AFLCMC’s top engineers honored at annual awards ceremony

Pictured left to right: Thomas Fischer, director, Engineering and Technical Management/Services; Maj. Eric Baker, Mid-Career Military Engineer Award; Brian Welch, Senior Civilian Engineer Award; Karl Schutter, Mentor’s Award; David Mittlesteadt, Chief Engineer Award; Timothy Menke, Frederick T. Rall Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. (Courtesy photo)
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Pictured left to right: Thomas Fischer, director, Engineering and Technical Management/Services; Maj. Eric Baker, Mid-Career Military Engineer Award; Brian Welch, Senior Civilian Engineer Award; Karl Schutter, Mentor’s Award; David Mittlesteadt, Chief Engineer Award; Timothy Menke, Frederick T. Rall Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award. (Courtesy photo)

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Engineering Directorate held its 2019 annual Engineering Awards Ceremony Feb. 19 at the Air Force Institute of Technology’s Kenney Hall, with other AFLCMC organizations across the country connected by video teleconference.

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Eighteen different award categories were presented during the ceremony, which recognized 142 individual nominees and 26 team nominees with 391 team members, including personnel from: Buckley, Eglin, Hanscom, Hill, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Maxwell, Offut, Peterson, Robins, Tinker and Wright-Patterson Air Force Bases.

This year’s award winners are:

Junior Military Engineer Award: Capt. Zachary Westerfield, Special Operations Forces and Personnel Recovery Division, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces Directorate, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia

Mid-Career Military Engineer Award: Maj. Eric Baker; MC-130J Terrain Following/Terrain Avoidance Radar Program, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Senior Military Engineer Award: Maj. Luke Stockton, Human Resources Systems Division, Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Randolph Air Force Base, Texas

Junior Civilian Engineer Award: Lincoln Anderson, Enterprise IT and Cyber Infrastructure Division, Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, and Networks Directorate, Maxwell Air Force Base-Gunter Annex, Alabama

Mid-Career Civilian Engineer Award: Mike Himmelein; Special Operations Forces and Personnel Recovery Division, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces Directorate, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia

Senior Civilian Engineer Award: Brian Welch; Avionics Engineering Division; Technical Engineering Services Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Engineering Technician Award: Che Dacalio; Product Support Division, Metals Technology Office; Technical Engineering Services Directorate; Robins Air Force Base

Chief Engineer Award: David Mittlesteadt; Special Operations Forces and Personnel Recovery Division; Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Special Operations Forces Directorate; Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Technical Management Award: Edward Crosby; Cybersecurity, Human Resource Systems Division; Business and Enterprise Systems Directorate, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph

Technical Leadership Award: Michael Randel; Support Equipment and Vehicles Division; Agile Combat Support Directorate Robins Air Force Base

Support Award: Staff Sgt. Christina Shinaut, Commander's Support Staff, 645th Aeronautical Systems Group, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Special Operations Forces Directorate, Buckley Air Force Base, Colorado

Mentor's Award: Karl Schutter, Propulsion Acquisition Division, Propulsion Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

Reservist/Individual Mobilization Augmentee Award: Maj. Oba Vincent, Aerospace Dominance Enabler Division, Battle Management Directorate, Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Frederick T. Rall Jr. Lifetime Achievement Award: Timothy Menke; Simulation and Analysis Facility, Planning Development and Integration Directorate, Wright Patterson Air Force Base

Engineering Jorge F. Gonzalez Engineering Analysis Award: Dr. Robert Racca, Strategic Warning & Surveillance Systems Division, Battle Management Directorate, Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado

Technical Management Team Award: Intelligence Processing and Data Relay Branch, Command and Control, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Division, Battle Management Directorate, Hansom Air Force Base, Massachusetts

Engineering Team Award: BLU-111ECP Team, Direct Attack Division, Armament Directorate, Eglin Air Force Base, Florida

AFLCMC/EN Director's Award: Michael Smith, B-21 Program, Fighters and Bombers Directorate, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

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