Salutes & Awards

December 20, 2013

Two Edwards NCOs finish off 2013 on top

Team Edwards offers their congratulations to Master Sgt. Jeremy Page, Air Force Research Laboratory Detachment 7, Ground Safety NCO, and Tech. Sgt. Michael Campbell, 412th Security Forces Squadron, Physical Security NCOIC, on their recent STEP promotions.

The Stripes for Exceptional Performers promotion program offers commanders a limited opportunity to immediately promote enlisted members to staff sergeant, technical sergeant or master sergeant. STEP promotions recognize Airmen who exhibit exceptional potential and thus, in the commander’s eyes, deserve immediate promotion.

Page, who has served in the Air Force for 13 years, was recently promoted from technical sergeant to master sergeant. According to Col. Patrick Davis, AFRL Det 7 commander, Page is “an aggressive, ‘by-the-book’ safety NCO who knows the safety standards inside and out.”

Prior to working in Ground Safety, Page spent three years in Information Management and six in Civil Engineering. He set a personal goal for himself to reach technical sergeant in less than 10 years and master in less than 15. Now, he has achieved both, reaching E-6 in 8 years and master in 13.

“It was unreal, a total shock,” said Page, after learning about his promotion. “I think I got my promotion because of my leadership believing in me and challenging me. They recognized the work I’ve put in and found that I was worth the time and effort.”

Davis added, “Master Sgt. Page has tremendous dedication to his job and to the Air Force. In addition to his superb job performance as a safety NCO, he serves as the enlisted superintendent for the Rocket Site and additional duty first sergeant. He has clearly been performing as a senior NCO for years, without the benefit of the rank.”

Page shares his success with others through mentorships. He communicates with other Airmen by email or phone and offers his unbiased opinions and friendship, just as others have done for him in the past. He stated that he subscribes to the motto, “each one, teach one.”

His commander believes that others can learn from the example page has set.

“Always challenge yourself, do your job well and have genuine care and concern for others in your unit and their families,” said Davis.

Page heads to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, this month, where he will join an Inspector General team.

“We at the Rocket Site have been continually impressed by Master Sgt. Page’s dedication to the mission and our people. He takes great pride in his work and also in his service to the community, and especially enjoys coaching and mentoring our EAFB women’s varsity basketball team,” said Davis. “He very much deserves this STEP promotion, and will no-doubt make a superior senior NCO.”

Campbell has served in the Air Force for nine years. According to Master Sgt. Damian Spaits, 412th SFS, Installation Security Systems NCOIC, Campbell is, “an outstanding Airman who embodies the Air Force’s Core Values, especially ‘Excellence in All We Do.'”

He added, “As a subordinate, [Campbell] really is what I like to call a ‘fire and forget weapon.’ I know that when I give him a task, he’ll accomplish it on time and on target and continuously exceed the standards.”

Spaits attributes Campbell’s promotion to his dedication to the job. “Campbell has always performed above his pay grade,” said Spaits. “His record speaks for itself.”

He shared that prior to coming to Edwards, Campbell was assigned to Joint Base Andrews where he lead high-visibility security missions protecting the president and national leaders. But, what really left an impression on Spaits is that Campbell takes responsibility for his actions and learns from situations where he was challenged beyond his experience and skill level.

“That’s why he’s the outstanding performer that he is today,” said Spaits. “If you give 100% effort, 100% of the time, you’ll achieve the success you seek.”

As Campbell takes on his new rank, Spaits encourages him to continue to learn new tasks and become a better supervisor or subordinate than he is today, because self-improvement is a continual process. And, to maintain the high-level of performance he has already exhibited.

“Tech. Sgt Campbell has shown throughout his career to be an outstanding Airman,” said Spaits. “Now that he’s been chosen to be STEP promoted, the bar is set even higher for him and everyone will continue to expect nothing short of the outstanding performance that he’s already given. His superiors and his subordinates will expect nothing but greatness and, if history is any indication, I have no doubt that he will continue to exceed everyone’s expectations.”




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