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Sector garners state-level awards

Master Sgt. Thomas Whiteman, a Northeast Air Defense Sector Honor Guard member, stands at attention during a ceremony. Sergeant Whiteman was selected as the Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year for New York State. The Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year was awarded to Sergeant Whiteman in both 2005 and 2007.

Master Sgt. Thomas Whiteman, a Northeast Air Defense Sector Honor Guard member, stands at attention during a ceremony. Sergeant Whiteman was selected as the Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year for New York State. The Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year was awarded to Sergeant Whiteman in both 2005 and 2007.

ROME, N.Y. -- Two members from the Northeast Air Defense Sector garnered New York Air National Guard Outstanding Airmen of the Year Awards.

Master Sgt. Michael Cavalier was selected as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year and Master Sgt. Thomas Whiteman was selected as the Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year. The Honor Guard Program Manager of the Year was awarded to Sergeant Whiteman in both 2005 and 2007.

First Air Force recently announced its yearly award winners and recognized Sergeant Cavalier as First Air Force 2008 Overall Annual Superior Performer award. He will be attending the awards banquet in May as an award winner.

"The tremendous accomplishments of these award recipients reflect their commitment to excellence," said Col. John Bartholf, NEADS commander. "We are extremely proud of our people and we are thrilled that they are continuously recognized with awards."

The unit also recently selected its yearly award winners.

Airman of the Year: Staff Sgt. Bryan Severs

Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. Robert Zoldi

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year: Master Sgt. Michael Cavalier

Company Grade Officer: Capt. Chris Miller

Civilian: Dan Melie

Honor Guard Member of the Year: Master Sgt. Scott Roorda

Honor Guard Manager of the Year: Master Sgt. Thomas Whiteman