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​MSgt. Jahara A. Brown. Courtesy photo via AFA.

​​MSgt. Jahara A. Brown is one of the 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2019, an award recognizing airmen for superior leadership, job performance, community involvement, and personal achievement over the preceding 12 months. The 12 Airmen of the Year will be formally recognized at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference Sept. 16-18 in National Harbor, Md.

Duty Title: Plans and Programs Superintendent

Organization: 78th Security Forces Squadron, Robins AFB, Ga.

Home of Record: Atlanta, Ga.

MSgt. Brown directs 25 military and civilian personnel in developing and maintaining security plans for the protection of $18.7 billion in assets and 24,000 personnel. His expertise in law enforcement and security proved evident in his leadership of 85 personnel during 64 patrol responses that netted 32 criminals. While deployed as a combat arms program manager, he streamlined the movement of 1,500 weapons in 48-hours, aiding the success of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's airstrikes against Syria. A true wingman, MSgt. Brown sustained injuries during a vehicle rollover where he quickly reacted to save the lives of six other airmen. Finally, MSgt. Brown mentored 420 airmen during three TED Talks cultivating an environment of ownership versus rentership.