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Two Arnold sergeants earn next stripe

ARNOLD AIR FORCE BASE, Tenn. -- Two NCOs from Arnold Air Force Base were among 6,002 the Air Force selected for promotion to master sergeant June 14.

Tech. Sgts. Mike Dambrino and Marvin Gardner will be entering the senior NCO corps in the upcoming months.

Sergeant Dambrino, a native of Gulfport, Miss., is a fuels quality assurance evaluator for Arnold Engineering Development Center. The 17-year veteran came to the center less than a year ago from Eglin AFB, Fla.

Growing up with an Army father, Sergeant Gardner joined the Air Force nearly 20 years ago. He has been a weapons safety manager at Arnold for more than three years. The Columbus, Ga., native was a munitions systems specialist for 16 years before going into the safety arena.

Also on the list of newly selected master sergeants was Tech. Sgt. Kimberly Pfender who is expected to arrive at Arnold this summer from Misawa Air Base, Japan. Sergeant Pfender, who has also been in the Air Force for 17 years, will be the NCO in charge of AEDC's Legal Office.

These three competed with 24,115 eligible technical sergeants for their promotion. The master sergeant selection rate, 24.89 percent, rose 5.03 percent from last year. The average master sergeant selectee has 4.27 years time in grade and 17.02 years in service. Those selected will be promoted to master sergeant between August 2007 and July 2008.