Master Sergeant Blake Manuel
MSgt Blake S. Manuel is the G-Flight Health Professions Flight Chief, 348 Recruiting Squadron, in Clearfield, Utah; he directly supervises 5 Health Profession Recruiters and a civilian. He is responsible for accessing qualified men and women in the health professions arena to meet the personnel procurement requirements of today’s and tomorrow’s technological Air Force. He is responsible for 32 Educational Institutions and 57 Medical Facilities encompassing over 400,000 sq. miles across four state areas of Montana, Utah, Southern Idaho and Las Vegas Nevada. MSgt Manuel most recently served as a Health Professions recruiter, 342 Recruiting Squadron, Del City, OK.
MSgt Manuel was born 4 January 1984 in Sulphur, Louisiana. MSgt Manuel is married to Bridget Manuel and has three children, Mason, age 14, Madeleine, age 12, and Malachi age 6. MSgt Manuel is also an avid hiker, golfer, disc golfer, and motorcycle enthusiast.
2007 Associates in Computer Science Technology, CCAF
2009 Airman Leadership School, Shaw AFB, SC
2012 EA Recruiting School, Lackland AFB, TX
2015 Associates in Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force
2015 Bachelor of Science, Liberty University, Lynchburg Virginia
2016 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Peterson AFB, CO
2017 2007 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education Course (Non-residence)
April 2005 – January 2008 Computer Systems Programming Apprentice, Goodfellow AFB, TX
January 2008 – January 2009 Nangarhar Provencial Reconstruction Team, Jalalabad, Afghanistan
January 2009 – August 2012 Computer Systems Programming Journeyman, 14 WS Asheville, NC
August 2012 – September 2015 Enlisted Accession Recruiter, 341 RCS Houston, TX
September 2015 – December 2018 Health Professions Recruiter, 342 RCS Del City, OK
December 2018 – present Officer Accessions Flight Chief, 348 RCS Clearfield, UT
Master Sergeant Stephen E. Baskiewicz Jr.
Master Sergeant Stephen Baskiewicz is the Section Chief of Ground Transportation at Hill AFB, Utah. He enlisted in the Air Force January 29th 2008 and was assigned to Eglin AFB, Florida. In 2009 he was deployed to the 70th Medium Truck Detachment to perform convoy duties in support of Operation New Dawn. Soon after his return he attained his Class A CDL license with double/triple trailer and tanker endorsements. In 2012 he was deployed with the 386th AEW where he performed base support functions for Ali Al Salem AB, Kuwait. In 2013, MSgt Baskiewicz was selected to become a Ground Transportation Instructor where he earned his second CCAF degree, a B.S. Business Administration Degree, Master Instructor Certification, and the AETC Tier III Instructor Certification.
Sergeant Baskiewicz is joined by his wife Aryel and their two children Kaleb and Emilee.
2008 Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX
2008 Vehicle Operations Apprentice Course, Fort Leonard Wood, MO
2009 Basic Combat Convoy Course, Camp Anderson-Peters, TX
2012 Airman Leadership School, Eglin AFB, FL
2013 Certified Fitness Trainer, International Sports Sciences Association
2013 Associate in Applied Science, Transportation, Community College of the Air Force
2014 Basic Instructor Course, Sheppard AFB, TX
2015 Associate in Applied Science, Instructor of Technology and Military Science, Community College of the Air Force
2015 Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, Sheppard Air Force Base, TX
2016 Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation, & Evaluation (ADDIE) Course, Sheppard AFB, TX 2016 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Correspondence I
2016 Technical Writer Course, Sheppard AFB, TX
2016 Master Instructor, Air Education and Training Command
2018 Bachelor in Science, Business Administration, Trident University International
2018 Certified Instructor Certificate Tier III, Community College of the Air Force
2019 Civilian Supervisor Course, Hill AFB, UT
2019 Leadership Certification, National Society of Leadership and Success Honor Society
2019 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education, Correspondence II
2019 Senior Non-Commissioned Officer Logistics Readiness Course
2020 Associate Professional Human Resources Certification, Human Resources Certification Institute
1. January 2008 - March 2008, Trainee, USAF Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX
2. March 2008 - May 2008, Student, Vehicle Operations, Fort Leonard Wood, MO
3. May 2008 - April 2014, Vehicle Operator/Dispatcher, Eglin AFB, FL
4. April 2014 - May 2018, Ground Transportation Master Instructor, Fort Leonard Wood, MO
5. May 2018 - Present, Ground Transportation Section Chief, Hill AFB, UT
Communications / Family Matters
Michelle Chabot served in the Air Force from 2006 to 2018 holding a variety of assignments. After completion of basic military training, she graduated from the Weather Forecasting Apprentice School at Keesler AFB, Mississippi and was assigned to the 25th Operational Weather Squadron (OWS) at Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona as a (1W051) Weather Forecaster, Flight Weather Briefer, and Graphics Forecaster handling products for the entire United States. While there, she won a variety of awards to include Airman of the Year, 2008 for Davis-Monthan AFB, as well as earning the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal. She also deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2008.
In August 2009, she was selected to retrain into the Paralegal career field, and held assignments at Fairchild AFB, Washington; Kunsan AB, Korea; and Buckley AFB, Colorado. In the fall of 2014, she received a special duty assignment to serve as the Defense Paralegal at Buckley AFB for the Air Force Legal Operations Agency, Area Defense Counsel where she was responsible for assisting the Area Defense Counsel in the management of the ADC office.
She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology from Liberty University and is currently working on her Master’s Degree in Licensed Professional Counseling. In addition, she holds an Associate in Applied Science in Weather Technology and Paralegal Studies from the Community College of the Air Force. She is married to SrA Daniel Chabot of the Colorado Air National Guard.
Michelle Chabot has served in multiple roles in AFSA since joining as a young Airman to include Airman Activities Coordinator, Membership Coordinator, Secretary, Treasurer and Vice President at the chapter level and has served on the Division 6 Communications committee for the last few years.
Legislative; Chapters 1163, 1311, 1328, and 1330 Regional Director
Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) James "Jim" Lokovic
Served in the Air Force from 1969 to 1994 at locations in Japan, Italy, Greece, Germany, England, Spain, Turkey, and various stateside locations. He served in jobs including the Morse and Non-Morse Systems career fields, Operational Management, Unit OJT Manager, Unit Career Advisor, NCO Academy and Leadership School instructor, and finally on the Air Staff managing all Air Force First Sergeants and all USAF Enlisted Professional Military Education programs.
From 1994 to 2007, he worked on the AFSA HQ Staff as its Director of Military and Government Relations, testified numerous times before Congress and personally led campaigns to create and enhance programs affecting the lives of current and past Total-Force Airmen, their families, and survivors -- including creation of the Post-9/11 GI Bill, pay raise increases, creation and funding of Child Development Centers, creation of TRICARE for Life just to name a few. In 1997, he wrote the legislation and successfully worked to acquire AFSA's Federal Charter. Since 2007, he has worked as a trustee with Divisions 12 and 6 and has worked periodically for AFSA Headquarters as a legislative consultant, analyst, and writer (remotely) from his home in Utah where he and his wife Linda reside.
Awards; Chapters 1260, and 1261 Regional Director
Master Sergeant Christopher Dodd
Master Sergeant Christopher D. Dodd is the 61st and 62nd Section Chief, Aerospace Ground Equipment (AGE) assigned to the 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, 56th Maintenance Group, 56th Fighter Wing, Luke Air Force Base, Arizona. His primary duty is to direct Air Educational and Training Command largest Aerospace Ground Equipment flight comprised of 134 personnel in sustaining maintenance operations for F-35 Joint Strike Fighters and 78 F-16C/D aircraft. He directs daily operations which supports 9 allied countries and 7 aircraft maintenance units all which aligns with the 56th Fighter Wing’s mission “We Build the Future of Airpower.” His leadership is pivotal to developing and implementing personnel management policies, advising senior leaders of equipment production and ultimately report directly to Air Education and Training Command functional managers to balance manning, training and equipment requirements.
Sergeant Dodd is a native of Kinston, North Carolina where he graduated high school in 1991. September of 1997 he entered the United States Air Force as an Aerospace Ground Equipment Apprentice. After completing his technical school at Sheppard Air Force Base, he was assigned to Grand Forks Air Force Base. While stationed at Grand Forks Air Force Base, he deployed 6 times in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and IRAQI FREEDOM. Prior to his current position, he served as 56th Maintenance Group, Quality Assurance technician and held other key leadership roles abroad.
1995 AAS Degree in Computer Information Systems, Lenoir Community College, Kinston NC
1997 Aerospace Ground Equipment Apprentice Course, Sheppard Air Force Base, TX
2001 Airman Leadership School, Grand Forks Air Force Base, ND
2002 Aerospace Ground Equipment Craftsman Course, Sheppard Air Force Base, TX
2009 AAS Degree in Aerospace Ground Equipment, Community College of the Air Force
2011 AFSO 21 8 Step Course, Luke Air Force Base, AZ
2012 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Sheppard Air Force Base, TX
2014 Advanced Safety Certificate, National Safety Council, Phoenix AZ
2015 Joint Senior Noncommissioned Officer Course, by correspondence
2016 Professional Manager Certification, Community College of the Air Force
2017 Master Resiliency Trainer, Joint Base San Antonio, TX
2017 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Course, by correspondence
1. Sep 1997 – Nov 1997, Basic Training, Lackland AFB, TX
2. Nov 1997 – Jul 1998, Aerospace Ground Equipment Apprentice, Sheppard AFB, TX
3. Jul 1998 – May 2007, Aerospace Ground Equipment Journeyman, Grand Forks AFB, ND
4. Jul 2007 – Jul 2008, Aerospace Ground Equipment, NCOIC, Osan AB, ROK
5. Aug 2008 – Jan 2010, Aerospace Ground Equipment, Maintenance Team NCOIC, Luke AFB, AZ
6. Jan 2010 – Jul 2012, Aerospace Ground Equipment, Assistant Section Chief, Luke AFB, AZ
7. Jul 2012 – May 2013, Quality Assurance Inspector, Luke AFB, AZ
8. May 2013 – Apr 2014, Aerospace Ground Equipment, Maintenance/Servicing Assistant Team Leader, Luke AFB, AZ
9. Oct 2014 – May 2015, Aerospace Ground Equipment, Support Section Chief, Luke AFB, AZ
10. Jun 2015 – Jul 2016, Aerospace Ground Equipment, Team Leader, Luke AFB, AZ
11. Jul 2016 – Oct 2017, Aerospace Ground Equipment, Production Superintendent, Luke AFB, AZ
12. Nov 2017 – Present, F-35 Aerospace Ground Equipment, Section Chief, Luke AFB, AZ
Retired and Veterans Affairs; Chapters 1322, 1365, and 1379 Regional director
Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Andrew duenas
Retired/veterans affairs, credentials; Chapters 1322, 1365, and 1379 Regional Director
Bio currently unavailable
Active Duty Affairs; Chapters 1320, 1356, and 1372 Regional Director
MASTER SERGEANT TALBERT KNEPSHIELD
MSgt Talbert Knepshield is the First Sergeant, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California. His duties consist of presenting sound advice to the commander concerning moral, discipline, health and wellness, recognition and professional development for 392 unit personnel. He provides guidance and leadership to all squadron members with emphasis on core values, mentorship, counseling, customs and courtesies, and dress and appearance. He also ensures personnel comply with unit policies, optimizing a mission ready force for the commander’s utilization.”
Sergeant Knepshield entered the Air Force in January of 2006. He graduated the Vehicle Operations apprentice course in April of 2006. Quickly, he amassed various experience across the career field. Deploying in 2006 to execute convoy operations throughout Kuwait and Iraq. In 2008 he led a Joint personal security detail, protecting the Director of CJ5, Multi-National Forces Iraq. These deployments spanned campaigns NATIONAL RESOLUTION, IRAQ SURGE and IRAQ SOVEREIGNTY. In 2012, he was selected by the Wing Commander to serve outside his career field as the 633rd Air Base Wing’s Awards and Recognition monitor. In November of 2014 he completed the Imagery Analysis Course, filling the needs of the Air Force during a shortage of imagery analysts. He has also completed two overseas tours in Korea. Prior to his current position, he served as the First Sergeant, 48th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California.
2010 Airman Leadership School, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
2010 Associate’s Degree Transportation Management, Community College of the Air Force, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
2015 Associate’s Degree in Intelligence Analysis, CCAF, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala.
2015 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I Course, by correspondence
2016 Master Resiliency Trainer Course, Joint Base McQuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.
2016 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, CCAF, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala. by correspondence
2017 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla.
2018 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Course, by correspondence
2018 Senior Enlisted Joint PME II Course, by correspondence
2018 Professional Managers Certification, CCAF, Maxwell-Gunter AFB, Ala. by correspondence
2018 Bachelor of General Studies, American Military University, Charles Town, W.Va.
2019 United States First Sergeant Academy, Maxwell-Gunter, AFB, Ala
1. February 2006 – April 2006, Student, Vehicle Operations Apprentice, 366th Training Squadron, Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.
2. May 2006 – January 2011, NCOIC, Vehicle Operations Control Center, 30th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif.
3. January 2011 – January 2012, Vehicle Operator Dispatcher, 51st Logistics Readiness Squadron, Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea
4. January 2012 - October 2012, Vehicle Operator Dispatcher, 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
5. October 2012 - August 2013, Wing Recognition Monitor, 633rd Air Base Wing, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
6. August 2013 - November 2015, U-Drive It Dispatcher, 633rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
7. November 2015 - January 2018, Section Chief, Combat Targeting, 36th Intelligence Squadron, JB Langley-Eustis, Va.
8. January 2018 - January 2019, Flight Chief, Imagery Operations, 6th Intelligence Squadron, Osan AB, Republic of Korea
9. February 2019 – July 2020, First Sergeant, 48th Intelligence Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif.
10. February 2019 – Present, First Sergeant, 9th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Beale AFB, Calif.
KPL; Colorado Regional Director
Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Robert "Bob" Tomlinson
Served on active duty from 1973 to 2000 as a Personnel Manager both overseas and in the CONUS at bases in Germany (twice), The Netherlands, New Mexico (twice), Florida (twice) and finally retiring from Buckley AFB, in Aurora, Colorado in June 2000. Since his retirement from active duty, Bob was an Air Force civilian working in Education and Training and the Contracting career fields for 17 years. His final assignment was as a Supervisory Contract Specialist and Contracting Officer with the 460th Contracting Flight, Buckley AFB, Colorado where he retired on 30 Jun 2017.
Bob has been a lifetime member of the Air Force Sergeants Association since 1983 and has served in many positions at the Chapter and Division levels. He was a Division 11 Trustee, Vice President, and then Division President in 1999, and finally the Division Treasurer, a position he filled until 2013 when Division 11 became part of Division 6. He has filled the position of Division Treasurer since 2013 as well as the Colorado Regional Director. He is an avid bowler and casual golfer. He lives in Aurora, Colorado with his wife Sandy (MSgt-Retired) and they have been married for 43 years. They have one daughter, Denise, and two grandchildren that also live in Aurora.
Recorder; Chapters 1252, and 1253 Regional Director
Senior Master Sergeant (Ret.) Sandra Valdezate
SMSgt (Ret) Sandra Valdezate is the Office Manager for Kichler Lighting, West Coast Distribution Center, Las Vegas, Nevada. Sandy was born on 7 June 1963 in Mahnomen, Minnesota. She graduated from Mahnomen High School, Class of 1981. Sandy enlisted in the United States Air Force in August 1981 where she attended Basic Military Training at San Antonio, Texas. She completed technical training as an Administrative Specialist (70230) at Keesler AFB, Mississippi. In November 1981, she reported to her first duty assignment at the 77th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, South Dakota, where she supported B-52 aircraft. In November 1983, she was assigned to 52d Equipment Maintenance Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Force Base, Germany, where she earned Senior Airmen Below-the-Zone. In November 1985, she was assigned to Instructional Systems Development, Offutt Air Force Base, Nebraska. While assigned there she was a Sergeant for a day and made Staff Sergeant and was given her base of preference to GA. So December 1986 she was assigned to Base Administration, Moody Air Force Base, Georgia until December 1987. She then became Chief of Plans and Programs at the Mission Support Squadron from December 1987-1989. She then became the Administrative Technician for Professional Military Education School until December 1991. She then moved on to be the NCOIC, 52d Equipment Maintenance Squadron until September 1992. She then got reassigned to 52d Comptroller Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany until September 1994. After being promoted to Technical Sergeant she was assigned to be the Superintendent, Information Management, 52d Logistics Group at Spangdahlem. While performing this duty she was STEP promoted to Master Sergeant. In September 1996 she was assigned as the Superintendent, Information Management, for the 414th Component Training Squadron (Red Flag), Nellis Air Force Base, NV. May 2000 she was assigned to be the 57th Wing Functional Manager and Superintendent, Information Management, 57th Wing, Nellis AFB, Nevada. As a Senior Master Sergeant she then was assigned to be a Career Assistance Advisor and Superintendent of the Professional Development Center, 99th Mission Support Squadron in January 2001 until her retirement February 2007. She started working as an Office Manager for Kichler Lighting, Las Vegas, Nevada in April 2007 to present. Sandy has one son Nickolaus.
Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management - University of Phoenix
Associates degree in Human Resources - Community College of the Air Force
Associates degree in Business Administration - Georgia Military College
Associates degree in Administration - Community College of the Air Force
The following Professional Military Education have also been completed: NCO Leadership School, NCO Academy, and Senior NCO Academy.
Her extracurricular activities include being the Saturday Team Lead, Nellis AFB Airman’s Attic, BX Liaison as Chaplain Assistant for Nellis AFB Chapel, Civil Air Patrol female mentor for Jim Bridgier Middle School, Social Worker file liaison for Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth, Community Assistant to Helping Hands Sewing Ministry, AFSA Division 6 Vice-President/now Senior Advisor/Recorder/Convention do all, AFSA Chapter 1252 Cents off program/Newsletter/ Coat/Blanket drive, etc., member of Women Veterans of Nevada, life member of Veterans of Foreign War and AFSA life member.
Chapters 1201, 1255, and 1257 Regional director
Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Kerry Wright
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