184th Intelligence Wing introduces first honorary commander

 

Col. David Weishaar, commander, 184th Intelligence Wing, welcomes Ms. Jamie Taulbee, vice president and chief retail officer at Meritrust Credit Union, Wichita, Kansas, as the 184th IW's first honorary commander, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Nov. 30. The goal of the Honorary Commander Program is to partner with members of the local community while exposing them to the missions of the Air Force. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Lauren Penney)

Col. David Weishaar, commander, 184th Intelligence Wing, welcomes Ms. Jamie Taulbee, vice president and chief retail officer at Meritrust Credit Union, Wichita, Kansas, as the 184th IW’s first honorary commander, McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas, Nov. 30. The goal of the Honorary Commander Program is to partner with members of the local community while exposing them to the missions of the Air Force. (Air National Guard Photo by Senior Airman Lauren Penney)

By Senior Airman Lauren Penney, 184th IW Public Affairs

On Nov. 30, the 184th Intelligence Wing welcomed its first honorary commander, Ms. Jamie Taulbee. The honorary commander is a local leader who partners with a nearby Air Force unit to foster a better connection between the community and the unit.

“I’m very, very happy to be in this new role. I know it’s going to be new for the 184th and new for me so it’s going to be very exciting,” said Taulbee, vice president and chief retail officer at Meritrust Credit Union.

The Honorary Commander Program is an Air Force-wide program developed to increase public awareness of the missions, policies and programs of the Air Force. The goal is to partner with members of the local community while exposing them to the missions of the armed services.

“This whole Honorary Commander Program is all about how we connect more with the community,” said Col. David Weishaar, commander, 184th IW. “How do we partner with the community, how do we explain to the community what we do and how important it is.”

Term limits for the honorary commander are generally about two years long, in order to enhance the program’s reach and effectiveness and to avoid stagnation.

“Ms. Taulbee was chosen due to her sterling record as a successful business woman in the community, her commitment to servant leadership and her past support for the 184th,” said Col. Joseph Jabara, vice commander, 184th Intelligence Wing.

As the honorary commander, Taulbee will participate in all base events, such as celebrations, ceremonies and demonstrations.

“One of my first tasks that I’m excited most about is that everything in my career is centered around relationships and the community,” said Taulbee. “So I am very excited to be able to bring higher awareness and higher support to what we can do for the Air National Guard.”