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Second annual PACE Leadership Impact Award winners announced

2017 Leadership Impact Award

2017 Leadership Impact Award

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- Seventeen individuals and four teams of Airmen and civilians from across the Total Force were recently announced as the 2017 PACE Leadership Impact Award recipients.

This is the second year the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence and Air University Leadership Institute is recognizing individuals who have established programs that are having a positive impact on their organization and on strengthening the Air Force’s culture.

The 2017 PACE Leadership Impact Award winners are:


Lt. Col. Mitchell Cok, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
Lt Col. Brian McKay, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
Lt. Col. Jason Turner, Sheppard AFB, Texas
Maj. Joya Gamara, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
Capt. Garrett Glover, Vandenberg AFB, California
1st Lt. Mariana Tamariz, Luke AFB, Arizona
Senior Master Sgt. Byron Hayes, MacDill AFB, Florida
Senior Master Sgt. Gabriel Lewis, Yokota Air Base, Japan
Senior Master Sgt. Tiffany Patterson, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
Senior Master Sgt. Scott Piper, Travis AFB, California
Master Sgt. Colette Roe, Luke AFB, Arizona
Tech. Sgt. Ashley Haldeman, Osan Air Base, South Korea
Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Gausemel, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
Dr. Wayne Clark, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
Ms. Audrey Herwig Mendoza, Sheppard AFB, Texas
Mr. Jason Vandenberg, Dover AFB, Delaware
Mr. Danny White, Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida


603rd Air Operations Center, Ramstein AB, Germany
821st Contingency Response Support Squadron Leadership Team, Travis AFB, California
“Leaders Inspiring for Tomorrow” Team, Fairchild AFB, Washington
12 Flying Training Wing Maintenance Group, JBSA-Randolph AFB, Texas
The 2017 awards focused on innovations in leader development to include creating learning environments at all levels in the workplace that accelerate growth in decision making through role modeling, feedback and practice. Like the previous year’s winners, recipients will be invited to attend a three-day industry-sponsored leadership academy in June.

PACE is the Air Force’s dedicated champion to strengthening Air Force professional culture. Initiatives include infusing professionalism into existing training venues such as First Term Airmen’s Courses and Squadron Officer Course; delivering the affective instructional seminar “Enhancing Human Capital;” and providing leadership tools to ensure Airmen receive a continuum of professionalism development training at the appropriate touch points throughout their careers.