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Wing Security Forces members earn MAJCOM honors

Master Sgt. Darrin Donovan, 50th Security Forces Squadron logistics chief, and his sons, Justus and Judah, serve lunch and desserts to about 60 senior citizens, most of whom were veterans, Feb. 4, 2015, at the Salvation Army, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Donovan shared that his family, teammates and mentors were important supporters in his earning the Air Force Space Command 2015 Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff Senior Non-commissioned Officer Award. (Courtesy photo)

Master Sgt. Darrin Donovan, 50th Security Forces Squadron logistics chief, and his sons, Justus and Judah, serve lunch and desserts to about 60 senior citizens, most of whom were veterans, Feb. 4, 2015, at the Salvation Army, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Donovan shared that his family, teammates and mentors were important supporters in his earning the Air Force Space Command 2015 Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff Senior Non-commissioned Officer Award. (Courtesy photo)

Evaluators brief Airmen taking part in the 2015 Global Strike Challenge helicopter competition at the start of the search and rescue event Aug. 9, 2015 in Camp Guernsey, Wyoming. Events like these are an example of the many competitions Tech. Sgt. Martin Howard, 50th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, organized, earning the Air Force Space Command 2015 Outstanding Security Forces Flight-Level Non-commissioned Officer Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez/Released)

Evaluators brief Airmen taking part in the 2015 Global Strike Challenge helicopter competition at the start of the search and rescue event Aug. 9, 2015 in Camp Guernsey, Wyoming. Events like these are an example of the many competitions Tech. Sgt. Martin Howard, 50th Security Forces Squadron flight sergeant, organized, earning the Air Force Space Command 2015 Outstanding Security Forces Flight-Level Non-commissioned Officer Award. (U.S. Air Force photo by R.J. Oriez/Released)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Two 50th Space Wing Security Forces Squadron members at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, earned 2015 Air Force Space command level Security Forces awards.

Master Sgt. Darrin Donovan, 50 SFS logistics chief, earned the Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff Senior Non-commissioned Officer Award, while Tech. Sgt. Martin Howard, 50 SFS flight sergeant, earned the Outstanding Security Forces Flight-Level Non-commissioned Officer Award.

The Air Force Space Command awards recognize all the Security Forces work accomplished during the past 12 months. 

"I had the pleasure of working with our training section, operations division and logistics division throughout the year, as well as covering temporary first sergeant duties," said Donovan. 

The operations division had a busy year with distinguished visitors including the Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Secretary of the Air Force and 14th Air Force commander. 

During last year's Unit Effectiveness Inspection, Donovan and his training section were recognized for two professional team awards, and their annual training plan was benchmarked by space command as a best practice. They also had a number of defenders recognized for superior performance as Mission Support Group award winners, Top III performers and various other accomplishments. 

"The defenders working flight were always on top of everything and kept the DVs and the base populace safe and sound," said Donovan. 

Due to family and personal health issues, Donovan explained it was a challenge sometimes to just be present and mentally ready to address challenges as they presented themselves. It was his team members and mentors support that made earning the award possible. 

"It speaks to how much a team effort contributed to this award," said Donovan. "This award is a true honor and very unexpected." 

Donovan insisted in giving recognition to a select group of people for helping him achieve the award.

"First of all I need to thank my wife and boys for their understanding and supporting the sheer number of hours and many late nights that were needed in the last year," said Donovan. "A giant shout out goes to the entire 50 SFS for having an impact on this award; Capt. Jennifer Titkemeier, Senior Master Sgt. Ronald Samsel, Master Sgt. Micah Small, Tech. Sgt. Christopher Carriger, Tech. Sgt. Jerald Harris, Tech. Sgt. Michael Degennaro, Staff Sgt. Crisalyn Allen, Staff Sgt. Adam Dederick, Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Kelly, Staff Sgt. Andrew Heady, Senior Airman Elijah Wilson and Senior Airman Montie Butler. Special thanks for the mentorship from Chief Master Sgts. James Herkel, Jared Klingaman, Brian Ginter and Tamara Olson as well as first sergeants; Master Sergeants Erin French, Matthew Jones, Phillip Miller and Zachary Parrish."

Howard earned AFSPC recognition for the massive task of organizing crucial parts of the 2014 Global Strike Challenge at Camp Guernsey, Wyoming.

According to the Air Force Global Strike Command website, "Global Strike Challenge is the world's premier bomber, Intercontinental Ballistic Missile, helicopter operations and security forces competition with units from Air Force Global Strike Command, Air Combat Command, Air Force Reserve Command and the Air National Guard."

Howard planned events, managed schedules and designed many aspects of the competition while going on a number of temporary duty trainings to implement the events.

Howard explained the biggest challenge in planning Global Strike was working within budget constraints and still being able to create a robust experience for all the teams who attended.

Howard excelled in ensuring no one was hurt during the firing/tactical portions of the competition as well as making sure the scoring and evaluating was fair across the board for all competing teams.

Global Strike Command teams included missileers, maintenance crews, bomber wings and security forces teams from Minot, Whiteman, Malmstrom, Barksdale and F.E. Warren Air Force Bases.

Howard said he was excited to find out he earned the award, especially after being at Schriever for such a brief time.

"It feels pretty good," said Howard. "A lot of it came from the last part of the year, and after only being [at Schriever] for three months, it's pretty awesome."

Howard also wanted to thank Master Sgt. Christopher Young, his mentor throughout the process.

"If it wasn't for him, I really wouldn't be able to have gotten everything done," said Howard. "He is a very good mentor."
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