445 AW announces 1st quarter CY 22 award winners

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The 445th Airlift Wing is proud to announce the following Airmen as the first quarter CY 22 award winners;

Company Grade Officer of the Quarter

1st Lt. Caleb Smith, 445th Operations Support Squadron officer in charge of intelligence training, is the 445th Airlift Wing Company Grade Officer of the Quarter. Smith is the backbone of the 445th Airlift Wing’s intelligence realm where he oversaw a five-member team, conducted three current intelligence briefings, executed six pre-mission briefings and performed 47 isolated personnel reports. He was selected as one of the wing’s Unit Effective Inspection’s “Superior Performer.”  Smith overhauled the training shop and bridged a mission support gap for C-17 Globemaster III operations. He revived the current intelligence program and briefed the Russia/Ukraine crisis to two squadrons, one group and the wing resulting in being lauded by the wing commander for his steered command decision-making. The lieutenant mentored a new Airman on travel reimbursement where he educated the member on the Joint Travel Regulation and voucher process; saving the Airman $3,600 in out-of-pocket yearly costs. He also revectored a struggling Airman by providing corrective feedback and helped the Airman achieve set goals; including the goal of being promoted to staff sergeant.  

Senior NCO of the Quarter

Senior Master Sgt. Christie Suydam, 445th Operations Support Squadron senior enlisted leader, wing intelligence, is the 445th Airlift Wing Senior NCO of the Quarter. Suydam led the wing’s intelligence program; a 12-member flight with a long-term senior intelligence officer gap. She handled the mission support for two wings and six areas of responsibility. Suydam was selected as one of the wing’s Unit Effective Inspection’s “Superior Performer.” She established the first-ever 655th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing intel augmentee program where she secured an inter-wing mutual of understanding, resulting in offsetting a 50 percent manning deficit and supporting 15 Air Mobility Command and Air Force Reserve Command missions. Suydam reorganized her flight; she built and defined support objectives, resulting in three Airmen in her flight selected as “Superior Performers” during the wing’s recent Unit Effective Inspection. Suydam is the Wright-Patt Top 3 secretary and is the only Air Force Reserve Command member. In this role, she oversaw private organization renewal and bylaws update. The Senior NCO taught a bullet writing class to the squadron and she completed her Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education. Suydam implemented a fitness plan and lost 15 lbs.; 20 lbs. from her weight loss goal.

NCO of the Quarter

Tech. Sgt. Marjorie Butcher, 445th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron AE technician, is the 445th Airlift Wing NCO of the Quarter. Butcher responded in less than 72 hours to fly 80 Department of Defense troops out of Bagram in support of Operation Allied Refugees. She was selected for a high-visibility self-assess program duty where she had to quickly obtain access to

the Management Internal Control Toolkit and Inspector General Evaluation Management System, a vital role in the wing’s recent Unit Effective Inspection. Butcher was chosen for a Pacific Air Forces operation mission where she transported one Critical Care Air Transport Team and three incubated infants all while overcoming mission delays; safety was maintained. She volunteered for multiple additional duties such as physical training leader, unit health monitor, fetal protection program and airfield driving instructor. She was indispensable to the squadron’s status of resources and training system (SORTS) and mission. The sergeant is a member of the Wright-Patt Honor Guard; paying final respect to military members with the highest reverence and upholding tradition.

Airman of the Quarter

Senior Airman Bradley Scheidt, 445th Security Forces Squadron combat arms instructor, is the 445th Airlift Wing Airman of the Quarter. Scheidt deployed in support of Operation Allies Welcome where he supported 15,000 evacuees, the President of the United States’ top priority. He led a security team that provided internal and external security for three refugee villages and observed 15,000 refugees. The Airman was the first on-scene for five domestic altercations and seven assaults; he stifled a volatile scene and separated the subjects resulting in restored order for 4,000 village residents. Scheidt partnered with village leaders and elders to coordinate sweeps for eight missing Afghan children. The children were found and returned to their distraught families. Scheidt crushed operations amid a pathogen risk by monitoring 72 isolation room where the Measles, Mumps and Rubella vaccine point-of-dispensing cut infection vulnerability for 2,000 personnel.