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AIA First Sergeant wins ACC wing annual award

By Master Sgt. Michael Warren
48th IS Unit Public Affairs Representative
Beale Air Force Base, Calif.

Master Sergeant John DeBeaux Jr., 48th Intelligence Squadron First Sergeant, was honored recently at Beale AFB, as the 9th Reconnaissance Wing’s 1998 First Sergeant of the Year.

His honor is distinctive as an Air Intelligence Agency tenant unit First Sergeant, in that he was selected for the award over 14 host-base Air Combat Command First Sergeants.

DeBeaux’s selection as First Sergeant of the Year was based on outstanding job performance and leadership qualities.

He is the focal point for his unit’s Human Resource Management Program and was lauded by the base Social Actions administrator for vast improvements that led to one of Beale’s best unit climate assessment surveys in 2 years.

His morale-building efforts encouraged and motivated the unit’s 300 personnel, both stateside and deployed. The efforts contributed to the successful completion of over 500 Balkan missions and ultimately, the 48th Intelligence Squadron being awarded the National Intelligence Meritorious Unit Award.

Additionally, the first sergeant meshed his skills and techniques with operational mission focus and provided superb crisis counseling to families of deployed members during Operation JOINT ENDEAVOR.

DeBeaux was also recognized for his involvement in the local community and strong mentorship to unit personnel.

“Sergeant DeBeaux epitomizes the words ‘First Sergeant.’ He is a magnificent leader; extremely knowledgeable, dedicated, caring and fair – a positive role model for all Air Force personnel. By far the most effective first sergeant I know. He is truly deserving of this special recognition,” said Lt. Col. Rick Osmun, 48th IS commander.

Sergeant DeBeaux joined the First Sergeant corps in 1997 by attending the First Sergeant Symposium at Beale Air Force Base, Calif. He subsequently attended and graduated from the First Sergeant Academy in 1998.

He holds a Community College of the Air Force Associate’s Degree in Human Resource Management, a Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Resource Management, and Masters of Public Administration in Human Resources Degree.

He is a member of many professional military and civic organizations including the Noncommissioned Officer’s Association, the Air Force Sergeant’s Association, and the American Society for Public Administration. He was selected for the 67th Intelligence Group’s 1998 Senior NCO Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award.