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Air Force names 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

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The Air Force has selected the service's top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2007.

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. Ronald A. Colaninno, McGuire Air Force Base, N.J.
Senior Master Sgt. Tammy L. Brangard-Hern, Randolph AFB, Texas
Master Sgt. Lawrence B. Taylor, Kingsley Field, Ore.
Tech. Sgt. Jeremy L. Griffin, Patrick AFB, Fla.
Tech. Sgt. Sachiko D. Jones, Royal Air Force Alconbury, United Kingdom
Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Hefti, Hill AFB, Utah
Staff Sgt. Jonathan C. McCoy, Pope AFB, N.C.
Staff Sgt. David Orvosh, Pope AFB, N.C.
Staff Sgt. Richard W. Rose Jr., Charleston AFB, S.C.
Staff Sgt. Geoffrey M. Welsh, Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C.
Senior Airman Linn Aubrey, Lackland AFB, Texas
Senior Airman Matthew C. Hulsman, Elmendorf AFB, Alaska.

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