First sergeants serve as the commander’s representative on councils, boards and selected military events. They are the liaison and spokesperson between the enlisted force of the unit and the commander. First sergeants communicate and advise the commander and staff on matters of health, morale, welfare, training, professional development and utilization of enlisted personnel.
Senior Master Sgt. Wayne T. Morales is the first sergeant for the 452d Maintenance Squadron. He joined the U.S. Air Force Reserve in 1993, as a KC-135 aircraft maintenance crew chief. In 2004, Morales was selected to be the first sergeant for the 752d Aircraft Maintenance Squadron and later in 2009, was transferred to the 452d Maintenance Squadron to continue his duties. He is a veteran of operations NORTHERN WATCH, ENDURING FREEDOM, IRAQI FREEDOM and a variety of other missions. In addition to his duties in the Air Force Reserve, Morales is an assistant vice president for a local bank, where he is the business systems analyst for their Project Testing division. He acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix in 1997 and continues his management education by attending leadership seminars and sharing his knowledge with banking associates. In addition, Morales enjoys taking Karate lessons at the local YMCA and serving his community in the City of Glendora, Calif.
Master Sgt. Danyell Stoutamire is the first sergeant for the 752d Medical Squadron. Stoutamire entered the U.S. Air Force in 1996. His active duty background includes various duties as a weapons armament systems crew chief for the F-15 Eagle and B-1B Lancer aircrafts. He joined the Air Force Reserve in 2000. Prior to being selected as a first sergeant, he performed duties as a medical service technician. Stoutamire’s assignments include bases in South Dakota and California. He also served in Japan, Korea, Alaska, Saudi Arabia and deployed multiple times in support of Operations SOUTHERN and NORTHERN WATCH.
Master Sgt. Mark Anderson is the first sergeant for the 336th Air Refueling Squadron. In 1985, he enlisted in the active-duty Air Force and was trained as an aircraft crew chief, assigned to the 35th Equipment Maintenance Squadron at George Air Force Base, Calif. Anderson left active duty and joined the Reserve in 1990, as an F-16 Fighting Falcon crew chief with the 944th Fighter Wing, Luke AFB, Ariz. In 2006, he was transferred to March ARB, where he worked in the maintenance operations control center with the 452d Maintenance Operations Squadron. Anderson was selected as the first sergeant for the 452d Operations Support Squadron in 2007, where he remained until 2011. He is a veteran of operations ENDURING and IRAQI FREEDOM. In addition to his duties as a reservist, Anderson works as an operations manager for Honeywell Aerospace – one of his biggest customers is the U.S. Air Force. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University and enjoys spending time with family, mountain biking, hiking and attending National Hockey League games.
Master Sgt. Darryl Willingham is the first sergeant for the 452d Aeromedical Staging Squadron. Willingham enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1982. He began his career as an Infantryman / Heavy Vehicle Operator assigned to 3rd Battalion 1st Marines, 1st Marine Division. Willingham was medically discharged after serving nine years, due to an injury sustained while deployed to the Far East. In 2003, he joined the Air Force Reserve, 452d Civil Engineer Squadron. He graduated from the civil engineer’s Structural Apprentice School in 2005 and selected to attend the Air Force Anti-Terrorism level II Course. Prior to being selected as a first sergeant, he performed duties with the March Field Total Force Honor Guard. Willingham served as a first sergeant for the 452d Logistic Readiness Squadron. In his spare time, he volunteers as a Youth Boot Camp drill instructor for at-risk kids in Los Angeles and Pasadena. He assisted the 452d ASTS with launching the squadron’s first annual “Feed Across America Project” on Thanksgiving Day. He also volunteers to help homeless veterans find places to live in L.A. and Orange County.