ANG Command Post Airman of the Year

Senior Airman Ray Davis, Jr. sings the national anthem at Shocker Stadium, Wichita, Kansas, May 8, 2018. (Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Matt McCoy)

By Staff Sgt. Lauren Penney, 184th Public Affairs

And the Air National Guard Command Post Airman of the Year Award goes to…drumroll please…Senior Airman Ray Davis, Jr.! Davis’ accomplishments were recognized at a commander’s call in March.

Davis, a command post controller in the 184th Command Post, received the award for a number of accomplishments, one of which was a six-month assignment in the USAFE-AFAFRICA Command Center at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from early August 2017 to the end of January 2018.

The command post is responsible for making sure information is channeled up and down quickly, accurately, and concisely to insure the mission is accomplished effectively.

“We are the eyes and ears of the wing commander,” Davis said.

Davis was quick to recognize that he didn’t attain the achievement on his own.

“I first attribute my success to the leadership here at the 184th that allows us to be prepared and ready to do our jobs properly and efficiently at a moment’s notice, and for creating an environment and opportunities for us to continue to grow professionally and personally,” said Davis.

Davis also said he’s thankful for his immediate leadership, and most importantly for his family and support system, for pushing him outside his comfort zone and encouraging him to take a chance on himself.

“[They] consistently have my back and best interests in mind,” Davis said.

After the award package was submitted, Davis was shocked and excited to be selected.

“For someone who isn’t used to winning awards, it honestly is a great feeling and I view it as nothing short of a blessing,” Davis said. “I feel a sense of pride knowing that I have been able to show the entire ANG the caliber of Airmen we have here at the 184th. I’m also proud of myself for doing the work necessary to win this award.”

On the civilian side, Davis works full time as an operations supervisor for Wichita Transit. He’s also pursuing a Bachelor’s in Strategic Business Communications at Baker University, serves as a worship leader and musician at his church, will coach 2nd grade football in the fall and enjoys time with his wife and two children.