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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Francis Strother (right), 145th Force Support Squadron, is presented a Regional Golden Eagle Award for top overall accessions in 2014 from Brig. Gen. Roger E. Williams, Jr. (center), Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina Air National Guard, as Senior Master Sgt. Robert Ramsay, (left) Recruiting and Retention Superintendent, looks on during a ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., June 6, 2015. The 145th FSS recruiting and retention office won the team Regional Golden Eagle Award as well as seven individual awards. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Francis Strother (right), 145th Force Support Squadron, is presented a Regional Golden Eagle Award for top overall accessions in 2014 from Brig. Gen. Roger E. Williams, Jr. (center), Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina Air National Guard, as Senior Master Sgt. Robert Ramsay, (left) Recruiting and Retention Superintendent, looks on during a ceremony held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., June 6, 2015. The 145th FSS recruiting and retention office won the team Regional Golden Eagle Award as well as seven individual awards. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Airman Laura Montgomery, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

The Regional Golden Eagle Award sits prominently on the shelf of the 145th Force Support Squadron recruiting and retention office located on the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., June 16, 2015. The recruiters earned the award for top performance in 2014, as well as seven individual awards. During a ceremony held on June 7, 2015, Brig. Gen. Roger E. Williams, Jr., Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina Air National Guard, presented the awards. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

The Regional Golden Eagle Award sits prominently on the shelf of the 145th Force Support Squadron recruiting and retention office located on the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., June 16, 2015. The recruiters earned the award for top performance in 2014, as well as seven individual awards. During a ceremony held on June 7, 2015, Brig. Gen. Roger E. Williams, Jr., Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina Air National Guard, presented the awards. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lonnie Brooks, 145th Force Support Squadron production recruiter, responds to e-mails and makes phone calls to potential applicants at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., June 16, 2015. At the age of 18, Brooks enlisted into the NCANG as an aircraft electrician then volunteered for a recruiter position which he has been in for the past six years. Recruiting is Brooks’ way to give back to the Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lonnie Brooks, 145th Force Support Squadron production recruiter, responds to e-mails and makes phone calls to potential applicants at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., June 16, 2015. At the age of 18, Brooks enlisted into the NCANG as an aircraft electrician then volunteered for a recruiter position which he has been in for the past six years. Recruiting is Brooks’ way to give back to the Air Force. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rita Congel (left) and Tech. Sgt. Lonnie Brooks (right), 145th Force Support Squadron production recruiters at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., review an applicant’s tattoos, June 16, 2015, ensuring he’s within regulations to join the Air Force.  It’s the recruiter’s job to review each applicant making sure they meet the standards and adhere to AF regulations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Rita Congel (left) and Tech. Sgt. Lonnie Brooks (right), 145th Force Support Squadron production recruiters at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., review an applicant’s tattoos, June 16, 2015, ensuring he’s within regulations to join the Air Force. It’s the recruiter’s job to review each applicant making sure they meet the standards and adhere to AF regulations. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lonnie Brooks, production recruiter for the 145th Force Support Squadron, explains education benefits to Cristofer Grit (right) June 17, 2015, at North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., Grit, who is originally from Moldova, moved to the U.S. to pursue his passion in culinary arts and is now interested in joining the N.C. Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Lonnie Brooks, production recruiter for the 145th Force Support Squadron, explains education benefits to Cristofer Grit (right) June 17, 2015, at North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., Grit, who is originally from Moldova, moved to the U.S. to pursue his passion in culinary arts and is now interested in joining the N.C. Air National Guard. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. Julianne M. Showalter, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Recruiters from the 145th Force Support Squadron received The Regional Golden Eagle Award for top-performance in 2014, as well as seven individual awards during a ceremony held June 7, 2015 at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport.  Brig. Gen. Roger E. Williams, Jr., Assistant Adjutant General for Air, North Carolina Air National Guard, had the honor of presenting the awards.

Thirteen states competed for the awards after being evaluated on the most accessions, which includes enlistments and commissions, community involvement, school outreach and retention rates.

The 145th FSS recruiters had a total of 222 accessions, plus between just two recruiters, 149 people were enlisted or commissioned. Leading the stats was Tech. Sgt. Francis Strother who accessioned 78 members, breaking the existing N.C. recruiting record.

"We did astounding things that fiscal year. We haven't received this award before; it was the first time ever. The whole team was in smiles," said Tech. Sgt. Lonnie Brooks.

Brooks has been a production recruiter for six years, and he, along with the other recruiters, volunteered for the position as a way to give back to the Air Force.

The work put in during business hours is seen by other members of the 145th Airlift Wing but what isn't seen is the extra mile the recruiting office goes.

It doesn't have to be associated with recruiting to get this team involved. For the fourth year in a row the team gave up a Saturday to support the 2nd Harvest Food Bank during their annual kick-off event by collecting, organizing and moving food donations.

Their work ethic stems from passion and a caring attitude for each person.

"We didn't plan for it," Brooks stated, "and it was a weekend we had off, but I came in to the office to knock out a few things and get some people scheduled for Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS). Low and behold, Sgt. Strother comes in 15 minutes later for the same thing. He just wanted to make sure his applicants were taken care of. We were here for the same reason and have the same work ethic."

"Last year was a phenomenal year. They take a lot of work home and take a lot of responsibility onto themselves," said Lt. Col. Lisa Kirk, 145th FSS commander.

Unlike active duty recruiters, Air Nation Guard recruiters work with individuals from start to finish, preparing documents, conducting career counseling, setting up dates for enlistments, commissions, MEPS, basic training and technical school. It all takes time.