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Second annual PACE Leadership Impact Award winners announced

2017 Leadership Impact Award

2017 Leadership Impact Award

Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas -- Seventeen individuals and four teams of Airmen and civilians from across the Total Force were recently announced as the 2017 PACE Leadership Impact Award recipients.

This is the second year the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence and Air University Leadership Institute is recognizing individuals who have established programs that are having a positive impact on their organization and on strengthening the Air Force’s culture.

The 2017 PACE Leadership Impact Award winners are:



  • Lt. Col. Mitchell Cok, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas
  • Lt Col. Brian McKay, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas
  • Lt. Col. Jason Turner, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • Maj. Joya Gamara, JBSA-Lackland, Texas
  • Capt. Garrett Glover, Vandenberg AFB, California
  • 1st Lt. Mariana Tamariz, Luke AFB, Arizona
  • Senior Master Sgt. Byron Hayes, MacDill AFB, Florida
  • Senior Master Sgt. Gabriel Lewis, Yokota Air Base, Japan
  • Senior Master Sgt. Tiffany Patterson, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • Senior Master Sgt. Scott Piper, Travis AFB, California
  • Master Sgt. Colette Roe, Luke AFB, Arizona
  • Tech. Sgt. Ashley Haldeman, Osan Air Base, South Korea
  • Tech. Sgt. Nicholas Gausemel, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii
  • Dr. Wayne Clark, Keesler AFB, Mississippi
  • Ms. Audrey Herwig Mendoza, Sheppard AFB, Texas
  • Mr. Jason Vandenberg, Dover AFB, Delaware
  • Mr. Danny White, Hurlburt Field AFB, Florida


  • 603rd Air Operations Center, Ramstein AFB, Germany
  • 821st Contingency Response Support Squadron Leadership Team, Travis AFB, California
  • “Leaders Inspiring for Tomorrow” Team, Fairchild AFB, Washington
  • 12 Flying Training Wing Maintenance Group, JBSA-Randolph AFB, Texas

The 2017 awards focused on innovations in leader development to include creating learning environments at all levels in the workplace that accelerate growth in decision making through role modeling, feedback and practice. Like the previous year’s winners, recipients will be invited to attend a three-day industry-sponsored leadership academy in June.


PACE is the Air Force’s dedicated champion to strengthening Air Force professional culture. Initiatives include infusing professionalism into existing training venues such as First Term Airmen’s Courses and Squadron Officer Course; delivering the affective instructional seminar “Enhancing Human Capital;” and providing leadership tools to ensure Airmen receive a continuum of professionalism development training at the appropriate touch points throughout their careers.


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