United States Air Force
As a combat airlift crewmember, Brandon Nontelle of Altus, Okla., has participated in dangerous operations all over the world, including a search-and-rescue effort in Antarctica. During many Afghan missions, his crew flew treacherously close to the ground to drop supplies to bases throughout the country. He's been awarded six Air Medals for combat missions, an Aerial Achievement edal, and a Humanitarian Medal, among many other awards. Brandon is a passionate volunteer: He is program director for ASPIRE, an after-school study program for at-risk kids in Altus; has helped organize a Habitat for Humanity event; and participates in numerous food drives.