McChord recruiters rewarded for efforts at conference

By 2nd Lt. Denise Hauser on December 2, 2011

Recruiting in the Air Force Reserve is at an all-time high. People who want to better themselves and start a new career are enlisting every day. The results indicate that recruiters throughout Air Force Reserve Command are doing an excellent job, but there is one team that stands apart from the rest.

Team McChord cleaned house with awards at the annual recruiting conference at the National Conference Center in Landsdowne, Va. The team includes recruiters from the 446th Airlift Wing, and 477th Fighter Group at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska.

"I focus on taking care of Airmen so they can focus on their customers," said Chief Master Sgt. Scott Terpening, chief of recruiting for the 446th AW. "When the focus remains on taking care of the customers, then the mission will always win."

The Gold Level is the best in the command and the JBLM McChord Field team won the following awards:

The Top Health Professions Recruiter was given to Master Sgt. Mike Melendez, recruiter, 446th AW.

The Century Club is awarded to recruiters who achieve 150 percent above their zone classification. Master Sgts. Christopher Brown and Mike Melendez of the 446th AW reached this goal.

The Silver Level Awards are the second best in the command.

Master Sgt. Christopher Brown received the Rookie Recruiter award; based on a first-year recruiter with the most accessions in a fiscal year.

"I've been very busy this year working hard to achieve my goal," Brown said. "It is both a personal and professional goal, and I am now in competition with myself to break my own record next year."

Superior Achievement was awarded to Master Sgt. Yvette Larson of the 446th AW, and Superior Performer went to Master Sgts. Charles Loftland, Ken Ake, 446th AW, and Edward Norris and Brian Paavo from the 477th FG.

"The team and leadership here have been the best and most effective in bringing out the best in me," Loftland said. "Leadership really motivates me and makes it very easy for me to strive to be a superior performer."

Team McChord achieved 133 percent of its annual goal.


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