75th ABW celebrates annual award winners

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The 75th Air Base Wing celebrated its top performers of 2014 during an awards ceremony Feb. 7 at The Landing. Top performers in several categories were honored during a “statuesque” event that included Hollywood-like red carpet treatment.

“I am the luckiest wing commander in the Air Force because of the Airmen we have in the 75th Air Base Wing,” said Col. Ron Jolly, 75th ABW commander. “The Airmen here see the big picture and know that it is not all about the wing, but about providing support to Team Hill. It makes my job easier and I do appreciate it.”

Nearly 200 guests attended the annual event, which included valet parking, interviews on the “red carpet,” hors d’ouevres during social hour, a string quartet and dancing. 

A number of well-known local civic leaders and special guests presented the awards.

“We really wanted our award nominees to feel like celebrities for the night,” said Tech. Sgt. Patrick Gallagher, 75th ABW Command Chief executive assistant and event committee co-chairman. 

“It turned out to be a wonderful event,” Gallagher said. “We couldn’t have done it without the dedicated event committee who helped organize the event.”

The annual award winners are:

 

Airman of the

Year

Senior

Airman Monica D. Helling, 775th Civil Engineer Squadron

 

Noncommissioned

Officer of the Year

Tech.

Sgt. Francis A. Quiambao, 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron

 

Senior

Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

Master

Sgt. Wyman H. Herring III, 75th Medical Support Squadron

 

First Sergeant

of the Year

Master

Sgt. Luciano J. Carrasquillo, 75th Medical Group

 

Company Grade

Officer of the Year

Capt.

Christopher E. Stewart, 75th MDG

 

Field Grade

Officer of the Year

Lt.

Col. Joshua D. Yanov, 75th ABW Staff Judge Advocate Office

 

Volunteer of the

Year

Kristen

C. Bleha, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center ICBM Systems Directorate

 

Team of the Year

775th

Civil Engineer Squadron, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight

 

Civilian of the Year (Category I)

Michael

J. Burruss, 775th CES

 

Civilian of the Year (Category II)

Richard

S. Jones, 649th Munitions Squadron

 

Civilian of the Year (Category III)

Marcos

H. Charles, 75th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Civilian of the Year (Category IV)

Dusty

G. Sanders, 75th Civil Engineer Squadron

 

Civilian of the

Year (Category V)

Jeffrey

A. Beck, 775th CES

 

Key Spouse of

the Year

Tracy

M. Sahleen

Award recipients in the Airman, NCO, SNCO, First Sergeant, CGO, FGO and

Civilian (Category I, II and III) categories will now compete for Air Force

Sustainment Center-level recognition.