JA members capture command-level awards

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  • By Lauren Russell
  • 66th Air Base Group Public Affairs

HANSCOM AIR FORCE BASE, Mass. – Officials recently announced that the 66th Air Base Group Legal Office captured four individual command-level titles for the 2021 Air Force Judge Advocate General Awards.

Col. Patricia Wiegman-Lenz, 66 ABG staff judge advocate, said the wins are a direct reflection of how personnel in the Hanscom Legal Office are committed to their community through providing outstanding legal support.

“We are so fortunate to have such a phenomenal team of legal professionals here at Hanscom,” said Wiegman-Lenz.

Senior Airman Kayla Stevens, 66 JA paralegal, was named the Air Force Materiel Command’s 2021 Outstanding Paralegal Airman of the Year. Stevens is the vice president of the Hanscom Rising 6, a council comprised of enlisted members ranks E-1 through E-6. Stevens was also named the 2021 66 ABG Airman of the Year.

“Airman Stevens represents the best of both the 66th Legal Office and Hanscom,” said Wiegman-Lenz.

Yaneris Dolce, 66 JA paralegal, received the AFMC’s 2021 Outstanding Legal Service Civilian of the Year.

Throughout 2021, Dolce assisted more than 380 members with legal needs, and volunteered more than 370 hours to Hanscom organizations. She also leads the 66 ABG Victim Witness Assistance Program to support victims of violence.

“Yaneris is a great example of someone who truly loves to serve our Hanscom community,” said Wiegman-Lenz.  “She ensures victims are cared for, understand their rights and the court-martial process, and puts them in touch with the resources they need.”

Peter Camp, 66 ABG Legal Office Battle Management Programs Division chief, was named the 2021 Outstanding Senior Attorney.

“This nomination gave me a chance to reflect on my nearly 30 years of service in the Department of Defense, and how much we can accomplish when we come together as a team,” he said. “I’m grateful for the chance to work with people who are devoted to acquiring tools that make the warfighter’s decision cycle faster, more accurate, and more precise.”

1st Lt. Patrick Hoerle, 66 JA paralegal, was named the 2021 Air Mobility Command Outstanding Air Reserve Component Noncommissioned Officer of the Year.

According to Wiegman-Lenz, Hoerle joined the 66 ABG Legal Office last year after graduating from Quinnipiac University School of Law in North Haven, Connecticut, and earning his commission. Prior to that, Hoerle served as an active duty paralegal, and later served as a paralegal in the Rhode Island Air National Guard.

“We’re incredibly proud of Lieutenant Hoerle, and can’t wait to see the great things he is going to accomplish,” said Wiegman-Lenz.

All four members will now go on to compete at the Air Force level.