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Blankenship named NCO of the Year for ANG Region 3

Col. David J. Mounkes, commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing, presents the 2019 Air National Guard Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Region 3 Award to Staff Sgt. Danielle Blankenship during a ceremony held at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., May 19, 2019. Blankenship, a logistics plans journeyman for the 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, was chosen earlier this year as the Kentucky Guard’s Outstanding Airman of the Year in the non-commissioned officer category. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

Col. David J. Mounkes, commander of the 123rd Airlift Wing, presents the 2019 Air National Guard Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year Region 3 Award to Staff Sgt. Danielle Blankenship during a ceremony held at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky., May 19, 2019. Blankenship, a logistics plans journeyman for the 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, was chosen earlier this year as the Kentucky Guard’s Outstanding Airman of the Year in the non-commissioned officer category. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Vicky Spesard)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Staff Sgt. Danielle Blankenship, a logistics plans journeyman for the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, has been named Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for Air National Guard Region 3.

Blankenship had previously been named the Kentucky National Guard’s 2019 Airman of the Year in the NCO category.

Chief Master Sgt. Ronald C. Anderson Jr., the command chief master sergeant for the Air National Guard, said Blankenship “exhibited superior performance in your primary duties and emulated qualities that we, as Airmen, pride ourselves on.”

“Your recognition as the Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for 2019 is a reflection of your dedication and commitment to your community and your nation,” Anderson continued. “You represent the best of the Air National Guard.”

Blankenship has deployed in support of operations Freedom’s Sentinel and Inherent Resolve. While mobilized last year, the NCO was hand-selected as the top enlisted member of an expeditionary Readiness Action Team that redeployed 4,500 troops with zero errors. She also single-handedly created a new format for the management of force deployment data, reducing rejection rates 15 percent below the average for units across U.S. Air Forces Central Command.

Blankenship also is engaged in her community, serving as a youth group leader at her church and organizing a breast cancer walk/run that raised $400,000.