Alaska USA honors Alaska’s military with 25th annual military appreciation breakfast
Friday, March 20, 2020
Sergeant (E-5) Lawrence C. Davis; Alaska Soldier of the Year, United States Army
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Sergeant Lawrence C. Davis is a Geospatial Engineer assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division. As a Geospatial Engineer, he is responsible for helping commanders see the battlefield by taking geospatial data and compiling it into 2D and 3D maps. This geographic data is extracted from satellite imagery and aerial photography and represents the terrain and its possible effects. He attributes his success to his attentive and knowledgeable seniors.
Sergeant Davis was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Ferris High School in Dallas, TX. After graduating high school with honors, he attended Stephen F. Austin State University where he graduated with his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre. Upon hearing the call to serve, he enlisted in the U.S. Army in November of 2016. Since being assigned to Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, he advanced far enough to win the USARAK Soldier of the Year (FY 19). Sergeant Davis was recently accepted to U.S. Army Officer Candidate School and is currently awaiting a class date.
Specialist (E-4) Logan J. Smith; Alaska Army Reservist of the Year, United States Army
297th Engineering Company Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Specialist Logan J. Smith is a Horizontal Construction Engineer and Crane Operator assigned to the 297th Engineer Company, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. As an Engineer, he is responsible for the construction of roads, runways, building pads, and defensive emplacements to provide Mobility, Counter-Mobility, and Survivability to US Army assets. As a crane operator, he is responsible for the safe operation of the mobile crane in both garrison and tactical environments. Specialist Smith is also currently taking courses to gain an additional specialty as Technical Engineer, making him responsible for field surveying and developing construction drafts.
Specialist Smith was born in Anchorage, Alaska and attended West Anchorage High School. He was involved in the Air Force JROTC Program, as well as being an Eagle Scout. He joined the US Army Reserve in order to learn how to operate heavy equipment.
Sergeant (E-5) Daniel A. Arziga; Alaska Marine of the Year, United States Marine Corps
Military Police Company D, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion Inspector Instructor Staff, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Sergeant Daniel A. Arziga is an Administrative Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, Substance Abuse Control Officer, and Vehicle Control Officer, assigned to Detachment Delta Company, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. As an Administrative NCOIC, he is responsible for the completion, and quality of all the administrative tasks that are required within the command, to include legal admin, ensuring everything is in compliance with Marine Corps Administrative Analysis Team, Force Readiness Assessment and Assistance Program, Command General Inspection, keeping the unit in a mission capable status. As a Substance Abuse Control Officer, he is responsible for combating the debilitating threat posed by alcohol, and drug abuse within the command. Acts of use, possession, trafficking, or distribution of illegal/illicit drugs or drug paraphernalia are not tolerated, protecting the title that every Marine has earned, and keeping the command in good standing with a “fight tonight” mindset. As the Vehicle Control Officer, he serves as the liaison between the base and Marine Corps commands that execute training on JBER, ensuring mission capability by providing vehicle support transportation within cost effective means.
Lance Corporal (E-4) Benjamin D. Dillow; Alaska Marine Reservist of the Year, United States Marine Corps
Military Police Company D, 4th Law Enforcement Battalion Force Headquarters Group, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Lance Corporal Dillow was born in Kennewick, Washington on 12 October 1996. He enlisted in the Marine Corps Reserves at the age of 21. He arrived at MCRD San Diego on December 11th.
Following Recruit Training, Private Dillow reported to Marine Combat Training at Camp Pendleton, California, where he was made a squad leader, and completed the training required to become a basically trained Rifleman.
After attending Marine Combat Training, Private Dillow reported to Military Police Instruction Company, Marine Corps Detachment Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Private Dillow was a squad leader of class 7- 18, during which he was promoted to Private First Class. Private First Class Dillow graduated from Military Police Instruction Company earning the MOS of 5811 on 21 August 2018.
Following completion of Military Police Basic School, Private First Class Dillow reported to Delta Company, Fourth Law Enforcement Battalion, in Anchorage Alaska. On behalf of the Alaska Toys for Tots coordinator, Lance Corporal Dillow received a Letter of Appreciation for the 50 hours he dedicated and his outstanding effort to support the campaign in 2018. Private First Class Dillow was promoted to the rank of Lance Corporal, and earned the billet of �re team leader in February 2019. Lance Corporal Dillow assisted in the efforts ITX 2018 in Twenty Nine Palms California, as a �re team leader. He was then voted the 2019 Marine of the year for Detachment Delta by his unit, for which he was presented the Arctic War Hammer award.
Petty Officer 2nd Class (E-5) Erika D. Swan; Alaska Sailor of the Year, United States Navy
Hospital Corpsman Second Class, Navy Operational Support Center Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Hospital Corpsman Second Class Swan is a Medical Department Representative and Mobilization Coordinator assigned to the Navy Operational Support Center at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Petty Officer Swan provides support to 79 Sailors to ensure a mobilization ready force, and is instrumental in helping her department achieve recognition as one of the best Medial Departments in the Northwest region. She increases mobilization readiness by administering immunizations, phlebotomies, and reviewing medical records for the Sailors of JBER, and has worked alongside joint forces to assist in increasing Medical Readiness for Marines. In addition to the meticulous care she provides to Sailors and Marines, Petty Officer Swan works to train personnel in Sexual Assault Prevention and Response resources, as well as Suicide Prevention. Petty Officer Swan is the recipient of two Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.
Petty Officer 2nd Class (E-5) Ronie Marc R. Salvador; Alaska Navy Reservist of the Year, United States Navy
Hospital Corpsman Second Class, Navy Operational Support Center Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Petty Officer Second Class Ronie Marc R. Salvador is a Hospital Corpsman (HM) and Dental Technologist assigned to Operational Health Support Unit Navy Operational Support Center, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska and cross-assigned to Navy Medicine West Expeditionary Medical Facility Camp Pendleton, California. HM2 Salvador provides world-class effective and efficient healthcare services to his local unit and cross assigned unit supporting the Navy Reserves Mission ensuring sailors are in a ready-deployable status in a moment’s notice. HM2 is also responsible for tracking his Unit’s healthcare training and administrative requirements, ready to provide critical mission support aboard ship, in the air, under the sea and on the battlefield.
HM2 Salvador was born and raised in Tarlac, Philippines then moved to the United States in 2013 and fell in love with Alaska since. Enlisted with the Navy Reserves in 2015 and graduated Hospital Corpsman School and Dental Assisting School with Honors in Fort Sam Houston, Texas the same year then came back to Alaska as a Reservist. In 2018 HM2 decided that he wanted to go on a deployment and went to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for 10 months and worked as a dental assistant and got certified as Dental Prophylaxis tech. He then realized that he wanted to further his education and continues to pursue Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene at University of Alaska Anchorage and plans to stay in the Navy Reserves as long as he can to help out sailors and also support Navy Medicine Worldwide.
Senior Airman (E-4) Hope E. Cuevas; Alaska Airman of the Year, United States Air Force
673d Medical Support Squadron Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Senior Airman Hope E. Cuevas is a Medical Logistician at the 673d Medical Support Squadron, DOD-VA
Joint Venture Hospital at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska. In this role, she provides support to a 55-bed Joint Venture facility with 39 clinics, 8 operating rooms, and 4 inpatient units supporting 1,300 medical personnel and 159,000 beneficiaries. She works in the Medical Equipment Management Office where she is responsible for managing 95 medical equipment accounts worth $53 million and 2 government purchase card programs. What’s more, she was in charge of validating 44 annual equipment requirements and organizing the Equipment Review Authorization Activity boards to secure $3.3 million in procurement funds. Additionally, Airman Cuevas is part of the Base Honor Guard program where she epitomized military tradition by honoring 23 veterans and families with color guard, retirements and funerals. She also serves as her organization’s Physical Training Leader where she leads weekly fitness and training sessions for 63 individuals assigned to the 673d Medical Logistics Flight. Furthermore, Airman Cuevas graduated Airman Leadership School with the Distinguished Graduate award and was awarded the Air Force Medical Services Pacific Command’s Medical Materiel Airman of the Year and the 673d Medical Support Squadron’s Airman of the Year. Senior Airman Cuevas was raised in San Jacinto, California. She graduated from Mountain View High School and is continuing to pursue her educational goals through Trident University for her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
Technical Sergeant (E-6) Colten G. Mullins; Alaska Air Force Reservist of the Year, United States Air Force
477th Fighter Group, 477th Maintenance Squadron Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Technical Sergeant Mullins is a Senior Munitions Inspector for the 477th Maintenance Squadron on Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson. Sergeant Mullins is charged with direct oversight of 12 people, 362,000 Munitions Items, and the overall serviceability of the munitions stockpile at Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson. Additionally, Sergeant Mullins was a key player in one the largest F-22 deployments, allowing several Pilots and Enlisted Airmen the opportunity for valuable training.
Sergeant Mullins is a distinguished graduate of Airman Leadership School, holds an Associate’s Degree of Applied Science from Eastern Florida State College, and is avidly pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
Petty Officer 1st Class (E-6) Salle Madison; Alaska Coast Guardsman of the Year, United States Coast Guard
Culinary Specialist, Air Station Sitka USCG District 17
Culinary Specialist First Class Salle A. Madison was born and raised in Boise, Idaho, where she graduated from Boise High School in 2004. She was raised by restaurant owners and from a young age started working at her families’ Homemade Ice-cream Shop and Gourmet Steakhouse. With a volunteer heart, she joined the National Ski Patrol in 2004 and has returned to her home mountain, Soldier Mountain, to patrol every year for the past 15 years. As a Boise State University Alum with the understanding of how important education is, she is currently enrolled at University of Alaska and working towards a degree in Leadership and Management.
Petty Officer Madison joined the United States Coast Guard in January, 2011 following the passion to help people that the National Ski Patrol instilled in her. Upon graduating boot camp, she began her career at small boat station Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon, and quickly knew she wanted to use her early childhood culinary knowledge to serve the feet and attended Culinary Specialist “A” School in Petaluma, CA, in September 2011. Upon graduating, she was assigned to the Coast Guard Cutter SPAR in Kodiak, AK, where she became a Certified Victim Advocate, and attend the Air Force Airman Leadership School at Joint-Base Elmendorf Richardson, AK. Loving the Alaska lifestyle, she received her next and current assignment at Coast Guard Air Station Sitka in 2015. In Sitka, she has had the opportunity to deploy aboard the Coast Guard Cutter ALEX HALEY for a 2 month Arctic Mission, attended the New England Culinary Institute as a part of the inaugural class for the U.S. Coast Guard’s advanced culinary training, and is the Senior CG Victim Advocate supporting 24/7 support for 150+ members. Furthermore, assisted in establishing the community of Sitka’s Sexual Assault Response Team.
Citations include: Two Commandant Letters of Commendation, the Coast Guard Arctic Service Medal, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, Four Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendations, and is a recipient of the Air Force Non Commissioned Officer Professional Military Education.
Petty Officer 1st Class (E-6) Michael Reyes; Alaska Coast Guard Reservist of the Year, United States Coast Guard
Maritime Enforcement Specialist, Sector Anchorage USCG District 17
Petty Officer Reyes is assigned to the Enforcement Division at Coast Guard Sector Anchorage, Alaska, where he serves as the Rescue and Survival Petty Officer, the Law Enforcement Supply Petty Officer, and a senior Law Enforcement Instructor. Petty Officer Reyes assists in supervising the operational readiness of Reserve Maritime Enforcement Specialist members and assists Active Duty personnel as a Law Enforcement Instructor and Boarding Officer.
Petty Officer Reyes grew up in Fortson, GA. He entered the U.S. Coast Guard in 2004 and began his career aboard the CGC BOUTWELL. After 6 months on the CGC BOUTWELL, Reyes attended the Machinery Technician (MK) “A” School in Yorktown, VA, in February 2005. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the Anchorage Maritime Safety and Security Team (MSST). Over the next 7 years, while assigned to MSST-Anchorage and MSST-Seattle, Petty Officer Reyes deployed multiple times on CONUS and OCONUS missions as a member of the Deployable Specialized Forces, in support of Department of Homeland Security and Department of Defense security missions. When the Maritime Enforcement Specialist rating was implemented in 2010, Petty Officer Reyes volunteered to lateral into that new rate as a plank owner to utilize his law enforcement experience and improve the mission readiness of the USCG. After serving much of his career in an Active Duty status, Petty Officer Reyes decided to join the Reserves in 2013 to allow more time with his family and transition into the civilian sector.
Petty Officer Reyes is currently pursuing certification as a licensed electrician in the private sector. Petty Officer Reyes is the proud husband to his wife, Donna, and father to sons Paul (19), Jeremiah (18), and Miguel (11).
Staff Sergeant (E-5) Kailey A. Mills; Alaska Air National Guardsman of the Year, Alaska National Guard
176 Aircraft Maintenance Squadron Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson
Staff Sergeant Mills is an Aerospace Maintenance Journeyman in the 176th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. She is part of a team of 28 personnel, responsible for all maintenance activities on four Hercules aircraft. As a Drill Status Guardsman, she is responsible for ensuring all training and contingencies are met for higher headquarters taskings, including Civil Search and Rescue in the largest area of responsibility the U.S. covers.
Sergeant Mills has been instrumental to the divestiture of 12 C-130H’s and 4 HC-130N’s, and standing up the first HC-130J squadron in the Air National Guard, for which she receiving Airman of the Year in 2017 for the Maintenance Group. Stationed in Alaska, she currently supports Operation NOBLE EAGLE, and aided the 211th Rescue Squadron in achieving its 2000th rescue mission, saving over 1,700 lives in total. In 2019, Sergeant Mills deployed to Al Asad, Iraq in support of Operations DELIBERATE RESOLVE and INHERENT RESOLVE.
In 2018, Sergeant Mills was awarded a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing Science, Cum Laude honors, and subsequently earned her Nursing license in February of 2019.
Specialist (E-4) Jysamon F. Sanouvong; Alaska Army National Guardsman of the Year, Alaska National Guard
Ground Base Interceptor Military Police Security, 49th Missile Defense Battalion, Fort Greely
SPC Sanouvong was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and raised in Anchorage, AK by his Aunt and is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Biological Science whilst progressing his military career.
SPC Sanouvong has been a member of the Alaska Army National Guard for three years and has served in numerous roles around Alaska. His assignments include positions with the Recruiting & Retention Battalion, tools & parts attendant at 1-207th Aviation Battalion, operational support with the 1- 297th Military Police Battalion, and as a logistician with the Alaska Army National Guard Network Support company.
SPC Sanouvong was previously assigned to the 1-297th Infantry Battalion as an 11C, Indirect-�re Infantry Mortarman, and is currently stationed at Ft. Greely assigned to the 49th Missile Defense Battalion as an MP. In addition to his military duty, he volunteers as the secretary for the Better Opportunity for Single
Soldiers (BOSS) program. SPC Sanouvong will represent the Alaska in the Army National Guard Regional Best Warrior competition later this summer in Rapid City, South Dakota.
His interests are in U.S. Army combatives, professional bodybuilding, and free-lance photography. SPC Sanouvong's short term goal is to win the 2020 Regional Best Warrior Competition, and officially re- class as a Military Policeman. His long term goal is to become a Ranger qualified Warrant Officer in the Alaska Army National Guard, and continue to serve his State and Nation.
Mrs. Joyce Hurt, Armed Services YMCA Military Spouse of the Year
Military Spouse, United States Air Force Eielson Air Force Base
Mrs. Joyce Hurt grew up in Midland, Michigan. Joyce holds a BA in Crisis Management with a minor in Social Work. She met Chief Joshua Hurt, 354th Command Chief on Active Duty. They have been married for over 21 years and have two sons, Joshua (15) and Jace (10).
Upon serving four years on Active Duty Joyce went on to work in the Healthcare Industry. She worked Emergency Services to include 911 response in Arizona, Patient Placement with a focus on Medical/Surgical patients and Infection Control in Nevada, and then Area Health Education Center for the Interior of Alaska focusing on Workforce Development in rural communities for the state of Alaska. Joyce has been homeschooling her two sons for the last seven years.
Currently serving as a military spouse here at Eielson AFB her motto has been “make cupcakes and give hugs!” Hospitality is the core of her home and bringing that to the Eielson Community has been a joy. She has had the honor of hosting over 400 people in the last 18 months. Joyce also contributed her hospitality skills to the base promotion parties for the enlisted force providing over 800 cupcakes/cookies, hosting CMSAF #15 Chief McKinley and welcoming CMSAF # 18 Chief Wright and his team to Eielson AFB.
In 2018 Joyce completed the Air Force Resiliency Training and is certified as an RTA (Resilience Trainer Assistant).
In October 2019, the RTA program was brought to Eielson AFB where she helped support and mentor 14 new Spouse RTA’s for the Air Force. Recognizing spouses during ALS graduations, leading efforts during the 2019 Eielson Air Show to raise money which supported spouses who wanted to take on Air Force Professional Development with childcare, leading 2 Spouse Symposiums in 2019 that touched over 250 spouses, acting Mentor Mom with the Eielson MOPS program for two years, spearheading a team to decorate and transform a hangar for the 2019 AF Ball at Eielson that lead to reducing the budget by half from previous years, working on the newly formed Spouse Strong committee to provide 4 touch-points between Eielson Spouse Symposiums that resulted in over 200 spouses in attendance are just a few of the highlights that she has contributed to the Eielson Community in 2019.
Joyce is an avid runner, gardener, and loves reading with her boys.