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AFNIC employees shine at regional awards event

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Fred Chambers, division chief for the Air Force Network Integration Center’s Plans and Programs Directorate, accepts the supervision individual category award from Mark McKinley, Greater St. Louis Federal Executive Board chair, on May 8. (Courtesy Photo)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Fred Chambers, division chief for the Air Force Network Integration Center’s Plans and Programs Directorate, accepts the supervision individual category award from Mark McKinley, Greater St. Louis Federal Executive Board chair, on May 8. (Courtesy Photo)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Ed Martinez, Information Security Specialist for the Air Force Network Integration Center, accepts the Community Service individual category award from Mark McKinley, Greater St. Louis Federal Executive Board chair, on May 8. (Courtesy Photo)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Ed Martinez, Information Security Specialist for the Air Force Network Integration Center, accepts the Community Service individual category award from Mark McKinley, Greater St. Louis Federal Executive Board chair, on May 8. (Courtesy Photo)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Paul Frazier, engineer for the Air Force Network Integration Center, accepts the Coalition Secure Network Integration team award from Mark McKinley, Greater St. Louis Federal Executive Board chair, on May 8. (Courtesy Photo)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. – Paul Frazier, engineer for the Air Force Network Integration Center, accepts the Coalition Secure Network Integration team award from Mark McKinley, Greater St. Louis Federal Executive Board chair, on May 8. (Courtesy Photo)

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- Members of the Air Force Network Integration Center team were recognized by the Greater St. Louis Federal Executive Board during the Excellence in Government Annual Awards Program on May 8.

This year's program, themed "America at Its Best," received more than 74 nominations for all the individual and team categories.

In the individual category, Ed Martinez, information security specialist, won the Community Service award for his countless hours of work with veterans, local youth groups, the O'Fallon-Shiloh Chamber of Commerce and supporting blood drives. His community work was praised by local community leaders, his organization, the media and the public.

"I was very humbled to win a volunteer award with such a large pool of people to compete against," said Martinez. "The Air Force had taught me the importance of volunteering in the community and that carried over into my civilian career."

Also, Fred Chambers, chief, integration division, won in the Supervision category for his work in improving the center's business processes and revolutionizing its Customer Relations Management and Continuous Process Improvement programs. His work was recognized as Air Force "best practices" during the Fall 2013 Air Force Space Command Inspector General's Unit Effectiveness Inspection.

"The gravity of this award goes to the exceptional team members I have working for me," said Chambers. "It's humbling to be a winner, but I'm even more humbled by the professional staff that achieves the greatest mission efficiency and effectiveness every day."

In the team category, the Coalition Secure Network Integration team won second place for the Professional Team award for their work in engineering network solutions which resulted in extended secure interoperability of information systems between the U.S. Air Force and Foreign Coalition forces. The team developed over 350 cross domain solutions that supported the Department of Defense and reduced mission risk, increased national defense, and enabled coalition information sharing around the world. Members of the team from AFNIC Network Architecture include: James Cropper, Lt. Col., Retired, USAF, team leader; Paul Frazier, engineer; Charles McWhorter, analyst; Thao McCleland, engineer; Walton Morton, analyst; and Lynne Kuykendall, analyst.

"I was speechless as the emcee announced the team's name as second place winner," said Paul Frazier, engineer. "All I could hear was the AFNIC fan club cheering and clapping; definitely one of the proudest moments in my 45-year career. I love this team that I work with!"

Each year, the Greater St. Louis Federal Executive Board honors the very best of 20,000 men and women in this region who serve our nation as government employees.

"It's an honor to see our AFNIC professionals awarded for their exceptional service and their positive impacts and contributions as public servants," said Col. Amy Arwood, AFNIC Commander.