Guardians of the Last Frontier recognize outstanding airmen

Release Number: 010417

4/14/2017 – EIELSON AIR FORCE BASE, Alaska – Two Airmen from the 168th Logistics Readiness Squadron, and one from the 213th Space Warning Squadron, Clear Air Force Station, Alaska, were named as the 168th Wing’s outstanding Airman, noncommissioned officer, and senior NCO of the quarter.  

Chief Master Sgt. James Wolverton, command chief, made the announcement through a wing-wide email.

“Please join me in congratulating these Airmen on their selection as the 168th Wing quarterly award winners,” said Wolverton. “and thank you to all of the supervisors and commanders who nominated their members.”

The selection process included meeting a formal selection board, typically staffed by senior NCOs, and the submission of a written nomination form that highlighted the leadership, job performance, self-improvement, and base or community involvement on each nominee.

The Airman of the Quarter is Senior Airman Erica Cassino, a material management journeyman assigned to the logistics squadron.

Cassino was nominated for her outstanding work performance, which included the expediting of more than $273,000 in parts and materials, tracking multiple assets that travelled as far south as Tennessee, and conducting inspections on equipment and resources that supported operations in Alaska and the Pacific theater.

During this same period Senior Airman Cassino completed 15 college credits, and coached a youth soccer team.

The NCO of the Quarter is Staff Sgt. Lawrence Salzman, a vehicle operations journeyman also assigned to the logistics squadron.

Salzman was selected for his work on improving the Online Vehicle Interactive Management System, where he incorporated additional delivery and support service options, and for supervising the timely delivery of more than 3,500 pounds of cargo.

Also a volunteer, Salzman provided transportation to youth from a local church, and is and active assistant youth instructor.

The Senior NCO of the Quarter is Master Sgt. Chadwick Petrie, a missile warning staff instructor assigned to the 213th Space Warning Squadron at Clear Air Force Station.

Petrie was nominated for fortifying the mission readiness of the missile warning crews by preparing six additional crew members for qualification training. In addition to this, he coordinated and updated higher headquarters operating instructions, critical elements for the U.S. Space Command mission at Clear.

Petrie was also recognized for his volunteer work with the wing recruiters during the Alaska Federation of Native Convention and Winter Expo.

Each of the winners will be formally recognized within their organizations, and will be presented a personalized ulu - an all-purpose Iñupiat (or Alaskan) knife, and a check from the 168th Top III Council.