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During this period, Sergeant Smith demonstrated incredible technical knowledge by troubleshooting a critical fire detection fault and assisting with the replacement of a high resistance fire loop, allowing an Operation Inherent Resolve support mission to depart on time. Once again utilizing his technical savvy, Sergeant Smith pinpointed an aircraft hydraulic leak and quickly replaced a damaged drain line, ensuring the delivery of sixty five tons of arms and ammunition within the AOR. Sergeant Smith has shown an innate ability to work quickly and safely under pressure, preparing and launching five aircraft in response to Hurricane Matthew, saving more than two billion dollars in AMC assets. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Smith reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
During this period, Sergeant Smith's advanced system knowledge was displayed when he was dispatched to analyze an intermittent engine start malfunction. He rapidly isolated and corrected the issue by replacing an auxiliary power unit and enabled a critical field exercise that trained 140 Horn of Africa CTF members. Additionally, Sergeant Smith showed great poise when he was tasked to pilot eight Red Balls. Without delay, he rectified all twenty four maintenance faults resulting in the combat spin-up qualification of five 66th Rescue Squadron aircrew members. Furthermore, Sergeant Smith's service-before-self mentality carried him through a 124-day deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. He skillfully executed 333 maintenance actions supporting 344 flight hours, 134 combat sorties, and over two thousand hours of alert posture. Finally, Sergeant Smith embodied his squadron’s mission when he flawlessly generated an HH-60G helicopter tasked with a real world search and rescue at Mount Zion National Park. His dedication was vital to the aircraft evacuation of the injured civilian, ultimately saving her life. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Smith reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
His exemplary dedication to duty, coupled with his superior A-10 aircraft knowledge and maintenance practices, allowed him to maintain his aircraft at an unprecedented 85 percent mission-capable rate from July to September 2014 and directly contributed to the unit's 3,577 sorties and 10,000 flying hours for Fiscal Year 2014. Airman Smith's exceptional maintenance skills were evident when he spearheaded hydraulic system repairs after an in-flight failure. He expertly removed and replaced a faulty reservoir and completed system operational checks, ensuring his aircraft was mission-capable in less than 3 hours. Airman Smith performed an extensive cockpit search and recovered a shattered cockpit utility light lens which prevented the expenditure of 5 man-hours removing cockpit components and aircraft impoundment procedures. His high motivation and quality maintenance practices earned recognition on six "Atta Boys" by pilots for his outstanding attitude and launch procedures. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Smith reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
During this period, Airman Smith's dedication and technical knowledge while maintaining his assigned aircraft contributed to 1,236 combat sorties and a 100% ATO tasking order while deployed to Bagram Air Field. Additionally, his keen eye and quick action identified a ruptured brake line during aircraft launch and shut down the aircraft, averting damage to the hydraulic system and saving the Air Force over 15,000 dollars. Furthermore, Airman Smith's stringent attention to detail resulted in a 100% Quality Assurance pass rate on six inspections, boosting the squadron pass rate to 90%. Moreover, Airman Smith spearheaded the training of five fellow airmen on defuel procedures ensuring proper maintenance practices and boosting squadron certifications by 20%. Finally, Airman Smith exemplified our core values by volunteering over 40 hours building nine wheelchair ramps for the homeless, enhancing local community relationships. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Smith reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.
During this period, Airman Smith's dedication and technical knowledge while maintaining his assigned aircraft culminated in a stellar 95 percent mission capable rate for August 2017 and contributed to the squadrons 100% ATO tasking during the 2016 Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Bagram Air Field. Additionally, his mission focus scrambled four alert aircraft leading to the destruction of seven enemy camps, weapons stockpiles, and facilitating the capture of two enemy combatants. Furthermore, Airman Smith's stringent work ethic lead to the review of over 5,000 Data Integrity Team inspections, and identifying and correcting over 100 discrepancies. Moreover, Airman Smith's vigilance led to the discovery of a cracked hydraulic manifold during an End of Runway inspection, his quick action shutting down the aircraft prevented imminent system failure, and saved the Air Force 20,000 dollars. Finally, Airman Smith's quality maintenance was exemplified with a 100% Quality Assurance pass rate on five inspections. The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Smith reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.