Air Force officials have selected the service’s top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012, Air Force Personnel Center officials announced.
An Air Force selection board at the Air Force Personnel Center considered 35 nominees who represented major commands; direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force. The board selected 12 Airmen based on superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements.
12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year (by command of assignment when selected):
SSgt. Angelo C. Banks, Air Education and Training Command
MSgt. Alan M. Braden, Air Force Materiel Command
SSgt. Cory T. Branham, Air Combat Command
SrA. Bryenna L. Brooks, Air Force Global Strike Command
TSgt. Brandon C. Bruner, Air Force Special Operations Command
SrA. J. Butler, Air Force District of Washington
SMSgt. Laura A. Callaway, Air Mobility Command
SMaSgt. Emilio Hernandez, U.S. Air Forces in Europe
SrA. Nicholas A. Hurt, Air Force Space Command
MSgt. Sandra L. Plentzas, Air Force Reserve Command
TSgt. Matthew G. Stark, Pacific Air Forces
SMSgt. Luke W. Thompson, Air National Guard
The winners are authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon with the bronze service star device on the ribbon. They are also authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year Badge for one year from the date of formal presentation.
The Air Force Association will honor the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in September during its Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C.