Dec 7, 2014 5:22 PM
NH Airmen recognized for service, dedication at Pease
PEASE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE - Airmen from around the Granite State joined together Sunday at the annual Commander's Call to be recognized for their service and dedication to the country.
"Our airmen are the most dedicated folks amongst today's society," said Col. Rob Burrus, Wing Commander of the NH Air National Guard.
Many were recognized with individual awards as well.
It's a way for leaders to thank those who have worked so hard.
"This time of year, we often reflect on all that we are grateful for - and I know that I speak on behalf of all 'Granite Staters' and people across our great country in expressing our eternal gratitude for your dedicated service," said Gov. Maggie Hassan.
For many, it's service that has brought decades of dedication.
"I love it," said Melinda Fuller, who served actively for 16 years. Today, Fuller is continuing her career as a Maintenance Operations Officer at Pease.
"There's a lot of very hard working people here who have made some major accomplishments during the year," Fuller said. "And to be recognized, even as one of them is so important. But to actually be chosen is just pretty amazing."
They're awards well-deserved, says Col. Burrus, who spoke of the men and women who fight for the red, white and blue.
"They're the 1% who have chosen to serve and they come amongst the military and they come out and perform the mission at a rate and at an operational tempo that continues to be extremely high," Col. Burrus said.
Sen. Kelly Ayotte and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter also made an appearance today to shake hands and thank the men and women who have served the state - and the country.