MacDill's very own is truly among the best

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  • By Senior Airman Melanie Bulow-Gonterman
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing public affairs
 Becoming one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year takes superior leadership, outstanding job performance, community involvement, and personal achievements.

An Airman at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida's has demonstrated the aforementioned characteristics immaculately. Tech. Sgt. Toyre Hudson, 6thMedical Operations Squadron mental health flight chief, was recently named one of the Air Force's 12 OAY.

Once an Airman is nominated by their leadership, he or she will go on to compete against Airmen in their specific Major Command. After winning at the MAJCOM level the Airman goes on to compete at the Air Force level, competing with other Airmen who have also won at their MAJCOM level.

The Columbus, Georgia native surpassed the 35 nominees, Air Force wide, competing to be one of the 12 OAY by providing exceptional leadership for 47 personnel at MacDill AFB, that deliver mental health care to the Department of Defense's largest single-unit area of 215,000 beneficiaries.

During a recent deployment to Kabul, Afghanistan, he served as the NCO-in charge of Combat Stress, providing oversight to 11 forward operating bases, ultimately supporting 15,000 joint service members and 50 coalition nations. Hudson conducted 21 outside-the-wire missions to assist 110 warriors in crisis.

Hudson also served 65 days as a First Sergeant during Army combat skills training, resolving over 1,200 equipment and personnel issues. In this capacity, he ensured his team of 45 Airmen was prepared to support combat operations throughout Afghanistan.

Over the past year, Hudson earned his bachelor's degree in Psychology providing him with a wealth of knowledge, which he used to treat patients.

These are just a few of the ways Hudson has gone above and beyond in upholding the Air Force core values: Integrity First, Service Before Self and Excellence.