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Outstanding High Rollers Recognized

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  • By Master Sgt. Paula Macomber
  • 152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Nevada Air Guardsmen gathered at the Base's dining facility Saturday to honor their outstanding Airmen of the year. It was a packed house of over 240 people. The "Reno Silver Dollar Chorus" quartet opened the event with the National Anthem.

This year's ceremony featured a special guest of honor and Distinguished Service Cross for Extraordinary Heroism, Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient, United States Army 1st Lt., Mr. Andrew LePeilbet, who is a veteran from the Vietnam era. LePielbet read the ceremonial POW/MIA table script.

Prior to the announcement of the winners, Brig. Gen. David Snyder gave a few remarks.

"The people who are up here tonight do a lot more than just their job, they're in the community, they serve as volunteers at the Boys & Girls Club, local high schools, in their churches and with youth organizations. These are people who are out there making a difference. They are also absolutely dedicated to significant self-improvement. They're prepared for the next step and are prepared to lead this organization," he said.

The Airman of the Year award went to Airman 1st Class Rebecca Barber, 192nd Airlift Squadron. Tech Sgt. Sherdean Din, 152nd Force Support Squadron, won the Non-Commissioned Officer title.  The Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year award went to Master Sgt. Marco Trejo of the 232nd Operations Squadron. Master Sgt. Kevin Brun of the 152nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron won First Sergeant of the Year. Honors for Company Grade Officer of the Year went to Capt. Lance King, 192nd Airlift Squadron. Rounding out the awards for the year was Honor Guard Member of the Year Airman 1st Class Emili Conway-Striggow, 152nd Logistics Readiness Squadron.

Regarding his win in the First Sergeant of the Year category, Brun had a comment.
"It's a very humbling experience to be recognized for doing your job," he mentioned.

The quartet closed out the event by the singing of the Air Force Song. The award winners were recognized for their outstanding performance this past year and will go on as representatives of Nevada as they compete at the national level.