February 18, 2004

Air Guard names top enlisted personnel

The Virginia Air National Guard recently selected its top enlisted personnel for 2003. Earning the VaANG Outstanding Airman of the Year title was Senior Airman Fallon McNeil, a member of the 192nd Fighter Wing. Both the VaANG Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer of the Year and overall Outstanding Virginia Guardsman of the Year titles went to Tech Sgt. Scott Morrill, 203rd RED HORSE Flight.  Master Sgt. Stephen Elliot, 203rd RED HORSE Flight, took the VaANG Outstanding Senior NCO of the Year honors.

Senior Airman Fallon McNeil

"Each year we take the opportunity to recognize those individuals that have exhibited the highest levels of airmanship, job knowledge and leadership," said Chief Master Sgt. John Iorio, Command Chief Master Sergeant for Joint Forces Headquarters Virginia (Air Component). "These are people who exemplify our [Air Force] core values."

The recipients of this year's VaANG Outstanding Airman, NCO and Senior NCO honors were chosen by a Headquarters board that convened in December 2003. The board of officers and senior enlisted members were "extremely impressed" with the caliber of all the candidates. The individuals who went before the Headquarters selection board had already been chosen as the best airmen, NCOs and senior NCOs of their respective units.

McNeil is an enthusiastic member of the 192nd Military Personnel Flight. She helped in the processing of more than 50 awards and decorations for unit members activated for Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. She is a member of the Student Flight Development Program Planning Team and a member of the Commander's Dress and Personal Appearance Advisory Board. In addition to her military duties, McNeil is pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration, is a blood donor and raises money for cancer research by participating in "Relay for Life" events.

Tech Sgt. Scott Morrill

Morrill is a highly knowledgeable, professional structures craftsman, and Team Leader of the 203rd Cantonments Structural Shop. During his 2003 deployment to Southwest Asia, Morrill helped construct a taxiway valued at $15 million. As Structural Supervisor, he led his crew through the successful completion of multiple mission-essential facilities and systems, and as CE Operation Superintendent, he was responsible for maintaining and repairing all U.S. equipment and facilities for a 1,900-person base. His additional duties include: Honor Guard; Morale, Welfare and Recreation representative; and member of the Unit's Retention Board. He is active in his church and coaches little league baseball.

Elliott, superintendent of the 203rd Airfields Shop, is an exceptionally knowledgeable pavement/construction professional and supervisor of the 40 people in his shop. While deployed with his unit to SWA during 2003, he helped construct a 500 seat, 10,000 square-foot theater, which greatly improved the quality of life for thousands of deployed U.S. military people. He was a key member of his unit's advance team to SWA, and was responsible for planning the work, obtaining the required materials, and receiving the troops.

Master Sgt. Stephen Elliott

He oversaw the excavation of over 500 cubic yards of rock for the building's foundation and directed the assembly of the structural steel and metal roofing and siding for the facility -- the largest vertical accomplishment of any RED HORSE team. Before deployment, an internal Unit Compliance Inspection review of his shop showed that it met or exceeded all Air Force standards. He is very active in his church, where he is a deacon and Sunday-School superintendent.

"Congratulations go out to each of Virginia's outstanding airmen. They are motivated, energetic individuals who are constantly working to make things better, within their unit and their community," Iorio said.

"All of the candidates were outstanding and each one of them should be proud. The competition was very keen and the board felt each candidate did a great job of representing his or her unit," Iorio added, "making the board's job very difficult."

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