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Air Commando

receives 5th Bronze


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Med Group

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Year No. 7, Edition No. 11

1st SOW announces award nominees

By 1st Special Operations

Wing Public Affairs

The commander and command

chief of the 1st Special

Operations Wing are pleased to

announce the nominees for the

wing’s annual awards for 2012.

The list comprises of Air

Commandos recognized as the

best of their respective groups,

including 1st Special Operations

Group, 1st Special Operations

Maintenance Group, 1st Special

Operations Mission Support

Group, 1st Special Operations

Medical Group and 1st Special

Operations Wing/Wing Staff


“These nominees represent

the best of the 1st Special Operations

Wing, and their individual

accomplishments demonstrate

the collective strength of our

Air Force’s greatest resource:

our Airmen,” said Col. Jim

Slife, commander of 1st SOW. “I

congratulate them all on their

achievements in 2012, and I look

forward to seeing them continue

to lead the way in 2013.”

The nominees will be presented

with an annual award

medallion by wing leadership

during a ceremony at the 4th

Special Operations Squadron’s

auditorium April 10 at 1:00 pm.

The winners will be announced

during an April 11 luncheon at

the Soundside Club at 11:00 am.

Cost for the meal is $15; $12 for

club members.

For more information about

the ceremonies or to RSVP for

the luncheon, contact your unit

first sergeant before April 4.

Airman of the Year Nominees

• Senior Airman Daniel Davidson

(1st Special Operations

Support Squadron / 1st SOG)

• Senior Airman Melissa

Dixon (1st Special Operations

Maintenance Squadron / 1st


• Senior Airman Amanda

Osborne (1st Special Operations

Comptroller Squadron / WSA)

• Senior Airman Brian

Thompson (1st Special Operations

Aerospace Medicine

Squadron / 1st SOMDG)

Airman 1st Class Rayna

Yamamoto (1st Special Operations

Communications Squadron

/ 1st SOMSG)

Honor Guardsman of the Year


• Staff Sgt. Chase Crawford

(1st Special Operations Equipment

Maintenance Squadron)

• Senior Airman Roberto

Amezquita (1st Special Operations

Aircraft Maintenance


• Senior Airman Mark Seay

(1st Special Operations Force

Support Squadron)

Airman 1st Class Christina

Manella (1st Special Operations

Security Forces Squadron)

NCO of the Year Nominees

• Tech. Sgt. Eric Dock (9th

Special Operations Squadron /

1st SOG)

• Tech. Sgt. Crystal Taylor

(1st Special Operations Contracting

Squadron / 1st SOMSG)

• Staff Sgt. Kathleen Abling

(1st Special Operations Comptroller

Squadron / WSA)

• Staff Sgt. Quentin Davis

(1st Special Operations Aerospace

Medicine Squadron / 1st


• Staff Sgt. Michael Sullentrup

(1st Special Operations

Aircraft Maintenance Squadron /

1st SOMXG)

Senior NCO of the Year


• Master Sgt. Jason Breitmaier

(1st Special Operations

Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

/ 1st SOMXG)

• Master Sgt. Corey Fossbender

(4th Special Operations

Squadron / 1st SOG)

• Master Sgt. Cassandra

Henderson (1st Special Operations

Medicine Support Squadron

/ 1st SOMDG)

• Master Sgt. Daniel Hicks

(1st Special Operations Security

Forces Squadron / 1st SOMSG)

• Master Sgt. Christopher

Littrell (1st Special Operations

Wing Safety / WSA)

First Sergeant of the Year


• Senior Master Sgt. George

Anderson (1st Special Operations

Component Maintenance

Squadron / 1st SOMXG)

• Master Sgt. Katherine

Grabham (1st Special Operations

Security Forces Squadron /

1st SOMSG)

• Master Sgt. Paul Stinebiser

(1st Special Operations Support

Squadron / 1st SOG)

Additional Duty First Sergeant

of the Year Nominee

• Tech. Sgt. Eric Dock (9th

Special Operations Squadron /

1st SOG)

Company Grade Officer of the

Year Nominees

• Capt. Ronnelle Armstrong

(1st Special Operations Wing

Chapel / WSA)

• Capt. Patrick Deering (1st

Special Operations Civil Engineer

Squadron / 1st SOMSG)

• Capt. Tyler Duncan (1st

Special Operations Component

Maintenance Squadron / 1st


• Capt. Stuart Fillmore (1st

Special Operations Medicine

Support Squadron / 1st SOMDG)

• Capt. Joshua Stinson (34th

Special Operations Squadron /

1st SOG)

Field Grade Officer of the Year


• Maj. Trent Arnold (1st Special

Operations Aircraft Maintenance

Squadron / 1st SOMXG)

• Maj. Bradley Hoffman (1st

Special Operations Medicine

Support Squadron / 1st SOMDG)

• Maj. Shane Muscato (15th

Special Operations Squadron /

1st SOG)

• Maj. Steven Thomas (1st

Special Operations Civil Engineer

Squadron / 1st SOMSG)

• Maj. James Womble (1st

Special Operations Wing Installation

Control Center / WSA)

GS 1-8 Civilian of the Year


• David Caudill (1st Special

Operations Medicine Support

Squadron / 1st SOMDG)

• Elizabeth Graybill (1st

Special Operations Component

Maintenance Squadron / 1st


• Jennifer Raffield (1st Special

Operations Wing Judge Advocate

/ WSA)

• Jordan Roby (1st Special

Operations Contracting Squadron

/ 1st SOMSG)

• Stacie Starr (1st Special

Operations Support Squadron /

1st SOG)

GS 9-12 Civilian of the Year


• Robert Downey (1st Special

Operations Support Squadron /

1st SOG)

• Edward Ibarra (1st Special

Operations Dental Squadron /

1st SOMDG)

• Amy Nicholson (1st Special

Operations Wing Public Affairs

/ WSA)

• Pamela Pratt (1st Special

Operations Maintenance Group

/ 1st SOMXG)

• Donald Savidge (1st Special

Operations Civil Engineer

Squadron / 1st SOMSG)

Wage Grade Civilian of the

Year Nominees

• David Console (1st Special

Operations Civil Engineer

Squadron / 1st SOMSG)

• Scott Schutter (1st Special

Operations Component Maintenance

Squadron / 1st SOMXG)

• Bruce Sheffield (1st Special

Operations Support Squadron /

1st SOG)

Unit Key Spouse of the Year


• Cassandra Floyd (1st Special

Operations Force Support

Squadron / 1st SOMSG)

• Renee Marquis (1st Special

Operations Aircraft Maintenance

Squadron / 1st SOMXG)

• Amber Ryan (9th Special

Operations Squadron / 1st SOG)

Friday, March 29, 2013 | Hurlburt Warrior | Page

Air Commando receives 5th Bronze Star

By Senior Airman .

Melanie Holochwost

Air Force Special Operations

Command Public Affairs

A Bronze Star with Valor

was presented to an explosive

ordnance disposal technician


Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Brickey,

United States Air Force

Special Operations School

Force Protection Branch

NCO-in-charge, said receiving

this particular Bronze

Star was humbling for him.

The Oregon native said,

“I feel honored to be this

decorated,” as he became

the fifth Airman to receive

five Bronze Stars in Air

Force history.

Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, AF-

SOC commander, presented

Brickey this medal for his

bravery during a mission in

Afghanistan on June 1, 2011.

“Ronnie, your unmatched

skills, courage, and selflessness

epitomize what being

a warrior is all about,” Fiel

said during his speech at the

medal presentation. “You’re

an extraordinary example

to us all.”

Brickey said it all started

while performing an IED

post-blast analysis. He identified

three additional IEDs

and knew he had to render

them safe.

Although this alone can

be a normal day’s work in

1 SOW Public Affairs

Congratulations to the following

parents who welcomed their new

arrivals while stationed here:

• Landon Alton Michael was born

Feb. 9 to Senior Airman Derrick

and Airman 1st Class Alexzahndria

Grantham, both of 1st Special Operations

Security Forces Squadron.

• Lauryn Gabrielle was born

Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost | USAF

Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Brickey, Air Force Special Operations School force protection branch

NCO-in-charge, poses for a photo with his family and Lt. Gen. Eric Fiel, Air Force Special

Operations Command commander after receiving a Bronze Star with Valor March

22, at Hurlburt Field. This is the fifth Bronze Star Brickey has received during his 13-year

Air Force career in Explosive Ordnance Disposal.

the EOD business, things

went downhill fast for this

Air Commando.

Brickey said he was able

to eliminate the first two

threats pretty quickly; however,

after he started working

on the third IED, his unit

came under direct fire from

multiple positions.

Brickey protected his

team of 20 U.S. soldiers, four

Canadian soldiers, and two

Afghan National Security

tots in Blue

Forces members throughout

the 40-minute firefight

by posting himself next to

the IED to prevent accidental

detonation. During

this time, he repeatedly exposed

himself to direct fire,

returned fire on the enemy,

and directed his team past

the IED.

Finally, Brickey attached

a render safe tool to the IED

and instructed his team to

disable it remotely. He also

Feb. 12 to Senior Airman Chel’cea

and Douglas Bolding, 1st Special

Operations Dental Squadron.

• Maddox Allen was born Feb. 12

to Maj. Nathan and Kristen Loyd,

53 rd Computer Systems Squadron.

• Emery Catherine was born

Feb. 24 to Amber and Sebastian

Romeo, Air Combat Command and

Air Force Special Operations Command,


used his body to shield two

soldiers from the potential


Because of Brickey’s

efforts, his team was able

to maneuver on the enemy

without unintentionally detonating

an IED. The joint

force went on to lay lethal

fire, which forced insurgents

to retreat.

To date, Brickey has been

on 500 combat missions and

rendered 200 IEDs safe.

• Avery Louise was born Feb.

26 to Staff Sgt. Benjamin and

Lauri Alvarado, 1st Special Operations

Component Maintenance


• Abram Shannon was born

March 5 to Tech Sgt. Micaela and

Staff Sgt. Eric Blain, 96th Test

Wing and 2nd Combat Weather

Systems Squadron, respectively.

Senior Airman Melanie Holochwost | USAF

Tech. Sgt. Ronnie Brickey, Air Force Special Operations

School force protection branch NCO-in-charge, poses

for a photo with Chief Master Sgt. James Brewster after

receiving a Bronze Star with Valor March 22, at Hurlburt

Field. Brickey said Brewster was his first mentor in the Air

Force and that he wouldn’t be where he was today without

his advice. Brewster is now the Air Force Explosive Ordnance

Disposal force development manager stationed at

Tyndall Air Force Base.

“I love being an EOD

technician,” he said. “I often

felt like a kid on Christmas

morning when I would

walk down a dirt path

in Afghanistan and identify




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Airmen shoulder load remembering comrade

By Adam Luther

440th Airlift Wing

Public Affairs


Special tactics operators

from across Pope Field,

N.C., took part in a six-mile

walk around the flightline

carrying a log dedicated

to a fallen comrade March


The log, carved in honor

of Staff Sgt. Andrew

Harvell, has an estimated

weight of 1,250 pounds.

H a r v e l l ’ s n i c k n a m e

“Big Andy” is carved on

one side of the log and

his mantra “Victory or

Valhalla” is carved on

the other. Harvell was

killed in action while serving

in Afghanistan, Sept.

9, 2011.

“We have prospective

students carry logs and

poles to promote team

work, motivation and

pride,” said Senior Master

Sgt Scott Innis, Combat

Control School commandant.

“After the pole was

finished, the staff at Combat

Control School decided

that combat controllers

should carry it before students.

We went further and

invited the 21st and 24th

Special Tactics Squadrons

to be involved, as Andy

had been assigned to both

during his brief career. We

split the distance evenly

around the flight line.”

The journey around

the flightline started and

ended with the instructors

from the Combat Control

School and was passed to

the special tactics squadrons

along the route. The

one rule for this trip was

the log doesn’t touch the

ground again until it is

back at the Combat Control


A brief ceremony honoring

fallen special tactics

operators concluded the

event with students, instructors

and current operators

in attendance.


Adam Luther | USAF

Instructors from the Combat Control School at Pope Field, N.C. participated in carrying a log dedicated to fallen comrade

Staff Sgt. Andrew Harvell around the flightline, March 15. The log, estimated to weigh 1,250 pounds, is carved with the

words “Big Andy” on one side and “Victory or Valhalla” on the other. The six-mile journey started at the Combat Control

School but was shared by members of the 21st Special Tactics Squadron and the 24th Special Tactics Squadron.

By Airman 1st Class Nigel


1st Special Operations Public Affairs

Supplement education

Air Force Special Operations

Commandos are reminded to notify

personal physicians of any dietary

supplements being taken here on


Policy Memorandum 11-30 was

re-issued to all Hurlburt Field

Airmen March 20 as a recap that

though there is no current overarching

Air force or Air Force Special

Operations Command policy

guidance on the use of specific dietary

supplements, Airmen should

be aware of what they take and

inform medical personnel of all

substances in use.

“The use of supplements should

be discussed at each clinical encounter,

so as to educate our patients

on the risk or benefits of

any dietary supplement being

considered,” Col. Gary L. Hurwitz,

surgeon general of Head Quarters

Air Force Special Operations


Though the use of common supplements

such as El-Carnatine and

multiple performance packs may

be used to enhance abilities, some

might be illegal or even dangerous

to the user’s health.

“It is extremely important to tell

your doctors what you take,” said

Theresa Herring, dietitian at the

Hurlburt Field Health and Wellness

Center. “Ingredients in supplements

could interfere with any

current medications that you’re

taking and stop their effects.”

For more information on the

proper use of performance-enhancing

products, contact the Health

and Wellness Center at 884-4292.

Airman 1st Class Nigel Sandridge | USAF illustration

Policy Memorandum 11-30 was re-issued to all

Hurlburt Field Airmen March 20 as a recap that

Airmen should still be aware of what they take

and inform medical personnel of all substances

in use.

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Med Group trains for IPPD 2013

By Airman 1st Class

Nigel Sandridge

1st Special Operations

Public Affairs

Hurlburt Field medical

personnel from every field

participated in the three-day

In-Place Patient Decontamination

Exercise March


The exercise is a tri-annual

trainer training course

that helps inform med group

personnel on the proper protocol

that comes in treating

a patient in contaminated


“It helps us prepare for

some sort of mass casualty,

whether it be nuclear, chemical,

radiological or biological

warfare,” said Master Sgt.

Brian Spiekermann, chief

of optometric services of 1st

Special Operations Aerospace

Medicine Squadron.

Airman 1st Class Nigel L Sandridge | USAF

Airmen receive instruction on shelter preparation during

the In-Place Patient Decontamination Exercise March 21.

Along with classroom

training, future trainers were

also given hands on situations

to tackle such as timed

gear assembly and setting

up and taking down a temporary


“Class experience was

very hands on,” said Senior

Airman Sean Winter, medical

technician of 1st Special Operations

Medical Operations

Squadron. “Training was really

in-depth, and having all

the teams we would need in

a hazardous situation there

made the operation much

more capable.”

Airman 1st Class Nigel L Sandridge | USAF

Airmen race to put on contamination zone gear as fast as possible during the In-Place

Patient Decontamination Exercise on Hurlburt Field. March 21. Every valve must be

checked on the suits be for departure to assure medical personnel stays contamination



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Defenders prep domestic

violence response

By Airman 1st Class

Michelle Vickers

1st Special Operations Wing

Public Affairs

Taser, Taser!”

shouts a security

forces member as


a subject drops to

the ground. While under the effect

of the stun gun, the belligerent

subject is handcuffed and separated

from the scene where he

threatened to harm his frightened


This was one of the scenes

created during annual domestic

violence training which is held in

multiple sessions during March.

In order to sharpen security

forces members’ skills, they received

annual domestic violence

training in the classroom and

hands-on running scenarios in the

Domestic House. The Domestic

House is located in base housing

and presents security forces with

real scenarios, ranging from verbal

altercations to brawls that they

may encounter when responding to

a domestic violence call.

“This training shows them

what to look for and what to listen

for,” said Paul Burgess, training

instructor of 1st Special Operations

Security Forces Squadron. “The

training they get from the Department

of Children and Families and

Family Advocacy is very important

information too because one of the

most intimidating things is going

to a domestic that involves a child.

That’s hard for me and I know it’s

hard for some of our cops too.”

Security forces members also

learned the importance of preparation

in order to be able to best

respond when those calls come in.

Burgess suggests all patrolmen

make binders with information on

base housing locations and home

Airman 1st Class Michelle Vickers | USAF

U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Tyler Girard, an installation entry controller of 1st Special Operations Security

Forces Squadron, pursues Tech. Sgt. Shayla Calloway, a volunteer role player of 1st Special Operations

Communications Squadron, during domestic violence training conducted at base housing.

layouts; these details can speed

response time and make entry into

a home safer. Proper communication

procedures for those Airmen

who work in the base defense

operations center emphasize the

teamwork in relaying what’s occurring

at the scene, which is critical

to creating a smooth response.

“The key thing I have to teach

these guys is that in the law enforcement

world no two situations

will ever present themselves the

same to you,” Burgess said. “No

cop can ever tell how they’re going

to react to a situation until the situation

is presented to them.”

In addition to increasing the

safety of the base population, the

training was essential to ensure

that security forces members know

how to safely address a domestic

violence incident.

“Besides traffic stops, [domestic

violence] is the top cop killer - because

domestics can go from just a

verbal dispute to someone pulling

out a gun, a knife or another type

of weapon,” said Airman 1st Class

Lorenzo Garcia, an installation

entry controller of 1st Special Operations

Security Forces Squadron.

“It’s good to have experience so

you know how to verbally control

the situation to talk them down.

But if they have a weapon, you

know how to use your less than

lethal forces like the asp and the


While the morning was spent in

the classroom learning about signs

of child abuse and how to best conduct

interviews to garner accurate

information, the afternoon was

dedicated to getting security forces

to put their knowledge into action

by responding to challenging domestic

violence scenarios.

“Different people learn in different

ways,” said Tech. Sgt. Adrian

Bray, a flight sergeant of 1st Special

Operations Security Forces

Squadron. “For [me] I’m a real

hands-on type of person. The classroom

portion is fine, but once you

add in the additional learning environment

out here with the handson

portions it increases learning.”

While the Air Force Security

Forces Center mandates the core

lesson plans of what must be

taught in security forces training,

the domestic violence training

at Hurlburt went a step beyond

it by placing cops in real life scenarios

so they can practice their

Airman 1st Class Michelle Vickers


An Airman of 1st Special Operations

Security Forces Squadron handcuffs

a role player acting as a subject.


“Since I’ve been teaching this

class, we’ve had [to respond to] domestics

and not one cop has been

hurt,” Burgess said. “I take pride

in that.”

To guarantee that the lessons

learned don’t fade from memory, all

of the scenarios were filmed so security

forces members may review

them and learn from their mistakes.

Though some of the scenes

did result in physical scuffles, the

teamwork required at the scene to

manage such physical altercations

was also an important lesson for

security forces.

“I’ve not yet had to respond to a

domestic, but personally, with this

training, I feel like I would be able

to help out a lot more than without

it,” Garcia said. “I know I can trust

all the other guys on the flight to

watch my back and they can trust

me to watch theirs.”

Airman 1st Class Michelle Vickers | USAF photos

U.S. Air Force security forces members engage in a struggle with volunteer role players who were involved in a simulated brawl during domestic violence training conducted in base

housing on Hurlburt Field, March 14.

Senior Airman

Austin Olin, a

patrolman of 1st

Special Operations

Security Forces

Squadron, tries to

subdue a volunteer

role player who

is acting as noncompliant


during domestic

violence training at

base housing.

Airman 1st Class

Lorenzo Garcia,

an installation

entry controller

of 1st Special Operations


Forces Squadron,

assists a simulated

domestic violence

victim during domestic


training at base

housing on Hurlburt

Field, March


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Congress moves to restart military tuition aid

The Army, Air Force

and Marine Corps will

be forced to reopen

their tuition assistance

programs — and Coast

Guard likely will be pressured

to follow — under a

late-hour Senate amendment

to a stopgap budget


HR 933, re-named

the Consolidated and

Further Continuing

Appropriations Act,

will fund the government

through Sept. 30. It

also will bring some immediate

budget relief

to the Department of

Defense and will protect

critical programs

at several other federal


Automatic budget cuts

under the 2011 Budget

Control Act sequester

mechanism remain in

effect. For Defense, it

means funding cuts of $43

billion through September,

which still will force

the furlough for up to 22

days of almost 800,000






and will


many military






But passage of HR 933

will ease fiscal headaches

for the military in two

ways. One, it contains a

new appropriations bill

for defense and military

construction. Two, it

eases sequestration’s

bite on training and

readiness by shifting $10

billion from other defense

accounts into operations

and maintenance, where

cuts are felt more acutely

by members, units and


Hours before the

Senate vote, Sens. Kay

Hagan, D-N.C., and

Jim Inhofe, ranking Republican

on the Senate

Armed Services Committee,

won support for an

amendment directing the

services to use some of

that $10 billion to restore

tuition assistance. It

bars the services from

reducing tuition budgets

for this year by more

than the 7.8 percent

drop in operations and

maintenance caused by


It’s not yet clear if the

services will bother to

trim tuition programs so

finely this year. But Congress

wants these programs

restarted soon.

The Navy alone did

not suspend tuition

assistance this month.

The Coast Guard did,

but the Hagan-Inhofe

amendment probably

doesn’t apply directly

to the Coast Guard, an

agency of the Department

of Homeland


“This is something

I have talked to our

troops about,” said


Inhofe. “Many of them

were so alarmed to even

suggest (the services)

would take away the very

thing that caused them to

enlist in the first place.”

“We had over 300,000

service members (who)

utilized this tuition

benefit assistance last

year,” Hagan told Senate

colleagues. “And over

50,000 of them received

diplomas, certificates and


An Army National

Guardsmen from North

Carolina who asked not

to be identified said tuition

assistance was a key

enticement to enter the

service, which quickly led

to a year of convoy patrols

in Iraq. Now he’s a

full-time college student

with a version of the GI

Bill that doesn’t cover all

of his education costs. So

he has relied on tuition

assistance steadily since


“This definitely was a

shocker,” he said of the

Army’s decision in early

March to suspend the

program. “It is one of

the last things I thought

they would touch, the

education of American


Bipartisanship in

passing HR 933 provides

a brief respite from political


over budgets. Automatic

cuts of sequestration,

along with continuing

resolutions in place of

normal budgets, have

shaken the Defense

Department. But the

man-made crisis also has

allowed the armed forces

to impose cost controls

on programs with spend

rates that threatened

other priorities. One of

the troublesome programs

has been tuition


Until the war in

Afghanistan, military

personnel using tuition

assistance paid 25 percent

of costs out of pocket

and the military paid 75

percent. Since 2002, the

services have paid 100

percent and later raised

the annual cap on total

payments for individual

users to $4,500.

By 2011, program

costs had more than

tripled, from $152 million

to $563 million, creating

a boom for online education

programs catering to

the military. More than

half of total tuition aid

dollars goes to for-profit


With budgets in decline,

the military services

already had been

eyeing cuts in tuition

assistance. The extraordinary

strain this year on

operations and maintenance

money made suspending

the benefit seem

a necessity.

Service leaders noted

that Congress enacted

a robust Post-9/11 GI

Bill benefit in 2009, and

there are other education

aid options, too. Some

states, for example, offer

their own tuition

assistance plans for


In testimony last

week, service personnel

chiefs hinted, perhaps

prematurely now, that

the heyday of tuition assistance

might be over.

“We’re going to reevaluate

it for fiscal

2014,” said Lt. Gen. Darrell

Jones, Air Force

deputy chief of staff for

manpower, personnel and

services. “We’re going

to do everything we can

to offer a program … but

realistically, we’re going

to have to reduce the parameters

(to) lessen the

budgetary impact on our

Air Force.”

Lt. Gen. Howard B.

Bromberg, the Army’s

deputy chief of staff, told

the same House subcommittee

that tuition assistance

has “been a

very good program for

many, many years.”

But he said the Army

could cut $115 million,

or 30 percent, from its

tuition aid budget of $383


“Soldiers have become

very reliant on the

program,” Bromberg

said. So its suspension

“is a big culture change

for the force. But in

these times,” he added

before a congressman’s

own statement cut him


Coincidently, one

day before the Senate

approved the Hagan-

Inhofe amendment directing

that a scalpel,

not a hatchet, be used

to trim tuition aid, Robert

Hale, the Defense

Department comptroller,

urged Congress to

stop rescuing programs

that need to be to

cut. Besides obsolete or

too costly weapon programs,

Hale criticized

lawmakers for refusing

to slow growth in military

compensation using pay

caps or TRICARE fee


“Together, if these

congressional actions

are sustained, it will add

billions to our costs over

the next five years,” Hale

said, despite “the serious

economic problems” that

America faces.

The Hagan-Inhofe

amendment again says:

cut somewhere else.

Tom Philpott is a syndicated

columnist. You may write to

him at Military Update, P.O.

Box 231111, Centreville, VA

20120-1111; or at milupdate@

Friday, March 29, 2013 | Hurlburt Warrior | Page

More funds needed

for veterans clock tower

Discover the “Finest ”

on the Emerald Coast


Northwest Florida Daily News


— Supporters of the veterans

clock tower slated for

Beal Memorial Cemetery

say an increased awareness

of the project is the key to

its success.

Veterans Tribute Tower

Memorial Inc., the nonprofit

behind the 30-foot tower, is

trying to raise $250,000 to

$300,000 to cover costs and

ongoing maintenance.

“We’re at about 20 to 25

percent of our goal,” said

Bill Zuppa, who serves on

the group’s board of directors

and as one of its financial

secretaries. “We’d love

to have this up by November,

but the fundraising has

kind of slowed down slightly.

I guess the economy has a

lot to do with that.”

Zuppa said the group has

applied to BP for a grant

and also plans to apply to

other organizations. The

group also has sent letters

to local businesses and casinos

across the Gulf Coast

asking for donations.

“We’re praying for a big

donor or contributor who

will really sponsor this,” he


Board member Gene

Carroll said the group is

working to remind the community

that it still needs


“We’re still on track and

going strong,” he said.

Carroll said the group

is planning a motorcycle

poker run and hopes to get

a spot in the parade honoring

the Doolittle Raiders in


“We’re working really

hard,” he said. “If this thing

goes up, the whole community

will be proud of it.”

Zuppa said he hears

“nothing but good news”

about the clock tower when

he discusses it with community


“This will be a place

where we can all go and


To donate to the Veterans Tribute Tower Memorial fund, go to or call Bill Zuppa at 585-3166.

pay our respects,” he said.

“We’re a military community

and I’m hoping the

community will jump in

here and we’ll get more


The clock tower will be

located just inside the entrance

to the cemetery and

surrounded by brick pavers

and a 3-foot-tall circular

brick wall.

The memorial will be

built by The Verdin Co. of

Ohio. It will feature four 3-

foot clock dials with backlit

canisters and a custom-cast

250-pound, 24-inch bronze

bell. The tower also can be

programmed to play chimes

and patriotic music.

The company will cast

the bell on site.

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warrior Briefs

From staff reports

Easter Sunday

Brunch at Soundside

Easter Sunday Brunch is

March 31 at The Soundside.

Seating times are 11 a.m.,

noon, 1 or 2 p.m. Regular

price is $24, Club members

receive $2 off Specialty Buffet.

No additional discounts.

Ages 6-12 are $12. 5 and under

is free. Reservations

only and prepayment is

required. Menu: shrimp,

whole braised salmon, inside

round beef and baked

ham carving stations.

Breakfast bar, assorted

fruits and salads. Chef ’s

choice entree and vegetable

of the day. Soup selection

and rolls. Dessert station.

Tea, water and coffee. http://


Soundside/ 884-7507

Egg hunt set

for March 30

Hurlburt Field Annual

Egg Hunt is at 10 a.m.

March 30 at the Community

Park. Age groups for Egg

Hunt are 2 and under: Playground;

3 - 5: Field; 6 - 8:

Field; 9 - 12: Tree Line adjacent

to main gate; Families

with Special Needs: Field.

All age groups will start at

the same time but plan to

arrive early; the Egg Hunt

is over quickly. Parents

with children 2 and under

or have children with special

needs will be permitted

in the area. All others may

view from the perimeter.


pdf. Marketing/884-4252

Family Spring Ball

set for April 20

The Family Spring Ball

is from 4 – 8 p.m. Saturday,

April 20. Dress is semi-formal

to formal attire. Admission

$10 per person plus

meal cost, FOCUS families

receive free admission. Not

a FOCUS member? Sign

up for the free discount

program here

Meal cost: $20 adult

non-member ($2 member

discount), $11 child nonmember

($2 member discount),

ages 2 and under

free when eating from a

parent plate. Choose entree

upon reservation: Chicken

Florentine, Bacon Wrapped

Crab Meat Stuffed Shrimp,

Parmesan Crusted Top Sirloin

Steak. Child Entrees

upon Reservation: Choose

from previous entrees (half

size portion) or chicken tenders.

Reserve by April 17.

The Soundside/884-7507


Coffee On-The-Go

Rickenbacker’s Coffee

On-The-Go is now

serving from 7 – 9 a.m.

Mon- Fri – in Building

90210 (Wing Building).


“The #1 Non-Government Veteran ID Card in the World”

U.S. Veteran Compensation Programs (USVCP)

Call 713-400-8387 or visit


Get golf ready in 5


Register thru April 6,

lessons are from 4:30 – 6:30

p.m. Monday, April 8 thru

Thursday, April 11 and play

day is from noon – 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 13. 5 lessons

for only $99. Five group lessons

in a relaxed, friendly

atmosphere covering golf

course etiquette and introductory

basics. Give us five

days and we will give you a

sport for a lifetime. Classes

will be limited to first 10

individuals that sign up

and pay. Gator Lakes Golf

Course/881-2251. PLAYpass


Taylor made

Rocketballz special

Sure Thing-IER! Come

to the Golf Course and test

the new Rocketballz Stage

2 drivers, fairways, and hybrids.

See how much further

they are than your current

gamer clubs and save $20 on

a purchase of any Rocketballz

Stage 2 driver, fairway

wood, or rescue club. Special

pricing is for all in-stock

and special order items and

extends through April 14.

Gator Lakes Golf/881-2251

Fort Walton Beach

Community Chorus

Fort Walton Beach Community

Chorus presents

“This Is My Country” May

17 – 19 at the Municipal Auditorium.

Discounts at ITT!

Day trip to see


Wicked - The untold story

of the witches of oz day

trip to New Orleans on June

2. Mahalia Jackson Theater.

Cost is $195 per person

which includes roundtrip

transportation and ticket.

Tickets will be parquet level

rows B & C. Book now!

Christmas markets

in Germany

Visit Christmas Markets

in Switzerland, Germany,

France and Austria. Register

thru July 1, trip departs

Nov. 29 – Dec. 7, 2013.

Free Gatorland


Free for active duty and

retired personnel (reservists

and National Guard included)

from Jan. 1- June

30. Come by ITT for your

free voucher and discounted

tickets for family and


Senior Enlisted Joint

PME Certificates

Military members can

now send their Senior Enlisted

Joint PME certificates

directly to afgibilltransfer@ for updating. If you

have any questions, contact

formal training 884-6005.

Education Center/884-6724

Kuder Journey

New College & Career

Planning Service powered

by Kuder! A free lifetime

resource for all active duty

military personnel and

service members during

their military-to-civilian

transition. Free access; get

started taking the tree assessments

today at www.



Walk-in services for

CLEP and DSST are available

on Tuesdays and

Thursday at 8 and 11:30

a.m. Testing is located in

building 90220, classroom

B. The DSST Principals

of Public Speaking objective

portion of the test is

also available at 8 and 11:30

a.m.; examinees taking the

speech exam will be administered

the speech delivery

portion of the test at 2:30

p.m. NOTE: Services offered

for Active Duty and

Reservists only.

FAA Exam

Active duty, retirees and

DoD civilians that have FAA

Form 8610-2 may schedule

the FAA Aviation Mechanic-

Airframe (AMA), Aviation

Mechanic - General (AMG),

or Aviation Mechanic - Powerplant

(AMP) tests at the

education office. To schedule,

call 884-6970.

USAFE Driver

License Testing

Members can now selfproctor

the USAFE Driver

License Test. The USAFE

Driver’s License online

testing is opened to all Air

Force members, DoD civilians,

and all other personnel

possessing a CAC card and

PCSing/processing through

an Air Force installation,

and PCSing to Ramstein

Air Base, Spangdahlem

Air Base, or any supported

GSU. The individual must

create an account and

user password and then

self- register. To do this the

member needs to access

the website through the AF

Portal at https://wwwmil.

or https://wwwmil.usafe.

ID=1&Action=Home. When

ready to test, click the official

test link.

Dantes Subject

Standardized Test


Principals of Public Speaking

is available as an Internet-Based

Test. Computers,

equipped with microphones

allow examinees to deliver

the speech portion of the

test. The objective portion

of the exam will be administered

in the same format as

other DSST Internet-Based

Tests. Services available for

active duty and reservists


Civilian credit

applied to CCAF

CCAF accepts only official

transcripts from civilian

institutions. The transcript

must be mailed directly

from the civilian institution

to CCAF. CCAF will NOT accept

transcripts marked “Issued

to Student,” unofficial

transcripts, or faxed transcripts.

Transcripts are not

acceptable from students,

counselors, recruiters, or

any other third party. Please

have your civilian institution

send your transcript

to: CCAF/DESS, 100 South

Turner Blvd, Maxwell-Gunter

AFB, AL 36114-3011

If you are an Airman,

Guard/Reserve, you and

your dependents are eligible

to enroll in

without charge.

provides free access to oneto-one

tutoring support,

no appointment required,

anywhere, anytime, 24/7. It

is designed for students of

all skill levels, from elementary

to advanced, in more

than 16 subjects, including

math, science, social studies

and English.

If you have an internetenabled

computer or handheld

device, you can access

an expert tutor through

this program whenever you

need help. Students work

one-to-one with a tutor in

a secure online classroom,

which features an interactive

whiteboard, file sharing

and instant messaging. Every

session is anonymous,

and no personal information

is ever shared between

tutor and student. At www., create a Military Account

and confirm that you meet

eligibility requirements.

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Piano, Spinet style

light mahogany, with

matching bench seat,

$800;Call 850-729-1990


Quality Hi-Fi Stereo

Equip, Guitars, Amps,

Vacuum Tubes & Testers,

Record Collection,

Antique Radios.

O l d / N e w


Dinning Room table

with 6 chairs and 12in

leaf extention, Pecan

color, Good condition,

$200 OBO; Call


Community Parking

Lot Sale! April 6th from

8:30 am - 1 pm at the

Parking lot in front of

the Hurlburt Thrift

Store, Bldg. # 90320

$10 for the space and

$15 if you want a table

& 2 chairs. Please stop

by the Thrift Store to

sign up or call the Thrift

Store for more details.

Call 884-3098 Bldg


Mary Esther: 1034

Quail Hollow Dr.

Sat, 3/30 8am-4pm

Moving Sale

Sofas, washer/dryer,

men’s and women’s

clothing and lots more.

Niceville: 1008 Ridgewood

Cove S

Sat, March 30th




Antiques, furniture,

household goods,

Nascar collectibles/

stand-ups, bedding,

art, frames, etc.

Niceville: 4050 17th St,

Fri & Sat 8-12 both


Huge Yard


Furniture, clothes, and

tons of miscellaneous!

Text FL46747 to 56654

12 Gauge Rugar, red

label, over and under

Shotgun. All chokes, in

box, owners manual,

Plus 10 boxes of 12

gauge shells. $1,050

OBO. (850) 678-4238

or (850) 420-3639

CZ-527 Carbine, 7.62

x39, 18in bbl, Nikon

1-4x scope, very low

mileage, carry-case, 3

five round mags.


We Buy Gold

Jewelry & Diamonds

We will loan you

$500-$5,000 Cash!!

700 Beal Pkwy FWB

Call TOM Now!!






Will Buy sealed,

unexpired Boxes


Golf clubs w/bag, $20.

Sharper Image air purifier,

$20. Dirt Devil vacuum,

$15. 862-5167

9 piece pearl drum set,

maple shell, chrome

finish, double bass, 6

toms, snare, 8 cymbals

and stands, all hardware,

DB pedal, sacrifice,

$1200. 850-


Kawai Shiny Black Upright

Piano for sale.

Best Offer. Please call


2 yr old Surftech

“Universal” Stand-up

Paddle Board (SUP)

Minor usage wear/

Durable/Light. No

cracks. Length 10ft 6in,

Width 32in. Call or text

850-685-6864. $800

(Cash or Paypal).

A Better Choice, Inc

Sitters and homemakers

in your loved one’s

home. Help with community

chores, background

screened, supervised

and trained.

Licensed and Insured.

Small, locally owned



Shalimar-1, 2, 3 & 4 Br

$599-$899 Water Incl.

Pool, Laundry CH/A No

Dog Mon-Sat 651-8267

Text FL43247 to 56654

Holley by the Sea, Navarre.

6912 Flintwood

St. Lrg 4BR, 2BA., 2cg,

2600 sq ft, $1450

month, 850-934-6459

Navarre: 2br, Fncd yd,

Patio, Storage, W/D

Hookup, A/C, $750/

$850, (850) 939-2493

Waterfront 3Br/2.5Ba,

Large Boat Dock,

Gated Community,

$2,000 mo w/1yr lease,

Call 850-585-8125

2Br/1.5Ba, 77 Josie

Rd, 5 mins to Hurlburt

Field, 1,050 sq ft.,

Newly Renovated,

$90K; 850-609-6077

Leave Message Please

Crestview: 4br/2ba,

eat-in kitchen, 2 car

garage, fenced backyard.

1650 sqft.

$139,900 Call owner





FWB 3br, office, 2ba, 2

car garage. Eat-in

kitchen. FP, fenced

backyard. 2100sqft.

$229,900. Call owner


Individual wants to

buy house for investment.


Text FL43807 to 56654

2004 3br/2ba dishwasher,

a/c, stove, ref,

gated mhp across from

ocean. $34,900 850-


Text FL45927 to 56654



Waterfront Lot


Must see

Just off the mid bay

bridge. Over half an

acre, minutes to Destin.

Niceville Schools, high

and dry. $409,000.

Call 259-5745

Text FL46181 to 56654

Being Deployed? Need

to sell your car? Get

cash for your car. Call

us now, any make, any

model. Lee Auto. DLR.


Toyota Prius 2009

4D Hatchback, Single

owner, all maint.

by dealership, 50

mpg, 66k mi. $12.5K

Call (850) 974-4332

Car, Truck & SUV Accessories

Floor Mats

Soft Bed Covers

Hard Bed Covers

Window Visors


Since 1988

Steps Bars & Running Boards


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