Staff Sgt. Jeff Kinlaw, the Kentucky Air Guard's non-commissioned officer of the year, is a combat controller in the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron. During 2010, he volunteered to deploy to Afghanistan for five months, conducting 15 combat missions with NATO allies, destroying 15 improvised explosive devices, executing 75 presence patrols and engaging the enemy on numerous occasions with both small-arms fire and calculated airstrikes resulting in more than 10 enemy casualties. (U.S. Air Force by Master Sgt. Philip Speck)

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