Salutes & Awards

August 8, 2014

Luke civilian earns Air Force Marquez Award

Tags:
Staff Sgt. LUTHER MITCHELL Jr.
56th Fighter Wing Public Affairs

Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presents David Moore, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron Aircraft Armament Systems technician, with the 2013 Air Force Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award for Outstanding Munitions/Missile Maintenance Person, civilian technician category at Luke Air Force Base July 22. Moore, a prior enlistee, has more than 20 years of experience working as a weapons loader and armament specialist.

An aircraft armament systems technician distinguished himself by earning the 2013 Air Force Lieutenant General Leo Marquez Award for Outstanding Munitions/Missile Maintenance Person of the Year, civilian technician category. It was announced during standup July 22 at Luke Air Force Base.

David Moore, 56th Equipment Maintenance Squadron, surpassed his peers at the base and MAJCOM levels to go on and earn the award at the Air Force level. Brig. Gen. Scott Pleus, 56th Fighter Wing commander, presented Moore with the award.

Moore, a prior enlistee, has more than 20 years of experience working as a weapons loader and armament specialist. From testing and evaluating new weapons systems to inspecting, repairing and loading ordnance, aircraft armament systems specialists are critical to the success of the Air Force mission.

Moore said earning awards is all about “showing up, doing your job and doing it to the best of your ability.”

The Marquez Award recognizes base-level military and civil service aircraft, munitions and missile maintenance personnel who perform hands-on maintenance or manage a maintenance function. In 2013, Moore enhanced the ability of the 56th EMS to meet the very high mission tempo of the wing. His leadership during the inspection and repair of 389 pieces of munitions handling equipment helped solidify a 99.2 percent weapons release rate during more than 23,000 F-16 Fighting Falcon sorties. Additionally, he displayed exceptional technical skill when he rewired three bomb rack switches and avoided more than $47,000 in replacement cost.

This is the third year in a row an Airman from the 56th EMS Armament Flight has earned this award. John Gaines, 56th EMS Armament Flight, Aircraft Ordnance Systems supervisor, earned the award in 2011 and Dale Wollschlager, 56th EMS Armament Flight Weapons Systems technician, in 2012.

For Gaines, Moore’s current supervisor, the continued success of his flight is made possible by “having a bunch of good guys” working for him.

“Moore has done a lot of outstanding stuff here,” Gaines said. “He is the go-to guy for a lot of problems. He is the go-to guy if you need training or instruction on how to do something, and he is the most knowledgeable guy in here for all of the systems we use.”

Moore loves the career he chose and finds satisfaction working around aircraft and weapons systems. It’s not all glamorous, but the reward comes with a job well done, he said.

“I’m humbled,” Moore said. “If you stick to integrity, work ethic and can relate to people, sooner or later that will show up among your peers.”




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Pg-1-photo-150612-F-EC705-058

Emerald Knights go out with bang

Emerald Knights watch a burning piano during the 308th Fighter Squadron inactivation party June 12 at Luke Air Force Base. The 308th FS and aircraft maintenance unit have packed up and are transitioning to the 314th FS standing...
 
 
2_lemery_d2

Respect — want, earn, give, but don’t lose it

Lt. Col. David Lemery We all want it, some earn it, some are given it and some lose it. Respect can be defined as a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities or achievements. As ...
 
 

Solve problems at lowest level

Crucial in our Air Force environment today is having the proper tools and skillsets available to deal with problems. There is literally something new almost every single day that will invoke problem solving skills. When faced with a problem, an important mindset to have is to resolve the issue at the lowest possible level. Some...
 

 

News Briefs June 26, 2015

607th ACS change of command Lt. Col. Charles Jones will relinquish command of the 607th Air Control Squadron to Lt. Col. Jerald Canny in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Wednesday in Hangar 999.   CMS change of command Maj. Scott Hall will relinquish command of the 56th Component Maintenance Squadron to Maj. Anthony Sutton in...
 
 

Fighting Falcons arrive at Holloman

Courtesy photo Six F-16 Fighting Falcons from the 308th Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base arrive in formation June 16 at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico. The 308th FS has inactivated and the soon to be activated 314th FS assumes the 308th FS mission of training F-16 pilots as a 56th Fighter Wing...
 
 
5_Courtesy-photo

Monsoon season blows in storms, rain, dust

Courtesy photo Arizona is known for being sunny with clear skies for the majority of the year, but every year “it” happens. As the clouds roll in, the sky darkens with thunderbolts streaming overhead, and the first drops of...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>