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  • Back to the past: current Tyndall Airmen meet WWII Checkertails

    Members of modern-era 325th Fighter Wing united with the famed World War II-era 325th Fighter Group Checkertail Clan and their families recently to reconnect the shared experience that is being a Checkertail."The 325th Fighter Wing exists today because of the brave and courageous accomplishments of pilots, mechanics and support personnel of the
  • Safe OPSEC: the front line of defense

    Modern smart phones have more computing power than the computer that first sent man into space. With that much power, service members must remain vigilant when it comes to protecting their personal information.Protecting personal information, even some that can be considered unclassified, is considered operational security. Protecting digital
  • A puzzle now complete

    A puzzle takes concentration, dedication and a will to finish. Once completed, the puzzle takes a whole new form and the picture comes together.The 325th Operations Support Squadron now has its final piece.The 325th OSS Air Traffic Control and Landing Systems Maintenance Flight has officially switched squadrons from the 325th Communications
  • One man’s trash, another bear’s treasure

    It is estimated up to two dozen bears live on, around or travel through Tyndall's 29,000 acres, and they love the smell of food in a dumpster.Despite years of trying to keep them out, the bears continue to get inside the dumpsters, often breaking them in the process, and then trekking trash back to the woods.The 325th Civil Engineer Squadron
  • Plans office keeps base prepped

    Five individuals plan for nearly every situation Tyndall could face from a natural disaster to a downed airplane.The 325th Fighter Wing Plans and Programs office, or XP, reviews and updates around 40 wing plans covering everything from a hurricane evacuation to every-day operations.This is one of the many things the Plans office does in order to
  • Meet the 325th CONS commander

    As a child and into young adulthood the 325th Contracting Squadron commander never envisioned himself living the life of a military professional. One day a retired senior master sergeant opened his eyes and set him on a path for success. Major Bryan Lamb has followed that path with no regrets and a determination to do something great.Born in St.
  • Boneheads receive Heisman

    According to the Heisman website, the Heisman Trophy is, "the most prestigious award in college football." Tyndall is certainly not a collegiate team, but the base did just receive a Heisman.First Lieutenant Brenden "Heisman" Torphy, 95th Fighter Squadron pilot, completed his B-Course training with the 43rd Fighter Squadron at Tyndall the same way
  • Wingmen walking for a cure

    Airmen typically face battle in a deployed location, but for one, her fight hit a little closer to home. However, similar to a deployment, her wingmen came to her aid. Major Lori Bort, 337th Air Control Squadron air battle manager instructor, is facilitating a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Great Strides walk. Bort's son, Gaven, was diagnosed with CF
  • Couple that met on Tyndall revisits after 70 years

    More than 60,000 troops trained here during World War II to destroy the axis powers, but two individuals found lifelong love in preparation for war. Ed and Mary Butzke only spent a couple years at Tyndall in the 1940s, but on Aug. 25, they had the opportunity to come back and see how much the base has changed. "When I was here, the base was
  • Meet the 325th SFS Commander: Maj. Jonathan Bell

    There once was a boy in Greenback, Tenn., a small dairy farm community tucked away south of Knoxville, Tenn., who had aspirations of one day joining the Air Force."When I was six years old," said Maj. Jonathan Bell, 325th Security Forces Squadron commander, "I know it's kind of cliché, but I saw an 'Aim High' Air Force poster, and I said, 'I want