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AETC nominates West for DoD Distinguished Civilian Service Award


One of Sheppard’s finest is the 2017 Air Education and Training Command nominee for the highest award given by the Secretary or Deputy Secretary of Defense to civilian career employees.

David “Eric” West is from the 361st Training Squadron, was the AETC nominee for the 62nd Annual Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award, which is given to employees who demonstrate exceptional devotion to duty and extremely significant contributions of broad scope to the efficiency, economy, or other improvements in the operation of DoD.

West managed all training aspects for six major Aerospace Propulsion courses, 1,300 students and 50 instructors resupplying 10 Major Commands. He drove flight-wide equipment account inspections and the subsequent turn-in of 64 excess and 66 found on-base assets. He trimmed two equipment accounts by 92 percent, recouping the Air Force two-million dollars. Additionally, West led the Propulsion Flight's replacement of 150 electronic-tool laptops valued at 345,000 dollars, ensuring paperless technical data compliance, and saving 2,000 man-hours per year. 

“It's easy to be dedicated to service when you work with great people, have supportive leadership, and you all face a critical mission together,” said West. “Everything I have accomplished in my career has depended on strong professional relationships with my teammates and coworkers. I believe this award is a reflection of the teamwork and camaraderie I've experienced here in the 361st Training Squadron and at Sheppard over the years.”

“I love working in the 361st Training Squadron,” West continued. “My team and I have a lot of irons in the fire, but there is no way for me to know what lies ahead in my career. I'll just continue doing my part and take on new challenges as they present themselves.”

West will go on to compete at the Air Force level.