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2018 Annual Award winners announced
Story by TSgt Lauren Gleason on 03/04/2019
TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. — The 507th Air Refueling Wing here announced the winners of the 2018 507th ARW Annual Awards at the annual banquet March 2, 2019.
Col. Miles Heaslip, 507th ARW commander, hosted the banquet at the Sheraton Reed Conference Center in Midwest City, Oklahoma.
The annual awards program recognizes individuals who excelled in performance and made outstanding contributions to the wing’s mission throughout the year. This year’s winners:
Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Preston Baker, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
NCO of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Alexander, 730th Air Mobility Training Squadron
Senior NCO of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. Justin Henry, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
1st Sgt. of the Year: Master Sgt. Lindsay Newton, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Company Grade Officer of the Year: 1st Lt. Adrian Mack, 507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Civilian of the Year: Ashley Parker, 507th Operations Group
Spouse of the Year: Jennifer Smith, spouse of Master Sgt. David Smith, 507th Security Forces Squadron
Individual unit awards were also announced at the banquet, by the respective leaders of each unit. The unit award winners:
507th ARW Wing Staff 2018 Honey Badger Trophy: Tech. Sgt. Audreann Wallace
507th Medical Squadron Combat 2018 Medic of the Year: Staff Sgt. London Russell
507th Operations Group 2018 Okie MVP: Tech. Sgt. Dalton Williams
507th Security Forces Squadron 2018 Defender of the Year: Staff Sgt. Jaboree Kiel
507th Logistics Readiness Squadron 2018 Logistics Professional of the Year: Master Sgt. Kayla Cuffie
507th Civil Engineer Squadron 2018 Civil Engineer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. David Reed
The John Schulze Award, presented for the first time this year, recognizes a member of the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron who has compassion for others, projects a positive and respectful influence on those around them, is an exemplary leader and great humanitarian, and accepts any challenge while encouraging others to succeed.
This award is in honor of Senior Master Sgt. John Gregory Schulze, who was a 507th Civil Engineer Squadron Heavy Repairs Superintendent and a 32-year veteran who served in the Air Force, the Air National Guard, and the Air Force Reserve from 1985-2017.
The 2018 507th Civil Engineer Squadron John Schulze Award: Master Sgt. Paul Spence
507th Force Support Squadron 2018 Summit Award: Tech. Sgt. Bridgette Carter
72nd Aerial Port Squadron 2018 Port Dawg of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Adam Sanders
507th Maintenance Group MVP of the Year: Master Sgt. Justin Watson
507th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Heavy Hitter Award: Tech. Sgt. Michael Dunning
507th Maintenance Squadron MVP of the Year: Master Sgt. Matthew Pearsall
The Tech. Sgt. Billy Hughes Memorial Award is presented annually to an individual in the maintenance group whose duty performance and everyday conduct best exemplifies the U.S. Air Force’s core values.
This award for exemplary enlisted service was instituted to commemorate the life of Tech. Sgt. Billy Hughes, a supervisory aircraft maintenance technician who passed away in active service at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, July 12, 1992, after a decade of honorable service to the wing.
The 2018 Tech. Sgt. Billy Hughes Memorial Award: Master Sgt. Harold Fulghum