Space professionals honored at local AFA event
The Air Force Association honored eight Air Force Space Command professionals and recognized three others during the organization’s annual Colorado State AFA Awards Banquet


By Master Sgt. Brian Curtis, AFSPC assistant to the command chief
Posted Thursday, August 25, 2005

  
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PETERSON AFB, Colo. – The Air Force Association honored eight Air Force Space Command professionals and recognized three others during the organization’s annual Colorado State AFA Awards Banquet, Friday at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs, Colo.

More than 230 guests attended the event, including General Lance W. Lord, AFSPC commander; Chief Master Sgt. Ron Kriete, AFSPC command chief; and other military leaders from throughout the state. The banquet is AFA's opportunity to recognize outstanding Air Force performers in the State of Colorado in various military and civilian categories that encompass individual and group awards.

The following AFSPC professionals were honored by the AFA in these respective categories:


-Airman of the Year: Staff Sgt. Jamee L. Dean, 76th Space Control Squadron information manager at Peterson AFB, Colo.
-Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Staff Sgt. Marvin E. Beck, 721st Communications Squadron NCOIC of education at Peterson AFB, Colo.
-Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. James F. Fulton, 460th Security Forces Squadron chief of training and resources at Buckley AFB, Colo.
-Reserve Company Grade Officer of the Year: 1st Lt. Thomas M. Barrera, 8th Space Warning Squadron OIC mission management planning at Buckley AFB, Colo.
-Reserve Airman of the Year: Staff Sgt. Christian J. Picard, 310th Security Forces Squadron member at Schriever AFB, Colo.
-Reserve Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Daniel A. Lent, 21st Security Forces Squadron NCOIC standard evaluation at Peterson AFB, Colo.
-Reserve Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. Perry N. Barr, 21st Security Forces Squadron NCOIC training resources at Peterson AFB, Colo.
-Civilian of the Year (Category II): Mr. Robert Schwaeble, 21st Operations Support Squadron chief of airfield management at Peterson AFB, Colo.

AFSPC professionals recognized by the AFA for special achievements during the past year include:

-Tech. Sgt. Amber Mitchell, one of this year’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year and 22nd Space Operations Squadron network crew chief and evaluator at Schriever AFB, Colo.
-Senior Master Sgt. Robert Altenbernd, Air Force First Sergeant of the Year and 21st Security Forces Squadron superintendent of resources and training at Peterson AFB, Colo.
-Master Sgt. Nancy Altenbernd, 2004 Air Force Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff Level NCO Award and 21st Security Forces Squadron superintendent of standard evaluation at Peterson AFB, Colo.

“We are proud of our command’s award recipients and very fortunate to have such an active AFA organization here in Colorado,” said Chief Kriete. “AFA consistently provides outstanding support to all our Airmen…by supporting our Outstanding Airmen of the Year events, quarterly awards programs [and] working on our behalf to enhance our visibility with the local community. This is an example of one of the many outstanding professional organizations that I encourage our Airmen to become involved with.”


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