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552nd ACW dominates Info Dominance, Gen. Jumper awards

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- The 552nd Air Control Wing dominated the FY 2013 Information Dominance and General John P. Jumper Awards, winning six different categories at the 12th Air Force level, it was announced recently.

The winners included:

Civilian Specialist - Douglas D. Hoffman Jr., 726th Air Control Squadron
Cyber Systems Operations (NCO) - Tech. Sgt. David L. Reed, 552nd Air Control Network Squadron

Computer Systems Programming (Amn) - Airman 1st Class Joshua Culver, 552nd ACNS

Computer Systems Programming (NCO) - Staff Sgt. Daniel G. Boggs, 552nd ACNS
Ground Radar Systems (Amn) - Senior Airman TJ S. Hart, 726th ACS
Ground Radar Systems (NCO) - Tech. Sgt. Tyler E. Hand, 729th ACS.

The 726th ACS and 729th ACS are geographically separated units that fall under the 552nd ACW and are located at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho and Hill AFB, Utah, respectively.

"I am very fortunate to have been selected for this award," said Mr. Hoffman. "There are many people out there doing a lot of impressive things and I am very grateful to even be nominated."

Sergeant Boggs said it was a huge honor to even be nominated for the Information Dominance Award, much less selected as the 12th AF winner.

"We've been doing a lot of great work here in the past year and having a solid, intelligent team to tackle the system conflicts and setbacks caused by furloughs and sequestration really showcased how well we are able to adapt in our environment," Sergeant Boggs said.

"I really appreciate what this award stands for and thank everyone in the 552 that helped me in achieving it," he added.

Sergeant Hand said he is both humbled and honored to be nominated for this prestigious award.

"Many dedicated Airmen deserve recognition for their efforts, and I am grateful to have supervisors and leaders who recognize what I have contributed to the team over this past year," Sergeant Hand said. "Without their guidance and direction, their mentorship and personal involvement, I would not have been able to perform to meet their high expectations."

Sergeant Hand went on to say it is his hope that he can foster the same type of growth in his subordinates and those he leads on a daily basis, setting an example of excellence and leadership for them to follow.

The 12th AF winners went on to compete at the Air Combat Command and Air Force level, where it was announced recently that Airman Culver had won at the Air Force level.
"We had many very competitive nominees in their respective fields and all should be commended for their exceptional achievements over the last year," said 552nd ACW Commander, Col. Jay Bickley. "I am extremely proud of each and every one of them."