Master Sergeant Rebecca J. Hale distinguished herself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Explosive Ordnance Disposal Plans and Operations, 377th Civil Engineer Division, 377th Mission Support Group, 377th Air Base Wing, Kirtland Air Force Base, New Mexico from XXXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXXX. During this period, Sergeant Hale's superior leadership and management ensured the safety and security of the nation by providing a premier Explosive Ordnance Disposal team that was recognized with two "Excellent" ratings during consecutive Nuclear Surety and Unit Compliance Inspections. In addition, Sergeant Hale's supervision ensured the combat readiness of the 15-person branch as demonstrated by a collective 22 successful deployments. Further, as a Kirtland Exercise Evaluation Team member, her knowledge and experience guided the base through seven successful exercises in preparation for higher headquarters inspections. Finally, Sergeant Hale managed the deployment of 13 Explosive Ordnance Disposal operators, providing over 2,000 manhours in direct support of the United States Secret Service at locations around the country, ensuring explosive device protection of the President, Vice President and key dignitaries. The distinctive accomplishments of Master Sergeant Hale reflect great credit upon herself, the 377th Civil Engineer Division and the United States Air Force.
Staff Sergeant Kenneth O. Kephart distinguished himself by meritorious service while assigned as Explosive Ordnance Disposal Craftsman, 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, 355th Mission Support Group, 355th Fighter Wing, Davis-Monthan AFB, Arizona from XXXXX XXXXX to XXXXX XXXXX. During this period, Sergeant Kephart was directly responsible for the protection of twelve million dollars in aircraft and aviation assets from explosive hazards and played a vital role in the flawless execution and termination of 19 aircraft emergencies. Additionally, Sergeant Kephart responded with southern Arizona law enforcement agencies 23 times to support the meticulous recovery of hazardous and explosive ordnance, expanding the agency's experience with evolving threats. Finally, Sergeant Kephart was selected as EOD Team Chief at the White House Complex in Washington, DC, and participated in Secret Service Support Missions for over 90 days, during which he provided protection for the President of the United States and his family. The distinctive accomplishments of Staff Sergeant Kephart reflect great credit upon himself, the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron and the United States Air Force.