Va. Guard Airmen, Soldiers honored at Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon

Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from Virginia Beach-based units pose for a photo at the Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 31, 2014, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Ten Airmen and Soldiers were recognized alongside active duty Sailors, Airmen and Marines from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Oceana Naval Air Station and Camp Pendleton. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce sponsored the luncheon. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

VIRGINIA BEACH — Ten Virginia National Guard Airmen and Soldiers from Virginia Beach-based units were recognized at the 21st Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 31, 2014, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce sponsored the luncheon, which recognized outstanding service members in Virginia Beach, including personnel from Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Oceana Naval Air Station and Camp Pendleton.

Brig. Gen. Timothy P. Williams, the Adjutant General of Virginia, Lt. Col. Elena Scarbrough, the commander of Camp Pendleton, and Lt. Col. Stock Dinsmore, commander of the 203d RED HORSE Squadron, were also in attendance.

“Virginia Beach places great value on our long and proud connection to the armed forces and their members who are so much a part of our community and our lives,” said Virginia Beach Mayor Will Sessoms. “Your dedication and commitment are to be celebrated and appreciated. All of Virginia Beach is forever grateful for your duty and your service. It’s an absolute honor for me to be here today with so many heroes.”

“The business community represented by the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce is delighted to recognize the military’s best through this program,” said Glenn Robertson chair elect of the Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce, Virginia Beach division. “We’re fortunate to have so many great men and women in the military and in our community. We take pride in being home port for so many military members and their dependents and know how greatly they contribute to our quality of life.”

Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Elliott with the Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron is recognized at the Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 31, 2014, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.  Elliott was honored for more than 27 years of meritorious service in the U.S. military. He has served on three deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and his expertise resulted in dramatic improvements in the Virginia Air National Guard’s capabilities. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Elliott with the Camp Pendleton-based 203rd RED HORSE Squadron is recognized at the Virginia Beach Armed Forces Awards Luncheon July 31, 2014, at the Virginia Beach Convention Center. Elliott was honored for more than 27 years of meritorious service in the U.S. military. He has served on three deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom and his expertise resulted in dramatic improvements in the Virginia Air National Guard’s capabilities. (Photo by Master Sgt. A.J. Coyne, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Seven Virginia Army Guard Soldiers and three Virginia Air Guard Airmen were among the more than 70 Hampton Roads military members honored for their performance in the past year.

Pfc. Jonathan Dominguez with the 229th Military Police Company served as an Army Warrior Task trainer, helping to ensure the tactical readiness of the 529th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion in advance of their overseas federal deployment. During annual training, Dominguez volunteered for numerous missions, worked many hours above the call of duty, and his motivation improved the overall physical fitness, tactical, and technical readiness of his platoon.

Sgt. Robert Palmer, also with the 229th MP Company, served as the range safety officer and coach for the M4, M203, and M249 weapons systems resulting in 99% of the Soldiers in his unit qualifying sharpshooter and expert. His training support helped ensure the highest level of tactical readiness for the deploying 529 CSSB.

Sgt. 1st Class Holly Harris with the 529th CSSB was honored as an outstanding operations noncommissioned officer. Harris was instrumental in the training and readiness in the deployment of her battalion. According to the citation, her dedication, talent, and contributions far exceed her rank and position.

Sgt. Tracey Goldsmith, assigned to the 329th Regional Support Group, was cited for outstanding personnel readiness. She was identified by Virginia Army National Guard personnel office for her excellence in administrative transactions and she is directly responsible for the outstanding personnel readiness of the 329th RSG.

Spc. Lekendrick Daeons Walker with Troop C, 2nd Squadron, 183rd Cavalry Regiment, was honored for his leadership and motivation as an assistant team leader, a position normally reserved for a senior noncommissioned officer. He greatly contributed to the success of his unit’s training and improved Soldier survivability on the battlefield.

Master Sgt. Samantha M. Davis with the 203rd RED HORSE Squadron was recognized as an outstanding supply superintendent. Davis’ initiatives drastically improved the maintenance inventory resulting in a $90,000 cost savings to the U.S. Air Force. She managed more than $16 million in assets, ensuring a deployment readiness rate of 100%, while also executing a maintenance budget of $400,000 with zero errors or losses.

Tech. Sgt. Michael B. Randall, assigned to the 203rd RED HORSE, was cited for leading his team to improve the vehicle readiness rate from 56% to 93% in just two months. In addition, Randall’s devotion and attitude set a sterling example for all the members of his unit.

Chief Master Sgt. Stephen Elliott with the 203rd RED HORSE was honored for more than 27 years of meritorious service in the U.S. military. He served on three deployments in support of Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. His expertise resulted in dramatic improvements in the Virginia Air National Guard’s capabilities.

Staff Sgt. Reynaldo Abeng, assigned to Camp Pendleton, received an award for superior range facility management. He was recognized for outstanding performance, customer service, efficient use of resources, and providing world class training opportunities for Department of Defense personnel, Virginia Department of Public Safety personnel, and community partners.

Sgt. 1st Class Randy Carter, assigned to Camp Pendleton, was honored as a superior senior operations NCO. He was Instrumental in establishing both the battle rhythm and business operations for Camp Pendleton. As a result of his numerous improvement initiatives, Carter helped put Camp Pendleton on the map as the premier Collective Training Center in Virginia.

Photos: Va. Guard Airmen, Soldiers honored by Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce – July 31, 2014