Commentary

December 6, 2013

Hard Work Leads to Recognition

Master Sgt. Javier Murillo, 452nd Security Forces Squadron, March Air Reserve Base, Calif., has had a very busy year. His hard work, dedication and commitment to the wing’s mission have been noticed here and at higher headquarters as he piled up the following accolades and awards this year:

452 Mission Support Group Outstanding SNCO Award, 2nd quarter

452 AMW Outstanding SNCO Award, 4th quarter

Air Force Reserve Command Outstanding Security Forces Support Staff SNCO of the Year Award

Because Murillo won the AFRC-level award, he will now compete for the title of Outstanding SF Air Reserve Component SNCO at the Air Force level. He will also represent his squadron and group as he competes, this winter, for recognition as the wing’s SNCO of the year.

We spoke with Murillo and asked him what the secret to his success was.

“There is no secret. If someone truly puts their heart into their work, the body of work should stand on its own merit. I believe the opportunity to excel is always there; it’s just a matter of taking it,” Murrillo said. “Fortunately, my commander had enough faith in me (that he asked me) to take over and manage a program that came with a ton of responsibilities and needed much improvement. I chose to take the opportunity and run with it.”

That opportunity was for Murrillo to be the NCOIC of our Resources and Supply section in August of 2012. He said it was very daunting, because it was a long and arduous process to get the program where it needed to be. The squadron’s footprint had leaked out into several facilities on the installation. They had massive amounts of Security Forces equipment stored in buildings that did not belong to them.

“One of my first undertakings was to bring all this equipment back to our building. This freed up the space we were taking up in other facilities and made it available for the wing to use,” Murillo said. “I also had to identify obsolete or broken equipment from current and serviceable equipment and ended up clearing more than 2,500 square feet of storage space and returning more than $1.5 million in underutilized resources to Air Force Materiel Command.”

While doing all this, Murillo also had to make sure he was taking care of the day-to-day tasks that came with the job.

“I don’t believe that doing a bunch of things and then writing a good awards package should be the measure of my success or anyone else’s for that matter,” Murillo said. “Success, to me, is the culmination of the following items:

Live the core values, (Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence In All We Do).

Remember the whole person concept. As busy as I was at work, I still found time to coach soccer, baseball and basketball with Moreno Valley Parks and Recreation. I also ran for, and was elected as, the Air Force Sergeant’s Association MARB chapter president and still continue to go to school in pursuit of my Bachelor’s Degree.

Don’t retire on active duty (ROAD). I was promoted to Master Sgt. in March of 2012 and I am eligible to retire in December of 2015. With a little under four years to go, I told myself that I would not sit back and coast. Instead, I challenged myself to continue to strive for excellence and seek out more responsibility in hopes of possibly making Senior Master Sgt.

Remember that the military is a team sport. Although I am getting the formal recognition, I couldn’t have done most of these things on my own. My fellow defenders, members of Team March and my family are who make these accomplishments happen. Being part of such a successful team is both very humbling and motivating.

Find good leaders and mentors and follow their lead. My commander has a great and positive impact on me, as well as the culture and professionalism of our unit. He has challenged all his defenders to be the standard bearer for the wing, be the most technically proficient and professional defenders on the ground, and be the best Reserve Security Forces Squadron in the Air Force. Every day I try to live up to these challenges in hopes of being a better SNCO. At the end of the day, I can sum up everything I just talked about into one statement. I love the Air Force and I am proud to be a SNCO, everything after that is just a byproduct.




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