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MacDill Airman receives top honor for intelligence

by Senior Airman Robin Drake
Thunderbolt staff writer

Capt. Scott J. Nahrgang, Intelligence Officer of the Year

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Capt. Scott J. Nahrgang, Headquarters U. S. Central Command, chief of target development and materials, was named the Maj. Gen. John S. Patton Outstanding Active Duty Intelligence Officer of the Year for 2004.

Captain Nahrgang participated in numerous deployments in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom. He served as a target planner with the First Marine Expeditionary Force G-3 Operations Staff in Iraq during the fall of 2004. Captain Nahrgang was the first and only Air Force intelligence officer to serve with the unit during combat operations in Iraq.

"It is very rewarding to be recognized for your hard work, especially when that recognition results from a challenging deployment to multiple combat operations across the area of operational responsibility," said Captain Nahrgang.

In July of 2004, Captain Nahrgang attended the seven-week U.S. Air Force Combat Targeting Course at Goodfellow AFB, Texas, where he held the position of class leader. In addition, he was recognized as the Distinguished Graduate for his class.

"Always work as hard as you can and do what's right," said Captain Nahrgang, elaborating on his best advice for individuals interested in achieving their goals. "Learn from subordinates, peers and supervisors."

Captain Nahrgang believes that supervisors have a responsibility to take interest in their troops' careers. A supervisor should invest the time needed to write accurate and strong performance reports and nominate deserving individuals for awards he said.

He arrived at MacDill in January 2003 and was assigned to U.S. CENTCOM to manage the Department of Defense's largest intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance fleet as an imagery collection manager.

Captain Nahrgang said he has tried to learn something from each individual who has supervised him. One supervisor he recalls, said to step outside of his comfort zone at least once each day, which would allow him the opportunity to actively learn by broadening his skills and knowledge.

He completed a master's of aeronautical science degree with distinction from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2002.

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