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SpOC announces Individual Functional Awards winners for 2020

By 1st Lieutenant Rachel Brinegar | Space Operations Command Public Affairs, Space Operations Command

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — Space Operations Command, U.S. Space Force’s first field command, announced the SpOC Individual Functional Awards winners for 2020.

“Space Operations Command is the warfighting element of the U.S. Space Force and the service component to U.S. Space Command,” said Chief Master Sgt. John Bentivegna, SpOC senior enlisted leader. “We wanted awards specific to the spacepower disciplines to highlight our space warfighters and the hard work they do every day in critical positions.”

The functional award categories fall in line with the spacepower disciplines within the U.S. Space Force’s Space Capstone Publication, Spacepower: Doctrine for Space Forces.

“We have gone through a lot of changes within the Space Force and SpOC this past year,” said Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting, SpOC commander. “Throughout all these changes, our Guardians and Airmen were accomplishing the mission and deserve the recognition.”

SpOC Functional Award Winners

Orbital Warfare Operator of the Year Award

CGO: Capt. John B. Stryker, Space Delta 9 – Orbital Warfare, Schriever Air Force Base, Colo.

SNCO: Master Sgt. Joshua W. Gutierrez, DEL 8 – Satellite Communications & Navigational Warfare, Schriever AFB, Colo.

NCO: Sgt. Evan M. Wood, DEL 9 – OW, Schriever AFB, Colo.

SPEC: Senior Airman Chloe N. Doss, DEL 4 – Missile Warning, Buckley Air Force Base, Colo.

Space Battle Management Operator of the Year Award

CGO: Capt. Erin N. Brown, DEL 7 – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, Buckley AFB, Colo.

SNCO: Master Sgt. Kevin R. Carpenter, DEL 4 – MW, Buckley AFB, Colo.

NCO: Sgt. Matthew T. Holmes, DEL 4 – MW, Buckley AFB, Colo.

SPEC: Spec. 4 Chanel A. Robbs, DEL 2 – Space Domain Awareness, Dahlgren, Va.

Space Electronic Warfare Operator of the Year Award

CGO: 1st Lt. Dan Sutton, DEL 3 – Space Electronic Warfare, Peterson AFB, Colo.

SNCO: Master Sgt. John M. Schlichter III, Space Training and Readiness Delta (Provisional), Schriever AFB, Colo.

NCO: Tech. Sgt. Bryan W. Holland, DEL 3 – SEW, Peterson AFB, Colo.

SPEC: Spec. 4 Allison E. Sheely, DEL 3 – SEW, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Space Access and Sustainment Operator of the Year Award

CGO: Capt. Amolkumar G. Rathod, DEL 6 – Cyber Operations, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

SNCO: Master Sgt. Kion F. Shaw, 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

SpOC Military Intelligence Analyst of the Year Award

CGO: Capt. Ashley M. Reed, 72nd ISR Squadron, Detachment 7, Peterson AFB, Colo.

SNCO: Master Sgt. Michelle L. Lowery, 73rd ISR Squadron, Det 6, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

NCO: Tech. Sgt. Emily R. Fehrenbach, 72nd ISR Squadron, Peterson AFB, Colo.

SPEC: Senior Airman Kelby N. Gray, 71st ISR Squadron, Det 3, Peterson AFB, Colo.

Evaluator of the Year Award

CGO: Capt. Nicholas J. Ruiz, DEL 9 – OW, Schriever AFB, Colo.

NCO: Tech. Sgt. Dale W. Duxbury, DEL 9 – OW, Schriever AFB, Colo.

SPEC: Spec. 4 Alexander G. Macejewski, DEL 5 – Command and Control, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

Instructor of the Year Award

CGO: Capt. David H. Kessler II, DEL 9 – OW, Schriever AFB, Colo.

SNCO: Master Sgt. Lynette M. Calleiro, DEL 5 – C2, Vandenberg AFB, Calif.

NCO: Sgt. Roberto C. Hero, STAR DEL (P), Nellis AFB, NV

SPEC: Spec. 4 Htein W. Naing, DEL 8 – SATCOM & NAVWAR, Schriever AFB, Colo.

SpOC announces Individual Functional Awards winners for 2020
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