419th Fighter Wing honors outstanding Airmen, citizens

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The 419th Fighter Wing hosted its annual Outstanding Airman of the Year ceremony here Feb. 4, 2023. The ceremony was held in person this year after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 precautions.  The wing honored its top performing Airmen and civilians of 2022.

Winners were announced in the following categories:

Airman of the Year

Senior Airman Tyler Lloyd, 419th Mission Support Group

Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

Tech. Sgt. Charles Graf, 419th Mission Support Group

Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year

Senior Master Sgt. Timothy Strader, 419th Mission Support Group

First Sergeant of the Year

Senior Master Sgt. Randy Hyer, 419th Mission Support Group

Company Grade Officer of the Year

Capt. Tania Knight, 419th Medical Squadron

Field Grade Officer of the Year

Maj. Christopher Brown, 419th Operations Group

Team of the Year

419th Civil Engineer Squadron Fire Flight

Civilian of the Year Category 2

Mr. Daniel Cortez, 419th Mission Support Group

Civilian of the Year Category 3

Mr. Mark Tappendorf, 419th Operations Group

Volunteer of the Year

Mrs. Kati Calhoun

Employer of the Year

First Step House

Diamond Excellence Award

MSgt Nicholas Polley, 419th Maintenance Group

Chiefs’ Award

SMSgt Scott Gatewood, 419th Maintenance Group

As the Air Force’s first combat coded F-35 Reserve Wing, the nearly 1,200 Reservists dedicate one weekend a month and two weeks a year serve the 419th Fighter Wing. These Reserve Citizen Airmen keeps these aircraft mission ready as a leader in air superiority.