Lawrence named Unit Career Advisor of the Year

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  • By Senior Airman Kayla McWalter
  • 157th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Paul Lawrence, 157th Security Forces Squadron craftsman, was named the New Hampshire Air National Guard Unit Career Advisor (UCA) of the Year during the security forces roll call, Jan. 2, 2016.

The award is presented yearly to a UCA that meets the criteria both in the individual's military role and in additional involvement.

"Flawlessly mentored squadron members towards their career development and life goals," wrote Maj. Jassen Bluto, who nominated Lawrence for the award.

Bluto added that he "implemented supervisory career counseling training and is a model for the wing to emulate."

Nominees are graded in three areas: leadership and job performance in the primary duty, significant self-improvement along with base and community involvement. 

Bluto highlighted Lawrence's hard work and achievements during his time in the organization as the UCA, including a week long combat readiness training in which he lead 16 Airmen, assisting multiple members in enrolling for higher education and ensured 100 percent squadron compliance with the completion of the career management  program.

"He holds strong credibility, exemplifies and epitomizes integrity," wrote Bluto in the nomination package.

Lawrence is currently working on his master's degree and continuously attends wing training to improve management skills.

"Highly dedicated noncommissioned officer with enthusiastically developed leadership skills," stated Bluto when describing Lawrence's continuous self-improvement, "he is an outstanding program manager!"

In addition to Lawrence's duties with the 157th Security Forces Squadron, he excels as the co-founder and philanthropist for Operation Stuffy, is a scholarship committee member along with raising money for multiple base and community events proving to be a "selfless volunteer," as stated by Bluto.  

Being awarded the UCA of the year for the 157th Air Refueling Wing now qualifies Lawrence to be in the running for UCA of the year nationwide.

The recipient for the National UCA of the year will be announced during the annual recruiting and retention seminar.