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Change of Authority for Delaware Air National Guard State Command Chief

Release Number: 021015

NEW CASTLE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Del. - Change of Authority for Delaware Air National Guard State Command Chief, on Saturday, October 17, 2015

The Change of Authority ceremony will be held at the 166th Airlift Wing, Loeffel Room, building 2600, New Castle, Del. on Saturday, October 17, 2015 and will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.

Chief Master Sergeant Patricia A. Ottinger will accept the role of Delaware State Command Chief from Chief Master Sergeant Steven Stinsky.

In her position as the State Command Chief Master Sergeant, Ottinger will represent the enlisted force. She reports directly to the Adjutant General on all enlisted issues, to include professional military education, enlisted promotions, mentorship, morale, family and community relations, as well as esprit de corps. 

Ottinger is the Chief, Military Personnel Manager for Headquarters, Delaware Air National Guard. In her position, she serves as an advisor to Delaware National Guard senior leadership on all personnel issues impacting the Delaware Air National Guard. As the personnel representative and liaison for Joint Force Headquarters, Chief Ottinger works closely with Army counterparts on joint/state missions and is responsible for the overall Force Management of the enlisted and officer force of the entire Delaware Air National Guard.

Chief Ottinger entered the Air Force in 1982 and served as a Ground Radio Maintenance Specialist. She has been stationed in Osan Air Base, Korea, Prum Air Station, Germany, and Bergstram Air Force Base, Texas. She has participated in multiple exercises to include Cope Jade, Road Runner '87 and Operation Red Flag. Ottinger also served over 19 years as an Air Force reservist with the 913th Tactical Airlift Group, Personnel Career Field. During her tenure, she became the full time Wing Career Advisor and acting Military Personnel Superintendent until her transfer to the 514th Airlift Wing in 2007. She served as the Military Personnel Superintendent to a 3,000 person wing for seven months until she was selected to be the Military Personnel Superintendent for the 166th Airlift Wing. Ottinger assumed the Joint Force Head Quarters Chief, Military Personnel Manager in 2013.

Chief Stinsky enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984 in the Military Police Corps and was assigned to the 2d Infantry Division, Cp. Casey, Korea.  Upon his return to the States, he served as a Military Police Desk Sergeant at Ft. Devens, MA, a Cavalry Scout in the U.S. Army Reserve, C-130 crew chief assigned to the 913th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Willow Grove Air Reserve Station, Horsham, PA and was distinguished graduate of the Aerospace Maintenance Apprentice C-130 program at Sheppard Air Force Base. Stinsky deployed with the 913th Maintenance Group in support of Operations Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom. He enlisted in the Delaware Air National Guard in January, 2008 and formerly served as the First Sergeant for the 166th Mission Support Group, 166th Airlift Wing. Chief Stinsky was selected as the First Sergeant of the Year for 2010 and in 2011 he was selected to serve as the State Human Resource Advisor.

Stinsky is currently employed by the Borough of Fleetwood, PA where he serves as the Chief of Fleetwood Borough and neighboring Richmond Township. He is a member of the Berks County Chiefs of Police Association, Berks County Emergency Response Team Board of Chiefs, and serves as the Berks County Law Enforcement Liaison to the East Central Counter-Terrorism Task Force.

Media are invited to attend the Change of Authority ceremony. Please contact 1Lt. Valerie Harwood at valerie.k.harwood.mil@mail.mil or at 302-222-5517.

Media may arrive between 9:00am to 9:45am and will require an escort.

The 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard, has more than 1,100 men and women at the New Castle ANG Base in New Castle, Del. The 166AW provides tactical airlift and airdrop of troops and cargo using C-130H2 aircraft, plus aeromedical evacuation, civil engineer and network warfare functions.

Delaware Air National Guard: Celebrating 69 years of service to our state and nation since 1946.

1Lt. Valerie Harwood, Chief of Public Affairs, 166th Airlift Wing, 302-222-5517 or 302-323-3369

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