Wing announces 3rd quarter CY 22 award winners

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

Company Grade Officer of the Quarter

Capt. Anthony Busellato, 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance flight commander, is the 445th Airlift Wing Company Grade Officer of the Quarter. Busellato led 25 members from five different career fields who came from different geographically separated units to work together at one of the combined joint operating area’s largest ports. Here, Busellato help direct the movement of more than 4,000 passengers, 2,000 tons of cargo and 1,200 missions and supported the new phase of Operation Inherent Resolve, consisting of advising, assisting and enabling at the operational level. The captain integrated with foreign military sales and Ministry of Peshmerga Affairs missions, transporting 63 tons of cargo; $8 million in supplies, weapons and ammunition. He supported the Army post office by processing 81 tons of packages for five shipping points, boosting the esprit de corps for 13 coalition and total force partners plus more than 4,400 personnel. Busellato volunteered to deploy in support of Operation Allies Welcome, where he guided total force integration with Airmen from 34 Air Force Specialty Codes and four sections for 2,600 Afghan evacuees and supplied more than 651,000 items valued at more than $2 million.

Senior NCO of the Quarter

Master Sgt. Nicole Sturm, 445th Maintenance Group NCO in charge, commander support staff, is the 445th Airlift Wing Senior NCO of the Quarter. Sturm established an aggressive in-house fitness program where she initiated and scheduled 326 people, revitalizing squadron health and decreasing those non-current by 34 percent. Sturm overhauled the group Enlisted Promotion Report (EPR) process by eliminating more than 115 late EPRs within four months, reducing overdue wing evaluations by 85 percent. She managed three groups, 14 squadrons and all base profiles; she liaised with finance to rectify records, ensuring pay for more than 2,500 personnel. Sturm backfilled a key financial management position, approving and processing 600 orders and facilitated training, missions and operations for more the 25 agencies. She coordinated and facilitated a group picnic and softball games, bolstering the group’s esprit de corps.

NCO of the Quarter

Tech. Sgt. Kevin Kelly, 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron material management apprentice, is the 445th Airlift Wing NCO of the Quarter. Kelly directed the 445th LRS unit deployment manager program; supporting 39 wing members that deployed, executed a combined total of 7,000 days and moved $60,000 worth of equipment, primed assets in support of three combatant commands. He averted a major mission set back when he drove 16 hours to deliver equipment for two deployers, an effort that guaranteed the members met the combat command required delivery date. Kelly guided the 445th LRS Air Mobility Command team; processing 68 mission impaired capability awaiting parts, enabling 280 sorties and securing 1,000 flying hours, reducing the total non-mission capable supply by 8 percent. Kelly volunteered 12 hours for four Veterans of Foreign Wars events where he prepared two spaghetti dinners and organized two parades; he garnered $1,500 in funds for 100 active VFW members. Kelly propelled an American Red Cross event where he facilitated two local blood drives, helping to prevent a blood and plasma shortage, saving nine lives.

Airman of the Quarter

Senior Airman Morgan Reese, 445th Operations Support Squadron analyst, is the 445th Airlift Wing Airman of the Quarter. Reese provided intelligence support for global C-17 Globemaster III operations building three pre-deployment briefings, 11 pre-mission briefings and three mission reports while safeguarding $340 million in Air Force assets resulting in being coined by the commander’s first sergeant. Reese instructed one non-commissioned officer and two company grade officers on four mission qualification training lessons and 15 career field education and training plan line items, causing a 23 percent increase in intel manpower. As the squadron and flight physical training leader, Reese developed the fiscal year 2022 schedule, readying a 13-member flight for physical fitness assessments, resulting in a 100 percent pass rate and championed the Chief of Staff of the Air Force resiliency focus. Reese coordinated an intel flight morale day, planned two promotion ceremonies and volunteered at one of the Air Force Marathon hydration stations. The senior airman completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice with a minor in cyber security, earning a 3.6 grade point average and starting a Master of Science program.