Salutes & Awards

September 14, 2012

Salutes and Awards


Honoring a hero……

Capt. Andrew Hoeffler, right, 56th Medical Operations Squadron family nurse practitioner, is awarded the John Davis Jr. Award Aug. 31 for Valor by Geoffrey Heard, Arizona Black Law Enforcement Officer president, during the ABLE 2012 Criminal Justice Conference in Phoenix. The award is presented to a local citizen in recognition of an act of valor, bravery or life-saving, which involves risk to personal safety and/or results in the preservation of life that, without the citizen’s aid, could have resulted in death. Hoeffler saved the life of Ashawnis Guidry, 5, son of Staff Sgt. Christopher Guidry, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, while he was swimming in the Balfour Beatty Community Pool at Luke Air Force Base. Ashawnis made a full recovery from the near-drowning due to the quick actions of Hoeffler.

ALS graduates 36

The 56th Fighter Wing Airman Leadership School graduated one staff sergeant and 35 senior airmen Aug. 30 from class 12-6.

The award winners are senior airmen:

John L. Levitow award: John Robinson III, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Distinguished graduates: Andrew Hannah, 756th AMXS, Jared Sinchak, 56th Civil Engineer Squadron, and Anastasia Simmons, 56th Force Support Squadron

Commandant’s award: Jared Sinchak, 56th CES

Academic achievement award: Andrew Hannah, 756th AMXS

Physical training accomplishments:

Most improved: Eduardo Hernandez, 56th Maintenance Operations Squadron

Fire breather: Anthony Bronikowski, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Other graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted:

56th Operations Support Squadron

Christopher Hopek

56th Maintenance Operations Squadron

Steven Manwaring

56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron

Steven Doucette, Joel Hawbaker, Paul Perez, Staff Sgt. Gregory Scharp and Matthew Sheehan

56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Dominic Girondo, Grant Shoemaker and Richard Wadkins

756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Clifford Leach, Hector Ortega, Marvin Relato, Guadalupe Ruark, Bryan Spangler, Mykell Stahl, Jerade Sullivan and Matthew Villanueva

56th Civil Engineer Squadron

Brandon Wood

56th Force Support Squadron

Christina Elliott

56th Security Forces Squadron

Dallas Ansick and Kaila Haller

56th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Cassie Estep and Leonel Ramos

944th Fighter Wing

Derrick Lehner

944th Force Support Squadron

Adriana Brimmer

944th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Erica Sweet

607th Air Control Squadron

Jaime Rios

129th Maintenance Squadron

Johnathan Nordstrom

168th Maintenance Squadron

Joshua Langfield




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