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SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Col. Robert Skinner, Col. Terry Djuric and Chief Master Sgt. David Gouin stand with 50th Space Wing's 2007 Communications and Information Award winners for a photo. Colonel Skinner is the commander of the 50th Network Operations Group, Colonel Djuric is commander of the 50th Space Wing and Chief Gouin is Air Force Space Command's information management functional manager. (U.S. Air Force photo/Amber Whittington)
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Awards ceremony honors communications, information professionals

Posted 1/22/2008   Updated 1/22/2008 Email story   Print story

    


by Staff Sgt. Daniel Martinez
50th Space Wing Public Affairs


1/22/2008 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  -- Schriever honored the wing's best communications and information professionals with an awards banquet Jan. 10 at the Satellite Dish dining facility.

The 50th Space Wing 2007 Communications and Information Awards breakfast recognized 27 nominees in 14 different categories for their achievements in various communications, information and computer based career fields.

A packed house was on hand to witness the event including unit commanders. Also attending and providing remarks was 50th Space Wing commander Col. Terry Djuric, 50th Network Operations Group commander Col. Robert Skinner and guest speaker Chief Master Sgt. David Gouin, Air Force Space Command's information management functional manager. (Click here for a list of award winners.)

"What a great day to recognize our communications and information professionals," Colonel Skinner said. "We are truly living in interesting times and it's the Airmen we are recognizing today who will lead us in these times."

Colonel Skinner concluded his remarks by introducing guest speaker Chief Gouin. The chief talked about the importance of communications, information and computer based career fields.

"Aerospace power is undeniably America's asymmetric advantage, and to maintain this advantage, the demand for time critical information for our Airmen has increased dramatically," Chief Gouin said. "Joint Vision 20 20 identifies that to keep the edge over our adversaries, we must establish and maintain information and information technology superiority."

The chief further explained how critical communications and information can be to the Air Force mission. Knowledge-based operations are critical in ensuring effective, efficient, trustworthy and accurate information is delivered to the right place at the right time, he said.

"The capability you bring to our command, the Air Force, Department of Defense and the nation is awesome. It's important that you know how much we appreciate all that you do each and every day," Chief Gouin said.

Award winners for 2007 are:

-- Airman 1st Class Luis Lopez Rivera, 50th Space Communications Squadron, outstanding information management Airman
-- Tech. Sgt. Dilphia McCollum, 50th NOG, outstanding information management NCO
-- Master Sgt. Kristin Lewis, 50th Mission Support Group, outstanding information management senior NCO
-- Tech. Sgt. Sergio Perez, 50th SCS, outstanding communications electronic systems NCO
-- Master Sgt. Kristina Miller, 50th SCS, outstanding communications electronic systems senior NCO
-- Senior Airman Jay Bushman, 50th SCS, outstanding communications computer systems Airman
-- Tech. Sgt. Sherlock Walker, 50th SCS, outstanding communications computer systems NCO
-- Master Sgt. James George, 50th SCS, outstanding communications computer systems senior NCO
-- Staff Sgt. Michael Crandall, 50th SCS, outstanding information assurance professional
-- Capt. Michael Adams, 50th SCS, outstanding communications and information company-grade officer
-- Maj. Lynn Plunkett, 50th SCS, outstanding communications and information field-grade officer
-- Pam Gatson, 50th SCS, outstanding communications and information civilian manager
-- Nathaneal Kowalski, 50th SCS, outstanding communications and information civilian specialist
-- Francis Roberts, 50th SCS, outstanding electromagnetic spectrum manager

The 4th Space Operations Squadron received the Lt. Gen. Harold W. Grant award, which recognizes groups or squadrons with 300 or fewer manpower authorizations. The 50th NOG received the Maj. Gen. Harold M. McClelland award, which recognizes groups or squadrons with 301 or more manpower authorizations.



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