Senior Master Sgt. Stuart Stofferahn, recruiting and retention superintendent for the Nebraska Air National Guard, was recognized as one of the nation’s best recruiters when he was awarded the Air National Guard’s Recruiting and Retention Superintendent of the Year in Region II for fiscal year 2015.
Brig. Gen. Keith A. Schell, the Nebraska Air National Guard assistant adjutant general, officially presented the award on Dec. 3 at the Joint Force Headquarters building in Lincoln, Nebraska. The award was first presented to Stofferahn last April during the National Annual Recruiters Certification and Training course in Gulfport, Louisiana.
“It was an incredible honor to receive this award and to represent the entire recruiting career field in this way,” Stofferahn said. “It has been a very humbling experience.”
The regional Recruiting and Retention Superintendent of the Year awards are a distinction reserved for the top recruiting noncommissioned officers in each of the nation’s five Air National Guard recruiting regions. Region II is a nine-state region which includes Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Stofferahn, Nebraska’s most senior enlisted Air Guard recruiter, enlisted in the South Dakota Air National Guard in November 1986 before joining the Nebraska Air National Guard in May 2002. He has served as Nebraska’s Air National Guard RRS at Joint Force Headquarters for eight years.
In his position as the RRS, Stofferahn advises the state command staff on all recruiting and retention issues, providing periodic updates on initiatives and incentives.