Hewett named wing command chief

By Major Rick Anderson, Montana Air National Guard
Hewett named wing command chief   Chief Master Sgt. Jayne K. Hewett of Conrad has been selected to the top enlisted officer position at the 120th Fighter Wing of the Montana Air National Guard.
   She is the latest addition to Wing Commander Col. Pete Hronek’s senior leadership staff.
   “My first reaction when I was told that I would be selected was one of humbleness,” said Chief Hewett moments after receiving the news. “I know the great responsibility that encompasses this position.”
   Chief Hewett is the senior enlisted reserve component adviser of the military personnel appropriations program at Malmstrom Air Force Base in Great Falls.
   She transitioned to the Air National Guard from the active-duty Air Force in 1986. She was first assigned to the medical group at the Montana Air National Guard, where she trained as a medical technician.
   “I look forward to working for and getting to know the enlisted men and women who create this powerful force among our nation’s strength,” Chief Hewett said. “I will make it my business to visit all work areas and truly engage myself in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
   She said that her philosophy as a chief stands firm: the airmen of today are the chiefs of tomorrow, and that now – more than ever leaders for guidance and support, and they should be mentioned as such.
   As the wing command chief, Hewett will report directly to the wing commander on enlisted personnel issues, education, enlisted promotions, mentorship, morale, family, community relations and the esprit de corps for a 900-member enlisted force.
   Her military decorations and awards include the Meritorious Service Medal, the Air Force Achievement Medal, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, among others.
   She has attended Basic Military Training airman Leadership School, Physical Therapy Specialist Technical School, Medical Services Technician Course, the NCO Academy, and the Senior NCO Academy.
   Chief Hewett is a member of the Air Force Association of the National Guard of Montana.
   She succeeds Command Chief Larry Seibel of Great Falls, who retired in June.
   Chief Hewett and her husband Mike reside in Conrad.