Air Force announces the 12 Outstanding Airmen for 2023

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Air Force officials have selected the service’s top enlisted members, naming the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2023.

An Air Force selection board at the Air Force’s Personnel Center considered 36 nominees who represented major commands, direct reporting units, field operating agencies and Headquarters Air Force. The board selected the 12 Airmen based on superior leadership, job performance and personal achievements.

The 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year (alphabetically, by rank and command of assignment when selected) are:

  • Senior Master Sergeant Justin S. Cruz, Air Force Materiel Command – Airman supporting Space Force
  • Technical Sergeant Jennel L. Edwards, Air Force Global Strike Command
  • Senior Master Sergeant Sedrick F. Evans, Pacific Air Forces
  • Technical Sergeant Michelle A. Fernandez, Air Mobility Command
  • Master Sergeant Michael A. Galindo, Air Education and Training Command
  • Senior Airman Ryan G. Hospelhorn, United States Air Forces in Europe - Air Forces Africa
  • Senior Airman Kostiantyn Khymchenko, Air Combat Command
  • Technical Sergeant Micaela R. Mahan, Air Force Materiel Command
  • Technical Sergeant Kimberly R. Mastrocola, Air Force Special Operations Command
  • Senior Airman Dhruva S. Poluru, Air National Guard
  • Technical Sergeant Theodore M. Sebsibe, Air Force District of Washington
  • Senior Airman Jacob T. Tawasha, Air Force Reserve Command

The winners are authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman of the Year Ribbon with the bronze service star device on the ribbon. They are also authorized to wear the OAY badge for one year from the date of formal presentation.