PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla.,
The STEP program allows
"It took a couple of minutes to sink in, but afterward I was completely ecstatic about the great news," Smith said.
The program supplements existing Airmen promotion programs and is designed to accommodate unique circumstances that, in the commander's judgment, clearly warrant a promotion.
"Smith consistently demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership and professionalism as a spacecraft mission assurance technician," Brig. Gen.
There were only three promotions to execute across the 14th
Smith's proven performance led to his selection as lead Mission Assurance Technician for our two most recent satellite launch campaigns, during which he piloted 10 members through more than 300 critical satellite test and integration tasks, according to Armagno.
"His relentless attention to detail ensured 100 percent mission success, and led to his squadron receiving zero errors during the 2013 Air Force Space Command Unit Effectiveness Inspection," Armagno added. "Tech. Sgt. Smith's sterling performance and dedication landed him numerous group and squadron quarterly awards, capped by the Patrick AFB non-commissioned officer of the second quarter award 2013."
While Smith earned his technical sergeant stripe, he continues to work toward his long-term goal.
"My future goal in the
Not only does Smith excel in the workplace, he has spent hundreds of hours leading his local community through a variety of charitable services, including building homes for the needy and transporting meals to the disabled.
Smith shaped boys into young men as a football and baseball coach and honored our greatest generation as an escort for 12-
Smith's dedication to community service earned him the Patrick AFB volunteer of the fourth quarter 2012, and the 2013 Military Advisory Council Community Service Award.
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