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Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership

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AFI 36-2805 para 3.9

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In preparing this award for the web I found a couple of typos.  Nothing kills points faster then misspellings in an award package.  Use the spell checker, it might make all of the difference.  I liked this award, there is lots of information.  I personally found COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT to be the strongest section.

- Directs 14-person maintenance shop sustaining the $1B Distributed Ground Station-? (DGS-?) mission
  -- Supervises ground data link operations and system performance linking DGS-? with U-2 aircraft
  -- Ensures airmen are properly trained and equipped to ensure the success of each $1M U-2 mission
- Manages deployment rotation schedules and provides daily assistance for Mobile Stretch (MOBSTR)
  and Modularized Interoperable Surface Terminal (MIST) expeditionary operations at San Vito AS, IT
  -- Skillfully manages to keep a work center that deploys 179 days a year fully trained and energized
- Liaison with senior U-2 program officials in field testing the MIST II prototype and new U-2 sensors
- Oversees the work of 12 field support contractors operating/maintaining the Tri-band Field Terminal
  (TFT) and Tactical Medium Earth Terminal (TMET)...completing the unit's reach-back architecture
  -- "Teamwork" concept keeps civilian and military members focused on achieving unit mission goals

- Emerged quickly as a superior leader/manager on top of his diverse arsenal of technical skills/abilities
  -- Renowned for leadership by every airman and civilian (450+ personnel) in the DGS-? organization
- Upon advancing to the top post in the {NAME} work center he challenged his airmen to awe-inspire the
  inspectors during the annual managerial center programs, safety,
  maintenance production, project management, technical publication and overall rating..."Excellent"
- Rock solid work center programs confirmed--{FULL WING NAME} 2001 Staff Assistance
  Visit team members spent a week in his work center and found only one observation...fantastic job!
- Work center training is #1 priority...majority of equipment responsible to operate and maintain is
  deployed at MOBSTR site...undaunted...harnessed energies of all Link airmen to build an innovative
  MIST computer-based training U-2 Directorate support to purchase a MIST mock-up
  -- Despite compelling obstacles Link's training program is best in DGS-? and among the top in AF
- The go-to guru for command data link answers...a combined 7 years on-station and 15 years of data
  link experience makes {RANK NAME} the field expert; sought after by senior U-2 program officials,
  associated commercial vendors and sister squadrons for help on link issues and perplexing problems
  -- Worked with headquarters ACC and DIA security specialists to accredit the MIST II antenna
- Extraordinarily talented NCO; most highly skilled data link technician and trainer--mission focused 
  -- Built a magnificent MIST training plan...trained four DGS-? {W/C} technicians on route to Southwest
     Asia; saved the Air Force over $10K in what it would cost to train these airmen; exceptional job!
- Worked hand-in-glove with L3Com contractors, depot item managers, acquisition program managers
  and command-level system security specialists for over 8 months; tested and integrated the MIST II
  prototype antenna into the Distributed Common Ground System (DCGS)...a high visibility project 
- Hosted a MIST II system review conference and coordinated with the {WING FULL NAME} and 
  {Squadron Full NAME} for U-2 test flights; involved in all aspects of the MIST II project
  -- Successful completion allowed {BASE} to do U-2 sensor testing previously done at Palmdale CA plant
  -- U-2/sensor packages tested before deploying...savings of hundreds of thousands of $$$ possible
- Scrutinized/polished Technical Manuals from the initial draft to the final approved released version
  -- Team identified and corrected numerous technical data deficiencies and areas requiring refinement
- Coordinated military and L3Com contractors efforts during the installation of a lightening arrestor
  along with an improved differential global positioning satellite antenna; both installations successful
  -- Ensured continued protection of multi-million dollar equipment and provided real-time accurate 
      positioning data for the MIST II prototype terminal and future systems modifications and testing
- Resourceful leader/motivator; known for consistently getting top performance and superb results from
  his airmen; "can do" attitude throughout work center makes link shop the cornerstone of logistics
  -- Replaced a degraded fiber optic cable between TMET and DGS-?; replaced before failed
  -- possibly averted catastrophic mission failure and loss of critical intelligence gathering and analysis capability
- Mastermind beyond line-of-site link from the MIST II to the 9th Maintenance Squadron's sensor shop
  -- Ingenious design allowed sensor shop to bench test sensors with the ground station from their work
     bench instead of using an airborne U-2; displayed awesome leadership to convince 9 RW of merit 
  -- Aided 9 RW project to lay 8 miles of fiber cable and install additional antennas; saved on fuel costs

- Volunteered as alternate First Sergeant; ensured the welfare of a 260-person unit; learned even greater
  leadership methods...dealt with a wide range of personnel issues in the absence of the First Sergeant
- Model for caring and nurturing leadership of his one cares more or does more than him 
  -- Embodies Air Force's vision of a SNCO; produced many BTZ and quarterly award winners 
- Protocol coordinator for the Air Intelligence Agency's head chaplain; built itinerary and introduced
  the chaplain to all unit personnel and key leaders in Beale's religious community; a definitive success
- Exemplary leadership; instrumental to the unit earning recognition like the Air Force Association's
  Citation of Honor (citing DGS-?'s role in advancing air power during NATO's Operation ALLIED
  FORCE over Kosovo) and two prestigious Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards during this period
- Coordinated the Data Link Improvement Program (DLIP) at MOBSTR; facilitated between competing
  contractor firms and the U-2 Program Directorate...tracked down lost parts; ensured project success
- Oversaw a series of Time Compliance Technical Orders (TCTO) modifications associated with the 
  Advanced Synthetic Aperture Radar System (ASARS) Improvement Program...ensured software and
  hardware was received, work documentation was completed and intense acceptance testing completed
- Unit lead in the Affordable Moving Surface Target Engagement (AMSTE) II feasibility study with 
  Raytheon and other DoD agencies...taking reach-back and sensor-to-shooter to the next level; moving
  surface targets--tapped for expertise in the U-2 command data link; prospects for success are exciting
- Instrumental to the Mission Intelligence Segment Upgrade (MIS-U); jockeyed 4 new imagery analysis
  shelters into the DGS-? configuration...doubled the unit's ability to produce imagery analysis reports
- Set up eight new shelters to house the Deployable Transit-cased System (DTS); new mission gave unit
  image  analysts the capability to pull national satellite imagery to improve intelligence report accuracy
- Quickly accomplished his Course 5 Senior NCO correspondence course; very competitive for SMSgt
- Inspired bodies to tackle dirty chores...crews cleaned up unit warehouse and parking lot; laid floor
  for unit's fitness room--kept unit in pristine condition for VIPs--two visits from the SecAF this period

- Regular blood donor for United Blood Services; gave blood at five blood drives this period--he also is
  registered with the DoD marrow donor program; wears his heart on his sleeve--willing to help anyone
- Participated in a 24-hour walk-a-thon during the American Heart Foundation's Walk for Life event
- Unique member of the local school board's Community Advisory Council for special education; a 3
  year member...worked with teachers, parents and counsel members to improve local public education
  -- Addressed the educational requirements and social development of local area special needs children
  -- Spokesman for Beale's families with school aged children at the California Regional Military Child
     Conference; a high honor...1 of 4 airmen from base selected; represented views of the base families
- DGS-? Top-4 Enlisted Club President; set the direction of activities designed to improve unit morale
  -- Menu coordinator for the DGS-?'s first Dining Out...a demanding chore requiring expert planning
- Grill Master; averages one cook out a week for unit functions...retirements, fund raisers, VIPs, etc.
  -- Earned the DGS-? Booster Club and Top-4 organization more than $1K during this period of time
- Led the unit in Christmas cheer...set up and ran the children's Christmas party and cooked Christmas
  dinner for the mission shift personnel; the care for his fellow airmen is self-evident...sets the example
- Set up the DGS-?'s children's Easter egg hunt; 80+ children and adults enjoyed searching for candy
- Helped cook Thanksgiving dinner for the whole unit--a lot of hard work and an outstanding success
- Trekked over 100 miles on a sponsored Bike-Around-the-Buttes Diabetes fund-raiser; raised $1,105
  by getting sponsors for his 1-day trip around a small mountain range; visibility attracted other riders
- Assisted the Sutter-Yuba counties gleaners food bank...sorted out seasonal produce items rejected by 
  packers due to appearance or color but perfectly all right to given to local needy families
- Manages community's monthly United States Department of Agriculture's food give-away program 
  -- Distributed free food items to young airmen with families...gave them extra help to make ends meet
- Worked the weekly food give away program at the base chapel; a squadron sponsored program that
  collects perishable goods from the base commissary which can not be sold but are suitable for eating
- Promotes fitness to Nth degree...bikes to work and leads the commander's Physical Fitness program

Final Note:

  This is a long package.  As are most two page 1206s.  What I found interesting was the persons name was used in the package...   

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