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62nd AW Airmen shine as 2018 best in 14 categories

The awards recognized the best in several different categories, including civilians, enlisted, officers, teams and spouses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

The 62nd Airlift Wing Annual Award winners pose with Col. Scovill W. Currin, 62nd Airlift Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jeffrey C. Sandusky, 62nd Airlift Wing command chief inside the McChord Club on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Feb. 14, 2019. The awards recognized the best in several different categories, including civilians, enlisted, officers, teams and spouses. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

The C-17 Globemaster III, McChord Field’s primary aircraft, symbolizes the wings mission – Combat Airlift … Always. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

The plaques, featuring a C-17 Globemaster III, standby as mementos for winners of the 2018, 62nd Airlift Wing Annual Awards during the Feb. 14, 2019, ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The C-17 Globemaster III, McChord Field’s primary aircraft, symbolizes the wings mission – Combat Airlift … Always. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

The Airmen who earned 62 AW-level awards will go on to compete at 18th Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

During the 62nd Airlift Wing (AW) Annual Awards ceremony, Col. Scovill W. Currin, 62nd AW commander, congratulates winners and nominees; thanks the community of supporters, including family, friends, civic partners and unit leaders; and highlights the heritage these Airmen represent and continue Feb. 14, 2019, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. The Airmen who earned 62 AW-level awards will go on to compete at 18th Air Force.(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman Mikayla Heineck)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -- Friends, family, co-workers and community partners honored the 2018 nominees chosen as top performers in their units during the 62nd Airlift Wing Annual Awards Ceremony Feb. 15, 2019.

Nominees in the 14 categories – Airmen, noncommissioned officer (NCO), senior noncommissioned officer (SNCO), junior company-grade officer (JCGO), company-grade officer (CGO), field-grade officer (FGO), civilian category I, civilian category IIA, civilian category IIB, civilian category III, service team, innovation team, key spouse and first sergeant – separated themselves from their peers through outstanding performance and commitment.

“As I looked at all of our categories they are all equally special to me because this is a big team with everybody rowing the same way,” Sandusky emphasized.

This team was instrumental in the wing’s selection process. Nominees began with a nomination from their work-center supervisor and leadership, survived several layers of scrutiny to make it to the final panels, which resulted in the selection of some of our finest men and women.

“The competition was so stiff this year that every person who was nominated should walk out of here knowing they are a winner,” Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Sandusky, 62nd AW command chief master sergeant, shared with the audience.

Wing leaders nominated Airmen because of their display of an exceptional work ethic, continuous personal development and an unrivaled commitment to their community; each serves as an example of the core values we all share – integrity first, service before self, and excellence in all we do. The top candidates’ packages survived through the group level to bring us to this culminating event.

“Being a 62nd Airlift Wing annual award winner is huge and you deserved it,” Sandusky exulted. 

The 62nd Operations Group (OG), 62nd Maintenance Group (MXG), and 62nd AW Wing Staff Agencies (WSA)/ 62nd Medical Squadron (MDS) nominees and winners (bolded) from for each category were:

62nd MXG – Senior Airman Andrew Doody-Veilleux
62nd OG – Senior Airman Alexander Herman
62nd WSA/ MDS – Senior Airman Lawrence Mitchell

62nd MXG – Tech. Sgt. Harlyn Johnson
62nd OG – Staff Sgt. John Draxler
62nd WSA/MDS – Tech. Sgt. Kayla Stammen

62nd MXG – Senior Master Sgt. Andrew Earll
62nd OG – Master Sgt. Rich Brownlee
62nd WSA/MDS – Master Sgt. Benjamin Aldridge

62nd MXG – 1Lt Sara Buhler
62nd OG – 1st Lt. Tessa Land
62nd WSA/MDS – 1Lt Christopher Bissing

62nd MXG – Capt Joseph Griffin
62nd OG – Capt. Amy Banks
62nd WSA/MDS – Capt. Alicia Ojeda

62nd OG – Maj. Patrick Warfel
62nd WSA/MDS – Maj. Sara Ayers

Civilian Category I: 
62nd MXG – Jason Aven
62nd OG – Barvara Bailey
62nd WSA/MDS – Aumbirh Jones

Civilian Category IIA:
62nd MXG – Dallas Nickerson
62nd OG – Lowell Mooney
62nd WSA/MDS – Bryan Dochnal

Civilian Category IIB:
62nd MXG – Brendan Hilton
62nd OG – Eileen Rodriguez
62nd WSA/MDS – Genevieve Henderson

Civilian Category III:
62nd WSA/MDS – Robert McAlpine

Service Team:
62nd MXG – Aircraft Maintenance Squadron (AMXS) Service Team
62nd OG – Wing Current Operations Team
62nd WSA/MDS – Force Development Flight

Innovation Team:
62nd MXG – AMXS Innovation Team
62nd OG – Aircrew Flight Equipment

Key Spouse:
62nd MXG – Madison

First Sergeant:
62nd MXG – Master Sgt. Garret Skinner
62nd OG – Master Sgt. Stephanie Field

The Airmen who earned wing-level awards will go on to compete at 18th Air Force, representing the 62nd AW vision – World’s Greatest Airlift Team ... Where Airmen Matter – at the numbered air force level. If you see these Airmen, please take the time to congratulate them for their accomplishments.
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