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Enlisted Recognition Program (NCO of the Quarter, 1st)
(Air Force Reserve)

Award Cat: NCO
Winner: Wing

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- Outstanding leadership/management! NCOIC of {###} Job Control; leads by example; excellent role model!
  -- Provides {###}ARW with immediate solutions to all their mission essential information/technology needs
  -- Responsible for $1,000,000 of assets; serving 960 customers; located in 12 buildings; within 3 mile radius
  -- Manages/supervises 6 to 24 individuals from different career fields (2E1/2E2/3C0); sharing talent/experience
- Dedicated to setting realistic team goals; focuses energy in process improvement; delivering excellent service
  -- Plans/prioritizes/schedules all work/service requests; ensuring 100% completion rate/customer satisfaction
- On-job-training! Significantly improved training of newly assigned personnel; providing skilled technicians
  -- Pairs up certified engineers with less skilled members on job assignments; guaranteeing knowledge transfer
- Increasing communication! Redesigned/improved documenting of job status; quick/easy to read, but detailed
- Service with a smile; expeditiously handled resetting over 112 user passwords; vital for reservists on UTAs
- Quickly released 24 computers from quarantine in minimal time; allowing access to AF network/documents
- Spearheaded re-imaging/setup of 21 desktops; providing state of the art equipment/software enhancements
- Pro-actively led team in resolving 15 printer connectivity/driver issues; little or no disruption in service
- Orchestrated installing/configuring software on 12 new laptops; providing offsite access to key personnel
- Directed installation/setup of 6 new LAN printers; maximizing utilization of resources; saving time/money
- Coordinated/upgraded 4 mission essential software packages; dramatically improved reliability/functionality
- Corrected catastrophic connectivity issue with two critical workstations; limited outage/increased productivity
- Directly responsible for installing Norton Anti-virus on three PCs; preventing disconnection/malicious attacks
- Unselfishly volunteered to fill critical new vacant 2E6X3 slot; 13 yrs exp.; limited promotion opportunity
- Enhanced professional image of {###}CF "Quarterly Awards" certificates; recognizing our "Top Performers"
- Key player in winning AFRC’s “Communication and Information General Edwin W. Rawlings Team Award”

- Devoted to learning! Seizes all educational opportunities to further advance his professional career field
  -- Certified instructor on several software/hardware platforms; teaches over 50 different courses worldwide
  -- Conceptualized/developed/presented 10 new IP technical courses for civilian employer (Nortel Networks)
  -- Dedicates hours of off-duty time studying Communication-Computer Systems Operations Journeyman course
  -- UTC Training! First to successfully complete two new challenging and demanding 3C0 crew position CBTs
- Promotes/endorses fitness! Participates in units Physical Fitness program; gives 110%; definite team player!

- Mentoring future leaders; provides valuable military/professional knowledge/advise to son's JROTC program
  -- Mentors/teaches members on military protocol/ethics; assists/helps out with unit ceremonies/events/projects
- Educating others! Tutors children on homework assignments; giving insight to all academic courses/subjects
- Donates clothes/household items/furniture to Salvation Army/Goodwill Industries; helping the less fortunate
- Routinely contributes money to reputable charitable organizations/church within local surrounding community
- Actively promotes/supports base establishments to younger troops (MWR, BX, Commissary, NCO Club, etc.)


  Air Force Reserve and Guard writing styles differ considerably to Active Duty, mainly do to AD constant changing political environment (IMHO).  I like this.  The writer has improved their writing style since the 04 award examples.  It flows very smoothly.  There are some acronyms that are AFR/AFG common.  Besides that, it has good cause and effect/action-impact writing.  The only problems I seen were a couple of numbering problems and the last line.  The last line reads like filler...  Overall a good package.

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