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Pacific-based recruiter named as one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year

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Tech. Sgt. Jeremiah Camper (top right), 369th Recruiting Squadron, is congratulated on his selection as one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2019 by the commander of Air Education and Training Command, Lt. Gen. Brad Webb, and Chief Master Sgt. Julie Gudgel, AETC command chief, during a video conference call June 18, 2020. Maj. Gen. Edward Thomas, Air Force Recruiting Service commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Sonia Lee, AFRS command chief, were also on the call to congratulate Camper, who is based in Agana, Guam. (U.S. Air Force courtesy graphic)

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Official biography photo for Tech. Sgt. Joseph Camper. Currently the program manager for Pacific operations recruiting for the 369th Recruiting Squadron in Agana, Guam, Camper was named one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2019. (U.S. Air Force photo)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Only an elite few are selected as one of the service’s twelve Outstanding Airmen of the Year, and for 2019, Tech. Sgt. Jeremiah Camper from the Air Force Recruiting Service can add his name to this select group.

Camper, program manager for Pacific recruiting operations recruiting for the 369th Recruiting Squadron based in Agana, Guam, learned of his selection during a conference call with the AETC command team of Lt. Gen. Brad Webb and Chief Master Sgt. Julie Gudgel, as well as the Air Force Recruiting Service command team of Maj. Gen. Ed Thomas and Chief Master Sgt. Sonia Lee, June 18.

Webb asked Camper about his thoughts on recruiting issues before breaking the news to Camper that he had been selected for the honor with a question about being an enlisted ambassador.

“I thought something might be up with everyone on the line,” Camper said. “The call turned into something different than what I thought it was going to be for sure. Thank you all.”

While targeting Secretary of the Air Force priorities for enlistment as a dual-role recruiter, Camper qualified 25% of his flight’s overall reservations and accessions while shipping 109 recruits to basic military training, setting the record for most shipments in his squadron’s history and tops in the group. He also restored a prior-service NCO to active-duty, saving the Air Force $55,000 in training costs and managed a $260,000 travel budget that resulted in a 100% on-time ship rate to BMT.

“When it comes to recruiting, Tech. Sgt. Camper is simply a powerhouse, as evidenced by the fact he tripled his production mission requirement and earning a Gold Badge,” Webb said. “We’re very proud of (Camper) and his accomplishments and it speaks to the type of person and Airmen he is.”

Leading off duty, Camper initiated the first “Feed the Hungry” program in Guam schools, leading 23 delayed enlistment program members in providing meals to 400 students.  He also completed Senior Enlisted Joint PME and earned two Community College of the Air Force degrees.

In April, Camper was honored as AETC’s top recruiter for 2019 and was also named the First Command’s 2019 NCO of the Year award winner.

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