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Chiefs recognize Airman for Sharp Award

Posted 4/3/2013   Updated 4/4/2013 Email story   Print story


by Senior Airman Caitlin O'Neil-McKeown
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

4/3/2013 - RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- The chiefs' group recently recognized an Airman from U.S. Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa as the newest Sharp Award recipient.

Staff Sgt. Suzanne Butler, USAFE-AFAFRICA commander's support staff technician, earned this achievement for her professionalism and excellence while on the job.

The Chiefs' Sharp Award program is a way for the Ramstein Area Chiefs Group to recognize master sergeants and below for outstanding military appearance, attitude and professionalism.

"Butler has been a superstar since she's arrived," said Chief Master Sgt. Adam McNair, USAFE-AFAFRICA first sergeant. "She is one of many phenomenal people who help out down here and she represents her team very well."

Butler's responsibilities include advising the commander, first sergeant and staff on all aspects of military personnel programs and processes. She helps to direct in- and out-processing actions, manages the overseas unit leave program, along with implementation of the DEROS management program to more than 1,700 USAFE-AFAFRICA members.

"I was very surprised and caught off guard to be recognized, but it was also amazing and such a blessing. It just goes to show all hard work pays off in some sort of way," said Butler. "It's also so gratifying; knowing there are those out there who recognize my efforts and take the time to show me I am doing what's right and doing a great job."

Nominations for the award are limited to one nominee per calendar year, per chief. Highlighting Butler for this award was Chief Master Sgt. Jamie Eisenbeck, 603rd Air Communication Operations Squadron superintendent.

"I get a lot of satisfaction seeing our Airmen get recognized for their outstanding efforts," said Eisenbeck. "Positive reinforcement goes along way, people need to know when they are doing a good job and their service is appreciated."

Butler was the fourth recipient of the RACG's Sharp Award for 2013. In 2012, only 12 were presented.

"SSgt Butler is a true professional," said Eisenbeck. "Since I permanently changed assignments to the 603rd ACOMS in 2012, Butler has helped me out on numerous occasions regarding an array of personnel issues and requests. As a personnel specialists working in USAFE-AFAFRICA's commander's support staff, she's extremely busy supporting hundreds of customers, yet she is always prompt, courteous and professional and delivers top notch customer support every single time!"

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