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Devoted defender earns 'Top Performer' honors

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  • By Airman 1st Class Courtney Witt
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
An Airman assigned to the 254th Security Forces Squadron recently received the Pacific Air Forces Airman of the Year Award. 

Staff Sgt. Shaun Morrison, 254th Security Forces Squadron security controlman, exhibits the traits of an exceptional Airman, earning him the distinction as one of Andersen and PACAF's "Top Performers." 

"I was shocked I was even nominated," Sergeant Morrison said. "The award was a plus, but I didn't strive to win an award - I strove to do what was right every day to improve myself and everyone else. I don't want people to see security forces in a negative way. I want them to be able to feel comfortable to come to us for help. I want security forces be the best squadron there is." 

Sergeant Morrison, a native of Guam, has been in the Air National Guard for almost four years. Under the 254th SFS, Sergeant Morrison works alongside members of the 36th Security Forces Squadron as an active Guardsman. 

"I wanted to be able to do my part in the fight but be close to home," Sergeant Morrison said. "That was what I joined for - to help defend this country and give back what I can to the nation state. The more I interact with active duty personnel, the more they inspire me to fight harder." 

Not only is Sergeant Morrison pursuing an education, he is also an avid volunteer. His main concentration of volunteering has been at a mixed martial arts gym in Sinajana, Underworld Extreme. 

"The gym allows children an escape and a reason to keep them off the streets," Sergeant Morrison said. "Guys who are trained martial art athletes, mentor children to stay off the streets by disciplining their minds as well as their body to teach them to stay away from drugs and violence." 

Not only is he a mentor off base but on base as well. 

"I try to mentor Airmen who have just come into this unit as much as possible and assist with the regular daily public as someone they can turn to," said Sergeant Morrison. 

By keeping a perfect balance between his on- and off-duty activities, Sergeant Morrison has earned the respect of his peers and leaders. 

"Sergeant Morrison gives 100 percent and more," said Tech. Sgt. Franklin Cruz, 36th SFS armory NCOIC. "He is committed to his training and dedicated to his unit and the Airmen see that. He is a devoted individual."