Base CGOC Named Best in Western Region
By P. A. Tezuka, SMC Public Affairs
/ Published September 08, 2009
LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE -- The Los Angeles Air Force Base Company Grade Officers Council recently won the Best CGOC of the Year Award for the Western Region during the Air Force CGOC Conference held in May. The council was recognized here during the Monthly Recognition and Promotion Ceremony at the Gordon Conference Center, Aug 31. Accepting the award on behalf of the organization was 1st Lt. Brian Dougal, the current CGOC Treasurer.
The organization was also named as the runner up for the Best CGOC in the Air Force. The award was based on the council's superior achievements in five categories - professional development, community and base support, council improvement, fundraising and social.
"My staff and the active members of the CGOC have given an impressive amount of their personal time to the organization and the events we've run," said Capt. Joshua Jewett, CGOC president. "Their dedication definitely shined through all they were able to accomplish."
He praised young lieutenants such as Heather Moe, who was responsible for the success of the last quarterly awards; Bryce Luke, who put together a team to run in this year's SMC Sports Day; and Rashim McKinney, who regularly puts on professional development events.
The CGOC accomplishments included -- hosting professional developmental events; donating to various community and base-support charities which included local airmen, Tuskeegee Airmen, WASP and Doolittle Raiders; mentoring Big Brother/Big Sister Special Friend Program; representing the Air Force at career days; volunteering at LAX USO every weekend; hosting various fundraisers; spearheading 10 morale events supporting airmen, industry partners and local communities; publicizing the first-ever Los Angeles AFB CGOC information brochure; and designing and manufacturing the first-ever Los Angeles AFB CGOC coin.
"Being a part of this organization has been a tremendous experience," said Capt. Jewett. "I've learned an awful lot about motivation and leadership, along with organizing a shared vision."