SMSgt. Philip B. McAlpin Jr. Courtesy photo via AFA.
SMSgt. Philip B. McAlpin Jr. is one of the 12
Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2019, an award recognizing airmen
for superior leadership, job performance, community involvement, and
personal achievement over the preceding 12 months. The 12 Airmen of the
Year will be formally recognized at AFA’s Air,
Space & Cyber Conference Sept. 16-18 in National Harbor, Md.
Duty Title: Heavy Repair Superintendent
Organization: 5th Civil Engineer Squadron, Minot AFB, N.D.
Home of Record: Philadelphia, Pa.
SMSgt. McAlpin led 28
multi-craft airmen in the daily maintenance of Syria’s sole C-17A
capable semi-prepared landing zone. His efforts delivered 7,900
warfighters, ensured 900 combat sorties, and the reception and
deployment of 8,900 short tons of essential cargo supporting Operation
Inherent Resolve. He identified critical airfield deficiencies and
established courses of action to ensure air line of communications
remained open throughout the region during the Battle of Ar Raqqa. His
efforts and data led to him authoring the US Air Force’s first
Comprehensive Landing Zone Maintenance Plan, reducing time from 12
to four hours daily, resulting in an increase of 90 sorties per month.
He also managed 32 projects valued at $3.7 million in support of the
Special Operations Joint Task Force Syria.
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