AFGSC recognizes two Kirtland Airmen with awards

Air Force Global Strike Command has recognized two of Kirtland Air Force Base’s Airmen with command-level awards.

Air Force Global Strike Command has recognized two of Kirtland Air Force Base’s Airmen with command-level awards.

KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. --

Air Force Global Strike Command has recognized two of Kirtland Air Force Base’s Airmen with command-level awards.

The two Airmen will now compete against others from different commands for Air Force-wide.

Senior Airman Justin Mixon

Senior Airman Justin Mixon works with the 377th Security Forces Squadron and was rewarded with the GEICO Military Service Award.

The award recognizes military members for contributions to the community in several categories. Mixon was honored for his work in drug and alcohol abuse prevention.

“I have seen how drugs can affect people’s futures and their families,” Mixon said.

His work with drug and alcohol abuse prevention is only on Kirtland during the course of his job as a base defender.

Mixon said he has seen people’s careers in the military ended due to drug abuse.

“I tell them that it’s a minor setback for a major comeback and to be resilient; that this is a chance for them to correct their actions,” he said

Mixon said he looks for signs while working and in his peers, because law enforcement tends to have higher rates of risk for drug abuse.

He said it means a lot to be recognized by his leadership for his hard work, but it also makes him want to work harder to set an example for his peers and subordinates.

Staff Sgt. Tanner Schroeder

Staff Sgt. Tanner Schroeder of the 377th Logistics Readiness Squadron was recognized as the General Lew Allen Jr., Logistics and Automotive Services Excellence Technician of the Year.

He works on Kirtland as a vehicle mechanic, with shop over site in a management position.

“It’s nice to be recognized for the certifications I have, but I still ask questions all the time. No one can ever know everything,” Schroeder said.

Automotive Services Excellence certifications can be transferred to the civilian side. They cover a range of topics like automatic transmissions, brakes and suspensions, bodywork and appraisal.

“I am always encouraging my peers and fellow Airmen to get their ASE certificates,” he said.

He said working with and fixing things is rewarding. He likes being able to trouble shoot problems and to see the right part fix the issue and know it works.

Schroeder is the most recent from 377th LRS to receive the award. Two others from the unit have received it in previous years.