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Staff Sergeant Laura Zulkosky distinguished herself by meritorious service as Command and Control Battle Management Communications Sensor Manager, 357th Air and Missile Defense Detachment, 603d Air and Space Operations Center, Ramstein Air Base, Germany from XXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXX. During her deployment, Sergeant Zulkosky's exceptional system knowledge and dedication were vital to the mission success of Operation SHARP SENTRY. Filling a Master Sergeant role as Shift lead, she skillfully utilized the 744 million dollar Command and Control weapons system to validate more than 60 missile defense threats and provided vital targeting information to forward deployed coalition assets. Additionally, she supported 13 training events spanning four agencies which validated the ability to provide coalition early warning to protect the Host Nation. Sergeant Zulkosky analyzed and revised mission checklists which led to improved situational awareness, unification of certified positions, and enhancement of mission capabilities. Moreover, she selflessly volunteered to extend her deployment to fill a critical manpower shortage for the Sensor Management cell for Operation Sharp Sentry. Finally, as Team Lead, she supervised a high priority, classified data collection mission which provided vital information to the Combatant Commander for planning operational response missions. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Zulkosky reflect great credit upon herself, the 357th Air and Missile Defense Detachment and the United States Air Force.
Technical Sergeant Maria D. Schleicher distinguished herself by meritorious service as Theater Planner, Plans and Programs, 27th Special Operations Wing, Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, from XXXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXXX. During this period, Sergeant Schleicher served as Wing lead planner for an important AC-130H Weapons School exercise where she coordinated air and ground assets for 78 students, resulting in all being trained and qualified on Gunship tactics, techniques, and procedures. In addition, Sergeant Schleicher's superior skill as a sensor operator allowed her to engage the enemy within danger close distances, less than 100 meters of the friendly position during a troops in contact situation which allowed the friendly SOF team to break contact with no casualties. Further, she served as Wing Focal Point manager and revised and streamlined briefings, and developed Focal Point badge and ID card procedures that reduced administrative delays by 50 percent and increased the Special Operations Command database to 100% accuracy. The distinctive accomplishments of Technical Sergeant Schleicher reflect great credit upon herself, the 27th Special Operations Wing, and the United States Air Force.