Traditional member of the quarter named

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

Tech Sgt. Corey Sheckler, 157th Security Forces Fire team leader and Honor Guard member, was named the New Hampshire Air National Guard Traditional Guard Person of the Quarter during the 157 SFS roll call, Jan. 2, 2016.

The award is presented quarterly to a traditional guardsman that meets the criteria both in the individual's military role and in civilian life.

"A standout member with fortitude to accomplish any tasks assigned while setting the standard for others to follow," wrote Chief Master Sgt. Donald Souron, who nominated Sheckler for the award.

Souron added that he has "the highest degree of military bearing and knowledge of mission requirements."

Nominees are graded in six areas: Work ethic, integrity and overall job performance, leadership and dependability, community involvement, customer focus, team player and appearance.

Souron highlighted Sheckler's hard work and achievements during his time in the organization, including volunteering for a deployment to United Arab Emirates.

When an injury to a fellow Airman compromised the squadron's ability to support a world wide deployment it was Sheckler that went above and beyond and volunteered to deploy in place.
Tech Sgt. Sheckler served as the Quick Reaction Force commander during the final field training exercise before deploying.
"He was selected among many qualified noncommissioned officers and it was his leadership that ensured mission effectiveness," wrote Souron in the nomination package.

In addition to Sheckler's duties with the 157 SFS, he excels as a member of the 157 Air Refueling Wing honor guard team. He has conducted 21 funerals while preparing to deploy overseas and volunteering time with the Civil Air Patrol program.
Sheckler exemplifies being a team player as well as being heavily involved with his community, Souron notes in his nomination, "Sheckler assists fellow airman reaching their civilian educational goals, manifests outstanding fellowship and embodies continuous improvement."  

Among the many benefits of being selected for this award, Sheckler will have access to a special parking spot, $50 from rotating donations from the Minuteman Fund, Air Force Sergeant Association and Chief's Group. Winners will also receive a polo shirt and a certificate or plaque.

All quarterly award winners will then be candidates for the Annual Bush Award that recognizes the outstanding guard member of the year.

For those interested in submitting an enlisted traditional member are asked to contact Master Sgt. Dan Pollard.

The Retention Office Manager will post nomination forms in public folders the month prior to the end of the quarter. Commanders, first sergeants and supervisors will also distribute through email.

For further information on this recognition program, contact Pollard at 603-430-3507.