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  • Grissom fire department named best medium size department in AFRC

    Between battling 75-foot flames and providing lifesaving EMS support, Grissom’s fire department never wavered through 2020, and for that, they recently received the 2020 Chief Master Sergeant Ralph E. Sandborn Award, as the best medium size fire department in the Air Force Reserve Command.
  • Air Force releases updated fitness test score breakdown

    Without the waist measurement as a scored component, push-ups and sit-ups will increase from 10 to 20 points each, while the 1.5-mile run will remain at 60 points. Scoring will fall into five-year age groups, as opposed to the previous 10.
  • Grissom IG inspection team earn individual, unit awards

    The 434th Air Refueling Wing Inspector General inspection team cleaned up during the 2020 Air Force Reserve Command IG Awards. Out of seven categories, the Grissom Team walked away with three wins, including two individual awards and one unit award.
  • Grissom leads the way in PT changes

    The Air Force is pushing the physical fitness assessments to July 1st to help battle COVID-19. Air Force leadership is also using this time to assess potential components to improve the current assessment. Grissom had the opportunity to participate in a study on alternate physical fitness exercises, which may one day be included in the Air Force's physical fitness test.
  • 434th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron repairs KC-135R, ensures mission success

    Turning wrenches to keep KC-135R Stratotankers flying is a demanding task calling for grit, toughness, and perseverance as temperature swings on the mass parking ramp can be sweltering hot, to bone numbing cold – sometimes in the same day.
  • Grissom welcomes first full-time first sergeant

    An additional duty proved to be a historical springboard for one Grissom member. Master Sergeant Benjamin Mota, 434th Air Refueling Wing public affairs superintendent made history by being selected as the first full-time first sergeant for the wing. Mota will become an Active Guard/Reserve first sergeant for the 434th ARW, upon completion of the month long First Sergeant’s Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama. On drill weekends, he will serve as the 434th Force Support Squadron’s First Sergeant.
  • Grissom Firefighters forge essential ground, rescue, survival skills

    Knowing what to do when surrounded by intense fire, smoke, debris and darkness is a life or death situation for those fighting fires, and thanks to Grissom Airmen, reserve firefighters are taught those life-saving skills. The firefighters with the 434th Civil Engineer Squadron helped build the Air Force Reserve Command's first-ever Firefighter Rescue and Survival Course to refine the life-saving skills necessary to fight fires safely and effectively.
  • Grissom receives Meritorious Unit Award

    The 434th Air Refueling Wing was recognized for excellence and awarded the Meritorious Unit Award for the period of Oct. 1 2017-Sept. 30, 2019.
  • Grissom Airman authors children’s book

    Deployments are a stressful moment in every military family’s life. These crucial times can be filled with uncertainty and confusion, but a Grissom reserve Airman hopes to bring some peace-of-mind through her new children’s book titled “A Soldier’s Story”. Tech. Sgt. Reyna Lucille, assigned as a paralegal with the 434th Air Refueling Wing, channeled her love for storytelling into a poem to help educate families on what deployments are like through the lens of a service member.
  • Saving strangers: An Airman's journey through service before self

    How far would you be willing to go to save the life of someone you’ve never met? That’s the question Master Sgt. Ashley Stant, 434th Force Support Squadron personnel systems manager, was facing earlier this year when she found out she was a potential bone marrow match candidate.

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
Chief, public affairs

Maj. Neil Samson
Public affairs officer

Public affairs operations chief

Tech. Sgt. Josh Weaver
NCOIC of public affairs

Tech. Sgt. Rachel Barton
Staff writer

Tech. Sgt. Jami Lancette
Staff writer

Tech. Sgt. Courtney Dotson-Essett
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Chris Massey
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Michael Hunsaker
Staff writer

Staff Sgt. Alexa Culbert
Staff writer

Senior Airman Jonathan Stefanko
Staff writer

Senior Airman Jeremy Blocker
Staff writer