Four of this year's 12 outstanding airmen selected by the Air Force work in the computer or communications fields. The annual award recognizes enlisted personnel who demonstrated "unique, unusual or outstanding individual involvement and achievement during the preceding 12 months." The winners will be honored during a reception and banquet sponsored by the Air Force Association in Washington, D.C., Sept. 17. This year's outstanding airmen from the computer and communications field are:
* Tech. Sgt. Joseph Gilpin, a telecommunications switch specialist assigned to the 608th Communications Squadron, Barksdale Air Force Base, La. Gilpin single-handedly developed an 8th Air Force tactical switch database for Multinational Forces - Haiti that handled more than 1,400 daily morale calls and tied the U.S. Navy's Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, base and Haiti into Defense Department and commercial networks worldwide.
Gilpin also authored Crypto Over-the-Air-Rekey procedures that, for the first time, allowed an Army air defense artillery unit to plug into Air Force networks, smoothing the transmission of air tasking order information to the Army unit.
* Staff Sgt. Brian Lavoie, an air traffic control data systems specialist assigned to Headquarters, Standard Systems Group, Operating Location B, Tinker Air Force Base, Okla. Lavoie developed pre-deployment training scenarios for 3rd Combat Communications Group controllers in support of the Haitian operation. The Air Force said Lavoie is a leading expert on the state-of-the-art, multimillion-dollar air traffic control training device program. This program uses simulators to reproduce site-specific air traffic control environments.
* Staff Sgt. Deanna Shupe, a maintenance support evaluator, 603rd Communications Squadron, Royal Air Force, Croughton, England. Shupe volunteered for a 120-day deployment to Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. There she provided direct command, control, communications and computer support for air operations monitoring Iraq by operating and maintaining a satellite terminal linking four installations through three separate circuits.
Shupe's terminal had a 99.7 percent reliability rate. In one instance, she had to drive to a remote site in zero visibility to trouble-shoot a potentially catastrophic communications failure.
* Senior Airman Sean Tunaley, currently an operations information management journeyman assigned to the NATO Airborne Warning and Control System, Flying Squadron Three, Geilenkirchen Air Base, Germany. The Air Force said Tunaley demonstrated expert coordination during intensive flight scheduling for more than 60 monthly sorties in support of NATO-directed exercises, training and operations.
The Air Force said Tunaley was hand-picked by the German squadron commander to deploy as the noncommissioned officer in charge of the squadron's advanced element, which supported NATO sorties over the warring factions in Bosnia, Serbia and Croatia.
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Maj. Gen. Robert DeKok has been nominated for promotion to lieutenant general and assignment as the new commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center, Los Angeles Air Force Base, Calif. He currently serves as director of operations for the U.S. Space Command, Colorado Springs, Colo.
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Lockheed Martin named Robert Stevens president of its Air Traffic Management division.
Stevens succeeds Robert Welte, who will work on special projects for Lockheed Martin vice president and chief operating officer Robert Lanza.