by John Parker
Tinker Public Affairs
4/20/2015 - TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- A
senior master sergeant with the 552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron was
recently named the 12th Air Force's Senior Noncommissioned Officer
Outstanding Professional of the Year.
Senior Master Sgt. William "Troy" Barber, an E-3 AWACS Aircraft
Maintenance Unit assistant superintendent when he was nominated in 2014,
received the award for superior leadership, job performance and
Col. Brian Humphrey, 552nd ACW vice commander, said the "hard work,
professionalism and dedication shown by Senior Master Sgt. Barber is a
reflection of the outstanding support received from his troops and chain
of command. Congratulations on this tremendous award."
Sergeant Barber will now represent the 552nd ACW and the 12th Air Force
(AFSOUTH) in the Air Combat Command level of the service award.
Sergeant Barber is deployed in support of Operation Inherent Resolve as
the Sentry Aircraft Maintenance Unit superintendent. He said it is a
privilege to help lead men and women of the 552nd Maintenance Group in
their support of the operation over Iraq and Syria.
In the award nomination, Sergeant Barber was credited for superb
leadership of 270 Airmen and managing 14 E-3 aircraft that generated
2,000 sorties, including missions that obliterated enemy targets in
Operation Inherent Resolve.
Among other achievements, he was a finalist for the 12th Air Force Gen.
Lew Allen Jr. Trophy, awarded annually for outstanding SNCO
contributions to sortie generation.
"Receiving the award and representing the 552nd ACW at the command level
is an honor," Sergeant Barber said. "A citation or award tells a
story. The story that will be told to Air Combat Command is the
accomplishments at home and in the deployed environment of the Airmen of
the 552nd MXG.
The 552nd Maintenance Group directs logistics support of 28 E-3 Sentry
aircraft valued at $8.4 billion, flying approximately 14,500 hours from
numerous locations worldwide.
"I was fortunate enough to be put in a position to be at the throttles
to lead them through an extraordinary year," he added. "This citation
isn't about me. It's about my team."
The 552nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron provides sortie generation
capability and extensive equipment maintenance support for worldwide