The Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) Air Force Association (AFA) recently named University of Central Oklahoma College of Business alumnus Jason Mathis the Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employee of the Year in the Civilian Program Specialist Category. Mathis will now compete at the Air Force level.

Each year, the AFA recognizes four Air Force civilian employees for outstanding achievement in four categories: Civilian Wage Employee of the Year, Civilian Program Specialist, Civilian Program Manager and Civilian Senior Manager. Nominations are evaluated on the nature of the achievement, development of techniques or procedures that significantly increased mission effectiveness and breadth of impact.

Mathis graduated from Central in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in operations and supply chain management. He is currently a KC-10 logistics management specialist at Tinker Air Force Base.

“Winning the AFMC AFA Outstanding Air Force Civilian Employee of the Year for the Civilian Program Specialist category was awesome and unexpected,” Mathis said.

“The UCO College of Business introduced me to the Palace Acquire Program for recent graduates at Tinker and I can honestly say that what I acquired from UCO laid the foundation for my success. Teamwork, accountability and, most of all, the operations and supply chain courses helped me introduce new ideas and gain a better understanding of my job, which ultimately led me to receiving this award.”