Exemplary Airmen from Morón honored as Airlifters of the Week

by Airman 1st Class Kristof J. Rixmann
86th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Zachary Roll, 496th Air Base Squadron financial technician (right) thanks U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander (left), after being coined by August on Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 31. Roll was recognized by August as one of the 86th AW’s Airlifters of the Week. — Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Bass

MORÓN AIR BASE, SpainTwo Airmen from the 496th Air Base Squadron received the honor of being Airlifters of the Week, Jan. 31 on Morón AB, Spain.

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Ramiro Rios Jr., 496th Air Base Squadron fuels service technician (right), receives a coin from U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Mark R. August, 86th Airlift Wing commander (left) during an all-call on Morón Air Base, Spain, Jan. 31. Rios was recognized by August as one of the 86th AW’s Airlifters of the Week. Photo by Staff Sgt. Jonathan Bass

Staff Sgt. Zachary Roll, 496th ABS Financial Operations supervisor, was nominated for this recognition after flawlessly completing 100 percent of the financial workload during the finance non-commissioned officer in charge’s leave of absence, to include processing two emergency leave cases during off-duty hours

Additionally, Roll is an outstanding supporter of the local community as he reinvigorated the Airman and Family Ministry Center. His efforts with the A&FMC boosted morale and espirit-de-corps among deployed U.S. Airmen and U.S. Marines by providing a venue for them to complete their education.


His hard work and dedication goes beyond his scope of responsibilities and pay grade. Roll’s commitment, dependability, mission accomplishment, focus, and service before self underscores his nomination as an 86th AW Airlifter of the Week.

Senior Airman Ramiro Rios, 496th ABS Fuels Controller, is the second Airman from Morón to receive Airlifter of the Week.

Despite arriving mid-December, 2018, Rios took the lead on coordinating recertification of fuel trucks for off-base transport of dangerous goods. Additionally, the certifications have saved the U.S. Air Force over 100,000 dollars in shipment costs to transport the trucks to Germany for recertification.

Additionally, Rios coordinated, dispatched, and controlled the delivery of 92,000 gallons of fuel within one week. He processed fuel transactions worth 273,000 dollars and he accounts for bulk fuel inventories of 2.7 million gallons every day.

These accomplishments have made Rios a very obvious and deserving candidate as Airlifter of the Week.

The Airlifter of the Week program recognizes Airmen who, through hard work and dedication, make the 86th AW the World’s Best Wing.