Traditional member of the quarter named

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  • By Airman 1st Class Kayla McWalter
  • 157th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
Senior Airman Alex Waitner, 157th Operations Group combat crew communication specialist, was named the New Hampshire Air National Guard Traditional Guard Person of the Quarter during the Ops Group roll call here Aug. 2.

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

"Always professional, reliable for accurate information and has been excelling since he was hired," wrote Senior Master Sgt. Bruce Yelle, who nominated Waitner in the nomination form.

Yelle added that he has "impeccable work ethic, integrity and overall job performance."

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

Yelle highlighted Waitner's hard work and achievements during his time in the organization, including during a deployment overseas, which he volunteered for.

He deployed for more than two months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, as a subject matter expert as the only combat crew communication SME during a five day period to update systems downrange.

"Airman Waitner effectively trained the incoming shop supervisor who had never been to the deployment location before," Yelle wrote, who noted that this transition ensure mission effectiveness.

Outside of the Air National Guard, Waitner works fulltime as an accountant at Liberty Mutual Insurance Boston.

Among the many benefits of being selected for this award, Waitner will have access to a special parking spot, $50 from rotating donations from the Minuteman Fund, commanders, 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.