Hamilton, Newby named top Honor Guard troops at Kentucky Air National Guard

By Master Sgt. Philip Speck, 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office

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Master Sgt. Mark Hamilton has been selected as the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 2012 Honor Guard Manager of the Year. He performed more than 100 details in 2011 and increased membership on the team by 75 percent. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Master Sgt. Mark Hamilton has been selected as the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 2012 Honor Guard Manager of the Year, and Staff Sgt. Jason Newby has been selected as the Kentucky Air Guard’s 2012 Honor Guard member of the year.

Hamilton is the full-time coordinator for the 123rd Airlift Wing’s Honor Guard. He performed more than 100 details in 2011 — 91 Honor Guard details conducted to pay respects at the funerals of veterans; and 13 Color Guard events held to present the colors at public ceremonies. He’s an Air Force-certified Honor Guard Trainer who has increased membership on the team by 75 percent, according to his supervisor, Master Sgt. Jennifer Theiry. Hamilton regularly works with high-level dignitaries to organize high-visibility events such as the Louisville Veterans Day Parade, a recent Congressional Medal of Honor Convention and the governor’s inauguration parade.

Hamilton also is active in the community, volunteering at several schools and recreation centers. He is a chaperone for Northern Elementary School, referees and score-keeps for Ed Davis Recreation Center and sells tickets for Scott County Middle School.

“Mark always makes my job easier, because I never have to worry about a detail not being taken care of,” said Theiry, superintendent of the 123rd Services Flight, which oversees the Honor Guard. “He always does what he’s supposed to do and gets the people involved so things are taken care of. He’s detail oriented, very passionate about what he does and loves the Honor Guard.”

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Staff Sgt. Jason Newby has been selected as the Kentucky Air National Guard’s 2012 Honor Guard member of the year. A full-time stock control manager in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, he volunteers as a member of the Base Honor Guard in his spare time. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

Newby works full-time as a stock control manager in the Kentucky Air Guard’s 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, but he volunteers as a member of the Honor Guard in his spare time. He has been a member of the team for five years and has participated in more than 48 military funeral and Color Guard details. He also performed in a detail honoring a fallen Solider at the Louisville Memorial Gardens’ Sept. 11, 2011, ceremony and in the Kentucky governor’s inauguration.

Newby is pursuing a Securities and Exchange License to become a professional financial advisor. He’s also furthering his education by pursuing a degree at Indiana Wesleyan University and the Community College of the Air Force.

Newby is an active member of Watson Memorial Baptist Church, where he serves as a youth counselor, youth activity coordinator and church trustee. He donates time and money to his community by participating in the Tough Mudder race to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project, and is a member of the Yearlings Club, which is dedicated to civic responsibility and community service.

“If I give Jason a task, I know it’s going to be accomplished,” said Master Sgt. Ted Schiess, customer service supervisor in the 123rd Logistics Readiness Squadron. “He takes the initiative to get something done right and ensures that things are covered, even if that means staying late because of an Honor Guard detail he volunteers to support.”

Hamilton and Newby will be honored May 19 during the Kentucky National Guard’s Outstanding Soldier and Airman of the Year Banquet, to be held in Louisville.

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