Air Force officials recently named the winners of the 2019 Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award and the Nuclear & Missile Operations Award.
These awards recognize the outstanding accomplishments of Airmen contributing to nuclear deterrence operations and the missile operations career field respectively.
“The winners of the 2019 Nuclear Deterrence Operations Awards and the Nuclear & Missile Operations Awards have distinguished themselves amongst their peers while making a significant impact on nuclear deterrence operations,” said Lt Gen Richard Clark, Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force. “We are pleased to highlight their achievements. Congratulations to the winners as well as those personnel who were nominated.”
These outstanding nuclear professionals were selected from a diverse field within the Air Force’s major commands, unified combatant commands, and other agencies including the Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard.
Nuclear Deterrence Operations Award winners are:
Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Benjamin S. Alfred, 90th Security Support Squadron, Francis E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyoming
Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Staff Sgt. Sarah L. Rohlk, 703rd Munitions Support Squadron, Volkel Air Base, The Netherlands
Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. Joseph R. King, 709th Support Squadron, 709th Support Group, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Florida
Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. Nathan M. Larson, Joint Nuclear Operations Center, Air Force Global Strike Command, Louisiana
Field Grade Officer of the Year: Maj. Bryan C. Dukes, 91st Missile Maintenance Squadron, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Reservist of the Year: Capt. Jennie S. Wood, 21st Surveillance Squadron, 709th Surveillance and Analysis Group, Air Force Technical Applications Center, Patrick AFB, Florida
Category I Civilian of the Year: Mr. William H. McCord III, 490th Missile Squadron, Malmstrom AFB, Montana
Category II Civilian of the Year: Mr. Melton Lavergne, 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron, 53rd Test and Evaluation Group, 53rd Wing, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana
Category III Civilian of the Year: Mr. Benjamin J. Guenther, 625th Strategic Operations Squadron, Offutt AFB, Nebraska
Professional Team: Glass Titan Mission Team and Staff, 45th Reconnaissance Squadron, 55th Wing, Offutt AFB, Nebraska (Maj. Justin T. Guy, Maj. Sonja A. Hosler, Capt. Jeffrey S. Corthell, Lt. Col. Sean V. Orme, Capt. Kyle J. Redfern, Capt. Rebecca C. Wadey, Capt. Mitchell T. Zeleznik, Tech. Sgt. Jonathan M. Lach, Staff Sgt. Justin L. Ransleben, Airman 1st Class Andrew G. Vandermissen, Staff Sgt. Adam A. Edwards, Senior Airman Neil E. Linehan, Staff Sgt. Roark L. Vaughan, Staff Sgt. Theodore J. Benscoter, Staff Sgt. Joshua J. Hepburn, Senior Airman Brian C. Riesch, Staff Sgt. Justin D. Turner and Capt. Christopher R. Pitkins)
Nuclear & Missile Operations Award winners are:
Operator of the Year: First Lt. Elizabeth R. Jordan, 742nd Missile Squadron, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. Mary B. Boatright, 741st Missile Squadron, Minot AFB, North Dakota
Field Grade Officer of the Year: Maj. Carlos N. Barrios, Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, Air Force Materiel Command, Hill AFB, Utah
Since 2014, the Nuclear Operations Awards Program has been administered and overseen by Deputy Chief of Staff, Strategic Deterrence and Nuclear Integration, Headquarters U.S. Air Force.