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Best named First Sergeant of the Year for Kentucky Air Guard

Master Sgt. Steven D. Best of the 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron has been named the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 2014 First Sergeant of the Year. During 2014, Best assisted senior leaders with highly valued input on the management of 126 assigned personnel, monitored the squadron’s manning, provided valued advice to section leaders and worked tirelessly with the wing’s Family Programs coordinator during expeditionary support deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Philip Speck)

Master Sgt. Steven D. Best of the 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron has been named the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 2014 First Sergeant of the Year. During 2014, Best assisted senior leaders with highly valued input on the management of 126 assigned personnel, monitored the squadron’s manning, provided valued advice to section leaders and worked tirelessly with the wing’s Family Programs coordinator during expeditionary support deployments. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Philip Speck)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- Master Sgt. Steven D. Best of the 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron has been selected as the 2014 First Sergeant of the Year for the Kentucky Air National Guard.

"Sergeant Best has been one of the more visible and involved First Sergeants," said his supervisor, Chief Master Sgt. Wade Zinsmeister. "He has a passion for what he does, and he makes sure that every need is taken care of."

In the past year, Best assisted senior leaders with highly valued input on the management of 126 assigned personnel, monitored the 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron's manning, provided valued advice to section leaders and worked tirelessly with the wing's Family Programs coordinator during expeditionary support deployments, Zinsmeister said.

Best also was instrumental in refining the 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron's retirement and recognition program, planning and executing 10 retirement ceremonies and coordinating the purchase of retirement gifts.