Salutes & Awards

March 21, 2014

Thunderbolt of the Week

For week of March 17

Airman 1st Class Koraye Williams
56th Comptroller Squadron
Customer Service financial technician

Williams
Hometown: Melbourne, Fla.

Years in service: One

Family: Mother, Odessa; and father, Freddie

Education: Florida Institute of Technology, bachelor’s in business administration

Inspirations: Own a gym or YMCA to help children of the future

Goals: Receive a master’s degree in finance

Greatest feat: Being the first in my family to finish college

Famous last words: “Be who you are, not what people want you to be.”

Off-duty interests: Sports, working out, movies and socializing

Commander’s comments: Airman Williams possesses the energy and dedication needed in today’s Air Force,” said Maj. Scott Smith, 56th CPTS commander. “He leads others to take part in team building events, and elevates team cohesion and pride. He is dedicated to our core values and excellence, which enabled him to crush his 5-level CDCs within five months. His commitment to service before self is reflected in how he helps others, ensuring they receive the right pay and entitlements. His effort to ensure travel vouchers are submitted timely and accurately has resulted in Luke CPTS achieving top in command status.

For week of March 10

Airman 1st Class Nicolas Westover
56th Component Maintenance Squadron
Egress journeyman

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Hometown: Tooele, Utah

Years in service: Two

Family: Wife, Carly; daughter, Adelaide

Education: Community College of Air Force and electrical engineer

Inspirations: Family and Air Force

Greatest feat: The birth of my child.

Famous last words: “It’s better to burn out than fade away.”

Off-duty interests: Rock climbing, working out and being with family

Commander’s comments: “Airman Westover is a superb Airman, said Maj. David Lemery, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron commander. He stays grounded by what is important — serving his country and providing a better life for his family. He aggressively tackles any job and his upgrade training requirements while maintaining a 100-percent pass rate on his quality assurance evaluations. Airman Westover is self-motivated and highly respected by his peers. He has already completed his CCAF degree and is working on a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering.”




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