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  • 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 bids farewell to Col. Larry Shaw

    The familiar whistle that breaks the silence in the hallways of Grissom’s headquarters will now be a tune heard by memory. That whistle, Col. Larry Shaw’s trademark pre-cursor to his energetic entrance, will reverberate here no longer. Shaw retired as commander of the 434th Air Refueling Wing March 13, in a ceremony during the unit training assembly.
  • 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 welcomes new command chief

    Chief Master Sgt. Nathan Parks has taken the helm as the 434th Air Refueling Wing’s command chief. Parks assumed the role after Chief Master Sgt. Wes Marion’s retirement in November. He joins the unit from Creech Air Force Base, Nevada where he served as the superintendent of the 726th Operations Group.
  • Grissom wishes everyone a safe and happy Veterans Day

    In honor of all those who have served, domestically and abroad, in all branches of the military Grissom wishes everyone a safe and happy Veterans Day.
  • Commander addresses Reserve Mobility capabilities at A/TA 2020

    Lt. Gen. Richard W. Scobee, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander of Air Force Reserve Command, highlighted Total Force integration, the Reserve’s rapid response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Reserve’s unique weather reconnaissance, aerial spray and aerial firefighting missions during the Airlift/Tanker Association’s 52nd annual convention, symposium and technology expo this week. This year’s event was held virtually due to ongoing COVID-19 health concerns.
  • History and heritage; Command Chief and Historian take a trip down memory lane

    The 434th Air Refueling Wing at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Indiana has a long and rich history. One of which must be preserved, or it has the potential to be forgotten.
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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

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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