24th AF Jumper Award winners announced

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas -- Maj. Gen. J. Kevin McLaughlin, 24th Air Force Commander, announced the winners of the 2013 General John P. Jumper Award for Excellence in Warfighting Integration for the 24th Air Force Oct. 29.

The Jumper Award is named in honor of retired Gen. John P. Jumper, former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, who championed the idea of integrating Air Force resources to better support the warfighter.

The honor recognizes individuals for "sustained superior performance and outstanding contributions to the integration of Air Force warfighting and/or operations support capabilities that shorten the kill chain and/or enhance the decision cycle," according to the award description.

Air Force active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve, and civilian Airmen are all eligible for this award. There program includes categories for officers, enlisted personnel and civilians.

The winners from each category at the 24th Air Force level are:

Officer Category: Maj. David M. Abel, 52nd Combat Communications Squadron commander at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., distinguished himself by launching a base build-up in Jordan, instilling readiness discipline and engineering a quick reaction force capability.

Enlisted Category: Master Sgt. Michael M. Haywood, 52nd Combat Communications Squadron section chief at Robins Air Force Base, Ga., received the award based on achievements during his one-year deployment to Afghanistan, where he functioned as the J6 Operations superintendent. He led 571 convoys, coordinated migration of critical circuits, and executed a communication capability alignment project.

Civilian Category: Mr. Kevin Touhey is the Exploitation Flight director for the 91st Network Warfare Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. His many accomplishments involve improved synergy within his unit.

"In order for operators and analysts to perform at the high level they do, each office must be in sync," said Touhey. "The 91st dominated our adversaries in cyberspace while simultaneously evolving our force to present seamless computer and telephonic network attack capabilities to component, joint and allied partners. We conduct offensive cyber operations in support of world-wide combatant commander objectives and execute computer network exploitation to address intelligence community requirements."

Nominees for the 24th Air Force level were drawn from the 67th Cyberspace Wing, 688th Cyberspace Wing, 5th Combat Communications Group and 624th Operations Center, and are considered exceptional in the field of "information dominance."

"Information dominance is a multi-layered forum," said Touhey. "We have to ensure that our leaders and warfighters are equipped with the most current and accurate information available to enable precise planning and operations. Used properly, we can influence decisions from the lowest to the highest levels and even, hopefully, avert armed conflict. This demands leading the way in new technologies and methodologies to gain and understand that information, as well as improving the speed of processing and disseminating that data."

The winners will represent the 24th as they go on to compete at the Headquarters Air Force Space Command level.