Units and individuals based at Aviano Air Base, Italy, earned eight awards in the Air Force’s annual personnel section awards — twice as many as any other base overseas.
31st Fighter Wing units were selected as best in: military personnel program-small base; protocol excellence; airman and family readiness program; and arts and crafts program. Senior Master Sgt. Paul R. Pellow (education and training manager), Master Sgt. Sonya E. Hildenbrand (equal opportunity director), Senior Airman Kaisy T. Clark (personnel specialist) and Alicia O’Peirce (services civilian flight chief) earned individual honors.
Yokota Air Base in Japan finished with four awards, including victories for the 374th Force Support Squadron in family child care program, golf program and readiness program. Donald McAllister (civilian personnel officer) won individually.
RAF Lakenheath won three awards: ITT program, marketing program and Thomas L. Langdon for civilian education and training manager. RAF Mildenhall also won three: bowling program and Master Sgt. Darren Hylton (senior enlisted education and training manager) and Lance G. Critchley (manpower intermediate civilian).
Other unit winners overseas included: 435th Mission Support Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany (military personnel program-large base); 501st Combat Support Wing, RAF Alconbury (equal opportunity program – small base); 51st Services Squadron, Osan Air Base, Korea (outdoor recreation, youth program).
Other individual awards went to: Capt. Michelle M. Coumbs, Lajes Field, Azores (force support reserve company grade officer); Tech. Sgt. Jose M. Gonzalez, Kapaun Air Station, Germany (academy instructor of the year); Tech. Sgt. Bonny R. Reyes, Izmir, Turkey (personnel technician) and Stacy M. Lee, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany (education and training manager- junior civilian).