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Spokane region recognizes Armed Forces Persons of the Year

Corporal Dustin Duvanich, United States Marine Corps Corporal Dustin Duvanich, United States Marine Corps
Senior Master Sergeant Stephen Coulston, Washington Air National Guard Senior Master Sergeant Stephen Coulston, Washington Air National Guard
Petty Officer Second Class Amanda Munson, United States Navy Petty Officer Second Class Amanda Munson, United States Navy
Sergeant First Class Zane Sheets, United States Army Sergeant First Class Zane Sheets, United States Army

SPOKANE, Wash. - On Thursday, April 14 the community took time to honor and thank those men and women who are serving in the military to protect our freedoms at the 53rd Armed Forces Persons of the Year Awards. 

The keynote speaker was Dr. Bonnie J. Dunbar, President and CEO of The Museum of Flight in Seattle, Wash. Over 200 individuals attended the Armed Forces Persons of the Year event at the Spokane Convention Center.

Dr. Dunbar is a NASA mission specialist astronaut and veteran of five space flights, logging more than 50 days in space. She has served as the Payload Command on two flights, including the first Space Shuttle docking mission to the Russian Space Station Mir. 

The Armed Services Committee of Greater Spokane Incorporated organizes this event each year to honor the outstanding achievements of enlisted men and women in all branches of military service.  The event was sponsored by Global Credit Union; Garco Construction, Inc.; Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve; Kalispel Tribe of Indians; and Northern Quest Resort & Casino. 

Judges considered the following criteria: responsibilities and accomplishments; ability of self-expression; appearance, poise and courtesy; leadership qualities; education and training; decorations, awards and honors; and community involvement and civic activities.

Candidates were interviewed by a panel of judges selected from business members belonging to Greater Spokane Incorporated.  The judges interviewed a large number of nominated individuals from each branch of the service in the categories of Reserve/Guard, Junior Enlisted (E1-E5); Reserve/Guard, Senior Enlisted (E6-E9); Active Duty, Junior Enlisted (E1-E5); and Active Duty, Senior Enlisted (E6-E9).

Those honored at the event include:

RESERVE/GUARD CATEGORY:

JR. ENLISTED (E1-E5)

Recipient:  Corporal Dustin Duvanich, United States Marine Corps

Corporal Duvanich is the Wire Chief of Battery P., 5th Battalion 14th Marines located in Spokane.   As the Battery Communications Wire Chief, he ensures the maintenance of all communications gear and continually advances the training of all the Marines that are part of the Wire squad.  He has taken responsibility for communications expertise of all wire communications equipment.  He is responsible for the leadership, training and development of all the Marines in the Communications Section.

SR. ENLISTED (E6-E9)

Recipient: Senior Master Sergeant Stephen Coulston, Washington Air National Guard

SMSGT Coulston is the Non Commissioned Officer in Charge of the Security Forces Logistics Section of the 141 Air Refueling Wing of the Washington Air National Guard.  He is currently working toward an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice and Supervision, and has completed Anti-Terrorism Level II training, the Security Manager's Course, and the Senior NCO Academy. He is also a Mountain Traverse and Rescue Instructor, certified in Outdoor Emergency Care, and has been a Volunteer Ski Patrolman at 49 Degrees North for the last five years where he has frequently administered medical attention to individuals, under pressure, in freezing conditions.

ACTIVE DUTY CATEGORY:

JR. ENLISTED (E1-E5)

Recipient: Petty Officer Second Class Amanda Munson, United States Navy

Petty Officer Munson current serves as a US Navy Recruiter, stationed in Hayden Idaho and has recruiting responsibilities for five area high schools and one Community College.  A position she has held for just one year, but she has become an outstanding addition to the Command, recruiting new sailors at twice the national average.  She also serves as the Training Petty Officer for East Zone which encompasses six recruiting stations throughout Eastern Washington and Northern Idaho.  These duties include tracking and documenting all training occurring within the zone.
 

SR. ENLISTED (E6-E9)

Recipient: Sergeant First Class Zane Sheets, United States Army

In his own words, Sergeant First Class Zane Sheets is a "shooter first and medic second." He began his 16-year military career at the Army's Airborne school, graduating from the Ranger course. He went on to complete the Warrior Leaders course as well as Expert Field Medical and Flight Medic training. A combat medic, he performed front line surgery in the global war on terrorism.  For the last three years, he has served as the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge of the Spokane area Military Entrance Processing Command, and has been responsible for the complete medical examination of over 3,500 applicants annually for all branches of the armed forces.

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