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Happy New Year 932nd Airlift Wing family!

The newest additions to the 932nd Airlift Wing family attend the unit training assembly newcomers briefings Nov. 3, 2018, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Each Unit Training Assembly weekend, whether new to the Air Force or prior service coming from active duty, or time away from the Air Force Reserve Command, new Team Scott members gain valuable knowledge about the 932nd AW, Scott AFB, and the local and regional area.  They also get some general assistance to get them started off as a Citizen Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

The newest additions to the 932nd Airlift Wing family attend the unit training assembly newcomers briefings Nov. 3, 2018, Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Each Unit Training Assembly weekend, whether new to the Air Force Reserve, or prior service coming from active duty, or perhaps after spending time away from the Air Force Reserve Command, these new Team Scott members gain valuable knowledge about the 932nd AW, Scott AFB, and the local and regional area. They also get some general assistance to get them started off as a Citizen Airmen. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

Master Sgt. Gerald Sonnenberg and Master Sgt. Karen Ridge unroll the American flag for the national anthem at Gateway track recently.  As part of the event, 932nd Airlift Wing Maintenance Group commander, Col. Sharon Johnson, was recognized to the crowd on stage with the Indy drivers at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Aug. 25, 2018, Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Illinois. Johnson was an honored VIP to help kick off the 2nd annual IndyCar race which was won by Will Power, taking the trophy by winning the 248-lap race around the four-turn, 1.25-mile Gateway Motorsports Park oval-paved track in Madison, Illinois.  Power accomplished the win in his #12 Chevrolet by 1.3117 seconds over second place finisher Alexander Rossi.  The 932nd Airlift Wing was represented by maintenance, medical, public affairs staff and operations personnel.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien

Master Sgt. Gerald Sonnenberg and Master Sgt. Karen Ridge unroll the American flag for the national anthem at Gateway track recently. As part of the event, 932nd Airlift Wing Maintenance Group commander, Col. Sharon Johnson, was recognized to the crowd on stage with the Indy drivers at the Bommarito Automotive Group 500 Aug. 25, 2018, Gateway Motorsports Park, Madison, Illinois. Johnson was an honored VIP to help kick off the 2nd annual IndyCar race which was won by Will Power, taking the trophy by winning the 248-lap race around the four-turn, 1.25-mile Gateway Motorsports Park oval-paved track in Madison, Illinois. Power accomplished the win in his #12 Chevrolet by 1.3117 seconds over second place finisher Alexander Rossi. The 932nd Airlift Wing was represented by maintenance, medical, public affairs staff and operations personnel. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien

First time enlistment welcomes new recruiter to 932nd Airlift Wing. 

Patriotism...some wave a flag, some join the military, and some in many families support those who do both.  These moments in life are extra special when a person raises their right hand and agrees to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic" and a family can come along for the historical moment. 

Here, 932nd Airlift Wing Chief of Public Affairs, Lt. Col. Stan Paregien stands before the American flag immediately following the oath of enlistment for Chloe Mitchell, at center in white shirt, who enlisted into the United States Air Force Reserve at a ceremony on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois as members of her family witnessed.

The ceremony took place November 4, 2018, in the 932nd AW hangar one maintenance area next to a C-40 plane. The 932nd Career and Diversity Day was underway and the family then got a chance to walk around to various career booths.  The enlistment was facilitated by the background work of recruiter Staff Sgt. Jennifer Deimund, at far right.  This was her first finalized completed enlistment as a brand new recruiter. 

"It was really cool to see Chloe so motivated through the process.  It was fulfilling for me to work the recruiting process from cradle to grave and see a bright future and the beginning of Mitchell's career.  It involved constant contact, setting up calls and ASVAB tests, and physical.  I enjoyed seeing Chloe and her family's excitement," said Deimund. 

Sergeant Deimund is responsible for central Illinois and northeastern Missouri primarily.  For others interested in joining they can contact the recruiting office at (618)-910-1295 or (618)-229-7077 or toll free nationwide at 1-800-257-1212.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Melissa Melichar)

First time enlistment welcomes new recruiter to 932nd Airlift Wing. Patriotism...some wave a flag, some join the military, and some in many families support those who do both. These moments in life are extra special when a person raises their right hand and agrees to "support and defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic" and a family can come along for the historical moment. Here, 932nd Airlift Wing Chief of Public Affairs, Lt. Col. Stan Paregien stands before the American flag immediately following the oath of enlistment for Chloe Mitchell, at center in white shirt, who enlisted into the United States Air Force Reserve at a ceremony on Scott Air Force Base, Illinois as members of her family witnessed. The ceremony took place November 4, 2018, in the 932nd AW hangar one maintenance area next to a C-40 plane. The 932nd Career and Diversity Day was underway and the family then got a chance to walk around to various career booths. The enlistment was facilitated by the background work of recruiter Staff Sgt. Jennifer Deimund, at far right. This was her first finalized completed enlistment as a brand new recruiter. "It was really cool to see Chloe so motivated through the process. It was fulfilling for me to work the recruiting process from cradle to grave and see a bright future and the beginning of Mitchell's career. It involved constant contact, setting up calls and ASVAB tests, and physical. I enjoyed seeing Chloe and her family's excitement," said Deimund. Sergeant Deimund is responsible for central Illinois and northeastern Missouri primarily. For others interested in joining they can contact the recruiting office at (618)-910-1295 or (618)-229-7077 or toll free nationwide at 1-800-257-1212. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Master Sgt. Melissa Melichar)

Master Sgt. David Pinkham answers questions about the training requirements of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialists and various tools they use, like the remote-controlled robot at center.  The visit took place during the annual Boss Day tour at the 932nd Airlift Wing, October 13, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Pinkham is an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialist assigned to the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron. Boss Day helps civilian employers better understand the Air Force Reserve mission and strengthens the employer-reservist relationship. The 932nd AW is made up of four core groups including the 932nd Maintenance Group, Medical Group, Mission Support Group, and Operations Group.  The Illinois unit is the only Air Force Reserve Command wing, attached to 22nd Air Force, that flies the C-40C. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

Master Sgt. David Pinkham answers questions about the training requirements of explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialists and various tools they use, like the remote-controlled robot at center. The visit took place during the annual Boss Day tour at the 932nd Airlift Wing, October 13, 2018 at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. Pinkham is an explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) specialist assigned to the 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron. Boss Day helps civilian employers better understand the Air Force Reserve mission and strengthens the employer-reservist relationship. The 932nd AW is made up of four core groups including the 932nd Maintenance Group, Medical Group, Mission Support Group, and Operations Group. The Illinois unit is the only Air Force Reserve Command wing, attached to 22nd Air Force, that flies the C-40C. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

Employers sit inside the cockpit of a C-40 plane and talk to the 932nd Maintenance Group's Staff Sgt. Jeremy Schrock, part of the maintenance crew taking care of the aircraft during the annual Boss Day visitation event hosted by the 932nd Airlift Wing October 13, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Civilian employers also saw medical reservists training, security forces and equipment demos from 932nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and met civil engineers and firefighters. The 932nd AW provides world-class, reliable airlift for the nation's civilian and military leaders.(U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

Employers sit inside the cockpit of a C-40 plane and talk to the 932nd Maintenance Group's Staff Sgt. Jeremy Schrock, part of the maintenance crew taking care of the aircraft during the annual Boss Day visitation event hosted by the 932nd Airlift Wing October 13, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Civilian employers also saw medical reservists training, security forces and equipment demos from 932nd Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and met civil engineers and firefighters. The 932nd AW provides world-class, reliable airlift for the nation's civilian and military leaders.(U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

The day starts early before the sun rises as one unit member gets the fitness clock ready.  Explaining the fitness running 1.5 mile test parameters and answering questions from other wing members, Senior Airman Hearon Octavia, far right, prepares to start the timing clock November 4, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. She is a member of the 932nd Airlift Wing's Mission Support Group, Services Flight, and she helps get Airmen ready for the various parts of the fitness test each unit training weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

The day starts early before the sun rises as one unit member gets the fitness clock ready. Explaining the fitness running 1.5 mile test parameters and answering questions from other wing members, Senior Airman Hearon Octavia, far right, prepares to start the timing clock November 4, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. She is a member of the 932nd Airlift Wing's Mission Support Group, Services Flight, and she helps get Airmen ready for the various parts of the fitness test each unit training weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

One of the 932nd Airlift Wing's 73rd Airlift Squadron pilots, Lt. Col. Brandon Lorton, speaks to the Highland Junior High regarding the mission of the 932nd Airlift Wing, patriotism, flying and remembering veterans. He joined the wing's public affairs officer, Lt. Col. Stan Paregien at left, to set up a 932nd AW display booth and answer a wide variety of questions about the Air Force Reserve.  They handed out some military gear for students to pass around, along with an American flag, and answered student's questions about what it takes to become an American Airman during an all Veterans Day event held Nov. 9, 2018.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chris Parr)

One of the 932nd Airlift Wing's 73rd Airlift Squadron pilots, Lt. Col. Brandon Lorton, speaks to the Highland Junior High regarding the mission of the 932nd Airlift Wing, patriotism, flying and remembering veterans. He joined the wing's public affairs officer, Lt. Col. Stan Paregien at left, to set up a 932nd AW display booth and answer a wide variety of questions about the Air Force Reserve. They handed out some military gear for students to pass around, along with an American flag, and answered student's questions about what it takes to become an American Airman during an all Veterans Day event held Nov. 9, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Chris Parr)

The 932nd Airlift Wing educated Airmen about various careers available within the Illinois unit, and cultures in the background of various members, as they honored their contributions during a Career and Diversity Day.  Here, Airman 1st Class Kathryn Baskerville and Airman 1st Class Kaida Smith, both from 932nd Force Support Squadron, pause in front of the 932nd AW's C-40 plane.  Booths from various career fields showed off job openings and training needed to accomplish those missions like security forces and aircraft operations.  A process booth took suggestions from members on how to improve the unit as well.  The event honored cultural diversity, and exposed 932nd AW Airmen to the qualities that make various cultures unique; it took place November 4, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

The 932nd Airlift Wing educated Airmen about various careers available within the Illinois unit, and cultures in the background of various members, as they honored their contributions during a Career and Diversity Day. Here, Airman 1st Class Kathryn Baskerville and Airman 1st Class Kaida Smith, both from 932nd Force Support Squadron, pause in front of the 932nd AW's C-40 plane. Booths from various career fields showed off job openings and training needed to accomplish those missions like security forces and aircraft operations. A process booth took suggestions from members on how to improve the unit as well. The event honored cultural diversity, and exposed 932nd AW Airmen to the qualities that make various cultures unique; it took place November 4, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

Staff Sgt. David Schallenberg helps the 932nd Airlift Wing welcome eighth grade Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students for a visit December 10, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Schallenberg, a C-40 aircraft maintainer from the 932nd Maintenance Group, speaks to local Mascoutah students about how an airplane engine, wheels, tires, hydraulics and wings work to get a plane off the ground. He manned this informational station as multiple groups of students rotated through his area every 45 minutes at the reserve unit in southern Illinois near Belleville.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

Staff Sgt. David Schallenberg helps the 932nd Airlift Wing welcome eighth grade Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students for a visit December 10, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. Schallenberg, a C-40 aircraft maintainer from the 932nd Maintenance Group, speaks to local Mascoutah students about how an airplane engine, wheels, tires, hydraulics and wings work to get a plane off the ground. He manned this informational station as multiple groups of students rotated through his area every 45 minutes at the reserve unit in southern Illinois near Belleville. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

The 932nd Airlift Wing welcomed eighth Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students for a visit.  Senior Airman Alex Jenkins, 932nd Maintenance Group, speaks to local students about how an airplane engine, wheels, tires, hydraulics and wings work to get a plane off the ground.  He manned an informational station as students rotated from Mascoutah Schools to learn more about science and engineering Dec. 10, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.  The Air Force recognizes there is a critical need for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talent for future technology and innovation efforts within our nation’s STEM workforce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)
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The 932nd Airlift Wing welcomed eighth Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) students for a visit. Senior Airman Alex Jenkins, 932nd Maintenance Group, speaks to local students about how an airplane engine, wheels, tires, hydraulics and wings work to get a plane off the ground. He manned an informational station as students rotated from Mascoutah Schools to learn more about science and engineering Dec. 10, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The Air Force recognizes there is a critical need for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) talent for future technology and innovation efforts within our nation’s STEM workforce. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

Making her holiday list and checking it twice, Tech Sgt. Teresa Rusnak, picks up the Airman and Family Readiness office's free toy donations for her children.  She is the readiness planner for 932nd Airlift Wing's Inspector General of Inspections at the Illinois unit.  A variety of toys, cookies, and candy are ready to be distributed through the 932nd Airlift Wing Family Readiness Office, led by Deb Teague.  She and other reservists offloaded many parcels of food, toys and cookies recently, on behalf of the Air Force Reserve Command unit located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The items will be given out to reservists in Illinois during the December unit training assembly weekend.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)
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Making her holiday list and checking it twice, Tech Sgt. Teresa Rusnak, picks up the Airman and Family Readiness office's free toy donations for her children. She is the readiness planner for 932nd Airlift Wing's Inspector General of Inspections at the Illinois unit. A variety of toys, cookies, and candy are ready to be distributed through the 932nd Airlift Wing Family Readiness Office, led by Deb Teague. She and other reservists offloaded many parcels of food, toys and cookies recently, on behalf of the Air Force Reserve Command unit located at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The items will be given out to reservists in Illinois during the December unit training assembly weekend. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

A 932nd Airlift Wing C-40C aircraft retracts tires and takes off on a training flight Oct 13, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The plane lifted off at a 15 degree angle at approximately 140 miles per hour before banking to the right.  The unit is responsible for maintaining and flying four of the distinguished visitor airlift planes for missions worldwide. The 932nd Airlift Wing is a 22nd Air Force unit, based in southern Illinois near the towns of Belleville, Mascoutah, and Shiloh. The 932nd Airlift Wing is the only reserve unit flying this unique mission under Air Force Reserve Command. Other major areas supporting the reserve unit are the 932nd Mission Support Group, the 932nd Medical Group, the 932nd Maintenance Group and the 932nd Operations Group. Citizen Airmen come from more than 35 states during 932nd Unit Training Assembly (UTA) weekends to be part of the reserve team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)
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A 932nd Airlift Wing C-40C aircraft retracts tires and takes off on a training flight Oct 13, 2018, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. The plane lifted off at a 15 degree angle at approximately 140 miles per hour before banking to the right. The unit is responsible for maintaining and flying four of the distinguished visitor airlift planes for missions worldwide. The 932nd Airlift Wing is a 22nd Air Force unit, based in southern Illinois near the towns of Belleville, Mascoutah, and Shiloh. The 932nd Airlift Wing is the only reserve unit flying this unique mission under Air Force Reserve Command. Other major areas supporting the reserve unit are the 932nd Mission Support Group, the 932nd Medical Group, the 932nd Maintenance Group and the 932nd Operations Group. Citizen Airmen come from more than 35 states during 932nd Unit Training Assembly (UTA) weekends to be part of the reserve team. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col. Stan Paregien)

Airmen of the 932nd,

 

What a year 2018 was for the 932nd Airlift Wing!  Although I officially joined your wing less than 60 days ago, I have been working closely with Colonel Smith and many of the support agencies that you all offered my Airmen as I served as the Commander of the 954th RSS in U.S. Transportation Command.   I have been touched by your passion to serve, your commitment to excellence, and your love for your fellow Airmen.  Several months ago, I attended a memorial service of a 932nd Airman that passed away, and I was touched by the love that the grieving Airmen had for their teammate.  I’ve also attended deployment send-off and return parties, and was amazed at the production and involvement of the entire wing in support of the 932nd AW Airmen that were heading down range.   

 

Your 932nd Operations Group has the reputation of operating the C-40C aircraft better than any other organization on earth, and the 932nd Maintenance Group is directly responsible for the reliability rate that we enjoy and boast about!   Our AES is certainly one of our greatest treasures, since they are entrusted with bringing our wounded home (and they do it better than any other AES)!  We all exist to support the Combatant Commanders and ultimately, the warfighter!  Our Security Forces Squadron recently reminded the SWA AOR that our cops are the best in the Air Force and our Civil Engineering Squadron made such an impact during their deployment that they brought home countless decorations and unit/individual awards.  Our support functions, groups, squadrons and flights do a terrific job keeping us ready to deploy! 2018 was a huge test for the 932d and you were ready for the challenge.  Our Med Group, LRS, Wing Staff, Airmen Family Readiness and Force Support Squadron were directly responsible for making sure we met the call!  WELL DONE!

 

I can’t say enough about Colonel Ray Smith and his wife, Stephanie.  I have never witnessed a husband and wife team that embraced the Wing Commander position more than the Smith duo embraced and cherished leading your wing.  After watching Colonel Smith execute his leadership style, I knew that I wanted to become his Vice!  He always puts his Airmen first.  Mrs. Stephanie Smith is a special person that truly embraces being kind and always helping others.  We are so lucky to have her as part of our family.  We wish Ray, Stephanie, Andrew and Sarah good luck on their next adventure!  We will miss you.

 

Throughout this email I have been referring to the 932nd Airlift Wing as YOUR wing.   From here on out, it is OUR Wing. I am honored to join the 932nd AW and humbled to have the chance to take the guidon from Colonel Smith as he departs for USTRANSCOM.  I am not going to try to REPLACE Colonel Smith.  Colonel Smith was an outstanding Commander that is not replaceable.  I am not his replacement, but I am his interim successor.  I know that I will have to earn your trust, but I am confident that I will accomplish that by taking care of you and your families.  I am a firm believer in taking care of the Airmen, and sitting back and watch them execute the mission.

 

Chief Gilmore and I remain accessible to each and every one of you.  Since I am “the new guy”, I have asked Chief Gilmore to bring me around to each of the work centers, squadrons, shops, and the flight line, to meet each of you.  My goal is to personally meet each of you no later than close of business of the March UTA.  That is a lofty goal, but one that is very important to me.   I am going to need your help!  Don’t be shy.  If you see me around Scott Air Patch and we haven’t met yet, please introduce yourself.  

 

932nd Airlift Wing, expect no changes in our strategic vision and guidance.  I completely trust our group and squadron commanders and senior ARTs.  We have an outstanding officer corps and a top notch Chief’s Group. Our SNCO corps is strong and our Airmen are talented and energetic to execute the mission!  

 

All that being said, we have work to do.  It is our absolute responsibility to remain ready!  It is why we are wearing the uniform and why the 932nd Airlift Wing exists.  I challenge each of you to make this wing better than you found it.  We have a UEI Capstone in a little over a year and readiness exercises in 2018.  All this while we are still welcoming home our warriors from the AOR.  Our IGI Team is working hard to challenge us and to make sure that we comply with all AFIs.  Oh yeah, I like to work hard, but I like to play hard too!  I hope to have some fun with all of you on and off base.  

 

Thank you for all you do for our 932nd Airlift Wing, the Air Force and our Nation!  I’d like to also thank you for welcoming the Cruff Family into the 932nd Wing!  My wife, Sommer, looks forward to meeting each of you in the near future.  I promise to continue to lead us to the next level and always take care of our most valuable resource, YOU!

 

Respectfully,

 

Colonel Mike Cruff

Commander, 932nd Airlift Wing