The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Montour County

March 26, 2013

Danville Graduate named Airman of the Year

DANVILLE — A local high school graduate was recognized as a top airman in his field by his Air Force peers.

Airman First Class Tyler Bordner, a Danville local, was awarded a MAJCOM Airman of the Year award for his work as a vehicle management specialist at Texas’ Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

“Frankly, I was a little shocked that I got it, but I was excited at the same time. It’s an honor to get such an award. I try my best every day,” said Tyler, a member of Danville High School’s graduating class of 2010.

Tyler works as a vehicle management specialist, working on land-based vehicles, including trucks, forklifts, dump trucks, diesel trucks and other equipment meant for heavy-duty work. “We pretty much work on everything,” he said.

The MAJCOM award recognizes the top airman or airwoman in their field. Tyler was chosen for the award out of several specialists stationed on bases in his region.

“We look at the whole package,” said Oscar Balladares, of the public affairs office for Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. “The primary thing is how he carries out his duties as a vehicle management specialist. They want a well-rounded individual.”

Since getting the award, Tyler has received a handwritten letter of praise from an Air Force colonel and congratulations from his commander.

Tyler will now advance to the next level of MAJCOM recognition, where he will compete against vehicle management specialists throughout the entire Air Force.

He first signed up for the Air Force during high school and started basic training in December of 2010. “I’ve wanted to join the air force ever since I was a freshman in high school,” Tyler said. “It’s something I’ve always wanted to do.” He plans on re-enlisting after six years and making the Air Force his career for the foreseeable future.

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