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12 Outstanding Airman of the Year

Award Cat: SNCO
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LEADERSHIP AND JOB PERFORMANCE IN PRIMARY DUTY:
- Outstanding visual information (VI) professional! Led photographic/video team providing pivotal coverage 
  during NATO AWACS arrival in Konya; confirmed NATO's solidarity/resolve to defend Turkey--awesome
- VI expert; documented critical NATO cross-nation aircraft regeneration training at Exercise Ample Train 03 
  -- Training instrumental to allied forces unfamiliar with servicing/preparing diverse NATO fighter aircraft 
- Top-notch audiovisual support for military media training at Ukrainian Ministry of Defense in Kiev; supplied 
  video/photographic examples of foreign press reporting--educated Ukrainian officers on news media practices
- Photographed various NATO events for NSA Naples "Panorama", local Italian news agencies, and Internet 
  publications; captured U.S. Sixth Fleet Change of Command--images published in numerous foreign magazines
  -- Shot imagery of AFSOUTH's donation to earthquake-ravaged town of Puglia, Italy, to repair local school and
      Italian Carabinieri Memorial honoring seven soldiers killed in Iraq during Operation Enduring Freedom
- Created digital library of Balkans operations and NATO area of responsibility exercise images; ensured rapid
   image distribution throughout RHQ AFSOUTH and SHAPE--enabled better senior leader decision-making 
- Highly effective VI manager--constructed detailed visual information and computer equipment inventory/ 
  sources updating AFSOUTH photo lab; upgraded/modernized operation on par with other military facilities 
  -- Engineered technical specifications for photo lab in new AFSOUTH headquarters at Pinetimare, Italy
- Composed step-by-step continuity book providing procedural and managerial directions to future PIO photo-
   graphers--first comprehensive and detailed operating instructions in over 20 years--ensures continued success

SIGNIFICANT SELF-IMPROVEMENT:
- Understands the value of education; diligently pursuing off-duty education goals; completed three courses 
  toward Master's Degree in Adult Education and Distance Learning with University of Phoenix--3.89 GPA
- Initiative; stays ahead of technology advances by securing training from all available military sources; sought out
   video training from local Armed Forces Network personnel--creates high-quality video products for NATO 
- Vital member of Naples' USAF Top Three--mentoring junior enlisted to become future AF SNCO leaders
  -- Volunteer instructor for USAF Enlisted Professional Enhancement Program (EPEP); appreciated for know- 
      ledgeable, professional, and stimulating instruction--high marks from AF/Army/Navy students on critiques
  -- Catalyst on tiger team charged to improve EPEP course; created contract cementing instructor commitment
- Versatile leader; rewarded by Public Information Chief to attend career-broadening public information course;
   gained cross-functional knowledge and perspective, increasing value to NATO and AF--outstanding performer

BASE AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:
- Exceptional SNCO mentor; inspires self-confidence in peers/junior NCOs--recognized over contemporaries
  -- Employed vast supervisory experience coaching fellow SNCO dealing with particularly difficult subordinate
- President, Naples Air Force Enlisted Association (AFEA)--ensuring better quality of life for over 200 enlisted
  -- Leadership and guidance raised over $4K for local battered women's shelter and morale-building events
  -- Received letter of appreciation from AIRSOUTH A3/ACOS, MG {LNAME}, for outstanding support to AF Ball
- Committed to recognizing AFSOUTH junior enlisted achievements--board member on NCO quarterly boards
- Highly active in Naples' community; Los Latinos Unidos club member; coached 12-17-yr girls softball team 
- Stellar example of "service before self"--first to volunteer to perform reveille and retreat detail on a holiday
- Superb role-model to young people--inspector for Europe-wide JROTC drill competition at Naples H.S.
  -- Manned College Night booth; educated students on Air Force benefits--epitomizes "We Are All Recruiters"
- Chaired Naples' USAF Thanksgiving luncheon committee; lauded by active/retired Air Force members for an
  enjoyable event--inspired comraderie and esprit de corps among AFSOUTH/AIRSOUTH AF personnel
- Strong supporter of USAF Annual Awards; photographed AFSOUTH/AIRSOUTH nominees for videomontage
  -- Provides AF community expert photographic support, previously done by rank amateurs--huge morale boost
- Truly an outstanding professional, SNCO, and leader--AFSOUTH USAF SNCO of the Quarter, 2nd Qtr, FY 03

 


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