The winners of the 8th Fighter Wing annual awards pose for a photo after the event at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 1, 2019. The winners at the wing level will continue on to compete at the 7th Air Force level. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)
The winners of the 8th Fighter Wing annual awards pose for a photo after the event at Kunsan Air Base, Republic of Korea, Feb. 1, 2019. The winners at the wing level will continue on to compete at the 7th Air Force level. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards)

Wolf Pack honors 2018 annual award winners

by Staff Sgt. Joshua Edwards
Kunsan Air Base

KUNSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Each year supervisors nominate their stellar Airman and civilians for their respective group’s annual awards. Just being selected to compete at this level shows dedication to the Air Force core values by the individuals.

The group then selected one person from each category to compete during the wing annual awards.

The 8th Fighter Wing held a medallion ceremony to celebrate the hard work of all the individuals nominated by their respective groups Feb. 1. Following the ceremony, Col. John Bosone, 8th Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Michael Moore Jr., 8th FW command chief, recognized the winners of the 8th Fighter Wing Annual Awards.

The winners will go on to compete at the 7th Air Force level.

Congratulations to the following award winners:
Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Kenyan Francis, 8th Operations Support Squadron
Noncommissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Jonacyn Mertilien, 8th Maintenance Squadron
Senior NCO of the Year: Master Sgt. Brandy Cotton, 8th Comptroller Squadron
Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. Jeffery Turner, 8th Medical Operations Squadron
Field Grade Officer of the Year: Maj. Joel Haarer, 8th OSS
Flight Commander of the Year: Maj. Alyson Busch, 8th Civil Engineer Squadron
Civilian Category I of the Year: Chin Choe, 8th Logistics Readiness Squadron
Civilian Category II of the Year: Rosemary Song, 8th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Team of the Year: 35th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Production Staff
First Sergeant of the Year: Master Sgt. Emily Mandarich, 8th Security Forces Squadron
Volunteer of the Year: Staff Sgt. Jacob Kendall, 8th MXS
Honor Guard Airman of the Year: Staff Sgt. Brian Bell, 8th LRS

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