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Beale Airman recognized as 12th AF Outstanding Performer of the Year

Senior Airman Andrew Groff, 9th Operation Support Squadron air traffic controller, overlooks the flightline from the tower on Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013.  Groff is the 12th Air Force Outstanding Performer of the Year in the Airman Category. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

Senior Airman Andrew Groff, 9th Operation Support Squadron air traffic controller, overlooks the flightline from the tower on Beale Air Force Base, Calif., Feb. 20, 2013. Groff is the 12th Air Force Outstanding Performer of the Year in the Airman Category. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Released)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Senior Airman Andrew Groff, 9th Operations Support Squadron air traffic controller, has been selected as the 12th Air Force Outstanding Performer of the Year Award winner, Airman Category.

Every year hundreds of Airmen are recognized for their achievements, but only one is selected for this award.

"All of this came to light, and I was excited," Groff said. "Being honored for an award like this is one of those things you don't expect to happen in your career, but when it happens, it's an amazing feeling. It's humbling, and I would like to recognize all my fellow Airmen who supported me."

Groff's 2012 accomplishments include obtaining his bachelor's degree while maintaining a 3.87 grade point average. He has also been involved in many volunteer opportunities, and he was recognized as Team Beale Airman of the Quarter for the first quarter. Groff operated the concessions at the Marysville Air Show, volunteered at a therapeutic horse ranch in Grass Valley and served as the 9th OSS Booster Club president.

"As the Booster Club president, Airman Groff was the linchpin for many events hosted by the 9th OSS this past year," said Master Sgt. Ryan Peterson, 9th OSS chief controller. "Airman Groff is incredibly motivated. He is always looking for ways to better himself and his unit. He is a great balance of proactive as well as reactive."

Now, Groff will compete to be selected as Air Combat Command's Airman of the Year.

"Senior Airman Groff is truly amongst the best of the best, and I am proud to have him as our 12th Air Force Airman of the Year," said Lt. Gen. Robin Rand, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) commander. "His dedication to service epitomizes the core values that make our Air Force what it is today."





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