Air Force Space Command named its top Airmen Friday during the Outstanding Airmen of the Year banquet at the Sheraton, Colorado Springs.
Airman 1st Class Monica Wong, on the left, dances with friends at the Air Force Space Command Outstanding Airmen of the Year Banquet. Airman Wong earned the title of Air Force Space Command Airman of the Year and will now go up to compete to be one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. (Photo by Tech. Sgt. Ken Bergmann)
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PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Air Force Space Command named its top Airmen Friday during the Outstanding Airmen of the Year banquet at the Sheraton, Colorado Springs.
The “Stars of the High Frontier” banquet culminated a week-long campaign to ensure the nominees feel like the stars they’ve proven themselves to be at their wings and numbered Air Forces.
“We’re so proud of all of our nominees,” said AFSPC Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Ronald Kriete. “They truly are the best of the best, and it was an honor for us to host them and spend the week with these professional and dedicated Airmen.”
The winners are:
Airman of the Year: Airman 1st Class Monica Wong, 90th Space Wing
Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Staff Sgt. Amber B. Mitchell, 45th Space Wing
Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. James F. Fulton, 460th Space Wing
First Sergeant of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. Franklin W. Bishop, 460th Space Wing
Individual Mobilization Augmentee of the Year: Tech. Sgt. David Risnear, 14th Air Force
Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. William D. Bragg, Space Warfare Center
Civilian Category I of the Year: Larry R. Dygert, 90th Space Wing
Civilian Category II of the Year: Jeffery I. Woo, Space and Missile Systems Center
The Airman, NCO, SNCO and First Sergeant winners now vie for the honor of being named one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year and First Sergeant of the Year.
“Winning at the wing level was a huge surprise much less competing for AFSPC and 12 OAY,” said Sergeant Mitchell. “It is an honor to be considered with the caliber of people we have. I am truly grateful and honored to be able to represent the Wing, 14th Air Force and command members at the Air Force level.”
During the banquet, Lt. Gen. (ret.) Jay W. Kelley, president of the Association of Air Force Missileers, shared his views on the evolving role of the Air Force and its Airmen. He specifically highlighted the command’s space missions and their role in the future of the Air Force.
The week’s events set out to recognize the hard work of the nominees. To recognize them required some long hours and attention to detail by the AFSPC OAY committee.
“We had an awesome week, and it couldn’t have happened without the dedication of the committee members. I want to thank them for all of their hard work and to send a special thank you to the chairman and cochairman, Senior Master Sgts. Lee Lopez and Rodney Reyes for a job well done. They worked hard to ensure everything went off without a hitch,” said Chief Kriete.