Salutes & Awards

August 23, 2012

Diamond Sharp August 24, 2012

Senior Airman Andrea M. Pabon, 12AF

Senior Airman Andrea M. Pabon, 12AF

First Sergeant: Senior Master Sgt. Tracy Deason

Duty Title: Knowledge Operations Journeyman

When joined the AF: Oct. 20, 2009

Hometown: Sonora, TX

Hobbies: Running, Volleyball, going to the gym

Selection Reasons: Airman Pabon is a true “Wingman”! After discovering that a fellow Airman was in emotional distress, she immediately made face to face contact with him opening up communication channels. Due to the amount of stress her friend was under, and even though he downplayed his issues, Airman Pabon still ensured her leadership was aware and contacted her First Sergeant to ensure proper oversight/care was given to the troubled Airman. Her actions set the example and the Airman in need successfully addressed his issues again being productive. Watch out for your Wingmen and take action to engage and let them know people care!

 

Airman Basic Desirae Faasavalu, 355th Force Support Squadron

Airman Basic Desirae Faasavalu, 355th Force Support Squadron

First Sergeant recognizing:Senior Master Sgt. John Skaggs / 355th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Duty Title:Career Development Technician

When joined the AF: Dec. 1, 2009

Hometown: Nuuuli, American Samoa

Hobbies: Basketball and playing the piano, ukulele, and guitar.

Selection Reasons: Airman Faasavalu is an absolute subject matter expert in all matters regarding the separation/discharge of Airmen. She is a consummate military professional and treats all customers with respect. If Airman Faasavalu does not know an answer, she aggressively attacks finding it and gives accurate responses…every time! Airman Faasavalu is a terrific singer and has been hand-picked to perform the National Anthem at major events to include the recent Mission Support Group Change of Command. She also recently went TDY to Texas to participate in a competition with the Air Force “Tops In Blue” where her singing, dancing, and musical talents were displayed.  Totally involved Airman!

 

Staff Sgt. Luke Dryden, 48th Rescue Squadron

Staff Sgt. Luke Dryden, 48th Rescue Squadron

First Sergeant:Master Sgt. Nathan Rice

Duty Title:NCOIC of WEPTAC

When joined the AF: June 2007

Hometown: Missoula, MT

Hobbies: Shooting and collecting guns, rock climbing, and “beginner” carpenter.

Selection Reasons: Sergeant Dryden led the squadron in recent deployment, ensuring $4M in supplies were prepared in support of the Global Response Force. Sergeant Dryden also devoted personal time to meet with a potential new member of the Air Force, sharing some of the details of his job and Air Force life in general. His actions motivated the individual to a new career and inspired his family as well. Sergeant Dryden continually performs above his pay grade and tackles any challenge thrown at him. He regularly devotes time in the Tucson community and exudes overwhelming pride in the Pararescue career field.




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Extraordinary effort regardless of outcome

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