Awards and accomplishments 8/24/08

Sunday, August 24, 2008
Lt. Col. Kimberly Joos

Joos takes command of Air Intelligence Squadron

Lt. Col. Kimberlee P. Joos recently took command of the Air Mobility Command's Air Intelligence Squadron at Scott Air Force Base. She is the daughter of Jimmy R. Jones of Cape Girardeau; wife of Lt. Col. Robert Ricci, deputy chief of the Current Operations Division in the 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

Joos was born in St. Louis, raised in Kelso, Mo., and attended St. Augustine grade school. She graduated from Notre Dame High School in 1987. Joos entered the Air Force in 1991, earning her bachelor of science degree and commission through the Reserve Officer Training Corps at Southeast Missouri State University. She was chief of the operational requirements branch in the Joint Intelligence Operations Center -- Transportation at Headquarters United States Transportation Command.

Joos is a career intelligence officer who has experience in intelligence disciplines including indications and warning, analysis, intelligence instructor, flying unit-level intelligence, theater airborne ISR operations and collection management. She has served at all levels of U.S. Air Force operations including squadron, group/wing, numbered Air Force, major command and headquarters. She has joint duty experience at both the component and combatant Ccommand levels. Her overseas assignments include tours in Korea, Japan, Saudi Arabia and Germany. Her decorations include a Defense Meritorious Service Medal and five USAF Meritorious Service Medals.

Loeffelman completes Marine Corps basic training

Marine Corps Pfc. Jacob M. Loeffelman, son of Kathy L. Shipley of Fredericktown, Mo., and Richard J. Loeffelman of St. Louis recently completed 12 weeks of basic training at Marine Corps Recruiting Station, St. Louis.

In addition to the physical conditioning, Loeffelman spent hours in classroom and field assignments which included learning first aid, uniform regulations, combat water survival, marksmanship, hand-to-hand combat and assorted weapons training.

They performed close order drill and operated as a small infantry unit during field training.

Loeffelman and other recruits also received instruction on the Marine Corps' core values.

Loeffelman and fellow recruits ended the training phase with "The Crucible," a 54-hour, team evolution culminating in a ceremony in which recruits are presented the Marine Corps emblem, and addressed.

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