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SMC Annual Awards Winners Announced at Banquet

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- The Space and Missile Systems Center and Los Angeles Air Force Base's best were honored at the base's recent annual awards banquet. Fifteen awards were presented at this year's banquet held at the Gordon Conference Center, March 19. More than 100 individuals and teams were nominated.

The winners are:

Field Grade Officer - Lt. Col. Sidney "Scott" Conner

Senior Company Grade Officer - Capt. Nicholas G. Feranec

Junior Company Grade Officer - Lt. Christopher J. O'Connor

Senior Non-Commissioned Officer - Senior Master Sgt. Anthony Frazier

Non-Commissioned Officer - Tech. Sgt. Nancy Connell

Airman - Staff Sgt. Veronica Ahumanda

Senior Level Civilian - Jeremy Leader

Mid-Level Civilian - Victor J. Vizcarra Jr.

Junior Level Civilian - Jeremy Pena

Administrative Level Civilian - Casey Holmes

Space Systems Team - Delta Launch Team

Admin and Support Staff Team - SMC Technical Services (STS) Team - SMC/PI

Officer IMA - Maj. Jeffrey M. Nishikawa

Enlisted IMA - Senior Master Sgt. Glen Jimenez

First Sergeant - Master Sgt. Thomas G. Martin

Honor Guard Member of the Year - Senior Airman Cory Montgomery

"There were many outstanding nominees from throughout SMC, and the competition was fierce. These individuals and teams represent SMC's best and brightest, and serve as shining examples of our great organization," said Lt. Gen. Tom Sheridan, SMC commander in a base-wide announcement of the winners.

In addition to the awards presentation, the crowd was entertained by fellow military and civilian personnel who performed at the banquet.

Among the invited guests was World War II veteran Florentino B. Moscoso. He served in the U.S. Army, Philippine Scout Branch, from Feb. 21, 1941 to Dec. 3, 1948. He was captured and held as a prisoner of war by the Japanese in a concentration camp in the Philippines and forced to march in the Bataan Death March. Following his release, he fought as a guerilla to help liberate the Philippines from Japanese occupation. Today, he is 90 years old, still active and living in Los Angeles.