by Staff Sgt. Brittany Cannon
131st Bomb Wing Public Affairs
7/27/2015 - JEFFERSON BARRACKS, Missouri -- The
director of the Air National Guard viewed missions firsthand, received a
base tour and recognized Missouri Citizen-Airmen during his first-ever
visit to Jefferson Barracks July 21.
Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III visited the historic Air Guard base,
which is home to a number of 131st Bomb Wing units, along with the 157th
Operations Group, 239th Combat Communication Squadron and 231st Civil
Clarke was able to visit with Missouri Air Guardsmen and see the unique
capabilities they provide to the state of Missouri and the United States
Air Force. The general received unit mission orientations and a walking
tour of the historical Jefferson Barracks grounds.
Throughout the tour, Clarke met and "coined" several Airmen for their
superior performance, including: Master Sgt. Carissa M. Correll, 131st
Logistics Readiness Squadron; Tech. Sgt. Brian P. Conrey, 131st Civil
Engineering Squadron; Master Sgt. Timothy J. Loyd, 239th CBCS, Staff
Sgt. Kenneth A. Romero, 157th AOG and Maj. Bridget S. Zorn, 157th AOG.
"Guardsmen make the choice to defend their homeland every day," said
Clarke before coining one of the Citizen-Airmen. When presenting the
coin, he described his design, which includes his three Air Guard core
competencies emblazoned on its face: warfighting, security cooperation
and homeland operations.
"I was beyond ecstatic and completely honored that the director of the
Air National Guard personally handed me his coin," said Romero. "It was a
privilege I wasn't expecting."
"Our Citizen-Airmen are rightly proud to have had the opportunity to
share about their roles and their missions with the Air National Guard's
top leader," said Col. Michael Francis, 131st Bomb Wing commander. "A
critical mass of our 131st people - and a critically unique, high-tech
and particularly effective slate of military capabilities - remains
resident here at Jefferson Barracks These capabilities set us apart in
the Guard and across the entire Air Force."
Completing the visit, Clarke said he was pleased to have met so many
superior performers throughout the wing and to have toured historic
Jefferson Barracks, which remains the oldest continuously operated
military installation west of the Mississippi river.