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Meritorious service while serving as Director of Operations, 31st Maintenance Squadron, 31st Maintenance Group, Aviano Air Base, Italy, from 27 August 2019 to 11 June 2023. During this period, the outstanding professional skill, leadership, and ceaseless efforts of Captain Talmadge resulted in major contributions to the effectiveness and success of the 31st Fighter Wing's crucial integration with 25 NATO partners and the execution of over 33,000 flying hours. In addition, Captain Talmadge stood up a mission sustainment command and control element within Aviano's Wing Operations Center in response to Russia's aggression against Ukraine which facilitated the 31st Fighter Wing's seamless alignment with the NATO Air Tasking Order, and enabled over 3,000 combat air patrols. Moreover, as Officer in Charge, 555th Aircraft Maintenance Unit, he led mission generation and support efforts of three Wings during Exercise THRACIAN VIPER, validating NATO's enhanced Air Policing tactics and increasing F-16 aircrew combat mission ready certifications by twenty five percent. Finally, as Director of Operations, Captain Talmadge upheld the highest standards of the Wing's nuclear surety program, supporting seven surety exercises and garnering the squadron's 2022 USAFE Maintenance Effectiveness Award. The distinctive accomplishments of Captain Talmadge reflect credit upon himself, the 31st Fighter Wing, and the United States Air Force.