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176th Wing celebrates annual award winners

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Members of the 176th Wing gathered at the Talkeetna Theater here June 5 for their annual award ceremony, honoring the award recipients and the accomplishments of the wing during 2015.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Members of the 176th Wing gathered at the Talkeetna Theater here June 5 for their annual award ceremony, honoring the award recipients and the accomplishments of the wing during 2015.

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- Members of the 176th Wing gathered at the Talkeetna Theater here June 5 for their annual award ceremony, honoring the award recipients and the accomplishments of the wing during the previous calendar year, 2015.

The award recipients were as follows:

Outstanding Unit Member of the Year
Technical Sergeant Eric Brinkman, 176th Maintenance Group.
Staff Sergeant David Hancock, 176th Maintenance Squadron
Captain Eric Rutter, 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Master Sergeant Joann Vlasoff, 176th Maintenance Operations Flight
Major Daniel Kelley, 176th Operations Support Squadron
Major Kirby Chacon, 176th Operations Support Squadron
Technical Sergeant Colton Nelson, 144th Airlift Squadron
Captain Kevin Kelly, 210th Rescue Squadron
Master Sergeant Daniel Green, 210th Rescue Squadron, Det 1
Master Sergeant Ryan Conti, 211th Rescue Squadron
Staff Sergeant Joshua Rushing, 212th Rescue Squadron
Master Sergeant Krista Riefle, 176th Air Defense Squadron
Technical Sergeant  Katherine Brumfield, 249th Airlift Squadron
Chief Master Sergeant Curtis Brenton, 176th Mission Support Group
Staff Sergeant James Manco, 176th Force Support Flight
Senior Airman Daniel Carter, 176th Civil Engineer Squadron
Technical Sergeant Nathan Namauu, 176th Security Forces Squadron
Staff Sergeant Jason Scheunemann, 176th Communications Flight
Staff Sergeant Peyton Wackerman, 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron
Master Sergeant Andrew Swanston, 176th Medical Group
Senior Master Sergeant Vickie Padello, 176th Wing Headquarters
Technical Sergeant Clara Glynn, 176th Comptroller Flight
Technical Sergeant Ray Albeza, 176th Wing Staff

176th Wing Airman of the Year
Senior Airman Del Juan Avila, 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron

176th Wing Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year 
Technical Sergeant Junnale Peguero, 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron

176th Wing Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year 
Master Sergeant Andrew Reynolds, 211th Rescue Squadron

176th Wing Company Grade Officer of the Year 
Captain Yutashea Zirkle, 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron

176th Wing Field Grade Officer of the Year 
Major Aaron Zamora, 212th Rescue Squadron

Fitness Achievement Award
211th Rescue Squadron

Commander's Organizational Excellence Award
211th Rescue Squadron

Paul W. Lindemuth Leadership Award
Colonel Michael Griesbaum, 176th Maintenance Group

Alaska Air National Guard Airman of the Year
Senior Airman Del Juan Avila, 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Alaska Air National Guard Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
Technical Sergeant Junnale Peguero, 176th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Alaska Air National Guard Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
Master Sergeant Andrew Reynolds, 211th Rescue Squadron

2015 Youth Volunteer Award
Ms. Taylor Smart, daughter of Master Sergeant Saroya Porche

2015 Special Operations Medical Association Medic of the Year
Technical Sergeant Cody Inman, 212th Rescue Squadron

Jolly Green Association Rescue Mission of the Year
Crew members of King 71:
-Captain Jeremy Stephens
-Captain Stephen Ludwig
-Major Anthony Waliser
-Master Sergeant  Kyle Coffman
-Technical Sergeant Daniel Ross
-Technical Sergeant Chirstopher Luther
-Staff Sergeant Brian Rhodes

Crew members of Jolly 61:
-Major David Breun
-Major Roger Nelson
-Master Sergeant David Torrance
-Staff Sergeant Duncan Harris

Crew members of Jolly 62:
-Lt Col Glenn Ott
-Captain Jeremy Groat
-Technical Sergeant Eric Langerman
-Senior Airman Robin O'Brien

Photos can be found on the wing Flicker album
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