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CARPENTER CHOSEN AS NEW 183rd WING COMMANDER Colonel Donald K. Carpenter of Tremont, Illinois, a veteran with multiple overseas tours, a certified expert in process improvement and someone with national level military experience, has been named the next Commander of the 183rd Wing based at Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport where he will oversee about 900 Airmen with multiple varied missions and an approximately $26 million operating budget. "Colonel Carpenter is the right leader to bring the 183rd Wing into its next chapter," said Brig. Gen. Rich Neely, The Adjutant General and Commander of the Illinois National Guard. "He brings a combination of global combat experience and extensive military experience that will help grow the wing and the Illinois National Guard." Carpenter, who is now the wing's Vice Commander, will replace Col. John Patterson, who has commanded the 183rd Wing since 2014. "Colonel Patterson has done an outstanding job leading the wing. As a pilot, he flew both the F4 and F16 fighter aircraft. After the aircraft left the wing, he helped to build its Air Operations Group and solidified its maintenance missions in addition to many other accomplishments. We thank him for his many years of service to the Air Force and Illinois Air National Guard," said Brig. Gen. Peter Nezamis, the Assistant Adjutant General - Air and Commander of the Illinois Air National Guard. Prior to Patterson’s assignment as Wing commander he was the 183rd’s Mission Support Group Commander. Patterson will retire in December. Nezamis said there were many excellent senior officers considered for the wing's command, but Carpenter's track record of improving every organization he was assigned to was the deciding factor. "Everywhere he has been assigned - every job he was given - he left it better than before," said Nezamis. Carpenter was assigned to the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria for many years as a maintenance officer. During his tenure, and since, the 182nd won multiple maintenance and readiness awards. In addition, he was the senior military officer in charge of C-130 maintenance training for the Polish Air Force. Carpenter is certified as a Continuous Process Improvement Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt and contributes countless hours to innovation, process improvement and leadership development in both the Air and Army National Guard. Citing his unique skills and experience, Air Force Headquarters-A4, Pentagon, has sought out Carpenter on numerous occasions to support Air Force projects. Carpenter said he is both honored and humbled to assume command of the 183rd Wing. "The wing has a long and distinguished history and it is still as relevant today as it was in 1948 and was flying P-51 Mustangs. The wing is vital to the protection of our nation and our state. There are challenges ahead, but with this great team of Airmen and civilians, I have no doubt we will meet every challenge and shape a very bright future for the 183rd," said Carpenter. Carpenter's military experience includes two tours in Afghanistan, in 2008 and 2011 to 2012, as the maintenance squadron commander with the 182nd Airlift Wing based in Peoria. He has had military tours to Germany, Oman and the United Arab Emirates, in addition to his work with the Polish Air Force as part of the Illinois National Guard's premier State Partnership Program with Poland. Carpenter received his commission in 1997 from the Academy of Military Science, McGhee-Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tennessee as a distinguished graduate. He has held leadership positions at the squadron and group levels of command. Prior to being named as the 183rd's Vice Commander in September 2018, he was the 183rd Wing's Mission Support Group Commander for three years. He served in multiple command and staff positions with the 182nd Airlift Wing in Peoria from 1997 to 2015. Carpenter holds a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and a master's degree in business administration from the University of Management and Technology of Arlington, Va. He is a graduate of the Air War College and Air Command and Staff College. His awards and decorations include Meritorious Service Medal with oak leaf cluster, the Air Force Commendation Medal with three oak leaf clusters, the Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with bronze star, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal with bronze star, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with bronze star, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.
Ten new airmen were sworn in to the 183d Wing. The new enlistees will be going into a variety of different career fields. When asked why they chose the Illinois National Guard, they answered, because of the benefits. Some are also joining for the experience and are going to use the knowledge gained through basic training, technical school, and their job at the 183d to assist them in their civilian careers.
A photo taken by TSgt. Shelly Stark, 183d Wing Public Affairs, was picked up by the Department of Defense and used in their daily gallery. TSgt Stark is participating in Northern Strike 19, Alpena CRTC, Mich.
“Be picky about your future”The 183D recruiting office was out in the local community. TSgt Travis Littig TSgt Christina Morrison and SSgt Terrance Hammond went to Hyvee today. Anyone interested in joined this elite Wing. Let us know. 217-757-1185 or 217-757-1187.
Please welcome our newest members to the 183D. Courtney Wood and Chloe Dahman join the unit. Courtney will be part of the 183D Logistics Readiness Flight and Chloe will be apart of the 183D Force Support Squadron. They both will receive 100% tuition and the Montomgery GI bill. Congratulations.
183d Members Volunteer at Local Charity Event Nearly 80 members of the 183d Wing volunteered at this year’s FatAss 5K & Street Party for Charity event. The volunteers staffed the starting and finish lines, iced coffee, beer, and ice cream stops along the race course, the slides in the children’s area, and the food tent at the street party after the race. The Fat Ass 5K & Street Party for Charity is a professionally timed 5K race through Downtown Springfield, Illinois. The race includes beer, corn dog, donut, and ice cream stops along with live music and entertainment throughout the race route. The 5K is followed by a street party that includes cold drinks, barbecue, and more live music. Since it’s inaugural running in 2008, the event has donated more than $1.3 million to over 40 charities.
Rising 6 Members Pitch in to Help Local Community Rising Six members spent the morning out in the community! Members worked alongside Habitat for Humanity to measure, cut and hang drywall in their latest home project. Habitat for Humanity is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries globally. The organization has helped more than 13 million individuals achieve strength, stability and independence through safe, decent and affordable shelter since 1976. Rising Six members had an amazing time with this rewarding project and hope to work with Habitat for Humanity again in the near future.
Congrats to our newly commissioned Lieutenants!
National Guard Airmen train in Puerto Rico providing no cost medical care Ponce, Puerto Rico April 29, 2019 During the month of May Airmen from the Illinois Air National Guard are participating in Innovative readiness training exercise aimed at providing no cost medical care to civilians in Puerto Rico. The goal of the IRT program is to provide realistic training while at the same time administering no cost medical care for medically underserved people in Puerto Rico. Airmen from the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183d Wing are in the U.S. territory during a two week medical exercise conducted jointly with several other Guard and Reserve medical units from around the nation. Airmen from the 183d Wing are providing food service support in six different locations for the training exercise. Clinicians have set up areas to perform medical examinations as well as dental and optometry care in community centers of six different communities. The clinics are set up in the Puerto Rican communities of Ponce, Jayuya, Maricao, Mayagüez, Yauco and Lares. The Innovative Readiness Training was originally created in 1992 as a way to provide realistic training in a joint environment in order to prepare U.S. military members to perform similar duties during a crisis at home or abroad. During their time in Puerto Rico, the medical and support teams have been performing hands-on, mission-essential training while simultaneously providing health care to communities around the island. Events that are a part of the reediness training program like the one in Puerto Rico also aim to provide critical link between the military and members of the civilian community where the services are being provided. Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot 185th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs Superintendent
Congratulations Brig. Gen. Neely! The 183d is behind you all the way!
Our Medical Group collaborating with other Med Groups, getting it done!
183d Wing Members Seek Green Belt Certification Fourteen members of the 183d Wing completed the first week of training in route to a Six Sigma Green Belt certification. As part of a four-week Black Belt option, the Green Belt program may be taken alone, or as the first step to earning a Black Belt. This group of 14 members is the first in the Illinois Air National Guard to enroll in the Green Belt program. Six Sigma Green Belt focuses on simple process improvement. Green Belt certification is ideal for those that will be tasked with improving existing processes. These could be processes that are not standardized, don’t have established metrics or looking to reduce errors or cycle time of those processes. The program is designed to encourage group participation to identify problems, collect and analyze data, develop and implement solutions, in order to improve an existing process. Prior to the classroom portion of the training, 183d Wing leadership identified several processes that need improvement. Once the members have completed their training, they will work in pairs over the next few months, using their skills to improve the specified processes and enhance the missions of the unit. Assisting in the instruction of the training, was Col. Donald K. Carpenter, Six Sigma Master Black Belt, and 183d Wing Vice Commander. Col. Carpenter is one of only six Master Black Belts in the Air Force. Of those six, four are civilian and two are military. This group will complete their second week of Green Belt training in the coming weeks.
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