According to a UNM press release, ROTC Senior Student Success Specialist Brian Vineyard was recognized by the Air Force ROTC Southwest Region, receiving University Civilian of the Quarter for the Southwest Region award.

The Southwest Region contains 10 states from California to Tennessee and covers over 30 units, according to the release. The award is handed out by the Headquarters Air Force ROTC to university civilians working in Air Force ROTC detachments.

According to the release, recipients must not only meet excellent job criteria requirements, but are also judged on the contributions they make to the Air Force ROTC and local community.

UNM Air Force ROTC Commanding Officer Lt. Col Neal Kleinschmidt nominated Vineyard for his significant contributions to the three UNM ROTC branches, as well as his work with the Animal Humane Association of New Mexico, according to the release.

“Brian has been an awesome edition to our team,” Kleinschmidt is quoted as saying in the release. “He’s cut red tape across the board and has streamlined advisement plans for cadets.”

According to the release, Vineyard’s contributions include plotting 200 degree plans for tri-service ROTC cadets and midshipmen, with a 100 percent on-time graduation rate.

Vineyard also teaches a financial literacy class, streamlining the registration process for cadets and midshipmen to make sure all crucial classes are available to them.

Winning the award makes Vineyard one of the four top civilian finalists in the nationwide Air Force ROTC University Civilian of the Quarter.

Matthew Reisen is the news editor at the Daily Lobo. He can be reached at or on Twitter @MReisen88.