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​SrA. Justin Allen Starks. Courtesy photo via AFA.

SrA. Justin Allen Starks 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: Fire & Emergency Services Driver and Operator

Organization: 11 Civil Engineer Squadron, JB Andrews, Md.

Home of Record: Reston, Va.

SrA. Starks is a driver and operator for Joint Base Andrews’ Fire & Emergency Services, where he is the lead trainer for 25 assigned shift personnel. Starks responded to 11 motor vehicle accidents, seven suspicious package emergencies and four fires, safeguarding 16,000 personnel. As a staff assistant, he scrutinized 53 training records and corrected 231 errors, realigning the flight within Air Force Instruction and validating the department’s 2018 accreditation selection. SrA. Starks received the first-ever Military Honeywell Scholarship from the International Association of Fire Chiefs, which showcased firefighter training across the enterprise. He completed his master’s degree in Public Administration with a 3.9 grade point average, and authored two books on investing and finance.