DAF SES receives Presidential Rank Award

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  • By Tech. Sgt. William A. O’Brien
  • Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs

Edwin H. Oshiba, Department of the Air Force Deputy assistant secretary for Energy, Installations and Environment was awarded the 2023 Presidential Rank Award for Distinguished Service in November.

PRAs are awarded by the President of the United States and are one of the most prestigious awards in career civil service, recognizing important contributions of public servants across the federal government.

Oshiba was one of 232 winners from 31 federal agencies selected for his leadership, accomplishments and sustained contributions to federal service over his 34-year career.

“I am deeply humbled and honored to receive this award,” Oshiba said. “Being recognized alongside such esteemed colleagues is a true privilege. However, this award is not about me. It signifies the incredible work of countless dedicated teammates who have supported me every step of the way.”

Oshiba emphasized the importance of teamwork and collaboration in achieving success, saying his focus has always been on supporting Airmen and Guardians and ensuring they have the resources needed to carry out their missions.

“Nothing is more rewarding than mentoring and supporting young professionals as they grow and contribute to our mission,” Oshiba said.

Oshiba described that his current focus is helping to ensure the Department of the Air Force is prepared for the future. He noted that his team is currently working on re-optimizing the department for strategic competition.

“I’ve been lucky enough to work with great teams and for supervisors who encouraged me along the way. My sole focus is to do what I can to help the Department of the Air Force provide its core combat capabilities to the joint force by supporting our Airmen and Guardians to be the best they can be.”

Oshiba expressed his appreciation for his family's support, emphasizing the importance of investing in one's team, imploring others to invest time in their family, and not miss the important moments.

“You will only have one ‘first soccer game,’ or one ‘first band concert,’” Oshiba said. “Don’t miss it. I’m lucky enough to have a forgiving family that has been on this journey with me for the past 30 years. Being the best spouse, the best father or mother, the best brother or sister — that all makes you the best leader you can be in ways you can’t learn from any book, any course, or any experience you can get in your career. It teaches you sacrifice, balance and what service before self really means.”