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 Lt Gen Leo Marquez Award 01-02

Award Cat: Technician-Supervisor
Winner: No

AFI 36-2818 para 5.4

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The following Example has been taken out of FORMFLOW.  I have changed some 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

Couple of Notes:

This was my first crack at the award.  In my opinion is a lot different then the other types of awards I have wrote, and more different then they way I was taught.  In this award you don't utilize one line bullets to get more information in the package.  In the case of the Marquez package, you want to use the 5 line clusters as much as possible.  Not to mention you get more information in it that way.  The use of names sometimes takes place, but that is a local command policy.

- Creative system administrator of four Deployable Transit-cased Systems (DTS); cutting-edge imagery 
exploitation system for U-2/Predator/Global Hawk/national platforms...merged like functions, beat 
manning shortages; ensured no mission degradation... lifeblood of Air Force "reachback" technology
-- Lauded by {SQU} commander for skills/abilities beyond peers of equivalent rank/TIS; received coin

- Singularly impacted Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) on a daily basis; sustained 99.8% 
capability for satellite and Global Hawk (GH) intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance analysts 
-- Corrected 131 satellite interface problems; ensured collection of 65K satellite images vital to AOR 
-- Ensured the successful transfer of 39 exploited GH images to {GROUP} and AOR decision-makers 
-- Rush ordered 84 images; enabled U-2 intelligence analysts to triangulate location of enemy forces 

- Planned/installed/loaded/accredited/trained/operated DoD's first combat employment GH Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)--boxes to bombs on target in 1 month--CSAF, CINC, JFACC heaped praise 
-- Relocated 42 mission systems resulting in a fused ops; improved workflow between 18 mission 
workstations; complete in 3 hrs -vs- 36 hrs; superhuman effort exceeded CENTCOM requirement 
-- Tirelessly worked 15 hrs straight; reconfigured shelter 4 hours early; prepared for War on Terror! 

- Technical skill second-to-none; absolute "go-to-guy" concerning DTS comm--no stone left unturned 
-- Handcrafted diagram on U-2 data feed into DTS; identified circuit drawbacks and possible solutions 
-- Worked side-by-side with Mission Intelligence Segment (MIS) contractor on transfer of critical intel to analysts within MIS from National (satellite) DTS suite; provided U-2 analysts clear/precise data
-- Found needle in hay stack; isolated faulty Wide Area Network fiber optic cable to 1 of 50 strands

- Unmatched efficiency; {Proper Noun} singularly reduced exploitation time by 53 seconds; added 11%
more time for analysts to meet CSAF 8 minute timeline of intelligence imaging to bombs on target 
-- Modified image software to display commonly accessed directories; saved analyst 29 sec/file 
-- Enhanced network connection to image library; sped up image cataloging from 30 to 14 sec/image 
-- Fixed bug preventing users from accessing images without admin intervention; saved 8 sec/instance 

- Deployed 60 days to {BASE NAME} Germany; sustained Distributed Ground Station-? (DGS-?) first
ever combat forward deployed DTS; administrated the $42M RQ-4 GH UAV for 24 OEF sorties
-- Eliminated two redundant archival procedures at {Group} and {SQU}; saved average of 12 hrs/week 
-- Established five programs in 2 months; COMSEC/STU-III Responsible Officer, Unit Information Assurance Manager and NIPRnet/SIPRnet Workgroup Manager; ensured AF/USAFE compliance 

- Level headed under crisis! Successfully met seemingly unattainable timelines quickly and efficiently
-- Created critical fused ops environment focused on RQ-4 Global Hawk recon mission; tirelessly 
worked 15 hrs straight; completed tasks 4 hrs ahead of schedule; prepared DGS-2's newest mission 
-- Headed acceptance of $7.2M Jumbo DTS; inventoried 7 pallets of equipment for GH integration

- Authored DTS System Administrator book; single training reference utilized by four mission systems 
-- Wrote 34 and coauthored 12 standard operating procedures; used by 25 personnel for training 
-- Impressive; utilized as baseline document throughout Distributed Common Ground Station (DCGS) 
   as "Best Practices"; ACC Information System Security Manager says "best we've seen in DCGS" 
-- {GROUP} SAV identified DTS Administrator Book as DGS-2 "Benchmark"; standard to be used by all

- Led team in pre-inspection of DTS communication network setup for stringent Defense Intelligence
Agency (DIA) Phase IV security inspection; ensured DGS-2 received its first full authority to operate! 
-- Created database identifying 72 network identities on 34 systems; ensured accurate system layout 
-- Senior DIA inspector commented on impeccable knowledge and skill in remedying on-site findings

- Demonstrated technical expertise on daily basis; presented various mission/time/cost saving solutions 
-- Quickly identified problem causing a workstation's hard drive to intermittently stop and start; fast 
response prevented catastrophic drive failure; saved $5K in replacement cost and 4 hours rebuilding 
-- Replaced faulty keyboard intermittently crashing system; customers saw 19% productivity increase!
-- Reviewed/updated 197 work unit codes; ensured exact system maintenance data collection identity

- Spent 180 hrs furthering UNIX programming knowledge; increased work center responsiveness daily 
-- Modified geographic imagery coverage program; loaded 8 mins faster; decreased acquisition time
-- Fully automated GH message routing program; removed human intervention saved 16 mins/shift
-- Coauthored time saving GH program; verified all images were correctly sorted and stored after each
mission, removed human error and reduced tedious 30 minute process to just a single 10 second task

- Superb utilization manager! Researched/added priceless storage space vital to warfighter operations 
-- Increased imagery library by 1,050 gigabytes; increased research capability by 100% for high ops 
-- Loaded 41 image library tapes; increased accessible reference information by 273% to 29K images 
-- Salvaged 200 gigabytes of storage space on GH mission server; freed 35% of the 564 gigabyte drive 
- Prepared Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Exploitation DTS suite; supported AF's newest weapons system 
-- Readied six intel workstations, two 600-gigabyte image databases, six network devices and a server 
-- Validated 52 DTS mobility packing and load lists; ensured all met stringent deployment guidelines 
-- Corrected errors in 10 packing lists; updated 2 load lists reflecting correct weights and dimensions 
-- Inventoried four foot-lockers of support supplies; identified 24 hazardous items not properly labeled 
- Demonstrated unparalleled satellite dissemination element (DE) expertise; solved four key problems
-- Created white paper to attach printer to DE; beat contractor provided solution by over 4 months
-- Orchestrated complete DE connectivity test with four remote sites; ensured transfer of 2K images
-- Deleted 60 gigabytes of files back-logging higher priority files; decreased transfer delay by 9 hrs 
-- Established manual control of malfunctioning archival robot; verified system stability; saved $15K

- High initiative and motivation; queried needs of analysts; provided for all their desires and then some
-- Rush ordered 20 images needed by intel analyst to support OEF U-2 pilot; verified no threat to jet 
-- Trained six analyst to query reference dbase for specific image; enhanced time critical exploitation 
-- Increased knowledge of intelligence exploitation software; cut repair time to 5 min -vs- 8 min 

- Training guru! Effectively trained 10 workcenter administrators and 12 image analysts on system tasks
 -- Authored 20 system training procedures for analysts; increased workload efficiency by 70 min/shift 
-- Proven! 3 for 3 maintenance evaluation's; evaluator noted "impressive knowledge" of his trainees

- Exceptional leader and technician! Recognized by peers and management alike for outstanding ability 
-- Top in Class! Received John L. Levitow and William Pitsenbarger Leadership awards; ALS '02C 

- Exploited available education opportunities; completed 8 college credit hours toward CCAF degree
-- Completed 40 hr class; Securing Sun Solaris Environments; enhanced security roles for workcenter

- Selfless dedication to getting the mission done instrumental to DGS-? and {SQU} Communications
Informations Flight winning:{GROUP} "Technical Director's Award" '01 and Lt Gen. Grant Award '01 
-- #1 of 1,669 junior technicians in wing! {WING} Junior Technician of the Quarter, 4th Quarter '01 
-- Only 2E ever to win {SQU} Communication Information Flight Technician of the Month, Dec '01

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