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SMC Airman Named Top AFSPC Enlisted Aide

Master Sergeant Jessie Gregorio puts the finishing touches on food to be served at a party. (Photo by Sarah Corrice)

Master Sergeant Jessie Gregorio puts the finishing touches on food to be served at a party. (Photo by Sarah Corrice)

Master Sergeant Jessie Gregorio Master Sergeant Jessie Gregorio puts the finishing touches on food to be served at a party. (Photo by Sarah Corrice) (Photo by Sarah Corrice)

Master Sergeant Jessie Gregorio Master Sergeant Jessie Gregorio puts the finishing touches on food to be served at a party. (Photo by Sarah Corrice) (Photo by Sarah Corrice)

LOS ANGELES AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Master Sergeant Jessie Gregorio has been named as the Air Force Space Command nominee for the Air Force's 2013 Senior Enlisted Aide of the Year. The award recognizes enlisted aides for performing their military duties in an exemplary manner, providing dedicated service to their general officer and community, and demonstrating a commitment to self-improvement while displaying leadership.

An enlisted aide runs the household so general and flag level officers aren't taken away from their primary official military duties by other tasks. Duties can include overseeing house cleaning, receiving guests, arranging official social functions, buying and preparing food, providing administrative help, and running errands. It is a job Master Sgt. Gregorio as been doing for the past five years as the enlisted aide to Lt. Gen. Ellen Pawlikowski, SMC commander, and Lt. Gen. Tom Sheridan, former SMC commander.

"My favorite part of this job is catering an event. Everything from planning a menu, setting up and finally delivering a memorable meal for the general and her guests, he said.

According to Gregorio, the most challenging part of his job is making sure that he is flexible to handle unexpected changes in the general's changing schedule.

A native of San Pedro, Gregorio joined the Air Force in 1993 to serve his country and travel the world. He is a recipient of the Military Outstanding Volunteer Medal for his work with Edwards AFB Munitions Flight's Honey-Do Senior Citizen Assistance Program. Gregorio received a Personal Household Management Certificate and a Pro-Chef Certification through the Culinary Institute of America. He also has a secondary degree in Restaurant, Hotel and Fitness Management from the Community College of the Air Force.