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Native American Airman from 108th Wing is recognized


JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - Staff Sgt. Thereasa Barker-Figueroa, a 108th Wing Airman, was recognized by the Society of American Indian Government Employees, as one of six service members selected for the 2016 Military Meritorious Service Award at a banquet in Catoosa, Oklahoma, June 9, 2016.

Formed in 2002, the Society is the first national non-profit organization representing American Indian and Alaska Native federal, tribal, state, and local government employees. It provides a forum on the issues, challenges, and opportunities of Native Americans in the government workforce.

"It was an absolutely amazing experience," said Barker-Figueroa. "I received the award from three Native American generals, including retired Maj. Gen. Rita Aragon, who was the first female Native American general in the Air National Guard."


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