Rome man is NORAD Civilian of Year

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LATHAM — Sonepith Keoviengsamay, of Rome, has been named the North American Aerospace Defense Command’s Outstanding Category II civilian employee. A command and control systems administrator at the Eastern Air Defense Sector, Keoviengsamay works for the New York Air National Guard’s 224th Support Squadron.

“Keoviengsamay’s award recognized his successful management of a major software upgrade that required the installation and configuration of more than 20 computer servers,” the National Guard announcement said. “He also enhanced the unit’s air sovereignty mission by leading an update program on more than 100 devices.”

Other accomplishments included directing critical operational tests and evaluations, while serving as the project manager for three new contracts.

This is the third outstanding employee award Keoviengsamay has won this year. He received the Continental NORAD Region (CONR) and U.S. Northern Command 1st Air Force award in March and EADS’ outstanding civilian award in January.

The 224th ADG is comprised of 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 the Eastern Air Defense Sector’s (EADS) mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD), the Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

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