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2019 Summer Board Meeting, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

Thanks to the entire leadership team at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for hosting our summer board meeting on 2 and 3 August. A special thanks to MSgt Alex Carrancho, SMSgt Jonathan Friscia, Maj Kristina Himmelreich, Lt Melissa Seiber and MSgt William Jackson A/TA’s Tommy B. McGuire chapter President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and chapter member for ensuring the success of our visit and productivity of our board meeting.

Without these professionals our meeting would not have happened!

CMSgt Mike Kerver (r), MSgt Carrancho, SMSgt Friscia, Maj Himmelreich, Lt Seiber, Gen Duncan McNabb (r) at the JB-MDL Innovation Lab

The 305 AMW Commander, Col Jackie Breeden along with the 514 AMW/CC, Col Tom Pemberton; 621 CRW/CC, Col Doug Jackson; 108 AW/MXG/CC, Col Stephen Henske; 87 ABW/CCC, CMSgt Bill Fitch and the 621CRW/CCC CMSgt Tony Jenkins joined the board Friday morning to help get us started. Col Breeden is a long time A/TA member and convention volunteer, she offered her continued support and thanks to A/TA.

Lt Col Rob Lowe, from the AMC Commander’s Action Group and A/TA’s point of contact for all convention issues joined the seven members of the board, our Board of Advisor Chairman and key members of the A/TA support staff. We began the board meeting on Friday morning, 2 August 2019.  During the meeting Lt Col Lowe presented an update from AMC regarding the Air Force and AMC’s commitment to support the upcoming convention.  MSgt Carrancho presented a Tommy B. McGuire chapter update. The board members then got down to business concluding on-going work on By-Law revisions, multiple proposals to increase value for our members, improving the role of the Board of Advisors and continuing the preparations for our 2019 convention in Orlando. The By-Law revisions will be presented for review to the members 60 days prior to the upcoming annual business meeting.

We used Amazon Chime’s web-based capability for the second time to expand the meeting. Lt Col Alexander “Popeye” Fafinski and Col (ret) Brou Gautier successfully joined the board meeting remotely to update the board.

On Friday 2 August, the group met Airmen from around JB-MDL for lunch at Pudgy’s. It is motivating to hear the stories of these great Airmen and tell them a little about A/TA and our time on Active Duty

The board members then received mission briefings and met with McGuire leadership, hosted by Brig Gen Bill Knight at the Expeditionary Center. This included a productive ‘office-call’ for the Chairman, President and Senior Vice President with the Expeditionary Center Command Maj Gen John Gordy.

MSgt Alex Carrancho with the A/TA Board Members with Tommy B. McGuire’s aircraft “Pudgy” in the background

Friday evening the group met at a social event hosted by the Orange County Military Support Committee and several Honorary Commanders. Thanks to Barbara Borwiec, Wendy Lang, Regina Neigel, Ben Waldron, Dana Lancellotti and Gino Sciorilli for spending their evening with us and for all they do for JB-MDL. We were joined by the 305AMW Vice Commander Nick Leonelli and his son Christian.  It was a great evening of ‘Strengthening Bonds’.

In summary, we had a productive board meeting and it was a wonderful opportunity to “support mobility airmen!”

Well done and thanks to all the men and women of JB-MDL and Tommy B. McGuire chapter .

The A/TA Board members, Chairman of the Board of Advisors, Key Volunteers and the AMC representative join MSgt Carrancho in front of Pudgy; from left to right Lt Col Rob Lowe, Sondra Hart, Col Barb Jacob (r), Maj Doug Lynch (r), Col Grace Blevins-Holman (r), Lt Col Gary Hart (r), Col Cary Walgamott, Lt Gen Rusty Findley (r), CMSgt Mark Smith (r), CMSgt Mike Kerver (r), Col Mike Cassidy (r), MSgt Alex Carrancho, Lt Gen Rod Bishop (r), Gen Duncan McNabb (r), Col Paul McVickar (r), Maj Pete Mastroianni (r), Ms Patti Cost, MSgt Geno Carvotta (r), Lt Col Tom Cost (r), Ms Trisha Frank, CMSgt Dave Spector (r), MSgt Paul Garcia

The annual business meeting will be held in conjunction with the convention in Orlando on Wednesday, 23 October 2019. Please come join us at the convention and the business meeting. If you have any questions contact the A/TA secretary at secretary@atalink.org.

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