by 2nd Lt. Evan M. Ross
47th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs
4/12/2013 - LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Two
air traffic controllers from Laughlin's 47th Operations Support
Squadron earned Best in Command accolades from Air Education and
Training Command for 2012.
Tech. Sgt. Donald Dalrymple, 47th OSS NCO in charge of air traffic
control training, was named the best ATC trainer in AETC, and Staff Sgt.
Benjamin Murphy, 47th OSS ATC watch supervisor, was named the best ATC
of the year in AETC.
Both were lauded by their supervisors who submitted the paperwork for these men to be awarded.
According to his supervisors, Murphy, a former John Levitow Award
recipient from Airman Leadership School, excels in more ways than just
his job duties. He finished his associate's degree from the Community
College of the Air Force recently with a grade point average of 3.9 and
says that he plans to begin his bachelor's degree soon.
Murphy also, along with several other controllers, consistently embodies
the Air Force's second core value by volunteering in the community and
helping the needy.
The command singled Murphy out for his excellence in his job duties.
Over the last year, Murphy coordinated and helped bring a safe
conclusion to three emergencies requiring cooperation with local law
enforcement agencies and aircraft in Laughlin's airspace.
Much like Murphy, Dalrymple has also been recognized by his supervisors and AETC for his excellence.
In his duties as NCOIC of ATC training, he has ushered in the lowest
withdrawal rate from ATC training in AETC. The quality of training that
Laughlin controllers receive allows more student controllers to get to
Air Force standards than any other AETC base, which saves the Air Force
money in additional training and reclassification of airmen.
During Laughlin's most recent Consolidated Unit Inspection, Dalrymple
earned the title of "AETC benchmark" for ATC trainers due to his
tireless efforts and adherence to standards.
His excellence in training also extends beyond ATC duties, however, as
he also created his squadron's self-aid and buddy care medical training
and tracking programs while supervising the training and qualifications
for more than 90 airmen.
Dalrymple and Murphy were both quick to give the credit for these
achievements to their coworkers instead of taking it for themselves.
"The team as a whole is responsible for everything we've been able to
accomplish to this point," said Dalrymple. "The people I work with are
great at their jobs, which makes my job a lot easier."
Chief Master Sgt. Howard Teesdale, chief of ATC, was quicker to give credit where credit was due.
"Both of these men are exactly what you want as a supervisor," said
Teesdale. "They're excellent at their jobs, excellent role models for
our younger men and women and truly embody all of our core values."