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 Communications and Information Award Program 

Award Cat: Amn 3C0 C&I
Winner: Yes - Squadron/Group

AFI 36-2845

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The following Example has been taken out of a FORMFLOW document or Word Doc.  I have changed mission information to protect myself and the people I have received the information from.  I will attempt to give a little insight to the entire process if I know it.

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Copied from Form Flow used in MS Word with these settings
Laser Jet 4M
Pg Stats: .7 LT .7 RT .5 T .5 B 

What I have found for C&I packages (again limited experience) is it should tell the reading audience what was going on and give a brief synopsis. In this package like most in 2001, the central them in Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF). Due to the important of the Operation almost every award had a reference to it. The same can be said about Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). We are military members, and focusing on what the military is doing at the time is very smart of the writers. The use of "buzz" words are important. As you will see, using them helps illustrate to the judge/reader what they have been hearing is what the individual has been accomplishing.

Uses an opening line - Not Required but beneficial due to the person was new and was hit with a multitude of tasks that are explained within the package. 

- Superior airman; expertise, initiative and maturity beyond his peers ... made difficult tasks look easy
- Administered three Deployable Transit-cased System (DTS)--cutting-edge imagery exploitation system 
for U-2/Predator/Global Hawk/satellite platforms ... lifeblood of Air Force' "reachback" technology
- Strives to make unit succeed; effectively sustains Distributed Ground Station-? (DGS-?) intel missions 
-- Engaged in cutting-edge combat ops ... impacted Operation ENDURING FREEDOM success daily 
-- Quickly mastered support systems providing U-2 imagery exploiters with critical reference imagery 
-- Maintained 100% SATCOM system mission readiness; allowed collection of 11,000 target images 
-- Kept satellite imagery availability for U-2; monitored withdrawal in Operation JOINT GUARDIAN 
-- Altered image software to display commonly accessed directories; saved 24 seconds per file--added 
20% more time for analysts to meet CSAF goal of 8 min from target imaging to bombs on target 
- Worked countless hours preparing AF latest intel, surveillance, reconnaissance asset for combat ops
-- Provided user accounts and test directories needed to complete sensitive test verifying connectivity
-- Located 22 crucial commercial part and serial numbers needed for successful DTS deployment 
-- Inventoried four foot-lockers of support supplies; identified 24 hazardous items not properly labeled 
-- Created deployment packing list for administration pallet; researched 300+ items to best meet needs
-- Modified backup software securing lost time/resources; saved 12 hrs/week for each of three servers 
-- Workstations took hour+ for backup; changed software, saved 6 hrs a week for each of 18 systems 
- Relocated 42 mission systems resulting in a fused ops cell; improved workflow between 18 mission
crew workstations; move done in 3 vs. usual 24+ hours; superhuman effort gave immediate impact! 
- Resourceful; effectively utilized a number of military resources saving both limited money and space 
-- Transformed vacant storage area into shop training lab; saved $2K per person to learn UNIX basics 
-- Salvaged six deployment transit-cases from defense reutilization; saved AF estimated $300 per case 
-- Reconfigured linguist training lab after contractors wasted valuable floor space; saved 12 square feet
- Formulated new procedures to restore corrupted files after system upgrades changed original settings 
-- Facilitated more reliable system restoration methods, prevented loss of mission due to changes 
-- Developed new restoral procedures for system crashes; averted future loss of mission readiness 
-- Authored standard operating procedures for system backups; simplified training of new personnel 
- Eagerly pursued understanding of four communication circuits; provided choice problem resolution 
-- Successfully completed circuit test with distant end; isolated problem to commercial phone carrier 
-- Corrected 83 satellite interface problems; ensured uninterrupted flow of intelligence to customers 
- Isolated various drive problems; replaced or facilitated replacement with no mission degradation 
-- Replaced tape drive preventing collection of security logs/backups; returned to operational status 
-- Swapped defective floppy drive on administrator computer; restored only means of data transfer 
- Performed brilliantly during critical test utilizing new firewall technology; gathered valuable statistics
needed by planners to decide on best communication option for upcoming recon combat missions 
- Security conscious! Noticed problems affecting all intelligence computers and exploitation software 
-- Corrected two disabling software flaws on 27 systems; eliminated vulnerability, restored operations 
-- Installed time sensitive security patches on four servers; maintained hacker-free DoD network 
-- Collected and reviewed 80+ computer audit files and logs; verified no insecurities; 100% protected 
-- Handpicked to test/verify DGS-2's security measures; ensured unit's overall "Excellent" ORI rating
- High state of initiative; queried analysts for their needs; provided for all their desires and then some 
-- Trained three imagery analysts on querying image library; presented additional research capability 
-- Remedied problem preventing three workstations from correctly running; doubled usable computers 
-- Rush ordered two images needed by intel analyst to support pilot; verified no threat to aircraft 
- Works hard to surpass all job requirements and customer needs ... strives to enhance user capabilities 
-- Created 165 user accounts on 4 mission networks; enabled sustained system usability by customers 
-- Reconfigured unattended log off for 26 workstation; contributed 500% more time for user research

General Notes:

In this award higher knowledge is played upon due to the member being junior and new to the military. This is usually true across the board, but it depends on your location and mission. 

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