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Enlisted Recognition Program (NCO of the Quarter, 4th)
(Air Force Reserve)

Award Cat: NCO
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The following example has been taken out of a IMT  document.  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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- Motivated/enthusiastic NCO! Key person in coordinating/organizing work requests at {SQU} Job Control,
  ensuring entire wing receives extraordinary customer support on all their computer hardware/software problems
- Mission oriented! Spearheaded the dispatching of technicians to upgrade Symantec Anti-Virus software on
  289 PCs located throughout wing; only 3 days notice; met ACC's suspense date of 18 Oct; preventing virus attacks 
- Energetic! Prepared/configured 98 new computers (laptops/desktops) for wing wide distribution, providing
  desperately needed hardware/software enhancements. Guaranteeing wing is on leading edge of technology 
- Task oriented! Troubleshot/resolved a vital classified workstation located in {SQU} Crew Communication
  Office; replaced/re-imaged hard driveā€¦ making it possible to receive/transmit mission critical communications 
- Problem solver! Pro-active in acquiring access/training to unlock quarantined computers. AF requires PCs to
  be disconnected from network after 30 days of non-usage, reducing security exposure, but hindering reservists
  on UTAs. His direct actions immediately helped to re-activate 90 computers, providing access to vital documents 
- Man of action! Installed/setup 3 HP network printers, allowing multiple people to use/share. Saving AF money
- Leads by example! Immediately learns new complex software/hardware. Unselfishly volunteers to provide
  outstanding OJT to all new candidates assigned to {SQU} Job Control. Ensuring everyone is qualified/proficient
- Team player! Always volunteers to pitch in with administration duties, unit currently has no admin slot. Creates
   /organizes/distributes mission/time sensitive documents; ensuring organizational goals are met. Can do attitude!
- Sets the standard! Appearance and military bearing above reproach. Positive image for soldiers to emulate
- Responsible/reliable! At end of each day/rolls up his sleeves/pitches in to ensure our facilities are clean/safe

- Excels in combat readiness by gaining in-depth knowledge in his military career field (computers/networks) 
  -- Sets goals! Successfully passed demanding/challenging 3 hour "3C0 - Initial Qualification Training" written/
      hands-on certification examination in less than 6 months... entails studying 9 comprehensive computer/network
      CBT courses and 2 AF manuals... similar in complexity to a 8 credit college course... all on his off-duty time 
  -- Seizes opportunities! Attended 2 week in-residence "3C071 - Communication/Computer Systems Operations
      Craftsmen" school (25-Oct thru 4-Nov). Negotiated time off from civilian employer. Scored 95%. 1st in class!
- Actively promotes/endorses fitness! Participates regularly in our unit's Physical Fitness Program on Saturday at
  3:00pm every UTA. Energetically partakes in aerobic activities, such as running, weight lifting and volleyball 
  -- Dedicated! On his own time, runs 1-1/2 miles/accomplishes 50 pushups/sit-ups 3 times a week. With his
      motivation/determination he is guaranteed to pass AF Physical Training (Fit to Fight) exam. No pain/no gain! 

- Outstanding role model! Actively volunteers his time/services at Moss Hill Elementary School, {CITY}, {STATE}
  -- Field Supervisor, manages all baseball games, ensuring 18 teams have resources; safety/rules are followed 
  -- Manned food booth at Kingston County Fair (9-10 Oct); donations will buy badly needed sporting equipment 
  -- Coaches "Sweeper" soccer team, instructs 15 players, ages 8-9; encourages good sportsmanship/conduct
- Mentors South Lenoir High School football team by contributing his experience/knowledge at practice sessions 


  Air Force Reserve and Guard writing styles differ considerably to Active Duty, mainly do to AD constant changing political environment (IMHO).  The package here would fail AF AD styles for  mainly one reason.  It contains complete sentences. (But, it fits perfectly into both Army and Navy writing styles) Regardless, it is a good example of what supervisors face in a Joint environment and adds insight on what to look for.

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