September 24, 2008

Air Guard imagery analyst among top in field

By Lt. Col. Deb Magaldi
Virginia Air Guard Public Affairs

Staff Sgt. Jennilee Gergets was recognized this summer as the 2007 Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconaissance Award Program Outstanding Reserve Duty Intelligence Airman of the Year Level II.(Photo by Master Sgt. Carlos Claudio, 192nd Fighter Wing)

LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Va. — Recently promoted Staff Sgt. Jennilee Gergets, 192nd Intelligence Squadron, was recognized this summer as the 2007 Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconaissance Award Program Outstanding Reserve Duty Intelligence Airman of the Year Level II.

The Virginia Air National Guard member was born in Des Moines, Iowa. While Gergets was young her family moved to Illinois, where she graduated from high school in May 2003. She married high school sweetheart Michael Gergets (on active duty at Langley AFB), and in October 2003 she entered the Air Force. After attending technical training at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, she was assigned to the 30th Intelligence Squadron at Langley AFB, Va., where she worked as an Imagery Analyst in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.

After separating from active duty in 2006, she enlisted in the Virginia Air National Guard as a traditional guard member as an Imagery Analyst with Detachment 2 of the 192nd Fighter Wing also stationed at Langley AFB.

After taking a few months away from work late in 2006, to be with her newborn daughter, Gergets went on active duty orders in February 2007 and for several months was the 192nd Intel. Squadron’s first and only full time Mission Examiner. In August 2007 she competed for and was selected to fill an Intelligence Operations Specialist position with the 192nd IS.

According to the award citation, Gergets “initiated the systems, processes and procedures that ensured direct war fighting capabilities of all 192nd IS multi-intelligence personnel. Her significant contributions have been vital to the success of the 192nd IS during its structured growth from a detachment of 16 members to a squadron of 100. She managed the standardization of training and evaluation documents for all 192nd IS operations.”

Gergets is a certified Imagery Analyst, Screener, Imagery Report Editor and Imagery Mission Supervisor and an Instructor Rated Operator, helping to train new imagery analysts. Her 192nd IS position has integrated with the 497th Intelligence Group’s Standardization and Evaluation shop where she now works to certify imagery mission personnel after they complete their training.

She analyzes imagery from U-2, Global Hawk and Predator aircraft and helps train and certify imagery analysts supporting contingencies around the world.

“Receiving this award has been very exciting and a little overwhelming,” Gergets said. “I’m so glad I did this; I really love my work.”

She and fellow award recipients were recognized over two days of mentoring activities and an awards luncheon in the Washington, D.C. area in June.

The Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Awards Program is conducted annually to recognize outstanding performance by military and civilian members and units who hold ISR specialties or contribute to the mission of the ISR force. In selecting this year’s winners, the awards board reviewed more than 240 nominations from 23 organizations. In a message announcing the winners, the board described the caliber of nominees as “extremely high” and the competition as “keen in all categories.”

Gergets was initially selected as top in her peer group within the 497th Intel. Group and the 480th Intel. Wing at Langley early this year. She was nominated for the Air Force level recognition after being named both the 8th Air Force and Air Combat Command Outstanding Air Reserve Component Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance Airman of the Year.

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