Photo by Lt. Chris
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
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.
Johnson, 130th EIS Family Readiness volunteer
coordinator, accepted the award on behalf of the unit and
the Utah Air National Guard.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.