Wing announces 4th Quarter CY 22 award winners

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First Lt. Abigail Barge






Barge is the 445th Force Support Squadron sustainment services flight commander and the 445th Airlift Wing Company Grade Officer of the Quarter. She supervised the Fit-to-Fight program with more than 350 fitness tests conducted in less than three months with 83% of the fitness assessment cell deployed. She was key to military personnel flight operations during a time when there were three vacancies, two deployer positions backfilled with two traditional reservists and a new senior enlisted leader was integrated to the flight that resulted in continued service for more than 2,000 members. Barge joined the base honor guard team, accomplishing 62 hours of training; and participated in five funerals. She piloted the Numbered Air Force-level yearly award where she spent more than 30 hours working on the 445th AW Raincross package and citation involving 16 units and recognizing over 1,500 Airmen.

Master Sgt. Rebecca Zimmerman






Zimmerman is the 445th Logistics Readiness Squadron NCO in charge of logistics plans and the 445th Airlift Wing Senior NCO of the Quarter. She identified an LRS Air Force Reserve Command manpower determinant workload factor error in 16 wings and 21-unit manning document positions. Zimmerman guided the validity of more than 2,000 Air and Space Expeditionary Force Indicators where she corrected 186 records and ensured 100% of the members were aligned with unit type code requirements, surpassing Headquarters Air Force’s 90% standard. The senior NCO managed support agreements for two wings, overseeing six host-tenant support agreements, 20 Memorandums of Agreement and Understanding and spent 11 hours with 29 organizations, ensuring critical support was received for 44 units. Zimmerman served as the booster club treasurer where she managed a budget of more than $2,000 and helped raise more than $1,800.

Staff Sgt. Sarah Maher






Maher is a 445th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician and the 445th Airlift Wing NCO of the Quarter. She is a recent U.S. Army Parachute Rigger Course honor graduate, where she obtained critical certificates in a joint course with a 99.8% academic average. She solved budget restraints, completed BA-30 parachute training and developed a lesson plan for the 445th AW that was used Air Force-wide. Maher developed and executed a new aircrew flight equipment tool accountability system, condensing the critical component list that increased the inspection efficiency by more than 20%. Maher completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Homeland Security and Emergency Management, thus enhancing her managerial roles and leadership skills. She was selected for temporary duty to train Air Force Reserve Command’s largest AFE shop at March Air Reserve Base in California.

Senior Airman Andrew Blanton






Blanton is a 445th Civil Engineer Squadron driver operator and the 445th Airlift Wing Airman of the Quarter. He deployed in support of Operation Spartan Shield where he helped support approximately $4 billion in assets. He was the hazardous materials program lead, conducting 12 inspections in 15 hours and was able to identify 12 life safety hazards. Blanton completed 35 emergency work orders for 27 facilities in 30 hours, saving $176,000 in maintenance repairs. He attainted National Registry Emergency Medical Technician certification, earning 120 lecture hours and 48 field hours: a 100% compliant mission critical training. The Senior Airman mastered the Department of Defense/International Fire Service Accreditation Congress Fire Instructor I career development course and led three classes for three hours with 23 students, increasing fire department emergency capabilities by 15 %.