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 Lt Gen Leo Marques Award 01-02

Award Cat: Supervisor-Manager
Winner: Yes - Group

AFI 36-2818 para 5.4









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

Couple of Notes:

  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.


SUSTAINED JOB PERFORMANCE
- Directs efforts sustaining the Distributed Ground Station-? (DGS-?) weapon system; the Air Force's 
premier multi-source intelligence system...prepared battle-space using reachback comms architecture
with $1B U-2/$45M Global Hawk (GH) & $5M Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms
-- Touched every aspect of mission--fingerprints found across every mission area for 550-person site
-- SNCO Gold standard...leader/mentor/doer...no airman more vital to {SQU}/{Wing}/{BASE} msn success

- Unit Deployment Manager (UDM); put unit mobility apparatus to work following 9/11 terrorist attack
-- Hit afterburners to execute JCS deployment order...put in 70-hour weeks in first-ever combat use of
U-2 SENIOR SPUR Extended Tether Program (ETP) beyond-line-of-sight reachback technology
-- Deployed 25 short-tons of equipment and 26 airmen to support Operation ENDURING FREEDOM
(OEF) with only 3 days of notice! Reachback ops reduced airlift needs--saved Air Force over $17M

- Managed a $350K flight budget and manpower requirements; employed the GH UAV for its first-ever
operational mission; received 32 active-duty airmen/ANG to stand up the time-sensitive-targeting msn
-- Rapidly mobilized 3 squadrons, built new GH Unit Type Codes (UTCs), executed $40K emergency
spending in 2 days & trounced aggressive CINCCENT timeline; 65 target intelligence sorties to date
-- Pivotal to maximizing CINC's wartime flexibility; provided theater targetable intel to execute OEF

- Skillfully sustained $25M Mobile Stretch (MOBSTR) U-2 data relay ground site & GH ops in Europe
-- Managed rapid relocation of MOBSTR from Italy to Germany; changed 15 reporting instructions
billets; allowed San Vito AS to return to Italy; helped deployed mobility manager tailor aircraft load
plan...enabled rapid and safe deployment...positioned MOBSTR to distribute OEF U-2 intelligence
-- Automated load plan and load and packing lists; provided template to streamline future deployments

JOB EFFICIENCY AND RESULTS
- Manpower mastermind; conducted meticulous manning study; ensured positions were identified under
one of six UTCs; greatly reduced number of Air Expeditionary Force taskings for heavily tasked unit
-- Re-organized DGS-? UTCs...placed all equipment and maintenance personnel in {SQU} UTCs and
operations personnel in {SQU} UTC; enabled quick implementation of ACC-directed reorganization
-- Masterfully managed flight's 130 manpower allocations composed of eight Air Force career fields

- 1 of 3 Additional Duty First Sergeants for a 280-person squadron...a position of trust; filled in for
short periods to give First Sergeant a break; allowed the First Sergeant to make PCS preparations
-- High honor considering the unit has 30 eligible SNCOs for the duty; speaks volumes about his skills
-- Unparalleled acumen; tactfully managed sensitive personal affairs; set-up/organized qtr award board

- Master of efficiency--demonstrated to ACC/HQ existing manpower databases could show contingency
OPSTEMPO data with only slight modifications; avoided duplication of work/need for more databases
-- Instigated use of ACC's Intelligence Functional Area Assessment manpower tracking software pgm 
-- Provided HHQ with detailed information on resource/manpower availability and deployment history

- Ops-comm-logistics authority; disciplined in the art of logistics...expertly managed a $350K budget
-- Collaborated with contracting office and contractors to design/install $70K mezzanine; improved the
appearance/functionality of warehouse 500%...layout more conducive to meet unit's mobility plan
-- Identified critical systems lacking contract maintenance support from Warner Robins Air Logistics
Center; provided sustainment data to ACC/HQ to ensure inclusion in future-year budgeting planning


JOB KNOWLEDGE
- {SQU} SNCO of Year for 01...#1 of 72...also {GROUP}'s 02 Capt Lance Sijan Leadership Award nominee
-- Selected because of breadth of experience/attention-to-detail as Maintenance Support Superintendent

- Expertly supported a slew of DGS-? weapon system upgrades that helped to ID/engage/kill al-Qaeda
-- Ushered in advanced mensurated target coordinate mods; accuracy improved 80%...maximized kills 
-- Oversaw a $10M communications shelter upgrade; transit-cased comms gear for rapid deployment
-- Redeployed people/gear to set-up DGS-? Forward's time-sensitive-targeting msn for CENTCOM
    --- Huge dividends for Operation ANACONDA; helped find/fix/track/target/kill al-Qaeda terrorists

- Font of wisdom within the unit; led squadron/flight through a successful {GROUIP} Staff Assistance Visit
-- Led TCTO reconciliation team; identified overdue TCTOs; produced bi-weekly report; coordinated
with global agencies; ensured efficient/reliable configuration; mitigated several endemic problems
-- Catalyst for innovation; provided sound rationale for new organizational layout; linked similar unit
programs under new Mission Support flight...natural working groups improved efficiency by 50%

- DGS-2 liaison to 9RW...deployment concept briefer; articulated unit capabilities/shortfalls
-- Conveyed complex terminology in simple terms...DGS-? Battle Staff poised for decisions/response to scenarios
-- Used self-taught knowledge to train a new UDM after losing a Logistics Planner slot...new UDM
performed marvelously in assisting/mobilizing personnel/equipment for new Global Hawk mission
-- Coordinated site preparations for VIP visits--enabled base/unit to show its pride and professionalism

- Preeminent planner--key advisor to the commander in devising contingency plans for possible actions
against Iraq...gave comprehensive insight of current limitation factors and offered workable solutions

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
- Exemplar military citizen; his enthusiasm inspires all; fingerprints on practically every unit function
-- Led unit fund-raiser...raised $1,000 in donations for the American Red Cross after the 9/11 attack
-- Participated in monthly US Dept of Agriculture food give-away program for needy families on base
-- Directed the weekly food give-away program at the base chapel; a squadron sponsored program that
collects excess perishable goods from the base commissary, again supporting families on {BASE} AFB

- No stranger to the grill...served up healthy doses of camaraderie and esprit de corp on many occasions
-- Prepared, cooked and served his secret recipe BBQ beef brisket on several occasions...provided
delicious meals and camaraderie for 120 unit members; raised over $400 for morale activities/events
-- Fed 250 DGS-? personnel and their families a home-cooked Thanksgiving meal...spent over 6 hours
cooking turkeys and leading preparation...fantastic job! Everyone enjoyed themselves immensely

- Adds real value to the base community; renown as a volunteer who often leads base & youth programs
-- Enthusiastic chapel member; choir member, works with children's choir and prepares worship area
-- Blood donor; a source of unit pride...DGS-? exceeds the combined donations of the rest of the base
-- Active Enlisted Club and Recce Point Golf Club member...ensured quality base recreation facilities
-- Tutored two home-school students in math; provided instruction in times a week/2 hours a session

- Athletic/fit...intelligently manages his time to keep his body fit/trim; far exceeds Air Force standards
-- DGS-? Golf Team Captain...led unit team to 1st Place victory; secured precious Commander's Cup
Trophy points for base intramural sports competition; DGS-2 tied for first-place in overall standings
-- Spearheaded DGS-? golf tournament--obtained 30 quality prizes from businesses...fitting farewell to
two unit CCs...team-building experienced between squadrons, military/contractors and base leaders

- Avid unit booster club supporter; worked vending concessions at Sacramento Valley Amphitheater to
earn money for the club...efforts helped raise $9K+ to support unit parties and recognition programs
-- Put more money into the booster club's coffers; restocked snackbars and vending machines to earn
the club an additional $50 a week; used a portion of booster club money to work three retirements
ceremonies; put together all elements to build a dignified ceremony for three of our finest airmen




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