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330th CTS troop selected for Red Erwin award

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A Combat Training Squadron Communications Specialist Technician Instructor for the 330th Combat Training Squadron was recently selected as the National Guard Bureau's Red Erwin Outstanding Enlisted Aircrew Member of the year for 2006. 

Tech. Sgt. James Yancey is the recipient of the prestigious award that recognizes career enlisted aviators for outstanding job accomplishments, demonstration of leadership and sustained self-improvements in support of the enlisted aircrew operations career field. 

"Sergeant Yancey displays rock solid leadership," said Lt. Col. Patrick Taylor, 330th CTS commander. "He solves any issues prior to a crisis." 

As shop chief in the casual flight Sergeant Yancey is responsible for training over three-hundred students. For most students, the 330th CTS provides an initial military experience. One of his primary roles is to mentor and advise these students in their young military careers. 

"Winning this award was well deserved recognition for a true team player," said Senior Master Sgt. Steven Helms, 330th superintendent. "He is an extraordinary NCO who I can always count on to get it done right the first time in the air or on the ground." 

Sergeant Yancey, who has been a member of the 116th since January 2000, spent some time with the 12th Airborne Command and Control Squadron as a security manager before transferring to the 330th. 

"I am so honored to be recognized with this award but there are so many other people that also deserve it," said Staff Sgt. Yancey. "I am so grateful to all the crew members and leadership that have played a part in my success. Chief Master Sgt. Lorenzo Anastasie and retired Tech. Sgt. Mike Thorne provided examples of NCO leadership and team-building skills. I am also appreciative of Master Sgt. Wayne Forsyth, my first shop chief in maintenance." 

Sergeant Yancey has deployed five times since 2003 and flew over 100 combat missions and more than 1,100 combat hours in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2006. In addition, he received an Air Medal and Air Force Recognition Medal during this time. 

"It really is your family that makes all the sacrifices," said Sergeant Yancey. "My wife, Susan, and three sons have always been so supportive of me." 

Sergeant Yancey has received numerous congratulatory messages since receiving the award and has had an opportunity to reflect on past accomplishments. He looks forward to future challenges and opportunities to serve and make a difference.