Albert J. Simonik, the son of Stan and Julie Simonik of Littlefield, received the Outstanding Airfield Systems NCO of the Year Award. Simonik was recognized for his work during deployments in Djibouti, Africa and Incirlik Air Base in Turkey. During the attempted coup in Turkey last year, the Turkish authorities cut off power to their our air base. Simonik led the team that kept the operations of the air traffic control going, with the help of sometimes malfunctioning generators. The men endured 18-hour shifts during this crisis. In a letter of congratulations, Major General Timothy G. Fay, with the United States Air Force, said, “I would like to personally thank you for your outstanding contribution to the airfield operations mission, both in Europe and Africa. Recognition at the MAJCOM level is proof of your extraordinary professionalism, hard work, and commitment to excellence.” Tech Sergeant Albert Simonik is now stationed at Davis-Monthan AFB in Tucson, AZ. His brother Paul, also a Tech Sergeant in the USAF, is presently at Lakenheath Air Base in England.


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