Wing announces second quarter award winners

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carranza
  • 403rd Wing Public Affairs

The 403rd Wing announced its second quarter award winners for the April. 1 through June 30 period. Winners were chosen in the Airman, noncommissioned officer, senior NCO, first sergeant, company grade officer and civilian categories.


Airman of the Quarter: Senior Airman Amanda Copeland

Unit: 403rd Force Support Squadron

Duty title: Services lodging supervisor

Years of service: 8

Hometown: College Park, Georgia

Latest accomplishment: “Being given the opportunity to serve as a 403rd services lodging supervisor after graduating as the class leader for Airman Leadership School 19-5,” she said. “In my recent deployment, I held the role as the Rising IV president, safety representative, and a dining facility shift lead. These leadership opportunities have been a blessing and an honor because they are grooming me into the effective leader I want to be for the 403rd Wing.”


NCO of the Quarter: Tech. Sgt. Russell Kober

Unit: 403rd Maintenance Squadron

Duty title: Meteorology equipment technician

Years of service: 9

Hometown: Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Latest accomplishment: “Being recently hired with the 403rd MXS meteorology shop full time,” he said. “It gives me the opportunity to learn a new craft and further my knowledge and experience on the WC-130J Super Hercules Hurricane Hunters aircraft.  


SNCO of the Quarter: Master Sgt. Tauston Jackson

Unit: 403rd Maintenance Squadron

Duty title: Aerospace Ground Equipment production superintendent

Years of service: 20

Hometown: Henelyfield, Mississippi

Latest accomplishment: “Being given the opportunity to serve temporarily as my career field’s AGE program manager at Air Force Reserve Command,” he said. “It was a great honor to be selected and entrusted in this role by the 403rd MXS supervision and the command.”


First Sgt. of the Quarter: Master Sgt. Kimelyn Hall

Unit: 403rd Operations Support Squadron

Duty title: First sergeant

Years of service: 21

Hometown: Dawson, Georgia

Latest accomplishment: “Choosing to relocate from Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi was a great decision,” she said. “I was able to help stand up the 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron as a flight medic. Now, I get to serve as a first sergeant in the 403rd OSS and remain close to the flightline.”


CGO of the Quarter: Capt. Michael Plash

Unit: 815th Airlift Squadron

Duty title: Chief of Training

Years of service: 8  

Hometown: Ocean Springs, Mississippi

Latest accomplishment: “Graduating instructor school and being given the opportunity to support the European theater through Silver Arrow,” he said. “During that time I flew into eight different countries for a total of 58 flying hours, delivered 34 tons of cargo, 65 personnel and formation-airdropping more than 1200 jumpers in Germany and Italy.”


Civilian of the Quarter: Mark Myers

Unit: 403rd Operations Group

Duty title: Unit Deployment Manager

Years of service: 15

Hometown: Calumet City, Illinois

Latest accomplishment: “Supporting the 815th Airlift Squadron in exercise Swift Response 19 in Germany,” he said “I was empowered with planning and coordinating all mobility related items needed for Airmen from the 815th AS to deploy in support of Joint Tasking Swift Response. Being responsible for 38 members is hard work, but an honorable responsibility.”