Four lieutenants promoted at 120AW

Newly promoted 120th Airlift Wing officers 1st Lts. Cassandra L. Ross, Caressa L. Hewitt, Raymond R. Orsua and Bradley J. Gauvin pose for a group photo at the 120th Airlift Wing during their promotion ceremony on base Dec. 16, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson)

Newly promoted 120th Airlift Wing officers 1st Lts. Cassandra L. Ross, Caressa L. Hewitt, Raymond R. Orsua and Bradley J. Gauvin pose for a group photo at the 120th Airlift Wing during their promotion ceremony on base Dec. 16, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson)

120th Airlift Wing Executive Officer Maj. Maureen Maphies administers oaths to 1st Lts. Bradley J. Gauvin, Caressa L. Hewitt, Raymond R. Orsua and Cassandra L. Ross during a promotion ceremony held on base Dec. 16, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson)

120th Airlift Wing Executive Officer Maj. Maureen Maphies administers oaths to 1st Lts. Bradley J. Gauvin, Caressa L. Hewitt, Raymond R. Orsua and Cassandra L. Ross during a promotion ceremony held on base Dec. 16, 2016. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Senior Master Sgt. Eric Peterson)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- Four Montana Air National Guard second lieutenants received their silver first lieutenant bars in a promotion ceremony held at the 120th Airlift Wing December 16.

120th AW Executive Officer Maj. Maureen Maphies administered the oaths to second lieutenants Bradley J. Gauvin, Caressa L. Hewitt, Raymond R. Orsua and Cassandra L. Ross during a ceremony attended by family, friends and coworkers.

Following the oaths, family members approached the stage to pin each of the officers' new rank on their loved ones epaulets.

Maphies said the promotion ceremony was unusual because of the large number of officers who attended officer training school and were commissioned together on Dec. 18, 2015. Traditionally, she said the wing might see only one or two officer candidates attend OTS at one time.

"It is an unusual event for four officers to pin the same day," Maphies said. "So we wanted to recognize them and recognize their families for all of their hard work and support as well."

The four lieutenants have had much more than just their membership in the MTANG to share in common.

Three of the four officers began their military careers as enlisted personnel. In addition, three of them serve as educators in their civilian careers.

Each newly promoted first lieutenant stepped up to speak before the gathered friends, family and Airmen.

"Although we stepped onto the same plane starting our journeys together, it hasn't been the same," said 1st Lt. Hewitt. "We've all traveled different places and are in different stages in our learning how to be effective leaders. Ultimately, we have a good foundation of being second lieutenants and taking care of Airman but now we are ready to move on."

1st Lt. Orsua thanked family members for sacrifices they made two years ago when the four officers first boarded an airplane to take them to their training.

"And the amazing part now is the new family we have at the 120th," Orsua said. "The open arms you all have received us with-all the help I've received and everyone caring so much. I'm really excited to see where our future goes and what it will be like in two years. I'm so blessed and excited to be here."

1st Lt. Guavin thanked wing leadership, members and families for helping the new officers grow to be successful in their positions.

"It really is based on a foundation that you have provided for us," Gauvin said. "For our leadership, you have guided us, directed us, set standards for us and held us to those standards. You are setting that standard for us and forcing us to grow. For our coworkers we have to thank you for allowing us to make decisions. And thank you to the families. I appreciate the love and support you guys have given us."  

"I'm just really proud of all of them," Maphies said. "I've seen them all grow professionally and I'm excited to see what they have to offer in the future."
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.