* Air Force Senior Airman Ellen N. Gruesen has been named a Hard Charger Award winner.
Gruesen is a calibration technician assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base in South Carolina. The senior airman has served in the military for three years.
Selection is based on the individual's exemplary duty performance, job knowledge, leadership qualities, teamwork, significant self-improvement, personal achievements and accomplishments and community service.
Gruesen is the daughter of Angela and Henry Gruesen of Bexley.