Name/Squadron: Staff Sgt. Bryan Castro / 25 OWS
First Sergeant: Master Sgt. Nathan Rice
Duty Title: Shift Supervisor
When joined the AF: Aug. 4, 2009
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Hobbies: Spending time with family (wife Racquel, children Caroline (3) and Melanie (1) ), playing guitar, studying, listening to music, reading the Bible, working out. And his wife is pregnant with their third.
Staff Sgt. Castro was selected for this award based on his outstanding duty performance and leadership abilities. He is the “go-to” flight weather briefing expert in the squadron and he led the development of a training course for Lead Briefers. He augmented the Stan/Eval section by administering 22 evaluations for new briefers and, as a Lead Briefer, he managed backup support for an extemporaneous communication outage at another weather squadron leading his team to accomplish twice their normal workload with seamless support to aircrew. Furthermore, Sergeant Castro was coined by the AFWA (FOA) Commander for excellence in leadership.
Sergeant Castro is the lead PTL for his 71-member flight, and manages a team of 7 PTLs to conduct 6 scheduled group workout sessions each week. He also assists struggling flight members with one-on-one training. His leadership led the flight to achieve a 100% pass rate and 82% “Excellent” test rate. Finally, Sergeant Castro excels in his off-duty education. He currently has a 4.0 GPA in his Bachelor’s of Meteorology program at the University of Arizona and he intends to apply for OTS upon graduation. Sergeant Castro is a talented, driven professional who leads by example!