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February 28, 2018

YPW Announces Inaugural Mission Wichita Class of 2018

Alejo Cabral

Young Professionals of Wichita is eager to announce the inaugural class of 2018 for Mission Wichita. Mission Wichita is a program designed to establish relationships between young high achieving Airmen and young professionals. These types of connections not only drive economic growth and pride in Wichita, but improve the overall quality of life.

Mission Wichita is a joint program between Young Professionals of Wichita, McConnell Air Force Base, Friends of McConnell, and other community partners including our presenting sponsor, Credit Union of America, as well as our lunch sponsor Hutton Construction.

Mission Wichita allows participants to experience Wichita through a unique lens, with the intentions of demystifying McConnell Air Force Base, the Wichita business community, and local government. This program will expose Airmen to many of Wichita’s quality of place attributes. Six bi-weekly sessions will take participants into spaces that few are allowed.

Ten Airmen and ten young professionals were selected based on their remarkable qualifications and engagement within the Wichita area.

2018 Mission Wichita Participants:

Ambur Alfaro – Delta Dental of Kansas

Lauren Clary – PEC

Teddy Farias – Wichita Tech

Kate Flavin – Sedgwick County

Aaron Good – Klenda Austerman LLC

Mike Heldstab – United States Senator Jerry Moran

Lindsey Lankford – Legacy Bank

Thea Pajunen – Fidelity Bank

Stacey Petrie – Hutton Construction

Rachel Steiner – Friends University

MSgt Bartek Bachleda – 22nd Air Refueling Wing

1stLt Emily Brookover – 22nd Air Refueling Wing

MSgt Dustin Clark – 22nd Operations Group

1stLt Christopher Clements – 22nd Mission Support Group

MSgt Aaron Degnan – 22nd Maintenance Group

2ndLt Michael Ellsworth – 22nd Medical Group

1stLt Travis Frazier – 22nd Operations Group

MSgt Stephen Jackson – 184th Intelligence Wing

TSgt Jonathan Johnson – 22nd Mission Support Group

1stLt Randy Lambert – 22nd Maintenance Group

Capt Craig Van Praag – 931st Air Refueling Wing

About YPW:

Housed and staffed by the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, YPW’s mission is to attract, engage and retain diverse young talent to effect positive change for a brighter future. With a membership of more than 3,300, YPW’s number one aspiration is brain gain for Wichita by facilitating professional and social connections, encouraging leadership development and building community pride.

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