Awards show Columbus AFB Airmen’s excellence

Fourteenth Flying Training Wing annual award winners stand with Col. Douglas Gosney, 14th FTW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Johnathan Hover, 14th FTW command chief, during the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet, Feb. 9, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Fifty-five members and two flights, which represented 20 categories, were recognized during the evening and competed for 20 wing level awards. Awards show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Melissa Doublin)

Fourteenth Flying Training Wing annual award winners stand with Col. Douglas Gosney, 14th FTW commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Johnathan Hover, 14th FTW command chief, during the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet, Feb. 9, 2017, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Fifty-five members and two flights, which represented 20 categories, were recognized during the evening and competed for 20 wing level awards. Awards show. (U.S. Air Force photo by Melissa Doublin)

Master Sgt. Joshua Matias, 14th Operations Group control tower chief controller shakes the hand of 14th Operations Group Superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Bradley Reilly Feb. 9, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi after winning the Senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Year. Nominees were introduced at the beginning of the event, highlighting everyone’s accomplishments before the winners were announced. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Master Sgt. Joshua Matias, 14th Operations Group control tower chief controller shakes the hand of 14th Operations Group Superintendent, Chief Master Sgt. Bradley Reilly Feb. 9, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi after winning the Senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Year. Nominees were introduced at the beginning of the event, highlighting everyone’s accomplishments before the winners were announced. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Team BLAZE members greet each other before the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 9, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Fifty-five Team BLAZE members and two flights competed in 20 categories for wing level awards. The banquet recognized multiple 19th Air Force level awards during the award presentations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

Team BLAZE members greet each other before the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 9, 2018, on Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. Fifty-five Team BLAZE members and two flights competed in 20 categories for wing level awards. The banquet recognized multiple 19th Air Force level awards during the award presentations. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Keith Holcomb)

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Team BLAZE celebrated the hard work of Airmen throughout the wing during the 2017 Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 9, on Columbus Air Force Base.

Fifty-five members and two flights, which represented 20 categories, were recognized and competed for 20 wing level awards.

After social hour, the nominees were formally introduced as they made their way through a saber arch.

Senior Master Sgt. Garrick Christian, 14th Operations Support Squadron chief of air traffic control, created a video highlighting the history of Columbus AFB, showed the importance and impact of the current mission and nominees in a unique interview format. The attendees were treated to a video in contrast to a traditional guest speaker.

Col. Douglas Gosney, 14th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Jonathan Hover, 14th Flying Training Wing command chief, presented the awards and left the banquet with closing remarks.

“We can’t do what we do without the support or sacrifices the family members make every day, whether they’re a nominee or a winner, you had a piece in that as well,” Gosney said. “To the supervisors, I know you’re out there; thanks for putting the time and effort to mentor these Airmen year round. … Award winners and nominees; congratulations the competition was tough, really tough, so congratulations on the amazing performances this year.”

During the awards presentation, Team BLAZE members were recognized for winning 19th Air Force level awards:

Honor Guard Program Manager: Staff Sgt. Janessa D. Ebbert

Training Support Civilian Cat I: Michael W. Keasler

The 19th Air Force winners will go on to compete at the Air Force Association Warfare Symposium in Orlando, Florida.