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Hanscom NCO named one of “top 5 Airmen”

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HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – An Air Force Life Cycle Management Center noncommissioned officer here has been named one of the Air Force Association of Massachusetts’ “Top 5 Airmen” of 2019.

This is the fifth year the Massachusetts AFA has named the top five performers who best represent the Air Force mission throughout the Commonwealth. The remaining four awardees are Airmen serving in the Massachusetts Air Force Reserves and Air National Guard.

Tech. Sgt. Brantley Price, Certification and Accreditation NCO in charge of the Special Programs Division’s Cybersecurity Branch, will receive his award during a ceremony Nov. 18 at the USS Constitution Museum in Charlestown, Mass., alongside guest speaker Maj. Gen. Michael Schmidt, program executive officer for Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence and Networks at Hanscom Air Force Base.

“This is a high honor and anytime you’re recognized by your leadership is pretty special,” said Price.

Price was nominated for his profound impact to the cybersecurity team here, said Master Sgt. Sean Wiley, Plans and Resources flight chief of Special Programs Division, Cybersecurity Branch and Price’s supervisor.

“This award illustrates the immense value he brings as a security manager to the division here,” said Wiley.

Recently, Price led an engineering team and provided his expert-level insight towards a Department of Defense mandated requirement. He ensured cybersecurity vulnerabilities were properly identified and thereafter addressed in an effort to protect the DOD’s most sensitive and classified data systems.

After being reviewed by higher headquarters, Price’s process was ultimately adopted as the Air Force-wide solution for small classified networks and standalone machines, providing units the ability to assess their systems against DOD cybersecurity standards.

“Without my team that executes our mission day to day, we couldn’t accomplish what we do here,” he said. “I feel like I’m accepting this award on behalf of them and I can’t thank them enough for what they do.”

In addition to recently graduating from NCO leadership school, Price led a team of 10 volunteers in a Massachusetts Special Olympics summer camp where they mentored more than 50 children. He also devoted 16 personal hours to a Habitat for Humanity project in Lowell, Mass., that resulted in homes for two families.

“[Price] represents the core value of ‘excellence in all we do’ and is a critical part of the AFLCMC mission,” said Wiley. “He is constantly in the pursuit of innovation and improvement regarding the mission.”

The other Airmen selected are: Tech. Sgt. Justin Sparks, 436th Operating Location-A, Westover Air Reserve Base, Mass.; Tech. Sgt. Adam Tremblay, 439th Airlift Wing, Westover ARB; Staff Sgt. Jacob Feeley, 102nd Intelligence Wing, Otis Air National Guard Base, Mass.; and Senior Airman Daniela Rizzari, 104th Fighter Wing, Barnes Air National Guard Base, Mass.