The 388th and 419th Maintenance Groups honored their top performers March 9 in Hangar 37. Nearly 45 awards were presented including individual and crew awards.
The keynote speaker was Maj. Gen. H. Brent Baker Sr., commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Complex, who addressed more than 500 attendees.
“We couldn’t do what we do without the support of the families,” the general said as he thanked the spouses and community leaders for their continued support.
“I am very proud of the Airmen that worked for me. They were brand new from tech school and they just did everything they could because they saw how hard I was working (in order) to help me out. I think they will be the next superstars,” said Senior Airman Brittany Hayden, 75th Medical Support Squadron.
Hayden, one of two Air Force-level winners recently announced in the 75th Medical Group, took honors as U.S. Air Force Public Health Airman of the Year.
“People think we just arrest people and give out tickets all the time and that’s not the case,” said Investigator Gage Franz. “We’re the front line defense. Without security forces protecting an installation, there is no installation. We’re in charge of protecting our perimeter along with all assets and personnel.”
Franz was recently selected as the Air Force Security Forces Staff Airman of the Year for FY 2012. He was deployed to a location in Southwest Asia for approximately five months and racked up quite a few achievements.
“With Pope Benedict the XVI resigning as pope, it is a historic moment in our church. It’s happened before but it was so long ago that this really is setting a whole new precedent. So it’s going to definitely have ramifications for the Catholic Church — it remains to be seen what they’ll be but I can only imagine it will make it easier for future popes, if they feel that they need to bow out because of health or advanced years. I think you can also look at it not only from an ecclesiological point of view, but from a spiritual point of view.
The Most Rev. John C. Wester, the Roman Catholic bishop of Salt Lake City, spoke at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 14.
He changed his focus from that of “Prayer: A Loving Response from a Loving Father” to an emphasis of “Prayer: A Loving Response TO a Loving Father.”
The bishop pointed out an exchange he had with a little first-grader in the driveway of a family cabin in the Sierras. The little guy addressed the bishop, “Hi, mister.”
The bishop replied, in turn.
The boy said, “My name is Galvin. I am in the first-grade. Again.”
“We use (this) to detect bad stuff. If it doesn’t go off, then we know nothing is out there or at least what it is we are looking for. It will detect stuff that makes your skin melt off and (make) you have nightmares at night so this is a nightmare detector,” said Staff Sgt. Bond Aulik, 775th Civil Engineer Squadron, to students participating in a Starbase Academy tour as he held up a detector.
“Without them, and without the value of a team that we had, there is no way I would be sitting here, talking about winning an Air Force-level award — much less, coming back from Afghanistan and accomplishing everything I’ve been able to do so far,” said Master Sgt. Terry Gilbert, 75th Security Forces Squadron, in a brief interview on Feb. 15.
The Air Force Security Forces Flight SNCO of the Year recipient for 2012 talked briefly about his service in Afghanistan and his accomplishments during a period that encapsulated “the most challenging year” he’d experienced up to this point.
On April 11, local female veterans will have a chance to be included in an effort to benefit the Women’s Military Service Memorial. To give a boost to efforts to build a memorial at the Fort Douglas Military Museum for Utah’s female veterans, the Repertory Dance Theater will perform a concert, “Women of Valor – in the Spirit of Service,” at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, April 11-13. All performances start at 7:30 p.m.
In 1952 President Dwight D. Eisenhower and members of Congress established the Presidential Prayer Breakfast.