Four Nebraska Air National Guard Airmen – two from the Lincoln-based 155th Air Refueling Wing and two from the Guard’s 170th Group at Offutt Air Force Base – have been named the Nebraska Air National Guard’s “Outstanding Airmen of the Year” for 2016.
The Airmen were selected by Nebraska Air National Guard senior enlisted leaders based upon a variety of criteria that included work the Airmen did over the past calendar year in completing professional military education, civilian education, accomplishments within their prospective work areas or during overseas deployments, and involvement in community or volunteer activities.
This year’s selectees are:
• Outstanding Airman of the Year: Staff Sgt. Tyler Johnson, an instructor airborne systems engineer with the Offutt-based 238th Combat Training Squadron;
• Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Staff Sgt. Natalie C. Nason, an emergency management craftsman with the Lincoln-based 155th Civil Engineering Squadron;
• Outstanding Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. Clashaud Robbins, a recruiting and retention manager with Offutt’s 170th Group;
• Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. Brandon L. Viet, first sergeant with Lincoln’s 155th Maintenance Squadron.
“These four Airmen are representatives of what it means to be a Citizen Airman,” said Chief Master Sgt. Doug Lierz, Nebraska Air National Guard state command chief master sergeant, who led the board of senior enlisted leaders conducting the Outstanding Airmen of the Year selection process. “These Airmen are just four of many, many Nebraska Airmen who are extremely busy doing great work for our Nebraska Air National Guard and their respective communities while also pursuing both professional military or civilian educational goals.”
According to Lierz, the selection process included both nomination packets made by each respective Airmen’s units as well as an in-person interview process that was conducted in January by the selection board. Lierz said those selected represent a wide cross section of the organization that includes units both at the National Guard air base in Lincoln as well as Air National Guard units located at Offutt Air Force Base.
“When you think of the words ‘well rounded,’ that is exactly what these Airmen represent,” Lierz added. “These Airmen really are people that you would like to see as models for the rest of our organization.”
The Airmen will now compete for national honors in their respective categories in the upcoming Air National Guard “Outstanding Airmen of the Year” competitions to be held later this spring.