419th top performers of 2015

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HILL AIR FORCE BASE — About 400 people attended the Airmen of the Year banquet Saturday to name the 419th Fighter Wing’s top performers for 2015.

 Military personnel, families, business leaders and wing alumni heard from keynote speaker Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox during the formal event at Layton’s Davis Conference Center. 

During his remarks, Cox talked about the value of Utah’s Air Force reservists and thanked them for their service.

 “There are people out there saying that we need to make America great again,” Cox said. “But they are saying that because they have not spent enough time with you. There is a lot that is wrong with America, but when I spend time with you, I am reminded of everything that is right with America.”

 Col. David Smith, 419th FW commander, also took the time to address the Airmen.

 “Tonight is all about our Airmen and honoring your hard work and selfless service,” Smith said. 

 Winners were announced in the following categories: 

• Airman of the Year

Senior Airman Jonathan Thorsted, 419th Maintenance Group

• Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

Tech. Sgt. Sydney Reed, 419th Medical Squadron

• Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

Senior Master Sgt. Lennon Stonebraker, 419th Maintenance Group

• First Sergeant of the Year

Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Mason, 419th Maintenance Group

• Company Grade Officer of the Year

Capt. John Goodwin, 419th Maintenance Group

• Field Grade Officer of the Year

Maj. Glendon Bute, 419th Maintenance Group 

• Civilian of the Year

Kyle Heck, 419th Operations Flight

• Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

Tech. Sgt. Nicole Tobin, 419th Force Support Squadron

• Chiefs’ Award

Tech. Sgt. Jared Walker, 419th Medical Squadron

• Diamond Excellence Award

Master Sgt. Katie Burton, 419th Civil Engineer Squadron

• Honor Guard Member of the Year

Staff Sgt. David Fleming, 67th Aerial Port Squadron

• Employer of the Year

Delta Air Lines