TSgt. Sharry Barnshaw, the noncommissioned officer in charger of cyberspace plans and implementation at the 436th Communications Squadron at Dover AFB, Del., is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2016. Barnshaw led 16 projects, 45 contractors, and $30 million in command and control programs. She finalized a six-year, $12 million military construction project by migrating 20,000 telephones and 30 systems, leading to her unit earning recognition as Dover Air Force Base’s Team of the Quarter. She lobbied for 10 projects within Air Mobility Command, garnering approval for a $6 million engineering and installation work plan, cementing information technology support to 19 squadrons. As president of Team Dover’s Junior Noncommissioned Officer Association, she partnered with three other organizations to raise more than $9,000 and donated more than 1,200 volunteer hours in support of programs across the state of Delaware. Air Force Magazine is shining the spotlight on each OAY in the days leading up to AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference, which starts Sept. 19 in National Harbor, Md. Also featured were: SMSgt. Mark Farmer, SMSgt. Jeremiah Grisham, SMSgt. Rebecca McNelley, MSgt. Marcus Mader, and TSgt. Michael Asuncion.
NASA, SpaceX, and United Launch Alliance are all preparing to launch their next-gen rockets from Florida’s Space Coast, two of them before the year is out. One is expected to liberate the U.S. launch enterprise from its reliance on Russian-made RD-180 engines, while all three rockets could eventually carry astronaut crews.