U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Blandino has been named the Air Force’s non-commissioned officer of the year for the 9th Air Force.
But the West Brunswick graduate now stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro says he’s more proud of his troop than of his recent accolades.
Blandino’s award was announced March 8 in Destin, Fla., which he described as a door-opening experience.
The award, he said, is for “outstanding and distinguished combat-related service.”