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507th honors its top members during yearly awards banquet

507th Air Refueling Wing 
11/16/2012 TINKER AIR FORCE BASE Okla. - The 507th 2012 award winners come together for a night of celebration.  From Left to Right:  Senior Airman Fallon Carte, Colonel Russell Muncy, Captain Jacquelyn Stauffer,  Senior Master Sergeant Taunya Avery, Master Sergeant Shaun Loeffler, Master Sergeant Joseph Lepine, Master Sergeant Travis Fowler (filling in for a deployed Staff Sergeant Robert Mills), and Chief Master Sergeant Stephen Brown.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers)

507th Air Refueling Wing 11/16/2012 TINKER AIR FORCE BASE Okla. - The 507th 2012 award winners come together for a night of celebration. From Left to Right: Senior Airman Fallon Carte, Colonel Russell Muncy, Captain Jacquelyn Stauffer, Senior Master Sergeant Taunya Avery, Master Sergeant Shaun Loeffler, Master Sergeant Joseph Lepine, Master Sergeant Travis Fowler (filling in for a deployed Staff Sergeant Robert Mills), and Chief Master Sergeant Stephen Brown. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers)

507th Air refueling Wing

11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Major Todd M. O’Neill, Mobilization Planner for the Oklahoma National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Oklahoma City, speaks about the commit and excellence the men and women of the 507th Air Refueling Wing display day in and day out.  Maj. O’Neill, a prior active duty Air Force served as the guest speaker for the annual awards banquet.

507th Air refueling Wing 11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Major Todd M. O’Neill, Mobilization Planner for the Oklahoma National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Oklahoma City, speaks about the commit and excellence the men and women of the 507th Air Refueling Wing display day in and day out. Maj. O’Neill, a prior active duty Air Force served as the guest speaker for the annual awards banquet. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers)

507th Air Refueling Wing

11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Senior Airman Fallon W. Carte of the 507th Civil Engineering Squadron receives the Airman of the Year Award from 507th Air Wing Commander, Colonel Russell A. Muncy.  The award was received at the Annual Awards Ceremony held on base recently as family, friends and guests from the 507th celebrated all the nominees and winners.

507th Air Refueling Wing 11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Senior Airman Fallon W. Carte of the 507th Civil Engineering Squadron receives the Airman of the Year Award from 507th Air Wing Commander, Colonel Russell A. Muncy. The award was received at the Annual Awards Ceremony held on base recently as family, friends and guests from the 507th celebrated all the nominees and winners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers)

507th Air Refueling Wing

11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Master Sergeant Travis S. Fowler accepts the Non Commissioned Officer of the Year Award for Staff Sergeant Robert L. Mills of the 507th Maintenance Group.  The award was received at the Annual Awards Ceremony held on base recently as family, friends and guests from the 507th celebrated all the nominees and winners.

507th Air Refueling Wing 11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Master Sergeant Travis S. Fowler accepts the Non Commissioned Officer of the Year Award for Staff Sergeant Robert L. Mills of the 507th Maintenance Group. The award was received at the Annual Awards Ceremony held on base recently as family, friends and guests from the 507th celebrated all the nominees and winners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers)

507th Air Refueling Wing

11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Senior Master Sergeant Taunya L. Avery from the 507th Maintenance Group  accepts the Senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Year award from 507th Air Wing Commander, Colonel Russell A. Muncy.  The award was received at the Annual Awards Ceremony held on base recently as family, friends and guests from the 507th celebrated all the nominees and winners.

507th Air Refueling Wing 11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Senior Master Sergeant Taunya L. Avery from the 507th Maintenance Group accepts the Senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Year award from 507th Air Wing Commander, Colonel Russell A. Muncy. The award was received at the Annual Awards Ceremony held on base recently as family, friends and guests from the 507th celebrated all the nominees and winners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers)

507th Air Refueling Wing

11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Captain Jacquelyn S. Stauffer of the 507th Logistics Readiness Squadron accepts the Company Grade Officer of the Year Award from 507th Air Wing Commander, Colonel Russell A. Muncy.  The award was received at the Annual Awards Ceremony held on base recently as family, friends and guests from the 507th celebrated all the nominees and winners.

507th Air Refueling Wing 11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Captain Jacquelyn S. Stauffer of the 507th Logistics Readiness Squadron accepts the Company Grade Officer of the Year Award from 507th Air Wing Commander, Colonel Russell A. Muncy. The award was received at the Annual Awards Ceremony held on base recently as family, friends and guests from the 507th celebrated all the nominees and winners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers)

507th Air Refueling Wing

11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Master Sergeant Joseph P. Lepine of the 507th Maintenance Group accepts the First Sergeant of the Year Award from 507th Air Wing Commander, Colonel Russell A. Muncy.  The award was received at the Annual Awards Ceremony held on base recently as family, friends and guests from the 507th celebrated all the nominees and winners.

507th Air Refueling Wing 11/14/2012 – TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Master Sergeant Joseph P. Lepine of the 507th Maintenance Group accepts the First Sergeant of the Year Award from 507th Air Wing Commander, Colonel Russell A. Muncy. The award was received at the Annual Awards Ceremony held on base recently as family, friends and guests from the 507th celebrated all the nominees and winners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Mark Hybers)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla., - --  Men and women from the 507th Air Refueling Wing gathered at the base club Friday, November 2, 2012 to celebrate the yearly award recipients.

The awards are given to nominees in the following categories: Airman of the Year, Non Commissioned Officer of the Year, Senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Year and Company Grade Officer of the Year.

The awards are chosen from a list of nominees submitted by each squadron. Copies of the submission packages are given to a panel with the name and squadron of each nominee marked out. The panel reads the submission write up and gives a number value to each. All of the packages are then racked and stacked by total score.
According to the 507th Air Refueling Wing Command Chief Master Sergeant Stephen A. Brown, the scoring method is the best and fairest way to judge the nominees. No one on the panel knows who the nominees are, therefore cutting out any individual bias.

This year's Airman of the Year nominees are Senior Airman Fallon W. Carte of the 507th Civil Engineering Squadron, Senior Airman Casey J. Cleveland of the 507th Maintenance Group and Senior Airman Audra A. Fischer of the 507th Medical Squadron. This year's winner is SrA Fallon W. Carte.

The Non Commissioned Officer Award nominees are Staff Sergeant Natalie E. Pharr of the 507th Civil Engineering Squadron, Staff Sergeant Robert L. Mills of the 507th Maintenance Group, and Technical Sergeant Jermaine L. Thomas of the 507th Medical Squadron. This year's winner is SSgt Robert L. Mills.

Nominees for the Senior Non Commissioned Officer Awards are Senior Master Sergeant George E. Piper of the 507th Force Support Squadron, Senior Master Sergeant Taunya L. Avery of the 507th Maintenance Group, and Master Sergeant Thomas W. Lord of the 507th Medical Squadron. This year's winner is Senior Master Sergeant Taunya L. Avery.

The First Sergeant of the Year nominees goes to Master Sergeant Joseph P. Lepine of the 507th Maintenance Group and Master Sergeant Jay J. Smith of the 507th Security Forces Squadron. This year's First Sergeant of the Year is MSgt Joseph P. Lepine.

Nominees for the Company Grade Officer of the Year Award are Captain Adam J. Steichen of the 507th Operations Group, Captain Angela A. Cooper of the 507th Medical Squadron and Captain Jacquelyn S. Stauffer of the 507th Logistics Readiness Squadron. The Company Grade Officer of the Year is Capt Jacquelyn S. Stauffer.

One special award given each year is in honor of Billy Hughes. The award was instituted in 1998 by the men and women of the 507th Air Refueling Wing to commemorate the life of Technical Sergeant Bill Lee Hughes, United States Air Force Reserve. TSgt Hughes was a supervisory aircraft maintenance technician of the wing's predecessor organization, the 507th Tactical Fighter Group. TSgt Hughes died at Tinker Air Force Base in 1992 while on active service. The award is an annual unit level award presented to the enlisted member from the 507 ARW or 513th Air Control Group (ACG) who best exemplifies the Air Force core values "Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do."

This year's nominees are Master Sergeant Shaun R. Loeffler, Staff Sergeant Robert L. Mills and Senior Airman Casey J. Cleveland. The winner for this year's award is MSgt Shaun R. Loeffler.