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Air National Guard announces 2017 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Official seal for the Air National Guard's 2018 Focus on the Force Week, a week-long event celebrating the contributions and excellence of the ANG enlisted corps. (Air National Guard illustration)

Official seal for the Air National Guard's 2018 Focus on the Force Week, a week-long event celebrating the contributions and excellence of the ANG enlisted corps. (Air National Guard illustration)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The Air National Guard command chief master sergeant announced the Air National Guard’s 2017 Outstanding Airmen of the Year.

This year’s honorees, selected from the more than 91,000 enlisted women and men in the ANG, and represent the very best of the states and communities the National Guard serves.

“Each year, we seek to recognize the Airmen who represent the best of our Air National Guard,” said Chief Master Sgt. Ronald C. Anderson Jr., command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard. “Our Outstanding Airmen of the Year come from every status and truly represent the 21st Century Guard Airmen. They fight America’s wars, strengthen our nation's partnerships, and defend our homeland every day, without fail, at home and around the world.”

The honorees, selected from across the 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands, are: Senior Airman Wilson B. Gardner, 116th Air Control Wing, Georgia ANG; Tech. Sgt. Jermaine R. Beasley, 159th Fighter Wing, Louisiana ANG; Master Sgt. Ashley U. P. Able, 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina ANG; and Master Sgt. Dawn C. Kloos, 225th Air Defense Group, Washington ANG.