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Master Sgt. Hawley named Air National Guard Security Forces Senior NCO of the Year
Master Sgt. William Hawley, member of the 148th Fighter Wing Security Forces Squadron, Minnesota National Guard, Duluth, Minn. provides guidance on firing from the prone position. Sgt. Hawley is the winner of the 2010 Air National Guard Security Forces Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Amie M. Dahl/ Released)
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TOP DOG: Bulldog named best Security Forces Senior NCO in Air National Guard

Posted 12/6/2010   Updated 12/6/2010 Email story   Print story


by Tech. Sgt. Scott G. Herrington
148 Fighter Wing

12/6/2010 - DULUTH, Minn.  -- Master Sgt. William J. Hawley maintains that his 2010 Air National Guard Security Forces Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year Award has more to do with his peers than about him in particular. "It's about all of us, not one person," said Sgt. Hawley, a 148th Fighter Wing Security Forces member. Despite his selfless attitude, Sgt. Hawley was nominated for this award by Maj. Tyler T. Rule, the security forces squadron commander, for many reasons.

"He is a proven leader and lives up to the 148th Fighter Wing standards of "Expect, Provide, and Be the Best," wrote Maj. Rule in the award nomination letter. Sgt. Hawley has spent the past five and a half years making his presence felt through his leadership, personal involvement and dedication to his unit and Wing. "He is a selfless leader, wanting more for his unit than he does for himself," stated Maj. Rule. "He continually strives to instill the Air Force core values in his troops and is a stellar role model."

Sgt. Hawley was selected as the 148th Fighter Wing and Minnesota Air National Guard's Senior NCO of the Year for 2009. Physical fitness is not a once a year test for Sgt. Hawley--he has completed the Grandma's Marathon twice, and completed two triathlons this year.

When he isn't setting an example at the 148th Fighter Wing, Sgt. Hawley is a Police Officer for the City of Ely, Minn. In the past year, more than 80 hours were devoted as a Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E) Instructor, along with many hours spent assisting his local VFW Post.

"I'm honored and appreciative," said Sgt. Hawley. "This award reflects on the support of my family and the families of the unit during the times we are away." "I joined due to my commitment to my country--it's above and beyond pay and benefits. It means something to be a part of our nation's defense."

12/8/2010 1:50:54 PM ET
I served as an Academic Advisor to Bill during his Graduate program which he was able to complete on-line during his deployment. Concordia University and the Department of Criminal Justice is extremely proud of this stellar student soldier and human being.
Carolyn Fink, Concordia University St. Paul MN
12/7/2010 11:53:24 AM ET
To Whom It May Concern: I'm thrilled to learn of Master Sergeant Hawley's recent award. It bears proof of his leadership skills and abilities in his roles as a soldier and criminal justice professional. I've personally witnessed Bill serve as a student role model in our Criminal Justice Leadership Master's Degree Online Program. Master Sergeant Hawley, I wish you the very best. You've made us very proud. Erv Weinkauf, Criminal Justice Department ChairConcordia University, Saint Paul, Vision is seeing the opportunity inside the challenge.
Erv Weinkauf, Concordia University Saint Paul
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