HAWAII AIR NATIONAL GUARD RECOGNIZES TOP PERFORMERSPosted on Mar 8, 2015 in FY2015, In The News, News Release
DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE
DAVID Y. IGE
BRIG. GEN. ARTHUR J. LOGAN
EMBARGOED UNTIL 3:30 P.M. Mar. 8, 2015
HAWAII AIR NATIONAL GUARD RECOGNIZES TOP PERFORMERS
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii – The Hawaii Air National Guard (HIANG) held its annual “Launa Ole” award ceremony today recognizing its outstanding airmen. The Launa Ole (meanings include: unequalled, superior) awards are for outstanding performance for individuals and teams over the past year. The HIANG is a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force. As such, most of its airmen are traditional members (meaning part-time). Individual winners are categorized as full-time and traditional. The awardees are:
Airman of the Year
Full-time: Senior Airman Mariah Akau
Traditional: Senior Airman Ken Hayashi
Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year
Full-time: Tech Sgt. Blesmay Belmonte
Traditional: Tech Sgt. Amy Gerard
Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
Full-time: Master Sgt. Richard Pacheco
Traditional: Master Sgt. Christopher Hox
First Sergeant of the Year
Traditional: Master Sgt. Jeffery Romualdo
Company Grade Officer of the Year
Full-time: Capt. Kristin Wolfford
Traditional: Capt. Kimberly Gushikuma
Field Grade Officer of the Year
Full-time: Maj. Francis Shen
Traditional: Lt. Col. William Takashima
In addition, the 204th Airlift Squadron, which flies the C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, was selected as outstanding unit of the year.
The HIANG consists of the Headquarters, Hawaii Air National Guard; the 154th Wing; and the 109th Air Operations Group. Under the Total Force Integration construct, the 154th Wing, the largest ANG wing in the nation, operates and maintains the F-22, KC-135, and C-17 in conjunction with active duty Air Force units from the 15th Wing. The Hawaii Air National Guard is comprised of approximately 2,500 airmen whose federal mission is to be trained and available for active duty operational missions. It is also tasked with Hawaii’s air defense mission, protecting Hawaii’s airspace around-the-clock, 365 days a year. Its State mission is to be trained and available for domestic operations at home, including relief and recovery operations following a natural disaster.
For more information, please contact Lt. Col. Charles Anthony, Director of Public Affairs, at the number below.
Still imagery of the ceremony and winners will be made available to news media upon request.
CHARLES J. ANTHONY, Lt. Col. , HIANG
JF HQ Hawaii National Guard
Director, Public Affairs
(808) 733-4258 fax: X4236