Tripler Army Medical Center

       Public Affairs Office Media Release


For Immediate Release                               Contact: Tripler Public Affairs Office, 808-433-5785

Release Number 05-017                                                                                       March 7, 2005


Tripler Airman lauded by

Assistant Secretary of Defense Winkenwerder




                                                                 by Les Ozawa


Tripler Army Medical Center Public Affairs Office


Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs William Winkenwerder congratulates

Air Force Master Sgt. Marvin Howell for being selected Senior Non-commissioned Officer (NCO) of the Year for the 2004 Air Force Element headquartered at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.  Howell, the NCO-in-Charge of the TRICARE Area Office - Pacific at Tripler Army Medical Center, was cited for his leadership in guiding more than 40 case managers and aeromedical evacuation clerks at 14 military treatment facilities in moving patients over many time zones and countries.  Winkenwerder visited Hawaii Feb. 15 for briefings at Tripler and Camp Smith.