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Andersen recognizes top performers of 2008

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  • By Amn 1st Class Courtney Witt
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Team Andersen recognized six Airmen and three civilians for their hard work and dedication on and off duty during the Annual Awards Banquet held Feb. 19 at the Chamorro Ballroom, Marriott Hotel. 

The theme of this year's Annual Awards "Fly, Flight, Win" drives home the reminder that the Air Force mission wouldn't exist without the efforts of all Team Andersen Airmen. 

"We are one Air Force not an Air Force of one," said Brig. Gen. Jan-Marc Jouas Pacific Air Forces director of operations, who was the guest speaker at the banquet.

The following Airmen and civilians received rewards for their efforts during 2008:

Airman of the Year
Senior Airman Kyle Houseman, 36th Mission Support Group

Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter
Staff Sgt. Jamie Brewer, 36th Medical Support Squadron

Senior NCO of the Year
Senior Master Sgt. Richard Lien Jr., 36th Mission Support Group 

First Sergeant of the Year
Senior Master Sgt. Paul Cornell, 36th Maintence Group

Honor Guard of the Year
Staff Sgt. Noah Bolton, 36th Wing Staff

Company Grade Officer of the Year
First Lt. William A Muir, Mission Support Group

Civilian I
Marcelino Tan, 36th Mission Support Group

Civilian II
Denguchi Giramur, 36th Medical Group

Civilian III
David Robledo, 36th Mission Support Group

Andersen Spouse of the Year
Ashley Smith, 36th Maintenance Group

"Being nominated for the Annual Awards is truly an honor," said Airman 1st Class Jarrod Bricker, 554th RED HORSE Squadron utilities systems apprentice. "You can do and work hard all year long but it takes your leadership to take notice and reward you for your efforts. I am privileged to represent the 554th RHS at wing level and appreciate all their support. 'To the Horse.'"

Nominees for annual awards submit packages detailing their efforts in many categories, including job performance, volunteerism and education - encompassing the "Total Person Concept over the 2008 year." 

The competition and esprit de corps exhibited in these awards ceremonies serves as a course-setter for the winner's future endeavors. 

"It's an honor to be selected," said Senior Master Sgt. Richard Lien, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire and Emergency Services Flight deputy fire chief. "But it's important to remember that there are many, many people who contributed to this award. Calling it an individual award is a bit of a misnomer; it's truly about teamwork, shared commitment, and mutual support. I achieved success because I've worked with some of the best people in the Air Force, and they trained me, mentored me, and supported me as we worked together to achieve our mission. No firefighter ever truly puts out a fire by himself, and no firefighter ever really wins an award by himself."