SNCO earns AMC recognition
By Staff Sgt. Ruth Curfman , 374th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 13, 2007
YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan -- A senior noncommissioned officer with the 730th Air Mobility Squadron was recognized as Air Mobility Command's Command and Control SNCO of the year.
"Master Sgt. Jacinda Rivers was nominated for this award for her outstanding contributions in her professional capacity as superintendent," said Maj. Michael Manney, 730 AMS assistant director of operations. "As AMC center superintendent, her C2 management was vital to the success we reaped during the headquarters' review."
"I feel absolutely blessed to receive this recognition," said Sergeant Rivers. "God's favor is an awesome thing that I can only express with a smile."
According to the citation, Sergeant Rivers' job knowledge was pivotal during three group staff assistance visits where her expertise directly contributed to two excellent and one outstanding rating from the AMC Inspector General.
Additionally, Sergeant Rivers also led a $100,000 flightline camera installation which increased ramp security and helped save the Air Force $400,000 off of the initial estimate for the program.
"The 715th Air Mobility Operations Group took much of what was done with the install and benchmarked it as the group flightline camera system," said Major Manney.
"Although Sergeant Rivers' job knowledge is impeccable, she is just as professional in her off-duty life," the major said. "In addition to all of the work she has done for her squadron, she garnered a 3.8 grade point average and will graduate from Belleville University with Cum Laude honors in June."
The sergeant was also recognized by her supervisor as well.
"Sergeant Rivers is the best NCO I have had the pleasure of working with in my 17 years in the Air Force, bar none," said Major Manney. "She is without a doubt absolutely deserving of this year's award."
Although this award recognizes just one person, Sergeant Rivers does not see it that way.
"This might be an individual award," she said, "but it took the entire AMCC to make this happen and when one member of the team is recognized, we all win."