Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2013 announced

SANDSTON, Va. — Three Virginia National Guard Airmen have been selected as the Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2013 in the categories of Outstanding Airman of the Year, Outstanding Non-commissioned Officer of the year and Outstanding Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the year.

Senior Airman Katelynn T. Quinn

Senior Airman Katelynn T. Quinn

Senior Airman Katelynn T. Quinn, a geospatial intelligence analyst journeyman in the 192nd Intelligence Squadron, was selected as Outstanding Airman of the Year, Staff Sgt. James T. Sprinkle, a structural journeyman in the 203rd RED HORSE Squadron, was selected as outstanding NCO of the Year and Senior Master Sgt. Jimmy D. Kidd, a heavy repair superintendent in the 203rd RED HORSE Squadron, was selected Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year.

Kidd was also selected as the Outstanding Guardsman of the Year.

“I’m proud of our award winners this year and excited about their potential as they compete at the national level. I’m very proud of the example they set for all our Airmen across the Virginia Air National Guard,” said Virginia Air Component Commander Brig. Gen. Zane R. Johnson.

“The Virginia Air National Guard is fortunate to have such talented and professional Airmen, and each of these individuals should be proud of the contributions they have made to our federal and state missions,” said State Command Chief Master Sgt. Jeffery W. Frazier. Frazier is the senior enlisted advisor for the Virginia Air National Guard.

In addition to her success on the job, Quinn had a laser focus on education, Frazier said.

“She is an exemplary performer, leader and community member and she is a shining example of the dedicated professionals we have serving in the Virginia Air National Guard,” he said.

She accomplished professional military education and enrolled in the Airman Leadership School distance learning course, self-enrolled in two Advanced Global Intelligence Learning Environment computer based trainings toward an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force and completed 19 credits toward her bachelor of science degree in Environment Science. Quinn also volunteered more than 70 hours at a local animal aid society and provided care for 47 animals.

Staff Sgt. James T. Sprinkle

Staff Sgt. James T. Sprinkle

Sprinkle was recognized at the 203rd RHS as the “Horseman of the Year,” and he demonstrated natural leadership skills during OPERATION BEYOND THE HORIZON, a deployment for training to Panama.

“Staff Sgt. Sprinkle sets the example for others to follow every day in the Guard and in his community, and the National Guard is stronger because of his dedication, patriotism and service,” Frazier said.

Sprinkle was an invaluable resource in the development of realistic scenarios for annual field training exercises, utilizing a knowledge base he garnered from his master’s degree in Emergency Services Management and from real world experience in his civilian career field. He also served his community in several ways. Sprinkle was the Defense Logistics Agency Richmond 2013 firefighter of the year for the second time in five years. He is also a youth group leader at Bethel Baptist Church.

Kidd was the senior non-commissioned officer in charge during an Innovative Readiness Training at Virginia Military Institute, and he coordinated lodging, transportation and meals for 38 personnel.

Senior Master Sgt. Jimmy D. Kidd

Senior Master Sgt. Jimmy D. Kidd

He also prioritized continuing education. He graduated from the Dominion Virginia Power Apprenticeship Lineman School, a 56-month program, and enrolled at Rappahannock Community College as he worked toward obtaining an associate’s degree through the Community College of the Air Force in construction technologies. Additionally, Kidd volunteered hundreds of hours to Antioch Baptist Church and to Middlesex County youth sports programs. He is also a 10-year member of Bethlehem Star 249 Masonic Lodge.

“Senior Master Sgt. Kidd is a strong leader who continuously and selfishly provides the necessary mentorship and leadership that fellow Airmen require to be successful,” Frazier said.

The Outstanding Airman of the Year program is a competition at the state level across the Air National Guard. State winners are forwarded to the National Guard Bureau to compete nationally in their respective categories for the Air National Guard Outstanding Airman of the Year.