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Commander announces AMC nominees for Air Force outstanding airmen

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (USTCNS) --- Gen. John W. Handy, commander, U.S. Transportation Command, and commander, Air Mobility Command, has announced the AMC nominees for the Air Force 12 Outstanding Airmen and First Sergeant of the Year competition for 2002.

General Handy announced the nominees during a banquet here April 10 honoring the 12 enlisted airmen who competed at major command level. He called the individuals selected the "absolute best of the best."

"These are individuals who have reset the bar of excellence to new heights at a very challenging time for everyone. Because of them, our Air Force will continue to be ready to do whatever is required to protect our country, our freedom and our way of life," said the general. "I'm extremely proud of each of our nominees and look forward to having our command-level winners represent AMC in the Air Force competition."

Before competing at major command, each airman was selected through a series of competitive boards at unit, base and numbered Air Forces. An AMC board of chief master sergeants selected one person from each category to represent the command during the upcoming Air Force-level competition.

The AMC nominees, who will represent the command in the Air Force competition are:

Airman Category:
Senior Airman Nathan H. Summers, 317th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas

NCO Category:
Staff Sgt. John F. Carew, Jr., 40th Airlift Squadron, Dyess AFB, Texas.

Senior NCO Category:
Master Sgt. Douglas A. Ackerman, 726th Air Mobility Squadron, Rhein-Main Air Base, Germany.

First Sergeant Category:
Senior Master Sgt. Gary L. Schafer, 436th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Dover AFB, Del.

"To reach this level of competition took hard work, dedication and the trust and support of their supervisors and commanders," said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Kerver, AMC Command Chief Master Sergeant.

Kerver said the AMC-level competition was rigorous as the nominees competed against thousands of AMC enlisted servicemembers.

"All of the AMC nominees have my sincere respect and gratitude for the jobs they do," said Kerver. "These outstanding airmen represent literally thousands of AMC enlisted folks. They provide the intensity and dedication that helps this command meet its mission of providing Global Reach for America day in and day out."

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