Annual Enlisted Awards Banquet March 30 in Dayton, Ohio

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  • By Kathleen A.K. Lopez
  • Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs
The stripes will shine clear and bright deep in the heart of Ohio March 30.

That's when Air Force Materiel Command will salute its top enlisted Airmen during the command's 2006 Annual Awards Banquet at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

"This is a superb opportunity to recognize the year-long efforts of our best and brightest Airmen, noncommissioned officers, senior NCOs and first sergeants from throughout AFMC," said Chief Master Sgt. Jonathan E. Hake, the command chief master sergeant for AFMC. "It also will identify the 'top four' (category winners) who will go on to represent AFMC in the United States Air Force Twelve Outstanding Airmen of the Year and First Sergeant of the Year competitions later in the year."

The theme of the banquet is "Inspired Airmen Achieving Excellence." A team of 15 committee members, led by Master Sgt. Dennis E. Douglas, banquet committee project officer, came up with the idea, as well as all other aspects of the evening, which will include a performance by the Air Force Band of Flight.

"We wanted to capture the essence of AFMC enlisted Airmen," said Sergeant Douglas, who also is the AFMC command chief executive assistant. "As America's warriors, our Airmen face many challenges - physical, social, emotional, spiritual - and yet, their integrity and commitment to excellence continues to soar. This theme perfectly captures their devotion to duty."

The banquet coincides with the spring AFMC Commanders' conference. Thus, commanders and directors from AFMC's centers, labs, wings, groups and squadrons will be present to cheer on their nominees. While nearly 300 people attended last year's event, Sergeant Douglas said both he and the banquet committee members hope to have many more attend this year.

Unlike previous years, reservations for the dinner will be accepted online only at , and must be made by March 22. The event begins with social hour at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. The awards ceremony will start at 8:30 p.m. Cost is $32 for club members, $34 for non-club members. Military dress is the mess dress or semi-formal uniform. For civilians, gentlemen are requested to be in a business suit, ladies an 'after-five' or cocktail dress. For questions, dial (937) 257-2723, or DSN 787-2723.