GLENVILLE -- New York Air National Guard Master Sgt. Lynette Tangredi of Glenville has been named First Sergeant of the Year for 2017 by the New York Air National Guard.
Tangredi, who has served in the Air Force or Air National Guard since 1997, is first sergeant for the 109th Airlift Wing’s Security Forces Squadron Stratton Air National Guard Base in Scotia.
In that role, she is the commander’s key adviser on enlisted personnel readiness matters. She is responsible for morale and family support for 62 airmen in her squadron.
The First Sergeant of the Year Award recognizes outstanding senior enlisted leaders from across the 5,800-member New York Air National Guard. There are about 40 first sergeants spread across the New York guard's five wings.
The winner of the award goes on to compete against representatives from the other 53 state Air National Guards for the best first sergeant in the Air Guard honors.
The 109th Air Wing flies the ski-equipped C-130s that support operations in Greenland and Antarctica, as well as being part of the larger Air National Guard force that can be called up to respond to state or national emergencies.
Tangredi joined the Air Force in 1997 and originally served as a computer systems operator at Langley Air Force Base. She served in the Air Force until 2000.
She joined the Nevada Air National Guard’s 152nd Aerial Port Flight In 2004. She then joined the 109th Airlift Wing as a full-time communications lead for the United States Antarctic Program and deployed numerous times to Antarctica. In 2014, Tangredi joined the 109th Security Forces Squadron.
In addition to her duties with the 109th Air Wing, Tangredi works full time as a criminal analyst for the New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force in Latham, which provides support to civilian police agencies.
Tangredi said being a first sergeant was always something she wanted to do.
“When I was active duty, (the first sergeant) was the one guy I remembered who was always the point of contact -- always helping, always reassuring, and he left an impression on me,” she said. “I just knew that I wanted to do that one day.”
"She is always looking for new ways to incorporate volunteerism and self-improvement for all squadron members and has become irreplaceable in her support for family members whose loved ones are currently deployed," said 1st Lt. Gregory Durrant, the 109th Security Forces Squadron operations officer.
Tangredi said she was surprised and humbled by the award.
“To think that there’s so many amazing first sergeants on this base and (across the state) – just being at that level of competition was very humbling,” she said.
Stratton also had two of its officers named First Sergeant of the Year in 2014 and 2015. The previous winners were Senior Master Sgt. Deborah Nordyke in 2015 and Master Sgt. Michael Lazzari in 2014.