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JBLE Airman honored with 12 OAY award

Senior Master Sgt. Christopher A. Haney poses in front of a jet engine at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 20, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Christopher A. Haney, 1st Maintenance Squadron assistant squadron superintendent, poses for a photo at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 20, 2020. Haney is the recipient of one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year awards, bestowed to him for his hard work and superior service in his craft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcus M. Bullock)

Senior Master Sgt. Christopher A. Haney poses in front of jet engines at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 22, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Christopher A. Haney, 1st Maintenance Squadron assistant squadron superintendent, poses for a photo at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 22, 2020. Haney encourages younger Airmen to become subject matter experts in their career fields and tackle all challenges they may face head-on. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcus M. Bullock)

Senior Master Sgt. Christopher A. Haney and Master Sgt. Rebekah Schroeder look over a report at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 22, 2020.

U.S. Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Christopher A. Haney, 1st Maintenance Squadron assistant squadron superintendent, and Master Sgt. Rebekah Schroeder, 1 MXS propulsion flight chief, look over a report at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, July 22, 2020. Haney uses his assistant superintendent position within the 1st Fighter Wing to mentor SNCOs and frontline supervisors that interact with young Airmen on a daily basis. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Marcus M. Bullock)

JOINT BASE LANGLEY-EUSTIS, Va. --

Many Airmen in the U.S. Air Force work hard, day-in and day-out, fulfilling the mission and striving for excellence. Sometimes, that work culminates in recognition and those members are honored with awards for the efforts they put into their job. An Airman at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, had the pleasure of receiving such an honor.

Senior Master Sgt. Christopher A. Haney, 1st Maintenance Squadron assistant squadron superintendent, earned one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year awards, on June 17, 2020.

Haney was initially nominated Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year while working within the 52nd Maintenance Squadron at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Following this, Haney eventually competed at the Headquarters U.S. Air Force level against Airmen from across the entire Air Force before receiving one of the 12 OAY awards.

“I felt ecstatic about the win,” Haney said. “It is still setting into my mind, but I am proud to be a part of this elite group of fantastic Airmen.”

Although Haney just arrived at JBLE in January, he’s trying to make as big of an impact as he can within the 1st Fighter Wing, using his assistant superintendent position to mentor other SNCOs.

“In my position I don’t get to interact with Airmen as much as flight or section SNCOs and frontline supervisors, so I can make the biggest difference mentoring SNCOs and key NCOs on ways to better lead our Airmen,” Haney said. “I strive to give everyone the most useful tool in the world for leading any shop, which is time.”

As a mentor, Haney has advice to help the younger Airmen in the Air Force with their future careers. According to Haney, Airmen should strive to be great at their jobs and tackle challenges head on.

“Get involved in squadron, group and wing events so you can challenge yourself with an unfamiliar project while learning to network with folks from other agencies,” said Haney. “Always seek out ways to take care of your fellow Airmen and be a great follower.”

The JBLE family congratulates Senior Master Sgt. Haney on this achievement. This award is a testament to your service and outstanding career in the Air Force.