Contracting Squadron recognized with individual, unit awards

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  • By Kevin Chandler
  • 97th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
Air Education and Training Command recently released their list of contracting award winners for the 2008 fiscal year. The 97th Contracting Squadron was selected as AETC's outstanding contracting unit, small base category. Additionally, Mr. Michael Schuman, supervisory contracting specialist, was named the Secretary of the Air Force Professionalism in Contracting Award winner (supervisory category).

Mr. Schuman first arrived at Altus as a senior airman in 2002. He separated from active duty in 2006 but stayed in the 97th Contracting Squadron as a civil service employee. In January 2008, Mr. Schuman was promoted to his current position. During that time, he also received a master's degree from Wayland Baptist University.

"I'm fortunate enough to work with great people," Mr. Schuman said, "I just try to create an open environment so everyone can work together." One way he maintains a productive office is working in the main area with his co-workers instead of shutting himself off in his office. "It makes it much easier to discuss projects and answer questions, and fosters teamwork," he explained.

According to Mr. Schuman, both awards reflect on all members of the Contracting Squadron. "This is more about our flight than just me," he said.

Currently some of the flight's main projects focus on energy management measures. For example, they are working in partnership with the 97th Civil Engineering Squadron to install control systems which will allow heating and air conditioning systems in various buildings to be monitored and adjusted from a central location.

The Contracting Squadron and Mr. Schuman will now compete for Air Force level awards.