by Airman 1st Class Keith A. James
18th Wing Public Affairs
3/13/2013 - KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- An
18th Civil Engineer Squadron NCO was recently recognized by Pacific Air
Forces for his superb efforts in serving the community.
Tech. Sgt. Erick Lizarraga, 18th CES structural craftsman, received the
2012 Federal Asian-Pacific American Council Military Meritorious Service
The FAPAC award honors military members who have fostered an innovative
and harmonic environment between the military, Asian-Pacific American
civilian community and the Department of Defense mission , or whose
attributes best epitomized the qualities and core values of their
respective military service or DOD component.
"He's a very motivated noncommissioned officer; a natural born leader
and an over achiever," said Master Sgt. Billy Cox, 18th CES vertical
shop NCO in charge.
Lizarraga said he was honored to win the award and it spoke volumes to
not only be nominated but to win. It allowed him the opportunity to
represent his senior brothers and sisters and show what they're all
about, he said.
In 2012, Lizarraga managed more than 45 military and local national
employees in the construction and maintenance of 4,800 facilities worth
$7.9 billion. He and his team completed more than 450 base civil
engineer work requests totaling $521,000, which supported the wing's
$225 million support and flying mission.
Ensuring Airmen and their families were safe, he and his team also
assessed the damage and safety of base real estate and identified
approximately 197 facilities needing repair after the typhoon Jelawat
Serving as a scoutmaster for the Boy and Girls Club of America,
Lizzarraga trained 18 scouts and coordinated several community events
where under his mentorship and guidance, his youth earned 16 field
"I gained a whole new view on responsibility," Lizarraga said. "People
in the community were relying on me and not being there wasn't an
option. To see the look on those kid's faces who were looking up to me
and the value that was instilled in them -- it was well worth it."
Cox said since Lizarraga arrived at the shop, he has improved processes
and made things run a lot smoother. He is well on his way to a becoming a
chief master sergeant in the Air Force, he said.