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Leadership changes to 157 MSG expected this fall

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PEASE AIR NATIONAL AIR NATIONAL GUARD, N.H. -- The 157th Mission Support Group commander recently announced several leadership changes within the group July 24 in an email to base personnel. (N.H. Air National Guard graphic)

PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, N.H. -- Col. Paul N. Loiselle, 157th Mission Support Group commander, announced several leadership changes within the group July 24 in an email to base personnel.

Among the changes in leadership expected are Lt. Col. William Davis assuming the position of deputy group commander that is effective Aug. 10.

Lt. Col. Davis returns to the mission support group having recently completed a national-level developmental tour at the Air National Guard Readiness Center, wrote Loiselle in an email.

"Bill has been assigned to the Commander's Action Group in support of the director and deputy director of the Air National Guard and Air National Guard Readiness Center senior leadership," he continued.

The colonel went on to highlight that Davis has previously served in many roles at Pease Air National Guard Base.

Additionally, Maj. Kenneth Leedberg, 157th Security Forces Squadron commander, has been selected by Col. Paul Hutchinson, the 157th Air Refueling Wing commander, to fill the position of director of inspections in the Inspector General Office.

"Ken has provided superb leadership during his nearly five years as the SFS/CC, guiding the squadron through a period of complete transformation," wrote Loiselle. "Given his work with the Wing Tactical Team and experience as EET Director, Ken will bring great value and expertise to the wing in his new role as we continue our migration to the Air Force Inspection System."

Maj. Jassen Bluto, 157th Security Forces Squadron operations officer, will assume duties as the 157 SFS commander, with a change of command slated for the October Unit Training Assembly.

"Jassen has more than 23 years of military service in the U.S. Navy, Air National Guard and Army National Guard," Loiselle wrote. "The first 10 years of his military career was enlisted and has spent the last 13 years as an officer."

He added that Bluto has 12 years, as enlisted as well as officer, experience in security forces in various positions and has been acting squadron commander for other squadrons where he led to an "Excellent" during a Unit Compliance Inspection.

"Capt. Aaron McCarthy, wing executive officer, will assume duties as the 157 SFS operations officer as soon as a new executive office is in place," Loiselle included. "Aaron has proven himself successful in highly demanding roles."

The colonel also announced that Maj. Brian Jusseaume, currently serving as the 157th Force Support Squadron commander, will assume duties as the 157th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, with an assumption of command ceremony slated for the October UTA. 

Jusseaume has been a member of the FSS leadership team for the past five and a half years, serving as commander since November 2012, Loiselle included.

Finally, the mission support group commander announced that Lt. Col. Charles Smith, currently serving as the Joint Forces Headquarters-Air senior human resources specialist, has been selected as the next 157 FSS commander, with that change of command also slated for the October UTA.

"Chas has a diverse background, serving as an aircrew member, air traffic control officer, staff officer at USNORTHCOM, and in a key leadership position in the NHNG Human Resources Office," Loiselle wrote. "Chas will be a fantastic addition to the FSS and MSG leadership teams."
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