2017 Soldier and Airman of the Year

The Kentucky National Guard’s top service members were honored in the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Far and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

The Kentucky National Guard’s top service members were honored in the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Far and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Brig. Gen. Warren Hurst, Kentucky's Assistant Adjutant General for Air, spoke at the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Brig. Gen. Warren Hurst, Kentucky's Assistant Adjutant General for Air, spoke at the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

The Kentucky National Guard’s top service members were honored in the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Far and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

The Kentucky National Guard’s top service members were honored in the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Far and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

The Kentucky National Guard’s top service members were honored in the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Far and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

The Kentucky National Guard’s top service members were honored in the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Far and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

The Kentucky National Guard’s top service members were honored in the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Far and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

The Kentucky National Guard’s top service members were honored in the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Far and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Keller, a combat controller for the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, receives the Kentucky Enlisted Exceptional Performance Award from Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Moore, Kentucky’s state command chief, during the Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Staff Sgt. Daniel Keller, a combat controller for the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron, receives the Kentucky Enlisted Exceptional Performance Award from Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Moore, Kentucky’s state command chief, during the Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Baker, an explosive ordnance disposal flight chief in the 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron, receives the Kentucky Enlisted Exceptional Performance Award from Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Moore, Kentucky’s state command chief, during the Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Baker, an explosive ordnance disposal flight chief in the 123rd Civil Engineer Squadron, receives the Kentucky Enlisted Exceptional Performance Award from Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Moore, Kentucky’s state command chief, during the Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Master Sgt. Jason Sanderson, aircraft mechanic for the 123rd Airlift Wing, receives the Kentucky Enlisted Exceptional Performance Award from Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Moore, Kentucky’s state command chief, during the Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Master Sgt. Jason Sanderson, aircraft mechanic for the 123rd Airlift Wing, receives the Kentucky Enlisted Exceptional Performance Award from Chief Master Sgt. Jeff Moore, Kentucky’s state command chief, during the Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Master Sgt. Aaron W. Vanallen, First Sergeant for the 123rd Maintenance Group, was recognized as the First Sergeant of the Year by Chief Master Sgt. Ray Dawson, the 123rd wing command chief, during the Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. VanAllen was selected for his leadership and performance in his primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

Master Sgt. Aaron W. Vanallen, First Sergeant for the 123rd Maintenance Group, was recognized as the First Sergeant of the Year by Chief Master Sgt. Ray Dawson, the 123rd wing command chief, during the Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. VanAllen was selected for his leadership and performance in his primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- The Kentucky National Guard’s top service members were honored in the annual Kentucky Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year banquet at the Kentucky Far and Exposition Center, Louisville, Ky. on March 4, 2017. The winners were selected for their leadership and performance in their primary duties, dedication to self-improvement, and base and community involvement. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Joshua Horton)