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Team Offutt announces Maintenance Professionals of the Year

The 2019 Maintenance Professionals of the Year gather for a group photo following an award ceremony Nov. 9. The MPOY Awards recognize the achievements of top performers from the maintenance career field who support and enable the mission.

The 2019 Maintenance Professionals of the Year gather for a group photo following an award ceremony Nov. 9. The MPOY Awards recognize the achievements of top performers from the maintenance career field who support and enable the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by L. Cunningham)

OFFUTT AIR FORCE BASE, Neb. -- The 55th Maintenance Group and the 595th Command and Control Group held their 2019 Maintenance Professionals of the Year ceremonies Nov. 9.

The events recognize the achievements of top performers from the maintenance career field who support and enable the mission.

“The MPOY is a special time for us to recognize the sustained exceptional accomplishments our maintainers around the world have made this past year,” said Col. Michael T. Hammond, 55th MXG commander. “The execution of Offutt’s global ISR mission depends on having safe, reliable, and capable aircraft ready to deploy.  Our maintainers work hard every day to ensure our fleet is prepared for local training or air tasking order response in support of our combatant commander’s needs.”

In the 595th C2G, each flight nominates Airmen to include its geographically separated members at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. All winners from the 595th C2G move on to compete within 8th Air Force.

As for the 55th MXG, only winners of the Leo Marquez award, Thomas Barnes crew chief of the year award, General Lew Allen Jr. and Maintenance Management award move on to the numbered Air Force and MAJCOM.   

“Each and every one of our maintainers do an outstanding job of ensuring aircraft are ready to meet the mission when called upon,” said Lt. Col. James Hodges, 595th Aerospace Maintenance Squadron commander. “The winners and the teams they represent are a reflection of the dedication and work ethic of our unit and I am proud of all of them.”  

The groups welcomed the family, friends and civilian counterparts to the celebratory ceremonies.

The 55th MXG Maintenance Professionals of the Year winners are as follows:

The 55th Wing Leo Marquez Aircraft Maintenance Company Grade Manager of the Year: Maj. Carl Graves-Klaric, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Leo Marquez Aircraft Maintenance Supervisor-Manager of the Year:  Senior Master Sgt. Jesse Rodriguez, 55th Operations Group.

The 55th Wing Leo Marquez Aircraft Maintenance Technician-Supervisor of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Turner, 55th Electronic Combat Group.

The 55th Wing Leo Marquez Aircraft Maintenance Technician of the Year: Airman 1st Class Cedric Wilson, 55th Electronic Combat Group.

The 55th Wing Maintenance Training Flight Instructor of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Gary Smith. 55th Maintenance Group,  

The 55th Wing Unit Training Manager of the Year: Staff Sgt. Aaron Ayala, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Maintenance Training Manager Section Chief of the Year: Master Sgt. Lanasha Wilkins, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Maintenance Management System Airman Analyst of the Year: Senior Airman Paul Aguillon, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Maintenance Management System NCO Analyst of the Year:, Staff Sgt. Daniel Kilburn, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Maintenance Management System NCO Scheduler of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Samantha Reed, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Munitions Manager of the Year: Master Sgt. Aaron Davey, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Civilian Maintenance Support Professional of the Year: Mr. Terry Vogt, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Company Grade Officer Maintenance Support Professional of the Year: 1st Lt. Katelyn Goodroe, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Airman Maintenance Support Professional of the Year: Senior Airman Alexander Bootin, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing NCO Maintenance Support Professional of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Joshua Gallagher, 55th Operations Group.

The 55th Wing Senior NCO Maintenance Support Professional of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. Randall Hailer, 55th Operations Group.

The 55th Wing Civilian Maintenance Professional of the Year: Mr. Jonathan Abrams, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Company Grade Officer Maintenance Professional of the Year: 2nd Lt. Chelsea Spears, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Airman Maintenance Professional of the Year: Senior Airman Jessica Cherry, 55th Operations Group.

The 55th Wing NCO Maintenance Professional of the Year:, Technical Sergeant Curtis Gabel, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Senior NCO Maintenance Professional of the Year: Master Sgt. Robert Kennedy, 55th Operations Group.

The Royal Air Force 51 Squadron Maintainer of the Year: RAF Sgt. Michael Middleton. 

Flight Line Specialist of the Year: Tech. Sgt. William Vessels, 55th Maintenance Group.

The 55th Wing Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force, Thomas Barnes Crew Chief Of The Year: Staff Sgt. Dennis Lowe, 55th Maintenance Group

The 595th C2G Maintenance Professionals of the Year are as follows:

The Maintenance Training Flight Instructor of the Year: Staff Sgt. Rick Arispe.

The Maintenance Training Flight Unit Training Manager of the Year: Staff Sgt. Arlynn Green.

The Maintenance Management System Professional Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Dalton Anderson.

The Maintenance Management System Professional NCO of the Year: Staff Sgt. Summer Chastain.

The Aircraft Avionics Technician Airman of the Year: Airman 1st Class Andrew Weaver.

The Aircraft Avionics Technicians NCO of the Year: Staff Sgt. Cole Lewis.

The Aircraft Mechanic Airman Of The Year: Senior Airman Dustin Ryder.

The Aircraft Mechanic NCO of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Tyler Wyatt.

The Aircraft Mechanic Senior NCO of the Year: Master Sgt. David Groff.

The Maintenance Support Professional Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Daniel Carias.

 

The Maintenance Support Professional NCO of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Thomas Newcomb.

The Maintenance Support Professional Senior NCO of the Year: Master Sgt. Brandon Clark.

The Maintenance Support Professional Company Grade Officer of the Year: 2nd Lt. Kenneth Olson.

The Maintenance Professional Airman of the Year: Airman 1st Class David Fouche.

The Maintenance Professional NCO of the Year: Staff Sgt. Brandon Hubenthal.

The Maintenance Professional Senior NCO of the Year: Master Sgt. Robert Howie.

The Chief Master Sergeant Thomas N. Barnes Crew Chief of the Year: Staff Sgt. Christopher Miller.

The Brigadier General Robbie Rinser Award: Capt. Alex “Boo Boo” Foos.

The Arthur S. Flemming Award For Applied Science And Engineering: Capt. Robert Cline.

The Company Grade Officer Outstanding Cyberspace Support Award: Capt. Paul Wolfe.

The Civilian Outstanding Cyber Operations Award: Mr. Scott Bagnell. 

The NCO Outstanding Cyber Operations Award: Tech. Sgt. David Clark.

The Enlisted General John P. Jumper Excellence in Warfighting Integration Award: Master Sgt. Jeffery Fackler.

The Officer General John P. Jumper Excellence in Warfighting Integration Award: Capt. Michael Kraft.

The Maintenance Management Systems Professional of the Year Award: Master Sgt. Brad Tavares.