NEWS | April 6, 2016

1 CTCS Airmen sweep MWOY awards

By Staff Sgt. Sean Martin

Three Airmen from the 1st Combat Camera Squadron, JB Charleston, S.C., won awards at the 6th Annual Military Women of the Year award ceremony on Feb. 25, at the Founders Hall at Charles Towne Landing.

Capt. Natassia Cherne, 1 CTCS assistant director of operations, Master Sgt. Luella DeLee, 1 CTCS flight chief, and Staff Sgt. Sandra Welch, 1 CTCS aerial combat photojournalist, were chosen from a group of 12 women across all branches of the Department of Defense and the National Guard. Each won an award in their respective military grade category.

The Women in Defense, Palmetto Chapter hosts the MWOY event annually to honor the women in the armed forces and to show gratitude for their service to the country.
"I was competing with people from the Coast Guard, Marines, Navy, Air Force, Reserves and National Guard in South Carolina," said Welch.

All three women were grateful the awards and were very thankful for the recognition.
"I was overwhelmed when I first found out that my leadership nominated me for this award and hearing my name called out as the winner sent chills down my spine," said Welch. "It was even more special having my mother there with me and seeing her face when my name was called. It was an honor and great feeling knowing that my leadership and squadron thought of and chose me to represent our squadron."

Although these awards only highlight one year of accomplishments, the hard work started for all three women the day they joined the military.

"Throughout every day and year of your career, you should always strive for and do the best you can," said DeLee. "It doesn't matter what your job may be, from a law enforcement officer to a military member. Always put 110% into that job and you will be rewarded."