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Tech. Sgt. Joshua Baker, 146th Airlift Wing Honor Guard, participates in a POW/MIA ceremony honoring those who are still missing in action or a prisoner of war, at the 2012 Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet held at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, Universal City Calif. on January 22, 2012. (U.S. Air Force Photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Baker, 146th Airlift Wing Honor Guard, participates in a POW/MIA ceremony honoring those who are still missing in action or a prisoner of war, at the 2012 Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet held at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, Universal City Calif. on January 22, 2012. (U.S. Air Force Photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Airman 1st Class Kevin M. Galusha (center) from the 162nd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the Airman category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brig. Gen. James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Airman 1st Class Kevin M. Galusha (center) from the 162nd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the Airman category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brig. Gen. James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Tech. Sgt. Kristina Ghio (center) from the 162nd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the NCO category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brig. Gen. James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Tech. Sgt. Kristina Ghio (center) from the 162nd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the NCO category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brig. Gen. James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Master Sergeant Peter Kelley (center) from the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing  accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the Senior NCO category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brigadier General James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Master Sergeant Peter Kelley (center) from the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the Senior NCO category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brigadier General James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

1st Sergeant Ronald Hazelton (center) from the 162rd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the 1stSgt category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brigadier General James Witham at the  annual Outstanding Airmen Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif.,  January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

First Sergeant Ronald Hazelton (center) from the 162rd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the First Sergeant category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brig. Gen. James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airmen Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Command Chief Master Sgt. Richard Onsgard welcomes guests to the 2012 Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet held at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, Universal City, Calif. on January 22, 2012. (U.S. Air Force Photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Richard Onsgard welcomes guests to the 2012 Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet held at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, Universal City, Calif. on January 22, 2012. (U.S. Air Force Photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- This year's Outstanding Airman of the Year Awards Banquet was an elegant occasion hosted by the 146th's Airlift Wing, whose roots and history have earned them the nickname of the "Hollywood Guard". So it was very appropriate that the event took place in the hills of Hollywood at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City on Jan. 21, 2012.

Themed with a red carpet entrance for a night at the Academy Awards, guests were greeted by paparazzi snapping their photos next to golden over-sized "Oscars" carved in the shape of National Guard Minutemen as they arrived.

But not unlike any other OAY ceremony held by the Air National Guard, despite all the glamour, the tables were bedecked with noisemakers and horns to rival a New Year's Eve celebration, and as soon as the awards began, the room was on its feet to congratulate the nominees and became as boisterous as ever, even in their formal attire.

"We Airmen like to get a little rowdy," said Chaplain Lt. Col. Mike Beyer of the 162nd Combat Communications Group, whose unit took home three of the four awards handed out that night. "But it's only appropriate that we have such great fun recognizing their achievements. These are the best of the best and their excellence excites and inspires us all." Chaplain Beyer was seen amongst all the rowdies throughout the evening, exemplifying the spirit of celebration.

OAY 2012 goes to Hollywood

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Baker, 146th Airlift Wing Honor Guard, participates in a POW/MIA ceremony honoring those who are still missing in action or a prisoner of war, at the 2012 Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet held at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, Universal City Calif. on January 22, 2012. (U.S. Air Force Photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Tech. Sgt. Joshua Baker, 146th Airlift Wing Honor Guard, participates in a POW/MIA ceremony honoring those who are still missing in action or a prisoner of war, at the 2012 Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet held at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, Universal City Calif. on January 22, 2012. (U.S. Air Force Photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Airman 1st Class Kevin M. Galusha (center) from the 162nd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the Airman category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brig. Gen. James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Airman 1st Class Kevin M. Galusha (center) from the 162nd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the Airman category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brig. Gen. James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Tech. Sgt. Kristina Ghio (center) from the 162nd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the NCO category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brig. Gen. James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Tech. Sgt. Kristina Ghio (center) from the 162nd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the NCO category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brig. Gen. James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Master Sergeant Peter Kelley (center) from the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing  accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the Senior NCO category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brigadier General James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Master Sergeant Peter Kelley (center) from the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the Senior NCO category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brigadier General James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airman Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

1st Sergeant Ronald Hazelton (center) from the 162rd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the 1stSgt category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brigadier General James Witham at the  annual Outstanding Airmen Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif.,  January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

First Sergeant Ronald Hazelton (center) from the 162rd Combat Communications Group accepts the Outstanding Airman of the Year award in the First Sergeant category. Accompanied by Chief Master Sgt. Debra Fordyce, (far left) Command Chief Master Sgt. Christopher Muncy, (left) and Brig. Gen. James Witham at the annual Outstanding Airmen Of The Year Awards Banquet at The Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, Calif., January 21, 2012. Each organization nominated four candidates for Airman of The Year, NCO of The Year, Sr. NCO of The Year and First Sergeant of The Year. U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig

Command Chief Master Sgt. Richard Onsgard welcomes guests to the 2012 Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet held at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, Universal City, Calif. on January 22, 2012. (U.S. Air Force Photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

Command Chief Master Sgt. Richard Onsgard welcomes guests to the 2012 Outstanding Airman of the Year Banquet held at the Universal Sheraton Hotel, Universal City, Calif. on January 22, 2012. (U.S. Air Force Photo by: Senior Airman Nicholas Carzis)

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. -- This year's Outstanding Airman of the Year Awards Banquet was an elegant occasion hosted by the 146th's Airlift Wing, whose roots and history have earned them the nickname of the "Hollywood Guard". So it was very appropriate that the event took place in the hills of Hollywood at the Sheraton Universal in Universal City on Jan. 21, 2012.

Themed with a red carpet entrance for a night at the Academy Awards, guests were greeted by paparazzi snapping their photos next to golden over-sized "Oscars" carved in the shape of National Guard Minutemen as they arrived.

But not unlike any other OAY ceremony held by the Air National Guard, despite all the glamour, the tables were bedecked with noisemakers and horns to rival a New Year's Eve celebration, and as soon as the awards began, the room was on its feet to congratulate the nominees and became as boisterous as ever, even in their formal attire.

"We Airmen like to get a little rowdy," said Chaplain Lt. Col. Mike Beyer of the 162nd Combat Communications Group, whose unit took home three of the four awards handed out that night. "But it's only appropriate that we have such great fun recognizing their achievements. These are the best of the best and their excellence excites and inspires us all." Chaplain Beyer was seen amongst all the rowdies throughout the evening, exemplifying the spirit of celebration.