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12th Air Force recognizes outstanding performers

Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears delivers his closing remarks during the 12th Air Force Outstanding Performer of the Year banquet in Las Vegas Feb. 23.

Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears delivers his closing remarks during the 12th Air Force Outstanding Performer of the Year banquet in Las Vegas Feb. 23.

Award nominees pose for a picture with their spouses and co-workers at the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Outstanding Performer of the Year Banquet in Las Vegas Feb. 23.

Award nominees pose for a picture with their spouses and co-workers at the 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Outstanding Performer of the Year Banquet in Las Vegas Feb. 23.

Chief Master Sgt. Harold Clark, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) command chief, introduces the night's guest speaker, Former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney Mckinley, to the 12th AF Outstanding Performer of the Year banquet attendees in Las Vegas Feb. 23.

Chief Master Sgt. Harold Clark, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) command chief, introduces the night's guest speaker, Former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney Mckinley, to the 12th AF Outstanding Performer of the Year banquet attendees in Las Vegas Feb. 23.

Guests of the12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Outstanding Performer of the Year banquet listen as the Masters of Ceremonies preview the night's festivities in Las Vegas Feb. 23.

Guests of the12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Outstanding Performer of the Year banquet listen as the Masters of Ceremonies preview the night's festivities in Las Vegas Feb. 23.

Former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney McKinley relates a story to the 12th Air Force Outstanding Performer of the Year banquet attendees in Las Vegas Feb. 23.

Former Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Rodney McKinley relates a story to the 12th Air Force Outstanding Performer of the Year banquet attendees in Las Vegas Feb. 23.

LAS VEGAS -- The 432d Wing and 432d Air Expeditionary Wing hosted commanders, command chiefs and their respective wing-level nominees from across 12th Air Force for the Outstanding Performers of the Year banquet here Feb 23.

The 2010 OPY banquet recognized the accomplishments that earned nominees the distinction of being considered the most outstanding in 12th AF.

Nearly 100 Airmen and civilian nominees, all of whom earned annual awards for their respective squadrons, groups and wings, were treated to tours of the local area, a Creech Air Force Base orientation, a visit to Nellis Air Force Base and first-class treatment in Las Vegas.

"These men and women are amongst the best in the Air Force and it was a pleasure to host them," said the commander of the 432d Wing and 432d Air Expeditionary Wing. "I'm proud of the hard work my Airmen put in to ensure the overwhelming success of the week's events."

Lt. Gen. Glenn Spears, 12th AF (Air Forces Southern) commander, presided over the announcement of the overall winners.

"The outstanding performer of the year program allows for an opportunity to recognize the nine outstanding Airmen and civilians of Twelfth Air Force who have epitomized 'excellence in all we do' over the course of the year," General Spears said. "To even be considered a candidate as a top performer out of 42,000 members of the 12th Air Force family is a momentous accomplishment. While we could only select one winner in each category, I'm extremely proud of all the nominees and their impressive performance."

Congratulations to the following 12th AF Outstanding Performers of the Year:

Airman Category
Senior Airman Ashley Bass
432nd Wing, Creech Air Force Base, Nev.

NCO Category
Tech. Sgt. Dennis Carr
55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

Senior NCO Category
Senior Master Sgt. Melvin Jobe
432nd Wing, Creech Air Force Base, Nev.

First Sergeant Category
Senior Master Sgt. Kimberly Armijo
49th Wing, Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.

Company Grade Officer Category
Capt. Jason Taylor
55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

Field Grade Officer Category
Maj. Danielle Folsom
552nd Air Control Wing, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Junior Civilian Category
Mr. Joseph Pierce
55th Wing, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb.

Intermediate Civilian Category
Mr. David Rauer
355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.

Senior Civilian Category
Mr. Ronald Miller
7th Bomb Wing, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas

The evening's award winners will represent 12th AF at the Air Combat Command Outstanding Performers of the Year banquet later this year.

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