Sue Dryden, 309th Maintenance Wing vice director, was promoted to Senior Executive Service rank in a ceremony held Jan. 15 at the Hill Aerospace Museum Fighter Gallery. One week prior, an SES ceremony was held for her colleague, Angie Tymofichuk, director of the Ogden Air Logistics Center Engineering Directorate, who was in attendance at the Jan. 15 ceremony as well.
Mark Johnson, OO-ALC executive director, presided over Dryden's ceremony in place of Debra Walker, fellow member of the SES and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Logistics, who is currently performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, Washington, D.C. Walker could not attend last week's ceremony due to illness, but sent congratulatory remarks to Dryden in a letter that Johnson read during the ceremony.
"You are the epitome of what the Air Force needs in its leaders today," Walker said of Dryden. "Not only do you live the Air Force Core Values of 'Integrity First,' 'Service Before Self' and 'Excellence in All We Do,' but you do it with compassion, style and enthusiasm."
Dryden's application for the SES rank competed against 31 others, and she was selected out of seven applicants who made the final consideration.
Johnson noted that Dryden first entered the Air Force as an Airman basic rank in 1978, and ever since then she has worked her way up from being a jet engine mechanic to her current role of overseeing maintenance operations under the 309th MXW here.
After accepting the SES appointment certificate and oath of office from Maj. Gen. Andrew Busch, OO-ALC commander, Dryden attributed the honor of her promotion to those who "helped 'raise me up,' as we say in the South."
Among those Dryden thanked for providing training and support were friends, family, community members and Air Force leadership.
"Today is not about me," said Dryden. "It's about family, friends, civilian and military members, the community -- all who have taken the time, effort and sacrifice to 'raise me up.' ... I am proud and humbled for this opportunity to be a member of the Senior Executive Service."
This SES promotion ceremony was the fourth of its kind for Hill Air Force Base.