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Vandenberg civilian awarded AF level Emergency Manager of the Year

James Haleski, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron chief of readiness and emergency management, was recognized as the overall Air Force Emergency Manager of the Year for 2014, he was also recognized as the Air Force Space Command winner and further recognized by the International Association of Emergency Managers. Although he received the recognition, Haleski remains humble and attributes his success to the hard work and devotion of those around him. (Courtesy photo)

James Haleski, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron chief of readiness and emergency management, was recognized as the overall Air Force Emergency Manager of the Year for 2014, he was also recognized as the Air Force Space Command winner and further recognized by the International Association of Emergency Managers. Although he received the recognition, Haleski remains humble and attributes his success to the hard work and devotion of those around him. (Courtesy photo)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- James Haleski, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron chief of readiness and emergency management, was recognized as the overall Air Force Emergency Manager of the Year for 2014, he was also recognized as the Air Force Space Command winner and further recognized by the International Association of Emergency Managers.

Although he received the recognition, Haleski remains humble and attributes his success to the hard work and devotion of those around him.

"While I appreciate being recognized, these accomplishments wouldn't be possible without the amazing team of professionals I have the honor of working with," said Haleski. "They take on the toughest of tasks and execute them to perfection. They truly depict the meaning of service. I also couldn't have done it without the trust and mentorship from my leadership as well as all the support from my family."

These annual awards aim to identify the Air Force's most exceptional military and civilian Emergency Managers. Members are nominated for their significant achievements, impacts and contributions to job performance, technical competence, leadership ability, initiative and resourcefulness.

"He will be the first to tell you the team's contribution was huge," exclaimed Rick Cote, 30th CES deputy. "As the flight chief, (Haleski) was able to provide the vision, guidance and motivation that led to the many accomplishments within the flight. However, it was the hard work and dedication of his staff that got the job done."

While he feels honored to have received such accolades, Haleski continues to look to the future and strives to better himself each and every day.

"It's important to remain humble because awards may recognize a person or process but they truly are a product of your entire team," said Haleski. "My goal is to always look for ways to improve processes and ensure mission support while proudly serving the greatest Air Force in the world."

With Haleski in-charge, CES leadership remains confident in the future success of emergency management.

"We are extremely proud of (him) and his entire team for what they have been able to do," said Cote. "One of our own has been recognized as the best in his field and I think it instills a great sense of confidence that the 30th Space Wing Emergency Management program is in great hands."