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VANCE AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. –Senior Airman Hannah Luker received the American Legion Auxiliary Salute to Servicemember award at the ALA National Convention in Milwaukee, Aug. 30.

Luker, a native of Oregon, is a systems technician with the 71st Medical Group at Vance Air Force Base.

She received the Salute to Servicemember award at the state level in Oklahoma in July before receiving the award at the national level.

The Salute to Servicemember award has evolved over the years from honoring female veterans to honoring active duty females to honoring all service members currently serving in the United States Armed Forces.

“I want to thank the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 58 in Guthrie, Oklahoma for recognizing and supporting me through this process,” Luker said onstage at the national convention.

“You need a team to support you. My leadership has done this many times for me and that is why I will continue to provide my service to people who really need it,” Luker said.

“As we read Senior Airman Hannah Luker’s letter of appointment, we learned that she was not only an asset through her leadership duties at Vance Air Force Base, but also played a vital role in the Enid community during COVID-19,” said Kim Vincent, a unit secretary for the American Legion Auxiliary.

Since his freshman year at Vance, Luker has worked diligently to help improve the local community and grassroots. “I would take time off on weekends to go to local parks to pick up leftover debris,” Luker said.

During her community involvement, she met Master Sgt. Iasia Norton-Gardner, a member of the 33rd Flying Training Squadron. Together they organized a group to serve the city of Enid.

“We had the idea of ​​starting our own club that could give back to the community. This group is called ‘Helping Handz’,” Luker said.

The group organized campaigns to collect hygiene items during the pandemic for underserved members of the Enid community in 2020. During the 2021 holiday season, Helping Handz collected cold weather clothing for those who needed it. need.

But his contributions didn’t stop at the local community. Luker is recognized on base for her contributions to the military community. She is a member of Vance’s Honor Guard and has participated in military funeral ceremonies for veterans and active duty and retired members.

“I love the mission of honoring veterans and their families and have always wanted to get involved since even before I joined the service,” Luker said.

According to his Salute to Servicemember nomination file, “Luker has been with our unit for two years and has shown unlimited potential. Her aptitude, leadership ability and positive attitude prove that she is an invaluable asset. She is an outstanding aviator and fully qualified to be recognized at the state and national level.