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TSgt. Toyre L. Hudson, shown here, a mental health flight chief with the 6th Medical Operations Squadron at MacDill AFB, Fla., is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2014. Air Force photo.

TSgt. Toyre L. Hudson, mental health flight chief with the 6th Medical Operations Squadron at MacDill AFB, Fla., is one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2014. Hudson provided exceptional leadership for 47 personnel delivering mental health care to the Defense Department's largest single-unit area, serving 220,000 beneficiaries. He deployed to Kabul, Afghanistan, where he served as the combat stress noncommissioned officer in charge, providing oversight to 11 forward operating bases and ultimately supporting 15,000 joint service members and 50 coalition nations. Hudson conducted 21 outside-the-wire missions to assist more than 100 airmen in crisis. He served 65 days as a first sergeant, resolving more than 1,200 equipment and personnel issues, ensuring his team of 45 airmen was prepared to support combat operations throughout Afghanistan. Air Force Magazine is shining the spotlight on each OAY in the days leading up to AFA's Air & Space Conference that starts on Sept. 15 in National Harbor, Md. AFA will honor these airmen there. Also featured to date:

SrA. Aaron T. Feliciano                SrA. Shabree N. Heasell
SSgt. David W. Wallace III           TSgt. Latoria R. Ellis
TSgt. Ryan E. Gangadeen