Des Moines, Iowa --
On January 17th, 2019, Maj. Gen. Timothy E. Orr, The Adjutant General for the Iowa National Guard, delivered his Condition of the Guard Address to the Eighty-Eighth General Assembly. The purpose of this assembly was to inform the representatives on the status of the Iowa National Guard, both Army and Air. During the assembly Orr recognized two 132d Wing members, Staff Sgt. Jessica Thomerson, a weaponeer with the 233rd Intelligence Squadron (IS), and Airman 1st Class Josiah Reeves, cyber transport with the 132d Intelligence Support Squadron (ISS).
Orr recognized Thomerson’s work during the Patriot North exercise at Volk Air Field, Wisconsin, where she worked with the 181st Intelligence Wing, Indiana Air National Guard and Team Rubicon in support of Domestic Operations (DOMOPS).
“I got to talk to a lot of representatives and see how they stood with us, the guard,” said Thomerson. “They were really welcoming and easy to have a conversation with.”
Thomerson said none of this, including the Patriot North exercise, would have been possible if it weren’t for her supervisor, Senior Master Sgt. Paul Kibling, as well as her many peers in and outside of the Air National Guard.
“I think it was a really cool opportunity that we got to experience and I’m happy to say that being a guard member gave me that opportunity,” said Thomerson.
Reeves, a temporary technician, was recognized during the assembly for joining the Air National Guard to take advantage of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) opportunities and utilizing the tuition assistance. He plans to attend STEM school at Iowa State University (ISU) in the fall.
Reeves plans on using the tuition assistance to expand his knowledge of his career field and use that to not only stay in the guard until retirement, but hopefully find a career on the civilian side as well.
Reeves said he was very thankful for the smart leadership he has and all that they’ve pushed him to do.
“My supervisors are some of the smartest people I’ve met, they took an A1C that just finished technical training and they threw me right into it and made me learn, which was good,” said Reeves. “I’ve been back here five months and I already feel like I’m part of a family.”