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Wing recognizes annual award winners

Senior Airman Ronald Johnson, 403rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, official photo. Johnson won the 403rd Wing 2019 Airman of the Year award. (Courtesy photo)

Senior Airman Ronald Johnson, 403rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron crew chief, official photo. Johnson won the 403rd Wing 2019 Airman of the Year award. (Courtesy photo)

Tech. Sgt. Jason McNew, 403rd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, official photo. McNew won the 403rd Wing 2019 NCO of the Year award. (Courtesy photo)

Tech. Sgt. Jason McNew, 403rd Maintenance Squadron aerospace ground equipment technician, official photo. McNew won the 403rd Wing 2019 NCO of the Year award. (Courtesy photo)

Master Sgt. Robbie Kinman, 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion shop supervisor, official photo. Kinman won the 403rd Wing 2019 SNCO of the Year award and the Chief Master Sgt. Charles Gaffney Award. (Courtesy photo)

Master Sgt. Robbie Kinman, 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aerospace propulsion shop supervisor, official photo. Kinman won the 403rd Wing 2019 SNCO of the Year award and the Chief Master Sgt. Charles Gaffney Award. (Courtesy photo)

Official Photo of Master Sgt. Kimelyn Hall, 403rd OSS taken at Wall Studio at Kessler AFB on Sept. 27, 2019. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andre' Askew)

Official Photo of Master Sgt. Kimelyn Hall, 403rd OSS taken at Wall Studio at Kessler AFB on Sept. 27, 2019. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Andre' Askew)

First Lt. Crystal Hamlet, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron readiness officer in charge, official photo. Hamlet won the 403rd Wing 2019 CGO of the Year award. (Courtesy photo)

First Lt. Crystal Hamlet, 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron readiness officer in charge, official photo. Hamlet won the 403rd Wing 2019 CGO of the Year award. (Courtesy photo)

Maj. David Gentile, 403rd Wing Safety chief of safety, poses for a photo Feb. 12 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Gentile was selected as the wing’s Field Grade Officer of the Year. (Courtesy photo)

Maj. David Gentile, 403rd Wing Safety chief of safety, poses for a photo Feb. 12 at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Gentile was selected as the wing’s Field Grade Officer of the Year. (Courtesy photo)

From left to right: Col. Jeff Van Dootingh, 403rd Wing commander, Col. Jay Johnson, 403rd Maintenance Group commander, Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Lassabe, 403rd Maintenance Group chief enlisted manager, and Chief Master Sgt. Amanda Stift, 403rd Wing command chief, pose for a photo during a Commander’s Call Feb. 8 at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Johnson and Lassabe accepted the wing’s Outstanding Unit of the Year award on behalf of the Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shelton Sherrill)

From left to right: Col. Jeff Van Dootingh, 403rd Wing commander, Col. Jay Johnson, 403rd Maintenance Group commander, Chief Master Sgt. Thomas Lassabe, 403rd Maintenance Group chief enlisted manager, and Chief Master Sgt. Amanda Stift, 403rd Wing command chief, pose for a photo during a Commander’s Call Feb. 8 at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Johnson and Lassabe accepted the wing’s Outstanding Unit of the Year award on behalf of the Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Shelton Sherrill)

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The 403rd Wing recognized its annual award winners for 2019 at a Commander’s Call Feb. 8 at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. Winners were chosen in the Airman, noncommissioned officer, senior NCO, company grade officer, field grade officer, the outstanding unit award and the Chief Master Sgt. Charles R. Gaffney award. 

 

Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Ronald Johnson

Unit: 403rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Duty title: Crew Chief

Years of service: 2

Latest accomplishment: “Being hired as an Air Reserve Technician. I am very appreciative for the opportunity to have a full-time position that is very rewarding.”

 

NCO of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Jason McNew

Unit: 403rd Maintenance Squadron

Duty title: Aerospace Ground Equipment Technician

Years of service: 11

Latest accomplishment: “Providing AGE support during the hurricane season while operating out of St. Croix, Virgin Islands and attending three leadership and professional development courses that have helped me become a well-rounded NCO.”

 

SNCO of the Year: Master Sgt. Robbie Kinman

Unit: 803rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Duty title: Aerospace Propulsion Shop Supervisor

Years of service: 17

Latest accomplishment: “Supporting U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s exercise Silver Arrow in Germany. It was awesome to work as the unit deployment manager and process all of our Airmen as well as having the opportunity to go out and perform my job as well.”

 

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

Unit: 403rd Operations Support Squadron

Duty title: First Sergeant

Years of service: 22

Latest accomplishment: “Choosing to relocate from Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina to Keesler Air Force Base, Mississippi was a great decision. 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 Year: 1st Lt. Crystal Hamlet

Unit: 36th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

Duty title: Readiness Officer in charge

Years of service: 19    

Latest accomplishment: “I was the planner, participant and unit deployment manager for the 36th AES for the wing exercise Operation Southern Comfort. There was a vast learning curve and it was a humbling experience.” 

 

FGO of the Year: Maj. David Gentile

Unit: 403rd Wing Safety

Duty title: Chief of Safety

Years of service: 15

Latest accomplishment: “Help develop a workable solution to air traffic control tower engine noise run noise hazard. I was the liaison between the control tower and maintenance to resolve the issue. I’m happy that we were able to work together and find a solution that allowed us to reduce the flight safety risk while minimizing the operational impact.”

 

The 403rd Maintenance Group was recognized as the Outstanding Unit of the Year and Master Sgt. Robbie Kinman was awarded the Chief Master Sgt. Charles Gaffney Award.