Risley awarded as Officer of the Year

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Valarie (Ayon) Risley, daughter of Lawrence Ayon, of Los Lunas, and Georgia and Martin Gallegos, of Albuqueque, sister of Eddie and Adriane Ayon, of Los Lunas, and granddaughter of Eddie and Helen Sanchez, of Socorro, has been serving in the United States Air Force since July 2000.

Valarie (Ayon) Risley, daughter of Lawrence Ayon, of Los Lunas, and Georgia and Martin Gallegos, of Albuqueque, sister of Eddie and Adriane Ayon, of Los Lunas, and granddaughter of Eddie and Helen Sanchez, of Socorro, has been serving in the United States Air Force since July 2000.

Risley is a graduate of Socorro High School, Class of 2000. She currently holds the rank of technical sergeant (E-6) and is an instructor at Airman Leadership School, teaching young airmen the skills to be a non-commissioned officer.

Risley is serving her second tour at Ramstein Air Base in Germany with her husband, Christopher, her step-son Josh and their "very spoiled dog" Lyla. Her other stepson, Jon, lives in Illinois. She has also been stationed at Holloman Air Force Base and Seymour Johnson, N.C., with a deployment to Afghanistan in 2008. Risley was recently awarded the 2012 Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for her squadron and will go on to compete at the next level.

After her assignment is up in July, her family hopes the Risleys will be stationed much closer to home.