8 June 2012 - The Gulf Defender
INSIDE: FAREWELL TO COMMAND CHIEF MASTER SGT. JACKIE GREEN | PAGE A10 Gulf Commentary: Bearing your neighbor | Page A4 Defender Friday, June 8, 2012 TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE — HOME OF THE CHECKERTAILS Vol. 6, No. 10 ‘C-code’ not a deployment disqualifier By DEBBIE GILDEA Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO RANDOLPH, TEXAS (AFNS) — Contrary to common belief, a medical assignment limitation code, commonly known as the “C-code,” does not disqualify an airman from deployment, and it does not identify an airman for medical discharge. SENIOR AIRMAN CYNTHIA SPALDING | U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert Miller does a tire pressure check on an F-22 Raptor while checking standards on the aircraft. By RANDAL YAKEY 522-5108 | @ryakey firstname.lastname@example.org A “C-code” applied to a member’s profile for medical reasons is one of the various tools AFPC officials use to put the right person in the right place at the right time, said Lt. Col. (Dr.) Keryl Green, the Air Force Personnel Center Medical Retention Standards branch chief. “Our branch belongs to See ‘C-CODE’ A2 TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force is not calling a “ground incident” involving an F-22 Raptor last week a “crash.” The F-22 was in a “touch-and-go” practice session at about 5 p.m. May 31 when it was put out of commission. The “ground incident” put the plane on the sidelines and benched the “We do that by first evaluating referred cases and identifying if a member’s medical condition is compatible with continued service. If it is, we will assign the most appropriate code, if any, to make sure those who can serve, do so in a location where appropriate medical facilities are available.” Lt. Col. (Dr.) Keryl Green Air Force Personnel Center Medical Retention Standards branch chief MILITARY PROBES F-22 MISHAP AT TYNDALL pilot, officials said. “Everything around this is in freeze frame right now,” said Herman Bell, chief of Tyndall’s 325th Fighter Wing Public Affairs. Base officials would not comment on how the plane made contact with the ground, nor would they give any indication of whether the “incident” was mechanical or pilot error. The pilot was not injured in the incident. “It is all under investigation,” Bell said. Bell also said the pilot had been flying F-16s and had little experience with the F-22. “It was his second flight in the F-22,” he said. The F-22 Raptor became the center of attention last summer after pilots reported being lightheaded after flying the aircraft. The plane was on “stand down” for three months. See MISHAP A2 BBB warns of scams targeting military By RANDAL YAKEY 522-5108 | @ryakey email@example.com PANAMA CITY — While most Americans are honoring those who have served on Memorial Day, others are plotting to rip them off. Those who are currently serving, as well as military veterans. The Better Business Bureau (BBB) is warning service members about scammers who pose as veterans affairs representatives asking veterans to update their bank, credit card or financial records, or charging service members fees to update their military records. The BBB is also warning military families about fraudulent investment schemes asking veterans to transfer assets, advertising for “instant approval” of military loans that may have high interest rates, hidden fees or housing discounts that demand “up front” deposit money, and then bilking the unsuspecting victim of the deposit money. “The unique lifestyle of our service members makes them prime targets for scammers,” noted Brenda Linnington, director of BBB Military Line in a news release. Other schemes include selling stolen vehicles at low prices by claiming to be soldiers who need to sell fast because they’ve been deployed, posing as lonely service members online in a remote part of Iraq or Afghanistan and then asking for money, or as service members overseas asking money to be wired to a third party for some emergency. “Donors need to watch out for questionable charities that raise funds on behalf of military organizations,” Art Taylor, president and CEO of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance, wrote in a statement. Anyone can check www.give.org to see that a group meets BBB charity standards. Check out businesses and charities before making a purchase or donation at bbb.org. TABLE OF CONTENTS Commentary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A4 Safety . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A5 Navy News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A8 TYNDALL ON FACEBOOK Use your mobile device to link up with Tyndall Air Force Base on Facebook.