Master Sergeant Sherri Days, from Lansing, Michigan, is a proven leader with a deep sense of commitment and dedication to her job and squadron. She is an outstanding example of the unsung heroes of the Air Force, those performing key aircraft maintenance roles behind the scenes. Master Sgt. Days was handpicked to lead a test repair program for 1,368 C-141B and C-17A aircraft avionics components, which directly contributed to an outstanding 100 percent repair reliability. She fostered a spirit of innovation, resulting in savings of over $1.8 million. Her effectiveness in maintaining heightened mission focus was instrumental to the rapid repair of critical aircraft, contributing to the 62nd Airlift Wing's 93 percent on-time departure rate for Operation Enduring Freedom. Master Sgt. Days' tireless efforts ensured system effectiveness and improved aircrew survivability over Afghanistan. She is a "top-notch NCO, reliable and rock solid in her performance and judgment," says one officer. She "leads and motivates by example," says a member of her squadron. By showing extraordinary commitment and leadership, Master Sgt. Sherri Days is an example to airmen everywhere.
Technical Sergeant Michael Hurley exemplifies "service before self" in his concern, dedication and involvement in his Air Force community. Airmen at Luke AFB wrote with admiration about his contagious enthusiasm and leadership by example. Currently deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Tech. Sgt. Hurley is responsible for fitness and morale programs in the Air Education and Training Command. He has thoroughly dedicated himself to the job, developing new fitness programs, securing increased involvement by airmen and saving the Air Force money through effective management of his facility. Tech. Sgt. Hurley is actively engaged in his community, volunteering to lead youth sports programs, spearheading charity drives, participating in local youth reading programs and fitness programs for senior citizens. He is the "best of the best," says one supervisor. "An outstanding role model," said another airman at Luke. Air Force Times salutes Tech. Sgt. Hurley for his motivation and special contributions to quality of life for airmen and the community.
Master Sergeant Daryl Shines, of Montgomery, Alabama, epitomizes the Air Force values of integrity, service and excellence. As an NCO leader in the 40th Air Expeditionary Wing, Master Sgt. Shines directed B-52 munitions build-up operations in support of missions over Afghanistan. His team was among the first to deploy for Operation Enduring Freedom, assembling over 14,000 bombs used during the first 4 months of the war. He instilled enormous pride and sense of mission in his 90-person team. As an example, outside of his deployment tent city, Master Sgt. Shines helped coordinate a special memorial for the victims of the 9/11 tragedy called "Pentagon Park." This reinforced the sense of solemn purpose and importance of the mission at hand. Master Sgt. Shines is also highly involved in his community, volunteering for youth sports and counseling programs. "He leads by example, deferring the credit that he deserves," said one airman under his command. "Master Sgt. Shines is an outstanding NCO, a superb leader," says one superior officer. "A shining example of a true Air Force professional," says another commander. Master Sgt. Shines is a fine example of the superior quality of personnel serving in the United States Air Force.