WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --
The 445th Airlift Wing is proud to announce the following Airmen as the fourth quarter CY17 award winners; Senior Airman Benjamin Nkiko, 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron; Tech. Sgt. Adam Naber, 445th Maintenance Squadron; Master Sgt. Sean Smith, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron; Capt. Tyler Overholt, 445th Maintenance Group.
Airman of the Quarter
Senior Airman Benjamin Nkiko, 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron fleet management and analysis journeyman, is the 445th Airlift Wing Airman of the Quarter, fourth quarter. Nkiko audited 250 wing vehicle records, identifying and correcting $14,000 worth of maintenance discrepancies. While performing his annual tour, Nkiko supported Kadena Air Base’s 2,300 vehicles, completing 134 work orders and 687 line items. Nkiko transitioned vehicle maintenance to the new Air Force tracking system, rebuilding 2,300 records that expired two years ago. During his off-duty time, Nkiko provided shelter for African war refugees when he landscaped and roofed a 3,500 square foot home. He volunteered 124 hours with a multi-lingual Rwandan choir and supported six different cultural events. Nkiko has been selected for the Deserving Airman’s Commissioning Program and will be the 445th Civil Engineer Squadron’s next commissioned officer.
NCO of the Quarter
Tech. Sgt. Adam Naber, 445th Maintenance Squadron aerospace repair craftsman, is the 445th Airlift Wing NCO of the Quarter, fourth quarter. Naber led the underfloor avionics duct mission when his team removed and replaced seven panels, a first-ever that was completed here, conquering an estimated time in commission by eight hours. He responded to a transient C-17 aircraft, assisting, troubleshooting and repairing a faulty anti-ice panel in under two hours. Naber built $10,000 worth of tools through an unfunded request for the Home Station Check section. He generated a study tool for the 5-level Career Development Course to aid his Airmen. In his off-duty time, Naber volunteered 10 hours of community service using his technical skills to refurbish items with the profits going to charity. He is currently pursuing his Community College of the Air Force Associates degree in Aircraft Maintenance Technology.
Senior NCO of the Quarter
Master Sgt. Sean Smith, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron AE operations technician, is the 445th Airlift Wing Senior NCO of the Quarter, fourth quarter. Smith directed a multi in-unit AE initial qualification for Air Force Reserve Command. He scheduled more than 240 aeromedical readiness missions, more than 750 flight hours and five joint training missions. Smith managed 28 AE public affairs events that included four airshows and more than 10 static displays, educating more than 100,000 community members. During his off-duty time, Smith volunteered as the wing’s Combined Federal Campaign manager, collecting more than $7,527 in donations which was a 33 percent increase from last year. Smith received his Community College of the Air Force degree in practical nursing and is currently working on a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Park University.
Company Grade Officer of the Quarter
Capt. Tyler Overholt, 445th Maintenance Group quality assurance officer in charge, is the 445th Airlift Wing Company Grade Officer of the Quarter, fourth quarter. Overholt ensured accountability and adherence to procedures and safety, key to more than 14,000 mishap-free mission actions. He was integral to the interactive electronic technical manual installation on 143 mobile workstations, ensuring more than 400 Airmen were trained. Overholt enabled eight missions, 60 sorties that moved 368 passengers and more than 1,500 tons of cargo in support of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief efforts. During his off-duty time, Overholt volunteered 24 weeks supporting 4 Paws for Ability as a service animal training foster. He currently serves as a life group leader at his church and orchestrated their festival attended by more than 20,000 people. The captain completed the requirements to be a fully certified FAA flight instructor.