These are the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year
By: Victoria Leoni and Noah Nash, Air Force Times, 23 June 2018
The Air Force has announced this year’s Outstanding Airmen of the Year winners.
The 12 winners represent the service’s top enlisted members and were selected from a pool of 36 nominees based on their superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements.
The winners are listed below in alphabetic order.
Senior Master Sgt. Melissa Beam, Air Combat Command
Staff Sgt. Elizabeth Caulfield, Air Force District of Washington
Staff Sgt. Wilson Gardner, Air National Guard
Senior Master Sgt. Ruth Griffin, Air Force Global Strike Command
Tech. Sgt. Brett Laswell, Air Force Special Operations Command
Master Sgt. Kit Lui, Air Force Reserve Command
Master Sgt. Joshua Matias, Air Education and Training Command
Tech Sgt. David Miller, U.S. Air Forces in Europe
Senior Airman Patrick Schilling, Air Force Materiel Command
Tech Sgt. April Spilde, Air Force Space Command
Tech Sgt. April Spilde, Air Force Space Command, a Bravo flight chief at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, leads 135 airmen securing $10.2 billion in space launch assets. A native of Minneapolis, Spilde has been stationed in Alaska and Washington, D.C., and has also been deployed to Afghanistan and the United Arab Emirates since joining the Air Force in 2008.
Senior Master Sgt. Lucero Stockett, Air Mobility Command
Senior Airman Jon Taitano, Pacific Air Force