Salutes & Awards

March 28, 2014

Salutes and Awards

Maintenance professionals of 2013

The following individuals received 2013 Maintenance Professional of the Year awards:
Crew chief: Staff Sgt. Paul Heiss, 56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Support professionals

Airman: Senior Airman Charles Cerdena, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron
NCO: Tech. Sgt. Danny Smith, 56th Maintenance Group
Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Paul Siracusa, 56th EMS
Civilian: Rickey Radford, 56th MXG

Armament

Technician: Airman 1st Class Robert Shilander, 56th AMXS
Supervisor: Staff Sgt. Matthew Popp, 56th AMXS
Manager: Master Sgt. Robert Petty, 56th MXG

Maintenance professionals

Airman: Senior Airman Wesley Bohde, 56th EMS
NCO: Staff Sgt. Brandt Giambatista, 56th AMXS
Senior NCO: Master Sgt. William Jennings, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Company grade officer: 1st Lt. Michael Hampton, 56th AMXS
Civilian: Alan Flynn, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron

Weapons load crew

Crew 209: Staff Sgt. Matthew Popp, Senior Airman Mei Ling Keiki, and Senior Airman Ken Yoshimoto, 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Unit

SMSgt selects announced

The following master sergeants have been selected for promotion to senior master sergeant:
Allison Brown, 56th Fighter Wing; Eric Dorfner and Kenrick Edmund, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron; Robert Fletcher, 56th Operations Support Squadron; David Garcia, 56th Component Maintenance Squadron; Allen Hewitt, inbound; Raisean Lasenberry, 607th Air Control Squadron; Thomas Lohsandt, 756th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron; Catherine Mahoney, inbound; Brian McRory, 56th FW; David Meacham, 56th Security Forces Squadron; Joseph Monthie, 56th Maintenance Group; Sheris Poisson, 56th Force Support Squadron; and Spencer Ridgway, inbound




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