwartzkopf successfully troubleshot
sacrifice and honor shown by those who have                           and repaired a hydraulic system problem that
come before us in the Armed Services. No mat-                         allowed one of our KC-135s to complete its
ter your military background, your deployment                         mission and refuel our joint partner’s aircraft!
experience or occupation, on Veteran’s Day,                              From the 6th Medical Group, Staff Sgt.
we’re all united in our gratitude for those who                       Raquel Solivan was awarded her CCAF
came before us.                                                       degree in Allied Health Science. Sergeant So-
   I’d like to thank the men and women of the                         livan, congratulations on earning your degree
6th AMW and 927th ARW for the hard work                               and furthering your development as an Air-
and preparation that went into proving our                            man. Well done!
mission readiness in support of a major opera-                           Also, Senior Airman Todd Lange was
tional plan. As you know, our overall score was                       selected to participate in the Recruiter Assis-                       Col. Lenny Richoux (left), 6th Air Mobility Wing
‘Excellent’ and those scores are not given out,                       tance Program and will perform his recruiting                         commander, greets members of the IG team
they’re earned! The Air Mobility Command                              assistance duties in Pennsylvania. I hope your                        arriving at MacDill.
Inspector General Team departed Tuesday and                           recruiting experiences broaden and enrich
provided several examples in which you are                            your perspective on military service!                                 trouble. Sergeant Harwood noticed their ve-
setting the standard for AMC.                                            Capt. Jonathan Davis, in the 91st Air                              hicle stalled in an intersection. He stopped to
   Your hard work deserves a reward. Col Dave                         Refueling Squadron, has been pulling double                           help and pushed the car into a nearby parking
Pavey and I have asked commanders to grant                            duty as executive officer and KC-135 co-pilot,                        lot where the couple was able to safely call for
November 12 as a family day for the 6th AMW                           recently. He’s excelled in administrative efforts                     assistance. Sergeant Harwood, you’re a shining
and 927th ARW.                                                        while flying dozens of missions, including com-                       example of why MacDill’s servicemembers are
   Essential mission support will continue,                           bat and presidential support sorties. All of that                     so appreciated by our Tampa Bay neighbors!
with the exception of our clinic. We now set our                      devotion has earned him the title of Pilot of the                     Thank you for your service.
sights on the January Operational Readiness                           Quarter in the 91st!                                                      I appreciate your hard work and motiva-
Inspection. Again, we will show the IG just                              Finally, from the 6th Civil Engineer Squad-                        tion Team MacDill. As always, I’m proud to
how ready Team MacDill is. Thank you!                                 ron, Staff Sgt. Philip Harwood went out of                            serve in the finest Air Mobility Wing on the
   As always, and especially over the long                            his way to assist an elderly couple having car                        Face of the Planet!


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                        Mobility Wing commander and the MacDill community. A 24-hour record-
                        ing service is provided so personnel may submit questions, concerns or
                        comments. Call the Action Line at 828-INFO (4636) or e-mail macdillwing-
                        commander@macdill.af.mil


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NEWS/FEATURES
 Your T-bolt Today                                                                                                                                           Remembering our veterans
NEWS/FEATURES: page 4                                                                                                                                         by Col. David P. Pavey
                                                                                                                                                              927th Air Refueling Wing commander
Slow and steady
                                                                                                                                                                 In 1918, at “the 11th hour of the 11th day
                                                                                                                                                              of the 11th month,” the guns fell silent on Eu-
NEWS/FEATURES: page 4                                                                                                                                         rope’s muddy battlefields when combat ceased
                                                                                                                                                              between the Allied nations and Germany,
Operation Partnership                                                                                                                                         effectively ending World War I. Armistice
                                                                                                                                                              Day, also known as Remembrance Day, was
                                                                                                                                                              declared a national holiday in many allied na-
NEWS/FEATURES: page 8                                                                                                                                         tions to commemorate members of the armed
                                    RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY - Mark your calendar !
                                                 Saturday, November 13, 2010 has been designated Retiree Appreciation Day by Colonel Lenny J.
                                                 Richoux, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander at MacDill Air Force Base. Colonel Richoux invites military
                                                 retirees of all service branches to visit MacDill AFB on this special day to acquaint themselves with
                                                 benefits and services available at various base facilities. Please refer to the schedule of events below
                                                 for details.




                                                                                                                                                              forces killed during this gruesome war. In
                                    New this year: Representatives from the 6th Force Security will be present to introduce DBIDS and to register ID cards
                                    for retirees and their dependents.

                                                               Retiree Appreciation Day 2010 - Schedule of Events
                                      Time                Events                                                                 Location
                                      7 A.M. to 1 P.M.    Pay-as-you-go Brunch                                                   Base Dining Facility
                                                                                                                                 Hillsborough Loop Dr.




                                                                                                                                                              1954, after World War II and the Korean War,
                                                                                                                                 Bldg 263
                                      10 A.M. to 2 P.M.   Wine Tasting                                                           Class Six Store




Retiree Appreciation schedule
                                      8 A.M. to Noon      Health Fair
                                                                 Glaucoma screenings                                             MacDill Clinic
                                                                 Cholesterol Measurements                                        3250 Zemke Ave.
                                                                 Blood Pressure Checks




                                                                                                                                                              President Dwight Eisenhower renamed the
                                                                 Health Care Symposium
                                                                 Flu shots
                                                                 (will be given depending on availability of flu vaccine)
                                                                 TRICARE (Clinic Atrium)

                                      9 A.M. to 3 P.M.    Pay Record Review
                                                                DFAS representative will provide consultation                    Retiree Activities Office




                                                                                                                                                              holiday “Veterans Day” to remember all veter-
                                                          VA Benefits
                                                          Survivor Benefits

                                                          Legal Assistance
                                      8 A.M. to 11 A.M.          Wills – New or update                                           Legal Office
                                                                 Walk-In service available for only 85 people – Come early !!




NEWS/FEATURES: page 13                                                                                                                                        ans, regardless of when or where they served.
                                      9 A.M. to 3 P.M.            Powers of Attorney and general consultation                    Legal Office

                                      9 A.M. to 3 P.M.    ID Card and DBIDS Awareness
                                                                 Speakers from 6th Security Forces Squadron:                     Retiree Activities Office
                                                                     o Officer Reginald Henderson
                                                                     o SSgt Victor Ferreira
                                                                     ID card registration with DBIDS                             Retiree Activities Office
                                                                     ID Card Issue or Renewal                                    Pass and ID - Building 373




                                                                                                                                                              This is a day of reflection, a day for remember-
                                      9 A.M. to 3 P.M.    Casualty Assistance                                                    Pass and ID - Building 373

                                      9 A.M. to 3 P.M.    Vehicle Registration
                                                          Armed Forces Bank                                                      Information Booths in the
                                                          Space-A Travel                                                         Base Exchange Food Court
                                                          Retiree Associations (MOAA / TREA)




                                                                                                                                                              ing.
                                                          Airman and Family Readiness Center
                                                          Recreation Facilities
                                                          Volunteer Coordinator




Veterans Day holiday hours
                                                          Bayada Nurses Home Care Specialists
                                                          Florida National Cemeteries
                                                          American Military Retirees Association (AMRA)

                                         There will be prize drawings sponsored by the MacDill Class Six Store and the UPS Store. In addition, the Army and




                                                                                                                                                                 Since 1776, more than 48 million Ameri-
                                      Air Force Exchange Service and Commissary will offer discount coupons and provide free refreshments.




                                                                                                                                                              cans have served our country. Whether they
NEWS/FEATURES: page 16                                                                                                                                        served in times of war or peace, America’s vet-
                                                                                                                                                              erans all share a common bond - their unwav-
Native American heritage                                                                                                                                      ering belief in the cause of freedom, a belief
                                                                                                                                                              so strong they were willing to give their lives,
                                                                                                                                                              if need be, in its defense. Almost one million
NEWS/FEATURES: page 22                                                                                                                                        gave that ultimate sacrifice in defense of this                   Col. David P. Pavey
                                                                                                                                                              nation.
                                                                                                                                                                 We remember those who went before us, and those who still fight for us in present day. Like
Operation Cookie Drop           We’re looking for a few good Gingerbread Men.
                                 (And cookies, brownies, and other fresh-baked holiday treats.)
                                The mission: Spread TLC to some VIPs: MacDill’s Dorm Residents!
                                Your task: Bring cookies in disposable containers to Chapel Annex
                                Two or the Brandon Clinic from 0700 to 1300 hrs on Mon Dec 13
                                                                                                                                                              all warrior cultures, we remember stories of heroes like that of Army Sergeant Bob Barfield who
                                                                                                                                                              ignored orders to abandon the dead and wounded strewn across a Korean battlefield. He carried
                                Not able to bake? Not a problem! Donations of gallon ziploc bags
                                and large disposable (i.e., Ziploc, Gladware) containers also needed
                                Questions: Contact Michele Richoux, lmrichoux@gmail.com
                                THANK YOU for supporting our single and unaccompanied troops!!
                                 The 6th Annual Operation Cookie Drop is sponsored by MacDill Officer
                                              Spouses Club and Enlisted Spouses Club.




                                                                                                                                                              his wounded platoon commander to safety, even shielding him with his own body when they came
COMMUNITY: page 31                                                                                                                                            under fire from a group of Chinese soldiers. In the ensuing firefight, Sgt. Barfield killed five of the
                                                                                                                                                              attackers and rallied the surviving members of his squad to block the Chinese infantry from over-
Events, movies, more...                                                                                                                                       running his command’s bunker.
                                                                                                                                                                 We remember Marine Captain Presley O’Bannon, who as a first lieutenant was ordered to res-
Tuition assistance tid-bit #7                                                                                                                                 cue hostages aboard the U.S.S. Philadelphia, being held in the Barbary-controlled city of Derne. In
                                                                                                                                                              1805, O’Bannon led a 500-mile march from Alexandria across the Saharan desert to Derne, located
                                                                                                                                                              in Tripoli; a journey that took 17 days to complete. O’Bannon led a small detachment of Marines
   Tuition Assistance and Degree Plans:
                                                                                                                                                              and mercenaries that fought hand-to-hand with the pirate forces in the city for two hours before
It is the Airman’s responsibility to pro-                                                                                                                     raising the first American flag over a fortress of the Old World. This act of endurance and leader-
vide the Education Office with their edu-                                                                                                                     ship earned him a place as a hero of the United States Marine Corps and the line ‘To the shores of
cation goal and degree plan prior to re-                                                                                                                      Tripoli’ in the Marine’s hymn.
questing TA [2.7.3] More specifically, we                                                                                                                        We remember Master-At-Arms 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, a Navy SEAL. Monsoor was only
require an “evaluated” Degree Plan from                                                                                                                       25 when he was called upon to make the ultimate sacrifice. While providing security at a sniper
the school-specifically for the member.                                                                                                                       position in Ramadi, Iraq in 2006, a grenade bounced of Monsoor’s chest. He used his own body to
A standard/generic plan will only be ac-                                                                                                                      cover the grenade, shielding those around him from the lethal blast. This act of heroism saved the
cepted as an initial temporary measure                                                                                                                        lives of three of his teammates and three Iraqi Army soldiers. The congress of the United States
until a evaluated degree plan is received.                                                                                                                    awarded Monsoor the nation’s highest award – the Medal of Honor.
Failure to get this to our office from the                                                                                                                       We remember Staff Sergeant Zachary Rhyner, a Combat Controller, who was presented the Air
school will result in future TA being dis-                                                                                                                    Force Cross, the highest military decoration awarded by the Air Force, for uncommon valor for his
approved [5.1.3].                                                                                                                                             actions during an intense six-and-a-half-hour battle in the Shok Valley of Afghanistan, on April
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            See VETERANS, Page 28
 NEWS/FEATURES
Slow and steady wins the race                                                ‘Operation Partnership’ brings
                                                                           Tampa, military members together
by Lt. Col. Brian Smith
91st Air Refueling Squadron commander

   I’m a firm believer that
sometimes the intersection of
experience and circumstance
produces opportunities for per-
sonal growth. As a child, I read
the story of the race between
the tortoise and the hare. Re-
cently, I was reminded again
of the moral of its story due
to such an intersection of my
background and a new posi-
tion.
   Two years ago, I was for-
tunate enough to be selected
to take command of the 91st
Air Refueling Squadron. In
the weeks before my change
of command, I thought a lot                                                                                                       Photo by Capt. Shane Huff

about the goals I wanted to set                                            Civilian and military members share with each other at the Opera-
for the squadron and its Air-              Lt. Col. Brian Smith            tion Partnership luncheon Nov. 5 at the Surf’s Edge Enlisted Club.
men. I also thought a lot about
the goals I wanted to set for                                              by Capt. Shane Huff
myself. My thoughts would often take me back to the principles I wit-      927th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
nessed in my father’s life.
   Like many of you, my father has always been a role model — he              On Friday Operation Partnership began its second annual event
served in World War II and the Korean War and later was the first per-     with a luncheon held at the Surf’s Edge Club. Operation Partner-
                                                                           ship is a community relations building program between civilian com-
son in our family to graduate from college. He worked for the United
                                                                           panies of the greater Tampa Bay area and military organizations of
States Postal Service for more than 40 years, and was married to my
                                                                           MacDill Air Force Base. The idea of the program is to familiarize and
mother for almost 50 years. He left a clear legacy to my family, his
                                                                           share knowledge of each other’s responsibilities and areas of work.
friends and his employees. My father was consistent and balanced in
                                                                           Last year members of the 6th Air Mobility Wing, 927th Air Refueling
almost everything he did. It was this model of trust I wanted to set for
                                                                           Wing, Joint Communications Support Element, U.S. Central Com-
myself and how I wanted to lead the squadron.                              mand, and U.S. Special Operations Command hosted representatives
   Early last year I stood before my new squadron and told them my         from 60 different companies on base to showcase their particular unit.
new found formula for success — Consistency plus Balance equals            This year the event began with a lunch on base and was followed with
Trust. My experiences as a commander since then have only solidified       military members from each of the afore mentioned organizations go-
the lesson I learned from that story and my formula.                       ing off base to visit civilian companies for a reciprocal tour.
   The catch phrases for consistency are timeless: Do what’s right,           Army retired Lt. Col. Tom Mackiewicz, Director of Site Manage-
set the standard, follow through, deliver on your promises, and see it     ment for USAA’s Southeast Regional Office and Chair of the Oper-
finished. As many of us know from the story of the race, the tortoise      ation Partnership Committee, made opening remarks to begin the
was consistent in his approach and was rewarded for his efforts. Con-      event followed by posting of the colors by the Joint Communications
sistency is important not simply for a reward, but because it’s a trust    Support Element honor guard, and singing of the national anthem.
enabler. The manner in which leaders react to issues, prepare for chal-    The benefit of this program is getting members of MacDill and the
lenges and plan for the future sets the tone and communicates intent       local community. “It’s about awareness, to find the diversity which ex-
for subordinates. Airmen at all levels are empowered and can act           ists in the local community,” said Mackiewicz.
quickly in response to issues because they understand how the leader           This program was an annual event hosted at MacDill up until the
makes decisions.                                                                                                       See PARTNERSHIP, Page 6
                                        See SLOW AND STEADY, Page 10
PARTNERSHIP
From Page 4
events of 9-11. The heightened security on the base and the increased       marks on behalf of Col. Lenny Richoux, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander.
operations tempo dictated that it be suspended. At the suggestion of Maj.   “We want to be involved with each other, we want to learn from each other,
Gen. Retired Fred Raymond, Chairman of the Military Affairs Council at      we want to partner to lead the next generation of Americans doing great
the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce, and through the efforts of the       things in business, the military, and our community”, said Wolf. Colonel
6th Air Mobility Wing, and USAA, the event was restarted in a pilot form    Wolf gave special thanks to the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce,
back in January 2009.                                                       for putting Operation Partnership in place, “It’s an invaluable dialogue
  Lieutenant Col. Jason Wolf, the 310th Squadron commander, made re-        which I hope continues for many years into the future.”
NEWS/FEATURES
RETIREE APPRECIATION DAY - Mark your calendar !
             Saturday, November 13, 2010 has been designated Retiree Appreciation Day by Colonel Lenny J.
             Richoux, 6th Air Mobility Wing Commander at MacDill Air Force Base. Colonel Richoux invites military
             retirees of all service branches to visit MacDill AFB on this special day to acquaint themselves with
             benefits and services available at various base facilities. Please refer to the schedule of events below
             for details.

New this year: Representatives from the 6th Force Security will be present to introduce DBIDS and to register ID cards
for retirees and their dependents.

                           Retiree Appreciation Day 2010 - Schedule of Events
  Time                Events                                                                 Location
  7 A.M. to 1 P.M.    Pay-as-you-go Brunch                                                   Base Dining Facility
                                                                                             Hillsborough Loop Dr.
                                                                                             Bldg 263
  10 A.M. to 2 P.M.   Wine Tasting                                                           Class Six Store

  8 A.M. to Noon      Health Fair
                             Glaucoma screenings                                             MacDill Clinic
                             Cholesterol Measurements                                        3250 Zemke Ave.
                             Blood Pressure Checks
                             Health Care Symposium
                             Flu shots
                             (will be given depending on availability of flu vaccine)
                             TRICARE (Clinic Atrium)

  9 A.M. to 3 P.M.    Pay Record Review
                            DFAS representative will provide consultation                    Retiree Activities Office

                      VA Benefits
                      Survivor Benefits

                      Legal Assistance
  8 A.M. to 11 A.M.          Wills – New or update                                           Legal Office
                             Walk-In service available for only 85 people – Come early !!

  9 A.M. to 3 P.M.            Powers of Attorney and general consultation                    Legal Office

  9 A.M. to 3 P.M.    ID Card and DBIDS Awareness
                             Speakers from 6th Security Forces Squadron:                     Retiree Activities Office
                                 o Officer Reginald Henderson
                                 o SSgt Victor Ferreira
                                 ID card registration with DBIDS                             Retiree Activities Office
                                 ID Card Issue or Renewal                                    Pass and ID - Building 373

  9 A.M. to 3 P.M.    Casualty Assistance                                                    Pass and ID - Building 373

  9 A.M. to 3 P.M.    Vehicle Registration
                      Armed Forces Bank                                                      Information Booths in the
                      Space-A Travel                                                         Base Exchange Food Court
                      Retiree Associations (MOAA / TREA)
                      Airman and Family Readiness Center
                      Recreation Facilities
                      Volunteer Coordinator
                      Bayada Nurses Home Care Specialists
                      Florida National Cemeteries
                      American Military Retirees Association (AMRA)

     There will be prize drawings sponsored by the MacDill Class Six Store and the UPS Store. In addition, the Army and
  Air Force Exchange Service and Commissary will offer discount coupons and provide free refreshments.
SLOW AND STEADy
From Page 4

   This consistency is equally important at home. Your time with your
spouse and your children is precious. Consistency will allow you to
maximize the quality time you have to share with them. You may not
always be able to be there physically but at least be there mentally.
In other words, be involved with what is happening in their lives and
make the most of the time you have together by limiting distractions.
   Balance is equally essential for trust because it establishes cred-
ibility. The attributes of a balanced individual include confidence,
approachability, acceptability and dependability. Without it, the ups
and downs waste both energy and time. The tortoise portrayed bal-
ance very effectively in the race by his efficient use of energy. He
spent exactly the right amount of effort to get the job done. Extreme
approaches and reactions deviate from the norm and often jeopardize
both a leader’s approachability and an organization’s interactions. I’m
not talking about stifling creativity or innovation; I’m talking about
sound reasoning and logical, systematic paths to any goal.
   I probably don’t have to emphasize the importance of balancing ca-
reer with other aspects of our lives. We all struggle with it every day.
It’s important however for us to take a few moments when we can and
refocus on our priorities. Our careers are significant, but our families
are forever. The same thing goes for other areas of our lives — fitness,
education and religion to name a few.
   I’m certainly not the first person to rediscover the importance of
these key principles, but they seem to be the very lesson the tortoise
taught us in his fabled race against the hare. The moral of the story --
slow and steady wins the race -- is not forgotten. My father knew and
lived it; now I do too.
               MacDill Veteran’s Day Hours      operating hours
                        Veteran’s Day 2010 Holiday Weekend
                              MacDill Operating
MacDill Services                 Thur 11 Nov   Fri 12 Nov    Sat 13 Nov   Sun 14 Nov
6th Force Support Squadron
Surf’s Edge Sports Bar & Grill      Closed     1100-2100       Closed       Closed
Child Development Centers           Closed     0630 - 1800     Closed       Closed
Family Child Care                   Closed     0830 - 1730     Closed       Closed
Human Resources                     Closed        Closed       Closed       Closed
Resource Management                 Closed        Closed       Closed       Closed
Fitness Center                    0600-1800     0430-2200    0600-1800    0600-1800
Golf Course                       0630-1730    0630-1730     0630-1730    0630-1730
Golf Course Snack Bar Grill       0630-1400    0630-1400     0630-1400    0630-1400
Bowling Center                      Closed     1100-2400     1300-2400    1300-2000
Information, Tickets & Travel       Closed     0900-1700       Closed       Closed
                 Tickets Only       Closed     0900-1700     1000-1500      Closed
Library                             Closed     0900-1700     0900-1700      Closed
Bayshore Club
                      Swamp        Closed        Closed        Closed       Closed
                      Buffet       Closed        Closed        Closed       Closed
                      Brunch       Closed        Closed        Closed       Closed
                      Dinner       Closed        Closed        Closed       Closed

SeaScapes                          Closed      1100-2100       Closed       Closed
Diner’s Reef
                    Brunch        0730-1300    0730-1300     0730-1300    0730-1300
                    Dinner        0400-1800    0400-1800     0400-1800    0400-1800
             Midnight Meal        2200-2300    2200-2300     2200-2300    2200-2300
Veterinary Clinic                   Closed     0800-1600       Closed       Closed
Outdoor Recreation
Marina                            0700-1730    0700-1730     0700-1730    0700-1730
Building 60                       1000-1800    1000-1800     1000-1800    1000-1800
Skeet Range                         Closed     0800-1400     0800-1400      Closed
Main Pool                           Closed       Closed        Closed       Closed
Youth Center
Preteen                            Closed      1430 - 1900     Closed       Closed
Teen                               Closed      1430 - 2000     Closed       Closed
School Age                         Closed      0630 – 0800     Closed       Closed
                                               1415 - 1800
Arts & Craft
Framing & Engraving Shops          Closed       0900-1700       Closed      Closed
Auto Shop                          Closed        1000-1900    0900-1900     Closed
Wood Shop                          Closed        0900-1700      Closed      Closed
Military Personnel Section         Closed          Closed       Closed      Closed
Civilian Personnel Section         Closed          Closed       Closed      Closed
Base Education Office      Veteran’s Day 2010 Holiday Weekend
                                   Closed       0800-1600       Closed      Closed
Airman & Family Readiness        MacDill Operating Hours
                                   Closed       0730 - 1630     Closed      Closed
Center
AAFES/Facilities
Main Store                        1000-1700    0900-1900     0900-1900    1000-1800
Armed Forces Bank                 1000-1700    0900-1900     0900-1900    1000-1800
Class Six                           Closed     0900-1900     0900-1900    1000-1700
Military Clothing Sales             Closed     0900-1800     0900-1600    1000-1600
Furniture Store                   1000-1700    0900-1900     0900-1900    1000-1800
Shoppette/Gas                     0700-2200    0500-2200     0700-2200    0700-2200
Burger King                       1100-1600    0600-2000     0800-1800    1030-1700
Charley’s                         1100-1600    0700-1800     0700-1800    1000-1700
Anthony’s Pizza                   1100-1600    1000-1800     1000-1800    1100-1600
Robin Hood                          Closed     1030-1700     1030-1700    1100-1600
Taco Bell                           Closed     1030-1700     1030-1700    1100-1600
Manchu Wok                          Closed     1030-1730     1030-1730      Closed
Baskin Robbins                      Closed     1100-1600     1100-1600      Closed
Subway                              Closed     0700-1800       Closed       Closed
Socom Snk Bar                       Closed     0600-1400       Closed       Closed
Centcom Snk Bar                     Closed     0600-1400       Closed       Closed
BX Mall Barber Shop               0900-1600    0800-1800     0900-1600    1000-1600
GNC                               1000-1700    0900-1900     0900-1900    1000-1800
Dunkin Donuts                     0700-1500    0600-1800     0600-1800    0900-1700
Beauty Salon                        Closed     0900-1800     0800-1600      Closed
Firestone                         0700-1900    0700-1900     0700-1800    0800-1700
Game Stop                         1000-1700    0900-1900     0900-1900    1000-1800
UPS Store                         1000-1700    0900-1800     0900-1600      Closed
Marco's Pizza                     1100-1800    1100-2300     1100-2300    1100-2300
Optometry Care                      Closed     0900-1700      By Appt       Closed
Optical Center                      Closed     0900-1800     0900-1600      Closed
The Dry Cleaners                    Closed     0800-1800     0900-1600      Closed
Petals & Blooms                     Closed     0900-1800     0900-1600    1100-1600
Alterations                         Closed     0900-1800     0900-1600      Closed
Barber Shop Bldg. 17                Closed       Closed        Closed       Closed
Enterprise Bldg. 17               0800-1800    0800-1800     0900-1200      Closed
Wireless Advocate                 1000-1700    0900-1900     0900-1900    1000-1800
Commissary                        0900-1700    0900-1900     0900-1900    0900-1900
Security Forces
Visitor Reception Facility         Closed      0600-1800     0600-1800    0600-1800
Port Tampa Gate                    Closed      0530-1700     0530-1000      Closed
Police Services                    Closed      0700-1600       Closed       Closed
Security Forces
Administration                     Closed      0700-1600      Closed       Closed
 BRIEFS
Congratulations                                  3:30 p.m.; Nov. 13 and 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.   To enroll, change, or cancel your enrollment in
   Congratulation to Tech. Sgt. Athena L.        The house is a field grade, 4-bedroom home, but    FEHB (health) during the open season time
Jones, 6th Communications Squadron, for her      all ranks are welcome to visit. This is a great    frame call the Benefits and Entitlements Team
recent recognition as a Non-Commissioned Of-     opportunity for enlisted families to see what      at 1-800-616-3775. To enroll, change, or can-
ficer Academy Distinguished Graduate. Ser-       Harbor Bay has in store for them in 2011.          cel your enrollment during open season in the
geant Jones graduated in the top 10 percent of                                                      FEDVIP (dental/vision) go to their website at
her class.                                       2011 Federal Benefits open season                  www.BENEFEDS.com. To enroll in FSAFEDS
                                                    The Federal Benefits Open Season this year      (flexible spending account) go to their web site
Base housing open house                          is Nov. 8 – Dec. 13. You can find the 2011 bro-    at www.FSAFEDS.com. For more information
  Ever wanted to view one of the homes in In-    chures, plan comparison tools, and other re-       on long term care, call 1-800-582-3337 or to en-
dependence Park? Here’s your chance. This No-    source material at the Office of Personnel Man-    roll in long term care, go to their web site at
vember Harbor Bay is hosting an open house at    agement’s newly revamped insurance website.        www.ltcfeds.com.
2003 Thunderjet Blvd on Nov. 12 from 9 a.m. to   The website link is http://www.opm.gov/insure.                                See BRIEFS, Page 16
 NEWS/FEATURES
Clifford brings native American
heritage to MacDill AFB
Special to the Thunderbolt

   Some American Indian legends recount how the dog freely chose to be-
come a companion to man, but they probably never imagined that a dog
named Clifford would carry their spirit to MacDill Air Force Base.
   The Clifford in question came courtesy of Staff Sgt. Janet Montiel, chair
person for MacDill’s Native American/Alaskan Native Heritage Month
observance this year, and Senior Airman Brenda Langdon. They read his
story “Clifford’s Thanksgiving Visit” to Mrs. Sandy Bell’s 1st grade class
at Tinker Elementary School Nov. 3 as part of the base’s heritage month
events. Although the story focuses solely on a big red dog’s trip to the city
in modern America for Thanksgiving, the spirit of the Native Americans
came with Clifford nonetheless.
   “It’s hard to catch the kids’ attention on such an important topic, but
this was a great way to at least get them to think about stories that have
                                                                                                                                Photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz
relevance, such as Thanksgiving,” said Sergeant Montiel, who wore a
hand-made, Native American-style dress to set the mood.                   Tinker Elementary School children gather around to hear the story of
   “We’re glad to have them read to the kids as part of the events,” said Clifford, the story of a big red dog who visits the city for Thanksgiving
                                                                          as Staff Sgt. Janet Montiel, left, and Senior Airman Brenda Langdon tell
Mrs. Bell, the class teacher. “We also have other events, art activities, and
a lesson about the first Thanksgiving for social studies.”                the story. The event is part of Native American/Alaskan Native Heritage
                                                    See CLIFFORD, Page 27 Month being celebrated this month at MacDill.
                                                                          Big week a

                                      Tampa Bay Bucs
                                      players      Geno
                                      Hayes, LeGar-
                                      rette Blount and
                                      Josh Freeman on
                                      stage for Team
                                      MacDill during a
                                      military apprecia-
                                      tion pep rally held
                                      on base Tuesday.




Photo by Tech. Sgt. Tanika Belfield




                                                                                               Photo by Tech. Sgt. Tanika Belf

                                                                     Col. Donald Barnes, 6th Mission Suppo
                                                                     Group commander, gets his ears lowered b
                                                                     Master Sgt. Christopher King, 6 SF. The colo
                                                                     nel was paying off on a bet that he’d loos


                                                              (Left) Servicemembers from the 6th Air Mobility
                                                              Wing, United States Special Operations Com-
                                                              mand, and United States Central Command
                                                              come together at St.Pete Times Forum Tampa,
                                                              to unfurle the American Flag before the game,
                                                              Nov. 9. The Tampa Bay Lightning hosted this
                                                              game as a Military Appreciation Night in honor
                                                              of the upcoming Veterans Day.


                           Photo By: Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz                                                      (Backgr
                                                                                                                 Comma
at MacDill




                                                                                                                     Col. Dennis Beatty, 6ht Medi-
                                                                                                                     cal Group commander, with the
                                                                                                                     Bronze Star awarded Tuesday. He
                                                                                                                     earned the medal for his service
                                                                                                                     during a recent deployment to
                                                                                                                     Balad, Iraq.




field                           Photo by Tech. Sgt. Tanika Belfield

ort     Lt. Col. Kenneth Ohlson, 6th Security Forc-
by      es Squadron commander, gets his buzz-cut
 o-     from Tech. Sgt. Melvin Teartt, 6 SF. He, too,
se




                                                                                                                                    Photo by Staff Sgt. Nancy Hooks

                                                                      Tinker Elementary School students participate in a flag folding ceremony in honor
                                                                      of Veterans Day Nov. 3 at MacDill Air Force Base. Lt. Col. Joseph Heilhecker, 6th
                                                                      Maintenance Squadron commander, was the guest speaker at the event.


                                                                                                                                    Photo by Tech. Sgt. Tanika Belfield

round image) MacDill is a busy place. Some 10,000 cars enter and exit the gates daily. The wing commander is actively working with Air Mobility
and and local governments to alleviate morning and evening traffic delays, as well as increase parking availability. We are making progress.
 NEWS/FEATURES
MacDill first location for
free toy giveaway program
Special to the Thunderbolt

   Representatives from the Toy Industry Foundation and Boys & Girls
Clubs of America will distribute toys to children of military families
stationed at MacDill Air Force Base on Nov. 17 from 2 to 6 p.m. in Han-
gar 3.
   MacDill AFB was chosen as the first Air Force installation by the Toy
Industry Foundation to participate in their Play Comforts Program.
   “MacDill is very proud to represent the Air Force and to have been
the first Air Force base selected to receive this gracious gift to the bene-
fit of all branches of our military families during these difficult times of
high operations tempo and deployments,” said Lisa LaConte, 6th Force
Support Squadron, Caring For People coordinator.
   The toys were donated to The Toy Bank, the foundation’s signature
program, by generous toy manufacturers, retailers and distributors
both local and nation-wide. Through the Play Comforts partnership,
TIF provides Toy Bank toys to members of Boys & Girls Clubs located
on military bases across the country with high deployment rates. The
initiative includes grant funding from the foundation and is its first-
ever national toy distribution program to canvas every branch of the
military.                                                                      We’re looking for a few good Gingerbread Men.
   TIF and BCGA are honored to have senior MacDill Air Force officials
on hand to accept the toys on behalf of the Air Force community. Volun-
                                                                                (And cookies, brownies, and other fresh-baked holiday treats.)
teers and staff members will then distribute free toys and refreshments        The mission: Spread TLC to some VIPs: MacDill’s Dorm Residents!
to the children and their parents.
   “The toy industry and it’s foundation are deeply committed to giving        Your task: Bring cookies in disposable containers to Chapel Annex
back to our military families who have made great sacrifices for our           Two or the Brandon Clinic from 0700 to 1300 hrs on Mon Dec 13
country,” said Jean Butler, the foundation’s executive director. “We work
to share the joy of play with as many children as we can and this op-          Not able to bake? Not a problem! Donations of gallon ziploc bags
portunity to say thank you to so many deserving young heroes is truly          and large disposable (i.e., Ziploc, Gladware) containers also needed
special.”
   “We are astonished and grateful for the Toy Industry Foundation’s           Questions: Contact Michele Richoux, lmrichoux@gmail.com
continuous generosity,” said Terrill D. Wicks, BGCA’s vice president of        THANK YOU for supporting our single and unaccompanied troops!!
Military Services and International Projects. “Their unwavering sup-
port for our military youth is greatly appreciated and we thank them            The 6th Annual Operation Cookie Drop is sponsored by MacDill Officer
for making these toys available to children at MacDill Air Force Base.”                      Spouses Club and Enlisted Spouses Club.
DIAMOND SHARP
                                                                       Staff Sgt. William Colavolpe
                                                                   6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
                                            Job Title: KC-135 aircraft Crew Chief
                                            Hometown: Orange, Conn.
                                            Short-term goals: Achieve my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice

                                            Long-term goals: The sky’s the limit.
                                            Advice to others: Learn from your shortfalls.

                                            Role model and why: My mother, she’s always supporting and encouraging met.

                                            Why did you join? For a better life and education



BRIEFS
From Page 14
Giant Campus offers computer,
technology courses
   Giant Campus provides free basic to ad-
vanced comprehensive computer and technol-
ogy programs for military members and their
families through their online option. Courses
are geared toward helping you become more ef-
ficient in software applications you use in your
job and for personal productivity. Courses for
adults, teens, and kids Include: Computer Fun-
damentals, Internet and E-mail Fundamen-
tals, Microsoft Office 2007 Suite, Web Design,
Graphic Design, Digital Photography, Game
Design, & Animation. For more information
about the programs at MacDill AFB contact,
Laura Houston by e-mail at laurah@giantcam-
pus.com or call 813-361-1852 or visit their web
site at www.giantcampus.com/macdill.
                                                   ological dig in 1960, when a team discovered an-   being proclaimed. In 1990 President George H.
CLIFFORD                                           cient artifacts at Gadsden Point (Bay Palms golf   W. Bush approved a joint resolution designat-
From Page 16                                       complex). After contacting the State of Florida,   ing November 1990 “National American Indian
   “The observance is designed to recognize the    base officials worked with 11 federally recog-     Heritage Month.” Similar proclamations, under
many contributions and achievements of all Na-     nized native local tribes to settle ownership of   different names (including “Native American
tive Americans to the American culture and to      the artifacts. In 1996, the base invited a Semi-   Heritage Month” and “National American Indian
increase awareness, mutual respect and under-      nole shaman for a re-internment ceremony.          and Alaska Native Heritage Month”) have been
standing,” said Sergeant Montiel, whose family        Also, Native Americans appeared to have had     issued each year since 1994. This year’s theme is
claims ancestry to the Choctaw and Cherokee        a settlement at Culbreath Point (closer to the     “Life Is Sacred - Celebrate Healthy Native Com-
nations (and possibly the Chicasaw) – three of     4th Assault Amphibian Battalion on West Gan-       munities.”
the five tribes that formed what 19th Century      dy Boulevard). That settlement came well be-          The book reading, along with a cake cutting
white settlers in America called the “Five Civi-   fore the late 1600s when Spanish and English       Nov. 1, helped kick off a series of heritage events
lized Tribes.”                                     explorers ventured here in search of deep-water    at MacDill that run through November. The big
   The history of MacDill also has some unique     ports and suitable locations for a settlement.     event will be a story teller and dancers from the
links to Native American heritage. The base’s         This year’s events at MacDill are part of a     American Indian Association of Florida Nov. 29
first commanding officer, Gen. Clarence Tinker,    national observance, which is a relatively re-     at 11:30 a.m. at the Surf’s Edge Club. The club
became the first Air Corps/Air Force general of    cent arrival to the community of American heri-    will serve Native American cuisine to include
Native American descent in 1940. His lineage       tage month commemorations. Although there          Tewa Tacos and Cherokee chicken.
linked him to the Osage nation in Oklahoma,        had been several efforts to set aside a day for       For more information about Native American
where he was born.                                 the “First Americans” around 1915, there is no     Heritage Month events at MacDill, contact Ser-
   Other MacDill connections include an archae-    currently known record of such a national day      geant Montiel at (813) 828-1935.
VETERANS
From Page 3
6, 2008. Wounded by      providing suppres-       ver Stars. When asked    position would’ve done   night-time training      history is filled with
persistent insurgent     sive fire with his M-4   about his experience,    just what I did.”        missions, rescuing       their brave actions
fire which earned him    rifle as fellow team-    Sergeant Rhyner, a          Not every veteran     crewmembers from         and quiet courage.
the Purple Heart,        mates were extracted     Senior Airman at the     saw combat, but even     downed aircraft, or      Faced with different
Sergeant Rhyner coor-    from the line of fire.   time of the battle,      in peacetime they face   providing relief sup-    challenges, today’s vet-
dinated more than 50     Soldiers in the battle   modestly remarked,       dangers that most        plies after a natural    erans are no different
aerial attacks against   were also awarded an     “Any other Combat        other Americans never    disaster all come with   than those in our past.
the enemy while          unprecedented 10 Sil-    Controller in the same   know. Hazardous          elements of risk. Our    The theme of ‘service
                                                                                                                             before self’ in the Air
                                                                                                                             Force - and in every
                                                                                                                             service - is a constant
                                                                                                                             one that binds our
                                                                                                                             veterans together
                                                                                                                             through the decades.
                                                                                                                             Service before self
                                                                                                                             is why we owe all of
                                                                                                                             our veterans a debt of
                                                                                                                             gratitude...yesterday,
                                                                                                                             today and tomorrow.
                                                                                                                             On this Veterans Day,
                                                                                                                             let us remember and
                                                                                                                             honor all those who
                                                                                                                             have served, for they
                                                                                                                             are true heroes.
MACDILL COMMUNITY
EVENTS
Friday
Arts & Crafts Center
FREE Open Scrapbooking from
10a.m.-3p.m.Stop by for the whole
time or whatever fits into your
schedule.

Surf’s Edge Club
Membership Dinner from 5:30-9p.m.
Members Free; Spouse $12.95; Non-
Members $14.95

Saturday
Youth Center
Dinner & Movie - teens only. Let’s
help celebrate our thankfulness from
12-6p.m. Movie TBA. Dinner will be
teens choice. Cost dinner & movie.


Monday
Outdoor Recreation
LAST DAY TO REGISTER for Big
Cat Rescue Trip on 20 Nov. Buy one
person, get one FREE! $35pp. For
more information call 840-6919.                                                                                                         Photo by Tech. Sgt. Tanika Belfield

                                         Col Lenny Richoux, 6th Air Mobility Wing commander, and Mrs. Michele Richoux wave to the crowd
Tuesday                                  during the Tampa Bay Veterans Day Parade in Tampa, Nov. 6. Col Richoux served as the 2010 grand
Library
Anime & Magna Club 7-5-3 Festival
from 6-7p.m.
                                        CHAPEL SCHEDULE
Wednesday                               Protestant services                                           Catholic services
Short Fitness & Sports Center           Sunday - 9 a.m., Traditional Service                          Saturday - Mass, 5:30 p.m.
Turkey Trot 5K Run – 7a.m. at the       10:30 a.m., Religious Education, Noon, Gospel Service         Sunday - Mass, 10:30 a.m.
Fitness Center. – sponsored by Sta-                                                                   Monday to Thursday: Mass, 12:10 p.m.
dium Toyota, Special Operations         Wednesday - 10:30 a.m., Women of the Chapel                   Saturday - Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4:30 p.m., (or by ap-
Warrior Foundation, and USAA*                                                                         pointment)
*No federal endorsement of sponsor      Thursday - 11:30 a.m., Officers’ Christian Fellowship         Islamic services
intended.                               For more information regarding the Chapel or Chapel servic-   Friday - 1:15 p.m.
                                        es, call 828-3621.                                            Jewish services - Call 828-3621
Thursday
Library
Got Game? Come play pass the stuff-
ing super smash spectacular from
                                        AT THE MOVIES                                           $4 for adults / $2 for children 828-2780

6-7:30p.m.                              Friday - 7 p.m.                           Saturday - 3 p.m.                        Saturday - 7 p.m.

For more information please visit our   Town (R)                                  No showing                               You Again (PG)
website at www.macdillfss.com
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NEWS/FEATURES
  Gongrats to CCAF grads                      6th Logistics Readiness Squadron
                                              Staff Sgt. Kyle Brinkman
                                                                                    Staff Sgt. Hallie Pell
                                                                                    Staff Sgt. Kevin Sackett
                                              Airman 1st Class James Fox            Senior Airman Luis Talamantes
  The following earned their Community Col-   Staff Sgt. Julia Getter               Joint Communications Support Element
                                              Staff Sgt. Adam Rozehnal              Staff Sgt. Randall Dean
  lege of the Air Force Associate’s Degree    Tech. Sgt. Jacob Sanchez              Tech. Sgt. John Penland
                                              Tech. Sgt. Dudley Watson              Staff Sgt. Aracely Prane
   6th Air Mobility Wing                      6th Maintenance Operations Squadron   Master Sgt. Michael Swanson
   Staff Sgt. Adam McConnaughy                Staff Sgt. Nicholas Cree              U.S. Central Command
   Staff Sgt. Janet Montiel                   Staff Sgt. Larry Davis                Tech. Sgt. Essence Aikens
   Master Sgt. Alana Vollmer                  Tech. Sgt. Meoka Hall                 Master Sgt. Christopher Ballard
   49th Material Maintenance Support Sq       6th Maintenance Squadron              Senior Airman Sonny Cabral
   Staff Sgt. Jonathan Koller                 Tech. Sgt. Ronald Trucott             Master Sgt. Eric Deskin
   Staff Sgt. Ruben Lima                      6th Medical Operations Squadron       Tech. Sgt. Melchor Douglas
   6th Aerospace Medicine Squadron            Staff Sgt. Jessica Bludau             Master Sgt. Larry Hancock
   Staff Sgt. Raquel Solivan                  Senior Airman Xasandra Cisneros       Staff Sgt. Cristy Harding
   Senior Airman Tawny Uemura-Oquendo         Master Sgt. Herbert Johnson           Tech. Sgt. Mary Hooper
   6th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron          Senior Airman Nichole Smith           Senior Master Sgt. Gregory Horn
   Master Sgt. Jeffrey Cartwright             Senior Airman Michelle Thompson       Tech. Sgt. Shubert Mendez
   Staff Sgt. William Colavolpe               6th Medical Support Squadron          Tech. Sgt. John Moore
   Staff Sgt. Enden Harrington                Master Sgt. James Bernard             Tech. Sgt. Jamie Smalls
   6th Civil Engineer Squadron                Staff Sgt. Mary Muhammad-Baker        U.S. Special Operations Command
   Staff Sgt. Shaun Prouty                    Tech. Sgt. Marcos Silva               Master Sgt. Hester Brinkley
   6th Communications Squadron                Senior Airman Katrevious Swift        Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Englebert
   Staff Sgt. Anthony Amphay                  Staff Sgt. Mariela Umpierre           Tech. Sgt. Taneka Lyles
   Master Sgt. John Johns                     Tech. Sgt. Angela Ware                Master Sgt. Jerome Martin
   Senior Airman Dallas Spellman              Staff Sgt. Rolando Watkins            Tech. Sgt. Victoria Meyer
   6th Comptrollers Squadron                  6th Operations Group                  Tech. Sgt. James Salgado
   Senior Airman Brandon Bednarski            Senior Airman Allison Encarnacion     Tech. Sgt. Troy Swann
   6th Contracting Squadron                   6th Operations Support Squadron       Tech. Sgt. Christina Tinsley
   Staff Sgt. Nicholas Turner                 Staff Sgt. Laura Pearce               Master Sgt. Pauline Tudor
   6th Dental Squadron                        6th Security Forces Squadron          Master Sgt. Stephen White
    Senior Airman Rosalyn Frazee              Senior Airman Tiffany Brown           Tech. Sgt. Tina Williams
   Master Sgt. David Hamlet                   Senior Airman Brandyn Dickinson       Senior Master Sgt. Brent Benson
   6th Force Support Squadron                 Staff Sgt. Scott Highland             Tech. Sgt. August Boudreaux
   Master Sgt Lazaro Puentes                  Tech. Sgt. Brian Morrill              Master Sgt. Walter James
   Staff Sgt. Michael Ragsdale                Airman 1st Class Bryan Murphy         Tech. Sgt. Craig Mills

				
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