This article has been updated to correct Master Sgt. Boyle's military title.


BARSTOW Master Sgt. Jessica Boyle of the Air Force volunteered several hours at local elementary schools spending time with young readers learning to read and write last year.


She is also the Squadron Superintendent for the 12th Combat Training Squadron at Fort Irwin and was awarded Airman of the Quarter by the Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday morning.


Six local military service men and women were recognized at the Quarterly Military Awards breakfast ceremony.


Airman of the Year in 2012, Tech. Sgt. William Abell, was also recognized. He was on leave and unable to attend the Chamber's Community Recognition Awards ceremony held in January.


Military Affairs Chairman Darrell Kemp presented the service members with certificates, $100 cash and a complimentary one-night stay at a local motel.


"First, I would like to say thank you to my leadership ... thank you for pushing me to do this and try to achieve greatness," said Sgt. Stella R.C. Hardcastle from the Operations Group at Fort Irwin.


Hardcastle was awarded NCO of the Quarter. Throughout her military career she has been the recipient of a number of service medals, including the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon. Spc. Damien M. Wagner was the recipient of the Soldier of the Quarter award, but was unable to attend the event.


Marine of the Quarter was awarded to Lance Cpl. Adrian Velasco and Marine NCO of the Quarter was awarded to Jonathan Norita. Both Marines were unable to attend.


"I apologize for the Marines not being here today. These are two outstanding Marines. They work hard," said Rob Jackson, a spokesman for MCLB Barstow who accepted certificates on their behalf.



Contact Brooke Self at BSelf@DesertDispatch.com or (760) 256-4123.