Winning professionalism, personality, and smile, earns award for finance NCO

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Stephen C. Bailey
  • 301st Fighter Wing
The 301st Financial Management Program continues to shine as one of the Air Force Reserve Command’s top financial programs. Master Sgt. Shon Saye is the current award winner receiving honors as Financial Management Senior NCO of the Year.
     Known to everyone in the wing as a ‘go-getter and solid performer,’ Sergeant Saye rarely gives less than 100 percent towards the mission and to the wing and is known as a true component to the ‘team’ mentality.
     “I’m very excited to have received this award,” Sergeant Saye said. “It’s more than just an individual award in that my co-workers and supervisors have always encouraged me to give my best. Their support has made this award possible. I truly enjoy what I do and am glad to help make a difference for people in the area of financial management.”
     Both supervisors and co-workers only seem to have good things to say about the up-and-coming senior NCO. “A solid performer and leader; a true role model who always stays on course; always has a never-give-up attitude; the go-to person who can make things happen; a person who genuinely cares about others and who finds the best in everything and everyone,” as stated in her submitted awards package.
     The award committee highlighted several accomplishments of Sergeant Saye including her volunteerism and support for the 496th Air Base Squadron finance office, Moron Air Base, Spain. Her work helped pave the way and provide training for future troops scheduled to deploy. This included her work in the travel and military pay sections as well as serving as the deployed cashier and paying agent.
     Sergeant Saye was hand-picked by unit commanders to accompany them and represent the 301st Fighter Wing at the annual Human Resource Development Council workshop in 2004 held in Colorado Springs, Colo. Her efforts helped build and streamline a more effective program benefiting the entire wing. She also created and designed a tri-fold HRDC information pamphlet that helped introduce program ideas to wing members and their families.
     Sergeant Saye was also noted for her dedicated efforts in cleaning up a five-month backlog of personnel readiness file updates while also improving monthly reports by 100 percent – showing again her relentless efforts toward the pursuit of excellence.
“I’m so encouraged by this award and want to continue to do my very best in accomplishing my job everyday,” Sergeant Saye said.
     “She is definitely the most motivational member in our section,” said Chief Master Sgt. Amanda Combs, 301st Superintendent of Financial Management. “Master Sgt. Saye always gives above and beyond. She’s a true leader whose followers are devoted – she truly makes this office dynamic and successful!”
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