WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --
The 445th Airlift Wing is proud to announce the following Airmen as the fourth quarter CY 19 award winners;
Airman of the Quarter
Senior Airman Randel Tomina, 445th Force Support Squadron knowledge manager, is the 445th Airlift Wing Airman of the Quarter. Tomina built the United States Central Command’s dashboard; a one-stop shop for 21,000 personnel and eight Air Expeditionary Wings, enabling critical combined force air component commander decision cycle. Tomina streamlined the Air Operations Center airpower asset requirements and built the joint combined effects form for the combat plans division; decreasing processing time by 55 percent. He led the knowledge management SharePoint training, educating eight deployed content managers resulting in a successful U.S. Air Forces Central Command transition to SharePoint 2016. Tomina supported Sumter United Ministries where he prepared holiday meals for five families. He attended Airman Leadership School in-residence, running projects and gaining leadership and supervisory knowledge.
NCO of the Quarter
Staff Sgt. Christopher Funke, 445th Aeromedical Staging Squadron aerospace medicine technician, is the 445th Airlift Wing NCO of the Quarter. Funke served as the recall program manager and unit deployment manager where he fixed the At Hoc system. He is the unit’s medical readiness scheduler and the medical readiness decision support system subject matter expert. He completed the commanding officer representatives and automated readiness information system integrated scheduling courses and tracked training for 140 Airmen, ensuring deployment readiness. Funke drove a new deployment folder process, instructing members to process and convert more than 120 records to electronic deployment folders. He stepped up as the unit’s historian, capturing and cataloging more than 200 events. During his off-duty time, Funke received a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and is working on his master’s degree in business administration.
Senior NCO of the Quarter
Master Sgt. Ashley McIlhargie, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron unit training manager, is the 445th Airlift Wing Senior NCO of the Quarter. McIlhargie managed her squadron’s staff assistance visit where more than 70 training records were inspected. She supervised more than 34 Airmen in upgrade training; in just 24 months, more than 17 Airmen that had zero months of training were upgraded. McIlhargie in processed 22 new AES enlisted Airmen, conducted nine career field education and training/master training plans publication checks, 37 career development courses and 33 end of course with a 100 percent success rate. She created a commander-directed incentive program for those who score 90 percent and above on their CDCs end of course test; six members have been recognized so far. McIlhargie is the vice president of the 445th Airlift Wing Top Three. She represents 50 AES Airmen and helps to promote welfare and recognition.
Company Grade Officer of the Quarter
Capt. Phillip Sobers, 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron director of operations, is the 445th Airlift Wing Company Grade Officer of the Quarter. Sobers built a reserve deployment readiness cell SharePoint page. The site was replicated through Air Force Reserve Command and won the 2019 AFRC General Lew Allen Jr., award. He fixed a geographically separated unit’s deployment issue involving 59 career fields while providing 40 hours of training. Capt. Sobers’ accomplishments earned him the Reserve Officer’s Association Officer Junior Officer of the Year. He led vehicle operations for the U.S. Air Force Marathon where he and his team worked 600 hours; moving 96 pallets, supporting 13,000 runners. Capt. Sobers created a training opportunity with Habitat for Humanity by working with the 445th Civil Engineer Squadron to build a home for a local family; 65 upgrade training requirements completed. The captain attended the Reserve School Selection Board’s course, Leadership Today and Tomorrow, and he completed Air Command and Staff College 39 months early.