by Tech. Sgt.Joshua C. Allmaras
124th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
4/21/2015 - GOWEN FIELD, Idaho -- An
armament systems specialist with the 124th Aircraft Maintenance
Squadron Weapons Load Shop here was presented with a Ground Safety Well
Done Award April 12 for researching and developing a storage system for
the squadron's Triple Ejection Racks.
Master Sgt. Marshall J. Daniell's TERs storage system improved safety,
reduced work hours and decreased the required storage footprint for the
"It was a great honor for me to be here to present an Air Force level
award to one of the 124th Fighter Wing Airmen," said Col. Edward
Vaughan, director of safety for the Air National Guard. "Air National
Guard Airmen, on a daily basis, are innovating to get the mission done
and to make the mission move forward. Sergeant Daniell is just the tip
of the iceberg for this."
The TERs system saved the wing 423 lost work hours resulting in $113,000
in savings, a decrease in injuries and reduced the storage floor space
from 160 to 39 square feet.
Receiving an award can be a humbling experience.
"This was a national safety award, which was kind of surprising," said
Daniell. "It's embarrassing to get an award for something that a lot of
other people were involved with. It was a real honor to be recognized."
"Sergeant Daniell not only solved the problem with an occupational,
health and safety hazard, but he went one step further to actually
reduce the footprint and floor space requirement at the same time," said
"Leading innovation out in front of everybody is one of the core
competencies of the Air National Guard," said Vaughn. "We've got people
out there that bring an amazing amount of talent, experience, education
and skills to the joint fight that you absolutely need to be successful
in today's national security environment."
Recognizing Airmen is one of the things the Air National Guard strives
to do and Sergeant Daniell's award and innovation is one example.
Daniell understands how important every Airman's ideas are.
"Don't minimize your own ideas or efforts because it might impact a lot more people than you think," said Daniell.