TEC likes four Airmen for its quarterly recognition

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  • By Air National Guard Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith
  • I.G. Brown Training and Education Center

Four Airmen were recently selected as the I.G. Brown Training and Education Center's outstanding Airman, noncommissioned officer, senior NCO, and civilian of the second quarter in 2018.

Lt. Col. John P. Capra, deputy commander, announced the awardees in a June 12, staff-wide email.

“On behalf of our commander, congratulations to TEC's quarterly award winners,” Capra said. “When you see these deserving individuals, please congratulate them on their achievements.”

Quarterly awardees receive recognition at the following commander's call as well as an award plaque and other accolades.

Airman of the Quarter is Staff Sgt. Rickey L. Castorena-Ramirez

Supervisors noted that Sergeant Castorena-Ramirez was the primary point of contact for coordinating logistical, in-processing, and graduation support to 272 Airman leadership school and NCO academy students, serving Airmen from 70 wings across 39 states.

In addition to his primary duties, Sergeant Castorena-Ramirez managed the mailroom program, which was error free in the delivery of 70 packages as well as validated inspection requirements.

Sergeant Castorena-Ramirez completed 164 hours of first-line supervisor training and shined as his flight's physical training liaison, which mentored 14 fellow students through eight fitness sessions. The results of his efforts not only led to successful course completion but improved his communication and team dynamics.

NCO of the Quarter is Tech. Sgt. Michael Beiting

Sergeant Beiting instructed two NCOA classes that graduated 26 Coast Guard and total force Airmen, which included two distinguished graduates.

He conducted a mandatory NCOA in-service training session that prepared 13 instructors to take on an increase in student throughput for fiscal 2019.

As Lankford EPME Center's testing and analysis expert, Sergeant Beiting lead six members to review initial training and subject matter testing to ensure inspection compliance and test security. He assisted on a sister-service professional military education review team as well as volunteered as vice president of the enlisted council. He also performed in the EPME uniform requirements video that orientated incoming students across the country.

Senior NCO of the Quarter is Master Sgt. W. Paul Bryant

Supervisors said that Sergeant Bryant “shined as the ALS superintendent.” He led 13 staff and 297 students during more than 164 hours of training.

Sergeant Bryant reorganized the instructor training program as well as three instructors, which enabled a seven percent increase in test averages.  He piloted a sister service EPME review that managed more than 40 hours of data and advised the enlisted field advisory council on a priority readiness issue.

Sergeant Bryant coached a youth lacrosse team that mentored at least 20 children through the core principles of teamwork and integrity. He voluntarily wrote an article that highlighted TEC’s mission capabilities to the Air Force as well as reemphasized the importance of citizen-Airman.

Civilian of the Quarter, Category III is Larry McCoy

McCoy developed and executed a Bullet Writing 101 class for the Blackboard Learning Management System, which began with 80 students. The effort saved at least $27K in TDY costs, and the course delivery has capacity for more than 150 students.

McCoy rewrote the nuclear weapons resource management computer-based training course for more than 7,200 students on the advanced distributed leering service web site.

McCoy is a government purchase card manager and defense travel system manager. Supervisors noted his attention to detail to ensure that $9K in equipment, as well as 16 mission-critical TDYs, were processed and accounted for within compliance. His commitment to compliance compelled him to volunteer for the inspection team, which he trained for in minimal time and provided valuable input to a major graded area.

(Supervisor award packages contributed to this report.)