111th FW Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2007
By Tech. Sgt. Elisabeth Matulewicz, 111th FW Public Affairs
/ Published March 12, 2008
WILLOW GROVE AIR RESERVE STATION, Pa. -- Dec. 19, 2007 -- First Sergeant of the Year
Master Sgt. Walter Milewski
111th Mission Support Group
Master Sgt. Milewski is the first sergeant of the 111th Mission Support Group. He voluntarily deployed to Yuma, Arizona in support of Operation Jump Start. During the flight to Arizona, he administered emergency first aid to a member who had passed out. Later that year, the command chief and chiefs selected him to deploy to Afghanistan to serve as first sergeant for Maintenance. Milewski serves as an Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS) voting board member as well as national voting delegate. He volunteers with organizations such as Our Lady Help of Christians and the Philadelphia Fire Department. He is an active member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Elks Lodge, Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA) and the Polish Police Association. Since October of 2002, he has been an active participant of the 111th Honor Guard.
Honor Guard Manager of the Year
Staff Sgt. Daniel Melot
111th Maintenance Squadron
Staff Sgt. Daniel Melot is an aircraft structure maintenance craftsman assigned to the 111th Maintenance Squadron. He is top performer of the 111th FW Honor Guard, devoting over 100 hours and traveling over 4,100 miles to perform military honors. He served as NCOIC for 14 of 28 details and recruited and trained five new members into the honor guard. He was selected by the State Command Sergeant Major to be a member of the PA Governor's Elite Joint Color Guard. He volunteers and fundraises for countless organizations to include the TAG's "Cookies for Deployed Troops," a local veteran's home, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and tutoring math and reading to elementary/middle students. He is the founder of Shippensburg University 9/11 Memorial Foundation. Melot is an active member of the junior Enlisted Field Advisory Council (EFAC), American Legion, VFW, AFSA, EANGUS and the Pennsylvania National Guard Enlisted Association.
Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
Master Sgt. Richard Eggles
111th FW Finance Management
Master Sgt. Eggles is a financial management craftsman assigned to the 111th Finance Office. He has made large strides in influencing a complete turnaround in customer service procedure and creating a more cohesive Financial Management team. Eggles was handpicked to represent the National Guard Bureau as the Accounting representative for the Automated Reserve Order Writing System core team. This team travels nationwide to assist and train other units on AROWS. He oversaw and spearheaded the development of the 111th Fighter Wing's first junior and senior enlisted field advisory councils. He was the driving force of the wing's first ever Sports Day, which provided an immeasurable positive impact on the morale of our airmen.
Noncommissioned Officer of the Year
Tech. Sgt. Kenneth Tillotson, Jr.
270th Engineering Installation Squadron
Tech. Sgt. Tillotson is a unit education and training craftsman assigned to the 270th Engineering Installation Squadron. Prior to cross-training into the 3S2X1/Education and Training career field in 2007, he played an integral role in devising a Unit Career Advisor interview plan which helped to increase the retention rate for the squadron at 100% for First Term Airmen for two years. He was handpicked by Wing senior leadership to attend the 2007 Air National Guard Enlisted Leadership Symposium. He is the 2007 recipient of the Air Force Association Pitsenbarger Award for Outstanding Community College of the Air Force Graduate. He currently serves as Co-Chairman of the 111th FW Senior EFAC and was instrumental in its founding. He is a lifetime member of the Air Force Association, VFW, and AFSA. He is a member of the EANGUS and an active contributor to his high school alma mater, the American Cancer Research Center and the Jeff Gordon Foundation.
Airman of the Year
Senior Airman Troy Hummel
111th Maintenance Squadron
Senior Airman Hummel is an avionics systems journeyman assigned to the 111th Maintenance Squadron, Electronic Counter Measures section. His sound maintenance practices and in-depth knowledge contributed to sustained reliability rates of avionics electronic warfare systems and airworthiness above 92 percent. During the Combat Shield evaluation, his superb technical skills resulted in all systems passing, exceeding the Air Force standard of 75 percent. He takes an active role in identifying shortcomings in advance preventing work stoppages and barriers to operations, saving the wing several thousands of dollars. His initiative and "can do" attitude promotes a team effort amongst shop personnel. He is a member of the Philadelphia Police Department and works through the department to gather toys yearly for Toys for Tots. He ran his police department's "Operation Thanksgiving," raising funds to provide dinners to needy families. He volunteers countless hours for his church, Faith Tabernacle in Philadelphia, and multiple fundraising endeavors to help the needy. Hummel is a member of EANGUS.