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Five Airmen named the Delaware Air National Guard's 2008 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

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Senior Airman Mark Rutt, Delaware Air National Guard Outstanding Airman of the Year for 2008. Airman Rutt is a loadmaster, 142nd Airlift Squadron, and a resident of Newark, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Senior Airman Mark Rutt, Delaware Air National Guard Outstanding Airman of the Year for 2008. Airman Rutt is a loadmaster, 142nd Airlift Squadron, and a resident of Newark, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Technical Sergeant Elizabeth Fleischer, Delaware Air National Guard Outstanding NCO of the Year for 2008. Sgt. Fleischer is an aeromedical technician, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and a resident of Newark, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Technical Sergeant Elizabeth Fleischer, Delaware Air National Guard Outstanding NCO of the Year for 2008. Sgt. Fleischer is an aeromedical technician, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and a resident of Newark, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sergeant Robbin Moore, Delaware Air National Guard Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year for 2008. Sgt. Moore is a services craftsman, 166th Services Flight, and a resident of Elkton, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sergeant Robbin Moore, Delaware Air National Guard Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year for 2008. Sgt. Moore is a services craftsman, 166th Services Flight, and a resident of Elkton, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sergeant Todd Hughes, Delaware Air National Guard Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year for 2008. Sgt. Hughes is a first sergeant, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and a resident of Smyrna, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sergeant Todd Hughes, Delaware Air National Guard Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year for 2008. Sgt. Hughes is a first sergeant, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and a resident of Smyrna, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sergeant Carrie Wade, Delaware Air National Guard Outstanding Honor Guard Member of the Year for 2008. Sgt. Wade is a material management craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron and a resident of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sergeant Carrie Wade, Delaware Air National Guard Outstanding Honor Guard Member of the Year for 2008. Sgt. Wade is a material management craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron and a resident of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Krall, Delaware Air National Guard NCO of the Quarter, Fourth quarter FY 2008, July-Sept 2008. Sgt. Krall is an aircraft fuels system journeyman, 166th Maintenance Squadron, and a resident of Philadelphia, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Staff Sgt. Joshua Krall, Delaware Air National Guard NCO of the Quarter, Fourth quarter FY 2008, July-Sept 2008. Sgt. Krall is an aircraft fuels system journeyman, 166th Maintenance Squadron, and a resident of Philadelphia, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sgt. Michael Murphy, Delaware Air National Guard Senior NCO of the Quarter, Fourth quarter FY 2008, July-Sept 2008. Sgt. Murphy is a flight engineer, 142nd Airlift Squadron, and a resident of Mardela Springs, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sgt. Michael Murphy, Delaware Air National Guard Senior NCO of the Quarter, Fourth quarter FY 2008, July-Sept 2008. Sgt. Murphy is a flight engineer, 142nd Airlift Squadron, and a resident of Mardela Springs, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Airman 1st Class Phillip Harris, Delaware Air National Guard Airman of the Quarter, Third quarter FY 2008, April-June 2008. Airman Harris is a loadmaster, 142nd Airlift Squadron, and a resident of Dover, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Airman 1st Class Phillip Harris, Delaware Air National Guard Airman of the Quarter, Third quarter FY 2008, April-June 2008. Airman Harris is a loadmaster, 142nd Airlift Squadron, and a resident of Dover, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sergeant Summer Brown, Delaware Air National Guard Senior NCO of the Quarter, Third quarter FY 2008, April-June 2008. Sgt. Brown is an aerospace medical services aircrew, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and a resident of Odenton, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sergeant Summer Brown, Delaware Air National Guard Senior NCO of the Quarter, Third quarter FY 2008, April-June 2008. Sgt. Brown is an aerospace medical services aircrew, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, and a resident of Odenton, Md. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Senior Airman Jessica Burns, Delaware Air National Guard Airman of the Quarter, Second quarter FY 2008, January-March 2008. Airman Burns is a personnel journeyman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and a resident of Middletown, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)
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Senior Airman Jessica Burns, Delaware Air National Guard Airman of the Quarter, Second quarter FY 2008, January-March 2008. Airman Burns is a personnel journeyman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and a resident of Middletown, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Technical Sergeant Sam Lewis, Delaware Air National Guard NCO of the Quarter, Second quarter FY 2008, January-March 2008. Sgt. Lewis is an air transportation craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and a resident of Wilmington, Del.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)
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Technical Sergeant Sam Lewis, Delaware Air National Guard NCO of the Quarter, Second quarter FY 2008, January-March 2008. Sgt. Lewis is an air transportation craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and a resident of Wilmington, Del. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Master Sergeant Glenn Davis, Delaware Air National Guard Senior NCO of the Quarter, Second quarter FY 2008, January-March 2008. Sgt. Davis is an air transportation craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and a resident of West Grove, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)
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Master Sergeant Glenn Davis, Delaware Air National Guard Senior NCO of the Quarter, Second quarter FY 2008, January-March 2008. Sgt. Davis is an air transportation craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and a resident of West Grove, Pa. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)

Staff Sergeant Brandie Yankush, Delaware Air National Guard NCO of the Quarter, First quarter FY 2008, October-December 2007. Sgt. Yankush is a supply management journeyman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and a resident of Smyrna, Del.. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)
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Staff Sergeant Brandie Yankush, Delaware Air National Guard NCO of the Quarter, First quarter FY 2008, October-December 2007. Sgt. Yankush is a supply management journeyman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and a resident of Smyrna, Del.. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Melissa Chatham, Delaware Air National Guard)


The five Outstanding Airmen of the Year are residents of Newark, Del., (two people from zip codes 19701 and 19702), Smyrna, Del. (19977), Elkton, Md. (zip code 21921), and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md. (zip code 21005).

Quarterly award winners (those not selected for the annual award) are residents of Wilmington, Del. (zip code 19806), New Castle, Del. (zip code 19720), Smyrna, Del. (zip code 19977), Middletown, Del. (zip code 19709), Dover, Del. (zip code 19901), West Grove, Pa. (zip code 19390), Philadelphia, Pa. (zip code 19151), Mardela Springs, Md. (zip code 21837), and Odenton, Md. (zip code 21113).

Contact: Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Matwey
Public Affairs Specialist, 166th Airlift Wing, Delaware Air National Guard
Cell 302-593-2126, or Office 302-323-3369
E-mail: Benjamin.Matwey@ang.af.mil
Release No. 2009-03-001, March 5, 2009

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

NEW CASTLE, Delaware -- Five Airmen have been selected as the Delaware Air National Guard's Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2008. This is the premier award in the enlisted recognition program for members of the Delaware Air National Guard.

Award selections are chosen for three categories based quarterly award selections made during the year. Each Airman is rated and selected based upon three criteria; 1) superior leadership and job performance, 2) significant self-improvement during their career; and 3) base and community service. Award winners for two other categories, First Sergeant and Honor Guard, are selected from nominations submitted at the end of the year. A board of senior enlisted members interviews each Airman and makes the award selection.

All Outstanding Airmen of the Year and the quarterly award winners will be recognized Saturday evening, March 7, at the Delaware Air National Guard's annual Enlisted Recognition Banquet held at the Deerfield Golf and Tennis Club, Newark, Delaware. Attending will be Delaware National Guard leadership, other officers, enlisted personnel and family members.

High resolution photos for each Outstanding Airman of the Year, and for almost all Airmen of the Quarter, are available for download at www.166aw.ang.af.mil. Media queries are welcome.

"In the midst of training, preparing for inspections and continuing wartime duty for some of our Airmen, we still work to do a top-notch job in honoring our most deserving Airmen. The banquet this weekend includes fellow unit members and many family members to help us celebrate the achievements of our award winners. This is our time to give these Airmen the recognition they are due," said Chief Master Sgt. Holly Morris, Delaware Air National Guard Commander Chief.

"These professionals are being recognized for their professional excellence and exceptional dedication to duty for 2008. Job well done!" said Chief Master Sgt. Lynn Davis, 166th Airlift Wing Command Chief.

The Airman category includes the ranks of Airman, Airman 1st Class, and Senior Airman.

The NCO (Noncommissioned officer) category includes the ranks of Staff Sergeant and Technical Sergeant.

The Senior NCO (Noncommissioned officer) category includes the ranks of Master Sergeant, Senior Master Sergeant and Chief Master Sergeant.


Award winners by category for OUTSTANDING AIRMAN of the YEAR, 2008:

Outstanding Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Mark Rutt, loadmaster, 142nd Airlift Squadron. Resident of Newark, Del., zip code 19701.

Outstanding NCO of the Year: Technical Sergeant Elizabeth Fleischer, aeromedical technician, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Resident of Newark, Del., zip code 19702.

Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year: Master Sergeant Robbin Moore, services craftsman, 166th Services Flight. Resident of Elkton, Md., zip code 21921.

Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year: Master Sergeant Todd Hughes, first sergeant, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Resident of Smyrna, Del., zip code 19977.

Outstanding Honor Guard Member of the Year: Master Sergeant Carrie Wade, material management craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Resident of Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., zip code 21005.


Fourth quarter FY 2008, July-Sept 2008:

Airman of the Quarter: Airman 1st Class Mark Rutt, loadmaster, 142nd Airlift Squadron. Resident of Newark, Del., zip code 19701. Airman Rutt was also selected as Outstanding Airman of the Year.

NCO of the Quarter: Staff Sgt. Joshua Krall, aircraft fuels system journeyman, 166th Maintenance Squadron. Resident of Philadelphia, Pa., zip code 19151.

Senior NCO of the Quarter: Master Sgt. Michael Murphy, flight engineer, 142nd Airlift Squadron. Resident of Mardela Springs, Md., zip code 21837.


Third quarter FY 2008, April-June 2008:

Airman of the Quarter: Airman 1st Class Phillip Harris, loadmaster, 142nd Airlift Squadron. Resident of Dover, Del., zip code 19901.

NCO of the Quarter: Technical Sergeant Elizabeth Fleischer, aeromedical technician, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Resident of Newark, Del., zip code 19702. Sergeant Fleischer was also selected as Outstanding NCO of the Year. 

Senior NCO of the Quarter: Master Sergeant Summer Brown, aerospace medical services aircrew, 142nd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron. Resident of Odenton, Md., zip code 21113.


Second quarter FY 2008, January-March 2008:

Airman of the Quarter: Senior Airman Jessica Burns, personnel journeyman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Resident of Middletown, Del., zip code 19709.

NCO of the Quarter: Technical Sergeant Sam Lewis, air transportation craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Resident of Wilmington, Del., zip code 19806. 

Senior NCO of the Quarter: Master Sergeant Glenn Davis, air transportation craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Resident of West Grove, Pa., zip code 19390.


First quarter FY 2008, October-December 2007:

Airman of the Quarter: Senior Airman Annemarie Lowe, air transportation craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Resident of New Castle, Del., zip code 19720.

NCO of the Quarter: Staff Sergeant Brandie Yankush, supply management journeyman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Resident of Smyrna, Del., zip code 19977.

Senior NCO of the Quarter: Master Sergeant Robbin Moore, services craftsman, 166th Logistics Readiness Squadron. Resident of Elkton, Md., zip code 21921. Sergeant Moore was also selected as Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year.


The Delaware Air National Guard is a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force with 1,100 positions under command of the Governor of Delaware, or the President of the United States when mobilized. The Delaware ANG has been serving Delaware and the United States of America since 1946.

This release is in the public domain, and any part may be used as written.

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