Aug. 21, 2011
192nd Fighter Wing Youth of the Year honored as ANG winner, recognized at the Pentagon
By Staff Sgt. Meaghan E. Selki
192nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
ARLINGTON, Va. — Breanna Bowman, the 192nd Fighter Wing Youth of the Year, was honored as the Air National Guard Youth of the Year at the Pentagon Wednesday, Aug. 3. The Air Force award ceremony was hosted by Surgeon General of the Air Force Lt. Gen. Charles B. Green.
Virginia Air National Guard's Breanna Bowman was honored at the Pentagon Aug. 3 during the 2011 Air Force Youth of the Year Award Ceremony hosted by Lt. Gen. Charles B. Green, Surgeon General of the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Andy Morataya/Released)
After being selected as Youth of the Year for the 192nd FW, Breanna Bowman was selected as the Air National Guard Youth of the Year after competing against other youths from across the country.
"The Air National Guard Youth of the Year Award means a lot to me. I am very honored and proud that I was chosen to represent my MAJCOM. It's a big deal," said Bowman. She is the daughter of two 192nd Fighter Wing members at Joint Base Langley-Eustis: Capt. Pamela Garner, budget officer, and Chief Master Sgt. Angus Garner, quality assurance chief.
"When we were notified that Breanna was selected as the ANG Youth of the Year, I felt a great sense of reward for all the hard work and dedication she puts forward daily. She is a wonderful teenager that leads from the front of the pack. Without wearing the uniform, she truly exemplifies the Air Force Core values. Her winning this award is a monumental achievement, especially with the level of competition presented by the other Air National Guard units," said Chief Garner.
"We never imagined visiting the Pentagon to see our daughter receive an award. She was the first to not only to go to the Pentagon on orders, but the first in our family to receive a coin from Lt. Gen. Charles B. Green, Air Force Surgeon General; the Adjutant General of Virginia Maj. Gen. Daniel E. Long, Jr.; Maj. Gen. Hugh T. Broomall, Special Assistant to the Director, Air National Guard; and one from our very own 192nd Fighter Wing Commander, Col. Bryan K. Turner," said Capt. Garner. "This award helps to solidify that our parenting compass is pointed in the right direction."
Bowman currently attends Gloucester High School and maintains a 4.5 GPA. She served as freshman class president, captain of the varsity basketball team, and as a member of the cross country and junior varsity softball teams. Bowman is also a member of the debate team.
In her spare time, she volunteers with the Red Cross and recently assisted with the disaster team to serve victims affected by the tornados in Gloucester County, Va. Additionally, she volunteers at the Langley base hospital as well as the Airman and Family Youth Programs office for the wing. Bowman plans to attend Stanford University and study political science and law.
"The way I see it is, if I uphold the qualities now to such a high-caliber position then that only leads me to greater success in my future," said Bowman.