CAMP MABRY, Texas – Doing the assigned job is one thing, but taking that a step further and going the extra mile is what makes one outstanding.
Superior leadership, job performance, community involvement and personal achievements are all part of the criteria Outstanding Airman of the Year nominees must demonstrate.
The work and contributions of Master Sgt. Joseph G. Ashwood, from the 111th Reconnaissance Squadron, 147th Reconnaissance at Ellington Field in Houston, earned him a special honor: the Air National Guard’s 2013 Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.
“The task of selecting these Airmen from the outstanding individuals nominated this year was a difficult one,” said Lt. Gen. Stanley "Sid" E. Clarke, III, Air National Guard director. “All nominees should be extremely proud of their achievements, their exemplary representation of their states and territories, and their service to the Air National Guard and the communities in which they live. They are examples to all Guard Airmen.”
Besides his outstanding achievements at the squadron, Ashwood recently earned his bachelor’s degree, implemented a workout regimen for the flight that increased the pass rate of members’ physical fitness assessment, and participated in a wealth of community events, raising funds for the chief master sergeant of the Air Force’s scholarship fund, the Wounded Warrior Project, and other groups, in addition to volunteering at the annual Wings Over Houston Air Show and being an active member of the National Guard Association of Texas.
Despite all his work at the wing and in the community, Ashwood credits his success to his leaders and his Airmen.
“I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude for leadership trusting me and putting me in positions to be successful,” Ashwood said, “my troops for working [hard] for me and to those who have mentored me along the way.”
As the ANG’s Senior NCO of the year, Ashwood will move on to compete against other nominees at the Air Force level.