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ANG Security Forces Award individual winners named

Posted 1/8/2016   Updated 1/8/2016 Email story   Print story

    


by Staff Sgt. John E. Hillier
Air National Guard Readiness Center Public Affairs


1/8/2016 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Md. -- The Director of the Air National Guard recently announced the 2015 Air National Guard Security Forces Award individual winners.

The awards seek to recognize the outstanding achievements of individual security forces Airmen across the ANG who rose above their peers and raised their performance to new heights.

"All of our security forces members around the globe deserve a hearty thank-you for facing these challenges head on while remaining the standard-bearer of the professional Airman," said Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke, Air National Guard director.

"One noteworthy addition to the awards program this year is the creation of the Staff Sergeant Todd 'TJ' Lobraico Award, which specifically honors a fallen security forces defender from the 105th Airlift Wing, in New York, who was killed in action in September 2013," said Chief Master Sgt. Francis Miskelly, ANG security forces career field manager. "The award is for a reserve-component Airman to be recognized for either worldwide or domestic contingency operations. We wanted Airmen in domestic operations to be eligible, because in addition to our federal mission our Airmen are also out there doing great things within their states and communities."

The members honored are:
· Airman First Class Elizabeth Jacobson Award - Staff Sgt. Orlando Calzadillas, 161st Security Forces Squadron, Phoenix, Ariz.

· Staff Sergeant Todd "TJ" Lobraico Award for Excellence - Senior Airman Mark Bariciano, 105th Base Defense Squadron, Newburgh, N.Y.

· Outstanding Security Forces Flight-level SNCO Award - Master Sgt. Casey B. Walsh, 104th Security Forces Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Mass.

· Outstanding Security Forces Flight-level NCO Award - Staff Sgt. Steven Vigneault, 104th Security Forces Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Mass.

· Outstanding Security Forces Flight-level Airman Award - Senior Airman Shane T. Coakley, 104th Security Forces Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Mass.

· Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff Senior NCO Award - Master Sgt. Michael R. Conner, 129th Security Forces Squadron, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

· Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff NCO Award - Staff Sgt. Maurice A. Canapi-Figueras, 129th Security Forces Squadron, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

· Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff Airman Award - Senior Airman Toni L. Tenner, 129th Security Forces Squadron, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

· Outstanding Security Forces Higher Headquarters Staff Civilian Award - Shane Braziel, NGB/A7S, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

· Outstanding Security Forces Higher Headquarters Staff NCO Award - Master Sgt. Steven D. Jeffers, NGB/A7S, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

· Outstanding Air Reserve Component Security Forces Company Grade Officer Award - 1st Lt. Amanda Correll, 113th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

· Outstanding Air Reserve Component Security Forces Senior NCO Award - MSgt Yolanda Spikes, 113th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

· Outstanding Air Reserve Component Security Forces NCO Award - Tech. Sgt. William D. Chaddock, 129th Security Forces Squadron, Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif.

· Outstanding Air Reserve Component Security Forces Airman Award - Senior Airman John Mazepa, 113th Security Forces Squadron, Joint Base Andrews, Md.

· Outstanding Air Reserve Component Security Forces Civilian Award - Officer Christopher J. Krutka, 104th Security Forces Squadron, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Westfield, Mass.

Each of these individuals was first nominated at the squadron level, and continued through their respective state leadership, and ultimately to a selection board at the Air National Guard Readiness Center. The selection board consisted of members from the ANGRC and an officer and senior NCO from field units.  Each of these winners will now move on to compete at the Headquarters Air Force level.



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