New Air National Guard state command chief takes over today

NEW CASTLE — Chief Master Sgt. Patricia A. Ottinger will accept the role of Delaware state command chief from Chief Master Sgt. Steven Stinsky in a ceremony today at the Air National Guard Base.

As command chief, she will represent the enlisted force and report directly to the adjutant general on all enlisted personnel issues.

The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. at the 166th Airlift Wing, Loeffel Room, Building 2600.

Chief Ottinger is military personnel manager for headquarters of Delaware Air National Guard. She serves as an adviser 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, serving as a ground radio maintenance specialist. She has served more than 19 years as an Air Force reservist with the 913th Tactical Airlift Group, personnel career field.

Chief Stinsky enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1984 in the Military Police Corps and enlisted in the Delaware Air National Guard in January 2008. He formerly served as the first sergeant for the 166th Mission Support Group, 166th Airlift Wing.

He was selected as the First Sergeant of the Year for 2010 and in 2011 he was selected to serve as the state human resource adviser.

The 166th Airlift Wing counts more than 1,100 men and women at the New Castle Air National Guard Base in New Castle.

It provides tactical airlift and airdrop of troops and cargo using C-130H2 aircraft, plus aeromedical evacuation, civil engineer and network warfare functions.

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