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  • 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 fire chief earns Ray Picard award

    A Grissom firefighter recently snuffed out the competition winning an award that is given to one person annually. The 2021 Ray Picard Award was presented to Christian Jacobs, 434th Grissom Fire Department chief of fire prevention.
  • 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.
  • PT test pushed to July, updates to scoring, physical components ahead

    When assessments resume, the three-component fitness test (1.5 mile run, 1 minute of pushups and situps) will be reset with scores calculated on a new three component scoring table. In addition, work is underway to separate scoring into five-year age groups as opposed to the previous ten – for example, age groups will start at <25, 25-29 years old, 30-34, years old, etc.
  • From pilot’s seat to first chair, Grissom pilot controls multi-faceted roles

    Whether slipping the surly bonds flight, or playing with the Indianapolis symphony, one Grissom aviator finds harmony in music and aviation. Capt. Rob Reilly, is a KC-135R Stratotanker pilot assigned to the 72nd Air Refueling Squadron. He also sits as a first chair violinist with the Indianapolis Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • 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.
  • Updates to EPME offer flexibility for Grissom Airmen

    The Thomas N. Barnes Center for Enlisted Education is releasing a new distance learning version of the Airman Leadership School course, ALS DLC 2.0, scheduled for Nov. 30, 2020, due to the success of the Non-Commissioned Officer DLC 2.0 released in July 2020. Updates to the Enlisted Professional Military Education, or EPME, were made over the past year to provide Airmen the flexibility to grow as first-line supervisors and leaders.
  • CMSGT Marion retires after 33 years of service

    It’s not really goodbye. It’s not even a change of scenery. It’s just moving forward. Chief Master Sgt. Wes Marion, 434 th Air Refueling Wing Command Chief, is doing just that after he retired Nov. 7 after 33 years of serving in the Air Force.

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