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Mighty Ninety displays professionalism

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  • By Col. Greg Tims
  • 90th Missile Wing commander
What a treat to have Ann Mitchell, Air Force Global Strike Command's Director of Logistics, Installations, and Mission Support come visit our base last week.
She spent most of the day with the 90th Mission Support Group. Lt. Col. Chuck Roberts, 90th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, was the point of contact and between his team and protocol, another homerun! Our driver for this event was Airman 1st Class Tristan Short, 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron -- what a professional and confident Airman!

We started off with a 90th CES pancake breakfast. The chefs were 2nd Lt. Caleb Bury, Rick Singhas, "Big Ed" Wilkinson, Ed Followell, Erik Derringer, Senior Master Sgt. Guillermo Martinez, Senior Master Sgt. Duane Hinman and Jeff Evans, all from 90th CES. What a great way to start the day!

We then swung over to the 90th Missile Maintenance Squadron to brief Ms. Mitchell on the guided missile maintenance platform. Master Sgt. Juston Workman, 90th Maintenance Operations Squadron, outlined the issues, and a personalized weapons system processor brief was provided by Col. Don Adams, 90th Maintenance Group commander. I know Ms. Mitchell really appreciated the hands-on demonstration of both.

Next, we transitioned to our explosive ordnance disposal shop where Senior Airman Daniel Mickelson, 90th CES, received an Air Force Combat Action Medal from Ms. Mitchell. What an honor it was to witness one of our warriors receive an award for his actions in a combat situation. Afterward, she received an in-depth briefing on EOD from Tech. Sgt. Bridget Crudden, 90th CES. We then dropped by the fire department where John McDougall, 90th CES Fire Department Chief, briefed her on the mission and all the awards they recently received.

After lunch, we stopped in on the 90th Contracting Squadron where 1st Lt. Nicholas Spear, 90th CONS, gave her a briefing. Nick did a superior job weaving in the wing's mission and vision statements while providing Ms. Mitchell the goals and the many successes of the squadron.

Then she received a detailed outline of where we stand on housing privatization. James Harker and Julie Whalen, both from 90th CES, provided her an update on the status of the paving project in the Weapons Storage Area. While this was a very busy day, it was very rewarding for me to highlight our Airmen who are on the front lines making things happen.

On the way out, we stopped by and had a great chat with Airman 1st Class Dylan Ulnick, 90th Security Forces Squadron, who was posted at the front entrance of the WSA. He provided Ms. Mitchell an eye-watering post briefing--way to go Dylan!

Ms. Mitchell has done so much for F. E. Warren. If I may, I'd like to brag about her for just a minute. Since AFGSC was established, Ms. Mitchell has been a constant champion of the ICBM mission including sustainment and improvements efforts across the fleet. When she found out that handsets in the launch control centers were sub-standard, she found new ones. When she learned that our primary-alert-system units were below minimum levels, she made it a priority for everyone in the missile field have functioning equipment. We had three of our historic brick homes needing attention due to foundation problems -- when she found out, one was funded and fixed within months; the rest are in work. Additionally, when a quarter of the 90th Security Forces Group building had structural issues, she was the one who came to the rescue with the money to fix it. And, most recently, when she found out about a few issues with the guided missile maintenance platforms, she spurred the depot into getting us much needed replacement parts. What a true ICBM warrior and leader who is always welcome at the Mighty Ninety!

I attended the promotion and assumption of command ceremony for the Adjutant General of Wyoming conducted by Governor Matt Mead. Army Maj. Gen. Ed Wright relinquished command and was then promoted to lieutenant general. Army Col. Luke Reiner took the flag and was promoted to major general. We wish General Wright and his wife, Meg, the best, and look forward to working with General Reiner and his wife, Devonna.

We have passed another milestone I wanted to share with you. As of today, Col. Fran Vasta-Falldorf, 90th Medical Group commander, Chief Master Sgt. Chris Barnard, 90th MDG command chief, and their entire team have gone 820 days without a drunk driving incident. This is one heck of a statistic! This is one of the records from a group perspective you can really be proud of. It takes engaged leadership at every level to have this kind of streak. Thank you for instilling the discipline into your organization and ensuring your Airmen are ready to fight anytime, anywhere!

Just a reminder, as the weather begins to get warmer, please continue to place safety at the forefront of everything you do!

Go Forth and Conquer!