March brings Goodbyes.






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168 ARW A Lifetime Experience 2 Recruiting News 3 Dodgeball Tournament 4 Leadership Focus 5 Council Reports 6

Inside this issue:

APRIL 2007

March brings “Goodbyes.”

By Capt Kelly Mellard

The beginning of March brought several goodbyes. On 1 March and 3 March the 168th Air Refueling Wing said farewell to two familiar faces, Brigadier General Tim Scott and Colonel Mike Wil-liams.

Brigadier General Tim Scott, the Assistant Adjutant General, retired at the Eielson Base Theater to a packed house. Members of the 168th and local commu-nity came out to show their support and appreciation as Brig Gen Scott said his final farewells.

General Scott earned his commis-sion in March of 1981. His first assign-ment was to the 42nd Air Refueling Squadron, Loring Air Force Base, Maine, where he served as a KC-135A Navigator. In October 1984, he was selected to be-come a part of the Cobra Ball Reconnais-sance Program and a member of the 24th Strategic Reconnaissance Squadron at Eielson Air Force Base. In 1989, he left the United States Air Force to become a member of the Alaska Air National Guard. In June 1995, he was appointed Com-mander of the 168th Aircraft Generation Squadron and in August 1996, was se-lected as Commander of the 168th Opera-tions Group. He entered the United States Air Force Air War College, Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, in August 1998 and served as the Air National Guard Ad-visor to the Air Mobility Command Direc-torate for Plans, Headquarters Air Mobil-ity Command at Scott Air Force Base, Illi-nois following graduation. In March 2000, he headed back to Alaska to serve as the Commander of the 168th Air Refueling Wing. He was appointed as the Assistant Adjutant General on 5 August 2003.

On 3 March following the Annual

Awards Ceremony the wing once again said goodbye, this time to Colonel Mike Williams, 168th Vice Wing Commander. Colonel Williams leaves the 168th to become the United States Property and Fiscal Officer (USPFO) at the Alaska Air National Guard State Headquarters on Ft Richardson.

Col Williams was directly com-missioned as a second lieutenant in 1981 upon graduation from the U.S. Air Force Academy. He transferred to Reese AFB, Texas where he served as an Engineering Officer, Design Engi-neer and Chief of the Construction Man-agement Branch. Col Williams trans-ferred to 343rd Civil Engineering

Squad-ron at Eielson AFB, Alaska where he established the first environmental pro-gram and subsequently was appointed as the Chief of the Environmental and Contract Planning Flight. In 1987, Col Williams joined the newly established Air National Guard unit at Eielson AFB. As the sole Project Engineer, he coordinated the planning, design, and construction of all new facilities for the 168th Air Refueling Group. During his

time with the 168th Air Refueling Wing,

Col Williams has served as the first Base Civil Engineer, Comptroller, Main-tenance Squadron Commander, Space Mission Project Officer, Mission Support Flight Commander, Mission Support Group Commander and Vice Wing Com-mander. Col Williams spent 19 of his 25 years in the military with the 168th.

The 168th wishes both men well in their future endeavors!


If you believe anything I say about attending the Academy of Military Science (AMS), believe this, “The process does work.” Af-ter day one, which feels like six weeks, you contemplate why in anyone’s right mind would he or she have wanted to sign up for this? Then you remember your dreams of being an officer and prepare your-self for day two. Day two only feels like it takes four weeks and all you hear from the staff is “Trust the process, trust the process because it works.” At this point you have dropped for push ups too many times to remember what your Fac-ulty Advisor’s (FA) and Military Training Leaders’ (MTL) look like, you are still trying to remember if the Director of Support is Major Kallstrom or Major Hasselhoff and if the Secretary of AMS really is Major Daniels. My advice to every-one is to GET FOCUSED. Do what you came there to do; become an Air Force Officer.

As a non-prior enlisted, I was not excused from any of the requirements to include AF knowl-edge or physical fitness. I did how-ever have to give twice the effort than any of the priors there to be able to stay out of the line of fire. The rumor that the priors have the upper hand is not true. The staff levels out the playing field day one. Lean on your squadron members,

A lifetime experience at AMS

By 2Lt Jessica Hill, 168 Mission Support Flight


the answers are within you all. AMS was the greatest ex-perience I have ever had. I say this with great pride, honor and a huge smirk on my face. Every day there was worth the knowledge and ex-perience that I took home. Listen and learn from the staff to develop into the officer you always dreamed of becoming.

The AMS mission is to “educate, develop, and inspire mili-tary leaders to facilitate change, integrate leadership, and foster wartime skills in support of na-tional security.” AMS does just that and so much more. However, you must make the program work for you. You will be taught and then expected to apply your lessons in various situations; use this time to make mistakes and to overcome fears.

To future students attending AMS these are some helpful pointers:

What not to do…

1- Let the threat of pushups outweigh going home

2- Waste time (you have a ten-pound bag and they give you 50

pounds of work to carry)

3- Lose your military bearing (huge mistake)

Some hints on what you should do…

1- Academics, academics, academ-ics (study, study, study)

2- Use “situational awareness” (if someone is getting yelled at for call-ing the MTL sir, maybe you should call him or her Sergeant)

3- The minute you get on campus read your operational instructions in great detail and know them!

All smiles!: Maj Gen Craig Campbell and Col John Griffin get the opportunity to attend 2Lt Jessica Hill’s AMS graduation.

Congratulations to the Fourth Quarter Award Winners

1 October 2006—31 December 2006

Senior NCO of the Quarter

SMSgt Pamela A. Cox, 168 OG

NCO of the Quarter


MSgt Kenneth A. Cook—168 MXS MSgt Warren A. Daniels—168 MXS MSgt Michael B. Malatek—168 MXS TSgt John M. Smith—168 MXS TSgt Thomas W. Blair—168 MXS TSgt Timothy J. Berg—168 MXS TSgt Phillip V. Kaup—168 MXS TSgt Christy L. Curry—168 ARS SSgt Scott A. Murrah—168 MXS SSgt Ramon Herrera Jr.—168 MXS SSgt Corrie L. Elmes Jr.—168 ARS SSgt Jeffrey A. Ling—168 MXS SSgt Daniel J. Martolano—168 MXS SrA Matthew M. Hubbartt—168 MXS SrA Christopher L. Tidwell—168 MXS SrA Isaac S. Block—168 MXS SrA Dusty L. Spencer—168 MXS SrA Abraham A. Cook—168 MXS SrA Raymond J. Weber—168 MXS SrA John A. Tweed—168 MXS


To MSgt.

John A. Laqua—168 OSF



Meritorious Service Medal

CMSgt Robert J. Segla—168 LRS TSgt John C. Boyer—168 AMXS SSgt Kenneth D. Rose —168 MXS

Air Force Commendation Medal

Capt Brad A. Weekley—168 MSG MSgt Karen M. Malone—168 MSG MSgt Mark W. Homchick—168 MXS MSgt Robert E. Stavang—168 MXS MSgt Sunny D. Violanti—168 ARW TSgt Joseph M. Donoghue—168 ARW TSgt Raymond D. McCraw—168 MXS TSgt Melvin D. Birch—168 MSG TSgt Christopher S. Balsewicz—168 CF TSgt Richard M. Smith—168 ARS TSgt Christy L. Curry—168 ARS SSgt Sherdean S. Brisendine—168 SFS

Air Force Achievement Medal

MSgt Anthony M. Key—168 MXS MSgt James W. Kimberly Jr.—168 MXS MSgt Eugene E. Hodges—168 MXS

Recruiting News

Awards, Dec’s, Promotions & Retirements


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The 168th Air Refueling Wing would like to welcome the following new members into the Wing:

A1C Thera Freling AMXS Amn Leann Manabat OG A1C Julia Kobernuss MSG SrA Marcus Bentley AMXS

The Recruiting Office started a Student Flight program to ready all Non- Prior Service members for Basic Military Training and Technical School during the March drill. The training focused on Physical Conditioning, Drill and Ceremony, Customs and Courtesies, as well as the enlisted and officer rank structures. Thanks to the continued support throughout the 168 ARW, the program has become a huge success. Due to April being a “Warrior Week” drill period the student flight training has been postponed until May. Please continue to support our Student Flight members as they ready themselves for BMT and thanks again for all of your support!

Daniel Ruonavarra—168 AMXS Edward A Rouleau—168 MXG

To TSgt.

Ronald D. Larner—168 MXS Neal J. Waltman—168 MXG Sam Amos—168 AMXS Mary-Lou Petti—168 AMXS Tracy P. Kurzenberger—168 LRS Jeffrey A. Ling—168 MXS Sarah J. Willey—168 CF Robert E. Cave—168 CF

To SSgt.

Robert J. Ostrander—168 ARS Reginald L. Fleming—168 LRS Raymond J. Weber—168 MXS Ivory L. McDaniel—168 MXS Sunji Spencer—168 AMXS



After the first rounds of games during February UTA, we had two winner bracket games and two loser bracket games scheduled for March. It started off Saturday with inter-squadron rivals when the MXS1 team coached by SMSgt Mark Renson faced MXS2 coached by SMSgt Phillip Hunt. MXS 1 prevailed winning five to one in matches.

OG forfeited to MSG/CF the second game on Saturday. MSG/CF coach TSgt Paul Montes enjoyed the easy win.

On Sunday, MDG coached by MSgt Danielle St. Laurent was defeated by the newly developed AMXS team coached by MSgt Timothy Vanderhoff, winning five to zero.

After all the smack talking since February UTA, the final game was as exciting as it was talked up to be when LRS, coached by TSgt John Brunsberg, faced MSF/SF team coached by TSgt Brian Hoppough. Matches were going back and forth with wins on both sides. With a tie four to four and either team able to win the game, more MSF/SF players were left on the dodge-ball court than there were LRS players. SSgt Bobbie Paul made a deflected diving catch to send the opponent player out and giving a re-entry of a LRS player back in the game. A move that led to a LRS victory! A brutal loss for the MSF/SF, but their hopes are not down as they will face AMXS in their next game.

Dodgeball tournament update

By SMSgt Tran Brunsberg


Game on!! The Logistics Readiness Squadron and the Mis-sion Support Flight/Security Forces team battle it out.

Photos: MSgt Diminian Chagnon, 168th Communications Flight

A sad farewell: Four members of Security Forces departed 20 February in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Photos: Capt Kelly Mellard, 168th Public Affairs

From left to right: SrA James Sparks, SrA Charity Orriss, SrA Luke Bowdre and SSgt Robert Hall



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How do you get everyone in a unit on the same page, at the same time, to perform the actions to accomplish the assigned mis-sion? The answer to this question is elusive and confounds leaders at all levels within an organization. While no one can consistently moti-vate a person, flight, section or an organization everyday, I suggest consideration of the following to help you on your path to leadership success.

Imagine yourself in the wilds of Alaska. You are a scout trusted with guiding a rail track laying expedition, filled with ten-derfoot Sourdoughs seeking fast riches in uncharted territory. You have a basic map in your hand but little else to get the job done. Your scout school graduation certificate makes you the “official” leader of the trek, but how will you achieve success? How will the leader and his team achieve success?

The leader’s vision will bring them through! According to Warren Bennis, in On Becoming A

Leader, “The “compelling goal” of

the leader and the “guiding pur-pose” the leader has for the organi-zation are absolutely critical to suc-cessful leadership.” Examination of

Leadership Focus

By Chief C. Lee Cooper

personal and organizational vi-sion, as well as the leader’s need to consistently evaluate them, ex-plains how charting a vision pre-pares leaders and their organiza-tions for today’s and tomorrow’s challenges.

A personal vision can cre-ate or define leaders. A leader’s personal vision is an important element in the construction of suc-cessful leadership actions…a de-veloped vision creates a

“solidarity” effect, a singular fo-cus, a collective effort. By adding vision, the leader provides well-developed and “palatable” leader-ship helping to produce leaderleader-ship focus beyond the immediate and more future directed. Vision is a compass for guidance along per-sonal leadership treks. Bennis states that, “The leader has a clear idea of what he wants to do—professionally and person-ally—and the strength to persist in the face of setbacks, even fail-ures. Unless you know where you’re going, and why, you cannot possibly get there.” Constant vi-sion awareness of all organiza-tional participants empowers the leader to act boldly under any cir-cumstance with presence of mind and confidence.

A leader’s personal vision is the lynchpin for successful lead-ership. This focus, the “guiding vision,” is like concrete in the foun-dation of a building. Without it, the building is unstable and sub-ject to collapse. Similarly, the leader’s vision creates a

“cementing” effect. Explaining vi-sion helps the leader provide well-developed and “palatable” leader-ship to subordinates. As a conse-quence, leadership will become more effective for today, and is more future directed. Leaders use vision to guide them along their personal journeys. The leader must have a clear idea of what he wants to do—professionally and personally—and the strength to persist, even when failures occur. Otherwise, you are not as effective as you should be.

Now ask yourself, do you clearly understand what your lead-ership “focus” is and do your charges understand it? If the an-swer is yes, your constancy of vi-sion empowers you, and your charges, to act boldly under any circumstance with presence of mind and confidence, now, and most importantly, for the future. With your focus, we will succeed together!


I am pleased to announce that Governor Sarah Palin has appointed Brigadier General Tony Hart, 176th Wing Com-mander, as the Assistant Adjutant General - Air, effective 1 March 2007. Brigadier General

Hart succeeds Brigadier General Tim Scott, who retired 1 March 2007 after serving our state and nation in numerous capacities with both the United States Air Force and Alaska Air National Guard. Brig Gen Scott leaves a tremendous legacy of accomplishments, of which the hallmark is the transformation of the Alaska Air National Guard. This is high-lighted by the establishment of an associate unit with the active duty C-17 mission; transfer of the 176th Air Control Squadron from active duty to the Alaska ANG; transfer of the space surveillance mission at Clear AFS to the Alaska ANG; and the successful negotiations on relocation of Kulis ANGB to Elmendorf AGFB, as the result of BRAC.

Please join me in wishing Brig Gen Scott well in his retirement and great success for Brig Gen Hart as the new Assistant Adjutant General - Air, Alaska. Brig Gen Hart's outstanding leadership capabilities, and vision of the future for the Alaska ANG will serve our organiza-tion well as we continue meeting both our state and federal requirements in a dynamic and



Nothing to report this period


The Top 3 is still seeking motivated Senior NCOs to partici-pate in the 354th Fighter Wing

NCO Professional Enhancement Seminars. You will be contributing as a subject matter expert (SME) on National Guard information, not as an instructor. Chief Latham has a slide presentation available for use. This is a great opportunity for indi-viduals to become more comfortable speaking in front of people as well as potential recruitment for the Air National Guard. MSgt Wolverton participated as the Air National Guard SME for the NCO PE on

14-16 February so if you have specific questions, you can contact him at 377-8814.

MSgt Sandgren, the 354th

FW NCO Professional Enhancement seminar coordinator, is also willing to develop one or two-day seminars for use by the 168th that traditional

members can take advantage of on drill weekends. He has numerous subjects that can be taught in a day. The Top 3 is seeking feedback from mid-tier traditional members to see what they think would best benefit them. Please forward your ideas to a senior NCO.

Please don’t forget that this

is the last drill to ensure your peo-ple are ready prior to the start of the AEF.

The next meeting is sched-uled for Saturday of April UTA at 1500 in the Ops Theater (exercise permitting).


The OAC had an excellent meeting over March UTA. We had a great turn out and have laid the ground-work for an excellent year for OAC. We have formed two committees to oversee OAC agenda items. For several years we have discussed providing a professional develop-ment process, to meet this goal Maj Smith and Capt Mellard will head up the process to identify topics and schedule speakers. The officer 101

course they establish will ensure a better officer corp. We already had our first topic delivered by Capt Goodwin covering the state grant process and military one source. Next month we will have Capt Tee-ter cover budget 101. On the mo-rale side we have Maj Pulsifer and Capt Addison designing a shirt we can wear at public events. These will help us identify Guard involve-ment in community events. We have also identified our goals: Sup-port the purchase and flying of state

flags in honor of retirees, entertain funding requests in support of Wing activities up to $1000 annually, support two charity events a year; Habitat for Humanity and Food bank are current recipients. Pro-vide professional development dur-ing each OAC meetdur-ing and raise funds to support our goals. I ap-preciate your support and hope we continue to see such a large turn out and hope for even greater sup-port.

Council Reports


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At the 17 March Habi-tat for Humanity vol-unteer project spon-sored by the Officer Advisory Council, Capt Ruth Keater (pictured left) and SMSgt Pam Cox (pictured right) are happy to lend a hand.








Squadron Commander:

Lt Col J.D. Davis

Duty Phone:


Years in Military Service: 24

Years in 168th:


Previous Assignments: DEC 83- 21st Evacuation Hospital- Ft Hood, Texas APR 85- 3/507th Air Ambulance Company- Ft Hood, Texas

FEB 87- 6th Medical Battalion- Ft Wainwright, Alaska

MAY 91- Army National Guard- Fairbanks, Alaska NOV 94- 168th Medical Squadron- Eielson AFB, Alaska

OCT 03- 168th Logistics Readiness Squadron- Eielson AFB NOV 04- 168th Mission Support Group- Eielson AFB JAN 05- 354th Security Forces Squadron- Eielson AFB

AUG 05- 386th Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron- Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait

Education: 1983 Combat Medical Specialist Course- Ft Sam Houston, Texas

1987 Advanced Medical NCO Course- Ft Sam Houston, Texas 1985 Aerospace Medical Technician Course- Brooks AFB, Texas 2004 USAF First Sergeant Academy- McGhee-Tyson ANGB

2005 USAF Senior NCO Course- correspondence

2007 CCAF degree in progress

Your Civilian Employer: AGR, Alaska Air National Guard

Family: wife Anna, daughters Christina, 19 and Olivia, 4

Downtime: Family stuff, martial arts, computers, medieval history

Favorite Movie: Star Wars


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Meet Your First Sergeant

MSgt Bryan Hailey

During Warrior Week in April, the wing will be conducting both an Initial Readiness

Re-sponse Exercise and a Combat Employment Readiness Exercise. ARCTIC RAVEN 07-02 is

being designed to once again test the wing's wartime skills. During the employment


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2680 Flightline Ave., Ste. 117 Eielson AFB, AK 99702-1730

Pay Dates for UTA’s

April 25

May 30

18 June

UTA Dates

April 14-15

May 17-20

June 9-10

168th ARW/PA

Capt Kelly Mellard 1Lt Bethany Ordway 2680 Flightline Ave., Ste. 117 Eielson AFB, Alaska 99702 A R CT IC R EF UE L ER

Phone: 907-377-8734 and 8757 Fax: 907-377-8712


Recruiters on the ice at the Nanook Military Appreciation Night at the Carlson Center





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