Master Sgt. June I. Kelly who received the Command Sgt. Maj. Wilfred Z. Lea Outstanding 1st Sgt. Award commented: "It was an honor to be recognized for something I love to do.”
Kelly, a 14-year veteran with the 177th, serves as the Fighter Wing, Operations Group, Operations Support Flight, the geographically separated Warren Grove Range and the 119th Fighter Squadron First Sergeant. During her career, she has served in both Operations’ Enduring Freedom – at Diego Garcia – and Noble Eagle.
Master Sgt. Joseph A. Iacovone Jr. was awarded the Sgt. Maj. Harry Arbeitman Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer Award.
A 177th Security Forces Airman since 1990, Iacovone has served in Operations’ Iraqi Freedom, Enduring Freedom and Noble Eagle. In Iraq, Iacovone’s 13-Airmen Quick Reaction Force responded to a 2,000 pound vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) that struck an Army convoy outside the base, deterring follow on attacks and a second attack.
“It was an honor to accept this award as a representative of the 177th Security Forces,” acknowledged Iacovone.
Rounding out the sweep, Senior Airman Tara M. Cullen was presented with the Master Sergeant John E. Bodine Junior Enlisted Award (Air National Guard).
“As a first-term Airman, it was an honor to receive this award,” stated Cullen.
While serving on Iacovone’s QRF team, Cullen’s immediate and decisive action during the VBIED attack enabled the quick evacuation of six wounded Soldiers.
Truly an extraordinary group of Airmen.