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First woman assumes responsibility as Command Chief Master Sergeant at 151st Air Refueling Wing

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Posted at 5:41 PM, Dec 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-06 00:04:10-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Air National Guard's 151st Air Refueling Wing Command underwent a change of responsibility in which Chief Master Sgt. Martha Castleton assumed the responsibility as Command Chief Master Sergeant.

Castleton is the first woman to serve in this role for the 151st Air Refueling Wing.

"We are seeing that the typical, cultural gender stereotypes are starting to fall apart and that the Air National Guard especially is now apart of this. It's embracing the diversity," Castleton remarked.

Castleton most recently served as the 151st Medical Group superintendent, overseeing the medical group’s training, deployment taskings and overall readiness. Castleton also advised the group commander on enlisted roles regarding assigned program status, resources, and changes that may impact mission effectiveness.

"Being able to come up here and be apart of the wing and make a difference to 1400 airmen is amazing," Castleton said.

The transfer of responsibility comes as Chief Master Sgt. Matthew Hooper finishes over 25 years of service. He has served as the wing command chief since August 2016.

Hooper had many unique opportunities including supporting the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia and the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City. He has also deployed in support of Operations Flowing Pen, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and Lion Pavon.

“Chief Hooper’s devotion to the men and women of the 151st is unmatched. I congratulate him as he wraps up a distinguished career and ushers in Chief Castleton as she embarks on this exciting new journey," aid Air Refueling Wing Commander, Colonel Kurt R. Davis. "I am confident Chief Castleton will lead with dignity and respect as we continue to progress and strengthen our capabilities and resiliency.”