by Staff Sgt. Gregory Brook
42nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs
5/8/2014 - MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. -- Secretary
of the Air Force Deborah Lee James presented four Airmen with the 2014
Secretary of the Air Force Leadership Award, May 5, during ceremonies at
Air University schools here.
The award is the Air Force's most prestigious award for leadership
honoring exceptional performance in a professional military education
The award is presented annually to one student from Air War College, Air
Command and Staff College, Squadron Officer School and the Air Force
Senior NCO Academy.
The award recipients were Capt. Collin Christopherson, SOS, Maj. Houston
Hodgkinson, ACSC, and Senior Master Sgt. John Alsvig, SNCOA. (At the
request of AWC, the name of the their recipient will be released during
the school's graduation ceremony May 22.)
"It's an honor and a privilege to be able to present the Secretary of
the Air Force Leadership Award to each of the recipients, who not only
excelled academically but also displayed outstanding leadership
qualities that distinguished them from their peers," James said.
"As we become a smaller, but more capable and technologically advanced
force, educating Airmen becomes even more critical," she said. "We need
leaders who can effectively plan and execute strategies, leaders who can
help our Air Force deal with evolving conditions and emerging threats
as they develop."
She focused on the vital mission at AU, and the quality of the leaders it creates.
"Therefore, the success of our Air Force and our national security is
directly related to the quality of our people. It's tempting to focus on
the technology that surrounds us - the aircraft and the satellites,
state of the art communications and computer systems," James said. "But
regardless how advanced our systems and technology are, we will always
depend on the education, training, commitment and, ultimately, the
quality of our Airmen who operate and maintain these systems in support
of our nation's defense. Congratulations to each of the recipients for a
job well done."
The recipient from SNCOA received the award in absence, having already left the school to go back to Misawa Air Base, Japan.
"I'm still not sure how the choice was made with so many amazing SNCOs
in the running," Alsvig said. "This award is for my family, classmates
and teammates' sacrifices, not just from 2014 but from day zero of
coming into our Air Force. I am proud that the many years of service and
sacrifice has pinnacled with recognition like this. To have the
Honorable Deborah Lee James take the time to present this recognition
will be something I share with my family and wingmen for years to come."