55TH WING BIRTHDAY BALL 2015 
If you would like to attend the 2015 55th Wing Birthday Ball
Mail your RSVP (NLT 6 May) directly to :
55th Wing Birthday Ball Committee
205 Looking Glass Ave. Ste. 121
Offutt AFB, NE. 68113
 Questions?  -  (402)-294-3845
include:  1. Full Name, Rank, and Guest Name
2. Meal Request (Beef, Chicken, or Vegiterian)
3. Check for meals @  $45 each
Cocktails: 1800Hrs (6PM)
Dinner: 1900Hrs (7PM)

more info below......

The 55  Wing will celebrate it's 37th annual Birthday Ball of the 55th Wing on Saturday, May 16, 2015
 (Armed Forces Day) at the Embassy Suites Convention Center in La Vista.
(12520 Westport Parkway, La Vista, NE)
 
Captain Michael Skarda of the 97th Intelligence Sqd leads the Ball Committee made up of personnel from a cross-section of the Wing’s units.
 The gala event is open to all active duty ranks and civilian members of the wing, retirees, and by invitation to local dignitaries. The Ball is the Wing’s largest annual formal social function. Last year over 900 people attended.
  The event will be hosted by Brig.General Gregory Guillot,
Commander of the 55th Wing and his wife Caroline.
The Birthday Ball was originated by then-Colonel (now, Brig.Gen.-Retired) Regis F. A. Urschler, commander of the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing, in January 1979. His idea was to connect the wing’s heritage to the active duty personnel and missions. That tradition continues even today.
            The Ball celebrates the 74th anniversary of the unit from its roots in the activation of the 55th Pursuit Group at Hamilton Field, CA, in January 1941, during World War II; then its heritage through the 55th
Reconnaissance Group, which stood up at MacDill Field, FL, in Strategic Air Command in February 1947; the 55th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing from 1950 to 1992, at Barksdale AFB, LA; Ramey AFB, PR; Forbes AFB, KS; and at Offutt AFB, NE, up to the present.

This year’s theme is “Out of Many, We Are One” recognizing the storied history of the Wing and the unity of the men and women who performed, and continue to execute, the many and varied missions the Wing operates worldwide in support of both peacetime and in the war on terrorism.

Former 55th Wing Commander and current 25th Air Force Commander, Maj. Gen. John N.T. "Jack" Shanahan is this year's guest speaker and Dave Webber, sports personality from WOW-TV in Omaha will act as the Master
of Ceremonies for the event. He served a tour in the Air Force and was in the SAC Elite Guard at Offutt.

Other items on the program include appropriate military ceremonies; presentation of the 55th SRW Association Award for Excellence; and the traditional cutting of the birthday cake by the senior member in attendance, and the youngest member of the Wing. There will be dancing to the Heartland of America Band after the ceremonies to wind up the evening. The traditional cutting of the birthday cake is accomplished by the wing commander, a representative of the senior generation in attendance, and the youngest member of the wing.
The 2012 cutting of the Birthday Ball cake   The first cake cutting in 1979
 
The ceremonial cake, MC Dave Webber (at podium), BGen Don Bacon, Lt.Col. Pete Potter (USAF Ret), and A1C Hinostraza Mariah, 55th Strategic Communications Squadron   L to R: former 55th SRW commanders: Col Joe Church, then-MGen, George Miller, former CINSAC, Retired General Russell Daugherty, and the serving 55th Commander then-Col Regis Urschler

55th Wing Association treasurer, Col. (Ret) Mike Cook presents the 55th Wing Birthday Ball committee president Capt Mike Skarda of the 97th Intel Sq. and  Ball Fundraising leader, TSgt. Olivia Fernandez of the 55th Civil Engineering Sq. with a check for $1000 on 30 March 2015 in the 55th Wing Commander's Conference Room.
 This seventeenth annual donation goes to help defray the cost for 'tickets' to the Ball for younger airmen.

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"TALES OF THE 55TH"
Join us for an afternoon of camaraderie celebrating tales of 55th veterans
of World War II, Cold War, War on Terror and other special operations.
(click here for info)


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                      Master of Ceremonies  -  Dave Webber
     
              Former Sports Director ,  WOWT Channel 6, Omaha

One of the most familiar faces and voices in the
Omaha community is that of former Sports Director Dave Webber. In demand as a speaker, emcee, and genial host, he was a popular television figure in the area since 1978.
        
Dave started his broadcast career as a disc jockey for KLNG Radio,  and has also performed professionally as a folk singer. He joined KFAB Radio  in 1970 then moved to Sioux City in 1973 to cover sports news for KMEG-TV.  He returned to Omaha in 1977 to do the same for KMTV.
        After serving in the
U.S. Air Force (he was a SAC Elite Guard ), Dave attended the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He was born in Evanston, Illinois, is married with three children, David, Marcie, and Joel,  and enjoys singing, acting, and golf. Dave was the Sports Director for WOWT from 1978 till 2009. He thinks sports reporting  is "fun", and that sense of fun comes through when he anchored the sports on the Channel 6 News.

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                                                 Guest Speaker
                                        MAJOR GENERAL JOHN N.T. "JACK" SHANAHAN   
Maj. Gen. John N.T. "Jack" Shanahan is the Commander, 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. General Shanahan is responsible for over 26,000 personnel conducting the following operations: multisource intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance products, applications, capabilities and resources; electronic warfare; strategic command and control; and integrating cyber ISR forces and expertise. The 25th Air Force includes the 70th and 480th ISR Wings; the 9th Reconnaissance Wing; the 55th Wing; the Air Force Technical Applications Center; and the 361st ISR Group.  In his position as 25th Air Force Commander, General Shanahan also serves as the Commander of the Service Cryptologic Component. In this capacity, he is responsible to the Director, National Security Agency, and Chief, Central Security Service, as the Air Force's sole authority for matters involving the conduct of cryptologic activities, including the spectrum of missions directly related to both tactical warfighting and national-level operations.

General Shanahan received his commission in 1984 as a distinguished graduate of the ROTC program at the University of Michigan. He has served in a variety of flying, staff and command assignments. His staff assignments include Northeast Asia Regional Exercise Branch Chief in the Operations Directorate at Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command; senior military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense; and Deputy Director for Global Operations, Operations Directorate, Joint Staff. He has commanded the U.S. Air Force Weapons School Support Division, Nellis AFB, Nevada; 480th Intelligence Group, Langley AFB, Virginia; 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Florida; and the 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska. 

General Shanahan is a master navigator with more than 2,800 flying hours in the F-4D/E/G, F-15E and RC-135. He is authorized to wear the senior intelligence occupational badge.

EDUCATION 
1984 Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry, with distinction, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
1990 Distinguished graduate, Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, Ala. 
1996 Distinguished graduate, Master of Arts degree in national security and strategic studies, College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, R.I. 
2001 Distinguished graduate, Master of Science degree in national security strategy, National War College, Fort Lesley J. McNair, Washington, D.C. 
2006 Program for Senior Executive Fellows, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Cambridge, Mass. 
2007 Air Force Senior Leadership Course, Center for Creative Leadership, Greensboro, N.C. 
2008 Air Force Enterprise Leadership Seminar, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
2010 Joint Force Air Component Commander Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2011 Senior Joint Information Operations Applications Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.
2013 Joint Flag Officer Warfighting Course, Maxwell AFB, Ala.

ASSIGNMENTS 
1. November 1984 - June 1985, student, undergraduate navigator training, 451st Flying Training Squadron, Mather AFB, Calif. 
2. June 1985 - June 1986, student, F-4 Operational Training Course, 308th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Homestead AFB, Fla. 
3. June 1986 - June 1989, F-4E/G instructor weapons system officer, 90th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Clark Air Base, Philippines 
4. June 1989 - February 1991, F-4E instructor weapons system officer and standardization and evaluation flight examiner, 334th Tactical Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. 
5. February 1991 - June 1991, student, F-15E Transition Course, 550th Tactical Fighter Training Squadron, Luke AFB, Ariz. 
6. July 1991 - July 1993, F-15E instructor weapons system officer and standardization and evaluation flight examiner, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. 
7. July 1993 - December 1993, student, F-15E USAF Weapons Instructor Course, Nellis AFB, Nev. 
8. December 1993 - July 1995, F-15E Chief of Weapons and Tactics, 334th Fighter Squadron, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. 
9. July 1995 - June 1996, student, College of Naval Command and Staff, Newport, R.I. 
10. September 1996 - September 1997, Theater Battle Management Flight Commander, 607th Combat Operations Squadron, Osan Air Base, South Korea 
11. September 1997 - October 1998, operations officer, F-15E Division, USAF Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev. 
12. October 1998 - July 2000, Commander, USAF Weapons School Support Division, Nellis AFB, Nev. 
13. August 2000 - June 2001, student, National War College, Washington, D.C. 
14. June 2001 - August 2003, Chief, Regional Exercise Branch, Operations Directorate (J3), Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii 
15. December 2003 - May 2005, Commander, 480th Intelligence Group, Langley AFB, Va. 
16. May 2005 - August 2007, senior military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. 
17. August 2007 - April 2009, Commander, 505th Command and Control Wing, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
18. April 2009 - March 2011, Commander, 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Neb. 
19. March 2011 – April 2013, Deputy Director for Global Operations (J39), Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C.
20. April 2013 – June 2013, Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.
21. June 2013 – September 2014, Commander, Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland AFB Texas
22. September 2014 – present, Commander, 25th Air Force, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Texas

SUMMARY OF JOINT ASSIGNMENTS 
1. June 2001 - August 2003, Chief, Regional Exercise Branch, Operations Directorate (J3), Headquarters U.S. Pacific Command, Camp Smith, Hawaii, as a lieutenant colonel and colonel 
2. May 2005 - August 2007, senior military assistant to the Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a colonel
3. March 2011 – April 2013, Deputy Director for Global Operations (J39), Operations Directorate, Joint Staff, the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., as a brigadier general and a major general

BADGES 
Senior Intelligence Occupational Badge 

FLIGHT INFORMATION 
Rating: Master navigator 
Flight hours: More than 2,800 
Aircraft flown: F-4D/E/G, F-15E and RC-135

MAJOR AWARDS AND DECORATIONS 
Defense Superior Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster
Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters 
Defense Meritorious Service Medal 
Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
Air Medal 
Aerial Achievement Medal with four oak leaf clusters 
Air Force Commendation Medal 
Combat Readiness Medal with two oak leaf clusters 
National Defense Service Medal with bronze star 
Southwest Asia Service Medal with bronze star 
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal 
Korea Defense Service Medal 
Kuwait Liberation Medal (Government of Kuwait) 

OTHER ACHIEVEMENTS 
1985 Distinguished graduate, undergraduate navigator training
1993 Top academic graduate, F-15E Course, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev. 
1994 Warrior of the Year, 4th Wing, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C. 
1996 Co-winner, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff essay contest 
1999 Outstanding Instructor Weapons System Officer, F-15E Div., U.S.A.F. Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev. 
2000 Outstanding Academic Instructor, F-15E Division, U.S. Air Force Weapons School, Nellis AFB, Nev. 
2001 Commandant's Award for Excellence in Writing, National War College 

EFFECTIVE DATES OF PROMOTION 
Second Lieutenant Sept. 2, 1984 
First Lieutenant Sept. 2, 1986 
Captain Sept. 2, 1988 
Major Dec. 1, 1995 
Lieutenant Colonel Sept. 1, 1998 
Colonel July 1, 2003 
Brigadier General June 26, 2009
Major General Sept. 14, 2012

 

 

 

(Current as of October 2014)

 

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