Photo: Col. Thomas Falzarano, 21st Space Wing commander (left) and Chief Master Sgt. Jacob Simmons, 21st SW command chief, presented the award to Keller.

Master Sgt. Sara Keller of Brighton Heights was named the 21st Space Wing Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

By NSC Staff

A resident of Brighton Heights was recognized this month at an annual awards ceremony at Peterson Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

According to a press release, Master Sgt. Sara Keller was named the 21st Space Wing Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

Keller, a Perry Traditional Academy graduate, received the nomination when she was staffed with the 21st Space Wing Public Affairs Office.

The 21st Space Wing is the sole Air Force wing that provides “ground-based missile warning, missile defense and space surveillance data in defense of North America and its allies.” It’s associated with the U.S. Space Force (USSF), which is the sixth branch of the Armed Forces and the first new one since 1947. It was established last December.

During her time at the 21st Space Wing Public Affairs Office, Keller administered “trusted public affairs planning, guidance and mentorship,” according to the press release. She also had the role of acting first sergeant and was responsible for advising 20 separate agencies.

Today, Keller is the Noncommissioned Officer in Charge (NCOIC) for the USSF Command Information and Integration Division.

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