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​SSgt. Gary G. Jeffrey III. Courtesy photo via AFA.

SSgt. Gary G. Jeffrey III 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: Medical Materiel Technician

Organization: 81st Medical Support Squadron, Keesler AFB, Miss.

Home of Record: Tiffin, OH

SSgt. Jeffrey led the wing’s flu vaccine program by securing 190,000 doses and coordinating with four agencies, ensuring immunizations for three Defense Department sites five weeks early. He secured a cross-command leech treatment transfer within 24 hours, avoiding a two-week patient care delay, ultimately saving a patient’s limb. He designed training for 29 accounts, briefing three acquisition processes to 96 customers, cutting 1,500 errors and decreasing delivery time from seven days to one. He balanced cost center operations, certifying 44 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve accounts, worth $670,000, supporting one of three national disaster response teams.