JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. --
Cheering and applause were heard all evening at Team McChord’s Logfest 2017. The 62nd Maintenance Group hosted the annual event, March 24 to recognize McChord’s top logisticians.
“Tonight we've recognized 76 nominees and had the terribly difficult job of selecting five of our best among them,” said Col. James Clavenna, 62nd MXG commander. “Any one of the 76 could have won our Knucklebuster awards.”
A McChord tradition, this year's LogFest was hosted to recognize Team McChord's best of the best by awarding them the title of Knucklebusters.
"The theme of this event is recognizing the Airmen,” said 1st Lt. Sean Stephens, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron assistant officer in charge. “Ultimately we wanted them to have a good time and recognize their hard work.”
The night started with a social hour followed by a medallion ceremony to introduce each nominee. More than 500 Airmen and family members were in attendance to recognize the nominees.
Unlike traditional award nominees, Knucklebuster nominees are nominated by their peers for work performance and overall character. This year’s nominees were nominated from the 62nd MXG, 62nd AMXS, 62nd Aerial Port Squadron, 62nd Maintenance Squadron and 627th Logistics Readiness Squadron.
Airmen enjoyed a catered meal and a variety of games and events throughout the evening. Childcare was provided for children and included bouncy houses, games, snacks and movies.
“This was supposed to be a party,” said Stephens. “I saw a lot of smiling faces. The children had a good time and we got to recognize some outstanding folks.”
Even though there were only a few winners, every nominee was recognized for their hard work.
“Bottom Line, this room is full of winners,” said Clavenna. “But winners are not born that way, they fight their way there.”
This year's Knucklebuster award winners were as follows:
Staff Sgt. Allison Riley, 62nd AMXS
Jason Aven, 62nd APS
Tech. Sgt. Gregory Beck, 62nd MXG
Staff Sgt. Trenton Page, 62nd MXS
Senior Airman Matthew Schieb, 627th LRS (Top Knucklebuster)