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The Western Air Defense Sector annual award winners pose with their Bigfoot trophy Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Pictured from left to right are Category I Drill Status Guardsmen of the Year Staff Sgt. Catherine Pearce, 225th Support Squadron emergency management specialist; Airman of the Year Senior Airman Zachary Fleet, 225th Air Defense Squadron interface control technician; NCO of the Year Staff Sgt. Jared Denton, 225th ADS NCOIC of surveillance training; and SNCO of the Year Master Sgt. Sara Haynes, 225th SS NCOIC of logistics.  Not pictured are: DSG Company Grade Officer Capt. Colette Muller, 225th Air Defense Group public affairs officer; CGO of the Year Capt. Marvin Yamada, 225th ADS weapons flight commander; Category I Civilian of the Year Barry Arzberger, 225th SS HVAC technician; and Category II Civilian of the Year Bruce Robie; 225th SS National Airspace System Defense program manager.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

The Western Air Defense Sector annual award winners pose with their Bigfoot trophy Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Pictured from left to right are Category I Drill Status Guardsmen of the Year Staff Sgt. Catherine Pearce, 225th Support Squadron emergency management specialist; Airman of the Year Senior Airman Zachary Fleet, 225th Air Defense Squadron interface control technician; NCO of the Year Staff Sgt. Jared Denton, 225th ADS NCOIC of surveillance training; and SNCO of the Year Master Sgt. Sara Haynes, 225th SS NCOIC of logistics. Not pictured are: DSG Company Grade Officer Capt. Colette Muller, 225th Air Defense Group public affairs officer; CGO of the Year Capt. Marvin Yamada, 225th ADS weapons flight commander; Category I Civilian of the Year Barry Arzberger, 225th SS HVAC technician; and Category II Civilian of the Year Bruce Robie; 225th SS National Airspace System Defense program manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

The 225th Air Defense Squadron annual award winners pose with their Bigfoot trophies and medals Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Pictured from left to right are:  Col. Brett Bosselmann, 225th ADS commander; Airman of the Year Senior Airman Zachary Fleet, interface control technician;  SNCO of the Year Senior Master Sgt. Julietta Swin, superintendent of data link operations; NCO of the Year Staff Sgt. Jared Denton, NCOIC of surveillance training. Not pictured is: CGO of the Year Capt. Marvin Yamada, weapons flight commander.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

The 225th Air Defense Squadron annual award winners pose with their Bigfoot trophies and medals Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Pictured from left to right are: Col. Brett Bosselmann, 225th ADS commander; Airman of the Year Senior Airman Zachary Fleet, interface control technician; SNCO of the Year Senior Master Sgt. Julietta Swin, superintendent of data link operations; NCO of the Year Staff Sgt. Jared Denton, NCOIC of surveillance training. Not pictured is: CGO of the Year Capt. Marvin Yamada, weapons flight commander. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

The 225th Support Squdron annual award winners pose with their Bigfoot trophies and medals Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Pictured from left to right are:  Col. Paige Abbott (left), 225th SS commander;  Category I Drill Status Guardsmen of the Year Staff Sgt. Catherine Pearce, emergency management specialist; NCO of the Year Tech. Sgt. Edwin Aviles, 225th Support Squadron cyber infrastructure technician; SNCO of the Year Master Sgt. Sara Haynes, NCOIC of logistics; CGO of the Year Capt. Paul Fisher, chief of mission system and Chief Master Sgt. Laurie Doyle, 225th SS chief enlisted manager.  Not pictured are: Category I Civilian of the Year Barry Arzberger, HVAC technician; Category II Civilian of the Year Bruce Robie,  National Airspace System Defense program manager (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

The 225th Support Squdron annual award winners pose with their Bigfoot trophies and medals Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Pictured from left to right are: Col. Paige Abbott (left), 225th SS commander; Category I Drill Status Guardsmen of the Year Staff Sgt. Catherine Pearce, emergency management specialist; NCO of the Year Tech. Sgt. Edwin Aviles, 225th Support Squadron cyber infrastructure technician; SNCO of the Year Master Sgt. Sara Haynes, NCOIC of logistics; CGO of the Year Capt. Paul Fisher, chief of mission system and Chief Master Sgt. Laurie Doyle, 225th SS chief enlisted manager. Not pictured are: Category I Civilian of the Year Barry Arzberger, HVAC technician; Category II Civilian of the Year Bruce Robie, National Airspace System Defense program manager (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

The 225th Air Defense Group command staff annual award winners pose with their Bigfoot trophies and medals Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Pictured from left to right are:  Col. William Krueger, 225th ADG commander; NCO of the Year Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn Somol, military personalist; SNCO of the Year Master Sgt. Malinda Gonnuscio, training manager; and  Senior Master Sgt. Rebekah St. Romain, 225th ADG superintendent. Not pictured are: Category I Civilian of the Year Richard Gonzales, military personelist; Category II Civilian of the Year Kimberly Burke, public affairs manager; and Drill Status Guardsmen Company Grade Officer Capt. Colette Muller, public affairs officer.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

The 225th Air Defense Group command staff annual award winners pose with their Bigfoot trophies and medals Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. Pictured from left to right are: Col. William Krueger, 225th ADG commander; NCO of the Year Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn Somol, military personalist; SNCO of the Year Master Sgt. Malinda Gonnuscio, training manager; and Senior Master Sgt. Rebekah St. Romain, 225th ADG superintendent. Not pictured are: Category I Civilian of the Year Richard Gonzales, military personelist; Category II Civilian of the Year Kimberly Burke, public affairs manager; and Drill Status Guardsmen Company Grade Officer Capt. Colette Muller, public affairs officer. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Senior Airman Zachary Fleet, 225th Air Defense Squadron interface control technician is named the 225th ADS Airman of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Fleet poses with Col. Brett Bosselmann (left), 225th ADS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Allan Lawson, 225th ADS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Senior Airman Zachary Fleet, 225th Air Defense Squadron interface control technician is named the 225th ADS Airman of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Fleet poses with Col. Brett Bosselmann (left), 225th ADS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Allan Lawson, 225th ADS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Staff Sgt. Jared Denton, 225th Air Defense Squadron NCOIC of surveillance training is named the 225th ADS NCO of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Denton poses with Col. Brett Bosselmann (left), 225th ADS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Allan Lawson, 225th ADS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Staff Sgt. Jared Denton, 225th Air Defense Squadron NCOIC of surveillance training is named the 225th ADS NCO of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Denton poses with Col. Brett Bosselmann (left), 225th ADS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Allan Lawson, 225th ADS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Senior Master Sgt. Julietta Swin, 225th Air Defense Squadron superintendent of data link operations is named the 225th ADS NCO of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Swim poses with Col. Brett Bosselmann (left), 225th ADS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Allan Lawson, 225th ADS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Senior Master Sgt. Julietta Swin, 225th Air Defense Squadron superintendent of data link operations is named the 225th ADS NCO of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Swim poses with Col. Brett Bosselmann (left), 225th ADS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Allan Lawson, 225th ADS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Staff Sgt. Catherine Pearce, 225th Support Squadron emergency management specialist is named the 225th Support Squadron Category I Drill Status Guardsmen of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Pearce poses with Col. Paige Abbott (left), 225th SS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Laurie Doyle, 225th SS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Staff Sgt. Catherine Pearce, 225th Support Squadron emergency management specialist is named the 225th Support Squadron Category I Drill Status Guardsmen of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Pearce poses with Col. Paige Abbott (left), 225th SS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Laurie Doyle, 225th SS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Tech. Sgt. Edwin Aviles, 225th Support Squadron cyber infrastructure technician is named the 225th Support Squadron NCO of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Aviles poses with Col. Paige Abbott (left), 225th SS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Laurie Doyle, 225th SS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Tech. Sgt. Edwin Aviles, 225th Support Squadron cyber infrastructure technician is named the 225th Support Squadron NCO of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Aviles poses with Col. Paige Abbott (left), 225th SS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Laurie Doyle, 225th SS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Master. Sgt. Sara Haynes, 225th Support Squadron NCOIC of logistics is named the 225th Support Squadron SNCO of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Haynes poses with Col. Paige Abbott (left), 225th SS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Laurie Doyle, 225th SS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)
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Master. Sgt. Sara Haynes, 225th Support Squadron NCOIC of logistics is named the 225th Support Squadron SNCO of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Haynes poses with Col. Paige Abbott (left), 225th SS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Laurie Doyle, 225th SS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Capt. Paul Fisher, 225th Support Squadron chief of mission system is named the 225th SS Company Grade Officer of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Fisher poses with Col. Paige Abbott (left), 225th SS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Laurie Doyle, 225th SS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)
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Capt. Paul Fisher, 225th Support Squadron chief of mission system is named the 225th SS Company Grade Officer of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Fisher poses with Col. Paige Abbott (left), 225th SS commander and Chief Master Sgt. Laurie Doyle, 225th SS chief enlisted manager. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn Somol, 225th Air Defense Group human resource specialist is named the 225th ADG NCO of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Somol poses with Col. William Krueger (left), 225th ADG commander and Senior Master Sgt. Rebekah St. Romain, 225th ADG superintendent.  (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)
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Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn Somol, 225th Air Defense Group human resource specialist is named the 225th ADG NCO of the Year Dec. 1, 2018 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Somol poses with Col. William Krueger (left), 225th ADG commander and Senior Master Sgt. Rebekah St. Romain, 225th ADG superintendent. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Maj. Kimberly D. Burke)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. --

The winners of the 2018 Western Air Defense Sector annual awards were announced during a ceremony Dec. 1, 2018.  The nominees for each award category were the winners of their respective unit annual awards.  The WADS is made up of the 225th Air Defense Group, 225th Air Defense Squadron and 225th Support Squadron. 

The WADS annual award winners are:

Airman of the Year: 

Senior Airman Zachary Fleet, 225th Air Defense Squadron interface control technician

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:

Staff Sgt. Jared Denton, 225th Air Defense Squadron NCOIC surveillance training

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:

Master Sgt. Sara Haynes, 225th Support Squadron NCOIC of logistics

Company Grade Officer of the Year:

Capt. Marvin Yamada, 225th Air Defense Squadron weapons flight commander

Drill Status Guardsmen CGO of the Year:

Capt. Collette Muller, 225th Air Defense Group public affairs officer

Drill Status Guardsmen Category I: 

Staff Sgt. Catherine Pearce, 225th Support Squadron emergency management specialist

Civilian Category I: 

Barry Arzberger, 225th Support Squadron HVAC technician

Civilian Category II: 

Bruce Robie, 225th Support Squadron National Airspace System Defense program manager


The 225th Support Squadron annual award winners are:

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:

Staff Sgt. Edwin Aviles, infrastructure technician

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:

Master Sgt. Sara Haynes, NCOIC of logistics

Company Grade Officer of the Year:

Capt. Paul Fisher, chief of mission systems

Drill Status Guardsmen Category I: 

Staff Sgt. Catherine Pearce, emergency management specialist

Civilian Category I: 

Barry Arzberger, HVAC technician

Civilian Category II: 

Bruce Robie, National Airspace System Defense program manager


The 225th Air Defense Squadron annual award winners are:

Airman of the Year: 

Senior Airman Zachary Fleet, interface control technician

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:

Staff Sgt. Jared Denton, NCOIC surveillance training

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:

SNCO: Master Sgt. Julietta Swim, superintendent of data link operations

Company Grade Officer of the Year:

CGO: Capt. Marvin Yamada, weapons flight commander


The 225th Air Defense Group command staff annual award winners are:

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:

Tech. Sgt. Jocelyn Somol, human resource specialist

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year:

Master Sgt. Malinda Gonnuscio, training manager

Drill Status Guardsmen CGO of the Year:

Capt. Collette Muller, public affairs officer

Civilian Category I:

Richard Gonzales, personnel specialist

Civilian Category II: 

Kimberly Burke, public affairs manager


The WADS winners in each category will compete against the other Washington Air National Guard wings (194th Wing and 141st Air Refueling Wing) during the Washington Air National Guard annual awards.  The WA ANG Annual Awards banquet will be held Feb. 9, 2019 at the Hotel Murano in Tacoma, Washington.