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Four EADS Airmen Receive Medals

Scales Receives MSM

Senior Master Sgt. Laura Scales received the Meritorious Service Medal from Col. Emil Filkorn, Eastern Air Defense Sector Commander, on Aug. 8. Scales was one of four EADS Airmen to be recognized at the ceremony.

Barrett receives Air Force Commendation Medal

Master Sgt. Joshua Barrett received the Air Force Commendation Medal from Col. John Balbierer,224th ADG Commander, at the August drill. Barrett was one of four Airmen recognized in August.

Tharrett Receives Air Force Commendation Medal

Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Tharrett received the Air Force Commendation Medal from Col. John Balbierer, 224th ADG Commander. Tharrett was one of four Airmen to be recognized in August.

Brown Receives Air Force Commendation Medal

Staff Sgt. Kriston Brown received the Air Force Commendation Medal from Col. John Balbierer at the August drill. Brown was on of four Airmen recognized in August.

Rome, NY --

The Eastern Air Defense Sector recently presented medals recognizing outstanding performance to four New York Air National Guardsmen.

  • Senior Master Sgt. Laura L. Scales, Meritorious Service Medal. Scales managed the training and administrative requirements for more than 170 personnel while serving with the 224th Air Defense Squadron. Scales, who is retiring from the Air National Guard in October, was also cited for her superb work as the Superintendent of the 224th Air Defense Group’s Inspector General section during a major Air Force inspection.

  • Master Sgt. Joshua J. Barrett, Air Force Commendation Medal. A member of the 224th Air Defense Squadron, Barrett planned and coordinated 36 simulation exercises while managing training requirements for more than 80 Airmen. Barrett’s work as a standardization and evaluation examiner was recognized as “best seen to date” during a recent Air Force inspection and he has been rated as “exceptionally qualified” in his primary occupational field.

  • Tech. Sgt. Nicholas R. Tharrett, Air Force Commendation Medal., Tharrett, a tracking technician at the 224th Air Defense Squadron, successfully identified and responded to more than 160 radar tracks of interest. Tharrett has also been an outstanding instructor and evaluator, supervising more than 1,500 hours of training. His expertise contributed directly to the unit’s success on three North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) alert force evaluations.

  • Staff Sgt. Kriston M. Brown, Air Force Commendation Medal. Brown, a tracking technician at the 224th Air Defense Squadron, performed superbly during EADS enforcement of temporary flight restrictions for more than two dozen Presidential trips and the State of the Union address. Recognized for his outstanding work as an instructor and exercise coordinator, Brown was also runner-up in the unit’s Top Scope competition, finishing ahead of more than 40 other tracking technicians.

The Eastern Air Defense Sector is a North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) headquarters unit located at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome, New York. Responsible for the air defense of the eastern United States, EADS is primarily composed of New York Air National Guardsmen from the 224th Air Defense Group, the 224th Air Defense Squadron and the 224th Support Squadron. Other personnel assigned to EADS include a Canadian Forces detachment, Army and Navy liaison officers, federal civilians and contractors, and two detachments of New York Air National Guardsmen located in the National Capital Region.

For more information about the New York Air National Guard, visit www.dmna.ny.gov. For more information on the 224th Air Defense Group and the Eastern Air Defense Sector, visit www.eads.ang.af.mil