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MADISON, Wis. — Airmen assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing were recognized for their ability to perform beyond what is expected of them during the wing’s annual awards ceremony Feb. 5 at Truaxfield, Madison, Wisconsin.
Service members and civilians were recognized for the unit and state awards they earned throughout the year.
Jerry Hook was recognized for receiving the Air Force Association Civilian Employee of the Year Award. Hook’s dedication and expertise has made over $1 million available to service members and their families.
“His attorney has been essential to his organization following the tragic loss of two Airmen and he continues to support the families of those Airmen,” said Capt. Roger Roth, master of ceremonies for the annual awards ceremony. “Furthermore, his dedication to his community and veterans inspired him to help raise over $1 million to erect a veterans memorial.”
The men and women of the 115th FW who have deployed over the past year were also highlighted.
“This ceremony is a great moment for us to recognize the length and difficulty of your deployments,” said Colonel Bart Van Roo, commander of the 115th FW. “A lot of you signed up for a five or six month deployment and it turned into a seven or eight month deployment.”
In addition to those deployed, members were recognized in each of these categories:
- The Airman of the Year is Senior Airman Benjamin Wingers, 115th Mission Support Group.
- The NCO of the Year is Tech. sergeant. Joline Powell, 115th Force Support Squadron.
- Senior NCO of the Year is Master Sgt. Samantha Burrows, 115th Operations Group.
- Company Rank Officer of the Year is 2nd Lt. Cory Corson, 115th Civil Engineers.
- The first sergeant of the year is master sergeant. Marta Darrow, 115th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron.
- The civilians of the year are Scott Relitz, Eliamar Trapp and Joseph Grenier.
“I listened to the words that were spoken, different accomplishments one after another, missions we’ve never done before, missions you’ve been doing for decades and everything in between,” said Brig. Gen. David May, the assistant adjutant general of the Wisconsin Air National Guard. “The common thing through it all is that they were done at the highest possible level, because that’s what it’s all about.”
To close the ceremony, members of the 115th FW were encouraged to keep the good work going for years to come.
“Congratulations to the unit and wing award winners,” said Van Roo. “You will recognize that each of these airmen truly makes this place a better place to work and I ask you to carry that forward in your sections next year as well.”