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CONR- 1 AF (AFNORTH) communication professionals earn excellence awards

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  • By Mary McHale
  • CONR - 1 AF (AFNORTH) Public Affairs
Three individuals from the Continental U.S. NORAD Region -1st Air Force (Air Forces Northern) communications enterprise distinguished themselves as the Air National Guard -level recipients of the 2017 General John P. Jumper Award for Excellence in Warfighting Integration and Air Force Information Dominance.

Lt. Col. Renae Wright, Chief, Warfighting Capabilities and Interoperability Division, received the award for Air Force Outstanding Cyberspace Officer, field grade category; Edwin Averion, Information Technology Specialist, is Outstanding Civilian Category III; and Staff Sgt. Felipe Lozadasinisterra, Air Force Outstanding Cyber Operations, Airman Category (since promoted.)

According to the announcement letter, these communications awards recognize “the unrelenting distinction the Air National Guard exhibits in handling cyberspace operations and supporting missions.”
Col. Raymond Tramposch, Director, CONR-1st AF (AFNORTH) Communications Directorate, said for him, these communications professionals represent the epitome of excellence and commitment toward mission accomplishment.

"As a director, it's not only an honor but a distinct comfort to know I have such committed troops assigned to 1AF staff as well as working in the cyber trenches at 101st Aerospace Communications Squadron,” he said. “These awards chronicle just a snapshot of the many dedicated AFNORTH cyber Airmen who work behind the scenes daily keeping our AOC mission systems operational and secure, all the while standing ready to respond to DSCA contingencies."

Wright was lauded for her fiscal finesse as she administered cyber-related projects valued at more $10 million, assuring cyber-related mission success across the Component-Numbered Air Force enterprise. Additionally, her leadership skills earned praise for her efforts guiding a high-visibility SIPR migration program and deployment of critical command, control, communications and cyber capabilities during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Officials noted the outstanding mission contributions of Averion to be invaluable to the CONR-1 AF (AFNORTH) commander through enabling him interagency contact during hundreds of vital video teleconferences held through high-tempo hurricane operations. The specialist was also key to orchestrating 14 significant upgrades to the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System, more commonly known as JWICS.

Lozadanisterra’s cyber specialist skills stood out based on his stellar support to both Air Forces Northern and the Regional Air Mobility Coordination Center during extended operations for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. In that capacity, Lozadanisterra helped outfit mobile communication requirements for eight Joint Air Component Coordination Element representative and 30 emergency preparedness liaison officers.