In 2014, the OH-58D Kiowa Warrior was replaced by the AH-64 Apache and MOS 15J combined with the existing MOS 15Y, AH-64 Systems Repairer.

  • His proficiency and dedication enabled his section to maintain the highest level of aircraft readiness, ensuring optimal operational capability.
  • Stood out among his peers due to his exceptional enthusiasm for his Military Occupational Specialty (MOS), displaying a genuine passion for his work.
  • Volunteered to transfer to 1-10 Task Force Tigershark, filling a vital vacant slot that was crucial for the upcoming deployment, demonstrating selflessness and commitment to the mission.
  • Demonstrated the ability to train and lead peers and even higher-ranking soldiers with greater experience, showcasing exceptional leadership skills and expertise.
  • Through his training efforts, produced competent, tough, and aggressive soldiers for the Squadron’s 24 OH-58D(R) Kiowa Warriors, contributing to the overall operational effectiveness of the unit.
  • Accomplished any task assigned to him with utmost dedication and ease, consistently delivering exceptional results.
  • Possessed a genuine example of military bearing, displaying confidence, straightforwardness, and professionalism in all endeavors.
  • Set an exemplary standard by leading from the front and never settling for mediocrity, inspiring others to strive for excellence.
  • Maintained 100% accountability for all tools and equipment, demonstrating responsibility and attention to detail.
  • Assumed responsibility for the aerial gunnery pad, training soldiers of equal and higher rank, displaying leadership and expertise.
  • Qualified as an expert with his assigned weapon and scored first-time GOs (General Orders) on all common Soldier training tasks, highlighting exceptional marksmanship and proficiency.
  • Successfully performed over 1400 accident-free hours of aircraft armament maintenance and conducted over 4000 integrated combat loads on squadron aircraft, ensuring the highest level of operational readiness.
  • Stepped up as Section Sergeant in his absence, preserving the operational tempo while maintaining 100% operational readiness of the assigned aircraft.

Aircraft Life Support Equipment Repairer

  • Assisted the Battalion Aviation Life Support Equipment (ALSE) NCO in preparing for the deployment to Iraq, ensuring crucial life support equipment was properly maintained and ready for use.
  • Attended the Program Manager Course, refining management skills and enhancing overall shop and mission readiness.
  • Ensured the delivery of crucial life support equipment improvements needed for the warfighter’s continued success in the Global War on Terrorism, contributing to the safety and effectiveness of personnel.
  • Served as the top technician, maintaining appropriate flight gear for 12 A-10 pilots and facilitating 300 sorties, ensuring optimal readiness and safety.
  • Outfitted Combat Search and Rescue (CSAR) aircrew by preparing 110 Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) units, Night Vision Goggles (NVG), survival vests, and helmets, supporting 123 flight hours for Exercise BALIKATAN.
  • Displayed selfless service and dedication that proved instrumental in the Battalion’s successful preparation for deployment, going above and beyond to ensure mission readiness.
  • Led the Combat Survival Evader Locator (CSEL) evaluation program, testing 48 radios, enhancing secure communication capabilities, and improving readiness.
  • Trained and certified three technicians on Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS)/Combat Survivor Evader Locator (CSEL) loading, resulting in a 100% increase in certification numbers and expanding combat mission capability by 50%.
  • Solely responsible for managing both the Aircraft Life Support program and the modified refueling and egress safety certification for the Battalion, ensuring compliance and readiness.
  • Trained 75 soldiers in basic Life Support Equipment use and readiness, equipping them with essential skills and knowledge.
  • Provided training to soldiers and NCOs on how to build and sustain a successful scheduled maintenance program, improving maintenance efficiency and effectiveness.
  • Piloted the Aircraft Life Support Equipment (ALSE) Quality Control program, overseeing five inspectors and conducting 1.4K equipment inspections, ensuring equipment readiness at all times.
  • Fulfilled the role of NCOIC for two weeks, supervising 11 soldiers and managing two sections, effectively coordinating 55 sorties and 120 flying hours, maintaining the unit’s combat capability.
  • Oversaw six In-Flight Emergency (IFE) after-action inspections, ensuring proper handling of pilot’s flight gear, recording findings, and contributing to flight safety.
  • Completed 700 pre/post-flight equipment inspections, preparing $2,000,000 worth of equipment assets for the squadron, and supporting 123 sorties without any ALSE delays.
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