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VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Master Sgt. Sara Dozier of the 50th Network Operations Group and Gordon Burlison of the 4th Space Operations Squadron both received 14th Air Force level awards in a March 21 ceremony at Vandendberg AFB. Sergeant Dozier received 14th Air Force First Sergeant of the Year and Mr. Burlison received 14th Air Force Category II Civilian of the Year. Left to right: 50th Space Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Clarence Moore, 50th Space Wing commander Col. Terry Djuric, Sergeant Dozier, Mr. Burlison, 50th NOG commander Col. Robert Skinner, Chief Master Sgt. Wayne Whetsell of 50th NOG, and Capt. Heidi Dexter of 4th SOPS. (courtesy photo)
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14th AF recognizes Schriever's best

Posted 4/2/2008   Updated 4/2/2008 Email story   Print story

    


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


4/2/2008 - SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.  -- Two members from Schriever were honored with 14th Air Force level awards March 21 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. 

Master Sgt. Sara Dozier of the 50th Network Operations Group received the 14th Air Force First Sergeant of the Year award, and Gordon Burlison of the 4th Space Operations Squadron received the 14th Air Force Category II Civilian of the Year award. 

Lt. Gen. William Shelton, commander of 14th Air Force and of the Joint Functional Component Command for Space, U.S. Strategic Command, at Vandenberg AFB, presented the awards to the winners. 

"It just seems kind of surreal," Sergeant Dozier said. "I never would have expected to win this high of an award." 

Sergeant Dozier, as a group level shirt for the wing, supports four different squadrons. She served as the Air Force Space Command lead for a worldwide first sergeants conference and was the 506th Air Expeditionary Group first sergeant while deployed to Kirkuk Air Base, Iraq. While deployed to Iraq, she led 10 other first sergeants as council president and oversaw distinguished visitors including six generals and Arizona Senator John McCain. 

"Getting the award was a great opportunity," Mr. Burlison said. "It was great going all the way to 14th Air Force to meet General Shelton and 14th Air Force leadership." 

Mr. Burlison is an electronics engineer for 4th SOPS. Based on his job knowledge and experience, he was requested by United States European Command to train 10 Army personnel on advanced Milstar network optimization. He also helped mastermind a weather monitoring system, predicting rain-related signal loss from Milstar satellites, cutting satellite commanding outages in half.



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