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Peterson Space Observer

AFSPC SNCO recognized as best in Air Force

by Tech. Sgt. Kevin Williams

Air Force Space Command Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — A senior noncommissioned officer assigned to Headquarters Air Force Space Command is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2010.

Senior Master Sgt. Sarah Sparks, Directorate of Logistics, Installations and Mission Support, command equipment manager, received the news last week from Gen. C. Robert Kehler, commander of AFSPC.

“I was totally surprised,” Sergeant Sparks said. “This is a huge honor and very humbling. It’s hard to wrap my fingers around it, but I am very proud to represent the command.”

Not wanting to take all the accolades for herself, she credits the support she receives from her coworkers, husband, Master Sgt. Sam Sparks, and their three sons Logan, Joaquin, and Isaiah.

Sergeant Sparks was selected based on superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements by an Air Force selection board that represents major commands, direct reporting units, field operating agencies and the Air Staff at the Air Force Personnel Center, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas.

As part of her recognition, Sergeant Sparks is authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year ribbon with the bronze service star device along with the Outstanding Airman of the Year Badge for one year from the date of formal presentation.

AFSPC’s Command Chief Master Sergeant Todd Small said the Air Force selection board had a tough time picking the winners, but ultimately made the right decision.

“Sergeant Sparks’ leadership and dedication led the way to this prestigious recognition,” Chief Small said. “Her performance raises the bar for our NCO corps and sets a clear example of ‘excellence in all we do.’ The competition was tough and even though we are surrounded by top-notch Airmen, she clearly deserves to be named among the very best in the Air Force. We are very proud of her.”

The Air Force Association will honor Sgt. Sparks and the other Outstanding Airmen of the Year during its Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition in Washington, D.C., this September. The Airmen will also serve as members of the AFA’s enlisted advisory council for the next year.

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