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Senior Air Force civilians presented Presidential Rank Awards

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson (center) stands with the 2016 Presidential Rank Award recipients after a ceremony held at the Pentagon, Washington D.C., July 14, 2017. The award is limited each year to only 1 percent of the Air Force’s senior executives and only 5 percent of Senior Executive Service employees may receive the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson (center) stands with the 2016 Presidential Rank Award recipients after a ceremony held at the Pentagon, Washington D.C., July 14, 2017. The award is limited each year to only 1 percent of the Air Force’s senior executives and only 5 percent of Senior Executive Service employees may receive the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark)

Mr. Robert Coris Jr, former Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel, and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, is selected as the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award winner during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., July 14, 2017. The award is limited each year to only 1 percent of the Air Force’s senior executives and only 5 percent of Senior Executive Service employees may receive the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark)

Mr. Robert Coris Jr, former Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel, and Services, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, is selected as the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award winner during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., July 14, 2017. The award is limited each year to only 1 percent of the Air Force’s senior executives and only 5 percent of Senior Executive Service employees may receive the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks during the 2016 Presidential Rank Award ceremony held at the Pentagon, Washington D.C., July 14, 2017. The award is limited each year to only 1 percent of the Air Force’s senior executives and only 5 percent of Senior Executive Service employees may receive the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark)

Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson speaks during the 2016 Presidential Rank Award ceremony held at the Pentagon, Washington D.C., July 14, 2017. The award is limited each year to only 1 percent of the Air Force’s senior executives and only 5 percent of Senior Executive Service employees may receive the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. (U.S. Air Force photo/Wayne A. Clark)

WASHINGTON (AFNS) -- Secretary of the Air Force Heather Wilson recognized the career achievements of 12 senior civilians during the 2016 Presidential Rank Awards Ceremony at the Pentagon July 14, 2017.

“It is my pleasure to be here for these awards and to recognize the top one percent of Air Force civil servants,” Wilson said. “We are deeply grateful for you and we are very proud of your accomplishments.”

The awards feature two categories: distinguished and meritorious. Nominations are evaluated by boards of private citizens and approved by the president. Only 5 percent, who make up approximately .03 percent of the total civilian federal workforce of Senior Executive Service employees may receive the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. Only 1 percent can receive the Presidential Distinguished Rank Award.

Distinguished rank recipients receive a lump-sum payment of 35 percent of their basic pay, while meritorious rank recipients receive 20 percent of basic pay. All receive a framed certificate signed by the president.

“It’s appropriate from time-to-time to pause and say thank you to the exceptional civil servants who help us every day to be the best Air Force in the world,” Wilson said. “We couldn’t do this without them.”

Here is the full list of those honored at the ceremony:

Distinguished Senior Executive
Mr. Robert E. Corsi, Jr.
Distinguished Senior Executive
Assistant Deputy Chief of Staff for Manpower, Personnel, and Services,
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C. (Retired)

Meritorious Senior Executive
Mr. Jeffrey C. Allen
Meritorious Senior Executive
Executive Director, Air Force Sustainment Center,
Air Force Materiel Command, Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma

Mr. Devin L. Cate
Meritorious Senior Executive
Director, Test and Evaluation
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.

Mr. Mark A. Correll
Meritorious Senior Executive
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety and Infrastructure,
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.

Dr. Todd A. Fore
Meritorious Senior Executive
Director, Manpower, Personnel, and Services, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command,
Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Mr. Jorge F. Gonzalez
Meritorious Senior Executive
Director, Engineering and Technical Management and USAF Airworthiness Technical Authority, AFLCMC/EN-EZ, Headquarters Air Force Material Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Mr. Lawrence S. Kingsley
Meritorious Senior Executive
Director of Logistics, Engineering, and Force Protection,
Headquarters Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale AFB, Louisiana

Mr. Dominic F. Pohl
Meritorious Defense Intelligence Senior Executive
Executive Director, 25th Air Force, Air Combat Command,
Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas

Mr. Jeffery R. Shelton
Meritorious Senior Executive
Deputy Administrative Assistant to the Secretary of the Air Force,
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C.

Mr. Daniel R. Sitterly
Meritorious Senior Executive
Acting Secretary of the Air Force for Manpower and Reserve Affairs,
Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington D.C.

Meritorious Senior Level Professional
Dr. Ravinder Chona
Meritorious Senior Level Professional
Senior Scientist for Structural Integrity, Aerospace Systems Directorate,
Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

Dr. Stephen W. Schneider
Meritorious Senior Level Professional
Senior Scientist for Low Observables and Electronic Warfare, Sensors Directorate,
Air Force Research Laboratory, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio

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