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Vance med tech named outstanding professional at state executive board luncheon

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A Vance medical technician was named an outstanding professional at the 2014 Public Service Recognition Awards luncheon held May 5 in Norman, Oklahoma.

Tech. Sgt. Amanda Lenamond was one of 73 nominees, from government agencies across Oklahoma, who competed for 16 awards.

Lenamond's award, "Technical, Professional and Administrative, GS-08 and Below," was given in recognition of her work in the 71st Medical Group and with the 71st Flying Training Wing Inspection Team.

"In reading summaries of our nominees' accomplishments, I am encouraged that we still have some of the best employees working for our government," said Julie Gosdin, chairperson of the Oklahoma Federal Executive Board, the sponsoring organization for the award luncheon.

Lenamond leads a family practice team of 13 providers, medical technicians and nurses at the Medical Group. She is also the Chief, Inspector General Inspections Planner with the 71st FTW Inspection Team.

She worked the equivalent of two full-time jobs with the inspection team as both inspection planner and installation exercise program officer while carrying quite a load at the Medical Group, said Lt. Col. Jon Plasterer, the Director of Inspections at Vance.

Lenamond helped build the new Wing Inspection Team from scratch, said Plasterer. Her expertise in planning and organizing base exercises provided critical continuity in standing up the WIT.

"Sergeant Lenamond has done so much, it was important that we nominate her for some recognition," said Plasterer.

The award luncheon was in conjunction with Public Service Recognition Week, held the first week of May since 1985.

Accompanying Lenamond to the awards luncheon were Col. David Chiesa, the 71st MDG commander; Lt. Col. Brent Johnson, the 71st Medical Operations Squadron commander; Lt. Col. Debra Smith, the 71st MDG chief nurse; and Plasterer.

For Lenamond, the best part came when her 3-year-old daughter, Reagan, saw the award, an eagle statue. "She looked at me and said, 'I'm so proud of you.'"