An Airman with the 86th Communications Squadron on Ramstein was selected July 20 to receive the 2012 National Image, Inc., Meritorious Service Award.
Senior Airman Miranda Snyder, wing information assurance technician, is scheduled to leave for Los Angeles mid September to receive the award.
“I was completely caught off guard,” said Snyder. “I am still blown out of the water, but I am proud and incredibly appreciative.”
Generally, each branch of service recognizes one individual each year. The award is given to exceptional Airmen who take care of people in their community.
Snyder’s nomination packet included a list of organizations she volunteers for on a regular basis including: the post office, tax center, Fisher House, Contingency Aeromedical Staging Facility and Women’s History Committee.
This mother of a one year old considers helping others as a hobby.
“I just love to help others,” said Snyder. Since the age of 11, the Eugene, Ore., native already had the compassion for helping others.
Working at a mortgage company, her job prior to enlisting, Snyder recruited a group of co-workers to help build a Habitat for Humanity home in Tucson, Ariz. She also assisted in the Basket for Babies event for the March of Dimes.
Snyder helped care for elementary school aged children, was a Eugene Handball Association tournament coordinator and provided the United Way organization with many donations since 2006.
“This award is recognition for her effort,” said Master Sgt. Dennis Palmer, 86th CS wing information assurance superintendent. When she first got here Snyder was motivated and dedicated, Palmer said.
“Honestly, I wasn’t surprised Miranda was selected for the award,” said Senior Master Sgt. Israel Jaeger, 86th CS plans and resources flight chief. “She exemplifies spirit and intent, the hallmark of this award.”
Snyder said she joined the Air Force because she felt like she wasn’t doing enough.
“I am always looking for more ways to help out,” said Snyder.
Snyder was floored when she was told she was selected in front of 30 of her co-workers.
“Miranda is an exemplary Airman,” said Jaeger. “She’s a mother, wife, daughter and Airman. Not only is her work ethic impeccable, but she puts forth the extra effort to get involved in the community, all to make a difference.”