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TSgt. William R. Posch (left), a pararescue craftsman with Air Force Reserve Command's 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick AFB, Fla., is one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2014. Air Force photo

A pararescue craftsman with Air Force Reserve Command's 308th Rescue Squadron at Patrick AFB, Fla., TSgt. William R. Posch is one of the Air Force's 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2014. Posch led a crisis evacuation of more than 120 Americans from the US Embassy in the South Sudan capital of Juba. He headed a team of 23 battlefield airmen during an expeditionary combat deployment and provided more than 1,560 hours of combat rescue coverage, rescuing 143 persons. His contributions in reorganizing UTC packouts increased his team's alert readiness by 33 percent. Posch aided his squadron's effectiveness by providing training for airmen and joint service personnel. Proven battlefield experience, coupled with an understanding of tactical operations, led to his design of schematics for a personnel recovery tactical operations center, increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of command and control of rescue and recovery operations. His home of record is Indialantic Beach, Fla. 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           TSgt. Toyre L. Hudson
TSgt. Douglas J. Matthews