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Air Force taps Blankenship for early promotion in rank
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Terry L. Blankenship has been specifically identified for early promotion to senior airman in the U.S. Air Force.

The airman was awarded the new rank ahead of other Air Force members by a “Below-The-Zone” promotion board, which considered the airman's time in grade, time in service, job performance, military knowledge, bearing, exceptional qualifications, self-improvement efforts and best overall record.

The Below-the-Zone program provides an opportunity for exceptionally well-qualified airman first class to a one-time consideration for promotion to senior airman six months prior to the fixed fully-qualified phase point. To be selected and considered for the promotion, the airman must meet specific requirements outlined in Air Force regulations and must be recommended by the commander.

Blankenship, an air transportation journeyman with two years of military service, is assigned to the 437th Aerial Port Squadron, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C.

He is the son of Richard L. and Linda C. Blankenship of Springfield.

The senior airman is a 2005 graduate of Effingham County High School.