Airshow/ Airfest Citations

Staff Sergeant Scott R. O'Neil distinguished himself by outstanding achievement as the United States Air Force Thunderbird Ground Support Coordinator, 6th Air Mobility Wing, MacDill Air Force Base, Florida, from XXXXXXXXX to XXXXXXXXX. During this period, Sergeant O'Neil was directly responsible for maintenance support for seven Lockheed Martin F-16 aircraft and 50 maintenance personnel. He coordinated the procurement of 1,500 gallons of diesel fuel used to add smoke effects during the air demonstration and to facilitate pilots' ability to rapidly align with each other in flight. Additionally, Sergeant O'Neil was the driving force for MacDill's annual "AirFest" Foreign Object prevention walk. He led over 500 personnel in policing the North and South Aircraft Parking Aprons, removing potential damage causing debris, and preventing an extended airfield closure. Sergeant O'Neil's outstanding efforts ensured a safe and successful event, and allowed the 6th Air Mobility Wing and its mission partners to showcase their capabilities for nearly 130 thousand visitors. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant O'Neil reflect credit upon himself, the 6th Air Mobility Wing, and the United States Air Force.

Technical Sergeant Samuel M. Weir distinguished himself by outstanding achievement while serving as NCOIC, Aerospace Medicine Clinic/Ambulance Services, 82d Aerospace Medicine Squadron, 82d Medical Group, Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas from XXXXX XXXXX to XXXXX XXXXX. During this period, Sergeant Weir researched and coordinated medical coverage for the biannual air show. In preparation for the airshow, Sergeant Weir reorganized and integrated over 500,000 dollars in Homeland Defense Medical supplies for local use, improving access to and readiness of the supplies for possible real world use during the air show. His thorough attention to detail and dedication ensured the medical safety of over 24,000 military and civilian personnel. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Weir reflect great credit upon himself, the 82d Aerospace Medicine Squadron, and the United States Air Force.

During this period, Sergeant Rasmussen served as the lead medical planner supporting the installation's largest Air Show and Open House in eleven years. In this role, he coordinated with eight sub-committees and over 500 augmentees to lay over five miles of barriers and create 37 acres of parking lots in preparation for the event. Additionally, Sergeant Rasmussen orchestrated five emergency response exercises aimed at intelligently posturing 190 Defenders, one hundred medical responders, and forty eight firefighters, a vital step towards providing care to seventy four patients while simultaneously ensuring the security of the installation with zero incidents during the three-day event. Moreover, his efforts resulted in over four thousand privately owned vehicles parked, 1.2 million pounds of cargo moved, thirty thousand miles driven, and fifty six thousand gallons of jet fuel issued to performers. Furthermore, Sergeant Rasmussen's efforts directly contributed to the launch of forty one distinct aircraft, over eighty two sorties with zero safety incidents or regulatory violations. Finally, the performance was viewed by twenty eight thousand spectators, reached an audience of 994,000 people through social media engagement, and resulted in 318,000 dollars in concessions and premium seating sales. The distinctive accomplishments of Sergeant Rasmussen reflect great credit upon himself, the Medical Squadron and the United States Air Force.

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