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 Vol. 12, No. 7

     Serving the men and women of the 434th Air Refueling Wing, Grissom ARB, Ind.
                                                                                                                           July 2007

                                                                                                New addresses
                                                                                                Grissom roadways
                                                                                                get historic names
                                                                                                By Tech. Sgt. Doug Hays
                                                                                                Public Affairs staff

                                                                                                  Motorists making their way around
                                                                                                Grissom may have noticed a change
                                                                                                  Roads on base got a makeover with
                                                                                                new street names and building ad-
                                                                                                  The project brings Grissom inline
                                                                                                with other military bases having
                                                                                                physical street addresses for buildings.
                                                                                                  While the traditional building num-
                                                                                                bers will remain for in-house and civil
                                                                                                engineering use, mailing addresses for
                                                                                                future correspondence and deliveries
                                                                                                have changed to coincide with the new
                                                                                                addresses -- as well as 911 purposes.
                                                                                                  For example, in the past, the Public
                                                                                                Affairs office address was Bldg. 596,
                                                                                                Room 200A. With the new addresses
                                                                                                the address would be 7207 Grissom
                                                                                                Ave., Room 200A.
                                                                                                  Many of the streets themselves have
                                                                                                new names.
                                                                                                  The flavor of the names reflect
                                                                                                military and aviation for the most part.
                                                                                                  New street names include Warrior
                                                                                                Avenue; Tanker, Skytrain, and Boxcar
                                                                                                Streets; as well as Chocks, Dragonfly,
                                                                                                Bakalar and Sextant Lanes. Other
                                                                                                new streets are Leatherneck and
                                                                                                Munitions Drives; as well as Atterbury
                                                                                                Way and Boom Place.
                                                                                                  A complete listing of streets and
                                                                  Photo by SrA. Omar Delacruz   addresses is available on the Grissom
Street signs and physical addresses at Grissom were updated to fall in line with                intranet site at https://
traditional addresses used on military installations and in the civilian community.   
                                                   Inside perspective
Opportunity, diversity fair a huge success
By Col. Kerry Keithcart,
434th ARW vice commander

  The success of the Human Resources Development Council is
good hands as co-chairs Col. Tim Cox, my replacement as the
vice commander, and Master Sgt. Tina Youker, 434th Operations
Group are poised to take the council to the next level.
  We’re always looking to get the entire wing involved in finding
ways to take care of people and live up to the mantra of ‘Oppor-
tunity, Mentoring and Diversity.’
  On the opportunity front, the opportunity fair we held in June
was a huge success and we hope that it will continue to grow in
the years to come. More than 13 organizations and groups were
represented ranging from the wing enlisted advisory council to the
chief’s group to the honor guard and civilian personnel.
  Combine that with good food and entertainment, mix in door
prizes and give aways and you have a great formula for the
success we had.
  Other upcoming opportunities include attendance of the League
of United Latin American Citizens, and the Tuskegee Airman
conference in Dallas.
  During the fair, Colonel Cox and Sergeant Youker worked the
mentorship booth which sets the foundation for our Mentoring 101
session now slated for August.
  Grissom can take the lead in the mentoring program in the Air
Force Reserve Command through classes and both formal and
informal discussions.
  Our diversity event held in conjunction with the opportunity fair
was very well received.
  Diversity is about reaching out to a diverse population to help
obtain that ‘diversity of thought’ while maintaining the highest
  Senior Master Sgt. Sandy Dye gave a dissertation on Women in
Leadership. She explained that at one time only two percent of
the military was comprised of women, but now the Air Force is
leading the way with more than 25 percent of the force comprised
of females in nearly all career fields. That change has improved
the overall effectiveness of the military.
  Master Sgt. James Carter, a member of the Chicago Police
Department, shared stories and spoke of how diversity has                                                                                      Photo by Tech. Sgt. Patrick Kuminecz
                                                                                  Tech. Sgt. Nora Jones, 434th ARW, performs an
      Please see 'HRDC,' page 3                                                   interpretive dance.


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                                                                                                                                              Grissom Home Page
    members of the U.S. military    434th Air Refueling Wing,            SrA. Ben Mota....................................staff writer
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                                                   News & Views

Wing sets sights on Combat Dining In
By SrA. Ben Mota
Public Affairs staff

   Leave your blues behind and grab
your rain gear—Grissom’s 2007
Combat Dining In is quickly approach-
   This is Grissom’s first year to
conduct a Combat Dining In. Approxi-
mately 300 Airmen from all areas of
the base will come together for
fellowship, esprit de corps, and social
rapport in an event that is sure to bring
laughter and joy.
   The combat dining in is a newer
tradition that is built around the tradi-
tional dining in but with far less of a
formal atmosphere, said Master Sgt.
Scott Shives, a communications
specialist with the 434th Communica-
tions Squadron.
   Although less formal than a tradi-
tional dining in, Airmen are still re-                                                                         Photo by SrA. Ben Mota
quires to comply with Air Force             Master Sgt. Scott Shives reviews the program for the Combat Dining In.
standards regarding uniform. The
uniform for the event is BDU, DCU or          “There will be an amnesty box at the    men are to carry the forms around
flight suits.                               processing line for any banned items,     with them at all times as a way to keep
   A range of events including dinner       and security forces will be there to      track of infractions during training.
chimes, posting of the colors, national     enforce these rules,” Sergeant Shives        Throughout the event members are
anthem, POW/MIA ceremony,                   said with a grin on his face.             asked to keep track of others infrac-
toasting and a guest speaker Maj. Gen.        The rules of engagement for the         tions that violate the rules of the mess
Mark Pillar will occur before special       event specify that legitimate targets     until The Grog Bowl begins.
maneuvers begin.                            are only those who are in the combat         All of those who have violated the
   “The entrance to the event will be       zone. Violators of the ROEs will          “rules of the mess” will enter the
setup just like a processing line for a     suffer the wrath of the president and     combat zone and pass thru a “confu-
deployment,” said Sergeant Shives.          might find themselves in the combat       sion course” to get to the grog bowl.
   Guests will be issued water guns,        zone.                                     While in the confusion course, they will
sponge balls and dog tags at the              Medics will be present during the       be subjected to a barrage of water
processing line. All personal weapons       entire ceremony. In an event that         from the variety of weapons used.
including super soakers, water balloons     someone is injured or the festivities     Here the offender’s fate will be
and hoses that lead to fire hydrants are    need to come to a temporary halt,         determined as guilty or innocent.
prohibited.                                 designated individuals will have air         Tickets to the event will be sold
   “The water guns are not big but they     horns that signify a cease fire.          throughout June on a first come first
have some range to them,” said                Each guest will have an Air Force       serve basis.
Master Sgt. Christy Bartel, a logistics     form 341.                                    Those not attending the event will
management specialist with the 434th          These are the forms given to new        eat at dock 6 from 1630-1730 instead
Maintenance Operations Flight.              Airman while in basic training. Air-      of at the dining facility.

HRCD,              from page 2
improved the way that the police            Sherrod, 74th Air Refueling Squadron      in our differences and diversity.
department there operates.                  playing the bagpipes.                     Together we can harness that and use
  Entertainment consisted of Tech.            We certainly had a great time and if    it to our advantage to continue making
Sgt. Nora Jones performing an inter-        you couldn’t join us this year, we hope   the 434th Air Refueling Wing the unit
pretive dance and Tech. Sgt. Paul           that next year you will. There’s power    of choice.
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Maintainers deploy, keep birds flying
By SrA. Mark                                                                                                      seeing new things and
Orders-Woempner                                                                                                   getting to assist other
Public Affairs staff                                                                                              career fields I have
                                                                                                                  had nothing to do with
   INCIRLIK AIR                                                                                                   before,” he said.
BASE, TURKEY–                                                                                                     “Being able to do the
Deploying is something                                                                                            simple things like
that every Airmen must                                                                                            hooking a tow bar to
deal with, and a group                                                                                            an aircraft is really
of maintainers from                                                                                               awesome.”
Grissom Air Reserve                                                                                                  When asked if they
Base, Ind., have done                                                                                             felt prepared for this
that and more.                                                                                                    deployment, both
   More than 120 of                                                                                               maintenance Airmen
Grissom’s finest                                                                                                  said they felt more
deployed to Incirlik Air                                                                                          than ready.
Base, Turkey, in                                                                                                     “We’ve all been
support of Operations                                                                                             trained really well for
Iraqi Freedom and                                                                                                 this job,” said Sergeant
Enduring Freedom.                                                                                                 Rushmore. “Some-
   “Our main job over                                                                                             times there is a
here is to keep those                                                                                             memory lapse, but you
planes flying,” said                                                                                              start back from what
Tech. Sgt. Jeremiah                                                                                               you learned in (techni-
Rushmore, 434th                                                                                                   cal) school and what
Aircraft Maintenance                                                                                              you got taught at
Squadron communica-                                                                                               Grissom; then, you let
tions and navigation                                                                                              it shine.”
systems technician. “It                                                                                              Airman Strickland
can be a big job, but it’s                                                                                        also added that this
what we are trained to                                                                                            deployment is a very
do.”                                                                                                              unique and interesting
   Shortly after they                                                                                             experience, especially
deployed, the mainte-                                                                                             for reservists.
nance crews found out                                                                                                “Back home, we
their job was no easy                                                                                             help planes fly for
task, said Sergeant                                                                                               training, but here it’s
Rushmore.                                                                                                         real world; who knows
   “When we first got                                                                                             what they could be
here, we were in                                                               Photo by SrA. Mark Orders-Woempner
                                                                                                                  doing,” he said. “They
transition, so we didn’t Tech. Sgt. Jeremiah Rushmore, 434th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron                        could be taking troops
have all the people we communications and navigation systems specialist, works to make sure a
                             KC-135R Stratotanker is ready to go while deployed to Incirlik AB, Turkey.           home or getting them
needed,” he said. “At
                                            tions and navigation systems techni-                                  off the battlefield; we
times it got a little heavy, but we all
pulled together and were able to get        cian. “Making sure that all the systems            get the chance to be a part of it instead
through it.”                                work and giving a helping hand; there              of sitting on the sidelines.”
   With the first 21 days of the deploy-    is not always enough people out there                 Both Airmen also said they felt like
ment complete and over 2.3 million          to cover the job, so going out and                 this deployment gave them valuable
pounds of fuel offloaded, the               helping other people has been key to               experiences outside of their Air Force
maintainers have contributed a lot to       our success.”                                      career.
the war effort, he added.                      The deployment may have had its                    “It’s really neat, not just being part
   “I think our biggest contributions out   pressures, but Airman Strickland said              of the mission but being able to also
here have been some of the simplest,” he was excited about that because it                     come over here and experience the
said Senior Airman Brandon                  gave him valuable experience.                      (Turkish) culture and meet the
Strickland, 434th AMXS communica-              “It’s really exciting being out there,          people,” said Airman Strickland.
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Advisors help Airmen make career choices
By SrA. Chris Bolen                        ning books or binders to be
Public Affairs staff                       distributed to the squadrons.
                                           The book covers a wide range
  Managing an Air Force career can         of subjects aimed at reservists
be a daunting task, however there is       and covers advancements,
help.                                      promotions, education pro-
  At Grissom that help comes from the      grams, and even entitlements
21 career advisors led by Master Sgt.      for retirees, she said.
Juanita Withrow, chief of career             “Our advisors are also on
enhancement.                               watch for career opportunities
  While retention is a major goal of the   that people do not know
Grissom advisors, a large part of this     about,” she noted. “We can
effort involves educating Airmen on        educate people on other career
their career options, as well as other     fields, and how to achieve their
opportunities.                             goals.”
  “We have three group advisors and          The chaplain field and even
every squadron has an advisor,”            the Air Force Reserve band
explains Sergeant. Withrow. “Grissom       are opportunities few people
personnel are barely more than a few       are aware of, she continued.
feet away from a career advisor,” she        One recent example Ser-
continued.                                 geant Withrow notes is a
  “One of our main objectives is to        Grissom Airman, who was
provide individuals with information so                                                 Master Sgt. Juanita Withrow
                                           selected to attend the Air Force
they can make smart choices,” she          Academy. “When the opportunity             of a technical sergeant, and possess a
emphasized. “We maintain a dynamic         arose, my office contacted the com-        7-level.
career program, so we can retain the       manders with a list of those individuals     “Our advisors have been around for
best,” she continued.                      who met the requirements,” she             a while,” she adds. “We can provide a
  The advisors are available to clarify    explained.                                 wide range of support. However,
and provide advice to Airmen of every        “Our career advisors have a wide         ultimately it is up to the service mem-
level.                                     breadth of experience, and we have a       ber to take the information we provide
  As one part of this process, she and     good pool of knowledge,” she notes.        and run with it,” stated Sergeant
her staff are developing career plan-      A career advisor has to be a minimum       Withrow.

Backpacks help deployers stay connected
By SrA. Ben Mota                           Sampson, the services director and         drawstring bag, insert bag, journals,
Public Affairs staff                       individual in charge of the program.       recorder pens, carabineer key rings,
                                             The Air Force purchased nearly           two mouse pads, bracelets and book-
  A reservist in the Air Force is          7000 of the backpacks and made them        marks.
required to be ready for a deployment      available for guard and reserve              The first of the backpacks were
with only a moments notice. Airmen         locations with high rates of deploy-       given to members leaving on the
often deploy to remote locations that      ments.                                     recent deployment to Iraq.
make it difficult to stay connected with     The backpack has a variety of items        The first two backpacks went to the
family members at home.                    designed to help family members keep       children of Master Sgt. Chris Heston,
  A new program makes the commu-           in touch with deployed personnel, said     a utilities journeyman with the 434th
nication process easier for the children   Mr. Sampson.                               Civil Engineering Squadron.
at home that miss their loved ones by        The idea of the program is for             “I really like the voice recording
allowing them to receive a “Keep           children of the Airman being deployed      pens”, he said. “It will be comforting
Connected Backpack”.                       to have one backpack each.                 to be able to hear my children’s voice
  The backpack is for the children of        The items inside the packs are           while I am away.”
deploying personnel who have orders        designed for children of all ages.           If you are deploying and are inter-
to be away from home for a period of       Some of these items include: a bear,       ested in receiving a backpack please
time longer than 120 days, said Mike       hat, camera, pin, note cards, child’s      contact Mr. Sampson at Ext. 2414.
July 2007                                                                                                                    5

                                                                                                         Photo by SrA. Chris Bolen
  Sight to fight
  Lt. Col. (Dr.) Ricardo Salvat, an optometrist, performs a slit-lamp exam on Staff Sgt. Jason Geiger, 434th Aerospace
  Medicine Squadron. The exam is performed on the cornea to detect the presence of foreign objects and abrasions. He
  warns that everyone must stay cognizant of the need for eye protection and that eye safety is no accident.

UTA items                                 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.                        Exchange: The base exchange is
  Lodging is open 24 hours a day            The 434th Aerospace Medical             open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays
during the primary unit training assem-   Squadron’s immunization clinic is         and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays of
bly and from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. on          open on Saturday from 8:30 - 11:30        the main and alternate UTAs and from
alternate unit training assemblies.       a.m. and 1-3:30 p.m.                      10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on Sundays of the
  The fitness center is open from 6         434th Security Forces Squadron          main and alternate UTAs.
a.m. to 8 p.m.                            Pass and ID is open from 9 a.m. to 3
  The dining facility troop feeding       p.m. on Saturday of the primary           Celebration of faith
hours on Saturday are 6-7:15 a.m. for     UTAs.                                        Grissom will hold its annual Celebra-
breakfast; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for lunch       Upcoming UTAs: Primary UTAs             tion of Faith during the September unit
(12:30 p.m. on the alternate); and        July 7-8; and 4-5 August.                 training assembly.
4:30 -5:30 p.m. for dinner.                 Alternate UTAs are July 21-22; and         The event will coincide with the
  On Sunday the hours are 5:45-6:45       25-26 August.                             family appreciation day Sept. 8.
a.m. for breakfast, and 11 a.m. - 1         Worship services are held in Bldg.         This year, the production "And He
p.m. for lunch (12:30 p.m. on alter-      596, Room 116.                            Came Knocking," will be featured.
nate).                                       During primary unit training assem-       The event is open to all faiths.
  Box dinners for the Sunday evening      blies, Protestant services are Sunday        In addition, if anyone is interested in
meal must be ordered by the Sunday        at 11 a.m. with Catholic worship          participating in the program, they can
breakfast, and must be picked up by       services at 12:15 p.m.                    get signed up by contacting Senior
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                                                 News Briefs
Master Sgt. Linda Mason at, or
Master Sgt. Trudy Burnett at

Golf for tots
  Grissom Marines are gearing up for
their annual Toys for Tots drive and
are teeing it up to get the project
  The Albert E. Shockey Detachment
of the Marine Corps League, in
conjunction with Detachment 1
Communications Company at Grissom,
will sponsor the fifth annual John W.
Ladd Memorial Toys for Tots Charity
Golf Outing Aug. 11.
  The shot-gun start event tees off at
8 a.m. at the Chippendale Golf Course
in Kokomo.
  Four-person teams will compete in a
best ball format. The cost is $50 per
person or $200 per team.
  All the proceeds benefit the Toys for
Tots program.
For more information, call Woody
Luecke at765-455-0212 or Staff Sgt.
Ryan Seibert at 765-688-4426, or
email at

Retiree appreciation
  The Grissom Retiree Information
Office will host a special Military
Retiree Appreciation Day from 11
a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 24 at Grissom.
  The event will be held at the new
pavilion adjacent to the 434th Services
Complex at Grissom Air Reserve Base
and is open to all military retirees,
regardless of branch of service, and
their families.
  Lunch is free and will be catered by
the 434th Services Flight.
  An information fair will include
representatives from TRICARE,
Veterans Administration, Delta Dental,
434th Military Personnel Flight,
Grissom Community Council, Miami
and Cass County Veterans Service
Offices, American Legion, Navy
League, Air Force Association, Marine                                                                  Photo by SrA. Omar Delacruz

Corps League, Disabled American           Water wagon
Veterans, and the Grissom Air Mu-         Marvin Plunkett, a grounds maintainer with Satellite Services Inc., waters one of
seum.                                     the roadside trees at Grissom. Along with receiving many Department of
  For more information, call the office   Defense awards for environmental excellence, Grissom has been designated a
at Ext. 3002.                             "Tree City" by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
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Command post controller headed to Academy
By SrA. Mark Orders-Woempner
Public Affairs staff

  Going above and beyond, one
Grissom Airmen is making his dreams
of greatness come true as he prepares
to enter the U.S. Air Force Academy
Preparatory School.
  Senior Airman Christopher
Danielson, 434th Air Refueling Wing
command post controller, was recently
selected to attend the school on his
path the U.S. Air Force Academy.
  Airman Danielson said he never
dreamed he would one day be ready-
ing for the academy.
  “Initially I joined the Air Force
Reserve to get help with college and
serve,” he said. “I’ve always wanted
to be in the military.”
                                                                                                       Photo by SrA. Mark Orders-Woempner
  Airman Danielson was selected by
                                            Senior Airman Christopher Danielson, command post controller, is headed to the Air
Lt. Col. Stephen Mather, command            Force Academy.
post operations officer, to be put in for
an academy appointment based off the        Force Reserve and put on active duty        a super trooper and we will feel the
Airman’s military service thus far.         status, but since I am already in the       loss, but it will be for the greater
  “Colonel Mather brought up the idea       Reserve, I get to keep my rank,” said       good,” said Sergeant Withrow. “The
of me going to the academy through          the Airman.                                 Air Force, overall, will gain a tremen-
the Leaders Encouraging Airman                 Academy cadets complete four             dous asset.”
Development program,” stated Airman         years of studies leading to a bachelor        Sergeant Withrow added he plans to
Danielson.                                  of science degree. Emphasis is given        keep track of Airman Danielson
  LEAD allows commanders to seek            to academics, military training, athletic   throughout his Air Force career.
outstanding and deserving qualified         conditioning, and spiritual and ethical       “Having the academy feather in his
Airmen for appointments to the U.S.         development.                                cap will help him rise through the
Air Force Academy and Air Force                Academics include classes in the         ranks,” he said. “I honestly could see
Reserve Officer Training Corps              basic sciences, engineering, humani-        him as a wing commander some day.”
scholarship programs.                       ties, social sciences, and military art       And Airman Danielson is very
  “The thing I love about Chris is I can    and science. Within this framework,         excited, not only about his Air Force
identify a need and 6 months down the       all cadets complete a core curriculum       career, but what this opportunity will
road, he will bring me a completed          consisting of 112 semester hours.           lead to beyond the military.
product,” said Senior Master Sgt. Jeff      They can specialize in any of 30              “Since I found out I was going, my
Withrow, command post superinten-           academic majors and 4 minors.               head has been swimming with the
dent. “He requires no supervision and          When Airman Danielson told his           possibilities I have in front of me,” he
                                            family about his acceptance, they were      said. “There are so many things that I
he does everything to the best of his
                                            really excited, he said.                    want to do, and the Air Force Acad-
                                               “When I told my mom she started          emy is the way to get there; there’s no
    Before attending the academy,           crying out of happiness,” he recounted.     doubt about that.”
Airman Danielson must attend the            “No one from my family has ever done          Looking back on his past, Airman
preparatory school.                         anything like this.”                        Danielson attributes his opportunity to
  The prep school mission is to moti-          Those who work with him in the           the Air Force Reserve.
vate, prepare, and evaluate selected        command post are also excited, but are        “I definitely would not have had the
candidates in an academic, military,        finding it hard to let one of their best    opportunity to go into the academy if I
moral, and physical environment, to         go.                                         didn’t join the Reserve,” he said. “And
perform successfully and enhance               “I have mixed emotions because I         now, with this as a stepping stone, I
diversity.                                  know that this means Chris is going to      want to reach out beyond the Air
  “When you are put in prep school,         be gone from our command post               Force; I want to become bigger
you are typically enrolled in the Air       forever and he is nothing short of being    because of this.”