Short Rounds: New Air Chief, Scholarships And Family Members Meet Governor

Chief Master Sgt. Paul M. Gunning was appointed by Brig. Gen. Glenn K. Rieth, the Adjutant General of New Jersey, as the State Command Chief Master Sergeant for New Jersey on Sept. 5.

Chief Master Sergeant Paul M. Gunning was born on May 20, 1950 in Somers Point and graduated from Mainland Regional High School, Linwood, in June 1968. His Professional Military Education includes Advanced Personnel Systems Management where he was a distinguished graduate the Senior NCO Academy Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute and the Chief Master Sergeant Executive Course.

Chief Gunning joined the Air Force in July 1969. He graduated from Medical Service Specialist School at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas in February 1970. In April, he was assigned to 6217th USAF Hospital, Ching Chuan Kang (CCK) Air Base, Taiwan where he served as NCOIC of the physical examination section and was a Shift Leader in the emergency room. In July 1972, Chief Gunning was assigned to Sandia Army Hospital, Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. In September 1973, Chief Gunning was honorably discharged from the Air Force.

The following April, Chief Gunning joined the 177th Fighter Interceptor Group, New Jersey Air National Guard. In October 1975, he was hired as a technician at the 108th Tactical Hospital where he served in avariety of positions including health technician, personnel superintendent, military personnel management officer and director of strength.

Among his numerous awards and decorations are the Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters, Air Force Commendation Medal with two oak leaf clusters and the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

Guardsman Receives Scholarship
2nd Lt. Eric Lubow (right), B Company platoon leader, 250th Signal Battalion receives a $1,000 scholarship from Maj. Gen. William H. Russ (left), Commanding General, CECOM, Fort Monmouth.  Lieutenant Lubow was awarded the Signal Corps Regimental Association’s Alfred J. Mallette scholarship at the 2003 Fort Monmouth Signal Ball. Photo by Capt. William Augustus HooFatt, III.


Family Members Meet With Governor
On Nov. 24, family members of deployed New Jersey National Guardsmen met with Governor James E. McGreevey (center back) at the State House to share their experiences and hardships caused by deployments. Governor McGreevey took the time to hear their stories and offer his assistance in making theirs and future deployments easier on families. Front row (l-r): Mary Vey, Buffi Hinker, Toni Presnall, Jamie Burrows, Sharon Polyak, Tahira Damon, Kathy Hardy and Cynthia Ortu. Back row (l-r): Maritza Gonzalez, Lisa Eisele and Cindy Spallina. Photo by Lt. Col. Roberta Niedt, PAO/NJDMAVA.