AFOTEC recognizes top performers Published March 21, 2012 By Katherine C. Gandara Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Chief of Public Affairs Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M. -- On March 8, the Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center Commander Maj. Gen. David J. Eichhorn hosted an annual awards banquet at Kirtland's Mountain View Club celebrating the Center's outstanding performers of 2011 who represent the highest ideals of personal and professional dedication and commitment to a team vision. The evening began with a pre-ceremony reception for each of the 47 nominees where they received special medallions. After the pre-ceremony reception, each of the nominees entered the Mountain View Club ballroom through an honorary saber guard. Dr. J. Michael Gilmore was the guest speaker for the event. Dr. Gilmore is the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation. He is a Presidential appointee confirmed by the U.S. Senate who serves as the senior advisor to the Secretary of Defense on operational and live fire test and evaluation of Department of Defense weapon systems. "AFOTEC is filled with many talented men and women who produce positive impacts throughout the acquisition community through their tireless work at the Center's headquarters at Kirtland AFB, N.M., as well as its five detachments and multiple operating locations around the country," said General Eichhorn. "We are indeed fortunate to have such a talented and dedicated group of Airmen - military and civilian." 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: AFOTEC Field Grade Officer of the Year - Maj. Julius Hubbard, AFOTEC Detachment 5, Edwards AFB, Calif. AFOTEC Company Grade Officer of the Year - Capt. Donald Tinsley, AFOTEC Detachment 4, Peterson AFB, Colo. AFOTEC Senior NCO of the Year - Master Sgt. Michael Kuhn, AFOTEC Detachment 1, Edwards AFB, Calif. AFOTEC NCO of the Year - Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Womack, AFOTEC Detachment 2, Eglin AFB, Fla. AFOTEC Category I Civilian of the Year - Debra Barrett, AFOTEC Detachment 5, Edwards AFB, Calif. AFOTEC Category II Civilian of the Year - Gail Broxson, AFOTEC Detachment 2, Eglin AFB, Fla. AFOTEC Category III Civilian of the Year - Susan Garcia, AFOTEC Detachment 6, Nellis AFB, Nev. AFOTEC Category IV Civilian of the Year - Jeffrey Wilson, AFOTEC Detachment 5, Edwards AFB, Calif. AFOTEC Category V Civilian of the Year - Robert Cooper, AFOTEC Detachment 2, Eglin AFB, Fla.