130th Engineer Installation Squadron

Receives National Family Readiness Award

 

Written by Lt. Col. Jack Wall

Published March 31, 2006

 

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Tonia Johnson receives a national Family Readiness Program award on behalf of the 130th EIS from Col. Robert Steele, Air Force Communications Agency, Mar. 16 in St. Louis.

Photo by Lt. Chris Earl, 130th Engineering Installation Squadron

Tonia Johnson receives a national Family Readiness Program

award on behalf of the 130th EIS from Col. Robert Steele,

Air Force Communications Agency, Mar. 16 in St. Louis.

ST. LOUIS — The 130th Engineering Installation Squadron Family Readiness Program was recognized Mar. 16 as the best in the nation at the Engineering Installation Commander’s Conference in St. Louis.

Tonia Johnson, 130th EIS Family Readiness volunteer coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the unit and the Utah Air National Guard.

This prestigious award is given annually to the Engineering Installation Squadron Family Readiness program that demonstrates the highest effectiveness in providing support to Guard members and their families, as well as the highest degree of community involvement. The 130th was one of three finalists among 17 active and Guard EIS units nationwide.

“The 130th EIS Family Readiness program is the best in the nation because of Tonia’s hard work and because of the support given to the program by our Guardsmen and their families,” said Lt. Col. Jack Wall, commander of the 130th.

“Tonia works tirelessly on our behalf in spite of a very busy personal schedule that includes being a full-time student and full-time employee for the Utah National Guard Family Readiness Program,” added Wall.

Johnson became involved in the unit’s Family Readiness Program nearly four years ago when her husband of three months, Master Sgt. Brad Johnson, deployed for a year with the 130th to Turkey, Iraq and Afghanistan.

“I love what I do as a volunteer, and I was honored to accept this award for the unit.” said Johnson. “It’s important for families’ well-being to have someone there to answer questions and be a friend they can trust.”

“I have been in their shoes, and our volunteers are committed to be there for families during the difficult process of deployment,” Johnson said.

The Family Readiness Program of 130th provided services with volunteers working more than 400 hours this past year aiding Guard members and their families.  In addition, the 130th Family Readiness Program provided direct assistance to nine families in the Sub-for-Santa campaign and was involved in many other community-service projects.