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Two 178th Airmen win General John P. Jumper Award

The Springfield-Beckley Air Guard Base sign is located in front of the old gate. Two of the three Air National Guard winners of the General John P. Jumper Award to Excellence in Warfighting Integration are stationed at Springfield-Beckley Air Guard Base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Amber Mullen)

The Springfield-Beckley Air Guard Base sign is located in front of the old gate. Two of the three Air National Guard winners of the General John P. Jumper Award to Excellence in Warfighting Integration are stationed at Springfield-Beckley Air Guard Base. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Amber Mullen)

SPRINGFIELD-BECKLEY AIR GUARD BASE, Ohio --

Two Airmen assigned to the 178th Wing are representing the Air National Guard to compete for the FY18 General John P. Jumper Award for Excellence in Warfighting Integration at the Air Force level.

Capt. Nick Bauman is representing the officer category and Staff Sgt. Taylor Mainous is representing the enlisted category.

“Their achievement is a testament to the great things we are accomplishing at the 178th,” said Col. Kimberly Fitzgerald, the 178th Wing vice commander.

This award honors Gen. John P. Jumper, the former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, who focused on warfighting integration and innovation.

“We have amazing Airmen doing incredible things here,” said Fitzgerald. “On a daily basis we are successfully contributing to top-level, national intelligence requirements.”

These award winners helped to streamline processes, enhance joint force relationships and produce analyses used by U.S. policy makers.

“It was definitely unexpected to win this award,” said Mainous. “It was a very sweet surprise.”

Mainous competed against members throughout the entire Air National Guard, but her operational capabilities stood out amongst the competition.

“I think this speaks to the flexibility of the people here and how they integrate themselves into the unique mission sets,” said Mainous.