AURORA, Colo. --
The Lance P. Sijan Chapter of the Air Force Association nominated three Schriever Air Force Base Airmen for the 2018 AFA Airmen of the Year award.
The award ceremony took place at the AFA Mile High Chapter in Aurora, Colorado, Aug. 17, 2019.
Master Sgt. Benjamin Davis, 50th Mission Support Group, 50th Force Support Squadron and Wing Staff Agencies first sergeant, was the winner for First Sergeant of the Year.
Davis expressed gratitude for representing Team Schriever as one of the selected nominees.
“I was deeply honored to represent Schriever Air Force Base at the Colorado Air Force Association State Convention,” he said. “I know, and see daily, all the amazing work our Airmen at Schriever AFB accomplish while pushing the boundaries of innovation and it’s an honor to represent them.”
Davis said winning this award was a team effort.
“Winning the Colorado AFA State First Sergeant of the Year Award is humbling, I’m blessed to work with an amazing group of first sergeants and I know this award is a reflection of all the hard work each of them brings to the fight each day,” he said. “We are one team working together to support the amazing men and women of Schriever AFB.”
The awards were presented in the categories of Airman of the Year, NCO of the Year, senior NCO of the Year, First Sergeant of the Year, Company Grade Officer of the Year, Civilian Category I (GS 1-8), and Civilian Category II (GS 9-13).
Tech Sgt. Alayna DeHerrera, 50th Wing Staff Agency administrative support non-commissioned officer in charge, and Lisa Barnett, 50th Operations Support Squadron secretary, were recognized in the top three nominees for the categories of NCO and Civilian Category I.
Linda Aldrich, AFA Colorado state president, explained the process to nominate Airmen for AFA Awards.
“The Air force chapter asks for nominations from all units in the state of Colorado,” she said. “We ask for a standard Air Force form 1206, the same one that is used to nominate Airmen for awards based on their leadership, job performance, primary duties, Whole Airman Concept and community involvement within their units.”
Aldrich explained the awards are also open to reserve and guard units.
“We contact the command chief for all of the Air Force commands in the state of Colorado, which includes reserve and guard units,” she said. “That’s why we think these awards are kind of special because they reach beyond the standard active-duty awards by reaching to the reserve and guard community.”
Aldrich said she was overwhelmed by the amount of nominations the AFA received for this year’s awards.
“We received over 70 nominations from the Air Force bases in Colorado, so it was difficult to narrow such outstanding nominations down to three in each category,” she said.
Aldrich said Schriever AFB nominees received full support from their peers during the awards ceremony.
“We were pleased that Col. James Smith and so many people from the 50th Space Wing attended to support the nominees who were selected by the awards board to be in the top three nominations for First Sergeant, NCO and Civilian Cat I of the Year categories.”