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Tuesday, October 16, 2001

Members compete for worldwide competition

The 37th Security Forces Squadron is this year's large unit Air Education and Training Command Defender Challenge champion, and three team members were selected to train for the worldwide competition.

The talented and motivated squad, regarded as one of the favorites to win, overcame muddy grounds and morning mist in capturing the overall first place crown.

Airman Garcia and teammates Tech. Sgt. Timothy Kane and Airman 1st Class Lee Lyles, formerly of Pecos, were selected to compete for a spot on the AETC worldwide Defender Challenge team. They will head to Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark., to train, and then go on to compete in the worldwide competition at Camp Bullis in North San Antonio, Oct. 31 to Nov. 6.

The 37th SFS dominated the command-wide competition despite an unusually rainy week. Of the contest's four events, the team nabbed two gold medals and a silver.

Although most of the events in the competition remained relatively unaffected by the rain, the obstacle course portion had to be modified. Eleven of the 21 obstacles were scrapped from the event for safety reasons.

The soggy terrain did little to slow down this gritty group of cops. They secured first place, with Sergeant Kane running the course's fastest individual time.

In the team combat rifle event, Airman Lyles earned "Top Gun" credentials. Contestants ran through rivers of water, and positioned themselves in foxholes to shoot their targets. The team displayed their fine marksmanship en route to their second gold medal.

The silver medal in the Warrior Challenge rounded out the squad's overall first place outing. This event called for a combination of combat patrolling, land navigation, and small unit tactics.

About the team's performance, Airman Lyles said that they simply did what they were capable of doing.

Lyles, a Security Forces Military Police Officer at Lackland AFB, San Antonio will be completing two years of a four year term on Oct. 20. He is a 1999 graduate of Pecos High School.

Lyles, is the son of Lyle and Rowena Lyles and grandson of Louis and Bennie Ortiz and Dedrick and Toni Lyles, all of Pecos.

Elementary school `Credit by Exam' dates, deadline set

Credit by Exam will be held at all Crockett Middle School, 8th grade.

Deadline to register for Credit by Exam is this Friday at any of the elementary school counselor's offices.

A student must able to score 90 percent on each subject matter test at the grade level that he or she wishes to skip in each of the following areas: language arts, mathematics, science and social studies.

This Credit by Exam is for students for all 8th grade students.

Test dates are Thursday, Nov. 15 and Friday, Nov. 16, at the Crockett Middle School campus and individuals can sign up at any of the counselor's office.

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