Salutes & Awards

January 21, 2016

45 graduate ALS

Courtesy of Tech. Sgt. Danielle Cook
56th Force Support Squadron

The 56th Fighter Wing graduated 44 senior airmen and one staff sergeant Dec. 17 from class 16-1.

The award winners are:

John L. Levitow Award: Michelle Justiniani, 56th Operations Support Squadron

Distinguished graduates: Elisabeth Yates, 944th Medical Squadron; Anthony Lopez, 944th Security Forces Squadron; Cassandra Saunders, 56th Medical Operations Squadron; and Eric Burrell 56th Civil Engineer Squadron

Commandant’s Award: Ryan Kneafsey, 56th SFS

Academic Achievement Award: Elisabeth Yates, 944th MDS

Physical training

Fire breather: Devan Poissant, 607th Air Control Squadron

Other graduates are senior airmen unless otherwise noted:

56th OSS

Andre Anderson and Staff Sgt. Zackary Taylor

56th Maintenance

Valshaun Poole, Taijah Rankin and Jacob Smith

56th Component
Maintenance Squadron

Lester Banks, Spencer Brockman and Rogello Dominguez

56th Equipment
Maintenance Squadron

Maroun Arnaout, Carlos Canales, Brandon Culbreath, Robert Flowers-Velasquez, Kiera Foltz, Benjamin Long and John Smith

56th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Joseph Bebee, Robert Eby, Logan Ivey, Robert Lapp, Edward McCormack, Leonardo Olguin, Jeffery Olmeda Jimenez, Justin Tierce, Blake Travis, Shawn Wilding and Cody Zuiderveen

56th CES

Omar Avila, Brenai Smith and Tevin Walker

Communications Squadron

Ivan Gonick

56th SFS

Oumaima Lehnoud

56th Logistics Readiness

Amber Roe and Gregory Mangio

56th Medical
Support Squadron

Steven Brown, Jordan Cook and Sharice Lewis

607th ACS

Bryan Jones

161st Security Forces Squadron

Steven Stagg

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