The Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS) and the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Air Defense Group (ADG) have named their annual award winners for 2018, the National Guard announced.
The winners “distinguished themselves by going above and beyond our high standards. I congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments and thank them for their efforts.” said Col. Emil FIlkorn, commander of EADS, based at Griffiss park.
The 224th ADG includes the 224th Air Defense Squadron and 224th Support Squadron, located in Rome, and Detachment 1 and Detachment 2 that serve in the Washington, D.C. area. The 224th ADG provides the forces to conduct EADS’ mission, which includes being responsible for air defense of the eastern U.S. as part of NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command).
The award recipients:
• Senior Airman Amberly Sherman, Rome, Outstanding Junior Enlisted Airman — A tracking technician at the 224th Air Defense Squadron, she was primary tracker during the State of the Union address, helped coordinate 19 Presidential movements and volunteered for 12 additional assignments. Selected to attend a 1st Air Force leadership course, she participated in a ceremonial wreath-laying at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C.
• Master Sgt. Myles Macey, Utica, Outstanding Senior Noncommissioned Officer — A cyber mission systems noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) at the 224th Support Squadron, he oversaw a major systems upgrade. He also led the unit’s first-ever information assurance validation, which required inspection of nearly 500 security controls.
• Tech. Sgt. Thomas Silva, Yorkville, Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer — The NCOIC of exercises and training at the 224th Air Defense Squadron, he played a key role in planning sector support for more than 20 Presidential flights. He organized the unit’s first continuation training plan and volunteered for over 40 extra assignments.
• Staff Sgt. Michael Carson, Clark Mills, Outstanding Honor Guard Program Manager — A computer systems technician at the 224th Support Squadron, he volunteered to lead the Honor Guard. As program manager, he trained and supervised 15 airmen, coordinated 35 funeral details and 28 color guard events, and orchestrated honor guard support for assumption-of-command and retirement ceremonies.
• Diane Burton, Sherrill, Outstanding Civilian (Category I) — An administrative assistant at the 224th Air Defense Squadron, she developed a feedback tracker to correct deficiencies identified by EADS Inspector General. She directly enabled travel for 90 EADS members, scheduled and managed 130 medical appointments, and tracked performance records of more than 170 airmen.
• Steve Barry, Baldwinsville, Outstanding Civilian (Category III) — An information technology specialist with the 224th Support Squadron, he implemented an immersive cyber training program for the unit’s computer technicians. Other achievements included leading an upgrade of the unit’s Battle Control System, analyzing 14 technical manuals for Air Combat Command, and organizing and conducting a three-week training course for cyber airmen.
• Capt. Andrew Conklin, Fairfax Station, Va., Outstanding Company Grade Officer —The weapons and tactics chief at EADS Detachment 1 in Washington, D.C., he authored a 32-page crew tactical coordination checklist and led a re-write of a NORAD operational document. Other accomplishments included integrating U.S. Coast Guard personnel into operations and leading Detachment 1’s participation in several high-level exercises.
In addition to its New York Air National Guardsmen staffing, EADS includes a Canadian Forces detachment, Army and Navy liaison officers and federal civilians. It employs about 400 overall.