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Fireman named one of 12 Outstanding Airmen

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- Base firefighter Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Griffin got a little nervous Monday, June 11 when 45th Space Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Dennis Vannorsdall walked into the fire station with Sergeant Griffin's 7-year-old son Jereon. 

"I thought maybe something had happened to my wife," said Sergeant Griffin. "But then when I saw General Helms standing there smiling, I figured they must be delivering some good news." 

That good news was that Sergeant Griffin was chosen as one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year. 

"It still hasn't sunk in yet," Sergeant Griffin said. "It's hard to fathom what an honor this is. The other nominees were of such high caliber. It's just unbelievable." 

Brig. Gen. Susan Helms, 45th SW commander, obviously believes in Sergeant Griffin, however. "Jeremy is a superb Airman Warrior who answered our nation's call to serve. Jeremy's talent, drive and dedication to his family and our Air Force's core values are what set him apart and energize his success," she said. 

Sergeant Griffin and the other 11 winners will be honored during the Air Force Association Air and Space Conference and Technology Exposition, September in Washington, D.C. They'll also serve as members of the AFA's Enlisted Advisory Council for the next year. 

"I'm in for a long, busy year, but I'm honored and proud to do it," said Sergeant Griffin. 

But before he assumes his duties as one of the 12, his next priority is hosting a barbecue for his co-workers at the base fire station to express his appreciation. 

"I wouldn't be where I am without them and the support of my wife, Rebekah," said Sergeant Griffin. "This recognition belongs to all of them. It's all about the people on your team. This is more about them than me."