Officials announce 2010 LULAC award winners|
Posted 6/7/2010 Updated 6/7/2010
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office
6/7/2010 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Air Force officials have selected the winners of the 2010 League of United Latin American Citizens Excellence in Military Service Award.
The award recognizes members who have made significant contributions to the advancement of minority groups and the promotion of diversity and equal opportunity in the military and federal workforce.
The winners are Senior Master Sgt. Limweshe D. Wright from Nellis Air Force Base, NV, and Maj. Omar Ebarb from Offutt AFB, NE.
Sergeant Wright is the vehicle management superintendent for the 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Nellis. Contributing to his win were his leadership and combat warrior skills while deployed to Afghanistan with a provincial reconstruction team. He led vehicle support for 300 missions and also served as a convoy commander, armored tactical vehicle driver, and M240B gunner. His actions as gunner were critical after an explosion killed his team commander and three others, earning him the Bronze Star and Air Force Combat Action Medal.
As a planning and programming officer for Headquarters U.S. Strategic Command, Major Ebarb voluntarily mobilized twice in support of overseas contingency operations. While at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, he supported the activation of Air Mobility Command's largest en route wing. He also deployed to Joint Base Balad, Iraq, where his command leadership enabled his unit to maintain a 97 percent departure reliability rate, despite a constant threat of indirect fire attacks.
The awards will be presented at 81st Annual LULAC National Convention and Exposition, in Albuquerque, NM, July 15.
For more information on this and other Air Force recognition programs visit the Air Force Personnel Center personnel services website or call the Air Force's 24/7 Total Force Service Center toll-free at (800) 525-0102.