2009 Airman of the Year Selected
By Lt. Col. Thomas Gee, 180th FW/PA
/ Published November 12, 2009
November 2009 -- The 180th Fighter Wing selected its 2009 Airman of the Year winners over the November Unit Training Assembly (UTA). SrA Lindy Runion, was selected as Airman of the Year, SSgt Chastity Morgan earned NCO of Year Honors, MSgt Sean Lolo captured Senior NCO of Year and MSgt John Gibson won First Sergeant of the Year. All winners will now move on and complete with the AOY winners from the other Ohio units for the State of Ohio AOY competition.
SrA Lindy Runion, a Readiness and Emergency Management Craftsman in the Civil Engineering Squadron joined the unit shortly after her Mohawk High School graduation in 2006. The Basic Military Training Honor Graduate is an active member of the Civil Engineering Squadron. Her duties include Personnel Survival Skills Training, operating the Nuclear, Biological and Radiation Cell and mentoring new Readiness Personnel. Runion is active in the community and participates in several activities including the Sylvania Community Orchestra, The University of Toledo Symphony and tutoring students with their language art skills and passing the State of Ohio graduation test at the YMCA. Runion is presently enrolled at The University of Toledo majoring in English Education and is also serving a Temporary Technician position in Emergency Management assisting the Wing for the upcoming Operational Readiness Inspection.
SSgt Chastity Morgan, a Knowledge Operator in the Maintenance Group is the fifth member of the Morgan family to serve at the 180th Fighter Wing. Morgan is an active unit member with the Enlisted Field Advisory Council (EFAC) where she helped coordinate numerous base fundraisers and events. She also served as the EFAC Point of Contact during the 2009 Family Day event where she helped the council raise funds to continue to support members of the Ohio National Guard. Morgan has earned a Bachelors of Arts and Science degree from Bowling Green State University where she graduated Cum Laude in the Interpersonal Communications/Public Relations program and also holds a Community College of the Air Force degree in Information Management. Morgan is pursuing a Master's Degree in Communications/Public Relations and works full-time as a Maintenance Squadron Command Support Staff member.
MSgt Sean Lolo is a Quality Assurance Inspector assigned to the Maintenance Quality Assurance/Air Sovereignty Alert (ASA) section and has been with the unit since 1999. His attention to detail and aircraft experience have lead to outstanding ratings from the 1st Air Force AFOA team and NORAD AEF teams inspecting the 180th ASA mission during their initial stand up. He has since used his vast aircraft experience to assist the CT side in preparing for the upcoming ORI while continuing to ensure the 180th ASA mission is maintained at the highest levels possible. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Aeronautics from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and also holds a Community College of Air Force degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology. Lolo is pursuing his Masters Degree through Embry Riddle and works full-time at the unit.
MSgt John Gibson is the First Sergeant for both the 180th Fighter Wing section and Operations Group and has been with the unit since 1981. Gibson graduated from the First Sergeant Academy at Maxwell Air Force Base in 2007 where he received the honor of Top Graduate as the "number one graduate who demonstrates exemplary professional qualities". Gibson has earned several military and state awards including the Air Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Air Force Expeditionary Service Ribbon, Air Force Longevity Service Award, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Ohio Commendation Medal, Ohio Faithful Service Ribbon and Ohio Award of Merit. Gibson works full-time for the unit and resides in Delta, Ohio.