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Massachusetts Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention Team receive national award 
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Members from the Massachusetts Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention Team 
NEW ORLEANS – Members from the Massachusetts Air National Guard Recruiting and Retention Team pose for a picture after receiving a national award. The award recognizes the top recruiting and retention team with superior programs and production.  Highlighted were 42 officers being appointed, an outstanding 93.7% retention rate, overachievement in diversity accessions, storefront model, personal development and contributions to the community.  (U.S. Air Force photo by SMSgt Chris Gillis, Massachusetts Air National Guard)
By Lt. Col. James Sahady, Massachusetts National Guard Public Affairs 

NEW ORLEANS
  The Massachusetts Air National Guard Recruiting and  Retention Team was recently awarded the Golden Eagle Award for best recruiting and retention team in the nation for fiscal year 2011.   

Brig. Gen. Brian G. Neal, commander, Air National Guard Readiness Center, presented the team the award while attending the 2012 National Recruiting and Retention Training Workshop in New Orleans, on March 20, 2012.  The award recognizes the top recruiting and retention team with superior programs and production.  Highlighted were 42 officers being appointed, an outstanding 94% retention rate, overachievement in diversity accessions, storefront model, personal development and contributions to the community. 

“I am surrounded by a group of motivated, diverse Air National Guard recruiters and retainers driven to provide the best asset to this organization; its quality people,” stated Chief Master Sgt. Pete Johnson, recruiting and retention superintendent, Joint Force Headquarters, Massachusetts Air National Guard.

“We extend thanks to our commanders, command chiefs, Joint Force Headquarters team, and all supporting agencies in helping us achieve this award,” said Col. Pete Green III, director of staff, Massachusetts Air National Guard. “I believe it is due to personal leadership, commitment to excellence in what you do, commitment to each other as teammates and to the stellar leadership of your team in Chief Johnson,” said Green.

4/6/2012