5th MXG civilian wins at AF level
By Senior Airman Danny Monahan , Minot Air Force Base Public Affairs
/ Published April 28, 2006
MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --
The Air Force recently recognized a civilian from the 5th Bomb Wing as the 2005 Aircraft Air Force Engineering and Technical Services Award winner.
“I feel honored and overwhelmed,” said Darrel Kerzmann, 5th Maintenance Group. “Nomination for this award is a great accomplishment by it self, so to be singled out from the entire AFETS organization of maintenance professionals tops the list of my personal achievements.”
During 2005, Mr. Kerzmann’s highlights included engineering a process to check brake wear pins on the B-52H Stratofortress without removing the brakes. The process allows one person to verify brake pins on an aircraft in only 10 minutes. The process was adopted fleet-wide. He also submitted five cost avoidance reports saving the Air Force $324,298.
“Service before self and excellence in all we do define Mr. Kerzmann,” said George Nice, 5th MXG AFETS supervisor equipment specialist. “He will stick with the tough jobs until they’re done right even when it means long overtime hours without compensation.”
According to Mr. Kerzmann, he couldn’t have achieved this without the help of his coworkers.
“I appreciate the sole recognition this achievement brings but feel this is a team award,” he said. “I work with a great cast of fellow AFETS professionals. It’s a privilege to work with the best aircraft maintainers and operators in the United States Air Force. I’m proud and fortunate to be a part the 5th Bomb Wing.”
Mr. Kerzmann will formally accept his award at a banquet May 25 in Williamsburg, Va.