Air National Guard pair are honored

Two members of the 133rd Test Squadron in Fort Dodge have received top honors from the Iowa Air National Guard.

Airman 1st Class William Smith was named the Airman of the Year, and Master Sgt. David McGaughy was named the Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year.

The awards were based on their achievements, both on duty and off duty, during 2013.

“We have some outstanding troops,” said Lt. Col. Robin Hosch, the squadron commander. “We really represent the community well.”

Both Smith and McGaughy were nominated by the squadron for the honors.

“I was definitely honored and humbled,” Smith said. “There’s a lot of talented and devoted people in the Air National Guard so it was definitely an achievement.”

“I couldn’t win the award without my unit, family members and friends supporting me,” he added.

Smith joined the squadron in May 2012. He works in cybersystems operations, which he said includes computer programming, cybersecurity and computer repairs.

According to his award nomination, Smith instructed his peers in programming and developed a work center annual training plan, among other activities at the squadron.

Off-duty, he helped World War II and Korean War veterans board a plane for the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight.

Smith is a student and Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps cadet at Iowa State University in Ames. He is a 2012 graduate of St. Edmond High School in Fort Dodge.

This is the second year in a row in which a member of the squadron won the Airman of the Year honor. In 2013, Staff Sgt. Daniel Nichols received it.

McGaughy said he knew he had been nominated for the Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year Award, but added that he was “kind of shocked to say the least” to learn that he was the winner.

He has been a squadron member for nine years, and has been a recruiter for all of that time.

Last year, McGaughy was recognized as the top recruiting and retention non-commissioned officer in the nation. He received the Recruiting and Retention Gold Badge.

In addition to his recruiting accomplishments, he was recognized for volunteering with the American Legion Riders, the Marine Corps League and the Brushy Creek Area Honor Flight.

McGaughy began his military career in the Marine Corps. He was a Marine for 12 years, and served as a recruiter for part of that time. After being discharged from the Marine Corps, he joined the 132nd Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines.

He was a member of that squadron for four years when the recruiting position in Fort Dodge became open.

“I thought, what better way to get back into recruiting?” he said of taking that position.