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AFOTEC honors 2007 annual award winners

Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Sargeant, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Commander, presents Mr. Sergei I. Sikorsky an engraved tray in appreciation for being the guest speaker at the March 25, 2008 AFOTEC Annual Awards Banquet at Kirtland AFB, N.M. Mr. Sikorsky is the son of aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky.

Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Sargeant, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Commander, presents Mr. Sergei I. Sikorsky an engraved tray in appreciation for being the guest speaker at the March 25, 2008 AFOTEC Annual Awards Banquet at Kirtland AFB, N.M. Mr. Sikorsky is the son of aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky.

Col. Jimmy R. Clark received the 2007 Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Commander’s Trophy. Colonel Clark is the Commander at AFOTEC’s Detachment 6 at Nellis AFB, Nev. The AFOTEC Commander’s Trophy recognizes superior leadership and achievement at the senior level, to include Detachment Commanders, Directors, and 0-6 civilian equivalents.

Col. Jimmy R. Clark received the 2007 Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Commander’s Trophy. Colonel Clark is the Commander at AFOTEC’s Detachment 6 at Nellis AFB, Nev. The AFOTEC Commander’s Trophy recognizes superior leadership and achievement at the senior level, to include Detachment Commanders, Directors, and 0-6 civilian equivalents.

Lt. Col. Shaun McGrath is the 2007 National Defense Industrial Association Air Force Military Tester of the Year and the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Tester of the Year (officer category). Each year, NDIA recognizes those who have done superior work which significantly contributed to or directly supported test and evaluation activities. McGrath was previously assigned to AFOTEC’s Detachment 6 at Nellis AFB, Nev., and is now the 52nd Operations Support Squadron Commander at Spangdahlem AB, Germany.

Lt. Col. Shaun McGrath is the 2007 National Defense Industrial Association Air Force Military Tester of the Year and the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Tester of the Year (officer category). Each year, NDIA recognizes those who have done superior work which significantly contributed to or directly supported test and evaluation activities. McGrath was previously assigned to AFOTEC’s Detachment 6 at Nellis AFB, Nev., and is now the 52nd Operations Support Squadron Commander at Spangdahlem AB, Germany.

First Lt. Eric W. Hastings is the 2007 Air Force Modeling and Simulation Test and Evaluation Award winner. Hastings also received the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center’s Test and Evaluation Individual Award and the AFOTEC Junior Military Outstanding Scientist for the Air Force Outstanding Scientist, Engineer, and Educator Award. He is assigned to Headquarter AFOTEC’s Directorate of Intelligence, Analyses and Assessments at Kirtland AFB, N.M.

First Lt. Eric W. Hastings is the 2007 Air Force Modeling and Simulation Test and Evaluation Award winner. Hastings also received the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center’s Test and Evaluation Individual Award and the AFOTEC Junior Military Outstanding Scientist for the Air Force Outstanding Scientist, Engineer, and Educator Award. He is assigned to Headquarter AFOTEC’s Directorate of Intelligence, Analyses and Assessments at Kirtland AFB, N.M.

The Air Force Test and Evaluation Team of the Year Award for the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center went to the AFOTEC Detachment 6 F-22A Raptor Operational Test Team from Nellis AFB, Nev. Team members are: Col. Jimmy Clark, Lt. Col. Shaun McGrath, Lt. Col. Stephen James, Lt. Col. Daniel Runyon, Maj. Alan Hanks, Maj. Phong Nguyen, Maj. Kenyon Orme, Capt. Wade Bridges, Capt. Daria Zalewska, 1st Lt. Brian Foo, 1st Lt. Kiel Martin, 1st Lt. Eugene Yoo, SMSgt. David Brown, MSgt. Wendell Davis Jr., MSgt. Jason Tullo, Stuart Butts, Alma Alanis, James Carnahan, Charles Chavez, George Cherolis, Mark Chicado, Phil DeLillo, Timothy Ferenschak, John D. Jimenez, Larry Kehl, Derek Meyer, Peter Osika, Norbert Padilla, Mark Payne, Douglas Rogers, David Sams, Burtis Spencer, James Springer, Phillip Taber, Daniel Vrsnik, Larry Widner, James Wiltse, James Wynhoff, and Henry Wynn.

The Air Force Test and Evaluation Team of the Year Award for the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center went to the AFOTEC Detachment 6 F-22A Raptor Operational Test Team from Nellis AFB, Nev. Team members are: Col. Jimmy Clark, Lt. Col. Shaun McGrath, Lt. Col. Stephen James, Lt. Col. Daniel Runyon, Maj. Alan Hanks, Maj. Phong Nguyen, Maj. Kenyon Orme, Capt. Wade Bridges, Capt. Daria Zalewska, 1st Lt. Brian Foo, 1st Lt. Kiel Martin, 1st Lt. Eugene Yoo, SMSgt. David Brown, MSgt. Wendell Davis Jr., MSgt. Jason Tullo, Stuart Butts, Alma Alanis, James Carnahan, Charles Chavez, George Cherolis, Mark Chicado, Phil DeLillo, Timothy Ferenschak, John D. Jimenez, Larry Kehl, Derek Meyer, Peter Osika, Norbert Padilla, Mark Payne, Douglas Rogers, David Sams, Burtis Spencer, James Springer, Phillip Taber, Daniel Vrsnik, Larry Widner, James Wiltse, James Wynhoff, and Henry Wynn.

The 2007 Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Communication and Information Assurance Team of the Year Award went to the AFOTEC Detachment 4 Information Assurance Team from Peterson AFB, Colo. Team members are: Capt. George E. Berry, Capt. Scott D. Brandimore, Capt. Richard M. Malerba, Capt. Jamila Robinson, Capt. Steven G. Waters, 1st Lt. Kelly Dean Pilarczyk, TSgt. Eric S. Parrott, and James W. Brouse.

The 2007 Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Communication and Information Assurance Team of the Year Award went to the AFOTEC Detachment 4 Information Assurance Team from Peterson AFB, Colo. Team members are: Capt. George E. Berry, Capt. Scott D. Brandimore, Capt. Richard M. Malerba, Capt. Jamila Robinson, Capt. Steven G. Waters, 1st Lt. Kelly Dean Pilarczyk, TSgt. Eric S. Parrott, and James W. Brouse.

Kirtland AFB, NM -- More than 50 Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center members were recognized during the March 25, 2008 AFOTEC Annual Awards Banquet that honored the outstanding performers for 2007.

Mr. Sergei Sikorsky was the guest speaker for the event. Sikorsky, son of aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky, spent more than 40 years in the international helicopter marketing and manufacturing industry including time in the family business as vice president of Sikorsky Aircraft.

In a message from the commander, Maj. Gen. Stephen T. Sargeant said, "Last year presented a myriad of challenges, as well as opportunities for AFOTEC, and you met them all with great success. However, never lose sight of the fact that it was the collective work of all of our personnel who enabled AFOTEC to deliver positive results for our Air Force."

The following AFOTEC team members were recognized for their commitment to excellence and outstanding contributions to the AFOTEC core mission of operational test and evaluation for the U.S. Air Force:

National Defense Industrial Association Air Force Military Tester of the Year and AFOTEC Tester of the Year (officer category) - Lt. Col. Shaun McGrath, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

NDIA/AFOTEC Tester of the Year (enlisted category) - SMSgt. David Brown, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

NDIA/AFOTEC Tester of the Year (civilian category) - Mr. Burtis Spencer, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

NDIA/AFOTEC Tester of the Year (contractor category) - Mr. Brad Thompson, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

Air Force Association Test and Evaluation Team of the Year Award (AFOTEC winner) - F-22A Raptor Operational Test Team, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev. Team members are: Col. Jimmy Clark, Lt. Col. Shaun McGrath, Lt. Col. Stephen James, Lt. Col. Daniel Runyon, Maj. Alan Hanks, Maj. Phong Nguyen, Maj. Kenyon Orme, Capt. Wade Bridges, Capt. Daria Zalewska, 1st Lt. Brian Foo, 1st Lt. Kiel Martin, 1st Lt. Eugene Yoo, SMSgt. David Brown, MSgt. Wendell Davis Jr., MSgt. Jason Tullo, Stuart Butts, Alma Alanis, James Carnahan, Charles Chavez, George Cherolis, Mark Chicado, Phil DeLillo, Timothy Ferenschak, John D. Jimenez, Larry Kehl, Derek Meyer, Peter Osika, Norbert Padilla, Mark Payne, Douglas Rogers, David Sams, Burtis Spencer, James Springer, Phillip Taber, Daniel Vrsnik, Larry Widner, James Wiltse, James Wynhoff, and Henry Wynn.

AFA Aerospace Award Citation of Honor (AFOTEC winner) - AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

AFA Theodore Von Karman Award (nominee) - AFOTEC

AFA Verne Orr Award (AFOTEC winner) - AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

AFA Outstanding Civilian Employees Award/AFOTEC Civilian Senior Program Manager of the Year - Mr. Stuart Butts, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

AFA Outstanding Civilian Employees Award/AFOTEC Civilian Program Manager of the Year - Mr. James Brouse, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

AFA Outstanding Civilian Employees Award/AFOTEC Civilian Program Specialist of the Year - Ms. Kelly Howe, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

AFOTEC Commander's Award - Col. Jimmy Clark, Commander, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award (AFOTEC senior officer) - Maj. William Rogers, Headquarters AFOTEC, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award (AFOTEC junior officer) - Capt. Jason Honabarger, Headquarters AFOTEC Directorate of Operations, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award (AFOTEC senior enlisted) - MSgt. Aaron Bettison, AFOTEC Detachment 2 Operating Location at Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award (AFOTEC junior enlisted) - TSgt. Shawn Hendricks, AFOTEC Detachment 2 Operating Location at Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Awards (AFOTEC aircraft maintenance field grade manager) - Lt. Col. Charles Cunningham, AFOTEC Detachment 2, Eglin AFB, Fla.

Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Awards (AFOTEC aircraft maintenance company grade manager) - Capt. Carlos B. Salas, AFOTEC Detachment 2, Eglin AFB, Fla.

Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Awards (AFOTEC aircraft maintenance supervisor/manager) - MSgt. Jason Tullo, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Awards (AFOTEC aircraft maintenance technician/supervisor) - TSgt. Shawn Hendricks, AFOTEC Detachment 2 Operating Location at Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Awards (AFOTEC missile/munitions maintenance field grade manager) - Lt. Col. Daniel Runyon, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Awards (AFOTEC missile/munitions maintenance supervisor/manager) - MSgt. Jonathan Rittle, AFOTEC Detachment 2, Eglin AFB, Fla.

Gen. John P. Jumper Award (AFOTEC outstanding warfighting integration civilian of the year) - Mr. Michael Christensen, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Air Force Modeling and Simulation Test and Evaluation Award and AFOTEC Test and Evaluation Award (individual category) - 1st Lt. Eric Hastings, Headquarters AFOTEC Intelligence, Analyses and Assessments Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Analyst Award/AFOTEC Analytic Team of the Year - Combatant Commander's Integrated C2 System Analyst Team, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo. Team members are: Capt. Aron Svacha, Maj. Kimberly Gonzalez, Maj. Todd Stevens, Capt. George Berry, Capt. Jason Hamilton, Capt. Umar Khan, Capt. Richard Malerba, Capt. William McBride, Capt. Elizabeth Nieboer, Capt. Mary Pindar, Capt. Steven Waters, 1st Lt. Marya Monahan, MSgt. Wayne Benitez, MSgt. Alfred Rhoades, and MSgt. Jonathan Satre.

Air Force Analyst Award/AFOTEC Company Grade Analyst of the Year - Capt. Thomas McCaleb, AFOTEC Detachment 2, Eglin AFB, Fla.

Air Force Analyst Award/AFOTEC Senior Civilian Analyst of the Year - Mr. Nicholas Corea, Headquarters AFOTEC Intelligence, Analyses and Assessments Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Outstanding Scientist, Engineer, and Educator Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Engineer (mid-career military) - Maj. Phong Nguyen, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev. 

Air Force Outstanding Scientist, Engineer, and Educator Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Engineer (junior military) - 1st Lt. Brian Foo, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

Air Force Outstanding Scientist, Engineer, and Educator Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Engineer (senior civilian) - Mr. Stuart Butts, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

Air Force Outstanding Scientist, Engineer, and Educator Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Engineer (mid-career civilian) - Mr. Burtis Spencer, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

Air Force Outstanding Scientist, Engineer, and Educator Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Science and Engineering Educator - Capt. Jason Honabarger, Headquarters AFOTEC Directorate of Operations, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Outstanding Scientist, Engineer, and Educator Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Scientist (junior military) - 1st Lt. Eric Hastings, Headquarters AFOTEC Intelligence, Analyses and Assessments Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Communication and Information Awards/AFOTEC Communication and Information Assurance Team of the Year - Information Assurance Team, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo. Team members are: Capt. George E. Berry, Capt. Scott D. Brandimore, Capt. Richard M. Malerba, Capt. Jamila Robinson, Capt. Steven G. Waters, 1st Lt. Kelly Dean Pilarczyk, TSgt. Eric S. Parrott, and James W. Brouse.

Air Force Communication and Information Awards/AFOTEC Information Assurance Program Manager of the Year - Lt. Col. Thomas Sloan, Headquarters AFOTEC Communications and Information Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Communication and Information Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Field Grade Officer of the Year - Maj. Roberta Nicholson, AFOTEC Detachment 5, Edwards AFB, Calif.

Air Force Communication and Information Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Company Grade Officer of the Year - 1st Lt. Kelly Pilarczyk, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Air Force Communication and Information Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year (3A) - MSgt. Miles Harvey, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Air Force Communication and Information Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding NCO of the Year (3A) - TSgt. Charles Ross, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Air Force Communication and Information Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year (3C) - MSgt. Todd Walker, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Air Force Communication and Information Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding NCO of the Year (3C) - TSgt. Jason Marks, Headquarters AFOTEC Communications and Information Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Communication and Information Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding NCO of the Year (2E) - TSgt. Michael Najar, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, N.M.
Air Force Communication and Information Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Civilian of the Year - Mr. James Brouse, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Air Force Intelligence Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Company Grade Intelligence Officer of the Year - Capt. Jason McCraw, Headquarters AFOTEC Intelligence, Analyses and Assessments Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Intelligence Awards/AFOTEC Outstanding Enlisted Intelligence Contributor of the Year - MSgt. Howard Walter II, Headquarters AFOTEC Intelligence, Analyses and Assessments Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Education and Training Awards/AFOTEC Education and Training Manager of the Year (headquarters level) - TSgt. Jerry Scott, Headquarters AFOTEC Manpower and Personnel Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Education and Training Awards/AFOTEC Education and Training Manager of the Year (unit level) - MSgt. James Mills, Jr., AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Air Force Personnel Awards/AFOTEC Personnel Manager of the Year (headquarters level) - TSgt. Vicki James, Headquarters AFOTEC Manpower and Personnel Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Personnel Awards/AFOTEC Personnel Manager of the Year (unit level) - TSgt. Tracey Dawley, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Air Force Financial Management Awards/AFOTEC Resource Advisor of the Year - Ms. Alice Rindfleisch, Headquarters AFOTEC Operations Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

Air Force Bioenvironmental Engineer Award/AFOTEC Outstanding Staff Officer Bioenvironmental Engineer of the Year - Maj. Christopher Cutler, AFOTEC Detachment 2 Operating Location at Kirtland AFB, N.M.

AFOTEC Military and Civilian Annual Award/AFOTEC Field Grade Officer of the Year - Maj. Jason Quigley, AFOTEC Detachment 3, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

AFOTEC Military and Civilian Annual Award/AFOTEC Company Grade Officer of the Year - Capt. Louis Camilli, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

AFOTEC Military and Civilian Annual Award/AFOTEC Senior NCO of the Year - MSgt. Craig Brown, AFOTEC Detachment 3, Kirtland AFB, N.M.

AFOTEC Military and Civilian Annual Award/AFOTEC NCO of the Year - TSgt. Shawn Hendricks, AFOTEC Detachment 2 Operating Location at Kirtland AFB, N.M.

AFOTEC Military and Civilian Annual Award/AFOTEC Category I Civilian of the Year - Ms. Kelley Howe, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev.

AFOTEC Military and Civilian Annual Award/AFOTEC Category II Civilian of the Year - Ms. Diana Keeler, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

AFOTEC Military and Civilian Annual Award/AFOTEC Category III Civilian of the Year - Mr. Joseph Kleva, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo.

AFOTEC Military and Civilian Annual Award/AFOTEC Category IV Civilian of the Year - Dr. Barbara Foraker, Headquarters AFOTEC Manpower and Personnel Directorate, Kirtland AFB, N.M.