Approved for Public Release – Dara Hobbs, Chief Information Officer
2022 LOA National Award Winner Announcement
Congratulations to our 2022 LOA National award winners! We are proud of their contributions to LOA and the greater Air Force mission, and look forward to celebrating their achievements at this year’s LOA Symposium, 28-31 Mar, 2023 in St. Louis, MO. All awards will be presented at the Symposium. www.logisticsymposium.org
Lt Gen Zettler Lifetime Achievement Award: Demonstrated sustained superior leadership in service to the Logistics Officer Association. Nominees will have at least 20 years of service in a logistics related career and at least 10 years of LOA membership.
Ms. Leigh Method, SES, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Logistics
Gen Babbitt National Distinguished Service Award (NDSA): The General George T. Babbitt National Distinguished Service Award recognizes LOA National members who made the greatest contributions to the furthering of LOA National’s goals and objectives.
Capt Lisa McCarthy, Director of Operations, 441st Vehicle Support Chain Operations Squadron
Capt Jackie Lockett, Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs—USSF Desk
Lt Chloe Hohman, Director of Operations, 1st Maintenance Squadron
Maj Gen Saunders Chapter Distinguished Service Award (CDSA): The Chapter Distinguished Service Award (CDSA) is named after Maj Gen Mary L. Saunders (Ret) and recognizes the National LOA members who made the greatest contributions in support of their local LOA Chapter activities.
Capt Jackson Magdefrau, Aircraft Maintenance Unit Officer in Charge, 374th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron
Chapter of the Year Awards: Recognizes chapters who support national goals and objectives, innovative programs for supporting their membership, mentorship, exchange programs, professional development tours, and community support.
Lt Gen Wetekam Chapter of the Year Award (Large Chapter): Wasatch Warrior Chapter, Hill AFB
Mrs. Tune Chapter of the Year Award (Medium Chapter): Gateway Chapter, Scott AFB
Col Hass Chapter of the Year Award (Small Chapter): Kitty Hawk Chapter, Seymour Johnson AFB
Maj Gen Marcelite Harris Trailblazer Awards: Any individual or team from military, government, civilian, academic, or industry that has developed an innovative idea or solution within or supporting the Air Force Logistics enterprise. Illustrate the nomination’s “trailblazing character” by describing how the innovation improved or benefited an aspect of the Logistics enterprise. Innovative ideas and solutions can be from any sector or category and include (not all inclusive): maintenance, deployment, distribution, transportation, life-cycle logistics, retail or wholesale supply chain management, sustainment planning and delivery/execution, information technology, cyber security, systems research and development, systems testing, resource planning and investment as well as government policy and corporate governance.
Military Government Team: 20 CMS Egress Team – MSgt Adam Peil, TSgt Brian Darnell, and TSgt (ret) Christopher Johnston
Small Business Team: Non-Commissioned Officer Inclusive Leadership Excellence (NILE), Kirtland AFB – Dr. Bradley Brezinski, Mr. Kevin Norman, Mr. Mike Buckner, Mr. Matt Bachelor, Ms. Kristin Carter, Lt Col Scott Ruppel, Lt Col Lisa Stokey, Maj Sam Oldham, CMSgt Billy Duncan, and CMSgt William Cates
2022 LOA Scholarship Winners: The Logistics Officer Association (LOA) Scholarship Program is designed to promote education for junior enlisted, officers and civilians of the Armed Forces in the logistics and acquisition career fields. Each recipient will receive a $1,500 scholarship.
Lt Catherine LoGrande, Dolomite Chapter
TSgt Jacob Johnson, Sorona Chapter
TSgt Katelyn Disney, Wasatch Chapter
TSgt Derek Scott, Cross Roads Chapter
SSgt Geremy Velez Masini, Low Country Chapter
SSgt Michael Lewis Barrett, Wasatch Chapter
SSgt Matthew Berg, Palmetto Chapter
SrA Nathaniel West, Northern Lights Chapter
SrA Tulay Urganci, Northern Lights Chapter
Ms. Brenda Florez Herrera, Wasatch Chapter
Major General Hugh J. Knerr Exceptional Author Award: The Exceptional Writer Award is awarded to the author(s) of the best article published in the Exceptional Release during a calendar year. The winners are selected by the Exceptional Release editorial team for each of the following categories: Field Grade Officer, Company Grade Officer, Enlisted, and both Industry and DoD civilians.
Field Grade Officer:
Winner: Lt Col Michael Lasher’s editorial commentary, “Why ACE Will Fail Before It Ever Begins… And It’s Not Logistics” – Winter 2022
Company Grade Officer:
Winner: Capt David Sage, “Advancing Additive Manufacturing: Leveraging 70 Years of Know-How at OC-ALC” – Symposium 2022
Honorable Mention: 2d Lt Benjamin Miller and MSgt Benjamin Johnis, “Leveraging Sustainable Options to Achieve Cost Savings in a Military Supply Chain” – Summer 2022
Winner: Mr. Tim Patterson, MSgt Fredrick Burke, MSgt Marquis Thomas, and Mr. Jason Smedley, “AVID: Automated Vehicle Integrated Data-Exchange” – Symposium 2022
Honorable Mention: Ms. Diana Salinas Bednara, “Getting the Most Out of LOA Symposium Attendance” – Winter 2022
Winner: SSgt Lauren Rogers, “The Paradox of Inventory in Readiness-Based Organizations” – Summer 2022