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5th CONS NCO wins Air Force award

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, ND -- The Air Force recently recognized an Airman from the 5th Contracting Squadron as the Air Force’s Outstanding Contracting Enlisted Member for 2005.

Tech. Sgt. Michael Weaver, 5th CONS acquisition flight NCO in charge credits the receipt of this award to strong family support along with excellent co-workers and leadership, who gave him the necessary strength and knowledge to succeed.

“I was totally blown away to learn that I had won the Air Combat Command award, so the thought of winning the Air Force level award never entered my mind,” he said. “Winning this award was definitely the highlight of my 16 years of service.”

Among his many accomplishments during the year, Sergeant Weaver administered a $1.6 million asphalt contract and completed $600,000 of renovations which improved driving conditions on base. Sergeant Weaver also managed $1.6 million heavy equipment which improved the capabilities and safety of construction projects. In addition, Sergeant Weaver administered a $3.6 million linen and laundry contract which is instrumental to daily base operations. He also deployed to Ali Air Base, Iraq, in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. There, he awarded 165 actions of mission essential services, supplies, construction and road repair worth $3 million.

In his off-duty time, Sergeant Weaver earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Management as well as two degrees from the Community College of the Air Force in Contract Management and Logistics.

According to Maj. Timothy Klopfer, 5th CONS commander, Sergeant Weaver is the foundation his flight is built upon. His experience and judgment have provided a perfect example for the squadron’s new accessions and cross-trainees who start out in his flight to learn the craft of contracting, he said.

“Mike is dedicated to excellence and exemplifies service before self,” the major said. “He’s always the first to tackle the difficult problems and find a solution.”

“Having the honor of receiving such an important award in my career has really made me reflect on the individuals who have helped me throughout my career, said Sergeant Weaver. “Whether it be my supportive family, exceptional contracting team or the mentorship provided by supervisors and leadership, everyone played an important role in my career. I owe all my accomplishments to those individuals.”

Sergeant Weaver is scheduled to receive the award during a ceremony April 28 at the Pentagon.
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