Outstanding Aircraft of the Second Quarter award
By Staff Sgt. Courtney Enos, 161 ARW Public Affairs
/ Published April 07, 2013
PHOENIX SKY HARBOR AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE -- Five crew chiefs from the 161st Air Refueling Wing won the unit's Outstanding Aircraft of the Second Quarter award with a Mission Capability Rating of 94.09 percent.
Assigned to aircraft #59-1450 "Red Bird", Tech. Sgt. Erik Calderon, Staff Sgt. Patrick Sanchez, Senior Airman Josh Briles, Senior Airman Nick Savasta and Senior Airman Blake French maintained their jet throughout 28 sorties and 100.6 flying hours over the past three months. These Airmen beat out eight other crews in competition for this award being judged on a combination of expertise and flawless inspections.
Team Chief for the past year and a half, Tech. Sgt. Erik Calderon said of his teammates, "they were very dedicated while I was deployed. They really stepped up and took the lead."
A mission capability rating encompasses being fully functional during 24 hour operations both at home station and abroad, complying with forms, inspections and technical order requirements.
Nightshift flight chief, Master Sgt. Brian Farrell emphasized how hard work, effort, dedication and attention to detail in a very competitive environment is crucial, "down to every nut and bolt."