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Air Force names Outstanding Airmen of the Year

Posted 7/30/2013   Updated 7/30/2013 Email story   Print story


7/30/2013 - WASHINTON (AFNS) -- Air Force officials announced the service's top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2013.

An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center considered 36 nominees who represented major commands; direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force. The board selected 12 Airmen based on superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements.

12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year (by command of assignment when selected):

Senior Airman Casey L. Anderson, Air Education and Training Command
Master Sgt. Andre S. Davis, Air National Guard
Senior Airman Lauren A. Everett, U.S. Air Forces in Europe
Master Sgt. Tessa M. Fontaine, Air Force Space Command
Tech. Sgt. Adam L. Gomez, Air Force District of Washington
Staff Sgt. Joshua L. Hanna, Pacific Air Forces
Senior Airman Steven C. Hedgepeth, Air Force Materiel Command
Master Sgt. Shawn J. Jones, Air Force Reserve Command
Tech. Sgt. Celeste C. Okokon, Air Combat Command
Tech. Sgt. Jason D. Payne, Air Force Special Operations Command
Senior Master Sgt. Ernesto J. Rendon, Air Mobility Command
Senior Airman Joseph C. Senteno, Air Force Global Strike Command

The winners are authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon with the bronze service star device on the ribbon. They are also authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year Badge for one year from the date of formal presentation.

The Air Force Association will honor the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in September during its Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C

For more information on Air Force recognition program and other personnel issues, visit the myPers website at

8/15/2013 8:06:52 AM ET
I agree and have been saying the same thing for 20yrs post the winning awards packages publicly so all aspiring Airmen can see what it takes to be the very best.Problem is packages are often inflated and routinely embellish the actual actions accomplishments and impact of what the person really did. As packages win and climb the competition ladder from Gp to Wg to MAJCOM each level tries to make them strongermore competitive and bullets morph from part of a team to organized planned led entire team. Publishing would likely hurt morale and esprit de corps as co-workers can see specific bullets and the so called herculean efforts made by the nominee are in fact known not to be accurate.In 22 yrs I've had only 1 commander that actually vetted contents of packages to ensure absolute accuracy i.e. transcripts for GPAs letters from community service leaders to verify hours etc. Make all winning packages public with the Commander's name on the front page and perhaps more wil
Inflated 1206s, FL
8/14/2013 3:00:11 PM ET
And since The USAF so conveniently neglects them I'd like to congratulate all the outstanding furloughed civilians.
Bill, Fort Worth
8/12/2013 5:04:36 PM ET
show us the packages so we can write award winners too
Bullet Writer, KAFB NM
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