108th ARW Airmen recognized by EANGNJ
By Staff Sgt. Armando Vasquez, 108th PAO
/ Published October 03, 2009
Oct. 3, 2009 -- Airmen from the 108th Air Refueling Wing were winners of the Enlisted Association of the National Guard of New Jersey 2009 Awards program in recognition for their outstanding duty performance in both the NJARNG and NJANG.
Senior Airman Darnell A. Holmes, a food service specialist with the 108th ARW Force Support Squadron, was awarded the Outstanding Airman award. The award, also known as Master Sgt. John E. Bodine Outstanding Airman Award, is given in recognition to the service, achievements, and accomplishments of the Outstanding Airman in the grades E-2 through E-4.
Holmes, a native of Philadelphia, has been in the military since July 2006 and joined the 108th ARW in September 2007.
In addition to the Enlisted Associaton award, Holmes was awarded the 108th Airman of the Wing for the third-quarter 2009.
"It makes being in the Guard all worthwhile," said Holmes of receiving these awards.
Master Sgt. Malakatu B. Saleem-Maing, a personnel specialist with the 108th ARW Military Personnel Flight, was awarded the Outstanding NCO award. The award, also known as Chief Master Sgt. Richard W. Spencer Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer Award, is presented in recognition to the service, achievements, and accomplishments of an Airman in the NCO ranks and to promote professionalism among the enlisted members of the NJARNG and NJANG.
Saleem-Maing, a native of Orange, N.J., has been in the military and with the 108th ARW since 1992. She is employed by a computer technological company out of Little Falls, N.J., as a benefits administrator.
She was excited to receive the award as it gives her an opportunity to pass leadership skills to subordinates, said Saleem-Maing.
"Hard work and integrity will always get you far in life," said Saleem-Maing.