Hannawa native named best Air Force recruiter in the state
Thursday, December 1, 2011 - 6:42 am

U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Matthew St. Onge, formerly of Hannawa Falls, has been honored as the most successful Air Force recruiter in the state, including New York City.

St. Onge, who graduated from Potsdam High School in 1992, was awarded the Air Force Recruiting Service Master Recruiter Badge for Fiscal Year 2011 and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

He earned the honor by recruiting 206 percent of his annual goal, which surpassed 52 other recruiters in the state.

His group of eight recruiters, known as a “flight,” was also honored as Top Enlisted Accessions Flight in the nation. Geographically, the flight covers Potsdam, Watertown, Syracuse, Rome, New Hartford, Cortland, and Binghamton.

“In order to win this award we had to beat out 183 flights nationwide,” St. Onge said.

The AFRS Commander, Brigadier General Balan Ayyar, presented the awards at the annual banquet recently.

St. Onge lives now in Sackets Harbor with his wife and son. He is stationed at the recruiting office in Watertown.

He has been in the Air Force for 17 years, has been deployed to Saudi Arabia and Iraq twice each, and has been stationed at Minot AFB, ND; Osan AB, Republic of Korea (twice); and Andrews AFB, MD.

MSgt. St. Onge is the son of Chuck and Nancy St. Onge of Hannawa Falls.