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March 10, 2013 at midnight

The Federal Executive Board recognized U.S. Navy Operations Specialist 1st Class <em style="bold">Rachael Meza</em> of Longview for her participation and leadership during the Combined Federal Campaign on Jan 30.

Meza was directly responsible for taking Navy Recruiting District San Francisco's Combined Federal Campaign to a new level. Her efforts and drive raised $9,396 for the campaign. This leadership doubled the previous year's total. She was presented a certificate of appreciation for her participation and a CFC hero certificate of appreciation for her leadership by board spokesperson Francine Roby.

"It's great to be recognized for my efforts and the efforts of my team, I couldn't have done it without them," Meza said. "But, the charities and the money raised for so many good causes is what is truly important."

The board met for the award ceremony and luncheon on the fifth floor overlooking the downtown area at the Ronald V. Dellums Federal Building. The ceremony recognized all of the key personnel and contributors during the 2013 campaign.

U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. <em style="bold">Toby Spraberry</em>, 53rd Weapons Evaluation Group first sergeant, earned the 2012 Team Tyndall Annual Award for First Sergeant of the Year during a ceremony at the annual awards banquet Feb. 20.

The Atlanta native was named for the award among four other nominees.

"I wasn't expecting to be named the winner and I was surprised by the outcome," Spraberry said. "Being selected as the Team Tyndall First Sergeant of the Year is a distinct honor and privilege."

Among his achievements, Spraberry is credited with being a supportive counselor, mediator, mentor and trainer. He led the group recognition and award program, created processes to improve dorm life for Airmen, supported the Weapons System Evaluation Program and is active in the community by chairing fundraisers and heading charity events.

"The First Sergeant of the Year award belongs to all of the Airmen that I have served during the past year," he said. "Without them, I wouldn't have the opportunity to go out and see what they do, how they contribute to our Air Force mission, and make my job as a first sergeant the most enjoyable and rewarding job ever."

Base Annual Award winners will go on to compete at the Air Combat Command level.



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