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6th SWS Airman named best in AFSPC

Airman of the Year -- Senior Airman Jonathan R. Middleton is a Journeyman Crew Chief, Instructor assigned to the 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass. He was the only junior enlisted Airman selected to support a MAJCOM-level TDY and named NAF Outstanding Performer, led a $18,000 simulator upgrade and self-help project saving $56,000, crafted 81 training projects, raised mission console training 250 percent and oversaw 432 training hours and a 153-hour remedial training program resulting in 32 members mission becoming ready with no repeat errors. Airman Middleton devoted 144 hours to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program as a mentor to an at-risk teenager, raised $2,000 for family emergency relief and helped the American Cancer Society raise $40,500 while earning nine credit hours toward his CCAF degree. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Airman of the Year -- Senior Airman Jonathan R. Middleton is a Journeyman Crew Chief, Instructor assigned to the 6th Space Warning Squadron, Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass. He was the only junior enlisted Airman selected to support a MAJCOM-level TDY and named NAF Outstanding Performer, led a $18,000 simulator upgrade and self-help project saving $56,000, crafted 81 training projects, raised mission console training 250 percent and oversaw 432 training hours and a 153-hour remedial training program resulting in 32 members mission becoming ready with no repeat errors. Airman Middleton devoted 144 hours to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters program as a mentor to an at-risk teenager, raised $2,000 for family emergency relief and helped the American Cancer Society raise $40,500 while earning nine credit hours toward his CCAF degree. (U.S. Air Force photo)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Air Force Space Command named its most Outstanding Airmen of the Year March 27.

One of the winners is the 21st Space Wing's Senior Airman Jonathan Middleton, assigned to the 6th Space Warning Squadron, at Cape Cod Air Force Station, Mass. Middleton won AFSPC Airman of the Year.

The 2012 OAY program recognizes outstanding, active duty professionals in a range of grades representing a cross section of career fields for superior leadership, job performance, community involvement and personal achievements. The AFSPC winners now represent the command at the Air Force-level competition.

Command leaders were quick to acknowledge the winners and wish them luck as they compete at Air Force level.

"I am very proud of the hard work and professionalism of these Airmen," said Gen. William Shelton, commander, Air Force Space Command. "They clearly represent the very best of our command, and I know they will compete well at the Air Force level. Congratulations to each of our winners!"

The command's top enlisted Airman agreed with the general in extending his congratulations to the best and brightest in AFPSC.

"Congratulations to our Outstanding Airmen," said Chief Master Sgt. Linus Jordan Jr., AFSPC command chief. "Our command's hallmark is great Airmen and these honorees represent the best of the best. We're very proud of, and thankful for, them. We know they will represent the command well at Air Force level!"

The other winners include:

Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. Brian Murray, 318th Operations Support Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

First Sergeant of the Year: Master Sgt. Michael Wynne, 45th Security Forces Squadron, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. Tessa Fontaine, National Reconnaissance Office, Chantilly, Va.

Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Amanda Caldwell, 91st Network Warfare Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

Selecting the best of the best from 32 nominations was no easy task for the AFSPC AOY selection panel, as those submitted are among the command's elite.

"The OAY is an opportunity to formally recognize excellence among Airmen," said Senior Master Sgt. Keri Tadder, AFSPC OAY Committee chairman. "The headquarters received well-written nominations from the field and that is a testament to the frontline supervisors and commanders who develop and lead our AFSPC Airmen every day."

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