New faces, same mission: ‘Sustain the excellence’

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  • By Staff Sgt. Tyler J. Bolken
  • 944th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

A civilian’s journey to service officially begins with that first meeting with a recruiter.

Many members of the 944th Fighter Wing began their journey with the 944th FW recruiting service, which recently welcomed its new flight chief, Senior Master Sgt. Jeffrey Ossman.

Ossman is new to Phoenix and the 944th FW, but comes in with over 14 years of U.S. Air Force recruiting experience.

“This is a great opportunity and Phoenix is a great area for me and my family,” said Ossman. “I am excited to be here.”

The 944th FW recruiting mission focuses only on reserve recruiting and they look at non-prior service (civilian), prior service, and active duty members looking to transition, explained Ossman.

“I have noticed early on that people in the Phoenix area have a strong desire to serve,” said Ossman.

The 944th FW RS spans beyond Luke Air Force Base and has recruiters in the Glendale, Tempe, and New Mexico.

To stay engaged with members of the 944th and the surrounding community, the RS attends several events throughout the year, said Master Sgt. Rickeita Conley, lead recruiter. These events range from job fairs on and off base, the air show, and the 944th holiday party, to name a few.

“My goal is to sustain the excellence at this office that has been established,” said Ossman. “If any members of the 944th have any recruiting related questions, do not hesitate to reach out to us.”

Members of the 944th who would like to refer someone to the Air Force Reserve, are encouraged to use the “Share Your Adventure” program by visiting