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NEWS | Oct. 6, 2021

I Own This: September 2021 Nominees

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 two (2) Warfighters nominated for this program. Both are deserving of this recognition, so both were selected to get the spotlight placed on them. This month, these individuals are CW5 Benjamin S. Burnett, US Army, and SSgt Andrew G. French, US Air Force (our first USAF nominee!).
 
SPOTLIGHT PROFILES

CW5 Benjamin Burnett, Cal Guard
CW5 Benjamin S. Burnett
Army / National Guard
FMS Regional Manager (NorCal)
Joint Force Headquarters, California Army National Guard, Sacramento CA
Nominated by: SFC Steven Apodaca
 
How did you come to know/observe the nominee's actions? After assisting various units with maintenance and command maintenance discipline program (CMDP) training, Chief Burnett helped streamline their processes by creating an application (app) that provides information to operators and maintainers that assists them with drivers training, work orders, reports, -10 TM’s for PMCS and much more.
 
Why does this individual deserve recognition? Chief Burnett spent numerous hours of his personal time to develop an app designed to train, assist and guide Soldiers in the field to achieve Army standards. His product has helped make the CMDP easier to manage.
 
Additional Comments: His product is called “Mobile Soldier” and has helped Cal Guard tremendously.
 SSgt Andrew French, USAF
 SSgt Andrew G. French
Air Force/Active
Flying Crew Chief, HH-60G Pave Hawk
718th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, Kadena Air Force Base, Japan
Nominated by: TSgt Daniel Morgan
 
Explain how you came to know/observe the nominee's actions: I am his direct supervisor

Why does this individual deserve recognition? SSgt French continuously shows dedication to his aircraft. If anyone in our unit says the term "Pride of the Fleet,” they are undoubtedly referencing SSgt French’s aircraft. I’ve never seen someone as dedicated to ensuring that his aircraft is fully mission capable (FMC). His aircraft has even garnered an unprecedented "Black Letter" exceptional release (when an aircraft is flown with zero discrepancies)!
 
Additional Comments: His dedication has been recognized by unit leadership by appointing him as the Dedicated Crew Chief (DCC) Program Manager, an initiative to have him motivate other DCC's to also demonstrate dedication to their aircraft and mission.
 
To learn more about nominating a Warfighter for this recognition, read the article HERE
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