Executive Council

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President
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.

EDUCATION:

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)

 

 

ASSIGNMENTS:

  1. April 2005 – January 2008 Computer Systems Programming Apprentice, Goodfellow AFB, TX

  2. January 2008 – January 2009 Nangarhar Provencial Reconstruction Team, Jalalabad, Afghanistan

  3. January 2009 – August 2012 Computer Systems Programming Journeyman, 14 WS Asheville, NC

  4. August 2012 – September 2015 Enlisted Accession Recruiter, 341 RCS Houston, TX

  5. September 2015 – December 2018 Health Professions Recruiter, 342 RCS Del City, OK

  6. December 2018 – present Officer Accessions Flight Chief, 348 RCS Clearfield, UT

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Vice President
Master Sergeant James A. Zwiebel
Chapter 1330 Regional Director

Master Sergeant James A. Zwiebel is an Officer Accessions Recruiter at the 348th Recruiting Squadron, Hill Air Force Base, Utah.  He is responsible for Inspiring, engaging, and recruiting then next generation of Officer across 5 states, 4 medical school, 24 hospitals and many Universities.

 

Sergeant Zwiebel is from Phoenix, Arizona and enlisted in 2008.  He arrived at Lackland AFB, Texas in August for Basic Military Training. Upon Graduation, He attended the Department of Defense, Joint Service, Biomedical Equipment Engineering Technical School and Graduated September 2009.  He then proceeded to his first duty station at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base North Carolina, where he performed his duties as a Biomedical Equipment Technician in the 4th Medical Support Squadron.  In August 2012 he was assigned to Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada as the NCOIC of Technology Management for the 99th Medical Support Squadron.  In February 2016 he graduated from the Air Force Recruiting School house in San Antonio, Texas.  In May of 2016 he was assigned to Saginaw, Michigan where he performed duties as an Enlisted Accessions Recruiter as part of the 339th Recruiting Squadron.  While stationed in Saginaw he performed Special Operations Recruiter duties as a member of the now 330th Recruiting Squadron.  In January 2018 he was selected for assignment in Phoenix, Arizona serving as a Health Professions Recruiter detailed from the 362nd Recruiting Squadron. 

 

EDUCATION

2013      Airman Leadership School, Nellis AFB, NV.

2014      A.S. Biomedical Equipment Technology, Community College of the Air Force.

2016      Air Force Recruiting Technical School, Lackland AFB, TX.

2015      Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Professional Military Education (non-Resident).

2018      Non-Commissioned Officer Academy Professional Military Education, Lackland AFB, TX.

2018      A.S. Human Resource Management, Community College of the Air Force.

 

ASSIGNMENTS

  1. August 2008 – October 2008, Trainee, Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, Texas.

  2. October 2008 – September 2009, DoD Biomedical Equipment Engineering School, Sheppard AFB, TX.

  3. October 2009 – August 2012, Biomedical Equipment Journeyman, 4th Medical Support Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, NC.

  4. August 2012 – May 2016, Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Technology Management, Nellis AFB, NV.

  5. May 2016 – January 2018, Enlisted Accessions Officer, 339th Recruiting Squadron, Mount Pleasant, MI.

  6. January 2018 – August 2019, Health Professions Recruiter, 362nd/348th Recruiting Squadron, Goodyear, AZ.

  7. August 2019 – Present, Officer Accessions Recruiter, 348th Recruiting Squadron, Clearfield, UT.

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Trustee #1
Communications / Family Matters
Michelle Chabot

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 and a Master's Degree in Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  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 SSgt 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.

Trustee #2
Legislative; Chapters 1163, 1311, and 1328 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.

Trustee #3
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.    

 

EDUCATION

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

 

ASSIGNMENTS

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  

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Trustee #4
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

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Trustee #5
Active Duty Affairs; Chapters 1320, 1356, and 1372 Regional Director
Senior MASTER SERGEANT TALBERT KNEPSHIELD
Senior Master Sergeant Reynaldo Rios Jr. is the AMU Superintendent, 860th Maintenance Squadron, Travis Air Force Base, California.  Sergeant Rios leads the production and operations efforts of 295 Airmen from 12 specialties assigned to 11 sections.  His efforts sustain maintenance capabilities for 13 C-17A Globemaster III weapon systems valued at $2.9B, supporting Strategic Airlift around the globe. 

 

Sergeant Rios is from Oakland, California, graduated in 2001 from Spanaway Lake High School, Washington, and enlisted in the United States Air Force on September 11th 2002.  He performed Flying Crew Chief duties for eight years, logging 329 sorties in the C-17A Globemaster III and C-40B airframes culminating in 1,624 flying hours across 25 countries.  Sergeant Rios has maintenance and management experience on the HC-130P/E Hercules, C-17A Globemaster III, C-37A Gulfstream V, C-40B Business Jet, Boeing 747, C-5M Galaxy/Super Galaxy, KC-10 Extender, and F-15E Strike Eagle airframes.  His assignments include locations in Arizona, Hawaii, North Dakota, and California and he has supported Operations ENDURING FREEDOM, SENTINEL and INHERENT RESOLVE.

 

EDUCATION

2002 Basic Military Training, Lackland AFB, TX

2003 C-130 Maintenance Course, Sheppard AFB, TX

2005 C-17 Transition Course, Hickam AFB, HI

2005 C-17 Aeronautical Repair, Hickam AFB, HI

2006 Airman Leadership School, Hickam AFB, HI (Distinguished Graduate)

2006 737-700 Fundamentals of Boeing Aircraft Digital Computers, Seattle, WA

2006 737-6/7/8/900 Avionics, Airframe, Powerplant, Electrical Line, and Base Maintenance Certificate, Seattle, WA

2007 Associate’s Degree, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Community College of the Air Force

2007 CFM56-3 GE Engines Maintenance Certification, Cincinnati, OH

2008 C-40B L3 Communications and Data Course, Greenville, TX

2009 Associate’s Degree, Accounting, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI

2013 Headquarters Air Force Master Resiliency Instructor Course, JBMDL, NJ

2013 Noncommissioned Officer Academy, Keesler AFB, MS

2014 Protecting Human Research Participants Certificate, National Institutes of Health (NIH)

2015 Bachelor’s Degree, Business Administration, Hawaii Pacific University, Honolulu, HI

2015 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education I (correspondence)

2016 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (correspondence)

2016 Professional Manager Certificate, Community College of the Air Force

2017 Maintenance Production Course, Travis AFB, CA

2018 Master’s Degree, Organizational Leadership, Brandman University, Fairfield, CA

2018 AMC Mission Generation Course, Travis AFB, CA

2020 Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education II (correspondence)

2021 Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy (In-residence)

2021 Diversity, Equality, and Inclusion in the Workplace Certificate, University of Florida College of Business

 

ASSIGNMENTS

1. Sep 02 – Oct 02, Trainee, Basic Military Training, 320th Training Squadron, Lackland AFB, TX

2. Oct 02 – Apr 03, Student, C-130 Aircraft Maintenance, 360th Training Squadron, Sheppard AFB, TX

3. May 03 – Oct 05, Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice, 563rd Maintenance Squadron, Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

(Jul 04 – Nov 04, Aerospace Maintenance Journeyman, 79th Expeditionary Rescue Squadron, Karshi-Khanabad Uzkekistan, Op ENDURING FREEDOM)

4. Oct 05 – Aug 06, Aerospace Maintenance Journeyman, 15th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Hickam AFB, HI

5. Aug 06 – Nov 12, C-17A/C-40B Flying Crew Chief, 15th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, JBPHH, HI

6. Nov 12 – Mar 16, Quality Assurance Evaluator, Resource Advisor, and later Chief Quality Assurance Evaluator, 319th Operations Support Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, ND

7. Mar 16 – Jan 17, Maintenance Superintendent, 319th Operations Support Squadron, Grand Forks AFB, ND

8. Jan 17 – Jan 20, Aero-Repair Section Chief, Assistant Maintenance Flight Chief, Munitions Flight Chief and later Production Superintendent, 60th Maintenance Squadron, Travis AFB, CA

(Jun 19 – Dec 19, Maintenance Superintendent, 332d Expeditionary Maintenance Squadron, Undisclosed Location, Southwest Asia, Op INHERENT RESOLVE)

9. Jan 20 – present, Aircraft Maintenance Unit Superintendent, 860th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Travis AFB, CA

Treasurer
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.   

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Secretary
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.

 

EDUCATION

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.    

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Senior Advisor
Chapters 1201, 1255, and 1257 Regional director
Chief Master Sergeant (Ret.) Kerry Wright
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