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WADS Annual Awards banquet announces 'Best of the Best'

McCHORD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Forty-three nominees were recognized for outstanding performance for the 2007 year during the Western Air Defense Sector's Annual Awards Banquet Jan. 11. The award winners are:

Senior Airman Edwin Aviles, AGR Airman
Staff Sgt. Mary Maggiolino, AGR NCO
Master Sgt. Scott Taylor, AGR Senior NCO
Staff Sgt. Ericson Cereno, Category 1 DSG Enlisted
Tech. Sgt. Malinda Gonnuscio, both Category 2 Enlisted; and Trainer of the Year
Capt. Catherine Graham, Company Grade Officer 
Phyllis Motteler, Category 1 Civilian 
Nolan Rayne, Category 2 Civilian 

Additionally, Captain Graham received an award for her superior performance and was recognized as 1st Air Force's Company Grade Officer of the Year. Sergeant Maggiolino won a state-level award for Non-Commissioned Officer of the year.

Active Guard Reserve, or AGR, refers to full-time unit members. Drill Status Guardsman, or DSG, normally drill one weekend a month and two weeks out of the year while holding civilian jobs in their communities.

Maj. Gen. Henry C. Morrow, 1st Air Force and Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region commander, Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., was the banquet's keynote speaker.