Airlifter of the week: Member of 65th CES honored


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Senior Airman Milton Hamilton
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander, shakes hands with Master Sgt. Twyla Sears, 65th Civil Engineer Squadron electrical power production noncommissioned officer in charge, on Lajes Field, Azores, Portugal, Aug. 22. Sears was recognized for her outstanding performance and being an expert at her job.

LAJES FIELD, Portugal — A 65th Civil Engineer Squadron Airman was honored as the Airlifter of the Week on Aug. 22.

Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander, flew to Lajes Field, Portugal, to preside over the 65th Air Base Group change of command. Before heading back to Ramstein Air Base, he recognized the accomplishments of Master Sgt. Twyla Sears, 65th CES electrical power production noncommissioned officer in charge.
Sears was selected as one of the project officers for the 65th ABG change of command ceremony and distinguished visitors’ visit.
“She flawlessly synchronized the bed-down and movement of personnel in a remote location with limited support capability,” said Senior Master Sgt. Craig Hunter, 65th CES superintendent. “Her expertise in protocol proved invaluable to the 86th AW command team, support personnel, and leadership at Lajes Field.”
Hunter went on to say that Sears, a Bakersfield, California native, leads a nine-man team of generator specialists and is the subject matter expert in power production and aircraft arresting systems on Lajes Field.
Sears was instrumental in keeping dozens of generators and BAK-12 arresting systems fully operational. The latter is used on runways to slow fighter aircraft in emergency situations.
Sears’ expertise ensures Lajes Field continues to support the Air Force mission and provide expeditionary movement of fighters in support of NATO operations.
Hunter said Sears stands out amongst her peers and is a true mentor to the NCOs she serves with. Sears has two adult-age children, a granddaughter, and her spouse is a retired Air Force veteran.
The Airlifter of the Week program recognizes Ramstein Airmen who, through hard work and dedication, make the 86th AW the World’s Best Wing.