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Air Force names 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The Air Force has selected its top enlisted members, the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2008.

An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center here considered 33 nominees who represented major commands, direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Air Staff agencies. The board selected the 12 based on superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements.

The nominees are authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year ribbon, while the 12 winners will wear the bronze service star device on the ribbon. The winners will also wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year Badge for one year from the date of formal presentation.

The winners are:

Senior Master Sgt. Donna Goodno, San Diego Air National Guard Station, Calif.
Master Sgt. Carla Curry, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas
Master Sgt. George Price, Jr., Patrick AFB, Fla.
Tech. Sgt. James Caughron, McConnell AFB, Kan.
Tech. Sgt. Earl Covel, Jr., Fort Lewis, Wash.
Tech. Sgt. Jason Hughes, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska
Tech. Sgt. Tammy Shaw, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio
Tech. Sgt. James Weltin, Patrick AFB
Staff Sgt. Eric Eberhard, Hill AFB, Utah
Senior Airman Mary Bullock, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Senior Airman Alicia Goetschel, Royal Air Force Mildenhall, United Kingdom
Senior Airman Shawn Ryan, Sheppard AFB, Texas

The Air Force Association will honor the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year during its Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., this September. The Airmen will also serve as members of the AFA's enlisted advisory council for the next year.

For more information or media inquiries, contact the Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs Office at (210) 565-2334.