Public Affairs Staff

Material contained on the Official Grissom Air Reserve Base Internet Web Site is written and produced by members of the 434th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Office. The award-winning staff includes:

Capt. Abby Nelson
Public Affairs Chief

Douglas Hays
Public Affairs Operations Chief

Tech. Sgt. Ben Mota
NCOIC of public affairs

Staff Sgt. Jami Lancette
staff writer

Staff Sgt. Katrina Heikkinen
staff writer

Staff Sgt. Dakota Bergl
staff writer

Senior Airman Cali Wetli
staff writer

Senior Airman Harrison Withrow
staff writer
           

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Col. Gates retires after 30 years of service Col. Gates retires after 30 years of service
Lying on the hood of his father’s car at the San Jose airport in California, a young Hiram ‘Paul’ Gates stared up into the sky watching airplanes fly above and he knew he wanted to fly. Fast forward about 40 years, Col. Hiram ‘Paul’ Gates III retired from the Air Force after 30 years of service July 1, 2018.
0 7/15
2018
Grissom Vinyasa flow: For mind, body Grissom Vinyasa flow: For mind, body
In a room typically filled with the sounds of grunts, the smell of sweat and an atmosphere of adrenaline, now the smoothing sounds of a piano and strings permeate throughout. “For the next 55 minutes, there’s nothing else that needs your attention,” she whispers. “Bring awareness to your back, place your hand there if you’d like.” Participants focus on connecting their breathing with their bodies as they gracefully progress from one movement to the next. Instructed by Katy Homes, lunchtime yoga is offered from noon to 1 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday at the fitness center.
0 7/13
2018
GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- The men and women of the 434th Air Refueling Wing proudly wish every American a happy Independence Day. (U.S. Air Force graphic/Senior Airman Damon Kasberg) 
Grissom ARB wishes everyone a safe, eventful Fourth of July
With the Fourth of July and warmer weather upon us, it’s important to keep safety in mind during outdoor activities especially when alcohol may be involved.“We work hard at Grissom and we play hard too, but we want to make sure we are smart about it,” said Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander. “We need each member to get our mission
0 7/03
2018
Scouts from Lafayette, Indiana Boy Scout Troop 3339 pose in front of a KC-135R Stratotanker June 27, 2018 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. During a tour of the base, scouts were able to climb aboard the tanker and see the cockpit and boom pod. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cali Elliott) Lafayette Boy Scout Troop visits Grissom
The Boy Scout motto is to always be prepared; being in a state of readiness, and for one troop, they got to see just how Grissom does just that. Boy Scouts from Lafayette, Indiana Troop 3339 had the chance to tour Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana, June 27.
0 6/29
2018
Senator Todd Young visits Grissom Senator Todd Young visits Grissom
Grissom often makes a great impression and June 15 was no exception as Sen. Todd Young came to visit. A Hoosier for more than 20 years, Young’s slogan – ‘How can I help? – rang true during his hands-on tour of the base, which started with an initial mission briefing. Young then had the opportunity to get an overview of the KC-135R Stratotanker cockpit simulator with Lt. Col. Brian Thompson, 434th Operations Group chief of standardization and evaluation.
0 6/15
2018
Moody retires after 36 years of military service Moody retires after 36 years of military service
When Todd Moody was working at his only other job, dishing burgers in a fast food restaurant, he was nearly fired for being too slow. Fast forward more than 36 years and the long time Grissom fixture is preparing to move back into the slow lane. Lt. Col. Todd Moody, 434th Operations Group commander, is retiring in June – after more than 36 years in uniform.
0 6/15
2018
Top performers gives Grissom Airmen incentive to maintain year-round fitness Top performers gives Grissom Airmen incentive to maintain year-round fitness
To beat a record, you must know it exists. For runners at Grissom, that motivation now exists. With a goal of increasing the 434th Air Refueling Wing’s fitness program initiatives, Grissom’s new exercise physiologist hopes to improve Airmen readiness as a whole – with healthy competition through recognition.
0 6/13
2018
Grissom readies for fun and frivolity with combat dining in! Grissom readies for fun and frivolity with combat dining in!
Uniform….check! Face paint….check! Water pistol….check! Wait, water pistol? The 434th Air Refueling Wing is hosting a combat dining beginning at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 4, 2018 in Dock 6.
0 6/13
2018
Grissom Airman wins Ms. Indianapolis, Ms. Indiana titles Grissom Airman wins Ms. Indianapolis, Ms. Indiana titles
Stepping outside the box and into the spotlight is allowing one Airman to make a difference in the lives of others. By stepping outside of her box, Tech Sgt. Charlene Howard, 434th Force Support Squadron Airman and Family Readiness NCO, recently won the title of Ms. Indianapolis and Ms. Indiana, sweeping the competition.
0 6/11
2018
Eagle Eyes: Watch, Report, Protect Eagle Eyes: If you see something, say something
According to the U.S. Air Force Eagle Eyes program, if you see something suspicious, you should say something.Law enforcement can’t be everywhere at once.  To expand their reach, they rely on members of the community, military and civilian, to be extra sets of eyes and ears.The Eagle Eyes program is an anti-terrorism initiative that enlists Air
0 6/06
2018
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