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Wing announces quarterly award winners


The 509th Bomb Wing honored second quarter award winners during a breakfast at the Mission's End July 26. The winners are:

Company Grade Officer 

Capt. Andrew Huckstadt, 509th Maintenance Operations Squadron, is the Company Grade Officer of the Quarter. 

The lead B-2 mechanical engineer was selected to work in the wing control center during the conventional operations readiness inspection, where he managed 500 people and 11 facilities as the wing earned an "Outstanding" rating. 

He prevented grounding 25 percent of fleet when he performed short-notice stress analysis of a non-standard rack mount, and supervised the development of a new tool to remove B-2 motion sensor units, cutting replacement-time by 90 percent. 

Captain Huckstadt also saved $50,000 in contract costs as he led the development of local maintenance work cards for the beyond-line-of-sight system, and re-designed a tool to cure high-temperature exhaust tiles critical for the B-2 stealth. 

In his spare time, he completed three hours toward the national security personnel system training and qualified a civilian supervisor. 

He volunteered in the community by assembling new furniture at the Missouri Veterans Home in Warrensburg and cared for pets at an understaffed local Humane Society.

Senior NCO 

Master Sgt. Jeffrey Prescott, 509th Bomb Wing, is the Senior NCO of the Quarter. 

The wing plans superintendent was selected by the Air Combat Command inspector general as a member of a superior performance team after he evaluated three conventional operations readiness exercises and four limited objective exercises. 

Sergeant Prescott also managed and trained more than 100 wing exercise evaluation team members in less than three months for the conventional operations readiness inspection. He devised the first wing pyrotechnic plan as he constructed nine re-enforced sites that surpassed ACC safety standards with zero mishaps. 

While off-duty, he finished nine credit hours towards a bachelor's degree in business administration, and made the dean's list by maintaining a 3.6 grade point average. 

He volunteered on the Whiteman Top-3 Enlisted Luau publicity committee, and was the co-chairman on the set-up committee for this year's senior NCO induction ceremony.


Staff Sgt. Brian Nelson, 509th Operations Support Squadron, is the NCO of the Quarter. 

Sergeant Nelson led 17 Airmen, oversaw more than 5,500 aircraft operations and recovered 14 in-flight emergencies as an air traffic control watch supervisor. 

He was recognized as a superior performer after he created 15 scenarios that tested 56 Airmen in three COREs, and was instrumental to his squadron earning an "Outstanding" rating in the CORI. 

He also protected $35 million in equipment and flight operations when he authored a radar jamming and interference quick reaction checklist, tested by the IG and identified as flawless. 

In addition, he saved 24 lives and rescued seven aircraft as he averted an air traffic control systems collapse and expertly directed eight control positions with total radar failure. 

In his spare time, he developed the bomb wing's first air traffic control training program for aircraft precision recoveries and qualified two air traffic controllers in two weeks for Operation Iraqi Freedom. 

Sergeant Nelson also led 13 teenagers in a weekly Bible study and spent five hours reading to children at St. Judes' hospital.


Airman 1st Class Stephanie Lamberth, 509th OSS, is the Airman of the Quarter. 

Airman Lamberth contributed to the squadron's CORI post-attack reconnaissance team by leading 48 sweeps without air traffic control delays and was recognized by the ACC IG as a superior performer. She provided perfect issue without discrepancies during the CORI when she fitted 136 squadron Airmen, organized mobility equipment and distributed 2,312 items. 

In addition, she protected $4 billion in assets as she orchestrated 347 civilian and military aircraft flights without delay and rescued four lives by recovering two in-flight emergencies. 

In her spare time, she alleviated her flight's manning shortfall by earning her Federal Aviation Administration license 20 percent ahead of schedule. She also completed three hours toward a Community College of the Air Force degree in airway science, while maintaining a 4.0 GPA. 

Airman Lamberth has helped save 230 lives as a blood-drive volunteer and dedicated two hours to face painting 25 children at her squadron's Easter egg party.

Honor Guardsman 

Senior Airman Phillip Walls, 509th Maintenance Squadron, is the Honor Guardsman of the Quarter. 

The aerospace ground equipment journeyman performed 24 Air Force retiree funerals; and improved performance more than 75 percent by providing personal training to members in need of specialized instruction. 

Airman Walls was unanimously selected by his team leader to become the Bravo team trainer, and through his leadership, the team raised its evaluation score by 15 percent. 

He displayed an impeccable appearance by achieving zero write-ups on uniform inspections and strived for perfection by practicing rifle manuals during his down-time. 

In his spare time, Airman Walls mentored local youth and peers at several skateboarding events, and he helped raise $1,600 by supporting his squadron's booster club when he worked in a concession stand at Kansas City Royals games.


Kristen Adcock, wife of Capt. Nick Adcock, 13th Bomb Squadron, is the Volunteer of the Quarter. 

Mrs. Adcock volunteered as the second vice president of the Whiteman Officers' Spouses' Club where she oversaw the charitable portion of the club's activities and funds, and handled all incoming charitable requests as its charitable coordinator. 

She devoted 60 hours of her time to facilitate the WOSC's portion of the joint spouse club scholarship awards program, which resulted in the award more than $6,500 in scholarships from the WOSC. She also coordinated donations of goods and monies to the WOSC charities in April and May. 

Mrs. Adcock donated a basket featuring B-2 items for an auction to benefit the Knob Noster middle school academic team to offset costs so the team could attend a competition. 

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and their children, Will and Reagan.


Gerry Harley, 509th Bomb Wing, is the Supervisor of the Quarter. 

The security specialist provided security for the $44.6 billion B-2 weapons system, which was essential in the 509th Bomb Wing earning the Strategic Command's Omaha Trophy award. 

Mr. Harley was requested by ACC to manage the 325th Weapons Squadron's special access program automated information systems, where he averted a shutdown and ensured three 325th Weapons Squadron B-2 officers graduated. He was also requested by ACC headquarters to provide best practice low-observable security training for new F-22 wings. 

While off-duty, Mr. Harley is an associate member of the contractor SAP security group and a member of the Warrensburg American Legion. 

In addition, he donated 16 hours of leave to two civilian employees in need who were allowed absence for recuperation and care of an injured spouse.


Cheryl Burton, 509th Medical Support Squadron, is the Manager of the Quarter. 

The medical logistics contract specialist validated and reviewed 29 contracts totaling $1.3 million a month early for base contracting. She also processed 10 Global War on Terror backfill contracts worth $736,000 within one week, and ensured deployed vacancies were filled. 

In addition, Mrs. Burton acted as flight commander during the conventional operations readiness inspection when the flight was 75-percent manned and she resolved four vital Air Combat Command Staff Assistance Visit open items. 

In her spare time, she attended a five day defense medical logistics support system training course and followed a rigorous fitness plan of working out one-hour-a-day three times a week for six months straight. She has also volunteered 46 hours to a church decorating committee and the Warrensburg Food Closet to help feed hungry people.


Tamiki Jacobs, 509th Operations Group, is the Associate Civilian of the Quarter. 

As the Operations Group secretary, she was entrusted to generate G-series command orders three times, and arranged five operations group commander TDYs. 

Mrs. Jacobs ensured precise products left the operations group by validating more than 160 enlisted performance reports/officer performance reports, and tracked/resolved 274 correspondence items. She also devised an electronic coordinated procedure during an eight-week operations group commander TDY, which improved the turn-around average by five days. 

While off-duty, she earned a criminal justice administration Bachelor of Science degree from Park University when she completed the final nine hours of study. 

Mrs. Jacobs was lauded by the operations group deputy commander when she drafted and accounted for the invitations of more than 100 guests. As the Southeast Elementary Parent-Teacher Association's hospitality director she planned a teacher appreciation week and assisted with an end-of-year field day.