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Lance P. Sijan USAF Leadership

Award Cat: Junior Enlisted
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AFI 36-2805 para 3.9









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Laser Jet 4M
Pg Stats: .6 LT .6 RT .5 T .5 B

I found this package to be rather interesting.  First off, on each category, the writer added one liners.  There is nothing in the AFI that discuss this one way or the other.  I think it is a good way of bringing overall ability to light at the same time plugging in buzz words of the time.  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.


SCOPE OF RESPONSIBILITY  Exceptional manager of the USAF's ISR transformation endeavor
- #1 of 180 airmen/junior NCOs sustaining Distributed Ground Station-? (DGS-?) reachback operations
  -- Sustains $1B U-2/$42M Global Hawk/$5M Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) exploitation systems
  -- Dominant "kill chain" role--produces targetable intelligence to give US warfighters the high ground
- Keyed Sq Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) success; prepped three Deployable Transit-cased
  Systems (DTS)--a high-speed imagery exploitation system for U-2/Predator/Global Hawk operations
  -- Kept seven 600GB target image database servers and three server firewalls fully functional to give
     DoD and national intel users near real-time imagery gleaned from air-breathing & space based assets
  -- Worked 23 OEF sorties; 200 hrs of intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) combat support
     --- Tops in unit!  Maintained 100% mission ready rate despite system mods being introduced daily
  -- Bedded down 3d DTS suite in under 24 hrs--half allotted time!  Identified and fixed space shortfalls,
     created floor plan blueprint and developed precise manning schedules--averted mission downtime 
  -- Properly trained, equipped and lead unit airmen to ensure the success of every $1M U-2 mission
  -- Skillfully managed work center despite a grinding OPSTEMP...shop fully trained/energized to fight
- Supervised the relocation of 42 mission systems; created improved workflow between intel analysts of 
   multiple platforms; move done and systems mission capable in 3 hours vs. usual 1 1/2 days; unrivaled

PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP  TSgt (sel); his leadership best defined by the success of his airmen
- Developed his 15 member team of military & contractor personnel team technically & professionally
  -- His work center took two Communications & Information Professionalism Awards at the {WING},
      another airman won ALS's John Levitow and Distinguished Graduate awards, crafted four winning 
      quarterly award packages; "I've never seen a SSgt take better care of his troops," {SQU} commander
  -- Managed successful skill lvl upgrade pgm; no CDC failures/EOC scores from 80's to 94's the norm
- Impeccable personal leadership...technical skills are second-to-none; my "go-to guy" for DTS issues
  -- 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 MIS analysts clear/precise data
  -- Configured system graphical user interface; afforded analysts access to additional exploitation tools 
  -- During weekend check, noticed primary system server on DTS in error state; immediately identified
     problem to memory fault; corrected file system problem in minutes--result, no mission downtime
  -- Created script to backup analyst target decks and exploit imagery; cut restoral time by 60 percent
  -- Modified analyst exploitation program; enabled imagery analysts access to vital files within minutes
- Articulate! Hand-picked to speak with VIPs on important Deployable Computer Workstation (DCW)  
  and Global Hawk communications issues; briefed Gen Foglesong; Vice Chief of Staff, Gen Hornburg;
  COMACC; Lt Gen Hobbins, 12AF/CC and National Imagery and Mapping Agency representatives
- Single-handedly responsible for operation of Dissemination Element (DE) system within DTS facilities
  -- Mission-essential DE system provides interface from {NAF} and DGS-? to National imagery sites
  -- Added seven {NAF} exploitation systems to DE; provided access to vital National imagery intel data
  -- Conducted dissemination testing from MIS system to U-2 Front-End Processor; 18 more high-end      
      workstations available for U-2 intel exploitation/dissemination...fast transfer times lauded by HHQ  
  -- Engineered innovative procedures for creating user accounts on DE; enabled system administrators
     to save valuable minutes creating accounts, maximized critical system security compliance/integrity
  -- Reconfigured DE archival file; reduced user login time from 3 minutes to approximately 10 seconds
  -- Drafted blueprint standard operating procedure guides for DE; guide expedited training of personnel
- Troubleshot floppy drive access failure on satellite receive system (DE); system not "aware" of drive
  -- Created script to correct software developer oversight...enabled file transfer in dissimilar systems
- Innovative! Developed improved combat sys backup strategy; shifted from two to four tapes per week
  -- Additional tapes increased backup sys reliability 50%; averted possible loss of critical mission data
- Assisted inspectors during recent accreditation inspection; efforts key to obtaining approval-to-operate
  -- Helped create scripts to search 6,000 text files for improper content; verified classification integrity
  -- Wrote scripts to identify/log 30,000 text files and 10,000 script files on 3 DCW systems and DE
- Deleted 12 images clogging DE queue; saved 3.5 hours download time during critical intel operation
- Responded after duty hours to major overheating problem; quickly took charge, directed equipment   
   power-down; obtained fans to cool room; fast action prevented damage to systems worth $9.2 million
- Authored 6 new Standard Operating Procedures (SOP); ensured continuity in critical tasks/procedures
- Revised 9 SOPs ranging from start-up/shutdown to outage notification; improved operation continuity
- Painstakingly revamped work center training task list; identified 20 new tasks & 17 tasks for deletion
- Expertly modified software on 6 intel workstations to point-to-single-graphic overlay; enabled analysts
   to quickly identify position/bearing; sped up research/location/identification by 10 seconds per image
- Located problem hard drive on 10-disk, 500GB, storage device; assisted contractors in locating spares
  -- Quick intervention minimized drive failure impact on critical database housing over 13,000 targets 
- Security conscious--changed 26 passwords; pushed computer security up a notch to protect system ops
- Adjusted screenlock configuration on workstations in DTS suites; avoided loss of important intel data
- Displayed incomparable leadership of six-person system administration shop enveloping two AFSCs
  -- Consolidated training requirements for both AFSCs; created detailed 797 task list--set the standard
  -- Directly responsible for intense training of newly assigned personnel; beat training requirements 
  -- Restructured manning schedule to meet intense 24/7 workload; avoided work overload and burnout 

LEADERSHIP IMAGE  Innovator & expert...always brings a solution for every problem he identifies
- {WING}'s Comm & Info Professionalism Award winner for 2001...#1 of 27 {BASE} 3C NCOs eligible
- {SQU} NCO of the Quarter, 1st qtr '02...provided stellar DTS sustainment for Operation ANACONDA
- Superior Jr NCO! #1 of 101 in squadron; won Flight Professional Performer of the Month, Feb '02
- Earned 25 college credit hrs; fulfilled all Electronic Systems Technology CCAF Degree requirements
- Going higher!  Holds a 3.55 GPA--rapidly steaming towards a bachelors in Computer Sys Technology
- Excelled in AETC's formal Computer Operator 7-level school--test scores exceeded 90%; outstanding
- Versatile; key member of {WING} Exercise Evaluation Team (EET) that prepped {BASE} for 2001 ORI
  -- Inspected deployment bags; evaluated {GROUP} cargo; identified weaknesses/recommended fixes to     
      unit/wing battlestaffs ... actions key to unit/wing "Excellent" ORI ratings across the board; success!
- Represented DGS-? at DTS Program Management Review; seniors lauded for valuable participation
  -- Raised informative issues concerning current procedures and proposed changes--set tone for future 
- Collaborated with squadron leaders to reorganize the unit...focused upon keeping natural working
  groups together...identified DTS office furniture/space requirements--executed his portion of the plan
- Directed/supported system admin functions during installation of BIRDSNEST system hardware and
  software; state-of-the-art system provides advanced language training for unit cryptographic linguists
  -- Assisted with installation of security patches for BIRDSNEST system software; met security needs
- Strictly applied Communications Security (COMSEC) procedures to safeguarding critical information
  -- Directly contributed to the unit's "Excellent" rating during last base COMSEC inspection--vigilant!
- Significantly assisted Defense Intelligence Agency with accreditation testing of new DTS equipment
  -- Successfully executed myriad of step-by-step taskings/procedures included in site accreditation test
     manuals--identified problems, implemented corrections; weapon system granted authority to operate
- Dazzled the boss...gave superb DTS/DE briefing to {NAF}/CC--CC knows what we bring to the fight
- Ensured imagery analysts had tools needed for target mensuration...helped flyers put bombs on target
- Exemplifies all that is great in the USAF...perfect blend of leadership, job expertise and mission focus

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT  Exemplar military citizen...seeks out ways to improve the base/unit 
- Quick to help out!  Spent off-duty time cooking/cleaning up for free airmen spaghetti/salmon dinner
- Active in squadron's Top-4 group...worked with peers to develop new Jr. NCO mentorship program 
- Flight representative for Air Force Assistance Fund; helped raise over $500 for worthy AF charities
- Voluntarily trained for 30 hours with CA Franchise Tax Board; served as squadron tax representative
  -- Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA)...helped save base population $32K in tax preparation fees 
- Involved in local fund-raisers while TDY to 7-level school; helped raise over $900 for AFSA; earned 
   Letter of Appreciation from AFSA Chap 652; helped 336 TRS raise $600 for their unit Booster Club
- Sought to excel...active mbr of {SQU} bowling team...took college bowling to prepare for league play 
- One of the finest NCOs I've known--aggressive, hard-charging individual--doesn't rest until the job is 
  done right--this squadron and this theater have benefited tremendously from SSgt {NAME} efforts!

Final Note:

  This is a long package.  As are most two page 1206s.  What I find interesting is that a Pronoun was used on the closing sentence.  


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