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Airman garners Military Affairs Council recognition

U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. -- When it comes to saving lives, saving money and protecting assets one Academy Airman has an impeccable track record. His accomplishments were recognized at the Annual Armed Forces Luncheon May 15 when he was named 2009 Outstanding Enlisted Military Representative (Category One--E-1 though E-4) by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Council.

Senior Airman Tyler Moran, a firefighter from the 10th Civil Engineer Squadron, has been assigned to the Academy as a fire protection apprentice since February 2008. In a relatively short time, he has made major impact.

First a little personal background.

Born at Lemoor Naval Air Station, Lemoor, Calif., Oct. 24, 1983, in 1996, he moved to Temecula, Calif., where he attended Temecula Valley High School and graduated with the class of 2001. Next, he attended Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and in 2006, graduated with honors with a bachelor's degree in global security and intelligence.

In December that year, he enlisted in the Air Force and arrived at Lackland AFB, Texas, for Basic Military Training. Upon graduating as an honor graduate, he attended and completed the Para Rescue Indoctrination Course in May 2007 also at Lackland.

In October 2007, he cross-trained into the firefighting field and attended the Louis F. Garland Fire Academy at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, for technical training to become a fire protection apprentice.

After graduating as an honor student, he received an assignment to the 10th Civil Engineer Squadron. In October 2008, Airman Moran was promoted below-the-zone to senior airman. His military awards include: the National Defense Service Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the U.S. Air Force Basic Military Training Honor Graduate Ribbon and the Air Force Training Ribbon. He is married to the former Ashley Shannon of Temecula, Calif.

Just a hand full of bullets from the Airman's nomination package concisely present the caliber of this future NCO: 

-- "Captain of Embry Riddle Aeronautical University wrestling team; earned three All American awards." 
-- "Honor Graduate from firefighting tech school; graduated with a 97 percent average--#1 of 14 in class 
-- "Responded to 236 emergency events including 97 medical emergencies; training saved lives daily. 
-- First team to locate lost and injured hiker; administered immediate medical care--saved life

The Armed Forces Luncheon was held at the Colorado Springs Broadmoor Hall upon the occasion of Armed Forces Week, May 10-16, as proclaimed by City Mayor Lionel Rivera.

The proclamation by the city of Colorado Springs and El Paso County reads in part, "WHEREAS, these citizen Soldiers, Sailors, Coast Guardsmen, Airmen, and Marines are inexorably woven into the fabric of our national heritage, and to our city and country and its way of life ..."

Maj. Gen. Mark Graham, commanding general Division West, First Army and Fort Carson was the keynote speaker.

The enormity of military presence in El Paso County was outlined in the event program stating: "The Pikes Peak Region encompasses a diverse and vibrant military presence unique to only a very few locations in the United States. The region is not only home to the five military installations, but also home to operations of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, U.S. Northern Command, Air Force Space Command, U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Strategic Command, Missile Defense Integrated Operations Center, Space Innovation and Development Center Joint Functional Component Command/Integrated Missile Defense, and the National Security Space Institute."

The Academy community salutes Airman Moran for his accomplishment and wishes him all the best.