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​SSgt. Caryn N. Frederick. Courtesy photo via AFA.

SSgt. Caryn N. Frederick 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: Satellite Systems Operator and Orbital Analyst Technician

Organization: 19th Space Operations Squadron, Schriever AFB, Colo.

Home of Record: Aurora, Colo.

SSgt. Frederick qualified as the second Reservist to certify as an orbital analyst in support of the $7.5 billion Global Positioning System 35-satellite constellation. Additionally, she participated in a three-day exercise and developed a 240-step procedure for the first-ever Block IIR satellite disposal. She advised a 70-member contractor team in the validation of launch and early orbit processes, and identified and corrected severe training deficiencies prior to the first GPS Block-3 launch. These efforts led to 235 critiques for the next-generation technical order, driving over 200 modifications and three major risks associated with the command and control system, which culminated in the redesign of its maneuver planning interface.