Airmen receive recognition for 2017 achievements

Wisconsin National Guard Airmen assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing attend the unit's annual awards ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 2017. The ceremony highlighted Airman from throughout the unit who displayed exemplary skill and leadership in the performance of their duties both at home, and in deployed locations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

Wisconsin National Guard Airmen assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing attend the unit's annual awards ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 2017. The ceremony highlighted Airman from throughout the unit who displayed exemplary skill and leadership in the performance of their duties both at home, and in deployed locations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

Command Chief Master Sgt. James McKay (left) joins 115th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Erik Peterson (right) to recognize fire protection journeyman Staff Sgt. Matthew Turner as noncommissioned officer of the year during the 115th FW annual awards ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 2017. The ceremony highlighted Airman from throughout the unit who displayed exemplary skill and leadership in the performance of their duties both at home, and in deployed locations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrea Rhode)

Command Chief Master Sgt. James McKay (left) joins 115th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Erik Peterson (right) to recognize fire protection journeyman Staff Sgt. Matthew Turner as noncommissioned officer of the year during the 115th FW annual awards ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 2017. The ceremony highlighted Airman from throughout the unit who displayed exemplary skill and leadership in the performance of their duties both at home, and in deployed locations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrea Rhode)

Col. Erik Peterson, commander of the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing addresses unit members during the annual awards ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 2017. The ceremony highlighted Airman from throughout the unit who displayed exemplary skill and leadership in the performance of their duties both at home, and in deployed locations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

Col. Erik Peterson, commander of the Wisconsin Air National Guard's 115th Fighter Wing addresses unit members during the annual awards ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 2017. The ceremony highlighted Airman from throughout the unit who displayed exemplary skill and leadership in the performance of their duties both at home, and in deployed locations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

Wisconsin National Guard Airmen assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing attend the unit's annual awards ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 2017. The ceremony highlighted Airman from throughout the unit who displayed exemplary skill and leadership in the performance of their duties both at home, and in deployed locations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

Wisconsin National Guard Airmen assigned to the 115th Fighter Wing attend the unit's annual awards ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 2017. The ceremony highlighted Airman from throughout the unit who displayed exemplary skill and leadership in the performance of their duties both at home, and in deployed locations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Paul Gorman)

Command Chief Master Sgt. James McKay (left) joins 115th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Erik Peterson to recognise new unit members who earned the title of honor graduate in Basic Military Training during the unit's annual awards ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 2017. The ceremony highlighted Airman from throughout the unit who displayed exemplary skill and leadership in the performance of their duties both at home, and in deployed locations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrea Rhode)

Command Chief Master Sgt. James McKay (left) joins 115th Fighter Wing Commander Col. Erik Peterson to recognise new unit members who earned the title of honor graduate in Basic Military Training during the unit's annual awards ceremony at Truax Field in Madison, Wisconsin, Jan. 6, 2017. The ceremony highlighted Airman from throughout the unit who displayed exemplary skill and leadership in the performance of their duties both at home, and in deployed locations around the world. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Andrea Rhode)

MADISON, Wis. --

More than 600 Air National Guard members attended the 115th Fighter Wing’s annual awards ceremony at Truax Field, Jan. 6, 2018. Seven categories of awards were presented to Airmen from various career fields for their achievements throughout the 2017 calendar year.

“Individuals are nominated on the basis of their work ethic, their leadership qualities and for meeting mission objectives in a manner above and beyond expectations,” said 1st Lt. Roger Roth, 115th FW public affairs officer and award ceremony emcee.

Airmen who received the awards were recognized for various achievements which included protecting millions of dollars’ worth of facility infrastructure, providing voluntary deployment support overseas, and managing 260 personnel and 154 tons of cargo during the recent Theater Security Package deployment to South Korea.

Hurricane relief efforts were also recognized during the ceremony.

“Services personnel deployed in support of field feeding operations in Puerto Rico,” Roth said. “In all, 24.5 short tons of equipment were deployed and over 21 hundred meals were prepared and served.”

According to Roth, the 115th FW Force Support Squadron members were also responsible for incoming rations and more than 50,000 unitized group ration meals were moved to four separate locations on the island.

“The tremendous achievements by these Airmen could not have happened without the support, teamwork and dedication of their leaders, fellow Airmen and subordinates,” said Col. Erik Peterson, 115th FW commander. “I am extremely proud to serve with the outstanding Airmen of this Wing and the Wisconsin Air National Guard.”

The ceremony concluded by recognizing the individuals of the F-35 Lightning II team, members who worked diligently to bring the F-35 to Truax Field.

“Thanks to the outstanding achievements of these Airmen, and all the Airmen of the 115th FW, this unit is without a doubt among the top units in the Air Force,” Peterson said. “Thank you all for your continuing dedication and passion for service. You inspire me each and every day.”


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