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Nominations open for Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award

Air Force Personnel, Service and Manpower Public Affairs

RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force officials are seeking nominations for the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year Award for 2011.

There are three categories for award: Airman, NCO and senior NCO.

Major commands and the Air Force District of Washington will each nominate three candidates, one per category, to the Air Force 12 OAY selection board, which will select the winners.

Nominations must include examples of leadership and job performance in the nominee’s primary duty, significant self-improvement, and base or community involvement from Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2010. Nominations are due to AFPC by April 22, 2011.

All nominees must be enlisted in the Air Force through Sept. 30, 2012. Any nominee with a projected separation date prior to Sept. 30, 2012, must take immediate action to extend or re-enlist in the Air Force. Local military personnel section officials may approve or disapprove extensions for the purpose of the 12 OAY program. AFPC will make the final approval determination for extension requests sent from the MPS for 12 OAY nominees.

Any nominees who extend their enlistment for the 12 OAY award program and are not selected may cancel their extensions through their local MPS.

For more information about the 12 OAY award program, visit the AFPC personnel services website at or call the Total Force Service Center toll-free at 800-525-0102 or DSN 665-5000.