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Three base Airmen shine as scholarship winners

By Sean Bowlin | 12th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs | Aug. 4, 2009

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Three Team Randolph Airmen won $1,000 scholarships for outstanding work in the logistics field and for their off-duty educational efforts. 

Senior Master Sgt. Charles Moffe, Air Education and Training Command F-22/F-15 command functional manager, Tech. Sgt. Monique Marshall, Joint Personal Property Shipping Office NCO-in-charge, detachment three, and Master Sgt. Robin Brown, AETC non-destructive inspection functional manager, won the scholarships from a field of 17 applicants considered by the Alamo Chapter of the Logistics Officer Association. 

To a room full of applause, the trio got their checks at the LOA's breakfast at The Petroleum Club in San Antonio on July 29.

That morning saw breakfast keynote speaker Garry Richey, AETC director of logistics, installations and mission support, say the winners represent the finest qualities Airmen possess.

"They displayed outstanding leadership while contributing to the community. They also understand education will enhance their opportunities to truly contribute their best efforts to the Air Force's crucial mission while helping them achieve excellence -- in all they do," he said.

He praised them also for their performance at work while schooling themselves.

"They are highly skilled in their technical specialties," Mr. Richey said, "but they continually seek to improve themselves personally and professionally."

Sergeant Moffe, picked by the selection panel to be the "Top Scholarship Winner," will 
compete for one of six LOA national scholarships. Each is worth about $2,500. 

The sergeant said he was honored to be selected. 

"I'm extremely humbled for the LOA to consider me for this while I'm so far along in my career," said Sergeant Moffe. His goal is to be a civil servant-logistician upon retiring from active duty. 

Sergeant Marshall, who's most proud of helping families settle into new homes and hearing their excitement when household goods arrive, picked logistics because of the needs of the Air Force.

She'll use her check for tuition at Wayland Baptist University, where she's a senior majoring in business administration.

"I feel truly honored to be nominated and blessed to be selected," Sergeant Marshall said.

Like Sergeant Marshall, Sergeant Brown found himself in logistics, and In his career, he's most proud of earning an NCO of the quarter award and of winning the scholarship. 

That made him feel "ecstatic," he said. 

"It came because I dedicated myself to doing better--and to giving back to the community," he added. 

The University of Phoenix senior business administration major said the money will come in handy for the three classes he has left to complete for his bachelor's degree and he will undertake an MBA course soon. 

One award presenter deemed it the Air Force's gain that each winner broadened themselves with off-duty education. 

"Education provides our Airmen the skill and the tools to not only grow as individuals. It also enables them to mentor and pass on knowledge to others in their career field," said Maj. Christine Peyton, AETC A4/7 executive officer. "Education ensures Air Force logistics will have a solid and successful future."