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MacDill Airman awarded for communication excellence

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  • By Airman 1st Class Mariette Adams
  • 6th Air Mobility Public Affairs

A communications Airman, won the 2016 Air Force Information Dominance Outstanding Cyber Systems NCO of the Year award at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, Dec. 19, 2016.

Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Selonke, the section chief of radio frequency transmissions assigned to the 6th Communications Squadron at the time of the award, was selected out of more than five communications career fields and 5,100 NCOs.

Over the past year, Selonke led 37 Airmen and managed $67 million in radio frequency assets that supported three combatant commands and 19,000 personnel.

“I could not have done this without the outstanding NCOs and Airmen working with me and my flight leadership that kept me going,” said Selonke.

Selonke and his team completed an overhaul of the Tanker Strategic Air Regeneration Team’s communications unit type code for 25 units across Air Force Global Strike Command.

The overhaul updated the comprehensive and functional deployable equipment and personnel.

In addition to the overhaul, Air Mobility Command recognized the work of Selonke and his team and identified them as the lead trainers for the 25 units assigned to Tanker Strategic Air Regeneration Team operations.

Efforts made by Selonke and his team also helped with the validation of three next-generation satellite communication systems across the Department of Defense worth $4.6 billion.

“I am proud of my team for the long hours and hard work,” said Selonke. “It feels great to validate all of our efforts through the past year.”

Global Strike Command also selected his team for a second year to travel to 27 units across the country to train and enhance nuclear-hardened communications systems supporting command post operations.

“I am thrilled for Selonke's incredibly well-deserved recognition,” said Master Sgt. Eric Leach, the superintendent of radio frequency transmissions with the 6th CS. “He has more than exceeded any of my expectations.”

Looking forward, Selonke hopes to be accepted into officer training school where he wants to become a cyber officer.

“No matter what path I take, I want to mentor and develop the next generation’s teams to keep the Air Force moving in the right direction,” said Selonke.