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2020 Annual awards

Holloman celebrates Wing annual award winners

Lt. Col. Christopher Finch, 8th Fighter Squadron commander, accepts the Small Unit of the Year award on behalf of the 8th Fighter Squadron during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman celebrates Wing annual award winners

William Urick, annual award winner from the 54th Fighter Group, accepts the Civilian Category III (Supervisory) of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual award ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman celebrates Wing annual award winners

Kendra Lemke, annual award winner from the 49th Mission Support Group, accepts the Civilian Category III (Non-supervisory) of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman celebrates Wing annual award winners

William Payseno, annual award winner from the 49th Maintenance Group, accepts the Civilian Category II (Supervisory) of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman celebrates Wing annual award winners

Rui Inacio, annual award winner from the 49th Mission Support Group, accepts the Civilian Category II (Non-supervisory) of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman celebrates Wing annual award winners

Daniel McNett, annual award winner from the 49th Maintenance Group, accepts the Civilian Category I of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman celebrates Wing annual award winners

Maj. Kyle Norris, annual award winner from the 49th Operations Group, accepts the Field-grade Officer of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman celebrates Wing annual award winners

Capt. William Berner, annual award winner from the 49th Mission Support Group, accepts the Company-grade Officer of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

Holloman celebrates Wing annual award winners

Master Sgt. Joseph Woolridge, annual award winner from the 49th Operations Group, accepts the First Sergeant of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

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Senior Master Sgt. Craig Cuggino, annual award winner from the 49th Maintenance Group, accepts the Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

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Tech. Sgt. Brittney Brooke, annual award winner from the 49th Mission Support Group, accepts the Noncommissioned Officer of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

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Senior Airman Darian Hankins, annual award winner from the 49th Maintenance Group, accepts the Airman of the Year award during the 49th Wing annual awards ceremony, Feb. 17, 2021, on Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico Annual award winners were selected based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Quion Lowe)

HOLLOMAN AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Members of Holloman AFB gathered to honor the 49th Wing’s annual award winners during a ceremony, Feb. 17, here.

To win at the wing level, nominees first compete and win at the squadron then group levels. Each group then nominates one person for each of the award categories to be reviewed by the Wing’s selection board. The selection board grades each nominee based on their technical expertise, demonstration of leadership and job performance.

Congratulations to the 49th WG’s annual award winners:

Airman of the Year:

Senior Airman Darian Hankins, 49th Maintenance Group

Noncommissioned Officer of the Year:

Tech. Sgt. Brittney Brooke, 49th Mission Support Group

Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year:

Senior Master Sgt. Craig Cuggino, 49th MXG

First Sergeant of the Year:

Master Sgt. Joseph Wooldridge, 49th Operations Group

Company-grade Officer of the Year:

Capt. William Berner, 49th MSG

Field-grade Officer of the Year:

Maj. Kyle Norris, 49th OG

Civilian Category I of the Year:

Daniel McNett, 49th MXG

Civilian Category II (Non-supervisory) of the Year:

Rui Inacio, 49th MSG

Civilian Category II (Supervisory) of the Year:

William Payseno, 49th MXG

Civilian Category III (Non-supervisory) of the Year:

Kendra Lemke, 49th MSG

Civilian Category III (Supervisory) of the Year:

William Urick, 54th Fighter Group

Civilian Category IIII (Supervisory) of the Year:

Thomas Williams, 49th MSG

Honor Guardsman of the Year:

Senior Airman Tayler Pearson, 49th MXG

Key Spouse of the Year:

Jessica Manco, 49th MSG

Military Training Leader of the Year:

Tech. Sgt. Brittany Brazzel, 16th Training Squadron

Volunteer of the Year:

Megan Clarke, 49th OG

Small Unit of the Year – 8th Fighter Squadron

Large Unit of the Year – 49th Civil Engineer Squadron

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