Wing announces 4th Quarter CY 2023 award winners

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CGO of the Quarter

First Lt. Evan Postma, 445th Operations Sup­port Squadron officer in charge of intelligence op­erations, is the 445th Air­lift Wing Company Grade Officer of the Quarter. Postma led a three-mem­ber intel team as the of­ficer in charge of intelli­gence operations in less than 72 hours to support United States Central Command. He debriefed the outgoing unit to en­sure adequate change­over and coordinated with three units to brief ongoing geopolitical ten­sions across the combat­ant command. He man­aged operations 24/7 and created 59 pre-mission briefings for 355 aircrew members across two squadrons. He trained and ensured aircrews had situational awareness, safeguarding the transit of 970 personnel and 3,512 tons of cargo. He organized a cross-functional be­hind-the-scenes pilot and intel cross-talk collabora­tion at the Combined Air Operations Center to aid 89th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron flying person­nel in their duties.

SNCO of the Quarter

Master Sgt. Aaron Fisher, 87th Aerial Port Squadron load planner, is the 445th Airlift Wing Se­nior NCO of the Quarter. Fisher executed the 1st-ever 72-hour Secretary of Defense Orders Book call-up. He deployed a C-17 Mission Generation Force Element of four aircraft, 53 cargo tons and 141 passengers; en­abling the delivery of aid. He load planned and co­ordinated airlift support­ing the Pentagon’s rapid acquisition program. He led cargo inspections and a load team through 48 airlift missions, loading 1,700 tons of cargo and 168 passengers. He sup­ported the Smithsonian Transcription Center as part of a volunteer team by digitally converting more than 2,200 Freed­men’s Bureau records enhancing the accessi­bility of post-American Civil War Reconstruction documents. He organized and led a team of 10 peo­ple for a six-hour Wichita Mountain Wildlife Refuge cleanup event removing litter and preserving a protected natural habitat.

NCO of the Quarter

Staff Sgt. Sarah Ben­nett, 445th Operations Support Squadron air­crew flight equipment technician, is the 445th Airlift Wing NCO of the Quarter. Bennett was in­strumental in a 68 hour Aircrew Flight Equip­ment turnover where she streamlined local tracking systems to accurately ac­count for more than $1 million in deployed as­sets, resulting in zero loss of mission critical equip­ment, in support of two operations. She accom­plished 102 AFE inspec­tions within four weeks, resulting in 250 flight hours and 59 sorties driv­ing the successful move­ment of 3,511 tons of hu­manitarian aid delivered throughout the U.S. Cen­tral Command area of re­sponsibility. She initiated the inventory of an AFE mobility package account­ing for 3,025 assets total­ing over $300,000 with less than 72 hours notice while preparing real world equipment items needed for deploying 89th Airlift Squadron aircrew mem­bers.

Airman of the Quarter

Airman Elias Strubler, 445th Security Forces Squadron fire team lead­er, is the 445th Airlift Wing Airman of the Quar­ter. Strubler assisted in training 96 wing person­nel in a Shoot Move Com­municate course, bolster­ing total force lethality. He contributed to build­ing a more secure fighting force across five different Air Force career fields. He assisted in leading a four-person fire team during Close Quarters Battle, en­suring Agile Combat ad­vanced skills were mas­tered. Strubler provided critical Defensive Fighting Position Fire, support­ing 29 Defenders during a field training exercise and demonstrated com­bat lethality resulting in meeting 14 Career Field Education Training Plan requirements. Strubler dedicated eight hours at a local food bank, result­ing in 150 pounds of food provided to eight families. He aided the holiday par­ty committee, helping the team collect $4,500 ben­efitting current members, their families, and retired members.