SSgt. Christopher M. Stuebbe. Courtesy photo via AFA.
SSgt. Christopher M. Stuebbe 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: Forward Area Refueling Point Program Manager
Organization: 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron, JB Charleston, S.C.
Home of Record: Mentor, Ohio
SSgt. Stuebbe was a critical
member of the crew that enabled Special Operation Task Forces to conduct
raids against high-value targets during Operation Freedom's Sentinel.
He flew 35 combat missions totaling 133 hours, and transferred 283,000
pounds of fuel that were vital to the mission. Additionally, he
expedited emergency repairs on Air Force Special Operation Command
equipment valued at $500,000, enabling joint force teams to be mission
ready in under 12 hours. He also led a presidential-approved operation,
refueling 28 aircraft, ensuring mission success. Finally, while
deployed, he completed 18 credit hours toward his bachelor’s degree,
helped wounded warriors as a volunteer in the hospital’s critical care
section, and organized United Service Organizations events for 19,000
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