Senior Master Sgt. Ernesto Rendon Jr.
Duty title: Air Freight Superintendent
Unit: 62nd Aerial Port Squadron, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.
Hometown: Weslaco, Texas
Highlights: Rendon pushed his wing to the highest nuclear inspection rating as he coordinated the movement of 1,200 pieces of cargo and four tons of nuclear assets on four aircraft. In less than 96 hours he directed the delivery of 74 utility vehicles and 474 tons of cargo during Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. He also advanced aircrew training where he led the upload of 20 platforms on 10 aircraft and qualified 50 aircrews. He further supported the men and women of the 62nd Maintenance Squadron as a first sergeant where he flawlessly managed a crisis for a deployed Airman's family and provided calming leadership to 418 Airmen during a post-suicide response.
Senior Airman Casey Anderson
Duty title: Mental Health Technician
Organization: 59th Mental Health Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas
Hometown: New Brighton, Pa.
Highlights: Anderson bolstered Air Force readiness by briefing 68 suicide prevention classes, conducting 985 post traumatic stress disorder assessments, and processing 5,000 mental health consultations during 2012. The Air Force Medical Operations Agency handpicked her to serve as the brain study site officer in a program that is saving the Department of Defense$66 million. Anderson also prepared 400 Airmen for deployment by conducting pre-deployment stress management briefings, and trained 80 medics on traumatic stress prevention. She further educated 2,000 Airmen on the effects of alcohol, which dropped alcohol incidents at her base by 55 percent the following quarter.
Senior Airman Joseph Senteno
Duty title: Budget Technician
Unit: 2nd Comptroller Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La.
Hometown: Carlsbad, Calif.
Highlights: Senteno oversaw a $9.2 million budget and executed more than $129 million in Air Force funds as a budget technician in Air Force Global Strike Command during 2012. During this time, recaptured more than $13 million of over-estimated costs to return buying power to his wing and developed a detailed balance tracker for all financial obligations, which became a benchmark for the command. He processed 176 financial documents worth $18 million and made funding available ahead of schedule for security forces and Airmen Leadership School upgrades. He also demonstrated financial stewardship by identifying and correcting $52,000 in financial transaction errors to ensure Air Force funds were in the appropriate funding stream.
Senior Airman Steven Hedgepeth
Duty title: Contracting Specialist