Staff Sgt. Matthew J. Meuser was recently notified he earned the title as the 2007 Kentucky Air National Guard Airman of the Year.
"I just go out and do my job," Meuser said.
Meuser is an Explosive Ordnance Disposal team member currently deployed to the 755th Air Expeditionary Group in Afghanistan. According to a press release, he volunteered for deployment to replace a fellow Airman who was injured and had to return home.
"I wasn't surprised to hear he had won," Capt. David Troxell, Chief, 755th AED EOD said. "Since he arrived, his attitude has been, 'I will do what you want me to do.'"
A couple of highlights that earned the award for Meuser included performing hazardous-device countermeasure duties with the United States Secret Service during a President of the United States visit to Indiana and contributing to the safety of the Queen of England as well as 150,000 civilians as a member of the EOD team assigned to the 133rd Kentucky Derby.
Meuser retrained into EOD with the Kentucky AND in December 2003, after serving five years as an F-16 crew chief in the Indiana ANG.
When he is not driving more than 200 miles to perform his duties in the Kentucky ANG, Meuser works as an unexploded ordnance technician with a Seattle-based company performing range clearances and certifying ordnance-contaminated land clean for development and construction.
Meuser is a 1998 Northview High School graduate and is the son of David and Elizabeth Meuser, Brazil.