by Tech. Sgt. John Hughel
142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
3/18/2015 - PORTLAND, Ore. -- Members
of the Oregon Air National Guard gathered to be acknowledged for their
achievements during the past year at the 21st Annual Oregon Air National
Guard Awards banquet held at the Embassy Suites Hotel here March 14.
Award winners from across the state of Oregon dinned during a formal
banquet and represented the 173rd Fighter Wing and 270th Air Traffic
Control Squadron based in Klamath Falls, the 116th Air Control Squadron
from Warrenton, Joint Forces Headquarters staff from Salem and the 142nd
Fighter Wing, the 125th Special Tactics Squadron and 123rd Weather
Flight based at the Portland Air National Guard Base, Portland.
Ceremony attendees included The Adjutant General of Oregon, Army Maj.
Gen. Daniel Hokanson and Air Component Commander, Air Force Brig. Gen.
Michael Stencel with his wife Sue, as well as senior enlisted leader,
Oregon National Guard Command Sergeant Major Shane Lake and his wife
Stacy along with the men of women of the Oregon Air National Guard.
"This is always a first-class event and I look forward to seeing all of
the award recipients throughout the night," Hokanson said during a brief
introduction thanking those that worked long hours to organize the
Prior to dinner, the 142nd Fighter Wing Base Honor Guard conducted an
all-service Hat Ceremony to honor those service men and women still
Missing In Action and held as Prisoners of War, representing all five
branches of the military to include: Army, Marine Corp, Navy, Air Force
and Coast Guard members still unaccounted for in service to the nation.
The top State award winners for Airman of the Year, 2014, went to Senior
Airman Sean S. Saling, assigned to the 123rd Weather Flight as the top
Category I, awardee, along with Tech. Sgt. John D. Barr, IV, from the
125th Special Tactics Squadron as the Category II top Airman, and Master
Sgt. Jason W. Witts, assigned to the 173rd Logistical Readiness
Squadron as the Category III overall Airman.
Other special recognition awards went to 142nd Fighter Wing members Lt.
Col. Sean Sullivan, being selected Oregon Air National Guard Field Grade
Officer of the Year, Capt. Jonathan Corrigan as the Company Grade
Officer of the Year, Mr. Robin Boren as the Civilian Employee of the
Year. From the 173rd Fighter Wing, Master Sgt. Jess Lindsay was selected
as the Wingman Award winner, Staff Sgt. Danielle Siluano as the Honor
Guard Member of the Year, and Staff Sgt. Christine Kerzel as the Unit
Career Advisor of Year. Two members of the 125th STS also were
acknowledged, as Senior Master Sgt. Brent Cavanias was selected as the
First Sergeant of the Year and Master Sgt. Nicholas Raya, was recognized
for being selected as the Chester E. McCarty Outstanding Superior
Performer. The Recruiter of the Year was Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Olsen from
the Joint Force Headquarters.
Two organizations were also recognized during the banquet as the 142nd
Fighter Wing Civil Engineering Squadron was selected as the Outstanding
Unit of the Year, and the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office was selected
as the Employer of the Year for the Oregon Air National Guard.
In closing remarks, as the evening ceremony concluded, Stencel reminded
those in attendance that their hard work and dedication has not gone
"It's been a long, long year from multiple deployments to our training
and alert missions here at home, and yet there is more work to be done
in the coming year." Stencel said. "Thank you again for your constant
dedication to our Nation and State."