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A U.S. Air Forces in Europe senior master sergeant received the 2004 Air Force First Sergeant of the Year Award at the Air Force Sergeants Association national convention in Columbus, Ohio.

Senior Master Sgt. Ricky Price, who works in construction and training on Ramstein Air Base, Germany, was recognized during a ceremony Saturday for efforts to help the community and for improving airmen’s knowledge through programs he created.

Price built and then taught the first USAFE first sergeant deployment and contingency training course. The course allowed 19 first sergeants and one chaplain to train in various wartime scenarios that primed them for Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom.

Price also created self-improvement programs through a squadron combat library. The library offered airmen access to 51 College Level Examination Program and Defense Activity for Nontraditional Education Support books and compact discs.

He also taught a discipline class to 110 noncommissioned officers and developed a seminar that trained 40 supervisors in how to compile award nominations, performance reports and decoration packages.

Another program Price created, “Taking Care of Our Own,” led the squadron into a year free of drunken driving offenses in 2003 by providing pocket cards with supervisor emergency contact information available to all airmen.

Price is also the chairman of the Kaiserslautern Military Community Holiday Cheer program, which raised more than $67,000 to help about 840 families between the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

“This is truly an honor, because when I look across our great Air Force and the first sergeants that serve, every one of them probably deserves this recognition,” he said in an article written by the U.S. Air Force. “Sure, I worked hard this past year, but every first sergeant worked hard as well.

“I wish there was an award for the most outstanding group of the year — that group would be the Air Force first sergeants.”

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