The Outstanding Airmen

Nov. 1, 1996

SSgt. Shilette M. Addison was selected while serving as an information-management journeyman for the 488th Intelligence Squadron, RAF Mildenhall, UK. For nearly two months, she ably managed the unit personnel office during the section chief’s absence. Airman Addison processed more than 1,200 leave forms, achieving a 100 percent on-time rate and a ninety-nine percent accuracy rate. Her superior work during the year set a new standard: She produced 400 error-free enlisted and officer performance reports.

SrA. Yuvonne C. Fischer is a community services officer and law enforcement patrolman at the 90th Security Police Squadron, F. E. War­ren AFB, Wyo. She established a crime-trend analysis database sum­marizing criminal activities and pin­pointing high-crime areas. The data­base helped officials focus their crime-fighting efforts in specific areas. Airman Fischer also managed four Drug Abuse Resistance Educa­tion instructors, reaching 1,000 stu­dents in five local schools.

New Jersey’s Adjutant General called SMSgt. James P. Ford, Jr., ANG, of McGuire AFB, N. J., “the best recruiting and retention super­intendent that we have had.” Under Sergeant Ford’s leadership, the state’s ANG achieved 100 percent of its recruitment goals. He worked effectively to combine the statewide efforts of recruiters and retainers. He also used state tuition-assistance legislation for the recruiting and re­tention programs, opening both educational opportunities and national service to hundreds of New Jersey youth.

Assigned to the 608th Air Com­munications Squadron, Barksdale AFB, La., TSgt. Joseph L. Gilpin is a telecommunications switch main­tenance specialist. He developed 8th Air Force’s tactical switch database for the multinational campaign in Haiti, connecting allied forces in Cu­ba and Haiti to DoD and commercial networks through seventeen trunks. He also connected the US Army’s 35th Air Defense Artillery into 8th Air Force’s communications network for the joint exercise Mighty Thun­der. Sergeant Gilpin voluntarily de­ployed to Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch, where he pro­grammed, operated, and tested telephone communications among US Central Command, DoD, and en­crypted subscribers.

As an air traffic control analyst and data systems specialist for the Standard Systems Group at Tinker AFB, Okla., SSgt. Brian D. Lavoie provides the sole technical support for the air traffic control training device for more than 130 DoD in­stallations. He created computer-simulation training scenarios on air traffic control radar procedures for DoD and USAF users. When the 3d Combat Communications Group pre­pared to deploy in Operation Uphold Democracy, Sergeant Lavoie devel­oped the training scenarios. Opera­tional effectiveness at Elmendorf and Eielson AFBs in Alaska surged after Sergeant Lavoie reconfigured the hardware and software for their train­ing devices and trained the system operators at both bases.

TSgt. Phyllis A. Lopez-Velazquez serves as noncommissioned officer in charge of Special Airlift Opera­tions at Hq. US Air Forces in Eu­rope, Ramstein AB, Germany. She supervised airlift scheduling for USAFE operational support assets. Sergeant Lopez-Velazquez directed the scheduling of 3,250 successful mission sorties and helped move 13,300 people to locations world­wide. She deployed to Hq. Joint Task Force Provide Promise in Naples, Italy, and arranged the weekly airlift to Vicenza and Brindisi, delivering timely intelligence for Operations Deny Flight and Provide Promise.

SMSgt. Kathryn L. Miller is a vehicle operations manager at the 16th Transportation Squadron, Hurl­burt Field, Fla., in charge of a $32.5 million fleet. Under her direction, the base found underused vehicles to help stand up a flying squadron and two aircraft-generation squad­rons. When hurricanes Erin and then Opal threatened the base, Sergeant Miller worked around the clock, de­ploying 120 critical vehicles to safe shelters around Hurlburt.

When Air Mobility Command’s Air Mobility Warfare Center and the 421st Training Squadron stood up at Fort Dix, N. J., MSgt. Pasquale J. Pallotta, superintendent of Curricu­lum and Exercise Development, de­vised receiving plans for more than $10 million worth of materials being transferred from Little Rock AFB, Ark., to Fort Dix. His research efforts helped find fifteen training sites and six weapon ranges for the unit. They are used to support AMC’s contingency support operations train­ing of more than 2,000 persons an­nually.

Assigned to the 603d Communi­cations Squadron, RAF Croughton, UK, SSgt. Deana C. Shupe is a main­tenance support evaluator. As a se­nior airman, she volunteered for a deployment to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, where she operated and maintained a satellite terminal connecting four installations and three Tropo Satel­lite Support Radio communications links in support of Operations Desert Storm and Southern Watch. The sys­tem achieved an unprecedented 99.7 percent terminal reliability rate. On her return to RAF Croughton in Oc­tober 1995, her superiors chose her to manage maintenance support, an assignment normally reserved for staff sergeants.

Assigned to the 15th Supply Squad­ron, Hickam AFB, Hawaii, as non­commissioned officer in charge of Stock Control, TSgt. Gina K. Sulli­van orchestrated a campaign to im­prove the efficiency of Hickam’s overburdened Stock Control Ele­ment. Her thoroughness enabled her squadron to earn a stockage effec­tiveness rating of 90.9 percent—the highest in PACAF. The incidence of supplies deemed non–mission ca­pable was slashed from 4.5 percent to .2 percent—the best in the com­mand. Sergeant Sullivan was chosen to help set up a joint service panel on interservice supply cooperation.

SSgt. Sean F. Tunaley serves as current operations information man­ager for NATO E-3A Airborne Warn­ing and Control System Flying Squadron Three, Geilenkirchen AB, Germany. Chosen by the German squadron commander to deploy in support of Operations Deny Flight and Decisive Edge, Airman Tunaley wrote the operating instructions for the squadron’s advanced echelon team and trained its members. His efficient tracking of flight-training requirements and schedule updates for more than 150 aircrew members contributed to the squadron’s suc­cess at a time when its flying com­mitments increased by fifty percent.

In his first year as a recruiter, TSgt. John O. Twigg, Jr., of the 333d Recruiting Squadron, Patrick AFB, Fla., turned out to be the best in the business. He was assigned to an area that had little Air Force pres­ence and no Air Force mentors to help him. Even so, Sergeant Twigg in a single year recruited seventy-five new airmen, more than twice the Air Force’s annual goal of thirty-four per recruiter. More than half of his enlistees scored in the upper one-third of the Armed Services Voca­tional Aptitude Battery of tests. Ser­geant Twigg’s outstanding efforts earned him triple honors as USAF’s Top Rookie Recruiter, Top Enlisted Programs Recruiter, and Top Over­all Recruiter.