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Robert Baker has led planning and execution efforts for most base-wide special events including annual Easter Egg hunts, July 4th celebrations, family pool parties, Christmas tree lightings, Tops in Blues Shows, etc. He coordinated with the Air Force Services Directorate to use $5K in single Airman initiative funds for reconditioning and certifying the base’s mobile rock climbing wall. In addition, 10 FSS staff members were trained to provide a safe opportunity for Altus AFB Airmen and their families. He led efforts to get $100K in non-appropriated fund small projects initiative funding to refurbish the water slide at the base pool and he did it while committing $20K in local matching funds. He followed that with acquiring another $132K AF non-appropriated fund small project program award for customer RV storage with $13K local matching funds. His support for the golf course revitalization through numerous coordinated initiatives resulted in a profit and saving the Altus AFB Golf Course from closure.
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Posted: 6/18/2014

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William McCarter, 97th Maintenance Directorate aircraft worker, is responsible for observing and assisting journey-level aircraft technicians in servicing, ground handling, inspecting, troubleshooting, removing and replacing airframe assemblies and components, as well as performing operational checks of these systems. A product of the Grow your Own Mechanic program, McCarter completed his career development courses within four months with a final exam score of 94 percent. McCarter is pursuing higher education in aerospace engineering and is still working on his degree at this time. He is a mentor to local high school students with a similar passion in robotics, volunteering at the robot competitions held at Altus High School. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jesse Lopez/Released)
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Posted: 4/8/2014

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U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Danny South, 58th Airlift Squadron NCO in charge of operations, is responsible for the scheduling and execution of 65 training sorties per week. He leads a flight of 7 NCOs in their daily execution of the wing’s mission to forge combat mobility loadmasters in the world’s only C-17 formal training unit. He was commended for establishing a good working relationship with aerial port counterparts in the 97th Logistics Readiness Squadron and initiating a beta test study group designed to prioritize the cargo loads for each sortie in an attempt to reduce late take-offs and lost training hours for both pilots and loadmasters. He has encouraged a sense of involvement within his flight by leading from the front while participating in professional development Lunch & Learn events and volunteering at Western Oklahoma State College for their casino night.
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Posted: 3/3/2014

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Staff Sgt. Anont Koonkongsatian, 97th Air Mobility Wing safety technician, was named Airman of the Month for Jan. 2013. Koonkongsatian exceeded the expectations of the wing safety office only months after retraining from being a radar technician. Koonkongsatian received recognition from the Air Education and Training Command safety flight for creating the new Major Command standard for safety trend analysis. Koonkongsatian is the acting Non-Commissioned Officer in charge of safety as well as the proactive safety promoter, “Earl the Safety Squirrel” and was recently awarded the AETC Ground Safety Excellence Award. He was also selected to attend the Air Force Culture and Language Center’s Language Enabled Airman Program, where he will travel to Thailand for language, region and cultural force development.
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Posted: 1/31/2014

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ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- Mr. Kenneth Heitert is the chief inspector of the 97th Maintenance Directorate Quality Assurance. Heitert transformed a paper process to an easy-to-use SharePoint. He completely eliminated hard copy reports, forms, letters, operating instructions and more by placing this information online. His digital remake allows supervisors to interact and process hundreds of documents each month. These range from low priority incident reports to mission critical support documents. Processes that used to take days can now be up-to-date in real-time with a click of a mouse. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Lausanne Genuino/Released)
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Posted: 11/19/2013

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ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. – Elzie Dugger and Joe Leveille, 97th Equipment Maintenance Division machinists, discovered a crack on the rudder power control unit mount of a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker refueling aircraft. The component has never been changed at Altus AFB. Leveille and Dugger visualized and fabricated a fixture that could be used to transfer the mount hole positions from the old bracket to the new bracket. With old and new mounts from 14 dimensional measurements and precision drilling, Leveille and Dugger’s procedure returned the aircraft to a mission capable status. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Jesse Lopez/Released)
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Posted: 11/5/2013

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Airman 1st Class Stephanie Echeverria-Correa, 97th Force Support Squadron personnel readiness specialist, is Airman of the Week for Oct. 28. In her personal time, Echeverria-Correa developed an outstanding retainability tracker. The tracker determines how much retainability a deploying Airman must have before his or her departure to ensure he or she is eligible to fill the tasking. Not only does it assure accuracy of the member’s records, it also secures classified information, cuts down on the Airman’s out-processing time and alleviates customer traffic in the career development office. On average, it takes up to 25 minutes to pull necessary information from different areas in Military Personnel Data System to determine this data; However, the tracker saves 15 minutes per person. Echerverria-Correa is proficient on daily tasks and is constantly finding ways to improve procedures to make the deployment process smooth and easy.
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Posted: 10/29/2013

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ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - Vera M. Barber, 97th Maintenance Group airlift tool and equipment storage facility attendant, was recognized for building the bench-stock program within the airlift tool storage facility to ensure compliance, eliminate waste and boost efficiency. Barber cut out 260 stock items no longer in use, saving $129,477, and she identified more than $30,000 of overstock items being maintained in the TSF. Barber’s attention to detail modernized all accounts, items, storage locations, inventories and “shadow board” samples, making the nearly 1,200 item bench-stock process faster and easier to navigate. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)
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Posted: 10/22/2013

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ALTUS AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. - Staff Sgt. Jerome Duhon, 97th Communications Squadron network administration NCO in charge, partnered with Air Education and Training Command, 97th Comptroller Squadron and 97th Contracting Squadron to engineer a solution for the transfer of critical, end-of-year financial documents during intermittent email services. Duhon created a dedicated network location and secured access to the sensitive financial documents for 13 base personnel. His actions eliminated any potential communication interruption and ensured a smooth closeout to fiscal year 2013. By maintaining the integrity of Altus AFB network resources, Duhon enabled the base to receive over $12 million in end-of-year funds in September 2013 and complete the execution of more than $29.2 million in fiscal year 2013 without interrupting the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Levin Boland/Released)
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Posted: 10/17/2013

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U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tim Rowland, 97th Training Squadron military training leader, launched a renovation project on the dorms that are more than three decades old. Working with 97th Civil Engineer Squadron self-help section and non-prior service Airmen, they repainted 80 rooms and furnished the rooms with 75 new mattresses, saving more than $16,000 in private contractor costs. Also, when three administrative positions were taken away from the 97th TRS, Rowland pioneered the idea to rotate non-prior service Airmen awaiting training to fill these jobs, saving thousands of critical manpower hours and ensuring no reduced mission capability at zero cost to the Air Force.
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Posted: 10/3/2013

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Mr. Dave Pelino, 97th Contracting Squadron executive assistant, was recognized for his hard work in setting up an alternate central staging location for closed contract files. In the past, staged files had to be retrieved from the base central staging area with the help of the base records manager. He was able to eliminate this step and streamline the retrieval process by 95 percent. He accurately accounts for over 1,200 closed contracts. They are readily available to a staff of 33 in a matter of minutes instead of days and sometimes weeks. His innovative process was highlighted as a strength during the Consolidated Unit Inspection and was cited as a uniform approach to the closeout/staging process and documentation.
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Posted: 10/7/2013

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Master Sgt. Lizette Delapaz, 97th Medical Operations Squadron Mental Health flight chief ensured the continued education of the providers and technicians with the Mental Health, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and Treatment (ADAPT), and Family Advocacy Clinics. She has organized and delivered more than 50 training classes for 13 personnel, assuring the certification requirements for four psychologists and social workers, as well as two technicians. MSgt Delapaz has partnered with the Defense Centers for Excellence (DCoE), to bring virtual trainings to the Mental Health Flight, eliminating the cost for TDYs and saving the USAF an estimated amount of more than $20,000.
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Posted: 9/17/2013

    

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