Airlifter of the Week: Achievement through acquirement

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  • By Senior Airman Thomas Karol
  • 86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Tech Sgt. Devin Dailey, 86th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron sortie support assistant flight chief, earned Airlifter of the Week at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, Dec. 16, 2020.

Dailey was recognized for repurposing $400,000 worth of equipment at no cost to his unit.

“We stood up a program supported the units budget,” Dailey said. “This is actually the first time our group has done this, and we were able to pull a lot of stuff out of the (Defense Logistics Agency). It’s at zero cost, and we can get a lot of the stuff we need and would like to have out of it.”

When he’s not coming up with ways to improve processes, Dailey is teaching his wingmen.

“I love getting the opportunity to teach,” Dailey said. “I really enjoy troubleshooting and getting right into the details of the problem with them. What’s rewarding is spending time with the Airmen, putting all that effort into them and seeing them succeed.”

Dailey doesn’t just help out his colleagues, in his spare time he enjoys producing music for his friends.

“I like to produce everything and anything,” Dailey said. “I play guitar as well, and hard rock is my background, but I’ve delved into mixing a lot of stuff. I just finished mixing a hip-hop album for a friend.”

From home station to deployed locations, Dailey takes his music with him.

“When I was an Airman I deployed a lot,” Dailey said. “Mixing music was a great hobby then because I could just break out my guitar and laptop, and it was a good way to keep myself distracted.”

Dailey doesn’t just have an interest in music, he also has a mechanical aptitude and he decided to put his interests to work for his country during a pivotal time in U.S. history.

“I’ve always been a tinkerer,” Dailey said. “I loved building little motors when I was a kid, so I’ve always had some technical skill. I was in college briefly, and I was going the ROTC route, but then 9/11 happened. I enlisted and took the first job they offered me, and maintenance is where I ended up.”

Dailey may be seen by some as a quiet and reserved person, but what he does for his unit does not go unnoticed.

“He leads from the top to the bottom,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Anthony Molina, 86th AMXS lead production superintendent. “He develops his Airmen and invests and finds time for everyone whether it’s a (senior noncommissioned officer) or a lower ranking Airman. He is the best (subject matter expert) I have. He is so smart and so humble, and I am proud to serve alongside him.”