Two Nebraska Air National Guard units and 11 individual National Guard Airmen and Soldiers received recognition today for earning national awards during a ceremony at the Joint Force Headquarters on the Nebraska National Guard Air Base in Lincoln.
Gov. Dave Heineman and Nebraska Adjutant General Judd Lyons congratulated the units and individuals during a formal ceremony this morning.
The Nebraska National Guard Joint Force Air Staff won its second United States Air Force Organizational Excellence Award. The 155th Air Refueling Wing won its 11th Outstanding Unit Award. Both units are based in Lincoln
The Guard reported the others honored include:
· The Nebraska Air National Guard’s 155th Medical Group Dental Clinic, which was recently named the best in the entire Air National Guard. Members of the clinic staff are Lt. Col. Raymond Shaddy, Lt. Col. Michael Burbach, Maj. Jennifer Hasslen, Staff Sgt. Patrick Lillis and Senior Airman Lori Watts.
· Tech. Sgt. Shaun Tebo of the 155th Medical Group was named the Air National Guard Outstanding Base Bioenvironmental Engineer Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.
· The Nebraska National Guard’s Prairie Soldier Newspaper was named the top tabloid-sized newspaper of the year in the entire Army National Guard for the fourth straight year.
· Sgt. Heidi Krueger of the Nebraska Army National Guard 111th Public Affairs Detachment was named the Print Journalist of the Year for the entire Army National Guard. Krueger also won the Army National Guard’s Photojournalism Competition.
· Staff Sgt. Koan Nissen of Joint Force Headquarters placed second in the Army National Guard Personality Feature Article Competition.
· Sgt. Jason Drager of the 111th Public Affairs Detachment placed third in the entire Army National Guard in the News Article Competition.
· Senior Airman Mary Thach of the Nebraska Air National Guard’s 155th Air Refueling Wing placed second in the Air National Guard Sports Article Competition and third in the News Article Competition.
· And Maj. Kevin Hynes, Joint Force Headquarters, placed second in the Air National Guard Sports Photography Competition and third in the Feature Photography Competition.
“All these awards today are symbolic of the outstanding job that our National Guard men and women do,” Gov. Heineman stated.
Adjutant General Lyons said the awards reflect well on the Guard in Nebraska.
“It’s a testament to both the personal and the professional expertise of our soldiers and airmen; their civilian skillsets that they bring to bear; their military training and all that comes together to represent Nebraska at the national level in a very significant level,” according to the Lyons. “So, we’re pretty proud of them.”