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Mighty Ninety executes to perfection

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  • By Col. Greg Tims
  • 90th Missile Wing commander
Hope you had a chance to witness a very historical day for our wing this week. On Tuesday, we had the honor of having two iconic leaders with us today: Gen. Kevin Chilton, USSTRATCOM commander, and Lt. Gen. Frank Klotz, AF Global Strike Command commander. Their message was inspiring to all. With great leadership like this, it is no wonder why we are so successful here at F. E. Warren in carrying out our mission.

I had an opportunity to kick off the Angel Tree program a couple of weeks ago. I sure do appreciate the hard work and efforts by our first sergeant council. In particular, I'd like to thank Master Sgt. Todd Meaney, 790th Missile Security Forces Squadron, and Master Sgt. Nicole Smith, 90th Logistics Readiness Squadron, for organizing the event. I pulled off an ornament and bought a 5-year-old boy some pretty cool stuff. I like buying toys for kids -- always have. Wish I could see his expression on Christmas morning! If you haven't already, there is still time to go pick an ornament off the tree and help make a child's Christmas extra special.

Our giving spirit continues to raise the bar here at Warren. We smashed our Combined Federal Campaign goal. Our wing collected $140,462.98 for this year's CFC. Our goal was $116,000.00. I applaud the hard work put in by Tech. Sgt. AnnaMarie Forgit, 90th Maintenance Operations Squadron, as this year's point of contact. Well done AnnaMarie!

We had a special visit by Lt. Gen. Loren Reno, AF/A4/7, this past week. Chief Master Sgt. Marty Anderson, 90th Missile Wing command chief, and myself hit the ground running with him. We first stopped by maintenance's holiday banquet. We served every Airman and their families and greeted them by placing piles of turkey and mash potatoes on their plate. We then gave the general a tour of U01, talked in depth about NWRM issues, and wrapped up the day touring the WSA. The next day was Thanksgiving. We first stopped by to thank the Defenders at their morning guard mount and then dropped in on OG Pre-Departure.

We jumped in the car with the Missile Alert Facility Alpha-01 crew, Capt. Michael Ralph, 319th Missile Squadron, and 1st Lt. Sydney Todorov, 90th Operations Support Squadron.
At the missile alert facility, we were greeted by 1st Lt. Calvin Glass, Tech. Sgt. Landon Henrie, Airman 1st Class Mitchel Carter, and Airman 1st Class John Johnson, all from the 90th Missile Security Forces Squadron. The post briefs were first class and like I have said before, the way they rattled off the mission and vision statements was music to my ears.

We also had the opportunity to meet the fire team that was comprised of Senior Airman Darrel Davis, Airman 1st Class Bradley Little, Airman 1st Class Sara Wimberly, and Airman 1st Class John Ingle, all from the 790th MSFS. They provided General Reno with a very comprehensive weapons and vehicle brief. This was one of the most impressive fire teams I have had the opportunity to interact with -- great job!

We then got a chance to sit down and enjoy one of the best meals I've ever had at a MAF. Master Sgt. Tracy Wallace, Tech. Sgt. Troy Holbrook, Airman 1st Class Jessica Chivers, all from the 319th MS and Latoya Chivers, Airman Chivers' mother, were responsible for this tasty spread.

We then headed to MAF Echo-01 where we received another superior post brief by Staff Sgt. Andrew Jackson, 90th MSFS. We had a great session with Tech Sgt. Brandon Fetterer, facility manager, and Tech Sgt. Josh Hennig, chef, of the 319th MS. While the meal was just about gone, I could tell they too had an exceptional Thanksgiving Day feast. We went down and spent some time with the crew: Capt. Rich Morrison, 90th OSS and 1st Lt. Garrett Glover, 319th MS. Be sure to congratulate Rich when you see him -- he just was selected to cross train from operations to maintenance. If anyone in interested in doing this, drop on in to my office, I'd be glad to talk to you about it.

We made a stop at the front gate where General Reno heard more superior post briefs from Senior Airman Christian Cabague, Senior Airman Daniel Pettit, and Airman 1st Class Christian Arnautu, all from the 90th Security Forces Squadron. Rest assured, with these Airmen on the gate, all was secure at Warren.

Our final stop was the base's 24-hour control room. Manning the missile security center desk was Tech. Sgt. Andrew Denike and Staff Sgt. Joseph Ramey, both from the 90th Security Support Squadron. The central security controller desk was manned by Senior Airman Jeffery Howard, 90th SFS, and the remote display area operator desk by Senior Airman Timothy Slade, 90th MSFS. The traffic control center was in good hands with Master Sgt. Mario Martinez, Senior Airman Alise Melancon, and Airman 1st Class Laniece Wright, all from the 90th LRS. Finally, missile maintenance control center had Staff Sgt. Kevin Cain, Staff Sgt. Andrew Shelton, and Senior Airman Malcom Vernon, all from the 90th Maintenance Operations Squadron. With this team, it was very evident the missile field was well in control.

I thank all of our Airmen who spent their Thanksgiving on the front line ensuring our missile field was safe and secure. You epitomize the statement: "I have answered my nation's call."

The entire trip from start to finish was executed to perfection. Special thanks to Maj. Tom Vance, 90th Maintenance Operations Squadron commander, Mark Warner and Vicki Liles, both from 90th Missile Wing Protocol, and Lt. Col. Dave Martinson, 319th MS commander!

Our driver that day was Tech. Sgt. Kenny Kendrick, 90th LRS, who told his Airmen to stay home and enjoy Thanksgiving with their families -- he would take this tour. That is what I call servant leadership. Leadership examples like this are what make us so mighty.

Go Forth and Conquer!