Your AFSFA Board of Directors Candidates for 2022!

AFSFA members, as you may already know, we elect three new board members every year. The new board members are announced at the national meeting. All play a critical role in helping guide the development of programs and the association overall. Here are the requirements for board candidacy:

Each candidate must be a regular member of the Association and have maintained a paid membership in the Association for the two preceding years. The board is divided into three groups of three directors each. Each year one group of directors is elected to a term of three (3) years by the membership. Board members are expected to attend both of the board meetings each year … a mid-year meeting in San Antonio in the Spring and the National Meeting in the Fall. They also join in board teleconferences between these meetings

Current Candidates:

Scott Castillo

I was elected to my first term as an AFSFA Director in 2010. Prior to joining your Board of Directors, I provided services to the AFSFA as its Legal Counsel.  You elected me as your Vice President/President Elect in 2011, and I then assumed the position as National President four years later. Completing my term as President, I was elected to the Board of Directors.

The Board and the AFSFA Officers have done incredible work for the past several years, and I believe I have contributed to that growth and progress, and I would like to continue to be a part of that progress. I am very thankful for the opportunity to serve as a Board Member, your Vice President, and as your President and I continue to be dedicated to this organization and its goals, and I wish to continue to serve the AFSFA as a member of the Board. I believe I can continue to be an asset and a benefit to the AFSFA by continuing my service on the Board of Directors. I request and would appreciate your vote.

CMSgt (ret) James I. Fullwood, Sr.

AFSFA Charter and Life member, is currently serving his 10th consecutive year as Secretary of Ron Blatman Evergreen Chapter in Washington State. He served 30 years active duty in the Air Police/Security Police career field, 1966-1997. Assignments included tours of duty stateside in North Dakota, New Jersey, New York, California, and Washington State, and overseas assignments in Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan, Germany, and Kuwait. His flight level duties included Close-in Sentry, Entry Controller, Security Response Team Member/Leader, Armorer, Security Controller/Alarm Monitor, Observation Tower Sentry, Quick Reaction Team Leader, Security Flight Chief, and LE Patrolman/Flight Chief. His Squadron and Group operations duties included NCOIC: Customs, Corrections, MWD, Standard Evaluation, and Sensor Systems; Superintendent: Weapons System Security, Operations, Plans and Programs, Information Security; and Chief Enlisted Manager.

He twice served as Air Force Sergeants Association Chapter President, McChord AFB 1980-83 and 1993-1995. After Air Force retirement, he worked for 11 years as a Corrections Deputy and Control Room Technician for the Thurston County Sheriff’s Office. He received the department Life Saver award and was their representative for Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Thurston County “Cops Bowl for Kids Sake,” a joint criminal justice and fire department bowl-a-thon annual fundraiser. He retired in 2009, eight months after his wife’s Last Guardmount. Since 2014, he has been caring for his disabled younger brother.

Jim played a significant role in his Chapter being awarded the AFSFA Chapter of the Year for 2019 and 2020, and Runner-up in 2021. He continues to serve as a volunteer at the Washington State Soldiers’ Home, support Defender unit activities, contribute news articles, conduct membership briefings and recruitment, and maintain Chapter archives. He helped organize and conduct host Chapter activities during the 2014 AFSFA Conference in Seattle, WA.

Jim’s best reward is the satisfaction of helping and honoring other deserving patriots. As a candidate for AFSFA BOD, he pledges to support AFSFA goals and objectives faithfully and to the best of his ability. He will be honored to receive your vote.

CMSgt (ret) Joseph “Mitch” Mitchell

Mitch was a Defender from 1975 – 2005. After basic training and the SP Academy his assignments included Plattsburgh AFB, NY; RAF Upper Heyford, UK; Mather AFB, CA; Ramstein AB, GE; Grand Forks AFB, ND; Kunsan AB, ROK; Brunssum, NL, and Cheyenne Mountain AFS, CO. His assignments ranged from alert aircraft Close-In Sentry to Security Force Manager including duties as (NATO) Chief of Security Police and Chief of International Military Police, HQ Allied Forces North Europe, Brunssum, The Netherlands. Following retirement from the Air Force, he first went to work for USAA as an Immediate Response Unit representative for insurance claims, then was hired as a Parking Enforcement Officer in the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Specialized Enforcement Division until his retirement in 2019. Earlier, in 2012, he secured support for, and founded The Front Range Chapter. And, still serving as chapter chairman, he continues to work toward enhancing direct support resources for Defenders and their families through local engagement with veteran Defenders and area SFS units as well as efforts at AFSFA national & international levels. He holds an A.A.S, Security Administration from CCAF, an A.A., General Studies from the University of Maryland, and a B.S., Management/Human Resources from Park University, Missouri.

Col (ret) Sally Uebelacker

I have served two terms on the association board since the inception of the organization. I am a charter and life member of the association. I believe that I could benefit the organization by serving another term and would be proud to do so. I am currently the volunteer Director of the Retiree Activities Office at Kirtland Air Force Base. I have 13 years’ service at Sandia National Laboratories where I served as a Sandia Emergency Director and managed multiple security programs to include Information Security, Personnel Security, Foreign Visits and Assignments, Assurance, Integrated Protection Systems, and International Business Operations. As a member of the senior leadership for security, I was involved in the development and execution of the budget, the Center’s strategic initiatives, the effective integration of security and emergency management resources and programs, risk management, and ongoing development of organization and personnel capacity and capabilities. I served twenty-four years in the United States Air Force in Security Forces with my final assignment being the 42d Support Group Commander at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Alabama. Following my Air Force retirement, I attended UNM School of Law. After graduation and becoming a licensed member of the New Mexico Bar, I worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Second Judicial District where I prosecuted misdemeanor and felony crimes. I received my Bachelor of Science in Sociology from the University of Tulsa, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado and a Juris Doctorate from the University of New Mexico. I am also a graduate and active member of the FBI National Academy Associates a Life-time member of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and a Certified Protection Professional.

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