Papakie Hosts IUP Administrators at 171st Air Refueling Wing

Posted on 5/11/2017 11:06:46 AM

Papakie and IUP leadership in front of planeMichele Papakie, chairwoman of the Journalism and Public Relations Department, recently invited IUP’s leadership to see what she does in her “other job” as a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force National Guard.

Papakie’s unit, the 171st Air Refueling Wing of the Pennsylvania Air National Guard, located in Findlay Township near the Pittsburgh International Airport, hosted a Flight Simulator Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on Friday, May 5, 2017.

“I was the emcee for the event, so I invited IUP’s leadership to see our new flight simulator, tour one of our KC-135 Stratotankers on the ramp, check out our boom simulator and, most importantly, to see what I do when I’m playing hooky from IUP,” Papakie said.

Papakie is on military leave from IUP for a nine-month tour of duty to lead the unit’s Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection.

Papakie and IUP leadership in front of Boom Simulator“Having been with my unit for 30 years and with IUP for 10 years, I thought it was time for my worlds to collide and the two sides of my family to finally meet,” she said. “It meant so much to me that President Driscoll, Provost Moerland, Dean Asamoah, Associate Dean Gracey, and IUP APSCUF President Nadene L’Amoreaux drove all the way down here at the end of the semester to spend the morning with me and my unit.”

Papakie said the “coolest” part of the visit was when the group gathered around the Boom Simulator and three of the boomers were presenting. 


In front of the aircraft: Lieutenant Colonel Michele Papakie, Mike Driscoll, Tim Moerland, Yaw Asamoah, Major TJ Mahosky, IUP APSCUF President Nadene Lamoreaux, and Dot Gracey

In front of the Boom Simulator: Driscoll, Technical Sergeant William Shapiro (IUP alumnus), Asamoah, Master Sergeant Jason Moore (IUP alumnus), Papakie (IUP alumna), and Master Sergeant Michael Worthington (IUP alumnus)