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Commander keeps Airman informed

Posted 3/21/2011   Updated 3/21/2011 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt.
911 AW/PA

3/21/2011 - PITTSBURGH IAP ARS -- The 911th Airlift Wing held its quarterly Commander's Call, hosted by Col. Jeffrey T. Pennington, 911th AW commander, on Saturday of the March Unit Training Assembly.

Col. Pennington began the event by recognizing individuals for their hard work and support of the Air Force mission. Awards were presented to Lt. Col. Karen Steiner, Aeromedical Staging Squadron physical exam section officer in charge, who received the Meritorious Service Medal for serving as a deployed troop commander, and implementing a bed expansion for the 332nd Expeditionary Aeromedical Staging Squadron in response to a mass casualty in record time and improving processes that led to error rates plummeting to an all time low; and Senior Airman Justin Tamburro, 32nd Aerial Port Squadron passenger services representative, received the Air Force Achievement Medal for bolstering force protection by scanning more than 10,000 bags for prohibited items while deployed with the 332nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron.

Senior Master Sgt. Brian Henderson, 911th AW financial management comptroller, was recognized as the Air Force Reserve Command Financial Management NCO of the Year and received a plaque from the command.

After the Wing commander presented his awards, Col. Robert Hurley, former 911th Mission Support Group commander, took that stage and presented Letters of Appreciation to Lt. Col. Scott Bush, 911th MSG vice commander, for assisting the 916th Air Refueling Wing, at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., in its final preparations for their recent Operational Readiness Inspection; and Lt. Col. Brady Johnson, 911th Civil Engineering Squadron commander, for participating in the ORI last month for the 440th Airlift Wing at Pope Air Force Base, N.C.

Chief Master Sgt. John Payne, 911th AW command chief, spoke about responsibility. He reminded Airmen of their military responsibilities - being physically, technically and mentally ready - and family responsibilities.

Lt. Col. Bill Gutermuth, 911th AW safety officer, addressed risk management. More information can be found on Share Point.

Lt. Col. Neil Hede, 911 AW exercise evaluation team chief, talked about the upcoming Unit Compliance Inspection and the importance of having a positive attitude.
Chaplain (Maj.) Klavens Noel discussed serving as a Wingman and the importance of having a Wingman. Members received a Wingman Card before the Commander's Call that reminds Airmen of their Wingman ACE responsibilities: Ask, Care and Escort.

1st Lt. Shawn Walleck, 911th AW public affairs chief, spoke about using Facebook to access base information and explained the security and policy review process for releasing information.

The event concluded with Colonel Pennington returning to the stage to address items impacting the unit today and in the near and long term future:

-Mission readiness: "Congratulations for making sure we are prepared. The wing had more people medically ready for worldwide duty than any other wing in 22nd Air Force."
-Budget: "It is no secret that we are in a time of financial uncertainty. Our goal is to remain focused and to be patient."

-Fit to Fight: "Everyone should know when they are due to test and it is your responsibility to maintain individual readiness and our goal is to be 100 percent in compliance."
-Enlisted Performance Reports/Officer Performance Reports: "Know when your last one closed out and when the next one is due."

-Unit Compliance Inspection: "A positive attitude is most important and, secondly, that there are no surprises come game day. If asked a question that we don't know the appropriate answer is: "I'm not sure but I can get you that information or I'd be happy to get you the right answer."

-Club Cargo Bay: "Please share your thoughts on having a full service club on base. Are you using the club? What changes need to be made? Or should we look at limiting services? Your feedback is valuable to me, so please get involved in this process."

-Wings Over Pittsburgh Air Show: "We commit a tremendous amount of resources to having an air show and I know it is a drain on some people, so I ask that others who have not been involved step-up and share the work. This is our way to thank the community for the support we receive year round, which is why we should all be involved."

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