Major General Chester E. McCarty Superior Performance: Operations - Staff Sergeant Thomas Howard
In 2015 Howard supported 4,700 flying hours, 3,908 sorties, and helped graduate 60 students without delays. He assisted in a $2-million-dollar Aircrew Flight Equipment expansion, increasing AFE’s overall mission capability. Thomas maintained protective equipment and ejection systems for more than 60 pilots and 33 F-15s resulting in no sorties lost from AFE failures. Thomas also demonstrated leadership ability across multiple projects. He maintained 24 ACES II ejection seat drogue/recovery parachutes systems and earned a 100-percent mission readiness during a critical parachute inspection. As one of three qualified Aircrew Flight Equipment Continuation Training Instructors, Thomas taught more than 680 training events enhancing the overall aircrew readiness.
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