SSgt. Shilette M. Addison was selected while serving as an
information-management journeyman for the 488th Intelligence Squadron, RAF
Mildenhall, UK. For nearly two months, she ably managed the unit personnel
office during the section chief's absence. Airman Addison processed more than
1,200 leave forms, achieving a 100 percent on-time rate and a ninety-nine
percent accuracy rate. Her superior work during the year set a new standard:
She produced 400 error-free enlisted and officer performance reports.
SrA. Yuvonne C. Fischer is a community services officer and
law enforcement patrolman at the 90th Security Police Squadron, F. E. Warren
AFB, Wyo. She established a crime-trend analysis database summarizing criminal
activities and pinpointing high-crime areas. The database helped officials
focus their crime-fighting efforts in specific areas. Airman Fischer also
managed four Drug Abuse Resistance Education instructors, reaching 1,000 students
in five local schools.
New Jersey's Adjutant General called SMSgt. James P. Ford,
Jr., ANG, of McGuire AFB, N. J., "the best recruiting and retention superintendent
that we have had." Under Sergeant Ford's leadership, the state's ANG
achieved 100 percent of its recruitment goals. He worked effectively to combine
the statewide efforts of recruiters and retainers. He also used state
tuition-assistance legislation for the recruiting and retention programs,
opening both educational opportunities and national service to hundreds of New
Assigned to the 608th Air Communications Squadron,
Barksdale AFB, La., TSgt. Joseph L. Gilpin is a telecommunications switch maintenance
specialist. He developed 8th Air Force's tactical switch database for the
multinational campaign in Haiti, connecting allied forces in Cuba and Haiti to
DoD and commercial networks through seventeen trunks. He also connected the US
Army's 35th Air Defense Artillery into 8th Air Force's communications network
for the joint exercise Mighty Thunder. Sergeant Gilpin voluntarily deployed
to Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch, where he programmed, operated,
and tested telephone communications among US Central Command, DoD, and encrypted
As an air traffic control analyst and data systems
specialist for the Standard Systems Group at Tinker AFB, Okla., SSgt. Brian D.
Lavoie provides the sole technical support for the air traffic control training
device for more than 130 DoD installations. He created computer-simulation
training scenarios on air traffic control radar procedures for DoD and USAF
users. When the 3d Combat Communications Group prepared to deploy in Operation
Uphold Democracy, Sergeant Lavoie developed the training scenarios. Operational
effectiveness at Elmendorf and Eielson AFBs in Alaska surged after Sergeant
Lavoie reconfigured the hardware and software for their training devices and
trained the system operators at both bases.
TSgt. Phyllis A. Lopez-Velazquez serves as noncommissioned
officer in charge of Special Airlift Operations at Hq. US Air Forces in Europe,
Ramstein AB, Germany. She supervised airlift scheduling for USAFE operational
support assets. Sergeant Lopez-Velazquez directed the scheduling of 3,250 successful
mission sorties and helped move 13,300 people to locations worldwide. She
deployed to Hq. Joint Task Force Provide Promise in Naples, Italy, and arranged
the weekly airlift to Vicenza and Brindisi, delivering timely intelligence for
Operations Deny Flight and Provide Promise.
SMSgt. Kathryn L. Miller is a vehicle operations manager at
the 16th Transportation Squadron, Hurlburt Field, Fla., in charge of a $32.5
million fleet. Under her direction, the base found underused vehicles to help
stand up a flying squadron and two aircraft-generation squadrons. When
hurricanes Erin and then Opal threatened the base, Sergeant Miller worked
around the clock, deploying 120 critical vehicles to safe shelters around
When Air Mobility Command's Air Mobility Warfare Center and
the 421st Training Squadron stood up at Fort Dix, N. J., MSgt. Pasquale J.
Pallotta, superintendent of Curriculum and Exercise Development, devised
receiving plans for more than $10 million worth of materials being transferred
from Little Rock AFB, Ark., to Fort Dix. His research efforts helped find
fifteen training sites and six weapon ranges for the unit. They are used to
support AMC's contingency support operations training of more than 2,000
Assigned to the 603d Communications Squadron, RAF
Croughton, UK, SSgt. Deana C. Shupe is a maintenance support evaluator. As a
senior airman, she volunteered for a deployment to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia,
where she operated and maintained a satellite terminal connecting four
installations and three Tropo Satellite Support Radio communications links in
support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch. The system achieved an
unprecedented 99.7 percent terminal reliability rate. On her return to RAF
Croughton in October 1995, her superiors chose her to manage maintenance
support, an assignment normally reserved for staff sergeants.
Assigned to the 15th Supply Squadron, Hickam AFB, Hawaii,
as noncommissioned officer in charge of Stock Control, TSgt. Gina K. Sullivan
orchestrated a campaign to improve the efficiency of Hickam's overburdened
Stock Control Element. Her thoroughness enabled her squadron to earn a
stockage effectiveness rating of 90.9 percent—the highest in PACAF. The
incidence of supplies deemed non–mission capable was slashed from 4.5 percent
to .2 percent—the best in the command. Sergeant Sullivan was chosen to help
set up a joint service panel on interservice supply cooperation.
SSgt. Sean F. Tunaley serves as current operations
information manager for NATO E-3A Airborne Warning and Control System Flying
Squadron Three, Geilenkirchen AB, Germany. Chosen by the German squadron
commander to deploy in support of Operations Deny Flight and Decisive Edge,
Airman Tunaley wrote the operating instructions for the squadron's advanced
echelon team and trained its members. His efficient tracking of flight-training
requirements and schedule updates for more than 150 aircrew members contributed
to the squadron's success at a time when its flying commitments increased by
In his first year as a recruiter, TSgt. John O. Twigg, Jr.,
of the 333d Recruiting Squadron, Patrick AFB, Fla., turned out to be the best
in the business. He was assigned to an area that had little Air Force presence
and no Air Force mentors to help him. Even so, Sergeant Twigg in a single year
recruited seventy-five new airmen, more than twice the Air Force's annual goal
of thirty-four per recruiter. More than half of his enlistees scored in the
upper one-third of the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery of tests.
Sergeant Twigg's outstanding efforts earned him triple honors as USAF's Top
Rookie Recruiter, Top Enlisted Programs Recruiter, and Top Overall Recruiter.
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An F-35A Lightning II assigned to Hill AFB, Utah,
conducts a training flight with F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to Kunsan
AB, Republic of Korea, over the city of Gunsan, on Dec. 1, 2017,
in preparation for Vigilant Ace 18.
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