by Senior Airman Krystal Ardrey
39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
4/28/2015 - INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey -- Our Air Force's commitment to air superiority is not based in our equipment, but in our Airmen.
The Airlift/Tanker Association hosts several awards to recognize
outstanding performers in air mobility actives. Recently, two Airmen
were chosen as the U.S. Air Forces in Europe - U.S. Air Forces Africa
nominees for the 2015 Airlift/Tanker Association Young Leadership
Awards. Capt. Tyler Perry, 39th Air Base Wing executive officer, and
Master Sgt. Kenneth Daugherty III, 39th Communications Squadron section
chief, were these Airmen.
The ATAYLA focuses on identifying both officer and enlisted Airmen who
show outstanding leadership and performance excellence in Air Mobility
Command related jobs. Having won at the USAFE-AFAFRICA level, Perry and
Daugherty will move on as the USAFE-AFAFRICA nominees to compete at the
Air Force-level to try to place in one of the 12 ATAYLA committee member
If chosen to be committee members, both Daugherty and Perry will serve
as a focal point for young leader activities, generate new ideas to
enhance the Airlift/Tanker Association and be involved in their local
chapters by promoting the A/TA and recruiting new members into the
After the committee members are selected, the committee will elect two
of the winners to serve as primary young leader advisors to the A/TA
Board of Officers. In the position, the two officers will attend chair
meetings of the Young Leader Advisory Committee, act as a spokesperson
for the committee and assist the board with organizational duties at the
Perry was nominated due to accumulating more than 1,400 flying hours
during his previous assignment at Joint Base Charleston, S.C. While
there, he also sustained three deployments and supported three separate
Daugherty earned his nomination due to his leadership abilities. He
currently leads eight personnel in providing command, control,
communications, computers and information services to the more than
5,000 military and civilian personnel at the 39th ABW, tenant and
geographically separated units.
In the coming months, Perry and Daugherty will compete at the Air Force-level.