Air Commando highlight: Justified judge advocate
link U.S. Air Force photo: Airman 1st Class Chip Slack
U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Ashton Brown, 27th Special Operations Wing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate NCO in charge, won the Hard Charger Award for the month of March. Hard Charger is a monthly program where exceptional Airmen are recognized for their hard work and achievements.
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Editor’s note: This feature is the first in a series of Air Commando spotlights at Cannon. The airmen being highlighted are recent Diamond Sharp and Hard Charger Award winners.
The Hard Charger Award is reserved for those Airmen who have not only stood out above the rest when it comes to doing their job, but those who exhibit a truly extraordinary work ethic, personal drive and commitment to their squadron and to the local community.
For Tech. Sgt. Ashton Brown, 27th Special Operations Wing Office of the Staff Judge Advocate NCO in charge, this award only seemed like a natural fit. As the President of the Wing Staff Agency Booster Club and the Community Activities Coordinator of the Cannon 5/6 Council, which plans and implements community involvement projects and aids with professional development for all the staff and technical sergeants on base, Brown is no stranger to sacrificing her time for the benefit and advancement of her peers.
Upon receiving this award, Brown was surprised, yet honored. She attributes her successes to having a solid team behind her, and is very quick to give credit where it is due.
“I think it’s a combination of both my individual drive and my leadership,” Brown stated simply. “I know what my goals are and what I want people to think of me and of my character, so that’s my personal drive to succeed. And of course having that supervisor who takes the time to write a package, or who takes time out of their day to notice your hard work is critical to my achievement.”
In recognition of his troop’s recent accomplishment, Senior Master Sgt. Charles McQueen, 27 SOW/JA superintendent, praises Brown’s work ethic.
“Despite the stressful and fast paced job that Tech. Sgt. Brown accomplishes, most of the time with limited resources, she still manages to lead her troops to mission success,” McQueen said.
As Brown silently and selflessly accepts her well-deserved position as role model to not only the Airmen she personally interacts with on a daily basis, but those who aspire to reach the level of success she has, Brown offers up a bit of insight on striving for personal excellence.
“On the airman level, getting involved in clubs and organizations, as well as the local community is extremely important,” she explained. “I try to set an example by what I’m involved in because it’s very hard for me to try to stress that to my airmen if I’m not doing it myself. I hold myself accountable by being that example for my airmen.”