The Air Force has announced its 2019 male and female athletes of the year, saluting athletic accomplishment in uniform. The Female Athlete of the Year is Maj. Amy Natalini, director of headquarters 8th Air Force's commander's action group at Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. She is a championship half-marathon and marathon runner who, as team captain, led the U.S. Air Force Women’s Marathon Team to a first-place finish at the 2018 Department of Defense Championship, according to a recent release. She completed eight marathons and two half-marathons during the award period, usually finishing in the top 1%. The Male Athlete of the Year is 2nd Lt. James Griffin Jax, an acquisition officer. He is assigned to the Air Force Services Activity's World Class Athlete Program. An inductee in the U.S. Air Force Academy Baseball Hall of Fame, Jax is the most decorated baseball player in academy history and is a member of the Fort Myers Miracles, a minor league team of the Minnesota Twins. Read more at AF.mil.
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