6/13/2012 - 94th AAMDC honored at reception of champions
The 94th Army Air and Missile Defense Command and other members of the missile defense community were honored at the Hawaii Reception of Champions that was sponsored by the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance, May 4, at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel.
The ceremony was held to honor the accomplishments of Soldiers and Sailors in the missile defense community in the Pacific.
“These men and women deserve the adulation of our community and rightful recognition in representing their shipmates and battle buddies in making our nation and world safe,” said Riki Ellison, the founder and chairman of the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.
The following 94th AAMDC personnel were recognized at the Hawaii Reception of Champions: Maj. Brian Campbell, Maj. George Corbari, Capt. Kurt Semon, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Timothy Friend, Master Sgt. Neil Sartain, Sgt. 1st Class Jeremy Bennett, Sgt. 1st Class Benjamin Sharp, Staff Sgt. Jonathon Dombrowski, Spc. Crystal Hurley and Mike Chase.
“I felt honored when I found out I was being recognized,” said Spc. Crystal Hurley, the G2 human resource specialist for the 94th AAMDC and a Boise, Idaho, native. “ I was just doing my job.”
“Missile defense is our primary focus,” said Sgt. Maj. Edward Baptiste, the 94th AAMDC G2 sergeant major and a Milford, Conn., native. “We provide military intelligence to the unit so that they are able to complete missions and taskings successfully.”
“Missile defense is very important because it keeps our country safe and every job that supports the missile defense mission must work together to ensure all missions are completed successfully,” said Hurley.
Hurley later stated, “My favorite part of the ceremony was the formal setting and the beautiful location of the event. I also enjoyed the part where Mr. Ellison threw a football pass to Brig. Gen. James Dickinson.”
During Brig. Gen Dickinson’s remarks, he stated that he was very grateful for the opportunity to celebrate the incredible accomplishments of these heroes and that he was extremely proud to be a part of this team of Winners.
MDAA is a non-profit organization, which seeks to generate public support for the continued testing, development and deployment of missile defense systems to protect our country and our allies. The organization seeks to educate the general public with respect to missile defense issues and the urgent need for it.
The mission of the MDAA is to make the world safer by advocating for the development and deployment of missile defense systems to defend the United States, its armed forces and its allies against missile threats.