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A stripe for the Holidays

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla -- Each year the Air Force grants less than 200 slots for Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) promotions.  This year, Staff Sgt. Jessica
Sonnier (center) of the 45th Space Wing Security Forces Squadron was selected for a STEP promotion and her Tech. Sgt. Stripe, which Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson (right), 45th SW commander,  and Command Chief Master Sgt. Calvin
Williams (left) were more than happy to "punch" on for her here Dec. 10.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Jennifer Macklin)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla -- Each year the Air Force grants less than 200 slots for Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) promotions. This year, Staff Sgt. Jessica Sonnier (center) of the 45th Space Wing Security Forces Squadron was selected for a STEP promotion and her Tech. Sgt. Stripe, which Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson (right), 45th SW commander, and Command Chief Master Sgt. Calvin Williams (left) were more than happy to "punch" on for her here Dec. 10. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jennifer Macklin)

Patrick AFB, Fla. -- Staff Sgt. Jessica Sonnier, 45th Security Forces Squadron, thought the highlight of her day on Dec. 10 was going to be the Wing Holiday Party.

And then the 45th Space Wing Commander, Brig. Gen. Ed Wilson, and Command Chief Master Sergeant Calvin Williams arrived at her work station with brand new Tech. Sgt. stripes. 

Each year the Air Force grants less than 200 slots for Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) promotions and this year then Staff Sgt. Sonnier was one of them.  

"As Chief Williams and I noted as we departed the no-notice ceremony, there aren't many things that make us happier than being able to recognize our outstanding Airmen," said Brig. Gen. Wilson.  "STEP promotions are truly the epitome of this at work."

Now Tech. Sgt. Sonnier's promotion is proof that sometimes the Holidays do come early for some, especially those as deserving and dedicated to her duties as her.  

Tech. Sgt. Sonnier is responsible for the effective training and utilization of all Military Working Dogs at Patrick AFB.  As a Military Working Dog Trainer, she supports contingency and humanitarian operations in detecting narcotics, explosives and suppression activities. 

"It has been an incredible finish to a truly outstanding year for Team Patrick, "said Gen. Wilson.