AMPA, FLORIDA – January 7, 2020 – Troop Rewards is proud to announce two new additions to its Advisory Board. CMSgt. Melanie Noel (Ret.) and CMSgt. Michael Noel (Ret.), have joined as Co-Chairs of Troop Rewards Advisory Board, effective January 1, 2020.
Melanie Noel retired from the Air Force in September 2019, having finished her career as the Command Chief Master Sergeant for the Air Force District of Washington (AFDW) and the 320th Air Expeditionary Wing, headquartered at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland.
Melanie is a native of Vincennes, Indiana and enlisted in the Air Force in April 1992 and held various positions in Security Forces, Personnel Administration, and as a First Sergeant. Her assignments included bases in England, Iceland, Texas, Alabama, Washington D.C. and Florida. Melanie also deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. Melanie graduated from American Military University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration and earned a Legislative Affairs certificate from the Government Affairs Institute at Georgetown University.
Michael Noel also retired from the United States Air Force in September 2019. During his 23 years of service he filled a variety of Public Affairs, Education & Training, and Leadership roles serving across numerous organizations including U.S. Special Operations Command, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, and the Office of the Secretary of Defense. His assignments included numerous stateside and overseas bases, as well as deployments to Afghanistan and Africa.
Michael graduated from Excelsior College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Liberal Studies and holds Associate of Applied Science Degrees in Public Affairs, Instructor of Technology, and Military Sciences from the Community College of the Air Force.
“I first met the Noels while they were both stationed at MacDill. Melanie served as MacDill’s Command Chief and I was selected as her Honorary Command Chief and Michael was with SOCOM. They always said they would like to volunteer for us after they retired, so I was thrilled when they decided to move back to Tampa after their retirement. We are very excited and honored to have such a distinguished duo join our team and look forward to working with both Melanie and Michael to build a supportive and active Advisory Board. Both of them bring such a vast military experience and knowledge having served for over 50 years collectively in the Air Force.” said Troop Rewards’ Founder, Tom Burkett.
“I was drawn to Troops Rewards for numerous reasons but to sum it all up, Troop Reward’s values align with my values and therefore I could not wait to help out. Serving others, especially our Armed Forces is extremely rewarding.” stated incoming Co-Chair, Melanie Noel. Her husband, Michael Noel added, “As a former Senior Enlisted Leader, I’ve seen the positive impacts that Troop Rewards has on Service Members and their families. I am thrilled to be able to join such a first class organization and continue to serve our military families.”
About Troop Rewards
Troop Rewards’ mission is to provide RnR Recovery Retreats to our deployed Armed Forces, and their dependents, after returning home from a stressful overseas deployment. The retreats create opportunities for these families to meet other military families who have dealt with similar hardships during their deployments and to bond over their shared experiences and in the process create lasting memories with their families and friends. www.trooprewards.org