The 2019 PNGAS Guard Awards Announced

Tuesday, November 12th 2019

(Fort Indiantown Gap - Annville, PA) – November 11, 2019 –At its 2019 PNGAS Awards Celebration at the Lancaster Convention Center this weekend, the Pennsylvania National Guard Associations (PNGAS) celebrated the 2019 PNGAS Guard Awards.  Mission-driven, PNGAS is the only organization exclusively promoting the highest levels of readiness, modernization and quality of life for our 19,438 members and 67,500 veterans of the Pennsylvania National Guard and their families, while making sure our men and women have the very-best equipment and resources. Over the next 12-months, the Pennsylvania National Guard must recruit more than 2,300 new members to replace Guard members that have completed their commitments and/or retired. As a direct result, PNGAS legislative, budget and mission priorities reflect the critical need to attract, train and retain quality women and men in the Guard and recognize institutions that help optimize recruitment, retention and procurement strategies of the Pennsylvania National Guard. To reinforce this mission the PNGAS Guard Awards were designed to celebrate and recognize extraordinary efforts made by individuals and organizations to advance the safety, strength and continued success of the Pennsylvania National Guard. More than 20,000 votes were tabulated in the 13-award categories.  

“PNGAS places great value on recognizing individuals and organizations that promote the success of the Pennsylvania National Guard. We are very pleased to announce the Finalists and Best of the Best of the 2019 PNGAS Guard Awards,” stated Kathleen Fabrizi, Executive Director, PNGAS and Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation. “Surrounding the Guard are many people and organizations undertaking exceptional actions to support the success of the Pennsylvania National Guard. Simply put, it’s a great honor to be nominated for the PNGAS Guard Awards. After more than 20,000 votes were cast, PNGAS selected the front-runners as Finalists, and those receiving the highest percentage of the votes were named, the Best of the Best!”

“Every day and on this Veteran’s Day we honor our veterans and thank our troops serving our nation both overseas and domestically,” added Chad Rettew, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Pennsylvania National Guard Associations. “and here in Pennsylvania, on behalf of PNGAS we are honored to recognize such a strong collection of dedicated people and organizations working towards the success of the Pennsylvania National Guard!”

In support of the Pennsylvania National Guard, the 2019 PNGAS Guard Awards are directly tied into the PNGAS and PNGAS Action Council mission and initiatives.

 

2019 Unit of the Year

Best of the Best              The 28th Infantry Division

Best of the Best              Utility Training Battalion

Best of the Best              193rd, SOSS

Finalist                              The 1-109th Battalion

Finalist                              1-104th Calvary B Troop

Finalist                              Medical Battalion Training Site

               

               

2019 Volunteer of the Year

Best of the Best              Jenny Pappas

Best of the Best              Wilbur Wolf

Best of the Best              Hope Wenzel

Best of the Best              Katie Lacamera

Best of the Best              Kathy Rutherford

Finalist                              Peter Paone

Finalist                              Michele Johnson

Finalist                              Liz Stern

Finalist                              Jonathan Sattlemeyer & Frederick Donegan

Finalist                              Tara Campbell

Finalist                              Rob Irving

Finalist                              Julie Claycomb

               

 

 2019 Member of the Year

Best of the Best              Andrew Inch

Best of the Best              Michael Johnson

Best of the Best              Kevin Dellicker

Best of the Best              Timothy Blasco

Best of the Best              Andrew Schafer

Finalist                              Darren Troche

Finalist                              Eric Bussman

Finalist                              Rosie Carillo

Finalist                              Eric Redman

Finalist                              Eric Kearns

               

               

2019 Spouse of the Year

Best of the Best              Erinn Blasco

Best of the Best              Katie Lacamera

Best of the Best              Monica Koontz

Best of the Best              Brittney Becker

Best of the Best              Jacqui Rettew

Finalist                              Gina Childress

Finalist                              Samantha Kelly

Finalist                              Michele Johnson

Finalist                              Rachel Troche

Finalist                              Susan Brent

 

2019 Leader of the Year

Best of the Best              Craig Kubicar

Best of the Best              Timothy Zerbe

Best of the Best              Michael Siriani

Best of the Best              Paolo Sica

Finalist                              Stacey Arrigoni

Finalist                              Michael Riley

Finalist                              Jose Olivas

Finalist                              Eric Redman

Finalist                              Nathan Smith

Finalist                              Julie Curlin

               

 

2019 Recruiter of the Year

Best of the Best              Nick Carlson

Best of the Best              Martina Crouse

Best of the Best              Rachel Ali

Best of the Best              Gabe Sweiger

Finalist                              Jayme Porter

Finalist                              Joe Page

               

 

2019 Procurement Leader of the Year 

Best of the Best              Chad Hummel

Best of the Best              Brian Beers

Finalist                              Jake Steiner

Finalist                              Michael Riley

Finalist                              Eric Wersler

Finalist                              Matthew Kauffman

Finalist                              Terry Fetterman

               

 

2019 Trainer of the Year

Best of the Best              Jake Steiner

Best of the Best              Rich Adams

Best of the Best              Aaron Harman

Best of the Best              Dakin Evans

Finalist                              Carlo Fracchione

Finalist                              Bill Shayner

               

               

2019 Family Readiness Leader of the Year

Best of the Best              Gina Childress

Best of the Best              Corrie Wadel

Best of the Best              Tara Rose

Finalist                              Stephany Graham

Finalist                              Sean Stricek

Finalist                              Tim Smeal

               

 

2019 Veteran of the Year

Best of the Best              Joel Mutschler

Best of the Best              BG Wilbur Wolf

Best of the Best              Larry Murphy

Best of the Best              George Schwartz

Best of the Best              Jessica Wright

Finalist                              Rob Irving

Finalist                              Wilhelm Ebersole

Finalist                              Ronda Fawber

Finalist                              Jenny Pappas

 

 

2019 School of the Year

Best of the Best              Drexel ONLINE and Drexel University

Best of the Best              Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania

Best of the Best              Harrisburg Area Community College

Best of the Best              Pennsylvania State University

Finalist                              Gywnedd Mercy University

Finalist                              Indiana University of Pennsylvania

Finalist                              East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania

Finalist                              DeVry University

Finalist                              University of Pennsylvania

Finalist                              Wilkes University

Finalist                              Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

Finalist                              Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine

Finalist                              Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania

Finalist                              Moravian College

               

 

2019 Innovation of the Year

Best of the Best              Establishing the Military Family Education Program (MFEP)

Finalist                              Expansion and modernization of the Education Assistance Program (EAP)

Finalist                              Establishing the Keystone Youth Challenge Academy

Finalist                              PNGAS starting the 2019 PNGAS Guard Awards

               

 

2019 Moment of the Year

Best of the Best              The historic passage of the Military Family Education Program

Finalist                              The rescue of 18 citizens, 2 dogs and 1 cat during the flooding in Dauphin County PA

Finalist                              Surpassing the $10 million dollar mark from the restoration of the local tax exemption for active duty military pay

Finalist                              EAATS getting an accident investigation course approved by NTSB

PNGAS is an independent non-profit organization, not associated with or legally connected to the Pennsylvania National Guard, the US Military, the Pennsylvania Department of Military and Veterans Affairs or the state or federal government

The Pennsylvania National Guard Associations, Pennsylvania National Guard Foundation, National Guard Association of Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania National Guard Enlisted Association are based in Biddle Hall, Building 1-109, Fort Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA 17003-5002 

Contact Information:

Kathleen Fabrizi, Executive Director, PNGAS

Biddle Hall Building, 9-109 Fort Indiantown Gap

Annville, PA 17003-5002

Email: PNGAS@PNGAS.org

www.PNGAS.org