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Vol. 8, No. 44
Clothesline Project raises public awareness
By Airman 1st Class Ty-Rico Lea
325th Fighter Wing
Public Affairs
Each October, the Tyndall
Family Advocacy Program
is charged with implementing awareness projects
to place a special emphasis on domestic violence
This year, in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a
clothesline has been placed
at the Base Exchange to offer those affected by abuse
a chance to heal, share
their message about their
experience and educate
the remainder of the community about this global
The clothesline features
T-shirts that have been
painted by airmen and
family members assigned
to Tyndall.
In 1990, to address this
issue of domestic violence,
a program was started
in Cape Cod, Mass., that
became known as The
Clothesline Project. The
CLP is a visual display that
technician, and
calls attention to the violence and acts as a vehicle Senior Airman Jennifer Jobe, 325th Maintenance Squadron munition controller, design display T-shirts for
domestic violence awareness month Oct. 21 at Tyndall. The shirts will serve as a reminder to people that
domestic violence is a serious issue that affects everyone directly and indirectly.
• WHITE represents
victims who died
because of violence
BEIGE represents
battered or assaulted
• RED, PINK and
ORANGE are for
survivors of rape and
sexual assault
• BLUE and
GREEN represent
survivors of incest and
sexual abuse
represents individuals
attacked because of
their sexual orientation
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clothesline from page 1
for those affected by it to
express their emotions
by decorating a shirt. The
shirts are designed by survivors of violence, family,
friends and victims of violence and those wanting to
raise awareness, who hang
these shirts side-by-side to
“Break the Silence.”
“The project focuses on
educating the public about
violence and providing solutions through individual
action to prevent violence,”
said Michelle Lasater,
Family Advocacy Program
outreach manager. “With
the support of many, it has
spread world-wide.”
It is estimated there are
500 projects nationally and
internationally, with an
estimated 50,000 to 60,000
shirts in 41 states and five
countries, said Lasater.
The CLP T-shirts consist of several colors that
represent different types
of victimization through
• White represents victims who died because of
• Yellow or beige represents battered or assaulted
• Red, pink and orange
are for survivors of rape
and sexual assault
• Blue and green represent survivors of incest
and sexual abuse
• Purple or lavender
represents individuals attacked because of their
sexual orientation
“I think it’s great that
the Air Force devotes an
entire month to the issue
Photos by Airman 1st Class Ty-Rico Lea | Air Force
At left, a display of T-shirts hangs in the Base Exchange parking lot during domestic violence awareness month Oct. at Tyndall. At
right, a domestic violence awareness display stands in the Fitness Center during domestic violence awareness month Oct. 21 at Tyndall.
of domestic violence,” said
Senior Airman Jennifer
Jobe, 325th Maintenance
Squadron munition controller. “Raising awareness of the issue is one of
the best ways to prevent it
from continuing. Domestic
violence creates delicate
situations that people don’t
necessarily like to talk
about, but bringing it up
even once a year can enable those who need the
help to receive it.”
Awareness month is not
only centered around one
certain group of people.
“In keeping with current trends, our project
serves as a memorial to all
victims of intimate partner
violence,” Lasater said.
“Intimate partner violence
victims cover the spectrum of age, race, religion,
culture, income and education, and although the
original project was about
women, over time it has
been shown that domestic
violence is a much larger
issue that is not exclusive
to one gender.”
In an effort to reach
a wide audience, Family
Advocacy partnered with
other base agencies and
community entities to help
spread this message. Floral arrangements bearing
this year’s theme, “Keep
Calm and Stop Domestic
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Violence,” are placed at
Tyndall Federal Credit
Union and Horizons Community Center luncheon
buffet tables.
“According to the National Coalition of Domestic Violence, one in four
women and one in nine men
will experience domestic
violence in their lifetime.
Domestic violence harms
more women than diabetes, lung cancer or stroke,”
Lasater said. “Sadly, the
Air Force experiences domestic violence related fatalities each year. Although
a low number in comparison to national statistics,
those deaths affect many
airmen and families.”
Although October calls
for a concentrated effort
to educate the community, the Family Advocacy
Program provides programs in an effort to promote awareness for nonviolent communities and
enhance our populations’
knowledge and personal
strengths for building and
maintaining airmen and
family wellness.
“Many individuals think
that someone has to be
experiencing abuse to utilize our program,” Lasater
said. “Even though we offer specialized services for
individuals facing an abusive situation, we also offer ongoing support to our
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It’s your Airmen lead the way in last pre-Ranger course
to vote
By Airman 1st Class Christian Clausen
432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary
Wing Public Affairs
By Airman 1st Class Dustin Mullen
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Giving citizens the right to vote
is the key in a democratic society. And just because someone
is not currently living in their
home-state, does not mean their
voice can’t be heard.
The Air Force Voter Assistance Program is a program
aimed at assisting military personnel and their family members, to register and vote either at the polls or by absentee
“The mission of the Voter
Assistance Program is to provide assistance for all elections,
regardless of when they are
held, with special emphasis
on the period prior to general
elections,” said Senior Master
Sgt. Angela Stovall, Airey NCO
Academy director of education and voting assistance officer. “The VAP is a year-round
The Department of Defense
recognized that service members were defending their country but were not able to let their
voice be heard through the election process, said Stovall.
“Due to the nature of our
service, uniformed military
members will often find themselves far from the places they
call home,” said Capt. James
Johnston, 325th Operations
Support Squadron F-22 Raptor
intelligence formal training unit
chief and votering assistance
officer. “They may be deployed,
protecting the very freedom
that allows them to vote, and we
need to give them the opportunity to exercise that right!”
There are many ways to get
involved in the Voter Assistance
Program. Contact the Installation Voter Assistance Officer
by calling 283-8011, emailing
[email protected] or visiting
the office in the Base Support
(AFNS) — Twenty-one airmen
from around the Air Force were
put to the test both physically and
mentally in their pursuits to attend the U.S. Army Ranger school
during the Ranger Assessment
Course (RAC) Oct. 2-16, at Silver
Flag Alpha range, Nevada.
The course has existed in Nevada since the early 1980s, and this
was the last class at this location.
The RAC is a leadership course
designed to prepare airmen of
all Air Force specialty codes for
Ranger School. For two weeks,
airmen endure and are evaluated on extreme physical, mental
and emotional stress, while coping with demanding conditions,
23 hours a day.
“They’re constantly being
evaluated and not just by us but by
their peers as well,” said Lt. Col.
Larry Wood, the chief individual
mobilization augmentation of security forces for Air Combat Command. “We evaluate how well they
lead and how well they follow.”
Since 1950, barely 300 airmen
have been Ranger qualified. In
order for airmen to join this exclusive group, they must be able
to complete the physical requirements, overcome food and sleep
deprivation — all while performing
effectively as leaders and followers. Once they receive their coveted “go” rating and complete the
RAC, they can continue to attend
the U.S. Army Ranger School.
On average, only 35-50 percent
of participating airmen complete
this course. Students can’t actually
fail the RAC, but are given the option to quit on their own account.
If they quit, they will not be permitted to attend the course again.
However, if students are medically eliminated due to injuries
sustained during the course, they
will be allowed to return at a later
“Typically (students quit) due
to lack of preparation,” said Master Sgt. Dzajic Martinez, the 99th
Ground Combat Training Squadron NCO in charge of operations.
“They come out not expecting
what they got themselves into,
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Senior Airman Zachary Baldridge carries a fellow airman back to the rest of the squad during a
foot patrol during the Ranger Assessment Course Oct. 8 at Silver Flag Alpha range, Nev.
and it’s the shock of the sleep and
food deprivation and stress that
gets them.”
The rigorous training course
includes an Army Ranger physical assessment test, 12-mile ruck
march, land navigation, weapons
maintenance and employment,
combat water survival, small unit
tactics and foot patrols.
“We bombard them with information, we demonstrate it for
them, and then expect them to be
able to perform it,” Wood said.
All of the assessments are challenging, but perhaps the most difficult for the students are the foot
patrols. Exhaustion from sleep
and food deprivation overwhelms
the students as they attempt to
navigate map points while undergoing ambushes.
“Patrolling is the hardest
(part),” Wood said. “A lot of them
have never done these types of
patrols before, so it’s a very steep
learning curve.”
Although students agreed the
patrols were difficult, each had
their own reason why the course
was challenging.
“The most challenging thing
for me, aside from the physical
stress, was the mental stress,”
said Senior Airman Clifford Abner,
a 799th Security Forces Squadron
member from Creech Air Force
Base, Nevada.
Senior Airman Zachary Baldridge from the 20th Security
Forces Squadron at Shaw AFB,
South Carolina, said the most
challenging part for him was being
sleep deprived and hungry while
performing at 110 percent.
Although a number of students
may graduate from the course, not
all are given the “go” rating to attend Ranger School.
During this final class at the
Silver Flag Alpha range, 15 out of
21 airmen graduated with six having earned the opportunity to go
Ranger School.
“This class’s (attrition rate)
was about 20 percent,” Wood said.
“One quit and the rest were medical drops. This is highly unusual.
We have an above 80 percent success rate for Airmen chosen from
this course who go on to earn their
tab at Ranger School. The ones
that don’t make it are usually due
to medical issues.”
To most airmen who attend
this course, the leadership skills
are highly beneficial.
“For those who go through,
there’s no additional pay, but it’s
not about that,” Martinez said.
“It’s about what you can bring
back to your units.”
The airmen who pass the RAC
and earn their Ranger tab return
to their assigned AFSC and home
“Each one who has a Ranger
tab is responsible for their core
AFSC, but what an airman brings
back from Ranger School is leadership that you cannot teach anywhere else,” Wood said.
With the recent change to
Air Force Instruction 36-2903,
Dress and Personal Appearance,
Ranger-qualified airmen now
might wear their tab on their uniforms and more recognition is expected to come.
“We’ve just designed a special experience identifier that
will come out on the 30th of April,
2015, and now we can tag Rangerqualified individuals and use them
where we actually need them,”
said Chief Master Sgt. Benjamin
Del Mar, an Air Force Personnel
Center chief of security forces enlisted assignments.
Tyndall Air Force Base
Raptor Games
time has
come. This
is what
every team
has been
waiting for
since the
Sergio Gamboa
of the
football season; the
playoffs will begin next
The playoff bracket
has been switched to four
teams with two teams
securing a spot. The 325th
Civil Engineer Squadron
and the 325th Fighter
Wing both have a spot
and have been atop the
standings for most of the
The playoffs will be a
double elimination bracket
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played over three days.
Airman 1st Class Yaal Kand, 325th Contracting
They will start Thursday
Squadron contracting specialist, gets ready for the next
at 5:30 p.m. and be played
play during a football Oct. 27 at the base track.
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Energy Action Month draws to a close
Commentary by 325th Civil Engineer
325th Civil Engineer Squadron
Although the Air Force’s energy
needs are currently met,
the global demand for finite
energy resources continues to
The Air Force Energy
Vision is to sustain an assured
energy advantage in air, space
and cyberspace. By making
the best use of energy and
water resources, the Air Force
achieves an edge to help ensure
operational supremacy.
Energy is becoming a larger
share of the Air Force budget,
going from 3 percent of the total
Air Force budget in 2003 to over
8 percent in 2011. It is becoming
more difficult for the Air Force
to forecast and plan for the
rise in energy costs. With the
austere fiscal environment
facing the Air Force and the
nation, energy can pose a
financial risk to the Air Force’s
ability to plan, develop and
acquire the technologies and
equipment necessary to sustain
air, space and cyberspace
Today, the Air Force’s
primary source of energy is
fuel made from petroleum
— we need it for aviation
operations, ground vehicles,
equipment and back-up power
generation. Aside from this
fuel requirement, the Air Force
relies heavily upon electricity
to support installations, which
is mainly obtained from the
commercial electric grid and
generated by public utility
In order to reduce the
vulnerability of an energy
shortage and support the Air
Force Energy Vision, the 325th
Civil Engineer Squadron is
planning almost $20 million of
facilities work for the purpose of
energy cost reduction.
The 325th CES is anticipating
$2.4 million to implement
HVAC, lighting and building
envelope upgrades that will
save over $300,000 per year. In
addition, 325th CES is pursuing
alternative financing to
• Exterior lighting upgrades
that save $165,000 per year.
• Energy Management
Control System upgrades that
save $537,000 per year.
• On-site power generation
fueled by natural gas that saves
$1.2 million per year.
The Air Force relies heavily
on specific resources to meet its
energy demands.
Although the electricity is
generated using a mix of fuel
sources, such as coal, natural
gas, nuclear and renewable
energy, the grid distributing the
power is aging and vulnerable
to both natural disasters and
attacks. These vulnerabilities
can affect all installation-based
Air Force missions, including
cyber and space missions.
Energy is a constraining
resource requiring long
logistics trails that affect how
we engage across the full
spectrum of operations. As a
result, energy represents a
critical vulnerability for both the
nation and the military.
As Energy Action Month
draws to a close, we encourage
everyone to keep doing his or
her part at the office and at
home by turning lights and
appliances off when not in use,
setting the air conditioning at
a reasonable temperature and
considering energy in all we do.
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The Honorable Miranda A.A. Ballentine, assistant secretary of the Air Force for
Installations, Environment and Energy, shakes hands with Col. Derek C. France,
325th Fighter Wing commander, during her arrival at Tyndall Air Force Base on
Oct 21. During her tour, Ballentine visited different civil engineering entities such
as the fire department and the Air Force Civil Engineering Center. This was part
of a familiarization tour across multiple installations.
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Meet the 325th
TRSS commander:
Gulf Defender | Lt. Col. Matthew Zamiska
By Airman 1st Class Solomon Cook
325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Lt. Col. Matthew Zamiska
325th Training Support Squadron commander
Hawks and White Sox, he said.
Adding to the things he does during
down time, Zamiska is also a fan of
different varieties of music.
“With music, I listen to whatever is on,
but I really like Metallica. I had a chance
to see them live in Denver in 1997 and in
Las Vegas in 2004,” he said.
As Zamiska is settling into his new
position of squadron commander, he will
continue to assist the mission as much as
he can.
“The 325th TRSS will continue to do
our best to support the training needs
of the 43rd Fighter Squadron,” Zamiska
said. “Our next goal is to build our support
for the 95th Fighter Squadron, making
the virtual world through simulators
as realistic as possible for deploying in
harm’s way. Air Force-wide, we have
some of the most experienced F-22 Raptor
personnel in this building.”
The 325th TRSS is a great
organization. It is extremely important to
the missions of the 43rd FS and 95th FS,
Zamiska said.
of impressionable youth, people can find
their inspiration for a career in many
places, even on the silver screen.
This was the case for a young man who
grew up to be the 325th Training Support
Squadron commander.
“Growing up, I wanted to be an
astronaut,” Lt. Col. Matthew Zamiska said.
“While watching a popular pilot movie
that came out in 1986, my eyes opened
to a different direction I could go. My
sophomore year in high school, I obtained
my commercial pilot’s license shortly after
I received my driver’s license.”
After obtaining his commercial pilot’s
license, Zamiska made a decision that
would alter his life.
“I tried to get into the Air Force
academy,” Zamiska said. “I was rejected
my first time. After that, I framed my
rejection letter to serve as motivation for
the next year.”
That motivation served him well as he
was accepted the following year, and he
received his commission in 1997.
“After getting the commission, I went
to Laughlin Air Force Base Del Rio,
Texas, for specialized undergraduate pilot
training,” Zamiska said.
His role as a commander is not his first
time at Tyndall.
“I was at Tyndall as an F-15 student
in the 95th Fighter Squadron from July
to December 1999, then as an instructor
pilot in the 2nd FS from September 2005 to
February 2008,” he said.
While continuing his career, Zamiska
tries to balance time among work, his
family and himself.
“At the end of the day, you get to go
home, take off the uniform and spend time
with your family. When the Air Force is
done with me, I’m done, but I will always
have my family,” Zamiska said.
Two things he does to relax are running
before work and enjoying quality time
with his family in the evening. He also is
a Chicago sports fan: Bulls, Bears, Black
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Quest for Zero
October is maintenance
safety month, and the Air
Force is looking to make
a huge statement by introducing the “Quest for
“The Air Force is going
to start a new program
in fiscal year 2015,” said
Tech. Sgt. Michael Martin, 325th Fighter Wing
Ground Safety manager.
“It’s going to be the ‘Quest
for Zero,’ which means
striving for zero mishaps
and zero fatalities.”
Martin said this comes
on the heels of a year that
saw 381 mishaps, several
because of slips, trips
and falls in maintenance
Air Force-wide. The falls
don’t often result in serious injuries, but have
been known to lead to
minor bumps, bruises or
“The 325th FW experienced 66 mishaps for fiscal
year 2014,” said Tech. Sgt.
Jared Stonecipher, 325th
FW Ground Safety NCO.
“There were 27 Ground
Industrial Mishaps, which
are mishaps that occur
while the member is at
work, and 16 Combat
Training Mishaps, which
are on-duty physical training mishaps.”
Martin said many of
the mishaps are simply a
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result of a lack of situational awareness or complacency. Service members
can get focused on a task
and lose track of the environment around them.
“A great example of
this is an injury most F-22
Raptor maintainers call
‘Raptor Bites,’” Martin
said. “Most occur when
the worker fails to see a
panel when performing
maintenance around the
aircraft landing gear, resulting in lacerations to
the head or body parts.”
In an effort to help the
Air Force in the “Quest
for Zero” campaign, Tyndall personnel have taken
several steps to make the
base a safer place.
“We’re ramping up our
spot inspection program,”
Martin said. “We will be
going out to problem areas
to educate workers and
perform spot inspections.
We try to get the word out
as well by using methods
like sending out monthly
‘safety-grams.’ Basically,
our goal is to create a safe
mindset that continues
even outside of the work
Both Martin and Stonecipher believe the ultimate goal is to get everyone thinking about safety
at all times.
“That’s the Air Force’s
goal,” Martin said. “If we
can practice good risk
management skills on
duty, they’ll start using
them off duty as well.”
By Maj. Gen. Tom Masiello
Air Force Research Laboratory
was privileged to attend
and participate in the Air
Force Association Air and
Space Conference held
near Washington, D.C.,
last month. It was simply
There were many
inspirational moments. The
pride that I felt during the
presentation given by our
Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A.
Welsh III was incredible.
Many themes rang through
loud and clear. Lead among
them, our Air Force vision:
“The world’s greatest
Air Force — powered
by Airmen, fueled by
Gen. Welsh offered many
great examples of airmen
dedicated to excellence
and — together with
their families — making
extraordinary sacrifices to
defend America in all three
domains: air, space and
cyberspace. The nugget
for me was, although we
have incredible people
teamed with the very
best technology, it’s the
American spirit that makes
us the world’s greatest Air
In the words of Welsh,
“We can never lose the
heartbeat of the American
spirit. It is and always has
been the secret to our
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base to solve the tough
adversaries isn’t going
incredible source of pride
Air Force problems,
away anytime soon. Our
for me because of AFRL’s
and our game-changing
team of AFRL airmen
key role as the Air Force’s
technologies answer
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science and technology
those questions. The
contractor — all take pride
innovation center. We
AFRL “game changers”
in envisioning and creating
provide direct support to
are revolutionary
tomorrow’s Air Force.
the concept of “strategic
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Attending AFA served
agility” by leveraging
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These game changers
how great our Air Force
During AFA, I also had
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truly is. You can find our
the opportunity to speak,
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325th Fighter Wing
Public Affairs
Call (956) 223-3324
By 2nd Lt.
Christopher Bowyer-Meeder
Friday, October 31, 2014
Tyndall Air Force Base
Friday, October 31, 2014
Gulf Defender | AF to implement DOD TDY policy changes
The rate for incidenThe change to the regu- quarters or not. Also, if one pense was incurred, just Government Meal Rate,
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portion of per diem
• If the traveler is staying with friends/relatives
at the TDY location, they
will not receive the lodging
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Until DTS can accommodate calculating the
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To simplify when a receipt
should be required and
reduce confusion, the Air
Force will require it on all
travel vouchers.
To help travelers better plan for their long-term
TDY cost, they should visit
the DTMO website “Per
Diem Rates Query” page.
It includes the breakdown
of per diem for the respective flat rate. Travelers can
use it to project their per
diem entitlement, and update DTS per diem entitlements with these amounts,
if applicable.
Some other rules that
will apply under this policy
change are as follows:
• Flat rate lodging per
diem does not apply when
government or contracted
government lodging is
available or provided at no
cost to the traveler.
• If meals are provided
or government meals are
available and directed, the
traveler will be paid the
Aymen A.
Understanding the needs of active and retired Military families.
the cost for all hotels is going to max out the lodging,
and a flat rate is not available, authorizing officials
can authorize AEA only
after confirming there is
no other lodging with the
Commercial Travel Office. There are methods
to paying the higher cost
in situations where a traveler can’t get the reduced
rate. In other words, any
traveler unable to find suitable commercial lodging at
the flat rate should contact
their CTO for assistance.
If both the traveler and
the CTO determine that
lodging is not available at
the flat rate, the authorizing offical may authorize
reimbursement of the actual lodging expense (not
to exceed the locality per
diem rate). However, the
traveler will receive M&IE
at the flat rate.
In all instances, the
traveler should work with
their local CTO to secure
a hotel.
Although DTMO has
stated “travelers will not be
required to submit a lodging receipt,” the Air Force
will require a lodging receipt on all travel vouchers
to support the claim. The
receipt is necessary backup on the voucher to justify
the proper reimbursement
of taxes, leave periods and
verification a lodging ex-
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If you demand
flat-rate per diem expense
based upon length of stay.
The flat-rate will be as
• On travel day to location: 100 percent of lodging
per diem at the locality rate
and 75 percent of M&IE
• For TDYs that are 31
to 180 days: flat rate of 75
percent of the locality rate
(lodging/M&IE) for each
full day, starting day two
through the end of the
• For those TDYs (approved by the appropriate authority per JTR) for
greater than 180 days: flat
rate of 55 percent locality
rate is authorized for each
full day, starting day two
through the last night at
the TDY location, then 75
percent of M&IE on the return travel day
The DOD believes for
extended TDYs, there are
opportunities to obtain a
better lodging rate. Also,
when a traveler forecasts
out and determines that
after 30 days he/she is going to get 75 or 55 percent
of per diem, they can find a
hotel to stay in to meet that
cost and capitalize on better food expenditures over
the course of the long-term
However, there are exceptions to the policy.
It depends on if one
is staying in government
at $5 per day for CONUS
locations and will vary according to outside CONUS
In a review of travel
vouchers, the DTMO found
only 13.27 percent claimed
ATM fees, 4.2 percent
claimed CONUS laundry
and .04 percent claimed
transportation tips.
If incidental expenses go
over the set amount (over
the entire TDY period)
and travelers can justify
the expense (with receipts
for all expenses), they can
work with their approving
officials to authorize actual
expense allowance (AEA)
for the meals and incidental expense (M&IE) portion of per diem.
Personnel who began
travel before Oct. 1 can still
be reimbursed under the
old policy as long as the expense was incurred before
the new date.
The flat-rate per diem
policy change will encourage travelers to take advantage of cost-saving opportunities for long-term
travel — spending 31
days or more in a single
Additionally, it will urge
travelers to work with hotels that have discounted
rates for extended stays,
usually more than 30 days,
thereby saving taxpayer
The Defense Department
recently implemented two
TDY policy changes affecting travel reimbursements
for airmen.
The first change took
effect Oct. 1 and made
changes to the Joint Travel
Regulations (JTR), Reimbursable and Incidental
Expense Policy. The second will be a change in
long-term TDY per diem
expenses and takes effect
Nov. 1.
Referencing the new policy for incidental expenses,
contiguous U.S. (CONUS)
laundry expenses, tips to
baggage handlers by uniformed members and ATM
fees are among those now
considered part of the incidental expense portion
of per diem, thus they are
no longer reimbursable as
expenses. These expenses
will now be added to the
current list, which includes
such items as tips to porters, baggage carriers,
bellhops, hotel maids, stewards and stewardesses.
Per the Defense Travel Management Office
(DTMO), the changes will
simplify the travel regulation policy to align the
DOD with industry best
practices and to reduce
travel costs for DOD.
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World’s Most Beautiful Beach serving an
array of Gulf favorites along with a few
twist to pique the appetite. Come try out
our great fish tacos, craft beer on draft as
well as a great lineup of unique cocktails.
The view from our deck is truly unique
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Open Daily at 11 a.m.
Friday & Saturday: Gene Mitchell, live on
the deck, 6-10 p.m.
Ms. Newby’s
8711 Thomas Drive | 850-234-0030
Friday: El Dud & Heritage, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Costume contest and Halloween party.
Ms. Newby lookalike contest
Sat.: Diedra & the Ruff Pro Band, 9 p.m-1 a.m.
Sunday, Monday, & Thursday:
Football on the big screen
Tues. & Wed. : Karaoke, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
8752 Thomas Drive | 850-233-3907
A quaint little bar & grill located on the
west end of Thomas Drive serving fresh
seafood, steaks, sandwiches & more.
Inside and deck seating available.
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Open Daily @ 11 a.m.
Happy Hour 4-6 p.m. daily
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4103 Thomas Drive | 850-234-6203
Open everyday 8 a.m. until
Happy Hour: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-Noon
Fri. & Sat.: The Panhandlers, 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Thurs.-Sat.: Karaoke Mania, 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
BUZZTIME every day. Sports Bar, Pool,
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Happy Hour: 9 a.m.-Noon
Friday & Saturday: DJ Ryan, 10 p.m.-Close
Sunday: Robin Ray, 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday: KC Phelps
hosting open Mic, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Thursday: Nick Birge, 10 p.m.-1 a.m.
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Open Daily 11 a.m. | Happy Hour, 11-6 p.m. Thurs.-Sun.: Clay Musgrave, 6-10 p.m.
Monday: Family Karaoke, 6-10 p.m.
Tues. & Wed.: Randy Watson, 6-10 p.m.
$2 Domestic Drafts & $3.25 Well Drinks
5121 Gulf Drive | 850-235-3555
Friday: Locals’ Halloween Party
& Costume Contest.
Pre-judging begins at 8:30 p.m.
Friday: Barry Fish Band, 8:30 p.m-12:30 a.m.
Saturday: Barry Fish Band,
8:30 p.m.-midnight
8795 Thomas Drive | 850-234-7882
Paradise Grill Open daily at 11 a.m. till
Saturday: Toys for Kid’s Halloween Bash
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Live Music w/Grand Theft Audio
Doors open at 8 p.m.
Sunday: Barry Fish Band, 10 p.m. till
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Fri. & Sat.: Martino Tirado, 6-9 p.m.
Sunday & Thursday: Family
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Happy hour daily from 3-6 p.m.
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10 p.m.-close
10 p.m.-close
2 -4 p.m.
Kc Phelps 10 p.m.-midnight
10 p.m.-1 a.m.
Marina Cantina
Martino & Tirado
Martino & Tirado
Family Karaoke w/Michael
Family Karaoke w/Michael
PCB, FL 249-5500
6-9 p.m. 6-9 p.m.
6-10 p.m.
6-10 p.m.
Ms. Newby’s
El Dud & Heritage
Diedra & the Ruff Pro Band Football on Big Screen
Football on Big Screen
Karaoke w/Night Al
Karaoke w/Night Al
Football on Big Screen
PCB, FL 234-0030
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
9 p.m.-1 a.m.
8 p.m.-2 a.m.
. 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Newby’s Too
Panhandlers 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Panhandlers 10 p.m.-2 a.m.
Karaoke w/Night Al
PCB, FL 234-6203
Karaoke 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Karaoke 8 p.m.-2 a.m.
8 p.m.-2 a.m.
Runaway Island
Gene Mitchell
Gene Mitchell
PCB, FL 634-4884
6-10 p.m.
6-10 p.m.
Barry Fish Band
Barry Fish Band
PCB, FL 235-3555
8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m.
8:30 p.m.-midnight
Clay Musgrave
Clay Musgrave
Clay Musgrave
Family Karaoke
Randy Watson
Randy Watson
Clay Musgrave
PCB, FL 235-2420
6-10 p.m.
6-10 p.m.
6-10 p.m.
6-10 p.m.
6-10 p.m.
6-10 p.m.
6-10 p.m.
Grand Theft Audio
Barry Fish Band
PCB, FL 234-7882
Door open @ 8 p.m.
10 p.m. till
Tyndall Air Force Base
Friday, October 31, 2014
Gulf Defender | 11
It’s the occasion
for immunization
Flu season usually begins
during the Fall and last
325th Fighter Wing Public
until Winter.
“The mission is to get
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE — 100 percent of all airmen the
Flu season is upon us and flu vaccine to protect them,”
Tyndall Airmen can receive said Master Sgt.
their yearly flu-shot at the Hutchinson, 325th MDG
Family Health flight chief.
325th Medical Group.
According to,
Airmen can get their
shots Monday through Fri- seasonal flu is a contagious
day from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 respiratory illness caused
p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at by flu viruses. It spreads bethe immunization/allergy tween people and can cause
clinic. Starting Nov. 3 the mild to severe illness and
shots will be available for in some cases can lead to
death. About 5-20 percent
of U.S. residents get it each
“The risk of not receiving
the vaccine is possibly getting the flu,” said Hutchinson. “This leads to serious
health complications, possibly being out of work for
a while and in a worst case
scenario, death. This could
put airmen and families in
danger and impede our misAirman 1st Class Sergio A. Gamboa | Air Force
sion here at Tyndall.”
receives his yearly flu
If you have any questions
feel free to call our immuni- shot from Senior Airman Nadima Farrah-Castillo, 325th Medical Group flight
zations clinic at 283-7495.
medicine medical technician, Oct. 14 at the Wing building.
Force Support Squadron Calendar
Friday, Oct. 31
Fitness Center Aerobic Class:
Fitness Center
Pizza Buffet: Oasis Sports
Lounge in Horizons
Seafood Buffet: In
Horizon’s Building
Toddler Finger Painting: 10-11
a.m., Arts & Crafts Center
“22 Jump Street,” 4 p.m.,
Raptor Lanes Bowling
Marina Shrimp Boil: 5:307 p.m., Beacon Beach
“Planes,” 6 p.m., Raptor
Lanes Bowling Center
Saturday, Nov.. 1
Retiree Appreciation Day: 9
a.m. to 1 p.m., Exchange
Retiree Appreciation Day:
Noon to 11 p.m., Raptor
Lanes Bowling Center
“22 Jump Street,” 4 p.m.,
Raptor Lanes Bowling
“Planes,” 6 p.m., Raptor
Lanes Bowling Center
Sunday, Nov. 2
FRENZY: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.,
Monday, Nov. 3
League Turkey Shoot:
Nov. 3-21, Raptor Lanes
Bowling Center
Pizza Buffet: Oasis Sports
Lounge in Horizons
TAP Workshop: Nov. 3-7,
7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., A&FRC
Classroom Building 747
Beginners Stained Glass
Class 1 of 3: 1-4 p.m., Arts
and Crafts Center
Tuesday, Nov. 4
Taco Buffet: Oasis Sports
Lounge in Horizon’s
Custom Picture Framing
Class: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Arts and Crafts Center
Family Fun Night: 5:30-7:30
p.m., Oasis Sports Lounge
in the Horizon’s Bldg.
Wednesday, Nov. 5
Pizza Buffet: Oasis Sports
Lounge in Horizon’s
Club Carvery Buffet: inside
Horizons Building
Homeschool Fitness Program:
Nov. 5-26, 10 a.m. to noon,
Youth Center Gym
Custom Picture Framing
Class: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Arts and Crafts Center
Wine Glass Painting Class:
11 a.m. to noon, Arts and
Crafts Center
Teen Ink! Creative Writing
for Teens: Nov. 5-26, 5-6
p.m., Youth Center
Survivor Tournament:
5:30 p.m., Raptor Lanes
Bowling Center
Now Hiring Part-Time
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General Dynamics IT is Hiring
Temporary Customer Service Representatives!
General Dynamics offers company-paid benefits and
pays an extra 10 percent for night shifts and bilingual
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Thursday, Nov. 6
Pasta Buffet: Oasis
Sports Lounge in
Fried Chicken Buffet: inside
Horizon’s Building
Checkertail Welcome Festival:
7:30-11 a.m., Horizons
Community Center
Custom Picture Framing
Class: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
Arts and Crafts Center
Keystone Club: Success
Development for Teens:
5:30-7 p.m., Youth Center
Friday, Nov. 7
Pizza Buffet: Oasis Sports
Lounge in Horizons
Seafood Buffet: In
Horizon’s Building
Wine Bottle Luminary:
11 a.m. to noon, Arts &
Crafts Center
Give Parents a Break: 6-10
p.m., Child Development
We seek candidates who possess the following:
A high school diploma or GED (or above)
Six months customer service experience
Ability to type a minimum of 20 WPM
Ability to speak and read English proficiently
Previous call center experience preferred
Ability to successfully pass a background check
Bilingual (Spanish) skills a plus
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