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The 133rd’s Outstanding Airman of the Year are recognized at the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner

University of St. Thomas ROTC Detachment 410 cadets presents the U.S. flag during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Airmen assigned to various commands around Minnesota were honored for their achievements during the ceremony.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

University of St. Thomas ROTC Detachment 410 cadets presents the U.S. flag during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Airmen assigned to various commands around Minnesota were honored for their achievements during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Cadet LeAnne Pratt, University of St. Thomas ROTC Detachment 410, salutes the lit candle glass during The Missing Man Ceremony at the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. This candle is reminiscent of the light of hope that lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation. 
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles/Released)

Cadet LeAnne Pratt, University of St. Thomas ROTC Detachment 410, salutes the lit candle glass during The Missing Man Ceremony at the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. This candle is reminiscent of the light of hope that lives in our hearts to illuminate their way home, away from their captors, to the open arms of a grateful nation. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles/Released)

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association, converses with Airmen from various commands around Minnesota in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. The Airmen were being honored for their achievements during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association, converses with Airmen from various commands around Minnesota in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. The Airmen were being honored for their achievements during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Members of the Minnesota Air National Guard pose for a photograph after the Air Force Association’s (AFA) Annual Awards Dinner in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. The AFA honored the 133rd Airlift Wing 2013 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for their achievements.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Members of the Minnesota Air National Guard pose for a photograph after the Air Force Association’s (AFA) Annual Awards Dinner in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. The AFA honored the 133rd Airlift Wing 2013 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for their achievements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Master Sgt. Ryan Fenton, left, Tech. Sgt. Ashley Ingvalson, middle, and Master Sgt. Jessica Todd pose for a group photograph in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Fenton, Ingvalson, and Todd are the 133rd Airlift Wing 2013 Outstanding Airmen of the Year and the Air Force Association honored them for their achievements.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Master Sgt. Ryan Fenton, left, Tech. Sgt. Ashley Ingvalson, middle, and Master Sgt. Jessica Todd pose for a group photograph in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Fenton, Ingvalson, and Todd are the 133rd Airlift Wing 2013 Outstanding Airmen of the Year and the Air Force Association honored them for their achievements. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amy M. Lovgren/Released)

Lt. Col. John Echert, 133rd Airlift Wing, gives the invocation before the Air Force Association’s (AFA) Annual Awards Dinner in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. The AFA honors the outstanding achievements of the men and women throughout the U.S. Air Force, government, academia, and aerospace industry through AFA’s National Aerospace Awards Program.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles/Released)

Lt. Col. John Echert, 133rd Airlift Wing, gives the invocation before the Air Force Association’s (AFA) Annual Awards Dinner in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. The AFA honors the outstanding achievements of the men and women throughout the U.S. Air Force, government, academia, and aerospace industry through AFA’s National Aerospace Awards Program. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles/Released)

Senior Master Sgt. Duke Lang, 133rd Medical Group, accepts an award for Senior Airman Lindsey Longtine from Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Longtine is being honored during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner for being the 133rd Airlift Wing Outstanding Airman of the Year.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles /Released)

Senior Master Sgt. Duke Lang, 133rd Medical Group, accepts an award for Senior Airman Lindsey Longtine from Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Longtine is being honored during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner for being the 133rd Airlift Wing Outstanding Airman of the Year. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles /Released)

Tech. Sgt. Ashley Ingvalson, 133rd Communications Flight, receives an award from Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Ingvalson is being honored for being the 133rd Airlift Wing NCO of the Year award during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles /Released)

Tech. Sgt. Ashley Ingvalson, 133rd Communications Flight, receives an award from Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Ingvalson is being honored for being the 133rd Airlift Wing NCO of the Year award during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles /Released)

Master Sgt. Jessica Todd, 133rd Force Support Squadron, receives an award from Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Todd is being honored for being the 133rd Airlift Wing Senior NCO of the Year during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles /Released)

Master Sgt. Jessica Todd, 133rd Force Support Squadron, receives an award from Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Todd is being honored for being the 133rd Airlift Wing Senior NCO of the Year during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles /Released)

Master Sgt. Ryan Fenton, 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, receives an award from Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Fenton is being honored for being the 133rd Airlift Wing’s First Sergeant of the Year during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner.
(U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles /Released)
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Master Sgt. Ryan Fenton, 133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, receives an award from Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association in St. Paul, Minn., Apr. 5, 2013. Fenton is being honored for being the 133rd Airlift Wing’s First Sergeant of the Year during the Air Force Association’s Annual Awards Dinner. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Kari Giles /Released)

The 133rd's Outstanding Airman of the Year are recognized at the Air Force Association's Annual Awards Dinner -- 04/05/2013- ST.PAUL, Minn.- More than 150 Airmen, students, family members, and friends gathered at the Town and Country Club to honor the award recipients at this year's Air Force Association's Awards Dinner.

The Air Force Association (AFA) is a non-profit, independent, professional military and aerospace education association that is dedicated to supporting the Air Force and aerospace education through joint efforts of committed AFA members, donors, organizations, and corporations.

Every year, AFA honors the outstanding achievements of the men and women throughout the U.S. Air Force, government, academia, and aerospace industry through AFA's National Aerospace Awards Program.

"What is AFA about, surely it's about being there for our Airmen and their families," said Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Richard Newton, Executive Vice President of the Air Force Association. "But, at the end of the day it comes down to making sure our Airman have the right tools and resources to go out there and fly, fight, and win!"

Friday's event recognized the 133rd Airlift Wing's Outstanding Airman on the Year which were:

Airman:
Senior Airman Lindsey Longtine
133rd Medical Group

NCO:
Tech. Sgt. Ashley Ingvalson
133rd Communications Flight

Senior NCO:
Master Sgt. Jessica Todd
133rd Force Support Squadron

1st Sgt:
Master Sgt. Ryan Fenton
133rd Logistics Readiness Squadron

These Airmen were not the only one's recognized, many JROTC, ROTC, Civil Air Patrol, Rawlings Chapter Teacher of the Year, as well as Outstanding Airmen of the Year from the 934th Airlift Wing were also honored for their achievements over the past year.

"Looking at the awardees' standing before me tonight, ladies and gentlemen we have some of the best and brightest this generation provides, and I don't think our nations seen that before," said Newton. "I feel good and I feel proud about it."