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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

MacDill ophthalmology technician wins Air Force level award

by Staff Sgt. Brittany Liddon
6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs

5/4/2015 - MACDILL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.  -- In February, the office of the Air Force Surgeon General released the Air Force Medical Service 2014 annual award winners, and one of MacDill's own was on the list: Senior Airman Aaron Prevost, 6th Medical Operations Squadron ophthalmology technician.

Prevost, a Fort Worth, Texas native, won the Air Force Ophthalmic Airman of the Year.

"My reaction when I found out that I had won was a sense of gratefulness," explained Prevost. "I appreciated that good people took their time and talents to help make sure that I was recognized."

Over the rating period, Prevost won senior airman below-the-zone, was involved in 503 invasive procedures, was awarded his Community College of the Air Force degree, and oversaw $998,000 in equipment accounts.

From screening patients to performing surgical assistance, Prevost enjoys helping at work, and appreciates that his leadership took the time to recognize him for his work ethic.

"Many people have been and continue to be supportive and for that I would like to let them know it is appreciated," expressed Prevost.

Several members of the 6th Medical Group leadership helped write Prevost's package.

"It feels very rewarding to have my Airman recognized. He is one of the most humble, giving and genuine people you could come in contact with and to have him be acknowledged for his hard work is amazing," said Staff Sgt. Shaquonique Jones, 6th Medical Group NCO in charge Exceptional Family Member Program. "I've never come across anyone like him. He makes the team and I proud on a daily basis!"

Col Michelin Joplin, 6th MDOS commander, concurs with Jones

"Prevost demonstrates the epitome of Airmanship," stated Joplin. "He's always willing to lend a hand and has a strong work ethic.  He does everything with a smile."

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