Texas recruiter named best in the Air Guard

Texas Recruiter named best in the Air Guard
Tech. Sgt. Jennifer A. Joubert of Lake Church, La., a production recruiter with the 149th Fighter Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was recently named the top recruiter in the Air National Guard for "Prior Service Qualified Accessions" and "Critical Accessions." (National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Miguel Arellano)

 Texas Recruiter named best in the Air Guard

 Story by Staff Sgt. Phil Fountain and Vince Madrid
 CAMP MABRY, Texas – Last month, Tech. Sgt. Jennifer A. Joubert of Lake Church, La., a production recruiter with the  149th Fighter Wing at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, was recognized by the Air National Guard as one of the nation’s  top recruiters during the 2012 Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention Workshop in New Orleans, in her native state.

 The Air National Guard annually recognizes its best performers nationally for recruiting and retention efforts. Joubert’s  performance at the San Antonio-based F-16 combat fighter training unit during Fiscal Year 2011 earned her the  distinction of being the nation’s top Air Guard recruiter in both “Prior Service Qualified Accessions” and “Critical  Accessions.”

 Earning two of the distinctions in one year is considered to be a unique accomplishment, as there are only four categories  of annual awards for production recruiters in the Air National Guard. The other categories are for top non-prior service  and overall accessions, or recruiting.

 “An accession happens when a person actually enlists and is successfully gained into the unit,” Joubert said. “Prior  service recruits can be from any branch [of the armed forces], and includes transfers from one [National] Guard unit to  another.”

 Joubert further explained that critical accessioning involves placing airmen into difficult to fill positions, which “are designated annually by NGB (National Guard Bureau) for the fiscal year.”

The ANG award categories highlight a production recruiter’s dynamic recruiting ability, exceptional technical expertise, and steadfast focus on mission accomplishment. Additionally, this particular recognition builds upon Joubert’s record as having been previously named the Texas Air National Guard’s Rookie Production Recruiter of the Year for 2011.

Although relatively new to the Lone Star State and the recruiting field, Joubert has extensive military experience she can share with potential recruits, including service in Masirah, Oman, while she was in the active-duty Air Force as a member of the Security Forces. Additionally, she has served in administrative positions within other units of the Air National Guard.

“None of the awesome capabilities provided by the Texas Air National Guard could exist without airmen,” said Senior Master Sgt. Michael E. Fruge, superintendent of recruiting and retention for the Texas Air National Guard. “We could not have airmen without outstanding recruiters like Tech. Sgt. Joubert.”

During FY11, Joubert was directly responsible for bringing in 62 new Lone Star Gunfighters, which members of the 149th Fighter Wing are known as, and “90 percent of her accessions were in critical vacancies,” according to the award nomination package.

Joubert credits her success with finding the best possible fit for each new airman. She said she’s most rewarded “when recruits go off to training and come back transformed and proud. I try to make sure I’m giving them what they’re looking for while fulfilling the mission of the unit.”

April is sexual assault awareness month

Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, Texas' adjutant general, signing a proclamation recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the Texas Military Forces, at Camp Mabry, in Austin, Texas, April 3, 2012.
Photograph from event featuring Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, Texas' adjutant general, signing a proclamation recognizing April as Sexual Assault Awareness Month for the Texas Military Forces, at Camp Mabry, in Austin, Texas, April 3, 2012.


Story by Maj. Paula Rodriguez and Staff Sgt. Phil Fountain

 CAMP MABRY, Texas – On April 3, Maj. Gen. John F. Nichols, the adjutant general of Texas, and Command Sgt. Maj.  Bradley C. Brandt, the state’s senior enlisted advisor, signed a proclamation designating this month as Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Throughout the month, the Texas Military Forces will hold numerous activities highlighting the  importance of preventing and responding to sexual violence and assault.

 These efforts will continue to promote education and training to create an environment where sexual assault is rejected,  and a culture of prevention, response and accountability flourishes.

 Not only does sexual assault irrevocably hurt, denigrate and violate the victim’s life, it can directly impact every member of our unit, and our mission. As a force, the National Guard must be ready to quickly and efficiently deploy, whether overseas for contingency operations or in response to state disasters, such as wildfires and hurricanes. Our readiness depends on our ability to act as a team and for each of us to be able to depend on one another.

The Sexual Assault Prevention and Response program is a Department of Defense initiative to “ensure the safety, dignity and well being of all members of the Armed Forces.”

“Denim Day” will be our most comprehensive SAAM initiative, and will take place on April 25, 2012. A rape prevention education program, “Denim Day” is held in honor of a woman who was forcibly raped by her driving instructor. The perpetrator’s conviction was overturned, according to the chief judge, “…because the victim wore very, very tight jeans, she had to help him remove them, and by removing the jeans it was no longer rape, but consensual sex.”

On Wednesday, April 25, TXMF personnel can wear jeans to work after they learn about the history of “Denim Day” and receive a “Jean Pocket” sticker from the SAPR office. The purpose of wearing the jeans is to make a public statement to combat misconceptions surrounding sexual violence.

Other state and unit level SAAM activities will include the distribution of posters and handouts, mobile training activities, a Fun Run and 5K, as well as candlelight vigil.

Additionally, a joint event with SafePlace, a local crisis center, will take place during the Texas Military Forces Open House & American Heroes Air Show at Camp Mabry, in Austin, Texas, April 21-22, 2012.

All sexual assault victims that contact a SAPR office are treated with dignity, fairness and respect. The office works to help restore victim's health and well-being, and ensure senior leaders understand that allegations of sexual assault must be thoroughly investigated and that appropriate administrative and disciplinary action be taken against perpetrators.

To learn more about the SAPR program, please visit www.sapr.mil or contact the state office at SARC@TX.NGB.Army.Mil. Additionally, you can get our latest updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TexasMilForceSARC.

Victims of sexual assault can call the 24/7 Safe Helpline at (877) 995-5547.

Staff Sgt. Phil Fountain contributed to this story.

4th Air Wing, Sheppard Detachment Swears in 14 new Airmen

Senior Master Sgt. Dan Hawkins, PAO, TXSG

Members of the Texas State Guard’s 4th Air Wing, Sheppard AFB detachment take the oath of enlistment during a swearing in ceremony April 26th, 2012 in Wichita Falls, Texas. The Sheppard detachment welcomed 14 new members into the unit as a result of its initial recruiting campaign.

USAFWICHITA FALLS, Texas – Lt. Col. Ron Soejoto, commander of the Texas State Guard’s 4th Air Wing, Sheppard AFB detachment, gave the oath of enlistment to 14 new members of the unit April 26th during a ceremony held at the Wichita Theatre in downtown Wichita Falls.

The event, which was hosted by 4th Air Wing commander Col. Brian Dumble, was held in front of family, friends and several distinguished visitors from the local community, including Wichita Falls mayor Glenn Barham, Wichita Falls District 4 City Councilor Tim Ingle and Clay County Sheriff Kenny Lemons.

The swearing-in ceremony culminated the unit’s initial recruiting push made by Soejoto and Senior Master Sgt. Chris Riordan, senior enlisted manager of the detachment.

“We have put a lot of time and effort into recruiting,” Riordan said. “Our goal from day one was and still is to make our unit operational and ready to respond to a contingency situation just as quickly as we can. To do that we need people and there has been a great response to our recruiting effort.”

During the ceremony, Dumble pointed out both the personal sacrifice and pride in community service one must have to be a part of the Texas State Guard.

“These men and women have shown a willingness to sacrifice their time and effort to be part of a great team,” said Dumble. “Volunteering to step up and help protect the citizens of the state of Texas in an emergency shows their commitment level to the community.”

The Sheppard detachment is the first TXSG Air Component Command unit to be located in Wichita Falls and is the only TXSG unit to be co-located on an active-duty military installation. Once fully manned at 36, the unit will consist of a communications squadron, security forces squadron and group headquarters element.

“Being embedded on an active-duty Air Force installation really opens the doors to training opportunities,” Soejoto said. “We need training and are ready to be challenged, so it’s a perfect situation for us to be in.”

Having a TXSG unit in the Texoma area will be a major boost to the disaster preparedness management team in the local community.

“Having them (TXSG) in place locally is a big help,” said Mayor Barham. “In an emergency situation, there are only so many hands to get everything done, so having a resource that is as versatile as the Guard is a great thing to have.”

The new members of the unit have already been hard at work, setting up a new drill building on Sheppard Air Force Base and also assisting the 82nd Training Wing exercise evaluation team get ready for the base’s upcoming Air Education and Training Command Compliance Inspection.

For information on joining the Texas State Guard unit in Wichita Falls, contact Senior Master Sgt. Chris Riordan at christopher.riordan@txsg.state.tx.us.

Guard is cost-efficient way to defend America


Story by Sgt. Todd Boyles

AUSTIN, Texas - Members of the Texas Military Forces take part in the annual National Guard Association of Texas conference in Austin during March 23 through 25.

At the NGAT conference, service members share ideas and concerns about combat readiness and family issues.

"We get together to speak as to where we have been in the past year and where we are going in the future," said U.S. Army Maj. Justin Perryman, the president of the National Guard Association of Texas. 

The association assists in communicating the Texas Military Forces interests to the state and federal lawmakers. The NGAT's mission is to illustrate the value of the service members and the Texas Military Forces to Texans and the American people. 

As of Sept. 30, 2010, the National Guard has mobilized more than 650,000 service members in support of Department of Defense overseas contingency operations. 

According to the National Guard Bureau 2012 Posture Statement report, the Guard contributes 35 to 40 percent of all active Army and Air Force manpower at only 7 percent of the budget. 

"The Guard is the most effective way to defend America and the most cost-efficient," said Ray Linder, executive director of the National Guard Association of Texas. "You can keep four Guardsmen for what it will cost you to maintain one regular Army soldier."

In addition to supporting the "Big Army," the Guardsmen also respond to all domestic emergencies. 

Texas is one of few states that have a Homeland Response Force certified unit. The HRF units add capabilities that allow the Guard to rapidly respond to situations such as natural disasters, biomedical emergencies or riots, said Perryman.

To be an effective fighting force, the Guard needs to have stability on the home front. One place this stability comes from is the Texas State Family Programs.

"Family readiness is a crucial element to mission readiness," said Tara Gaspar, a Senior Family Readiness support assistant with the State Family Programs. "We are a force multiplier. If you do not have a ready family at home, that service member is not ready."