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:

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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Louis Poggerburg, 434th Security Forces Squadron administrator, gets dusted by a cloud of color during a 5K color fun run held June 3, 2017. This run was the kick-start to a very colorful, eventful family day. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Cali Wetli) Grissom runners soar through clouds of color
Sunlight glimmered off sweaty skin as runners made their way around a 3.1 mile trail, then POOF! A gust of fluorescent color filled the air, coating them in a colorful mess. This is what the runners experienced during a 5K color fun run held June 3 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind. The run kicked off the start of Grissom’s family weekend filled with several fun-filled events.
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Maj. Matthew Garvelink, 434th Security Forces Squadron commander, presents a certificate of retirement to Chief Master Sgt. Rickie King, 434th SFS manager, at a retirement ceremony at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., June 3, 2017. King retired after serving 27 years in the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Cali Wetli) King retires after 27 years of service
Amid family, friends and fellow Airmen, Chief Master Sgt. Rickie King, said goodbye to the Air Force after 27 years of service during his retirement ceremony at Grissom Air Reserve base, Indiana, June 3, 2017. King, Security Forces manager, joined the Air Force in December of 1984 as a security forces member serving for 10 years at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas and Ramstein Air Base, Germany .
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The Shupperd family visited Grissom fire station to thank the team for saving their son’s life, May 23. Listed from left to right: Jay Salmons, Tom Carey, Airman 1st Class Andrew Smith, Robert Jacobs holding Waylon Shupperd, Brandon Shupperd, Megan Shupperd and David Perryman holding their youngest son Maverick Shupperd. (Courtesy photo) Grissom Fire Department responds, saves life
It’s not often first responders get to see the benefits of their work, but that was not the case for a group of firefighters from Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana. Waylon Shupperd, 2, had an opportunity to visit the Grissom Fire Department recently and thank the firefighters who helped save his life during a medical emergency in late spring.
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Senior Master Sgt. Eric Vance was recently selected as the new 434th Air Refueling Wing Yellow Ribbon representative. In an effort to assist Guard, Reservists and their families during the deployment process, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 established the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program [YRRP] to assist Airmen and their families throughout the deployment cycle. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katrina Heikkinen) SMSgt Vance named Grissom’s YRRP representative
Since the days of Desert Shield and Desert Storm, the image of a yellow ribbon has instilled phrases such as “bring our troops home” or “support our troops” often donned on vehicles. But today, and since its inception in 2008, ‘Yellow Ribbon’ means something much more to the 1.5 million Guard, Reservists and their family members. In an effort to assist Guard, Reservists and their families during the deployment process, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2008 established the Yellow Ribbon Reintegration program [YRRP] to assist Airmen and their families throughout the deployment cycle. “Yellow ribbon is the Air Force Reserve Command’s reintegration program,” said Senior Master Sgt. Eric Vance, 434th Air Refueling Wing Yellow Ribbon representative. “This program is important because many of our families here don’t have a military background and they’re not used to the military lifestyle day-in- and day-in. It serves to assist Airmen prior to their deployments and when they return from their deployment by giving them the knowledge they need while they’re deployed and how to take full advantage of their benefits.”
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Staff Sgt. Michael Willis, 434th Security Forces Squadron security response team member (right), and Staff Sgt. Timothy Sommers, 434th SFS security response team member, prepare to raise the American flag at the sound of reveille June 14, 2017 at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind. Flag Day was officially established as June 14, the anniversary of the 1777 resolution, by President Woodrow Wilson with a proclamation made in 1916. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katrina Heikkinen) Flag Day: A day to remember Old Glory
The Stars and Stripes; Old Glory; the Red, White and Blue; no matter what name is used, since 1777 Americans have rallied around the U.S. flag in times of hardship and joy, war and peace. And in similar fashion, the men and women of the 434th Air Refueling Wing, along with Americans around the world, come together June 14 to celebrate Flag Day and all it has come to represent.
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Colonel Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander, passes the group guidon as Lt. Col. Dwight Meese assumes command of the 434th Maintenance Group at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., June 4, 2017. Meese came to Grissom from March Air Reserve Base, California, where he was deputy commander of the 452nd Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harrison Withrow)
 
Grissom welcomes new Maintenance Group commander
Lt. Col. Dwight Meese became the new 434th Maintenance Group commander during the assumption of command ceremony held in dock 1 on June 4.
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Senior Airman Jordi Saunders, a cargo services specialist with the 49th Aerial Port Flight, was among a group of 20 that deployed to RAF Mildenhall, England to participate in a Memorial Day celebration at the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England May 29, 2017. During the ceremony, Airmen gave wreaths to British veterans symbolizing the unity between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Douglas Hays) Past, present meet for British Airman
Senior Airman Jordi Saunders, a cargo services specialist with the 49th Aerial Port flight, was among a group of 20 that deployed to RAF Mildenhall to help commemorate Memorial Day at the American Cemetery in Cambridge May 25-31.
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2017
Airmen from the 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana join Airmen from RAF Mildenhall, England to participate in a Memorial Day celebration at the Cambridge American Cemetery in Cambridge, England May 29, 2017. During the ceremony, Airmen gave wreaths to British veterans symbolizing the unity between the two nations. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Mota) Grissom’s past and present intersect in England
Members of the 434th Air Refueling Wing participated in a Memorial Day ceremony and other activities designed to teach about the unit’s history and heritage during a trip to RAF Mildenhall, England May 24-31.
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Tech. Sgt. Will Hamilton, 434th Air Refueling Wing command post controller, instructs Senior Airman Micah Greidanus, 914th Airlift Wing command post controller, on use of the command post weather alert system at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., May 24, 2017. Greidanus was sent to Grissom as part of an ongoing partnership between the 434th ARW and the 914th AW to train for the KC-135R Stratotanker mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Harrison Withrow) 
Grissom trains Airman bound for Niagara Air Force Reserve Station
After tech school most Airmen begin their training at their unit, but for one Niagara Falls command post controller, that was not the case.
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2017
(Graphic courtesy of ESGR) IFD recieves ESGR award for support of Grissom Airman
Master Sgt. Chris Bauchle’s civilian employer, the Indianapolis Fire Department, is being awarded the 2017 Indiana Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve Pro Patria Award, in addition to being among the top 30 finalists for the 2017 ESGR Freedom Award.
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