Three deserving Airmen selected for commissioning

NIAGARA FALLS AIR RESERVE STATION, N.Y. -- It is my privilege to announce the results of the recent Deserving Airman selection board. Please join me in congratulating Tech. Sgt. Robert Healy (30th Aerial Port Squadron), Staff Sgt. Carrie Dreibelbis (914th Aeromedical Staging Squadron) and Senior Airman Keisha Dobney (914th Airlift Wing) in their selection for commissioning and service in the 914 AW.

I want to highlight the selection of these three individuals as shining examples of the value of mentoring and of our commitment to grow from within.

First, supervisors recognized the leadership abilities in these selectees and nurtured their professional development. I encourage all supervisors to read the Air Force Mentoring Guide (AFI 36-3401), as it is our duty to invest in our people. Second, our decision to fill the vacancies via the Deserving Airman Commissioning Program underscores leadership's commitment to growing from within and giving opportunities to those individuals who qualify and best demonstrate the Air Force core values of Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence in All We Do.

I encourage those not selected to be as proud of their efforts as I am, and to continue to look for more opportunities. I am convinced that the 914 AW enlisted force is the best and the brightest in the Air Force. This was illustrated by our recent command chief's selection to Twenty-Second Air Force Command Chief. Our commitment to growing from within was once again demonstrated by the selection of Chief Master Sgt. Scharlau to become the next 914 AW Command Chief.

There will be more opportunities for those who qualify. The common factor in all of these selectees is that they were ready when the opportunity arose.

Work hard, complete the professional military education and civilian education and strive to excel. Our nation deserves the very best we have to offer, and I know you're up to the challenge.