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Tanya Barnett Whitney

Tanya's Story

C. Wayne Williams Award


Tanya Barnett Whitney '86 and '91, of Sorrento, La., is the recipient of the C. Wayne Williams Award, given in recognition of outstanding public service and community involvement by a graduate. Since leaving the active workforce, Whitney volunteers with several local organizations that support veterans, active military personnel, and their families. She serves as an honor guard member at women veteran funerals and gives educational presentations to schools, civic organizations, and other public groups on the service of women in the military and their impact on society. Whitney also supports her community as a volunteer cross country and track and field coach at St. Amant High School.  

As an active-duty non-commissioned officer with more than 27 years experience as an aircraft maintenance repairer and supervisor, Whitney served in Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. She retired in 2010 as a master sergeant and then served as a Department of the Army civilian from 2010 to 2012, working as project integrator on the Army's Air Priority Transport Program.

Whitney earned an Associate of Liberal Arts and a Bachelor of Liberal Arts from Excelsior College, an Associate of Professional Aeronautics in 1985 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, an Associate in General Science from Northern Virginia Community College in 1986 and a Master of Aeronautical Science with a dual major of Operations and Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in 2000.

In addition to the awards presented to her in the military, she was awarded the Department of the Army's Achievement Medal for Civilian Service in 2012. She has received many accolades and awards from various organizations, including the Volunteer Coaches Award from St. Amant High School in 2013, the Legion of Merit for distinguished service from the National Guard Bureau in 2010, and the Order of St. Michael from the Army Aviation Association for exceptional service in 2006.