HANCOCK FIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (02/09/2014)-- The New York Air National Guard's 174th Attack Wing recognizes Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Reinhardt of Liverpool, N.Y. as the Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year on Sunday, February 9, during a ceremony held at the wing on Hancock Field, Syracuse, N.Y.
Reinhardt voluntarily deployed for a six-month deployment in 2013 to Kandahar, Afghanistan, where he was assigned as the Chief of the Joint Defense Operations Center as a Battle Captain. He was responsible for the direction of an International Security Assistance Force that included 950 personnel from seven different nations.
Reinhardt controlled a 520-square kilometer ground defense area, ensuring the security of 26,000 coalition personnel and $50 billion in war fighting assets.
He ensured the coordinated responses to 20 Improvised Explosive Device and 17 Indirect Fire attacks.
Reinhardt receives his award during a wing ceremony to honor its hometown heroes, some 135 members of the 174th Attack Wing who mobilized and served at home or overseas in support of the Air Force overseas contingency operations.
The 174th Attack Wing was established in 1947 as the first Air National Guard flying unit in New York State. It currently flies the state-of-the-art MQ-9 in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The wing conducts its combat mission as well as its multiple training missions, including operating the Field Training Detachment (FTD) which trains all Air Force personnel on MQ-9 maintenance procedures, and the Formal Training Unit (FTU) which provides initial qualification training to MQ-9 aircrews.