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446th AW reservist is AF top civil engineer Reserve NCO manager

Master Sgt. Glen Tuttle can add another feather to his cap

Master Sgt. Glen Tuttle, left, won the NCO Reserve manager of the year award at both Air Mobility Command and Air Force levels. /Tyler Hemstreet

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(446th AW PA) - If the gifts of this recent holiday season were measured by the number of awards decorating the mantle of the 446th Civil Engineer Squadron's Explosive Ordnance Disposal Flight, then Master Sgt. Glen Tuttle might be confused with Santa Claus.

In November, the 446th CES EOD Flight NCO in charge was named the Air Mobility Command Outstanding Civil Engineer Air Reserve Component NCO manager of the year.

In December, Tuttle competed for the award at the Air Force level. And won.

"Glen is one of those individuals who does a few things extremely well and most things really well," said Lt. Col. David Walter, 446th CES commander. "He is an exceptional individual, and this award is just further recognition of that."

Tuttle has received numerous commendations for his deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. While grateful for the latest recognition, he said he is happier for the impact it may have on others.

"I hope receiving this award will help put EOD back in the headlines, and persuade maybe one or several people to either cross train or request EOD as their first career," said the native of Nashua, N.H. "It's this aspect of the award that I most look forward to and really cherish, in a way."

Tuttle's colleagues are quick to recognize his selfless devotion to career and fellow airmen. They're unabashed when it comes to describing what he brings to a unit that deploys often, and often under stressful conditions.

"Glen has showed incredible leadership over the last several years," said Senior Master Sgt. Jeff Sursely, 446th EOD superintendent.

Sursely points to the fact that Tuttle worked as a team leader in Afghanistan, and as a civilian flight chief for the active-duty 627th Air Base Group EOD Flight at McChord Field.

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