McMinnville native Jon Flanders was promoted to lieutenant colonel in the United States Air Force Reserves at a ceremony at Maxwell Air Force Base in Montgomery, Ala., on Saturday, Sept. 8.
The presiding officer was Lt. Col. Vanessa Dornhoefer, Commander of the 25th Aerial Port Squadron. The ceremony was narrated by Capt. Scott Autry and the invocation was given by Chaplain (Major) Danforth.
The ceremony was conducted in the squadron’s equipment yard atop a lowboy tractor trailer. Distinguished guests included the 908th Airlift Wing Commander, Col. Brett Clark, 908th Group and Vice Commanders Col. Peterson and Lt. Col. Albrecht, HQ Air Force Reserve Command A7, Col. McCully, and Col. Fox, among others.
Lt. Col. Flanders’ rank was pinned on by his wife, Stacey “Pipi” Flanders and daughter Chloe Rhea Flanders, as well as his mother, Pat Bronk. Also attending were his father and stepmother, Bob and Gail Flanders, stepfather, Jim Bronk, and special invited guest Major Ben White.
A reception for the entire squadron immediately followed inside the hangar bay. Lt. Col. Flanders is currently assigned as the director of operations at the 25th APS. In his civilian capacity, Mr. Flanders is the COO at Botanico, Inc., in McMinnville.
Sailor Jeremie Ferdelman graduated Navy bootcamp on Aug. 10 in Great Lakes, Ill. Ferdelman received ribbons for homeland security and sharp shooter designation.
He now advances to A-school for training to be a gunners mater.
He is the son of proud father Chris Ferdelman of McMinnville and mother Patricia Bryant of Smithville.