Osan technician hand-picked for AFA's Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employee of Year Award nominee

by Airman 1st Class Ilyana A. Escalona, 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office
Stripes Korea

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea -- Each year the AFA recognizes four Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories: civilian wage employee of the year; civilian program specialist; civilian program manager; and civilian senior manager.

Nominees are hand-picked by their first line supervisors and those in their chain of command. Their leadership examines the nominee’s past year for work they have completed, achievements they have accomplished, community service they provided to the local community, and their overall work ethic on a daily basis.

“It’s all about performing 100 percent and doing an outstanding job on every job that comes in your way,” said Thomas. “Being able to get out into the field, meet the customers and get a feel of their representation of you after a job well done just feels nice. Before you know it, your name is everywhere and everyone knows who you are.”

U.S. Air Force Gen. Terrence O’Shaughnessy, PACAF commander, relayed a few words about his achievement.

“Your hard work and dedication are clearly evident,” said O’Shaughnessy. “This recognition is a significant accomplishment and is a reflection of your superb leadership and devotion to duty. I have no doubt that you will continue to do great things.”

Thomas will advance and compete against civilian employees from various major commands at the Air Force level for the AFA Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employee of Year Award civilian program specialist category.

“I’m sure there are many applicants out there for it, but it would be great to accomplish this one as well,” said Thomas. “If not, I made it to the PACAF level and that’s a huge deal. I will continue to strive on and nothing will slow me down.”

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