New York Air National Guard Members Honored

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Eastern Air Defense Sector Holds Awards Banquet

Story by: Brooke DAvis - Eastern Air Defense Sector
  Dated: Tue, Jan 26, 2010

New York Air National Guard Members Honored
ROME, NY--Command Chief Master Sgt. W. Allen Usry, command senior enlisted leader for NORAD (the North American Aerospace Command) and U.S. Northern Command, and Senior Airman Heather Price, anEastern Air Defense Sector Tracking Technician and the EADS Airman of the Year for 2009, cut the cake during the unit’s Annual Awards Banquet Jan. 15. The award winners will now compete at the unit’s higher headquarters, First Air Force as well as at the state level

ROME, N.Y.-- The Eastern Air Defense Sector recognized its yearly award winners during its Annual Awards Banquet Jan. 15, 2010.

The EADS Yearly Award Winners included:

Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. Dennis Cetrone, EADS Air Weapons Officer

Senior NCO of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. Edward Warner, EADS, Cyber Operations Superintendent

NCO of the Year: Staff Sgt. Jose Ortiz, EADS Senior Director Technician

Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Heather Price, EADS Tracking Technician

Civilian of the Year: Mr. Krispen Dorfman, EADS Information Technology Specialist

Honor Guard Member of the Year: Tech. Sgt. James Mauthe, EADS Air Surveillance Technician

Honor Guard Manager of the Year: Master Sgt. Jeffrey Lamarche, EADS Superintendent, Command and Control Systems.

“I congratulate each nominee and award winner on a job well done,” said Col. John Bartholf, EADS Commander. “The level of excellence and expertise that we have here impresses me on a daily basis. From both the support and operations directories, the award winners represent the individual, distinguished accomplishments that set our unit out from the rest.”

The keynote speaker at the event was Command Chief Master Sgt. W. Allen Usry, command senior enlisted leader for NORAD and U.S. Northern Command.

The Air force Band of Liberty performed at the ceremony, along with traditional bagpipers. The event was held at Dibbles Inn, Vernon N.Y. The formal event was attended by approximately 150 people.

The main organizer for the event, Chief Master Sgt. Paul Cox, EADS Operations superintendant, said that the banquet was inspired by all of the award winners for all of their hard work.

“The real winner in all of this is the New York Air National Guard, the Air Force and ultimately the United States of America, because we would not be the world class organizations that we are without the people that we recognized at the banquet,” said Chief Cox.

Highlights from each of the award winners’ biographies detail their distinguished accomplishments.

Capt. Cetrone is a commissioned officer with over 18 years of service to his nation. He has supported Operations IRAQI and ENDURING FREEDOM. In 2007, he attended Sensor Management Officer School where he earned Distinguished Graduate honors. He was named Company Grade Officer of the quarter for the 330th Combat Training Squadron in 2006. In 2007, he was named Instructor of the Quarter for the first and third quarters. He completed his assignment at the 116th Air Control Wing with over 1400 hours on the E-8 Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, or JSTARS. His medals include the Air Force Air Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Army Commendation Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Army Achievement Medal (one oak leaf cluster), Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

In April 2008, Sergeant Warner he transferred to EADS from the Wyoming Air National Guard unit in Cheyenne, Wyo. He initially accepted responsibility as the Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge of Network Operations. He has since been selected to serve as the Superintendent, Cyber Operations Flight. He is a senior noncommissioned officer with over 24 years of service to his nation. His decorations include the Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, two Air Force Commendation Medals, Air Force Achievement Medal, two Outstanding Unit Awards with Valor and the Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal.

In August 2007, Sergeant Ortiz made the transition from Active Duty Air Force to the New York Air National Guard’s Eastern Air Defense Sector, where he was initially trained as a Tracking Technician. He is a Weapons Director Technician in which he earned a rare “Exceptionally Qualified” rating on his Initial Qualification Evaluation. He is a recipient of the 2009 NCO of the Year for EADS. His decorations include two Air Force Achievement Medals, An Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Air Force Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War On Terrorism Service Medal, an Overseas Long Tour Ribbon, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, an Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon, a U.S. Air Force Professional Military Education Graduate Ribbon, and Air Force Training Ribbon.

Senior Airman Price first deployed to EADS in August 2008 as augmentee in support of the unit’s 24-7 operations. She came to the unit from the 608th Combat Operations Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. While assigned at Barksdale, she was trained as an Offensive Duty Technician. In August 2007, she deployed in support of Operation IRAQI FREEDOM and Operation ENDURING FREEDOM. She was the 608th Combat Operations Squadron Airman of the Quarter, 3rd Quarter 2007 and Airman of the Year 2007. While deployed here in August 2008, she garnered Airman of the Quarter, 1st Quarter 2009. In June 2009, she separated from active duty Air Force and joined the EADS as a Tracking Technician.

Mr. Dorfman was born in Rome, N.Y., and upon graduating from Rome Free Academy High School, he attended the State University of New York at Cortland, N.Y. After serving 13 years as a Naval Officer and Pilot, he was hired as an Air Force Civilian Employee in March 2009. He has over 16 years of service to his Nation and has received numerous decorations which include: two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, two Air Medal, two Armed Forces Service Medal, NATO Medal, two National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, two Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal.

Sergeant Mauthe exemplified military tradition as an Honor Guard member for 13 funerals and 7 parades. His dedication also included volunteering for the highly publicized new Sector Headquarters building dedication ceremony by presenting the colors during the official ribbon cutting and escorting local politicians and dignitaries.

While supporting the high operations tempo here, Sergeant Lamarche coordinated 33 funeral details for upstate veterans and arranged 21 color details in the local community. He also officiated seven retirement flag foldings and presentations and participated in 16 military funerals, 5 retirements and 8 color guard details.

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