A noncommissioned officer assigned to the 86th Maintenance Group was recognized as Airlifter of the Week for his innovative implementation of Power BI.
Power BI is a program that simplifies the process of extracting and presenting multiple data sources, allowing users to interact and visualize current data information.
Tech. Sgt. Matthew Lauerlien, 86th MXG maintenance management analyst, worked on the project for six months. His action provides wing agencies one main dashboard to see maintenance efforts and thus quickly identify what specific aircraft is ready or in need of repair.
“We don’t know everything that other offices see as important, but using this tool allows others to show leadership the important things with different visuals,” Lauerlien said.
Lauerlien, referred to as the “quiet professional” from Col. Matt S. Husemann, 86th Airlift Wing vice commander, improved the 86 MXG’s effectiveness and reduced man hours spent building slides by over 90%.
“You all make that power behind the machines work,” Husemann said.
The Tacoma, Washington, native didn’t know what his job entailed when he first signed up but says he wouldn’t change a thing.
“I like that we can work with a lot of different people at different levels and help different offices,” said Lauerlien.
When Lauerlien is not analyzing data he enjoys running, traveling and taking classes on business and administration.
“When I asked about you, they said he always sits in the back and lets others take the light,’ and I love that you’re someone that celebrates others but today we celebrate you,” said 86th AW Command Chief Master Sgt. Hope Skibitsky.
The quiet professional hopes to travel more when the opportunity arrives.
“I like being in Europe interacting with people that are not from where I am from, Germany is a piece of me,” Lauerlien said.