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INDIANAPOLIS -- Col. Larry Shaw, 434th Air Refueling Wing commander, and five other key leaders from Grissom Air Reserve Base were invited to meet Vice President Mike Pence May 18, 2018, in Indianapolis.

During their visit, Pence thanked members for their service and commitment to their nation.

“Meeting the Vice President was an honor,” said Shaw. “I’m excited to talk about our Airmen and the mission of the Hoosier wing. This was a great opportunity to do just that.”

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GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- 100 Airmen from the 434th Air Refueling Wing were promoted between January and April. Their names are as follows:

To SENIOR MASTER SERGEANT:

Mark Copp, 434th Operations Support Squadron
Corey Fields, 434th Maintenance Squadron
Zachary Gaumer, 434th Logistics Readiness Squadron
Gregory Moolenaar, 434th Security Forces Squadron

(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Katrina Heikkinen)

GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- Not only are many of the Air Force’s enlisted members able to call themselves graduates of basic military training, they can also call themselves college graduates.

This is now true for 31 Airmen assigned to the 434th Air Refueling Wing as they recently earned their Community College of the Air Force degrees in their selected career fields.

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GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- On Dec. 3 Airman and Family Readiness Center’s Angel Tree program helped make the holidays a little more special for a few Grissom families.

The Angel Tree program, which gathers donations of gifts and food from on-base organizations, provided more than 30 families with everything ranging from ham and non-perishable food for a holiday dinner to toys, clothes and other presents.

“Everyone that someone felt needed an extra hand during the holidays is going away with a good selection of canned goods and non-perishable food,” said Tech Sgt. Daniel Huff, 434th Force Support Squadron readiness technician. “They will also get milk, a big ham, and gifts that our folks on base have bought and brought in.”

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GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. - Grissom Marines are getting into the Christmas spirit and giving back to the community this season by setting up Toys for Tots donation bins in the local area.

Collections points have been placed in several stores in surrounding counties, including the Base Exchange. Children’s toys can be placed in the bins before December 4, when Marine Reservists will collect the toys to distribute to local families in need can have a merrier Christmas.

U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Cali Wetli

GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- When it comes to fighting fires, using the proper technique can be the difference between life and death, and one department recently loaned their own time to teach Grissom those proper techniques.

The Indianapolis Fire Department led 434th Civil Engineer Squadron fire fighters in technique training Aug. 4 at Grissom Air Refueling Base, Indiana.

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GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- Fifty-two Citizen Airmen from the 434th Air Refueling Wing deployed to Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida, to assist with Hurricane Irma recovery.

Those deploying included electricians, carpenters, pavement specialists, pest management, water and waste water treatment technicians, firefighters and a force support team including personnelists and services members.

Master Sgt. Angie Hall, 434th Logistics Readiness Squadron combat readiness technician, palletizes water and meals ready to eat at Grissom Air Reserve Base, Ind., Sept. 11, 2017. The cargo is being prepared for shipment to Florida as part of Hurricane Irma relief efforts. (U.S. Air Force photo/Douglas Hays)

GRISSOM AIR RESERVE BASE, Ind. -- As winds began to die down, and water began to recede from Hurricane Irma, members of the 434th Air Refueling wing, were ramping up to support the recovery efforts in Florida.

Initially five members of the 434th Civil Engineer Squadron deployed in support of hurricane relief efforts Sept. 11, 2017.

Electricians, pavement personnel, carpenters, water and waste water specialists, pest management and command and control specialties are on the short list of immediate needs, and 31 more are also scheduled to be sent to Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida soon.