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Staff Sgt. Nesha Humes Stanton
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Wayne Phillips, 76th Airlift Squadron flight attendant instructor, received the honor of being Airlifter of the Week, June 27.
U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew Husemann, 86th Airlift Wing vice commander, thanked Phillips for his hard work, contribution to the mission, and for being a “complete rock star.”
Phillips devoted more than 100 hours on and off duty towards streamlining deployment readiness in the 76th AS.
“It’s a very unique situation for us since we deploy out of Ramstein, there wasn’t a process for it, so I had to completely develop the process for it,” Phillips said. “I dug into regulation and contracts with all civilians to figure out who’s responsible for what, and made sure we’re going by the book, and not being additionally charged for any exercises. Also, I found out the process to palletize and mobilize the maintenance equipment on our military aircraft rather than sending them on a civilian aircraft.”
In addition to his efforts in the mobility shop, Phillips dedicated 263 hours to training 28 new flight attendants over 85 missions in support of the Supreme Allied Commander Europe and U.S. Africa Command.
“I’m so honored, I don’t feel like I deserve this because I work with so many people who work immensely hard,” said Phillips, a native of Spokane, Washington.
Senior Master Sgt. Evan McCoy, 76th AS superintendent, said Phillips also volunteers as the 76th AS booster club treasurer which has helped reinvigorate the booster club and effectively improved the morale and welfare of 95 squadron members and their families.
Philips assisted the 86th AW’s vision to exercise integrated, synchronized, and accurate communication.
The Airlifter of the Week program recognizes Ramstein Airmen who, through their hard work and dedication, make the 86th AW the “World’s Best Wing.