By Senior Airman Stephanie Serrano
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Two Airmen from the 19th Aerospace Medicine Squadron at Little Rock Air Force Base recently took top honors at the Air Force level for the Air Force Medical Service awards for fiscal year 2016.
The AFMS recognizes the accomplishments of Airmen who demonstrate extraordinary expertise, leadership and commitment in the medical career fields. Hard work and dedication are core attributes of both U.S. Air Force Capt. Austin Bennett and U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Devante Scarver.
Bennett was awarded the USAF Biomedical Specialist Category I Officer of the Year – Company Grade Category award. Bennett deployed to Afghanistan where he directed multiple teams, rebuilt programs and maintained a 4.0 grade point average in pursuit of his master’s degree.
“I knew I had a pretty good [award] package, but I really did not expect to win at Air Force level,” said Bennett, 19th AMDS occupational health element chief.
Scarver was awarded the USAF Public Health Airma n of the Year. This year, Scarver led and managed more than five different programs as well as volunteered and honed his professional development skills.
“It’s a blessing because of where my career started,” said Scarver, 19th AMDS public health technician. “It wasn’t a smooth start, but to be able to just be put up for that award in itself speaks levels to me.”
These Airmen epitomize professionalism in the Air Force Medical Service and set the bar for future award recipients.