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Wear selected as ANG Human Resource Advisor of the year

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  • By Senior Master Sgt. Joseph Stahl
  • 178th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
Chief Master Sgt. Brian Wear, 178th Fighter Wing, Springfield, Ohio, human resource advisor, has been selected as the 2012 Air National Guard Human Resource Advisor of the Year.

Wear competed against Air National Guard human resource advisors from all 50 states and four territories.

Wear received the Human Resource Advisor of the Year award for the State of Ohio in 2011. Since there are only four HRA's in Ohio, state leadership decided to do away with this award and instead nominated Wear for the national award.

Ohio Command Chief Master Sgt. Tamara Phillips and 178th Fighter Wing Command Chief Master Sgt. Ottis LeMaster suggested nominating Wear for the national award to the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, Maj. Gen. Mark Bartman; LeMaster then wrote and submitted the nomination package.

Wear takes great pride in earning this award, not only for himself, but for his wing.

"It's a big honor," said Wear. "It's a feather in the hat of the 178th Fighter Wing, rather than just me because I was selected due to the things going on in the unit. I think that's good. They recognized some of the good things that we are doing, and I just happened to be the person who was the facilitator of those good things."

Wear acts as advisor in the Airman/NCO council as well as the newly formed 876 council, which comprises of E-6 through E-9 ranks. He believes that these councils deserve much of the credit for this award.

"Quite simply, I spend a lot of time making sure people are getting their professional military education done on time, and anything the councils need to funnel up to leadership." said Wear.

He led the restructuring of the AMN/NCO Council Deliberate Professional Development Training block series to enhance professional development which resulted in many new lead trainers for instructional teaching for development blocks.

Wear is also the national representative for HRA Region 7 which includes six states. Some of his responsibilities are to manage the unit's reports, work as liaison between state and wing command chiefs and help to train new HRAs.

Not only is the HR program strong at the Springfield unit, Wear believes the program is strong though out the state.

"HRA's around the country are focusing on Ohio right now. A lot of people are looking at the stuff that we are working on together in Ohio, and so there is a lot of focus on Ohio right now." said Wear. "It's great to be a part of that."