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NEWS | March 12, 2024

628th Air Base Wing commemorates 2023 achievements at annual awards ceremony

By Senior Airman Christian Silvera, 628th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

The 628th Air Base Wing recognized the top performers of 2023 during a ceremony on base, Feb. 9, 2024.

628th ABW leadership recognized the accomplishments in numerous categories to include enlisted Airmen, Sailors, officers, civilians, and teams. 

“You guys are an amazing team,” Col. Michael Freeman, 628th ABW and Joint Base Charleston commander, said. “I could not be more proud of all the award winners and to lead this team.”

“Supervisors, first sergeants, and commanders, thank you for what you do,” Chief Master Sgt. David Snarr, 628th ABW and JB Charleston command chief, said. “To the annual award winners and nominees, thank you and congratulations.”


The winners of the 2023 628th ABW Annual Awards are:

Airman of the Year: Senior Airman Blake Hinkson, 628th Comptroller Squadron

Non-Commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year: Tech Sgt. Robert Paquette II, 628th Communications Squadron

Senior NCO of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Garces, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron

Company Grade Officer of the Year: Capt. Marissa Jacobs-Hofmann, 628th Healthcare Operations Squadron

Field Grade Officer of the Year: Maj. Emily Smith, 628th Force Support Squadron

Civilian Category I of the Year: Mr. Jeremy Blanding, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron

Civilian Category II of the Year: Ms. Kelly Younger, 628th Medical Group

Civilian Category III of the Year: Mr. Salvatore Randazzo, 628th Civil Engineer Squadron

Honor Guardsman of the Year: Senior Airman Brookelyn Jarvis, 628th Security Forces Squadron

Team of the Year: 628th Fuels Management Flight

Volunteer of the Year: Staff Sgt. Mariah Scott, 628th Medical Group

Key Spouse of the Year: Mrs. Alyssa Cortellino, 628th Force Support Squadron

First Sergeant of the Year: Master Sgt. John Plumley, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron