One of the Air Force’s Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2011, SrA. Nora L. Limjoco is a dental lab journeyman currently assigned to the 30th Medical Operations Squadron at Vandenberg AFB, Calif. Limjoco has “definitely raised the bar,” according to one supervisor. In addition to excelling at her primary work, designing and fabricating dental prostheses, she directs the 30th Space Wing’s Basic Life Support program, oversees the Precious Metals program, and is a member of the 30th Medical Group security team. As part of the BLS program, Limjoco has certified more than 3,000 base personnel, greatly improving wing emergency readiness. She led a five-person lab during the non-commissioned officer in charge’s six-month absence and is rated No. 1 among five lab personnel by providers. Her efforts to develop a dental lab case log and initiate product timeline comment codes were lauded by Air Force Medical Operations Agency officials. Limjoco’s home of record is Bossier City, La. She represents Air Force Space Command among this year’s outstanding airmen.
U.S. Air Force F-35s and F-22s regularly deploy deep into the Pacific region from Alaska, Utah, and Hawaii. In the future, though, the head of U.S. Indo-Pacific Command would like to see the Air Force permanently station fifth-generation aircraft west of the international date line—closer to China.