Cicero resident is NCO of the Year at Eastern Air Defense Sector

The Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS) and the New York Air National Guard's 224th Air Defense Group (ADG) have named their annual award winners for the past year.

"The nation's air defense mission requires engaged and consistent excellence from all of our members," said Col. Joseph F. Roos, 224th ADG Commander. "The COVID-19 pandemic made this past year unusually difficult and our winners distinguished themselves by exceeding our demanding requirements. I congratulate them on their outstanding accomplishments and thank them for their efforts."

Award recipients included:

Tech. Sgt. Timothy Deckard, Cicero, Outstanding Noncommissioned Officer (NCO). The Noncommissioned Officer-in-Charge (NCOIC) of Current Operations at the 224th Air Defense Squadron, Deckard led a scheduling team that planned 405 training missions and provided communications security training to more than 40 Airmen. Deckard also chaired a budget committee that raised more than $13,000 for EADS 9/11 20th anniversary events.

The 224th ADG is composed of the 224th Air Defense Squadron and 224th Support Squadron, located in Rome, and Detachment 1 and Detachment 2 that serve in the Washington, D.C. area. The 224th ADG provides the forces to conduct the Eastern Air Defense Sector's mission. Part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, the Sector is responsible for the air defense of the eastern U.S.

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