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NEWS | Feb. 16, 2024

Alamo Wing 2023 annual award winners announced

By Tech. Sgt. Jacob Lewis 433rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

The 433rd Airlift Wing's Annual Awards Banquet was a night for members of the "Alamo Wing" to honor their best-of-the-best.  More than 200 Citizen Airmen, honorary commanders, friends, family and guests attended the occasion at the Gateway Club at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland on Feb. 4.

The 433rd AW celebrated its 75th anniversary by encouraging the banquet attendees to wear legacy uniforms. Military members were authorized to wear previous uniforms from their past military service.

Prior to the awards banquet, the Medallion Ceremony kicked off the event with a medal presentation given to all quarterly award winners for the year. Col. William Gutermuth, 433rd Airlift Wing commander, along with Chief Master Sgt. Takesha Williams, 433rd Airlift Wing command chief, presented the medals.

Maj. Diana Peña, 433rd Force Support Squadron flight commander, and Staff Sgt. Ty Schmaljohn, 433rd Mission Support Group, staff technician, officiated the ceremony.

“And now our group commanders will come forward one by one to provide the year in review of their respective groups followed by our wing commander,” said Peña.

Peña and Schmaljohn introduced each group commander, and each commander highlighted their award nominee’s yearly accomplishments. Peña and Schmaljohn introduced the award winners and Col. Gutermuth, along with Chief Williams presented the awards to the winners:

Airman Category
Senior Airman Jonathan Tapia, 433rd Maintenance Group

Noncommissioned Officer Category
Tech. Sgt. Venus Rich, 433rd Security Forces Squadron

Senior Noncommissioned Officer Category
Master Sgt. Joshua Green, 356th Airlift Squadron

First Sergeant Category
Master Sgt. Jevon King, 74th Aerial Port Squadron

Honor Guard/Guardian Category
Senior Airman Raymond Santellana, 433rd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Company Grade Officer Category
Capt. Donald Ahlin, 433rd Logistics Readiness Squadron

Field Grade Officer Category
Lt. Col. Brandy Ramos, 433rd Aerospace Medicine Squadron

Civilian Category I
Siomara Garcia, 433rd Mission Support Group

Civilian Category II
Stanley Johnson, 433rd Maintenance Group

Alamo Wing Combat Readiness Spirit Award
433rd Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron

“The event went off well, it was a lot of fun and I want to thank you all for coming,” Gutermuth said in his closing remarks. “Chief Williams and Chief Hamilton worked hard and tirelessly to make this event happen. They had support from Public Affairs, the first sergeants, the workers of the facility, and I wanted to thank all of you for being a part of this.”