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The 325th Fighter Wing is host to more than 30 tenant organizations located at Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla. The wing is comprised of the 325th Operations Group, 325th Maintenance Group, 325th Mission Support Group and 325th Medical Group. Other specialties trained under the 325th Fighter Wing include F-15 and F-22 intelligence officer training, F-15 and F-22 crew chief training and enlisted air traffic controller training.

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Tyndall Air Force Base News

Airman Leadership School graduation

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March 31, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Congratulations to Airman Leadership School Class 14-3 graduates. Thirty-four Team Tyndall Airmen graduated during a ceremony March 27 at the Horizons Community Center.

Airman Leadership School is a five week-long Air Force program designed to develop Airmen into effective front-line supervisors. It is the first professional military education that enlisted Air Force members encounter. ALS focuses on developing leadership abilities as well as effective communication. Senior airmen with 48 months time-in-service or those with a promotion line number for staff sergeant are eligible to attend. The member must also have at least six months of retainability from the projected class graduation date before being enrolled. ALS covers combat leader, military professional, supervisor of Airmen, verbal and written communication, and group dynamics. A majority of the instruction focuses around various Air Force rules and regulations.
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Congratulations to the new Senior Master Sergeants selects

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March 25, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Nine Tyndall master sergeants were selected for promotion to senior master sergeants March 20.

Following are the new selects and their thoughts about receiving their promotion:

Master Sgt. Timothy A. Franklin, 325th Maintenance Squadron.

"Making senior master sergeant means a lot to me," Franklin said. "It was a goal I set for myself, after making master sergeant, for when I thought I could serve credibly in that position. After serving in a special duty and holding many jobs in the maintenance arena, I think I am ready to serve my Airmen and my leaders in a way to make them better while accomplishing the mission."
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Airmen recognized with BTZ promotions

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March 25, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Fourteen Tyndall Airmen 1st Class received below-the-zone promotion notifications March 24.

"Your hard work and dedication to your craft is a tremendous asset to Tyndall and your fellow Airmen," said Col. Mark O'Laughlin, 325th Fighter Wing vice commander.

The BTZ program allows those in the rank of airmen 1st class to be promoted to senior airman six months before they normally would.

The 14 recipients were:

Backus, Patrick - 772nd Enterprise Sourcing Squadron
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2014 Air Force Assistance Fund underway

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March 24, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The 2014 Air Force Assistance Fund is currently underway and will continue until April 11.

According to the website, AFAF raises funds for the charitable affiliates that provide support to the Air Force family, including active duty, retirees, reservists, guard and their dependents including surviving spouses in need.

"We as Airmen are in the business of taking care of each other," said Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Whiting, 95th Aircraft Maintenance Unit assistant superintendent and AFAF assistant instillation project officer. "That is what this fund is all about. One hundred percent of the donations collected are invested in programs designed for the Air Force family; many of them directly impact the lives of Tyndall's Airmen."
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Tyndall recognizes top maintainers

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March 24, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The 325th Maintenance Group held their annual banquet March 7 with more than 650 in attendance.

"The Maintenance Professionals of the Year banquet offers us a chance to recognize those in the group who excelled in their specialties over the year," said Col. Curtis Hafer, 325th MXG commander.


The original maintenance professional award was established in 1979 to recognize outstanding performance of direct, sortie-producing maintenance specialists. Support, training and staff personnel make vital contributions which effective sortie production. Tyndall recognized these important professionals in their diversified career fields.
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82nd ATRS helps rescue boaters

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March 18, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Tyndall Airmen helped locate a boat in distress March 14, 30 miles south of Cape San Blas, Fla.

The 82nd Aerial Target Squadron team was on an E-9A Widget completing their mission when they received a distress call indicating there was a vessel taking in water with four men on board happening in their area.

"Soon after we received the coordinates of the boat we started working on finding it," said Maj. Gerardo Sanzhez, 82nd ATRS director of operations.

It didn't take long for the team to find the craft with four men on board.
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Airman receives Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor

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March 17, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

An Airman received the Distinguished Flying Cross with Valor March 11 at Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla. for providing rescue to soldiers surrounded by improvised explosive devices.

Lt. Gen. Bradley A. Heithold, United States Special Operations Command vice commander, presented the cross to Staff Sgt. Thomas Culpepper, NSA Panama City 342nd Training Squadron Detachment 2 Air Force Combat Dive Course pararescuman, for his acts during a 2011 deployment.

"I was surprised," Culpepper said. "It's an odd thing when you feel like you went out and did your job one day, get a medal out of it, when you don't feel like you did anything outside your job description."
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Temporary Lodging Expense reimbursement extension

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March 14, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Airmen new to Tyndall now have up to 60 days to be reimbursed for Temporary Lodging Expenses starting March 12 and ending Sept. 14.

"Typically, a member is only authorized 10 days of TLE between old and new permanent duty stations," said Col. David E. Graff, 325th Fighter Wing commander, in a memorandum to the new arrivals to Tyndall. "The temporary increase allows members newly assigned to Tyndall to be reimbursed up to a maximum of 60 total days."
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Master Sergeant wins 9th Air Force level award

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March 14, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

A Tyndall master sergeant won a 9th Air Force level award by showing extraordinary leadership and Air Force wide impact.

Master Sgt. Kelly Herndon, 325th Force Support Squadron base training superintendent, won the 2013 Headquarters 9th Air Force Senior NCO of the year award.

Her exceptional organizational skills and dedication shined bright as she coordinated with several career field managers, fixing errors which ultimately influenced approximately 26,000 careers.
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ABM Class 14008

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March 13, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Eight Team Tyndall Airmen graduated from the Undergraduate Air Battle Manager training program in a ceremony March 12.

The students completed a rigorous nine-month course of instruction preparing them for duty aboard the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) and the E-8 Joint Surveillance and Target Attack Radar System (J-STARS) aircraft. Upon graduation, students also received their wings.

Air battle managers' primary responsibilities include providing command and control in the battlespace and ensuring combat aircraft find, identify and destroy their targets. They do this by providing the pilots with a tactical picture, which increases combat capability and situational awareness. Air battle managers also provide early warning for inbound enemy aircraft and direct friendly assets to intercept them.
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Tyndall Airmen say thank you

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March 11, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Thousands of Tyndall Airmen left base March 10 with one thing on their minds, saying thank you to the local community for their support of the military.

As part of Comprehensive Airmen Fitness day, Tyndall partnered with more than 40 schools, parks and non-profit agencies to complete volunteer projects throughout the community.

"CAF day is truly a win-win scenario for everyone involved," said Col. David E. Graff, 325th Fighter Wing commander. "Not only did it give Airmen the chance to get involved with local organizations, but Bay County also benefits from the Tyndall Airmen willing to sacrifice their time to give back to the community that has given us so much."
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Tyndall submits proposal for public comment

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March 10, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

After hosting two town halls and meeting with concerned citizen groups and elected leaders for nine months, officials here submitted the waterways security proposal to the Army Corps of Engineers, which will publish the proposal for public comment in the upcoming months.

"We have worked diligently to hear the concerns of our neighbors in Bay County through several venues," said Col. Christopher Holmes, 325th Mission Support Group commander. "The feedback provided over the last several months assisted us in developing a strong proposal, which allows us to protect our people and assets during a threat and still allow everyone to enjoy what makes Bay County such a great place."
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Officer receives nomination

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March 10, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

An officer here received the nomination for the 2013 Outstanding Intelligence Surveillance Reconnaissance Instructor of the Year for Air Combat Command.

Capt. Dwayne, 325th Fighter Wing, won the 9th Air Force ISR award and is now competing at the ACC level for his outstanding leadership and performance.

"He is an outstanding instructor and officer," said Maj. Robin, 325th FW. "We were really excited that he was recognized by the 9th Air Force. He is heavily involved in training as well as the combat mission side of the house."
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Firefighting with the commander

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March 7, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

The 325th Fighter Wing commander shadowed a firefighter Airman March 7 at the Fire Department Training area.

Col. David E. Graff, 325th FW commander, went to the training area where he met Airman 1st Class Justin Gettel, 325th Civil Engineer Squadron fire and emergency services fire protection apprentice, as part of the Airman Shadow Program.

"When I received the news that I was being shadowed I was surprised they would ask me," Gettel said. "Then, learned about the program and, from there, I was honored and excited to get started."
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Special duty job fair comes to Tyndall

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March 7, 2014 in Florida, Tyndall Air Force Base by clevine

Tyndall hosted a Developmental Special Duty Job Fair March 7 at the Horizons Community Center.

It began with a short overview of the program by Lt. Col. Kyle Head, 325th Force Support Squadron commander, and Senior Master Sgt. Kristy Earls, 325th Force Support Squadron career assistance advisor, and remained open for attendees to visit informational booths.

"This is an opportunity for Airmen to step outside their career fields and comfort zones to do something to help support the Air Force," said Earls. "It is an opportunity to get a different perspective, and bring it back to our own career fields and help develop people."
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