129th members carry on tradition of professionalism and excellence

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Recently there was news that brought pride and recognition to the 129th Rescue Wing and the California Air National Guard. This news makes me proud to serve here and it should make you proud too.

Three members from the 129th received national recognition, which spotlighted their dedication to the 129th mission, professional development, mentorship, and the improvement of their communities. One of our units and an aircrew were also recognized for their outstanding work and dedication to our motto, "That Others May Live." 

Chief Master Sgt. Rodney E. Lockett of the 129th Security Forces Squadron was awarded the 2007 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award. He has been a role model for African Americans through his military leadership as well as his community involvement. As the California Air National Guard's first African American Chief Master Sergeant in the Security Forces career field, his mentorship to minority troops has been invaluable.

Master Sgt. Gary A. Flossmann from the wing's Military Equal Opportunity office was the 2007 Air National Guard winner of the League of United Latin American Citizens Excellence in Military Service Award. Sergeant Flossmann's positive and professional attitude towards wing personnel positively impacted unit morale. He also made immeasurable contributions to the Hispanic community through the League of United Latin Americans and his teaching position in the Stockton School District.

Master Sgt. Christopher Underwood, First Sergeant for the 129th Maintenance Squadron, was awarded the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Award in a ceremony held in Detroit, Mich. His passion for people motivated him to perfect an outstanding accountability process for the Operational Readiness Inspection as the Operations and Maintenance Groups' First Sergeant. He is a talented motivational speaker who has spoken across the country at functions for the Reach for Tomorrow Program.

Do you notice a pattern? These outstanding Airmen are leaders in their units and in their communities. They emulate the whole person concept.

But wait, there's even more great news!

The crew of 129th Rescue Squadron's Jolly 92 won the Air Force Association's
2007 Earl T. Ricks Award for outstanding airmanship for their response to a major in-flight emergency in May of 2006. This distinction has been awarded to 129th crews numerous times in the past.

Lastly, our Security Forces Squadron was the National Guard Bureau's Outstanding Security Forces Squadron of the Year for 2006. This is the second consecutive year the squadron was named best in the Air National Guard.

All of this recognition has been awarded since June and it's been overwhelming! Be sure to congratulate these stellar individuals and unit members.

The award recipients have demonstrated that professional and community efforts, whether big or small, reflect a tradition of professionalism and excellence of 129th RQW members. Think about ways that you can positively impact your unit and community and do your part to carry on the tradition.

Again, my hearty congratulations to all of the award recipients!