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911th Airlift Wing award winners stand to be recognized with Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 Awards Ceremony recognizes Airmen that went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

911th Airlift Wing award winners stand to be recognized with Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 Awards Ceremony recognizes Airmen that went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Senior Airman Brianna Humbert, aerospace maintenance with the 911th Maintenance Squadron, is awarded the Command Chief Fahrny Diamond Sharp Award by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th Airlift Wing, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Senior Airman Brianna Humbert, aerospace maintenance with the 911th Maintenance Squadron, is awarded the Command Chief Fahrny Diamond Sharp Award by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th Airlift Wing, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Master Sgt. Tech. Sgt. Richard Callis, unit training manager with the 911th Logistics Readiness Squadron, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Noncommissioned Officer of the Year by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Master Sgt. Tech. Sgt. Richard Callis, unit training manager with the 911th Logistics Readiness Squadron, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Noncommissioned Officer of the Year by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Master Sgt. Michael Wenger, flight chief with the 911th Security Forces Squadron, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Master Sgt. Michael Wenger, flight chief with the 911th Security Forces Squadron, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Captain Joshua Christopher, operations officer with the 911th Maintenance Squadron, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Company Grade Officer of the Year by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Captain Joshua Christopher, operations officer with the 911th Maintenance Squadron, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Company Grade Officer of the Year by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Master Sgt. Luca Farkas, medical technician with the 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Civilian of the Year (Category I) by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Master Sgt. Luca Farkas, medical technician with the 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Civilian of the Year (Category I) by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Robert Ree, director of the 911th Airman and Family Readiness Office, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Civilian of the Year (Category II) by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Robert Ree, director of the 911th Airman and Family Readiness Office, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Civilian of the Year (Category II) by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Senior Airman Joseph Dukes, knowledge operations management with the 911th Communications Squadron, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Base Honor Guardsman of the Year by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Senior Airman Joseph Dukes, knowledge operations management with the 911th Communications Squadron, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing Base Honor Guardsman of the Year by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Senior Master Sgt. Jessica Davis, installation emergency manager with the 32nd Aerial Port Squadron, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing First Sergeant of the Year by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Senior Master Sgt. Jessica Davis, installation emergency manager with the 32nd Aerial Port Squadron, is awarded 911th Airlift Wing First Sergeant of the Year by Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th AW, and Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th AW, during the 911th AW Annual Award Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. The 2018 awards ceremony recognized Airmen who went above and beyond in their service for the year 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Grace Thomson)

Senior Airman Joseph Dukes, knowledge operations manager with the 911th Communications Squadron, is congratulated by fellow Airmen after being awarded 911th Airlift Wing Base Honor Guardsman of the Year at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pemmsylvania., March 2, 2019. Airmen gathered to formally recognize their peers at the 2019 911th AW Awards Ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Fritz)
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Senior Airman Joseph Dukes, knowledge operations manager with the 911th Communications Squadron, is congratulated by fellow Airmen after being awarded 911th Airlift Wing Base Honor Guardsman of the Year at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pemmsylvania., March 2, 2019. Airmen gathered to formally recognize their peers at the 2019 911th AW Awards Ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Fritz)

Airmen gather to formally recognize their peers at the 2019 911th Airlift Wing Awards Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. This ceremony recognized Airmen who were awarded of-the-year titles, as well as the recipient of the Command Chief Fahrny Diamond Sharp Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Fritz)
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Airmen gather to formally recognize their peers at the 2019 911th Airlift Wing Awards Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania, March 2, 2019. This ceremony recognized Airmen who were awarded of-the-year titles, as well as the recipient of the Command Chief Fahrny Diamond Sharp Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Fritz)

Airmen gather to formally recognize their peers at the 2019 911th Airlift Wing Awards Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania., March 2, 2019. This ceremony recognized Airmen who were awarded of-the-year titles, as well as the recipient of the Command Chief Fahrny Diamond Sharp Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Fritz)
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Airmen gather to formally recognize their peers at the 2019 911th Airlift Wing Awards Ceremony at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania., March 2, 2019. This ceremony recognized Airmen who were awarded of-the-year titles, as well as the recipient of the Command Chief Fahrny Diamond Sharp Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman James Fritz)

PITTSBURGH INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AIR RESERVE STATION, Pa. --

The 911th Airlift Wing hosted its 2018 awards ceremony this month at the Pittsburgh International Airport Air Reserve Station, Pennsylvania.

The ceremony held annually recognizes individuals across the wing who stood out from their peers over the course of the year. The venue for the event was full of wingmen, distinguished visitors, and family members who attended to support and recognize the award winners and nominees.

Col. Douglas N. Strawbridge, commander of the 911th Airlift Wing, took to the stage and congratulated the award winners and nominees but also recognized all those in attendance for their support to those up for awards.

“Nobody does anything by themselves; it takes a team and that’s why we have shifted our mindset from an organization to a team,” said Strawbridge.

Strawbridge wanted to showcase not only the local-level award winners, but also recognized the numerous 911th AW individual Airmen and units who won awards above the wing level at the Air Force Reserve Command throughout the year.

Using a quote from one of the 911th AW’s chief master sergeants, Strawbridge stated, “If great is obtainable, then good is unacceptable.”

“That’s kind of the culture we live by here,” said the wing commander to the crowd. “When you have the time to break away from the other things, go back to good and make it great. That’s what this wing is about.”

This year, a special medallion was given to all those who exemplified this standard across the wing and earned a nomination from their respective units for the coveted civilian and military member of the year awards.

Each nominee was given the medallion prior to the awards ceremony and encouraged to don it during the duty day as a way to further recognize his or her individual efforts. The medallion represented the hard work, dedication and superior performance given by that individual throughout the year.

Nominees from across the wing competed for top honors in the ranks of Airman, noncommissioned officer, senior noncommissioned officer, company grade officer, field grade officer, civilian categories 1 & 2, base honor guardsman of the year, first sergeant of the year, and the Diamond Sharp Award.

The results of the prestigious civilian and military member of the year awards are as follows:

Airman of the Year – Senior Airman Holly Duke, 911th Maintenance Squadron


Noncommissioned Officer of the Year – Tech. Sgt. Richard Callis, 911th Logistics Readiness Squadron


Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year – Master Sgt. Michael Wenger, 911th Security Forces Squadron


Company Grade Officer of the Year – Capt. Joshua Christopher, 911th Maintenance Squadron


Field Grade Officer of the Year – Maj. Robert Lowe, 758th Airlift Squadron (911th AW/Program Integration Office)


Civilian of the Year (Category I) - Luca Farkas, 911th Aeromedical Staging Squadron


Civilian of the Year (Category II) - Robert Ree, 911th Force Support Squadron


First Sergeant of the Year – Senior Master Sgt. Jessica Davis, 32nd Aerial Port Squadron


Base Honor Guardsman of the Year – Senior Airman Joseph Dukes III, 911th Communications Squadron


911th AW Command Chief Fahrny Diamond Sharp Award – Senior Airman Brianna Humbert, 911th Maintenance Squadron

In addition to the efforts of the individual award winners, Chief Master Sgt. Christopher D. Neitzel, command chief of the 911th Airlift Wing, also recognized the importance of wingmen and family in the success of the nominees and award winners.

“One of the most important parts of this award ceremony is the families,” said the command chief during the formal event. “We could not do this without the family support. I thank you to the families that come and are representing your loved ones here. They are very well deserving of this award and they could not have done it without any of you. So, thank you.”