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Meritorious Service Medal Citation Examples


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Senior Master Sergeant John A. Smith distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States while assigned to the 123rd Civil Engineering Squadron, Westover Air Reserve Base, Massachusetts. During this period, Sergeant Smith’s outstanding professional skills, knowledge and leadership aided in the successful completion of numerous engineering, emergency management, fire protection and explosive ordnance disposal assignments during deployments overseas and within the United States. Recognized base-wide for his expertise within the career field, Sergeant Smith presented a presentation at a career enlisted workshop, hosted a Senior Noncommissioned Officer leadership development course, and served as president of the Westover First Sergeant’s Council. A tenacious advocate for the career development of the squadron’s airmen, his persistent encouragement resulted in an overwhelming 50 percent increase of Community College of the Air Force graduations as well as an 80% increase in Joint Professional Military Education course completions. While participating at SILVER FLAG, Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, Sergeant Smith served as the deployed location’s First Sergeant, responsible for a joint team comprised of over 150 personnel from 4 different bases. Sergeant Smith’s extraordinary leadership was recognized, and he was lauded as an “Outstanding Performer” by school cadre and command leadership. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Smith reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Squadron Leader Andrew J. Miller, Royal Australian Air Force, distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service as the Chief, Target Materials, USPACOM Joint Intelligence Operations Center, from January 2011 to January 2014. Squadron Leader Miller’s astute analytical expertise and superior leadership methods dramatically improved the quality of target analysis in the USPACOM area of responsibility. Leading 40 imagery analysts at USPACOM and two reserve detachments in Minneapolis and Denver, his efforts enabled USPACOM and Service Components to effectively target adversaries’ critical nodes while mitigating collateral damage effects with Law of War consequences. Squadron Leader Miller masterfully synchronized an enormous and complex target materials architecture that focused the efforts of USPACOM, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Geospatial-intelligence Agency, and other US and Allied Intelligence Community elements to ensure target intelligence accuracy against US Tier 1 adversaries. He additionally coordinated and hosted numerous USPACOM bilateral engagements, provided an extremely effective conduit between nations, and thereby ensured a coherent and global approach to target intelligence matters. The distinctive accomplishments of Squadron Leader Miller reflect great credit upon himself, his nation, and are in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Australian Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Senior Master Sergeant Patrick Thompson distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States while assigned to 439 Maintenance Squadron from X October XXXX to XX XXXXXXX 2013. During this period, the outstanding professional skills, leadership, and ceaseless effort of Senior Master Sergeant Thompson resulted in major contributions to the Metals Technology Element. He proved himself to be a most valuable asset during one of the largest Air Force Reserve Commands Unit Compliance Inspections. By applying his tremendous experience, knowledge, and keen attention to detail, he helped lead the Fabrication Flight to an end result of zero critical findings with total write-ups being reduced by 25%. Additionally, he utilized his extreme technical expertise to manufacture over 100 intricate under floor brackets, for the C5-A aircraft, during multiple Isochronal Inspections. Furthermore, he accomplished this while continuing to provide critical support to the Metals Technology Element, while 30% of his fellow technicians were TDY. His display of unwavering dedication and willingness to work past his normal duty day ensured successful repairs and consistently leading to timely rollouts of the aircraft. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Thompson reflect great credit upon and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Sergeant Carlos E. Mejia-Collado distinguished himself by meritorious service as the Hydraulic Shop Production Supervisor while assigned to the 482nd Maintenance Squadron, 482nd Fighter Wing, Homestead ARB, Florida from 6 February 2008 to 31 December 2011. During this period, Sergeant Mejia’s attention to detail and professionalism have resulted in improved standards and an increase in aircraft reliability. With his leadership, the Hydraulic Shop repaired and tested over 1100 pieces of equipment resulting in the Air Force saving over 12 Million dollars in overhaul repair costs. His stern attention to detail aided the Hydraulic Shop in attaining a perfect score on the 2011 LCAP inspection. Furthermore, Sergeant Mejia’s commitment to service and teamwork led him in the manufacture of various system hoses for the Army’s Golden Knight Parachute Demonstration Team and the US Customs and Border Patrol Agency. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Mejia reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
During this period as the Budget Officer, Major Bryant controlled three quarters of a billion dollars supporting multiple deployments, exercises and day to day operations for the 121st, 164th, 220th and State Headquarters; guaranteeing they had sufficient funds to complete the mission requirements, while watching over the bottom line safeguarding against an anti-deficiency. He has participated in 11 Staff Assistant Visits for the Air National Guard with all 11 units receiving a grade of excellent or better during their Compliance Inspections. He was also a key instructor of the Air National Guard Accounting Liaison Office course teaching 6 classes and rewriting instruction material ensuring future ALO members were kept up to date on the latest accounting methods and systems.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
During this period, the outstanding professional skill, dedication, and ceaseless efforts of Sergeant Galindo resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing, March Air Reserve Base, California. As a Security Forces Specialist, Sergeant Galindo’s exceptional expertise in security reporting, alerting systems, laws, directives, and standards of conduct enforcement led to his prestigious selection as the Combat Arms Instructor for the 163rd Security Forces Squadron. After cross training into the maintenance career field as a Tactical Aircraft Crew Chief, his leadership and maintenance actions ensured the airworthiness and mission effectiveness of the KC-135R Stratotanker and MQ-1 B Predator aircrafts. In 2005, his skillful direction ensured the successful standup of the Air National Guard’s first Remotely Piloted Aircraft mission leading to over 1800 successful sorties operating at an impressive 6,500 mishap free flight hours. During the establishment and sustainment of Remote Split Operations, Sergeant Galindo’s technical range and adept coordination abilities facilitated the training of over 200 Predator aircrews supporting 70,000 combat flying hours in the Area of Responsibility. His unmatched dedications resulted in multiple Air National Guard Distinguished Flying Unit Awards and the success of multiple real-world contingency operations such as Operations: NORTHERN WATCH, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM, NEW DAWN and Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Galindo reflect great credit upon himself, the Air National Guard, and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Technical Sergeant Erika L. Serrano distinguished herself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States while assigned to the 163d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron. During this period, the outstanding professional skill, dedication, and ceaseless efforts of Sergeant Serrano resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the 163d Reconnaissance Wing. As a Fabrication Specialist, Sergeant Serrano’s composite repair of 20 damaged MQ-1B Predator tailboards in support of Formal Training Unit operations resulted in 189 MQ-1B Predator aircrews trained. In addition, Sergeant Serrano displayed expert coordination abilities while orchestrating a multi-million dollar Fabrication Shop Relocation Plan integrating modern composite repair with strict Air Force standards. During an A-4 manning document assessment, she played a central role in establishing accurate manning requirements for all Air National Guard Predator Units. As a standout technician, her timely repair of a wire chaffing Time Compliance Technical Order averted multiple sortie cancellations preserving Formal Training Unit graduation rates. Serving as a lead coordinator, she consistently demonstrated first-class service working after hours delivering exceptional products for over 30 significant ceremonies. Her active community volunteer involvement cotributed to the success of: The Girls Scouts of America, Read Across America Campaign, and Stock that Box Hunger Program. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Serrano reflect great credit upon herself, the Air National Guard, and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
During this period, the outstanding professional skills, leadership and the ceaseless effort of Captain Bestever resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the 109 Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron’s mission. Captain Bestever provided flawless oversight of the squadron’s resources, executing over $100,000 in annual funds, greater than 1,200 Annual Training days yearly, and persistently pursued $74,000 in unfunded request to complete needed squadron projects. Most notable was her involvement in numerous key operational missions and exercises to included: two AEF deployments totally 92 squadron members to seven CONUS and OCONUS locations, 15 personnel to backfill AEF shortfalls, at least quarterly operational missions to Europe Command or Pacific Command locations, a Medrete to Honduras with execution of $60,000 of pharmacy and medical supplies, two Medlites to Africa Command, three Operational Readiness Evaluations and Operational Readiness Inspection with a squadron grade of “Outstanding” , a Health Services Inspection with a squadron grade of “ Satisfactory ”, 40 members in support of Global Guardian 2012 ,32 members in support of Patriot Guard 2011, 17 members to JRTC and an Overseas Annual Training to Kadena, Japan . Additionally, Captain Feist represented the 109 during the AF Manpower study and advocated for and secured much needed additional manning. Captain Feist is identified as a “go to” person by leadership at the National Guard Bureau and 133 Airlift Wing Operations Group.The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Captain Bestever reflect great credit upon herself and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
During this period, the outstanding professional skill, leadership, and tireless efforts of Sergeant Rosas was vital to the Contracting Division receiving an OUTSTANDING UCI rating. He aggressively led UCI preparation and 100 percent contract file accountability which directly led to a first-ever Superior Teams recognition for the entire Division. His talent and dedication to duty directly impacted the Sensor Beam program with over 7.5 million dollars in contract actions for key mission planning data analysis for US and foreign allies.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Technical Sergeant Sonjia F. Ivy distinguished herself by meritorious service as the NCOIC Commanders Support Staff Craftsman for the 917th Security Forces Squadron, 917th Wing, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana. Sergeant Ivy has tackled many challenges and excelled beyond the expectations as the Unit Assistant Personnel/Information Security Manager, Unit Health Monitor, UTAPS Program Manager, Government Purchase and Travel Card Program Monitor. Her expertise of these programs has been a benchmark which other units in the 917th Wing have emulated and her administrative tracking systems achieved outstanding results during the Air Combat Command Operational Readiness Inspection in June 2008 and the Air Force Reserve Command Unit Compliance Inspection in November 2008. While deployed from January to May 2009, Sgt Ivy performed duties as the Commander Support Staff Program Manager with a multitude of responsibilities for all inbound and outbound personnel processing through Qatar Air Base, Southeast Asia in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her expertise and knowledge was the primary element in the expeditious processing of over five thousand United States and coalition military personnel. The distinctive accomplishments of Sgt Ivy reflect great credit upon herself and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
During this period, the outstanding professional skills, leadership and ceaseless efforts of Sergeant Saunders resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the Air Force mission. Most notable was his involvement in key operational missions including Operations CORONET OAK, IRAQI FREEDOM, ENDURING FREEDOM and JOINT ENDEAVOR. While deployed to the Middle East, his superior efforts contributed to an amazing 100 percent aircraft commitment rate. He expertly led the generation of aircraft to meet Air Tasking Orders, resulting in an outstanding 99 percent Maintenance Mission Effectiveness rate. His unwavering dedication and mission focus proved instrumental to the generation of over 1,800 combat sorties that transported more than 12,600 Joint Forces and 3,017 tons of cargo in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and Combined Joint Task Force Horn of Africa.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Staff Sergeant Justin Kendrick distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Embedded Team Trainer for the 3rd Kandak, 2nd Brigade, 3rd regional corps advising command, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from 29 July to 9 February 2007. Sergeant Kendrick's communications expertise was vital to the completion of 14 convoy operations. His creation of a radio communication field book provides future trainers with the knowledge needed to accomplish the mission. Sergeant Kendrick's actions led to a classroom being developed and 10 classes created to teach the Afghan soldiers various languages, math, and computer skills. Staff Sergeant Kendrick's contributions to the Global War on Terrorism reflect great credit upon himself, Task Force Eagle, the United States Army, the United States Air Force, and the Department of Defense.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Sergeant Michael W. McKendry distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as a pararescueman from 30 May 1972 to 1 June 1972. During this period, Sergeant McKendry parachuted over the open seas 700 miles northeast of Midway Island to aid a severely injured Chinese sailor aboard the Panamanian ship "Eastern Diamond." Displaying outstanding medical skill and humanitarian regard for a fellow man, he and his pararescue teammate rendered lifesaving assistance to the seaman. The meticulous care provided to the patient by Sergeant McKendry insured the survival of the sailor until he could be turned over to a doctor's care. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant McKendry reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Major Richard J. Nelson distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Nurse, OIC Immunizations, 128 Medical Group, 128 Air Refueling Wing, Air National Guard, Wisconsin from 14 September 2008 to 15 September 2010. He had provided flawless oversight for approximately 1300 yearly vaccinations for base personnel. His attention to detail ensured the 128th Medical Group Nursing Technicians were IBT trained and mission ready to meet the needs of the Wing. Loyalty to Wing members has been evident by the many off-duty hours he spent improving the Immunization Program. His efforts have brought Wing Immunization compliance to 98% which far exceeded Air force exspectations of 90%. Moreover, he has served as Nurse Administrator numerous times during the Chief Nurse's absence, planning and seamlessly directing the nursing section during drill weekends. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Major Nelson reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
MSgt Victor P. Snuffy distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Medical Services Flight, 89th Medical Operations Squadron, 89th Medical Group, 89th Fighter Wing, Some Air Force Base, Virginia. Sergeant Snuffy advocated for solid community relations volunteering for Habitat for Humanity and also supported positive customer and clinic staff interaction playing a key role in the group's ascension to the top of Air Education and Training Command in patient satisfaction. Sergeant Snuffy's accountability as first aid shift leader for the 2009 "Thunder in the Desert" Airshow assured a safe and memorable event for over 200,000 attendees. His meticulous oversight of the Medical Services Flight programs, including the deployment and monitoring of 10 Automatic External Defibrillators within the facility, contributed to the 89th Medical Group receiving an "Excellent" rating from the 2008 Health Services Inspection and garnering the 2009 Air Education and Training Command "Best Clinic" award. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Master Sergeant Snuffy culminate a distinguished career in service of his country and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Master Sergeant Roland L. Miller distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Assistant Chief of Administration and Noncommissioned Officer in Charge, Administrative Communications Branch, 320th Bombardment Wing, Mather Air Force Base, California, from 22 January 1982 to 31 July 1988. During this period, Sergeant Miller's technical expertise, leadership ability, and commitment to duty resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the Administration Division. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Miller culminate a distinguished career in the service of this country and reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Master Sergeant Joseph T. Kirk distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Chief of the C-141 Maintenance Section, Air Mobility Squadron, 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, South Carolina, from 2 April 2002 to 31 August 2004. During this period, the outstanding professional skill, leadership, and tireless efforts of Sergeant Kirk resulted in superior aircraft maintenance and operations in support of the personnel and activities of the wing during a period of time when operations tempo was at its highest level. His unflagging efforts were directly responsible for a 30 percent increase in on-time launch rates during the most critical manning shortages experienced in recent memory. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Kirk reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Air Force.


Citation to accompany the award of the Meritorious Service Medal
Master Sergeant Joel S. Fitzpatrick distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Frequency Manager while assigned to the United States Special Operations Command European Field Office from 19 March 2004 to 30 April 2007. During this period, the outstanding professional skill, leadership, and ceaseless efforts of Sergeant Fitzpatrick resulted in an increase of radio communications support for operations across the European Command theater. Sergeant Fitzpatrick's talent and dedication to duty and earnest research into all aspects of inter-agency communications support led to the discovery of several unused UHF satellite channels that were subsequently assigned to special operations missions. His consistent support ensured the success of all US European Command operations and exercises during his tenure as Frequency manager. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Fitzpatrick reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.





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