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Minnesota Outstanding Airmen of the Year

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kurt Huver cuts a piece of metal tubing that will be used for fabricating poles for telephone boxes in Commando Village on Nov. 23, 2011. He is working as a mission support Specialist with the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Huver was deployed from 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, St. Paul, Minn. He was selected as the Outstanding Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the 133rd Airlift Wing and the State of Minnesota. USAF photo by Master Sergeant Carlotta Holley

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Kurt Huver cuts a piece of metal tubing that will be used for fabricating poles for telephone boxes in Commando Village on Nov. 23, 2011. He is working as a mission support Specialist with the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Huver was deployed from 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron, St. Paul, Minn. He was selected as the Outstanding Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for the 133rd Airlift Wing and the State of Minnesota. USAF photo by Master Sergeant Carlotta Holley

Technical Sergeant Joshua Uhl 208th Weather Flight tests a aneometer used for testing wind speed as part of a tactical weather system during a unit training assembly 133rd Airlift Wing base at the Minneapolis – St. Paul international airport Dec. 10, 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson

Technical Sergeant Joshua Uhl 208th Weather Flight tests a aneometer used for testing wind speed as part of a tactical weather system during a unit training assembly 133rd Airlift Wing base at the Minneapolis – St. Paul international airport Dec. 10, 2011. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Erik Gudmundson

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jace Erickson assists the structures section with installing tents in an isolated Commando Village area for the drawdown of troops from Iraq as first sergeant with the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Nov. 23, 2011, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Erickson was deployed from the 133 Civil Engineer Squadron, St. Paul, Minn. He was selected as the Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year for the 133rd Airlift Wing and the State of Minnesota. USAF photo by Master Sergeant Carlotta Holley

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jace Erickson assists the structures section with installing tents in an isolated Commando Village area for the drawdown of troops from Iraq as first sergeant with the 386th Expeditionary Civil Engineer Squadron, Nov. 23, 2011, at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia. Erickson was deployed from the 133 Civil Engineer Squadron, St. Paul, Minn. He was selected as the Outstanding First Sergeant of the Year for the 133rd Airlift Wing and the State of Minnesota. USAF photo by Master Sergeant Carlotta Holley

20 January 2012 -- St. Paul - Three members of the 133rd Airlift Wing were selected to represent Minnesota as Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012. They are Senior Master Sgt. Kurt Huver of the 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron selected as the Outstanding Senior Non-Commissioned Officer, Tech. Sgt. Joshua Uhl of the 208th Weather Flight selected as the Outstanding Non-Commissioned Officer, and Master Sgt. Jace Erickson of the 133rd Civil Engineer Squadron selected as the Outstanding First Sergeant of the year.

133rd Airlift Wing commander, Col. Greg Haase, made the announcement and expressed how proud he is of these Airmen. He said they were judged on leadership and job performance, significant self improvement, and involvement in community and base activities.

All of the Airmen said they are proud to represent the Wing and Minnesota. Erickson said, "Finding out that I was selected as the First Sergeant of the Year while being deployed was an awesome feeling."

There is a sacrifice involved in being part of this process, says Uhl. "The sacrifice defines me; it reminds me that this state and country are worth it."

They will be joined by Senior Airman Kayla Goorhouse of Duluth's 148th Force Support Squadron, who was selected as the Minnesota Outstanding Airman of the Year. All of them will be moving on to the national level selection process.

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