Baldwinsville resident wins Air National Guard civilian of the year award

Five members of the Eastern Air Defense Sector (EADS) in Rome received six annual awards from the Continental U.S. North American Aerospace Defense Command Region (CONR) and Air Forces Northern (AFNORTH). Located at Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, CONR and AFNORTH each recognize annual award winners and administer a combined CONR-AFNORTH program as well.

Four New York Air National Guardsmen and one civilian employee at EADS won outstanding annual performer awards, while EADS was named CONR-AFNORTH's outstanding command and control (C2) unit for 2020.

"It's a remarkable achievement to win individual awards in organizations as large as CONR and AFNORTH and I congratulate our five winners on their outstanding accomplishments," said Col. Paul M. Bishop, EADS Commander. "I also want to congratulate everyone at EADS for the outstanding unit award. Despite the obstacles created by COVID-19, EADS conducted its around-the-clock mission defending the eastern United States without interruption. This is a direct result of the dedication and professionalism of our staff and I thank every Airman and civilian for their efforts during the past year."

Local recipients include:

Stephen J. Barry, Baldwinsville, 224th Support Squadron (SPTS), received AFNORTH's Category II Civilian of the Year award. A senior C2 systems administrator, Barry led a task verification project that re-wrote more than 1,800 procedures. He integrated 10 lesson plans and 460 instructional hours into a single training plan and helped define more than 100 core competencies and learning objectives for the squadron's updated exercise plan.

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

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