Airlifter of the Week: 786th CES Airman saves restaurant, receives honor

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  • By Senior Airman Elizabeth Baker
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

A 786th Civil Engineer Squadron water and fuel systems maintenance craftsman received the honor of being Ramstein’s Airlifter of the Week Aug. 22, 2019.

Scott Lockard, 86th Airlift Wing vice director, lauded U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Mark Baldon for his actions, which kept a base restaurant open. Baldon ensured the only Romano's Macaroni Grill on the continent was environmentally compliant by designing, creating, and installing a temporary industrial grease removal system which his leadership described as “ingenious.” The system services the world's largest Army and Air Force Exchange Service Base Exchange and more than two million customers annually.

Baldon stepped up and led a nine-airman team, who routed more than 300 feet of waste pipe, and completed the task 72 hours ahead of schedule.

Baldon also helped reduce the water and fuel systems maintenance section’s workload by more than 1,000 man-hours by managing Ramstein’s Waste Water Lift-station Program.

Lockard praised Baldon and the 786th CES for their preventative maintenance, which he said saves the Air Force a vast number of man-hours and money.

The Airlifter of the Week program recognizes Ramstein Airmen who, through their hard work and dedication, make the 86th AW the “World’s Best Wing.”