Wing Second Quarter winners announced
By Tech. Sgt. Melba Koch, 507th ARW Public Affairs
/ Published August 09, 2006
Tinker AFB, Okla. -- Capt. Jeffrey W. White, Master Sgt. Brian S. Farris, Staff Sgt. Nina D. Villarino, and Senior Airman Patricia A. Mora were selected as the Company Grade Officer, Senior NCO, NCO and Airman of the Quarter for April - June 2006.
Capt. Jeffrey W. White, a Wing Public Affairs Officer, was selected as the Company Grade Officer of the Quarter. Captain White took the lead in preparing Public Affairs office personnel and equipment tasked to participate in the Wing ORE. He produced a special edition newsletter emphasizing objectives, with a special tear-out poster for use within work stations during exercise.
ORE cadre remarks cited his outstanding attitude, aggressive lean-forward response and effective leadership. He received a letter of congratulations and was selected as a superior performer by the wing commander. Captain White serves as leader of the Wing's split training program, creating a bridge for young Airmen awaiting training school dates.
Captain White is currently enrolled in a graduate studies program and pursues military-oriented, computer-based training courses. He is serving his second year as president of the local Chapter 66, Reserve Officer Association.
Master Sgt. Brian S. Farris is a flight training facilitator and deputy fire chief with the 507th Civil Engineer Squadron.
"Best of the best," said Lt. Col. Ernest Goodman, 507th CES commander. "Sergeant Farris was selected as Team Tinker's 2005 Civilian of the Year Award category two."
Sergeant Farris is an effective leader; he took command as fire chief of the fire protection section at Silver Flag, Tyndall AFB, FL. "He immerged as the leader of 15 firefighters in a very dynamic simulated war environment exercise," said Colonel Goodman.
Farris also took charge of fire department scenarios and real world responsibilities at the May 2006 ORE at Volk Field, Wisc.
Farris demands excellence of his subordinates. As fire protection flight facilitator trainer, his section leads the squadron with trainees scoring 90 percent or higher on their career development course end-of-course exam.
Farris works as a civilian firefighter on base. He organizes, executes and maintains a firefighter vehicle certification computer data base testing bank that enables the 72nd ABW and 507th CES firefighters to document their certification requirements on each vehicle. Farris completed the Senior Noncommissioned Officer Academy by correspondence in minimum time. He is an active member of the Tinker Air Force Base Top 3.
Staff Sgt. Nina D. Villarino is a personnel journeyman with the 507th Mission Support Flight and NCO of the Quarter.
"Sergeant Villarino is a hard charging NCO and vital to successful day-to-day operations in the MPF customer service section," said Maj. Donald Satterlee, 507th MSF commander.
During this period, Sergeant Villarino processed 300 identification cards, professionally in-processed 68 newcomers and skillfully accomplished over 900 transactions/updates in personnel data systems with zero rejects. She was commended by numerous customers for excellent customer service and her professional demeanor.
Sergeant Villarino completed nine credit hours toward an Operations and Information Management degree from the University of Central Oklahoma. She completed three credit hours toward her CCAF degree in Human Resource Management.
Sergeant Villarino volunteered to work with the Christmas in April team, rebuilding homes in the Oklahoma City area. She hung drywall, painted and cleaned houses, dramatically improving the quality of living conditions for needy families. Sergeant Villarino is a mentor and active member of the Air Force Sergeants Association and the local area chapter.
Senior Airman Patricia A. Mora, a security forces journeyman, was selected as the Wing Airman of the Quarter.
Airman Mora was selected as a Superior Performer at the Volk Field ORE; one of three security forces members recognized.
"A versatile Airman," said Maj. Robert C. Baird, 507th Security Forces Squadron commander. "She filled additional administrative duties; incredible performance in both areas. She selflessly filled combat arms shortfall and averted critical training cancellation with 48 troops deployment qualified," continued Major Baird.
Airman Mora is an adept manager. She is responsible for $200,000 worth of communications equipment and maintained flawless records. Airman Mora is a motivated leader; she fulfilled all requirements for promotion to NCO tier, needing time in service to sew on the next rank. She graduated from Dallas Police Academy Class 289 and selected as one of four class element leaders.
Airman Mora is the unit fitness leader and role model; she set the standard with a score of 100 on her fit to fight assessment, the unit's only perfect score.
Mora is a soccer coach at Dallas Tejanos Soccer Club and mentors 22 girls four hours weekly. She is an active member of Latino Peace Officer Association and helped raise $6,000 in scholarships for Hispanic students.