Two 167th Airmen Win ANG Logistics Awards
By Staff Sgt. Sherree Grebenstein, 167th AW, Public Affairs
/ Published October 05, 2011
Martinsburg, WV -- Two members of the 167th Airlift Wing's Logistics Readiness Squadron were honored for their field expertise with Air National Guard awards during Sunday morning's UTA.
Master Sgt. Zoe Shetley and Staff Sgt. Michael Hewitt were awarded trophies for being named
ANG's Logistics Plans Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year and Traffic Management
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year respectively.
The Airmen were honored for their job performances in 2010.
"They both work hard at what they do," said Chief Master Sgt. J.L. Boward, LRS' chief enlisted
manager who also oversees the squadron's awards program.
"The awards are well-deserved," he said.
Boward noted that the "Logistics Readiness Awards program recognizes individuals and organizations within the Logistics community for outstanding contributions to the success of the Air Force and Department of Defense missions. This program magnifies superior Logistics readiness and mission support performance in every ANG unit and then competes with the Air Force."
"I am very honored and surprised with the award," said Shetley, a logistics management specialist.
Capt. Chris Tusing, installation deployment officer for the 167th Airlift Wing, nominated Shetley for the ANG-level award which after winning elevated her to compete Air Force-wide for the same title.
Tusing said Shetley has earned the award by demonstrating expertise in her job performance and is an asset to the 167th Airlift Wing.
In his lengthy nomination of Shetley for the award, Tusing referred to the Airman as a "Legend Loggie" with 17 years of experience. He noted that she assumed officer in charge and installation deployment officer duties during last year's Operation Readiness Exercise and Operational Readiness Inspection "to successfully facilitate deployment control center operational risk management split-shifts during inspections and exercises while the IDO and log plans superintendent were deployed."
According to Tusing, Shetley "spearheaded the Wing's installation deployment plan rewrite project single-handedly to modernize and enhance the pre-existing version."
Tusing said Shetley also plays an instrumental role developing Airmen, mentoring junior shop Loggies and counterparts and is affectionately called "The Legend."
Senior Master Sgt. Floyd Angelo II, who oversees the Wing's traffic management, nominated Hewitt noting the Airman "has actively learned to drive all buses on base" in order to support the addition of a vehicle operations section to the traffic management flight.
Hewitt has aggressively taken special packaging instruction "to construct numerous shipping containers
to ship aircraft parts for the training C-130," Angelo wrote in his nomination for the award.
The Airman also "processed all deploying cargo in the cargo movement operations system through the cargo deployment function without error during last year's ORE and ORI."
Upon learning of the award, Hewitt said he was also surprised by it like Shetley.
Adding: "I am happy to receive it."
Both Airmen were presented with letters from Col. David Mansfield, chief of the Logistics Readiness Division, Air national Guard Readiness Center located at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. Mansfield lauded both for achieving a milestone in their military careers by being named the best in their chosen field.
"It is through hard work and dedication to the mission that has allowed you to obtain this award," Mansfield wrote Shetley.
The ANG Readiness Center's LRD chief praised Hewitt for his accomplishment and noted that "It is through the individual level of performance that has allowed your efforts to shine above those of others in your field."
Mansfield also expressed in his letters to the Airmen that great things would be expected of them and their unit in the future.