4th Quarter winners announced
By TSgt. Melba Koch, 507th Air Refueling Wing
/ Published February 01, 2007
Tinker AFB, Okla. -- Capt. Mark Rogers, Master Sgt. Takesha Williams, Tech. Sgt. Kelly Witt, and Senior Airman Shane Hellinger, respectively, have been named the 4th Quarter winners for Company Grade, Senior NCO, NCO, and Airman for the 507th ARW.
Company Grade Officer of Quarter Captain Rogers is a hospital administrator with the 507th Medical Squadron.
He supports 120 squadron members with responsibility for programs in medical readiness, mobility, self-inspection, OJT and operational planning. He secured critical medical support for deployed wing members, assuring fully equipped and prepared personnel.
"Captain Rogers is an outstanding communicator, and an active mentorship to enlisted and junior officers is a passion and tremendous focus in his daily routine," said Col. Steven Gentling, 507th Medical Squadron commander.
Rogers is pursuing certification as a Certified Healthcare Executive from the American College of Healthcare Executives and enrolled in the University of Phoenix PhD program leading to a doctoral degree in Healthcare Administration. He is involved with many volunteer opportunities in the local community also.
Senior NCO of the Quarter Sergeant Williams is the first sergeant for the 465th Air Refueling Squadron.
"Master Sgt. Takesha Williams leads by example," said Lt. Col. Michael Mahon, 465th Air Refueling Squadron commander. "She is a proven leader; first to volunteer for the squadron Air Expeditionary Force deployment to Guam and as a deployed first sergeant set the bar with her dedicated work ethic."
Williams was recognized as an Outstanding Performer by the deployed Operations Group Commander while in Guam. She was cited for her consummate professionalism and tireless military bearing and professionalism. She oversaw and coordinated the limited billeting bed-down of 146 personnel during the AEF swap-out without affecting
flight or maintenance operations.
As the 465th first sergeant, Williams oversaw many commander programs and spearheaded the first-ever Senior Non-Commissioned Officer leadership course for the Reserve at Tinker.
Williams is 15 credit hours from attaining her Bachelors of Arts in Accounting. She selflessly contributed countless off-duty hours to assist many local charities and raised more than $1,000 for HRDC while serving as President of the Tinker Reserve Enlisted Advisory Council, Co-Chairperson of HRDC and an active member of the 507th ARW First Sergeant's Council.
NCO of the Quarter Sergeant Witt is an inflight refueling operator with the 465th ARS.
"Sergeant Witt is a linchpin in the long-term scheduling shop," said Lt. Col. Michael Mahon. "She's my go-to boom and top choice to deploy in support of any operation."
Witt readily embraced a new scheduling technology and wrote an in-depth continuity
book. This reduced in-office training and improved shops mission-ready capability. She is an exacting professional; ensured execution of more than 2,800 flight hours to within one tenth of the allocation.
Witt single handedly directed and managed the 2006 Billy Hughes awards banquet for 223 people. She was responsible for every facet of the function that honored outstanding Airmen and dedicated countless hours to ensure the banquet was executed perfectly. Witt demonstrated unmatched ability to prioritize, organize and delegate as she planned, coordinated and oversaw every aspect of the event.
Witt is a leading volunteer in the squadron and deployed over the holiday season. She directly supports the President on high-visibility refuelings and during short-notice Alpha alert taskings involving extended duty-day operational sorties.
Witt supports many local community charities and is the commander's choice for vital community relations missions and high-visibility static displays.
Airman of the Quarter Senior Airman Hellinger is a utilities journeyman with the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron.
Hellinger has been supporting Operation IRAQI FREEDOM this quarter while deployed to Kirkuk Regional Air Base. He extraordinarily managed the Waste Water Treatment Plant which supported 4,350 warrior soldiers and Airmen. He led a team of six heavy
equipment operators and was instrumental in the construction of 1.56 million gallon waste water treatment plant lagoon. Hellinger led a team of three Iraqi nationals in emergency repair of the EMEDS water line. He was handpicked to attend a Chief's working luncheon and his advice was sought after on salient enlisted topics.
Hellinger completed 75 credit hours toward a bachelor's degree in business administration and strives for academic excellence. He fulfilled his Community
College of the Air Force requirements and Associate of Science Environmental
Hellinger respected fallen comrades, marching in six ramp ceremonies assembled
in the middle of the night. He is a member of the Joined Reserve Enlisted Association and was an enthusiastic leader in sporting events.