Armed Forces Person of the Year Awards - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Armed Forces Person of the Year Awards

SPOKANE, Wash.- On Thursday, April 17th, the community took time to honor and thank those men and women who are serving in the military to protect our freedoms at the 52nd Armed Forces Persons of the Year Awards. That event was MC'd by KHQ's Sean Owsley. Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force Sam E. Parish was the guest speaker at the event. Over 200 individuals attended the awards ceremony at the Red Lion Hotel at the Park.

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.

Judges compared 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.

These are the winners for the Reserve/Guard Category:

Sergeant Brandy Ekstedt, Washington Army National Guard-- Sgt Ekstedt is a parts and Equipment Specialist for the Washington Army National Guard, and has served full time as a military technician since 2005. In this job, she is an automated logistical specialist, responsible for proudction and control, work space, equipment maintenance, coordination for mechanics, inventory, dispatching vehicles and equipment and maintaining driver records and equipment accountability. In addition, she deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom II in 2004-05 and is an excellent non-commissioned officer in the 1041st Transportation Company.

Sergeant Maureen Peltier, Washington Army National Guard-- Sgt Peltier is the 1st Squad Leader of 3rd Platoon with the 1041st Transportation Company based in Spokane. She provides professional and technical development for all transport operations to squad-sized element. In this role she supervises driver training, vehicle maintenance, adherence to safety and environmental regulations as well as organizing and participating in convoys. She recently returned from a 15-month deployment in Iraq with the 1161st Transportation Company.

These are the winners for the Active Duty Category:

Staff Sergeant Jason Weiss, United States Air Force-- Staff Sgt Weiss is a Survival Evasion Resistance and Escape Independent Duty Medical Technician with the 336th Training Support Squadron. He provides care and medical oversight for 10,000+ Air Force and DOD aircurew SERE students and 450+ instructors/support staff annually. Staff Sgt Weiss has received numerous decorations, awards and honors, including the Air Force Commendation Medal; two Air Force Achievement Medals; two Good Conduct Medals; Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal; and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

First Sergeant Mark Bell, United States Marine Corps-- First Sgt Bell's duty responsibilities start with being the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Commanding Officer of Battery "P", 5th Battalion, 14th Marines. He is the active duty 'exper' in all legal and adminstrative activities for a US Marine Reserve Unit, but considers his most important duty that of taking care of his Marines, whether they are the newest member of the Battery, or a Senior non-commissioned officer.

 

 

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