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Columbus AFB highlights best of the best during Annual Awards

The 2019 14th Flying Training Wing’s Annual Award trophies sit on stage before being presented to the winners from 17 separate categories Feb. 9, 2020 on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

The 2019 14th Flying Training Wing’s Annual Award trophies sit on stage before being presented to the winners from 17 separate categories Feb. 7, 2020 on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

The 2019 14th Flying Training Wing’s Annual Award stand on stage after being presented their awards from 17 separate categories Feb. 9, 2020 on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

The 2019 14th Flying Training Wing’s Annual Award stand on stage after being presented their awards from 17 separate categories Feb. 7, 2020 on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

Jason Trufant, Mississippi University for Women’s athletics director, speaks at the 2019 14th Flying Training Wing’s Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 9, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Trufant is the son and grandson of U.S. Air Force veterans and a community member involved with Team BLAZE. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

Jason Trufant, Mississippi University for Women’s athletics director, speaks at the 2019 14th Flying Training Wing’s Annual Awards Banquet Feb. 7, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Trufant is the son and grandson of U.S. Air Force veterans and a community member involved with Team BLAZE. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

Col. Samantha Weeks, 14th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Trevor James, 14th FTW command chief, congratulate Master Sgt. Nathan Sullivan, 14th Operations Group first sergeant, after winning the First Sergeant of the Year award Feb. 9, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Every nominee was presented a medal before the ceremony and every winner was presented with an official trophy during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

Col. Samantha Weeks, 14th Flying Training Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Trevor James, 14th FTW command chief, congratulate Master Sgt. Nathan Sullivan, 14th Operations Group first sergeant, after winning the First Sergeant of the Year award Feb. 7, 2020, on Columbus Air Force Base, Miss. Every nominee was presented a medal before the ceremony and every winner was presented with an official trophy during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Keith Holcomb)

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Out of 17 categories, only 17 can win an Annual Award trophy; much like any competition, the margins were tight and all nominees, as well as recipients, worked hard year-round to receive recognition for 2019 achievements.

Mirroring the sports-themed awards, the banquet was held in casual or the choice of the Airman Battle Uniform or Operational Camouflage Pattern attire, with an all American barbeque dinner and the Mississippi University for Women’s athletics director as the guest speaker, Jason Trufant.

“The awards recipients this evening were selected based on large part to the Air Force’s core values,” Trufant said.

Trufant related his university’s team values to the Air Force’s values.

He explained he wants his student athletes to succeed just as the Air Force wants Airmen to succeed. He explained how living with integrity, love of service, and excellence can help anyone in service and out achieve incredible things.

“If everyone on the team is not committed to the same standards then success will be impossible,” he said.

After congratulating the nominees on their hard work and success, he turned the stage over to Col. Samantha Weeks, 14th Flying Training Wing commander.

“It really takes every member of Team BLAZE to make sure we truly can make the world’s best pilots,” Weeks said. ”Thank you for coming out from the ‘W’ to connect to our community and our base with the same purpose mission of being excellent in all we do.”

 

The following is a list of winners in their respective category:

Airman of the Year: Staff Sgt. Dylan Fivecoate, 14th Operations Group

NCO of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Quincy Harris, 14th Mission Support Group

Senior NCO of the Year: Master Sgt. Michael McElroy, 14th OG

Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. Christy Martin, 14th OG

Field Grade Officer of the Year: Maj. Erin McCormick, Wing Staff Agency

Flight Commander of the Year: Maj. Julianne Gillespie, 14th Medical Group

First Sergeant of the Year: Master Sgt. Nathan Sullivan, 14th OG

Honor Guard Member of the Year: Staff Sgt. Luis Serrano-Solano, 14th MDG

Non-supervisory Category I Civilian of the Year: Nemesia Gutierrez, 14th OG

Supervisory Category II Civilian of the Year: Jeremiah Story, 14th OG

Non-supervisory Category II Civilian of the Year: Kenneth Fleming, 14th MSG

Supervisory Category III Civilian of the Year: Allen Reed, 14th MSG

Non-supervisory Category I Civilian of the Year: Scott Shuttleworth, WSA

First Assignment Instructor Pilot of the Year: Capt. Matthew Thomas, 14th OG

Instructor Pilot of the Year: Capt. Julian Kinonen, 14th OG

Volunteer of the Year: Capt. Julian Kinonen, 14th OG

Innovation Team of the Year: Readiness & Emergency Management, 14th MSG