Peterson AFB Airman is October’s best

Airman 1st Class Alex Huang, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron electrical power production assistant, receives the first 21st Space Wing Command Chief Airman of the Month at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, for October 2017, from Chief Master Sgt. Mark Bronson, 21st SW command chief, for his work performance and merit in the wing. The award will be given monthly to a 21st SW Airman who sets himself apart from his peers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

Airman 1st Class Alex Huang, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron electrical power production assistant, receives the first 21st Space Wing Command Chief Airman of the Month at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, for October 2017, from Chief Master Sgt. Mark Bronson, 21st SW command chief, for his work performance and merit in the wing. The award will be given monthly to a 21st SW Airman who sets himself apart from his peers. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robb Lingley)

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Airman 1st Class Alex Huang, 21st Civil Engineer Squadron electrical power production assistant, is the first 21st Space Wing Command Chief Airman of the Month at Peterson Air Force Base, Colorado, for October, 2017. Huang was selected by Chief Master Sgt. Mark Bronson, 21st SW command chief, for his work performance and merit in the wing.

“I was shocked that I won Airman of the month,” said Huang. “I thought I was just getting nominated for Airman of the quarter.”

Huang has a list of accomplishments worthy of the award. He led a generator team that conducted more than 100 preventive maintenance inspections and three live electrical outage tests, co-piloted a fire suppression pump team, replaced a faulty coolant heater system safeguarding $100 million in Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System equipment, repaired a Joint Intelligence Operations Center-North generator sustaining North American Aerospace Defense Command/U.S. Northern Command intelligence operations, helped provide power to the Patriot Fest concert, and led the Military Strategic and Tactical Relay backup repairs.

“He’s leading how we want Airmen to lead,” Bronson said.

Bronson started recognizing Airmen with the award when he was assigned to Joint Base Charleston, South Carolina. The program existed, but no nominations had been made in some time.

“I said, ‘this is a great opportunity to recognize an Airman and it’s easy to do,’” Bronson said.

The criteria at Joint Base Charleston was focused on the total Airman, he said, but at the 21st SW he wanted it to be job focused. Accomplishments showing innovation and setting oneself apart from their peers are some of what he is looking for.

“I just focused on five work bullets here, that’s all I asked for,” said Bronson.

Every month each unit can submit a name to be recognized and Bronson will select an Airman to be honored. Those selected for recognition will receive a certificate and will be coined by Bronson. Should the winner be located at a geographically separated unit, the certificate and coin will be sent to them, with a member from their leadership team doing the coining on Bronson’s behalf.