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Alamo Federal Executive Board names 2019 Federal Recognition Award winners

By Alamo Federal Executive Board | Alamo Federal Executive Board | May 15, 2019

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, Texas — The Alamo Federal Executive Board named numerous Joint Base San Antonio military and civilian members as 2019 Federal Recognition Award winners May 8 at the Schertz Civic Center. The ceremony was attended by about 300 military and civilian federal employees from across the Greater San Antonio federal government.

Paul Braudis, the Alamo Federal Executive Board chair, presented awards in 11 individual and team categories. Those included:
Finalists for the awards ceremony were nominated by their agencies as the best in each of 11 categories.

Nominees were screened by a selection panel representing a variety of agencies, reviewed and narrowed down to 51 finalists.

Finalists, their federal agency and award are:

Administrative Support Category:
- Terry Aquiles, Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration, gold
- Senaida Aranda, 502nd Air Base Wing, 802nd Force Support Squadron, silver
- Staff Sgt. Zhane Herrera Woodall, 502nd Air Base Wing Comptroller Squadron, silver
- Brett M. Castle, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Procurement Fraud Detachment, bronze
- Tech. Sgt. Jenifer Gammons, 37th Training Wing, bronze

Specialist Category:
- Patrick T. Luna, Air Force Security Assistance Training Squadron, gold
- Karissa Brauer, Joint Information Operations Warfare Center, bronze
- Felix M. Colon, Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center-Personnel Directorate, bronze
- Staff Sgt. Nakeisha Johnson, Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division, silver
- Senior Airman Pierce Pirson, 502nd Air Base Wing, 802nd Force Support Squadron, silver

Law Enforcement Category:
- Tech. Sgt. Andrew Hirschberg, 502nd Air Base Wing, 802nd Security Forces Squadron, gold
- Staff Sgt. Adam Dunnam, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command, Military Working Dog Course, silver

Professional Category:
- Benjamin Kindt, Air Force Civil Engineer Center, gold
- Lane Carter, Headquarters Air Education and Training Command Financial Operations Division, silver
- Joshua A. Graham, Air Education and Training Command Directorate of Logistics, Engineering and Force Protection, silver
- Master Sgt. Brian Case, 25th Air Force, bronze
- Rayanne Benner, Army Environmental Command, bronze
- Brad Mitchell, 502nd Air Base Wing, Force Support Group, Judge Advocate, bronze

Customer Service Category:
- Isabeal Evans, U. S. Army North (Fifth Army) Comptroller Division, gold
- Dr. Jason C. Lynch, Army Environmental Command, silver
- Roxanna Martinez, 502nd Air Base Wing, Communication Squadron, silver
- Robert Smith, 737th Training Group, bronze
- John Jurek, Defense Contract Management Agency NASA Product Operations, bronze

Military or Civilian Deployed Category:
- Tech. Sgt. Megan Suter, 502nd Air Base Wing, 802nd Security Forces Squadron, gold
- Tech. Sgt. Seth Roese, 502nd Air Base Wing, Operations Support Squadron, silver
- Master Sgt. Anthony C. Laugen, Air Force Life Cycle Management Cryptologic and Cyber Systems Division, silver
- Tech. Sgt. Jannie Brooks, 25th Air Force, bronze

Supervisor Category:
- Morgan McMahon, U.S. Marshals Service, gold
- Romonda P. Griffin, Personal Property Activity Excess Cost Adjustment Function, silver
- Stephanie N. Allen, Joint Personal Property Shipping Office-South Central, silver
- Beth Donnelly, Headquarters Air Education & Training Command, A1M, bronze
- Blake Burhalter, 502nd Air Base Wing, 802nd Security Forces Squadron, bronze

Teamwork Category (small team):
- Air Force Medical Operations Agency Nursing Operations Directorate, gold
- 321st Training Squadron Section Two Team, silver
- Joint Personnel Processing Shipping Office-South Central, silver
- HQ Air Education and Training Command, Cybersecurity Risk Management Team, bronze
- 59th Medical Wing, Military Training Consult Services Flight Team, bronze

Teamwork Category (large team):
- Headquarters Air Force Personnel Center Air Force Casualty Matters, gold
- Air Force Security Assistance Training-International Military Students Grant Funding, silver
- Installation Management Command Army Career Skills Program, silver
- Air Force Medical Operations Agency Clinical Quality Division, bronze
- 502nd Inspector General, Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, bronze

Shared Neutrals Consortium Category:
- Adam Stoffa, U.S. Army South, mediator of the year
- Olivia S. Warner, retired U.S. Army sergeant major, mediator of the year
- Laura Lu, U.S. Army Medical Command, co-mediator of the year

Volunteer Category:
- Dan Elkins, U.S. Army Mission and Installation Contracting Command, volunteer of the year
- Myra Evans-Manyweather, 502nd Air Base Wing, volunteer of the year

Combined Federal Campaign Category:
- Juan Benavides, Laredo Customs and Border Protection, chairman's award
- Post Master Elias Olvera, U.S. Postal Service, leadership award
- 2nd Lts. Matthew Cortes and Christopher Lindsey, 502nd Air Base Wing, outstanding volunteer award

The Alamo Federal Executive Board is the collaboration hub for 63 Federal Agencies in the greater San Antonio area. San Antonio has one of the largest federal communities outside of Washington, D.C., and is made up of more than 130,000 civilian and uniformed employees.

The Federal Executive Boards were established by President John F. Kennedy in November 1961 and the Alamo Federal Executive Board was given its board status under the authority of the Executive Office of the President of the United States in 1991.

Key leaders in local federal agencies serve on the Federal Executive Board and collectively act as a board of directors to consider government-wide programs and projects that cross agency lines.