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'Fight Through' appropriate theme for 2020 37th TRW annual awards

The 37th TRW annual awards ceremony was held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021.

Some of the 37th Training Wing’s 2020 annual award winners stand with wing leadership at the ceremony held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021. Col. Megan Schafer, 37th TRW vice commander, is at far left. Second from right is Chief Master Sgt. Stefan Blazier, former 37th TRW command chief and now chief of Enlisted Force Development at the Pentagon. At far right is Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The 37th TRW annual awards ceremony was held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021.

David Cranek, 737th Training Support Squadron, is presented the 2020 Civilian Supervisory, Category III, award by Col. Megan Schafer, 37th Training Wing vice commander, at the 37th TRW annual awards ceremony, held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021. At right is Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The 37th TRW annual awards ceremony was held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021.

Arthur Hosley, 332nd Training Squadron, recipient of the 2020 Civilian Supervisory, Category II, award, stands with Col. Megan Schafer, 37th Training Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief, at the 37th TRW annual awards ceremony, held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The 37th TRW annual awards ceremony was held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021.

Lt. Col. Damien Williams, 37th Training Group deputy commander, accepts the 2020 Civilian Non-Supervisory, Category II, award on behalf of Sonija E. Hauger, 345th Training Squadron (shown on screen), at the 37th Training Wing annual awards ceremony, held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021. Williams also accepted the awards on behalf of Dale A. Blake, 345th TRS, Civilian Non-Supervisory, Category III, winner; and Robert Haines, 344th TRS, Det. 1, Civilian Supervisory, Category I, winner. At left is Col. Megan Schafer, 37th TRW vice commander, and at right, Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The 37th TRW annual awards ceremony was held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021.

Jodie N. Wall, 322nd Training Squadron, accepts the 2020 Civilian Non-Supervisory, Category I, award from Col. Megan Schafer, 37th Training Wing vice commander, at the 37th TRW annual awards ceremony, held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021. At right is Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The 37th TRW annual awards ceremony was held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021.

Maj. Gloria Sanchez, 637th Training Group, accepts the 2020 Field Grade Officer of the Year award from Col. Megan Schafer, 37th Training Wing vice commander, at the 37th TRW annual awards ceremony, held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021. At right is Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The 37th TRW annual awards ceremony was held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021.

Senior Master Sgt. Joseph M. Clifford, 321st Training Squadron, accepts the 2020 First Sergeant of the Year award from Col. Megan Schafer, 37th Training Wing vice commander, at the 37th TRW annual awards ceremony, held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021. At right is Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The 37th TRW annual awards ceremony was held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021.

Tech. Sgt. Jonathan L. Avila, Inter-American Air Forces Academy, accepts the 2020 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year award from Col. Megan Schafer, 37th Training Wing vice commander, at the 37th TRW annual awards ceremony, held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021. At right is Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The 37th TRW annual awards ceremony was held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021.

Senior Airman Kaitlyn L. Kennedy, 320th Training Squadron, accepts the 2020 Junior Enlisted Airman of the Year award from Col. Megan Schafer, 37th Training Wing vice commander, at the 37th TRW annual awards ceremony, held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021. At right is Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

The 37th TRW annual awards ceremony was held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021.
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Lt. Col. Cheo Stallworth, 737th Training Support Squadron commander, accepts the 2020 Company Grade Officer of the Year award on behalf of Capt. Tho K. Dang, 737th TRSS, from Col. Megan Schafer, 37th Training Wing vice commander, at the 37th TRW annual awards ceremony, held at the IAAFA auditorium, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas, March 5, 2021. Stallworth also accepted on behalf of Master Sgt. Lionel G. Garcia, 737th TRSS, recipient of the Senior NCO of Year award. At right is Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- The 37th Training Wing annual awards for 2020 took place March 5, 2021, after Winter Storm Uri forced a two-week delay of the ceremony. The ceremony – part virtual and part in-person – had the appropriate theme of “Fight Through.”

Col. Megan Schafer, 37th TRW vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Gregory F. Butcher, Jr., interim 37th TRW command chief, presented the awards to the winners in 12 categories. The guest speaker was Chief Master Sgt. Stefan Blazier, previous 37th TRW command chief and now chief of Enlisted Force Development for the Air Force at the Pentagon.

Blazier said 2020 was “the year of the Warhawk,” and that the 37th TRW made it look easy despite the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19.

That experience “is something I take with me every day forward,” Blazier said.

Earlier in the week, the nominees attended one of three professional development seminars: Junior enlisted and noncommissioned officers; Senior NCOs, first sergeants, and company and field grade officers; and civilians.

Congratulations to the winners:

Junior Enlisted:  Senior Airman Kaitlyn L. Kennedy, 320th Training Squadron

Noncommissioned Officer:  Tech. Sgt. Jonathan L. Avila, Inter-American Air Forces Academy

Senior NCO:  Master Sgt. Lionel G. Garcia, 737th Training Support Squadron

First Sergeant:  Senior Master Sgt. Joseph M. Clifford, 321st TRS

Company Grade Officer:  Capt. Tho K. Dang, 737th TRSS

Field Grade Officer:  Maj. Gloria Sanchez, 637th Training Group

Civilian Non-Supervisory, Category I:  Jodie N. Wall, 322nd TRS

Civilian Non-Supervisory, Category II:  Sonija E. Hauger, 345th TRS

Civilian Non-Supervisory, Category III:  Dale A. Blake, 345th TRS

Civilian Supervisory, Category I:  Robert Haines, 344th TRS, Det. 1

Civilian Supervisory, Category II:  Arthur Hosley, 332nd TRS

Civilian Supervisory, Category III:  David A. Cranek, 737th TRSS

All the nominees and their groups are as follows:

Junior Enlisted
Senior Airman Brittany Adams, Wing Staff Agency
Senior Airman Kaitlyn Kennedy, 737th Training Group
Senior Airman Adam Luszczak, IAAFA
Senior Airman Lamar Rucker, 37th Training Group

Noncommissioned Officer
Tech. Sgt. Jonathan Avila, IAAFA
Tech. Sgt.  Kendell Grant, Defense Language Institute English Language Center
Tech. Sgt. Jarid Hasty-Milton, 737th TRG
Tech. Sgt. Brianna Olson, 37th TRG
Tech. Sgt. Ryan Shepherd, WSA

Senior NCO/First Sergeant
Master Sgt. Shawntai Bonilla, 37th TRG
Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Clifford, 737th TRG
Master Sgt. Juan De La Rosa, IAAFA
Master Sgt. Johnathan Elzie, DLIELC
Master Sgt. Lionel Garcia, 737th TRG
Master Sgt. Daniel Mason, DLIELC
Master Sgt. Cristofer Mercado, WSA
Master Sgt. Jonathan Rockwell, 37th TRG
Master Sgt. Keyla Watt, IAAFA

Company Grade Officer
Capt. Tho Dang, 737th TRG
Capt. Marissa Gaytan, IAAFA
Capt. Jared Hafich, 37th TRG
Capt. Richard Rodriguez Marquez, WSA
Capt. Anthony Rowe, DLIELC

Field Grade Officer
Lt. Col. Carlos Hernandez, IAAFA
Maj. Brandon Kalski, 737th TRG
Maj. Thomas Matechik, 37th TRG
Maj. Gloria Sanchez, DLIELC

Civilian
Manuel Aranda, IAAFA
Amber Bayne, DLIELC
Dale Blake, 37th TRG
Sarah Buker, WSA
Rhonda Clayton-Ravenel, 37th TRG
David Cranek, 737th TRG
Andrew Dempster, DLIELC
Robert Haines, 37th TRG
Sonija Hauger, 37th TRG
Lisa Hima, DLIELC
Arthur Hosley, DLIELC
Edwin Jose, 37th TRG
Catherine Post, DLIELC
Jodie Wall, 737th TRG
Britney Warwick, WSA
Kelli Williams, 737th TRG