White Sands Missile Range will honor the best of its military at the 2014 Tri-Service Awards Banquet at 6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Las Cruces Convention Center.
The following White Sands Missile Range Soldiers, Airmen and Sailors will be recognized:
Soldier of the Year
Spc. Zachary Hale
Spc. Zachary Hale was born in Eden, North Carolina on Jan. 27, 1988. He was raised in Patrick Springs, Virginia. Hale joined the Army on Dec. 27, 2010. Hale departed for Basic Combat Training to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri on Dec. 27, 2010. After completing training, Hale reported to Fort Sam Houston on March 11, 2011 to attend his Advanced Individual Training as a 68P. After completing Phase 1 of MOS training, Hale went to Fort Bragg, North Carolina for Phase 2 on May 17, 2012. Once Hale graduated, he reported to McAfee US Army Health Clinic at White Sands Missile Range, New México. While he has been at McAfee, he has served as a Radiology Technologist. He currently serves as the Competency Assessment Folder representative for the unit. Hale completed the Warrior Leaders Course in June of 2014. He has been accepted to attend school to become a Nuclear Medicine Technologist. He is scheduled to report for class in July 2015. Hale has participated with the clinic during the Bataan Memorial Death March for two years by driving medical volunteers and delivering supplies. His awards include Army Achievement Medal, Good Conduct Medal, one Certificate of Achievement and one Certificate of Appreciation. He also has an Associate’s Degree in Arts and Sciences. He has been married to his wife, Leah, for two years.
Non-commissioned Officer of the Year
Sgt. Thomas Joiner
Sgt. Thomas Joiner was born and raised in Gardner, Massachusetts on Dec. 9, 1988. Joiner joined the Army Sept. 1, 2008.
Joiner departed for Basic Combat Training and Advanced Individual Training to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri on Sept. 11, 2008.
After completing training, Joiner reported to White Sands Missile Range on Jan. 19, 2009 to 2EN BN, 573rd Clearance Company. On Nov. 13, 2009 Joiner deployed to Iraq with the 573rd Clearance Company assigned to 1st EN BN until July 7, 2010. He then volunteered to go to Afghanistan to link up with his own BN to finish out the remainder of his tour. Joiner redeployed back to WSMR in November 2010. During his dwell time Joiner completed Area Clearance Course, Puma Operator Course, R2C2 Sapper Course, Explosive Ordinance Clearance Agent Course and Warrior Leader Course. On July 9, 2012 Joiner deployed back to Afghanistan with 573rd CLR CO. to Patika Province in RC East. He then redeployed back to WSMR on April 8, 2013. Joiner is currently assigned to 40th MAC serving as a team leader. His awards include the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Army NCO Professional Development Ribbon. He has been married to his wife, Candace for two years and has two sons: Thomas and Adam.
U.S. Air Force
Airman of the Year
Senior Airman Jamie Hart
Senior Airman Jamie Lynn Hart is from Cincinnati, Ohio, where she graduated from Amelia High School in 2008 as Suma Cum Laud. She entered the Air Force in April of 2009. Upon her completion of Basic Military training she attended Air Traffic Control School at Keesler Air Force Base, in Mississippi. In December of 2010, Hart was assigned to White Sands Missile Range, where she currently serves as an Air Traffic Control Journeyman and Front Load Training Instructor. During her short career she has consistently demonstrated incredible drive and dedication supporting the missions of the regions three major military installations leading her recognition to be awarded 49th Operations Support Squadron Airman of the Quarter 2nd Quarter 2014.
Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year
Tech. Sgt. Christopher Bahlman
Tech. Sgt. Christopher Bahlman is from Seattle, Washington. He joined the Air Force in November of 2005. Upon completion of basic military training, he attended Air Traffic Control School at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi. Bahlman’s assignments include Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina, Kadena Air Base in Japan, Ali Air Base in Iraq, Mwaffaq Salti Air Base in Jordan, and WSMR, where he currently serves as an Air Traffic Control Watch Supervisor. Bahlman is a recipient of the Air Force Achievement and Air Force Commendation Medal. He is a graduate of the Air Force’s Airman Leadership School and holds an Associate’s in Air Traffic Management and Operations.
Sailor of the Year
First Class Petty Officer James R. Hays
Fire controlman First Class (Surface Warfare) James R. Hays is from Dimmitt, Texas and has been in the Navy for seven years. He has been stationed onboard USS CHUNG-HOON (DDG 93), USS ANTIETAM (CG 54), and USS COWPENS (CG 63), deploying to the Western Pacific three times. FC1 (SW) Hays’ responsibilities at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Detachment White Sands include duties as Desert Ship Fire Control Officer, Command Career Counselor, and Education Services Officer. As Fire Control Officer, he is responsible for training and qualifying the Fire Control Team, as well as maintaining and coordinating the Desert Ship Weapons Control System in supporting the Navy’s newest weapon development programs. After graduating from Command Career Counselor School in December 2013, he has served as a critical link between the Sailor and the Command, making him responsible for managing the Navy Enlisted Retention and Career Development Program with the Command. As the Education Services Officer, he is responsible for the preparation and administration of Navy-wide advancement examination worksheets for pay grades E4 through E6, which is key to a Sailor’s success. His family includes his wife Alyson and their son Luke.
Junior Sailor of the Year
Second Class Petty Officer Adam D. Martinez
Hospital Corpsman Second Class (Fleet Marine Force) Adam D. Martinez is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and has been in the Navy for over eight years. He graduated from Hospital Corpsman “A” School in February 2007 and has been stationed at Naval Dental Center Camp Pendleton, Branch Dental Clinic Twenty-Nine Palms and is currently stationed at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Detachment White Sands New Mexico. HM2 Martinez is the sole Navy representative in providing coordination and oversight for the Detachment’s military and civilian Medical Readiness, which is important for all members to stay ready for the tasks ahead. He is an integral part of White Sands Missile Range Medical McAfee Readiness team, which dedicates and provides the clinic’s mission in treating over 800 military members with their dependents and government employees. Additionally, he dedicates his service as an Honor Guard Detail to Veteran Funeral Services, numerous flag promotions, post Change of Commands. His volunteer services include Tri-Service Fundraising and Salvation Army of Las Cruces. His family includes his wife Lisha and their three children Jonathan, Rose, and Lillyanna.