SMSgt Matthew Junglas - D-M’s best and brightest

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  • By Airman 1st Class Josh Slavin
  • 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
A D-M Airman was named one of Air Combat Command's Outstanding Airmen of the Year, recently.

Senior Master Sgt. Matthew Junglas, 612th Air Communications Squadron superintendent, was recognized as the most outstanding senior non commissioned officer in ACC for 2012 and is currently in the running for the Air Force level award.

"The recognition is very humbling and surreal. It means I now represent the best SNCO's in the Air Force and have to hold myself to an even higher standard than before," said Junglas.

Over the past three to four years, Junglas has become very involved at D-M. He works with the Top 3 organization, as well as several career development programs. Junglas also spends his time giving back to the local community, encouraging his troops to join him.

"I believe when you are a leader you should work with your Airmen rather than just telling them to do something," Junglas said. "A lot of the time I will bring my Airmen with me when I volunteer, so they can see me out there and know that we are all doing the work. This is rewarding for both myself and those I bring along."

He stresses to his troops the importance to take control of one's career and never stop learning.

Along with the recognition, Junglas will also receive an OAY ribbon. This is the highest personal ribbon award of the Air Force.

If Junglas is recognized as one of the 12 OAY across the Air Force, he will be authorized to wear the Outstanding Airman badge on his service dress for one year, as well as be awarded the ribbon with a bronze star device.