| USAF PA Communication Excellence Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 Air Force Public Affairs Communication Excellence Awards!
Individual Awards for Communication Excellence
Outstanding Communication Airman: SrA Benjamin N. Valmoja, 47th Flying
Training Wing Public Affairs, Laughlin AFB, Texas.
Staff Sergeant Christopher S. Frost Outstanding Communication
Noncommissioned Officer: TSgt Jeffrey P. Curtin, 1st Special Operations Wing
Public Affairs, Hurlburt Field, Fla.
Outstanding Communication Senior Noncommissioned Officer: MSgt David A.
Salanitri, Headquarters Air Force Space Command Public Affairs, Peterson
Airman 1st Class Darryl G. Winters Award for Combat Communication: SSgt
Nicholas M. Byers, 1st Combat Camera Squadron, Joint Base Charleston, S.C.
Capt. Bradley R. Schuldt Outstanding Communication Company Grade Officer:
Capt. Carrie J. Volpe, Secretary of the Air Force Office of Public Affairs,
Outstanding Communication Field Grade Officer: Maj. Phillip W. Ventura,
Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Public Affairs, Hickam AFB, Hawaii
Outstanding Communication Civilian Cat I: Ms. Dawne Nickerson-Banez,
436th Airlift Wing, Dover AFB, Del.
Outstanding Communication Civilian Cat II: Ms. Auburn N. Davis,
Headquarters U.S. Air Forces in Europe-Air Forces Africa Public Affairs,
Ramstein Air Base, Germany
Outstanding Communication Civilian Cat III: Ms. Rose M. Riley,
Headquarters Air Mobility Command Public Affairs, Scott AFB, Ill.
Best of the Best: MSgt David A. Salanitri, Headquarters Air Force Space
Command Public Affairs, Peterson AFB, Colo., is recognized as the
outstanding officer, enlisted or civilian member who best demonstrated
professional excellence and contributed significantly to the effectiveness
of the Air Force public affairs mission. This award is sponsored by the Air
Force Public Affairs Alumni Association.
The Air Force Public Affairs Directors Excellence Award team winners:
Brig Gen Harry J. Dalton, Jr., Award for the most effective unit-level
communication program: 51st Fighter Wing Public Affairs, Osan Air Base,
Korea. Small Team Members: Capt Carrie J. Volpe, 1Lt Jacqueline M.
Jastrzebski, TSgt Tinese R. Jackson, TSgt Benjamin Wiseman, SSgt Rachel M.
Maxwell, SSgt Benjamin A. Raughton, SrA Ashley Adkins, SrA Timothy D.
Dischinat, SrA Kelsey L. Tucker, A1C Ilyana A. Escalona
Maj Henry H. "Hap" Arnold Award for Public Affairs Communication
Effectiveness: 24th Special Operations Wing Public Affairs, Hurlburt Field,
Fla. Small Team Members: Lt Col Michael F. Wendelken, Capt Katrina J.
Cheesman, Capt Amanda M. Farr, Capt Nichole L. Ferrara, Capt Keavy L. Rake,
Capt Kyle B. Whittier, 1Lt Jaclyn N. Pienkowski, SSgt Ryan P. Conroy, SSgt
Benjamin A. Landon, Ms. Denise M. Burnham.
Best Crisis Communication: U.S. Air Force Academy Public Affairs, USAFA,
Colo. Small Team Members: Lt Col Timothy A. Herritage, Capt Matthew I.
Chism, MSgt Julius V. Delos Reyes, TSgt Tabitha M. Lee, TSgt Michael F.
Slater, SSgt Charles V. Rivezzo , Mr. Meade C. Warthen.
Best Innovation: 24th Air Force Public Affairs, Joint Base San
Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Small Team Members: Capt Lauren M. Woods, TSgt
Robert J. Biermann, Mr. Trevor J. Tiernan, Ms. Jessica A. Turner.
Congratulations to all our nominees and winners! It's an honor to serve with you and recognize the hard work accomplished and the excellence achieved every day by PA professionals across our Air Force. I also commend and thank the supervisors and commanders who support, encourage and recognize these exceptional Airmen.
EDWARD W. THOMAS, JR., Brig Gen, USAF
Director, Air Force Public Affairs
| SAF/PA Conference Room Dedicated
Air Force Public Affairs Alumni Association members were guests at the SAF/PA conference room dedication ceremony on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017 at the Pentagon. SAF/PA Director BGen Ed Thomas honored the association, "for its contributions to the construction, furnishing and decoration of this conference room." A plaque noting the Association's role is displayed in the new room.
Representing AFPAAA at the ceremony were former SAF/PA Director Mike McRaney, current Director, Defense Media Activity Ray Shepherd, AFPAAA Board Member Connie Custer, Membership Chair Neil Buttimer, SAF/PA Liaison Clem Gaines, plus Denny Gauci, John & Barb Kirkwood, Dave & Mary Shea, Donna Stratford, Prof. Vincent R. Tocci and Dan Wooley.