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ISR Airman honored during AFA Conference

Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler, center, with Chief Master Sgt of the Air Force James Cody and Scott Van Cleef, Air Force Association Chairman of the Board, during the AFA's recognition banquet in Washington, D.C., honoring the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year, Sept. 19, 2016.  Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California. The 50th IS is a classic associate intelligence unit under the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler, center, with Chief Master Sgt of the Air Force James Cody and Scott Van Cleef, Air Force Association Chairman of the Board, during the AFA's recognition banquet in Washington, D.C., honoring the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year, Sept. 19, 2016. Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California. The 50th IS is a classic associate intelligence unit under the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler, one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year, is recognized during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2016.  Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California. The 50th IS is a geographically separated unit assigned to the 655th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler, one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year, is recognized during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2016. Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California. The 50th IS is a geographically separated unit assigned to the 655th Intelligence Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler and his wife, Natalie, at the Air Force Association's recognition banquet honoring the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2016.  Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler and his wife, Natalie, at the Air Force Association's recognition banquet honoring the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2016. Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler is one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year honored during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2016.  Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, a classic associate unit under the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler is one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year honored during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2016. Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, a classic associate unit under the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio.

From left: Air Force Reserve Command Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, Mrs. Natalie Tolber, Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler, Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, during the Air Force Association recognition banquet for the 12 Outstanding Airmen of  the Year Sept. 19, 2016. Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California.

From left: Air Force Reserve Command Chief Master Sgt. Ericka Kelly, Mrs. Natalie Tolber, Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler, Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, during the Air Force Association recognition banquet for the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Sept. 19, 2016. Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California.

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, presents Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler with a Chief of the Air Force Reserve coin during the Air Force Association banquet recognizing the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2016. Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California.

Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of the Air Force Reserve and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, presents Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler with a Chief of the Air Force Reserve coin during the Air Force Association banquet recognizing the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2016. Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California.

WASHINGTON -- Staff Sgt. Aaron Tobler was one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year recognized during the Air Force Association's Air, Space and Cyber Conference in Washington, D.C., Sept. 19, 2016.

Tobler is a geospatial intelligence analyst with the 50th Intelligence Squadron, Beale Air Force Base, California, a classic associate unit under the 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Group, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. 

An Air Force Reservist, Tober was recognized for his contributions to the Air Force's intelligence efforts. According to his nomination citation, Tobler was requested repeatedly to fill active duty ISR operations, logging hundreds of combat mission hours. He exploited 45 high-value targets, providing key Indicator and Warnings to seven combatant commands.

He provided intelligence support to Special Operations resulting in terrorist camps and associated members neutralized. He identified terrorist weapon manufacturing compounds which resulted in network being crippled and destroyed. He facilitated joint task force convoy over-watch, with more than 2,000 miles cleared with all forces secured and hostile combatants marginalized.

He earned Project Management Professional Certification in addition to be awarded Master Analyst Program Certificate from Sacramento State as part of civilian employment with the State of California.

Additionally, he lead “Friendship Place” charity event attended by the President of the United States and first family, raising more than $4 million for research and grant writing.