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Senior Airman Levi Ernst, 940th Security Force Squadron, accepts his Airman of the Year award from 940th Air Refueling Wing commander Col. Stephanie Williams and Command Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia at the “Star Awards” banquet here Feb. 10. Ernst will now be able to compete for command-level higher awards along with his other fellow winners. “We are in a boat, and we row it together to get to our destination,” said Williams. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Denise Hauser)

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Staff Sgt. Kurt Jones, 940th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, accepts his Noncommissioned Officer of the Year of the Year award from 940th Air Refueling Wing commander Col. Stephanie Williams and Command Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia at the “Star Awards” banquet here Feb. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Denise Hauser)

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Lt. Col. Eric Val Balen, 940th Security Forces Squadron commander, accepts his Field Grade Officer of the Year award from 940th Air Refueling Wing commander Col. Stephanie Williams and Command Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia at the “Star Awards” banquet here Feb. 10. Willams and Balen graduated together from the same flight at the Air Force Academy in 1991. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Denise Hauser)

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First Sgt. Russel Wooten, 940th Maintenance Group, accepts his First Sergeant of the Year award from 940th Air Refueling Wing commander Col. Stephanie Williams and Command Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia at the “Star Awards” banquet here Feb. 10. Wooten also sang the National Anthem for the ceremony with his acapella group Sweet Deliverance. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Denise Hauser)

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Capt. Christian Des Champs, 940th Civil Engineer Squadron commander, accepts his Company Grade Officer of the Year award from 940th Air Refueling Wing commander Col. Stephanie Williams and Command Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia at the “Star Awards” banquet here Feb. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Denise Hauser)

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Master Sgt. Jesse MacDonald, 940th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, accepts his Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year award from 940th Air Refueling Wing commander Col. Stephanie Williams and Command Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia at the “Star Awards” banquet here Feb. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Denise Hauser)

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Staff Sgt. Jody Flemming, 940th Maintenance Squadron, accepts his Civilian of the Year award from 940th Air Refueling Wing commander Col. Stephanie Williams and Command Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia at the “Star Awards” banquet here Feb. 10. Flemming is an Air Reserve Technician during the full-time work week for MXS, and a Reserve Citizen Airmen here on the Unit Training Assembly weekends. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Denise Hauser)

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, California --

Approximately 120 Reserve Citizen Airman from the 940th Air Refueling Wing attended the Annual “Star Awards” banquet here Feb. 10. This year’s theme centered around the latest Star Wars movie.

Each year the 940th ARW comes together to recognize outstanding performance and achievements of the Airmen in the wing.

“We are here for something bigger than ourselves. Take pride in that and in everything you do,” said 940th ARW commander Col. Stephanie Williams. “Each member of the unit has something important to bring to the table, each of you are an important member of the team. We are here tonight to recognize those who have gone above and beyond their call of duty to do something bigger than themselves.”

The winners of Airman of the Year for each category are:

Airman: Senior Airman Levi Ernst, Security Forces Squadron

Noncommissioned Officer: Staff Sgt. Kurt Jones, Aircraft Maintenance Squadron

Senior NCO: Master Sgt. Jesse MacDonald, AMXS

First Sgt.: Master Sgt. Russel Wooten, Maintenance Group

Company Grade Officer: Capt. Christian Des Champs, Civil Engineer Squadron

Field Grade Officer: Lt. Col. Eric Val Balen, Security Forces

Civilian: Mr. Jody Flemming, Maintenance Squadron

Award winners were honored with personalized eagle trophies at the wing level.  They will also be submitted for command level to compete for higher-level awards.

“This has been an outstanding evening,” said 940th ARW Command Chief, Chief Master Sgt. Carmen Madia. “These days we expect so much our Airmen and they always deliver.  Tonight it was remarkable to be able to give something back.”

Commanders, Chiefs, First Sergeants, Supervisors, Jedis, Wookies, Siths, family and friends all came together for an evening of fun, awards, laughter and memories.