HQ RIO announces top Individual Reservists of 2016

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colorado --

The Headquarters Individual Reservist Readiness and Integration Organization announced the 2016 Individual Reservists of the Year, April 4. 

The award program recognizes the accomplishments of the outstanding Airmen who augment active-duty forces and government agencies world-wide. A team of Airmen from the Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center evaluated the nomination packages and selected the winners.

“These awards recognize the contributions our Airmen have made over the past year to their active-component organizations and are well-deserved," said Col. Carolyn A. Stickell, the HQ RIO commander.  "They are a shining example of what Individual Reservists can bring to the fight, and these members truly exemplify the excellence we expect from the IR force.  Congratulations!"

Individual Reservists of the Year 

Non-commissioned Officer of the Year: Tech. Sgt. Khrysallis M. Santos, HQ RIO Detachment 2, Headquarters U.S. Forces-Japan, Yokota Air Base, Japan

Senior NCO of the Year: Senior Master Sgt. Wallace E. Wood, HQ RIO Detachment 3, 39th Information Operations Squadron, Det 1, Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

Company Grade Office of the Year: Capt. Oriana S. Mastro, HQ RIO Detachment 2, Headquarters Pacific Air Force, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

Field Grade Officer of the Year: Maj. Wesley A. Skenfield, HQ RIO Detachment 2, 613th Air Operations Center, Air Mobility Division, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii

The enlisted winners will now advance to compete for a spot as one of AFRC’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year.

IMAs are Air Force Reservists assigned to active-duty units and government agencies. They are managed by Headquarters Individual Reservist Readiness and Integration Organization, located at Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado, and serve over 50 separate major commands, combatant commands and government agencies.

Unlike traditional Reservists, who are assigned to Reserve units that regularly perform duty together, IMAs work with their active-duty supervisors to create a custom duty schedule that helps their unit meet mission requirements.