Dodd Recognized by USAF For Top Evaluation

Thursday, March 12, 2015
Senior Airman Don Andrew Dodd, 14th Security Forces Squadron (center), stands with Chief Master Sgt. Rita Felton, 14th Flying Training Wing Command Chief (left) and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Cantrell, 14th SFS, after receiving the Top 3 Spotlight Award. (US Air Force photo/Elizabeth Owens/ from the Silver Wings newspaper)

Lionel and Janet Dodd knew it all along. Parents know these things. They saw the determination, the effort and work ethic in their son, Don Andrew Dodd.

A 2000 graduate of Marmaduke High School and a graduate of Williams Baptist College, Andrew Dodd is a senior Airman with the 14th Security Forces Squadron at Columbus Air Force Base in Columbus, Miss.

Dodd recently received the highest score on a Security Forces evaluation, a score that had never been achieved: 100 percent. When the opportunity presented itself for an airman to be recognized for a Top 3 Spotlight Award, Andrew Dodd was recommended from his unit. In making the recommendation for the Spotlight Award, the officers noted, "Dodd is devoted to making his community a better and safer place by volunteering with a local church to work with children."

The recommendation praised Dodd as "highly motivated and truly dedicated."

Each of the officers could choose a different person to nominate for the award and, unknown to any of them, each chose to name Andrew Dodd. Chief Master Sgt. Rita Felton, 14th Flying Training Wing Command Chief and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Cantrell, 14th SFS made the recommendation. The award reads "Integrity First -- Service Before Self -- Excellence In All We Do."

As early as his high school career, it was obvious that hard work and a determined spirit would pay rewards for Andrew. He achieved perfect attendance and earned a monetary award from a benefactor to Marmaduke High School. His grandparents, Louise Richardson and Don and Wanda Barr, all of Paragould, have encouraged Andrew throughout his life. Coming from a motivated family, Lionel Dodd shared that Andrew's older brother, Joseph, served on the USS Nimitz during Desert Storm and his sister Rebecca is attending college to become a veterinarian.

The weekend of March 14 is special for the Dodd family, as Andrew and his family will be in town. Andrew and Mandy, who also graduated from Williams Baptist College and taught briefly at Piggott, will be visiting with family, including her parents Roger and Janet Cale of Piggott. Andrew and Mandy may wonder if their children could be any more loved when all the relatives and friends come to see Ethan, who is four-and-a-half years, and little brother, Abram. In fact, Abram will celebrate his first birthday Saturday at the home of his grandparents, Lionel and Janet Dodd.

The Dodd family has reason to be proud of all their children and grandchildren. Sometimes awards and the spotlight will be attached. At other times, it's the affirmation of what parents knew all along -- the accolade pops the buttons.

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