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17th Medical Group Airmen receive AETC awards

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Two 17th Medical Group Airmen were recently awarded Air Education and Training Command honors.

Master Sgt Annette Whitenack
Master Sgt Annette Whitenack, Aerospace Medicine Flight Chief, was awarded the Olson/Wegner Outstanding Medicine Award in the senior NCO category.

Sergeant Whitenack was recognized for her superior leadership and job performance. She acted as the squadron's interim first sergeant for 120 days and managed the Primary Care Element technicians, flight medicine and dermatology clinic. She also implemented an electronic records system which is used by 27 members of the clinic.

Sergeant Whitenack authored the wing's Anthrax Vaccine Immunization Plan and taught 120 AEF Airmen Self Aid and Buddy Care techniques. She also inoculated more than 3,500 Goodfellow personnel with the Influenza vaccine, and planned the medical group's unit readiness training.

The sergeant also provided cancer awareness information during the retiree health fair, educating more than 225 elderly patients on deadly symptoms.

Her volunteerism also led to her capturing the award. She has volunteered for numerous base and community activities, including the Cub Scouts, the Air Force Ball and Exodus.

Airman 1st Class Christopher Harmer
Named AETC's Dental Airman of the Year, Airman 1st Class Harmer was lauded for delivering superior service in his unit. He appointed and treated more than 600 patients, with a 99 percent satisfaction rating. He has worked with seven doctors, and managed $20,000 in medical equipment. Additionally, Airman Harmer oversaw the dental consult log, tracking hypersensitive cases, assuring safe treatment for patients. He also helped to refurbish 750 corroded instruments in one moth, as performed duties as the 17th MDG Airman on Duty and Dental Charge of Quarters.

Another superior volunteer, Airman Harmer portrayed a lead role in National Children's Dental Health Month activities, he was a member of the 17 MDG Relay for Life Team, an Airman Against Drunk Driving volunteer and a Concho Valley Food Bank volunteer.