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Top ANG Airmen honored during 'Focus on the Force' week

Lieutenant Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard (left) and Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, the command chief master sergeant of the ANG (far right), stand with the ANG Outstanding Airmen of the Year during an All Call event at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland August 7, 2014. The OAY winners are (left to right) Senior Airman Christian Goldsmith, Airman of the Year, Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Master Sgt. Joseph G. Ashwood, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Master Sgt. Linda Schwartzlow, First Sergeant of the Year, Master Sgt. David Coker, Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year, and Tech. Sgt. Amy Ough, Honor Guard Member of the Year. (Air National Guard photo by Master. Sgt. Marvin R. Preston/Released)

Lieutenant Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the Air National Guard (left) and Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, the command chief master sergeant of the ANG (far right), stand with the ANG Outstanding Airmen of the Year during an All Call event at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland August 7, 2014. The OAY winners are (left to right) Senior Airman Christian Goldsmith, Airman of the Year, Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Master Sgt. Joseph G. Ashwood, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Master Sgt. Linda Schwartzlow, First Sergeant of the Year, Master Sgt. David Coker, Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year, and Tech. Sgt. Amy Ough, Honor Guard Member of the Year. (Air National Guard photo by Master. Sgt. Marvin R. Preston/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, the command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, addresses attendees during an All Call event Aug. 7, 2014 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The purpose of the All Call is to recognize the ANG's Oustanding Airmen of the Year and it signifies the end to Focus on the Force Week, which gathers senior enlisted leaders to openly discuss concerns, receive feedback from the junior enlisted and tell the exceptional stories of ANG Airmen throughout the 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Marvin R. Preston/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, the command chief master sergeant of the Air National Guard, addresses attendees during an All Call event Aug. 7, 2014 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The purpose of the All Call is to recognize the ANG's Oustanding Airmen of the Year and it signifies the end to Focus on the Force Week, which gathers senior enlisted leaders to openly discuss concerns, receive feedback from the junior enlisted and tell the exceptional stories of ANG Airmen throughout the 50 states, territories and the District of Columbia. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Marvin R. Preston/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Timothy R. Tyvan, chairman of the Enlisted Field Advisory Council, speaks with the Air National Guard's Outstanding Airmen of the Year at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 5, 2014, as part of Focus on the Force week. The  OAY Airmen bring the perspective of the 91,000 enlisted Airmen across the ANG to the council in order to address challenges facing the enlisted force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John E. Hillier/Released)

Chief Master Sgt. Timothy R. Tyvan, chairman of the Enlisted Field Advisory Council, speaks with the Air National Guard's Outstanding Airmen of the Year at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 5, 2014, as part of Focus on the Force week. The OAY Airmen bring the perspective of the 91,000 enlisted Airmen across the ANG to the council in order to address challenges facing the enlisted force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John E. Hillier/Released)

Master Sgt. Joseph Ashwood, The Air National Guard's 2014 Outstanding Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, discusses the stresses many units face supporting extended periods of high operational tempo during the Enlisted Field Advisory Council meeting at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 5, 2014, as part of Focus on the Force week. The OAY Airmen bring the perspective of the 91,000 enlisted Airmen across the ANG to address challenges facing the enlisted force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John E. Hillier/Released)

Master Sgt. Joseph Ashwood, The Air National Guard's 2014 Outstanding Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, discusses the stresses many units face supporting extended periods of high operational tempo during the Enlisted Field Advisory Council meeting at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 5, 2014, as part of Focus on the Force week. The OAY Airmen bring the perspective of the 91,000 enlisted Airmen across the ANG to address challenges facing the enlisted force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John E. Hillier/Released)

Former Senior Enlisted Advisors and Command Chief Master Sergeants of the Air National Guard address attendees of the Enlisted Field Advisory Council Aug. 8, 2014 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The EFAC proposes solutions, changes and other policy actions that effect the enlisted members of the ANG. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Marvin R. Preston/Released)

Former Senior Enlisted Advisors and Command Chief Master Sergeants of the Air National Guard address attendees of the Enlisted Field Advisory Council Aug. 8, 2014 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The EFAC proposes solutions, changes and other policy actions that effect the enlisted members of the ANG. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Marvin R. Preston/Released)

Master Sgt. David Coker, the ANG's 2014 Outstanding Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year, references AFI 36-2618, also known as the "little brown book" during a discussion on the enlisted force structure during the Chiefs' Executive Course held at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 4, 2014. The Outstanding Airmen of the Year winners had the opportunity to sit i on the course as part of Focus on the Force week. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John E. Hillier/Released)

Master Sgt. David Coker, the ANG's 2014 Outstanding Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year, references AFI 36-2618, also known as the "little brown book" during a discussion on the enlisted force structure during the Chiefs' Executive Course held at the Air National Guard Readiness Center on Joint Base Andrews, Md., Aug. 4, 2014. The Outstanding Airmen of the Year winners had the opportunity to sit i on the course as part of Focus on the Force week. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John E. Hillier/Released)

Command Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Richard A. Moon, the fifth senior enlisted advisor for the Air National Guard, address attendees of the Chief Executive Course August 7, 2014 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The CEC provides recently promoted Chief Master Sergeants with a broad view of total force operations at a strategic level. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Marvin R. Preston/Released)

Command Chief Master Sgt. (ret.) Richard A. Moon, the fifth senior enlisted advisor for the Air National Guard, address attendees of the Chief Executive Course August 7, 2014 at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland. The CEC provides recently promoted Chief Master Sergeants with a broad view of total force operations at a strategic level. (Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Marvin R. Preston/Released)

The ANG Outstanding Airmen of the Year are recognized during an All Call event at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland August 7, 2014. The OAY winners are (left to right) Senior Airman. Christian Goldsmith, Airman of the Year, Technical Sgt. Doug Matthews, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Master Sgt. Joseph G. Ashwood, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Master Sgt. Linda Schwartzlow, First Sergeant of the Year, Master Sgt. David Coker, Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year, and Technical Sgt. Amy Ough, Honor Guard Member of the Year. (Air National Guard photo by Master. Sgt. Marvin R. Preston/Released)

The ANG Outstanding Airmen of the Year are recognized during an All Call event at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland August 7, 2014. The OAY winners are Senior Airman Christian Goldsmith, Airman of the Year, Tech. Sgt. Doug Matthews, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Master Sgt. Joseph G. Ashwood, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year, Master Sgt. Linda Schwartzlow, First Sergeant of the Year, Master Sgt. David Coker, Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year, and Tech. Sgt. Amy Ough, Honor Guard Member of the Year. (Air National Guard photo by Master. Sgt. Marvin R. Preston/Released)

Airmen at the Air National Guard Readiness Center congratulate the ANG's 2014 Outstanding Airmen of the Year during an all call hosted by Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the ANG, at the ANGRC on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Aug. 7, 2014. The all call was part of Focus on the Force week, a series of events designed to bring the perspective of the enlisted Air Guardsman to ANG leadership, and discuss challenges faced by Airmen across the ANG. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John E. Hillier/Released)

Airmen at the Air National Guard Readiness Center congratulate the ANG's 2014 Outstanding Airmen of the Year during an all call hosted by Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, director of the ANG, at the ANGRC on Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, Aug. 7, 2014. The all call was part of Focus on the Force week, a series of events designed to bring the perspective of the enlisted Air Guardsman to ANG leadership, and discuss challenges faced by Airmen across the ANG. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman John E. Hillier/Released)

JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The six Air National Guard 2014 Outstanding Airmen of the Year shared their inspiring field experiences and enthusiasm with senior leadership at the Air National Guard Readiness Center here during the "Focus on the Force" week Aug. 4-7.

Each year, the Air National Guard seeks to recognize the Airmen who best embody the Air Force core values of integrity, service and excellence.

Hosted by the office of the ANG Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. James W. Hotaling, Focus on the Force week events include the Chiefs' Executive Course, Enlisted Field Advisory Council  meeting, a gathering of former senior enlisted advisors and an all call recognizing the 2014 Outstanding Airmen of the Year.

"Everybody has a share in making sure that someone else gets to sit in these Airmen's chair one day," said Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the director of the ANG. "Every year we look for outstanding Airmen and there's somebody out in the field right now who just needs a little bit of encouragement to occupy one of these chairs and they don't even know it yet."

The six honorees brought the perspective of the 91,000 enlisted Airmen across the Air National Guard to the EFAC, sharing first-hand challenges that enlisted members experience in the field. They also had the opportunity to sit in for part of the CEC, which is a familiarization course for recently-promoted ANG chief master sergeants, and speak with former senior enlisted advisors and command chief master sergeants of the ANG.

"We brought our Outstanding Airmen of the Year to talk with us last year, too, and we hope to do this for many years to come," said Chief Master Sgt. Timothy R. Tyvan, EFAC chairman and state of Washington command chief. "This is our opportunity to engage with Airmen of all levels...about the issues they face with policies and legislation."

While the core of the week-long event was the candid and forthright exchange on methods for handling the complex issues facing the Air Guard, one of the highlights was the recognition of the Air National Guard 2014 Outstanding Airmen of the Year.

These honorees, selected from across the 50 states, three territories, and the District of Columbia, are: Senior Airman Christian J. Goldsmith, Airman of the Year, 150th Special Operations Wing, New Mexico ANG; Tech. Sgt. Douglas J. Matthews, Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, 142nd Fighter Wing, Oregon ANG; Master Sgt. Joseph G. Ashwood, Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year, 147th Reconnaissance Wing, Texas ANG; Master Sgt. Linda E. Schwartzlow, First Sergeant of the Year, 128th Air Control Squadron, Wisconsin ANG; Tech. Sgt. Amy M. Ough, Honor Guard Member of the Year, Eastern Air Defense Sector, New York ANG; and Master Sgt. David E. Coker, Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year, 128th Air Refueling Wing, Wisconsin ANG.

Matthews was also selected as one of the U.S. Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. He will be honored at the annual Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition scheduled for September in Washington, D.C.