86 VRS Airman earns Airlifter of the Week


Col. Matthew S. Husemann, 86th Airlift Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Ernesto J. Rendon, 86th AW command chief, recognize Airman 1st Class Kamil Roginski, 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron material handling equipment journeyman, as Airlifter of the Week at Ramstein Air Base, Sept. 19. Roginski received the award for helping to create more efficient processes and excelling in his job. Photo by Airman 1st Class John R. Wright

by Staff Sgt. Kirsten Brandes
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Airman 1st Class Kamil Roginski, a material handling equipment journeyman with the 86th Vehicle Readiness Squadron, was recognized as Airlifter of the Week, Sept. 19.

Roginski was selected to travel to Sanem, Luxembourg, to support the 86th Material Maintenance Squadron’s war reserve material mission. In nine days, he updated 10 time compliance technical orders, inspected 5,500 items and reduced the vehicle inspection backlog by 40 percent.


Roginski was also hand-selected from his squadron to attend two advanced cargo loader maintenance courses. With the knowledge he gained, Roginski then authored two new training plans for personnel in 7-level training, reducing upgrade training time by 50 percent.

U.S. Air Force Col. Matthew S. Husemann, 86th Airlift Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Ernesto J. Rendon, 86th AW command chief, stopped by the 86th VRS to commend Roginski for his efforts.

“Not only did you support the VRS, but you went to Luxembourg to help our partners,” said Husemann to Roginski. “What you were able to do in Luxembourg to make sure their vehicles are ready was amazing.”

Staff Sgt. Jordan Pelc, 86th VRS noncommissioned officer in charge of material handling equipment maintenance, nominated Roginski because of his dedication to progress.

“We sent Roginski up to Spangdahlem to take an advanced class on our 25,000 and 60,000 pound cargo loaders,” said Pelc. “When he came back, he took the time to look over our training plans and modernized them.”

Roginski, a Brooklyn, NY, native, said the recognition of his efforts reaffirms his role in his squadron.

“I like teaching, and I like passing on information,” Roginski said. “It feels like you work for something, and it comes back to you.”

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.”