FORT HUACHUCA, Ariz. – Eight awardees received personal recognition for excellence at the Installation Awards Barbecue held May 14 at Brown Parade Field as the first large-scale gathering here since the COVID-19 pandemic began 2020.
The command team of U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence & Fort Huachuca, Maj. Gen. Anthony Hale, commanding general, and Command Sgt. Maj. Warren Robinson, presented awards, citations and coins to recognize the outstanding work and achievements of the awardees.
"To each of you who receive titles of recognition, it speaks volumes about your character and your dedication to making a difference every day," Hale said. "Thank you for all that you do, for your work ethic and passion for Fort Huachuca and our military services."
Awardees recognized for volunteer service were:
Spc. Antonio Tyson, 40th Expeditionary Signal Battalion, who volunteered 511 hours with his unit and the Sierra Vista community.
Aimee Randazzo who volunteered 722 hours with the Fort Huachuca Community Spouses Club (FHCSC).
Anna Van Horn who volunteered a combined 897 hours for the FHCSC, Religious Services Office, Colonel Smith Middle School Parents & Teachers Organization, and Peach’s Pantry.
"I am grateful to be recognized, but I am grateful to the ones who enabled me to volunteer," Tyson said. "It makes me feel good I can show my peers, my leadership, and my Soldiers that if you work hard, it will be recognized."
Awardees recognized for military achievements were:
Intelligence Specialist Petty Officer 1st Class Robert Hubbard, Jr. was named 2020 Sailor of the Year.
Staff Sgt. Shaqeem Freeman, 305th Military Intelligence Battalion, was named 2020 Noncommissioned Officer of the Year as a result of winning the USAICoE&FH 2020 Best Warrior Competition. He received an Army Commendation Medal.
Staff Sgt. Steve McMath, 309th Military Intelligence Battalion, was named 2020 USAICoE Drill Sergeant of the Year.
Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Hazen, Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC), was named 2020 Airman of the Year.
Electronics Technician Petty Officer 1st Class Jonathan Hill, JITC, was named 2021 Sailor of the Year.
"I am honored to get this award," Hazen said. "I am thankful to my leadership for the opportunity to perform and be recognized."
McMath said he was proud to take home the 2020 Drill Sergeant of the Year award.
"I am also proud of those who gave me the tools to do as well as I did," he added.
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Fort Huachuca is home to the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence, the U.S. Army Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM)/9th Army Signal Command, and more than 48 supported tenants representing a diverse, multiservice population. Our unique environment encompasses 964 square miles of restricted airspace and 2,500 square miles of protected electronic ranges, critical components to the national defense mission.
Located in Cochise County, in southeast Arizona, about 15 miles north of the border with Mexico, Fort Huachuca is an Army installation with rich frontier history. Established in 1877, the Fort was declared a national landmark in 1976.
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