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Top performers recognized at awards banquet

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  • By Staff Sgt. Jeffrey Grossi
  • 910th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 910th Airlift Wing held its annual awards banquet at the Community Activity Center here, March 7, 2020. The Airman of the Year award program is designed to recognize Airmen who display superior leadership, job performance and personal achievement.

The following individuals received awards during the event’s marquee presentation:

  • Staff Sgt. Richard Massropian, 910th Maintenance Squadron, Airman of the Year
  • Tech. Sgt. Kara Kauffman, 910th Operations Support Squadron, Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
  • Master Sgt. Eloy Salinas, 910th Logistics Readiness Squadron, Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
  • Master Sgt. Brian Barrett, 76th Aerial Port Squadron, First Sergeant of the Year
  • 2nd Lt. Yelena Promyshlyayeva, 910th Operation Support Squadron, Company Grade Officer of the Year
  • Mrs. Kalee Kochansky, 910th Air Wing Key Spouse, Key Spouse of the Year

Other event highlights included a Prisoner Of War/Missing In Action ceremony performed by five YARS Reserve Citizen Airmen, entertainment provided by the Canfield High School Jazz Band and guest speaker Mr. James P. Tressel, the president of Youngstown State University and former head coach of four national championship football teams. Tressel commended the award winners and the Reserve Citizen Airmen of YARs on their work ethic and selflessness.  

“The greatest teams I was ever apart of consisted of selfless leadership, selfless willingness to take a role that the group needed so that the group could be successful,” said Tressel. “And that’s the beauty of this room full of people. You don’t always get to do exactly what you have in mind but because of your selflessness, we have the world’s greatest military.”

The banquet also gave the opportunity for Youngstown to introduce its star Airmen to the newly appointed 22nd Air Force commander, Maj. Gen. John P. Healy, who attended the event as a distinguished guest.