PS Magazine’s I Own This campaign is designed to recognize Warfighters of all services who exemplify the highest standards of care for their assigned vehicles and equipment and contribute in meaningful ways to their unit's overall maintenance and supply posture. In short, they live and breathe readiness.
This month, we had one Warfigther nominated for the IOT program: SFC Wesley Cheek, U.S. Army.
SFC Wesley Z. Cheek
How did you come to know/observe the nominee's actions?
HQ, 4th IBCT (ABN), 25th Infantry Div.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER), AK
: CPT Dakota Relford
I am the Support Operations Officer and his supervisor.
Why does this individual deserve recognition
? Since SFC Cheek started serving as the maintenance manager of the 4/25 IBCT(ABN) in January, all maintenance metrics across the BCT have improved. The BCT’s total OR rate went from 93.1% to 96.2%. Total fully mission-capable (FMC) pacers across the BCT increased from 85% to 96%. And overall overaged reparable item list (ORIL) decreased from 200 down to 150.
Under SFC Cheek’s management, quarterly inventories for 4/25’s storage locations (SLOCs) were 100% completed in QTR3. He conducted staff-assisted visits on each BN and ensured all units have the access to the COMET team, the AFSBn LARS, DLA, and many other resources. He also helped develop the concept of support for maintenance and recovery for three major exercises.
: In addition to these accomplishments, SFC Cheeks distinguished himself in numerous jumpmaster duties, effectively balancing his time between his maintenance management and his Airborne responsibilities. Since he started serving as maintenance manager, he has not had a warrant officer in the maintenance shop. He has led all of 4/25’s maintenance meetings with the BDE XO and has directed and advised the brigade’s maintenance strategy from success to success. A true Sustainer!
To learn more about nominating a Warfighter for this recognition, read the article HERE.