AF announces SAIGE award winners

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  • By Sammie King
  • Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs
Staff Sgt. Aaron R. Chartier, Air Force District of Washington, and Timothy K. Pyeatt, Air Force Special Operations Command, are the 2014 Society of American Indian Government Employees Meritorious Service Award winners, Air Force officials announced recently.

Chartier led a 16-member team and orchestrated 856 protective service details with the United States Secret Service, safeguarding the passage of the president and vice president of the United States, secretary of state, secretary of defense and multiple foreign dignitaries and heads of state. Additionally, Chartier successfully orchestrated a congressional delegation detail for 230 United States congressmen and senators, ensuring their safe, unimpeded attendance at the funeral of a fallen colleague, Chartier's commander said. Chartier also coordinated security escorts for President Barrack Obama, former President George W. Bush, first lady Michelle Obama, and former first ladies Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton.

Pyeatt's superior leadership and logistical expertise were crucial in the development, acquisition and fielding of a $537 million non-standard aviation program. He directly contributed to the stand-up of operational, worldwide sites which enabled more agile combat support to special operations forces in four geographic combatant command theaters. According to his commander, Pyeatt enhanced awareness and appreciation of Native American heritage and traditions within the local community through his involvement in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, the Thunderbird Native American Honor Guard and the Inter-Tribal Council. His charitable contributions also helped raise more than $13,000 for Muscular Dystrophy research.

The awards will be presented during a June ceremony at the Isleta Pueblo Hotel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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