June 21, 2011
Virginia Air Guard NCO selected as best aviation resource manager in Air Guard, Reserves
By Staff Sgt. Meaghan E. M. Selki
192nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs
JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. — After 32 years of dedicated service, the chief host aviation manager for the 149th Fighter Squadron was recognized as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Aviation Resource Management Professional of the Year, and subsequently received the Meritorious Service Medal Sunday, June 12.
After 32 years of dedicated service, Master Sgt. Mary I. Meyer, the chief host aviation manager for the 149th Fighter Squadron, was recognized as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Aviation Resource Management Professional of the Year, and subsequently received the Meritorious Service Medal Sunday, June 12. (Photo courtesy of 192nd FIghter Wing)
Master Sgt. Mary I. Meyer was submitted by her leadership team, where she competed against nominees from 88 flying wings across the Air National Guard. In addition to the Air National Guard award, Meyer was automatically submitted to compete in the Air Force Reserve Management Annual Awards where she was selected by Maj. Gen. Brett T. Williams, Air Force Director of Operations, as the Air Reserve Component, Aviation Resource Management Senior NCO of the year.
"It only took 30 years," she laughed. "It feels good that your superiors and peers think of you in that capacity to nominate you. It just means a lot to me," said Meyer.
Moments later, Meyer was also recognized with a Meritorious Service Medal for her accomplishments and contributions since 2009. Her cited successes included deployment time to Kadena Air Base, Japan, in support of Pacific Command theatre operations, as well as her dedicated support to the pilots of the 149th FS, ensuring they are always trained, medically qualified and mission-ready.
Meyer will begin terminal leave in July before her retirement, scheduled for October 1. She's already got extensive plans scheduled during her leave.
"I'll be taking a trip to Africa in August, visiting Kenya, Tanzania and the Island of Zanzibar for the chance to scuba dive in the Indian Ocean," said Meyer. "After that, I don't know what I'm going to do, but I'm happy."
As can be the case when considering retirement, Meyer said she almost retired about five times before she actually decided to go through with it.
"The people I work for, I have so much admiration and respect for them," she said. "It's what made me change my mind so many times. But once I made the final decision, it was easy to go with. I don't know what I'm going to do now, but I'm happy."