Airmen, family members and guests will gather for an Enlisted Awards Banquet Saturday, February 1st, at the Sheraton Resort Ballroom, to recognize its Outstanding Airmen of the year.
Thirteen Airmen from the Guam Air National Guard (GUANG)’s four units, 254th Air Base Group, 254th Force Support Squadron, 254th RED HORSE Squadron and the 254th Security Forces Squadron will compete for the top awards as Airman of the Year, Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year and Senior NCO of the Year and First Sergeant of the Year.
“Even in the night sky there exists an endless number of stars, but from a distance we can still identify the brightest ones,” said Chief Master Sergeant Philip Taijeron, Command Chief for the Guam Air National Guard. “We will identify those brightest stars during our annual awards banquet on Saturday and I say, let the brightest stars shine and let their light be bright for all to see!“
Command Sergeant Major Christopher Kepner will serve as the keynote speaker for this year’s annual event. Kepner is the 5th senior enlisted advisor to the Chief of the National Guard Bureau since the position was created in 2003. CSM Kepner is responsible for advising General Lengyel on matters affecting the 350,000 enlisted Citizen-Warriors of the Army and Air National Guard.
This year’s nominees are:
For Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:
Staff Sergeant Kristine Macasaquit 254th Force Support Squadron
Technical Sergeant Misty Palomo 254th Security Forces Squadron
Staff Sergeant Prudencio Aguon 254th RED HORSE Squadron
Technical Sergeant Michael Rabago 254th Air Base Group
For Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:
Senior Master Sergeant Paul Vibar 254th Security Forces Squadron
Master Sergeant Kenneth Rios 254th Force Support Squadron
Master Sergeant Phyliss Leon Guerrero 254th Air Base Group
Master Sergeant Heracleo Escobar III 254th RED HORSE Squadron
For First Sergeant of the Year:
Master Sergeant Bhill Alforque 254th RED HORSE Squadron
The competition in the GUANG spans the entire year. A selection committee looks at the accomplishments of the Airman nominees throughout the year, including leadership opportunities, community service, deployments and physical fitness. The winners will move on to compete against other top Airmen at the Pacific Air Forces Air Guard level and also against winners from the 53 other states and territories across the Air National Guard and possibly even at the Air Force level.