Governor LePage Honors the 2012 Outstanding Airman of the Year

March 4, 2012

For Immediate Release: Sunday, March 04, 2012
Contact: Adrienne Bennett (207) 287-2531

AUGUSTA – Today, Governor LePage attended the 2012 Outstanding Airman of the Year ceremony held at the Augusta Armory. The event paid tribute to four airmen who have demonstrated exemplary service in the Maine Air National Guard.

This year’s Outstanding Airman of the Year Award winner is Senior Airman Travis R. Stewart.

The Outstanding Airman of the Year Award was established by the Secretary of the Air Force and first awarded in 1970 to honor the most deserving of the Air National Guard’s airmen. This is the highest personal ribbon awarded in the Air Force.

“Today’s event was to recognize four courageous individuals who have made the State of Maine very proud,” said Governor LePage. “I thank all of our men and women in uniform for their honorable and courageous service to our State and Nation. These service members and their families make tremendous sacrifices to ensure that we are safe here at home.”

Senior Airman Travis R. Stewart is a Security Forces Journeyman assigned to the Security Forces Squadron as a Base Defense Operation Center controller at the 101st Maine Air National Guard, located in Bangor, Maine. He was born March 22, 1986 in Limestone, Maine at Loring Air Force Base where his father was stationed. After his father’s reassignment to the 101st Air Refueling Wing, he attended Brewer High School, graduating May 2004. Airman Stewart then moved to South Portland to attend Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) where he was enrolled in the Computer Technology program until December 2005. Airman Stewart became a member of the Maine Air National Guard on November 27th, 2007 and departed for basic training on March 11th, 2008. After completion of Basic Training and the Security Forces Academy, Airman Stewart enrolled at Husson University in the Criminal Justice program. He went on to graduate with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice, December 2010. His dedication and commitment led to him becoming an inducted member in Alpha Phi Sigma, the National Criminal Justice Honor Society. Airman Stewart’s high caliber of work ethic was noticed not only in school, but in the military as well. On February 2009 Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection, where he received outstanding performance as the Command Post Entry Controller and was presented with a Command Chief Master Sergeant Coin. Airman Stewart’s exemplary performance and professionalism contributed to his selection for numerous security details for higher protection level resources to include; Senior Executive and Presidential security. In the past year, Airman Stewart has been actively enhancing his professional development by attending various courses which have helped shape him into a knowledgeable asset to the unit.

“My sincerest congratulations and thanks go out to Senior Airman Travis R. Stewart,” said Governor LePage. “All the award recipients today have shown exemplary character, loyalty, and dedicated service and they all deserve our thanks and praise for the sacrifices they make on our behalf,” added the Governor.

The event also recognized three more individuals including: Master Sergeant Chad E. Smith, Master Sergeant Howard H. Gooldrup III, and Staff Sergeant Joel T. Crowley.