Virginia Air National Guard Recruiters Receive Top Awards

Members of the Virginia Air National Guard’s recruiting team receive recognition May 28, 2014, in Sandston, Va., for being one of the top recruiting and retention programs in the region. The team earned the Region IV Golden Eagle State Award, awarded to the retention program with the highest production rate in the region, which was presented by Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr, the Adjutant General of Virginia. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

Members of the Virginia Air National Guard’s recruiting team receive recognition May 28, 2014, in Sandston, Va., for being one of the top recruiting and retention programs in the region. The team earned the Region IV Golden Eagle State Award, awarded to the retention program with the highest production rate in the region, which was presented by Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr, the Adjutant General of Virginia. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

SANDSTON, Va. — Members of the Virginia Air National Guard recruiting team once again received top awards in February while attending the Airman Leadership School at McGhee Tyson Air National Guard Base, Tenn., and the Basic Recruiter Course at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas.

Senior Airman Phillip A. Honie received the Airman Leadership School’s Commandant Leadership, Distinguished Graduate, and Lankford Enlisted Professional Military Education Instructor Excellence awards. Staff Sgt. Meredith J. Munroe received the Top Speech Award in the Basic Recruiter Course.

Brig. Gen. Zane R. Johnson, Air Component Commander, lauded the two Airmen.

“I am very pleased with the excellence Honie and Munroe displayed at ALS and the Recruiter Course, respectively. They have set a high standard and I am looking forward to them being an integral part of the VaANG Recruiting Team,” said Johnson.

Honie, a recruiter since Dec. 1, 2012, was recognized in an ALS graduating class of 64 Airmen. ALS is a five-week, U.S. Air Force program that develops Airmen into effective front-line supervisors. For the enlisted members of the Air Force, it is the first professional military education they complete.

The Commandant Leadership Award is presented to the student who displays all of the characteristics of an effective leader. Honie was one of two students nominated by his peers in his class and selected by the commandant.

The Distinguished Graduate Award is bestowed upon the person who earned the highest overall average in all graded areas and demonstrated a high level of leadership skills.

The Lankford EPME Instructor Excellence Award is presented to an Airman for excellence in course material, attentiveness, participation and willingness to assist peers with their workloads.

Munroe joined the ranks of recruiting on Oct. 4, 2013, and went to the course in early January 2014. In a graduating class of 12, Munroe received the Top Speech Award. The U.S. Air Force Basic Recruiter Course lasts seven weeks and entails several graded exercises, including written examinations, speeches and sales presentations.

Senior Master Sgt. Angela Hill, Virginia Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention Superintendent, said she is very proud of their accomplishments and credits their successes to their tenacious attitude.

“[Honie and Meredith] are inspired to do their best with the improvement and sustainment of the Virginia Air National Guard end strength,” said Hill. “If anyone were to ask what state has the best Air National Guard recruiters, hands down it’s Team Virginia. I am proud to have the privilege to work with such an effective and proficient team,” she added.

Members of the Virginia Air Guard’s recruiting team also received recognition May 28, 2014, in Sandston, Va., for being one of the top recruiting and retention teams in the region. The team earned the Region IV Golden Eagle State Award, awarded to the retention program with the highest production rate in the region, which was presented by Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long Jr, the Adjutant General of Virginia.

Several of the Airmen were also recognized individually.

Master Sgt. Neil Keane was recognized as the Region IV Recruiting and Retention Noncommissioned Officer of the Year, which recognizes the top NCO in the region and recognizes their program as one of the best.

Senior Master Sgt. Angela Hill was recognized as the Region IV Recruiting and Retention Superintendent of the Year for superior production and program management for the Virginia Air National Guard’s recruiting team.

Air National Guard Half Master Gold Badges were also presented to the recruiters in recognition of their top spot on this year’s regional recruiting rankings.

Following the presentation of awards to the recruiters, the recruiting team also took time to recognize Long, who retired at the end of May, for his many years of service and his support to the Air National Guard’s recruiting team.

Story by Lt. Col. Cynthia C. Coy, Virginia Air National Guard Public Affairs, with additional reporting by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs.

Photos: Virginia Air National Guard Recruiting & Retention one of the best in the nation – May 28, 2014