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While assigned to Andersen Air Force Base, Guam, a dual active-duty couple earned Air Force recognition for work in their respective career fields.

Senior Master Sgt. Robert Altenbernd is the 2005 Air Force First Sergeant of the Year, and his wife, Master Sgt. Nancy Altenbernd, earned the 2004 Air Force Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff Level Noncommissioned Officer award.

Pacific Air Forces announced the awards earlier this month in a news release. The Altenbernds have since relocated to Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colo., according to Andersen officials.

“We are all very proud of the Altenbernd family, and we couldn’t be [happier] for them,” stated Gen. Paul V. Hester, Pacific Air Forces commander, in the release. “The level of success they have individually achieved is a great example of family members unselfishly supporting one another. They are clearly an Air Force family dedicated to the Air Force mission.”

Robert Altenbernd, first sergeant for the 13th Air Force while at Andersen, was cited for his leadership under fire while serving as the lead first sergeant for the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing at Balad Air Base, Iraq, with more than 5,800 airmen and 10 forward-operating bases in the world’s most active combat zone.

He excelled at his duties despite more than 185 mortar and rocket attacks, some as close as 50 feet away, his award citation read. While there he initiated a combat buddy care program, a leadership course and a life-skills program to develop mission- ready airmen. He also was the first sergeants’ council president at Balad and Andersen.

Nancy Altenbernd, then the anti-terrorism noncommissioned officer in charge with the 36th Security Forces Squadron, earned a 100-percent inspector general compliance rating while taking the squadron from worst to first, according to her award citation. She also synchronized five force protection condition checklists into a single one-stop shop, ensuring more rapid response to terrorist threats.

Altenbernd was credited with developing the first Air Force integrated base defense matrix, integrating manpower, technology, tactics and training, her citation read.

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Jennifer reports on the U.S. military from Kaiserslautern, Germany, where she writes about the Air Force, Army and DODEA schools. She’s had previous assignments for Stars and Stripes in Japan, reporting from Yokota and Misawa air bases. Before Stripes, she worked for daily newspapers in Wyoming and Colorado. She’s a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Virginia.
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