105th Airlift Wing, 137th Airlift Squadron, New York Air National Guard
Guagenti, a 112MK, C-17 Mobility Pilot, has served in the Air Guard more than 15 years - including a COVID medical evacuation mission in Africa and the Afghanistan airlift, bringing equipment in, taking refugees out and flying the 13 fallen U.S. service members out of Kabul. "The relief of the Afghan people when they knew they were safe from the Taliban was incredibly palpable," he said. "A young 17-day-old girl would never know what it’s like to live under the oppressive regime. And I’ve never had a higher honor than to fly our brothers and sisters out after they paid the ultimate sacrifice to save others."