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Get gassed up with 325th OG TRAKs


U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Jamie McGillick, 325th Maintenance Operations Squadron member, stands with Chasity Burg, costumed as the 325th TRSS “Black Bear,” during the 325th Operations Group Tyndall Acts of Kindness event in 2016. TRAKs is a program designed to put up to $20 worth of gas into Airmen, ranks E-4 and below, and their dependents vehicle before the holiday season. This year, 2017, the event will be held Dec. 4-8. (Courtesy Photo by Sarah English)


The 325th Operations Group’s Tyndall Random Acts of Kindness program will hand out thousands of dollars’ worth of free gas at Tyndall’s Army and Air Force Exchange Services main gas station at a random time Dec. 4-8, 2017.

The program is designed to put $20 worth of gas in the tanks of Airmen ranks E-4 and below, and their dependents.

“The OG TRAKs program gains popularity with Team Tyndall Airmen every year,” said Lt. Col. Brian Stahl, 325th Training Support Squadron commander. “As a result, once OG TRAKs begins, the word spreads very quickly and the money we have raised goes even quicker. We learned this initiative requires a deliberate focus on fundraising early in the year to increase how much we can give back. It is our goal to reach 125 Airmen and their dependents by raising $2,500 dollars this year.”

Airmen need to pay attention to the Tyndall Facebook page during the event to check what time TRAKs will occur.

“I think it is pretty awesome that they give free gas to people,” said Airman 1st Class Jered Willman, 43rd Fighter Squadron aviation resource manager. “It helps during the holidays, so that you can focus on Christmas gifts for your family.”

Along with the 325th OG and AAFES, participants are the 337th Air Control Squadron, the 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group, the 44th Fighter Group, the 301st Fighter Squadron, as well as single donors who give through their squadrons or at the event itself.

“Whether it is OG TRAKs or another initiative, I would encourage everyone to find a way to give back during the holidays,” said Stahl. “One random act of kindness pays huge dividends for everyone involved.”

If you are interested in donating your time or making a monetary donation, call (850) 283-4143 or (850) 283-2525.