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Gunfighter Earns Air National Guard Recognition

Airman 1st Class Kris Barrientes, a financial service technician with the Texas Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Wing, stands in front of the wing's command post at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, on September 3, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Eric L. Wilson)

Airman 1st Class Kris Barrientes, a financial service technician with the Texas Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Wing, stands in front of the wing's command post at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, on September 3, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Eric L. Wilson)

Airman 1st Class Kris Barrientes, a financial service technician with the Texas Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Wing, provides customer service to Master Sgt Carri Escalera, the noncommissioned officer in-charge of the Air National Guard installation's personnel readiness section, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, on September 3, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Eric L. Wilson)

Airman 1st Class Kris Barrientes, a financial service technician with the Texas Air National Guard's 149th Fighter Wing, provides customer service to Master Sgt Carri Escalera, the noncommissioned officer in-charge of the Air National Guard installation's personnel readiness section, at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, on September 3, 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt Eric L. Wilson)

Lackland AFB Texas --       Airman First Class Kristopher Barrientes, 149th Fighter Wing, has been named ANG Financial Management Airman of the Quarter. Colonel James Sissons, Air National Guard comptroller, made the announcement to all ANG units on 2 September.
     Airman Barrientes earned the honors by exhibiting qualities, far exceeding unit and ANG standards, in leadership, job performance, self-improvement, and base and community involvement. "Kris is a exceptional team player and exudes professionalism," said Major Devlin Islas, 149 Fighter Wing Comptroller." "He takes 100% takes ownership on all issues -- your issue is his issue," said Islas "He sets no limits on the actions he'll take to get the job done, because he knows he's in the people business. Quite simply, he just 'gets it,'" said Islas. 
     Barrientes joined the Air National Guard in 2008 and immediately became a key player in the Financial Management Section.   His arrival to the wing was well timed as he steadfastly filled the void of two vacancies in the FMS.  Whether helping fellow airmen deploy, conducting audits or streamlining the travel order process, Barrientes continues to be lauded by  unit commanders and airmen for his expertise and commitment to duty.
     "He realizes his actions enable members of the wing to carry our their mission of turning jets, training warfighters, keeping cyberspace safe, and practicing their craft--be it in San Antonio, at our GSUs, or in the AEF," Islas explained." "We expect great things out of A1C Barrientes and his FM teammates. We are all very proud and inspired."