by Steve Hoffmann
81st Training Wing Public Affairs
1/12/2011 - KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. -- The 81st Contracting Squadron received three command-level awards for fiscal year 2010.
The squadron received one unit award from Air Education and Training Command for outstanding contracting squadron of the year and two individual awards.
The two individual award winners are:
Mr. George Budz, AETC outstanding contracting civilian of the year.
Master Sgt. Donald Crawford, Air Mobility Command contracting senior noncommissioned officer of the year.
The 81st CONS has done a lot with a little, efficiently performing behind the scenes duties that allows Keesler to operate, according to Lt. Col. Jonathan Wright, commander.
During 2010, the 81st CONS performed more than a thousand contract actions totaling approximately $92 million.
One key innovation was the creation and implementation of software that has slashed the processing time for medical requirements by 98 percent. This software is now used throughout the Air Force.
The 81st CONS oversight led Keesler's food service contracting team to win the 2010 John L. Hennessy Award for multiple facility food service. More than $5 million was infused into the local economy as a result of contracts that were awarded to area businesses in 2010.
Mr. Budz is both director of business operations for 81st CONS as well as the administrative contracting officer, in which he administered $225 million in base operating support. He was instrumental in engineering the correction of the base water supply when failures were discovered in the system.
His leadership was key in spearheading a number of base construction and renovation projects. These included 50 facility projects valued at $6 million, airfield renovations, fitness center renovations and the construction of new classrooms. His oversight has also led to significant cost savings in the construction of the new hospital addition.
Mr. Budz rebuilt the small business program after it had been vacant for almost a year. He also authored a 40-session copper cap training and rotation program.
Sergeant Crawford, a Keesler newcomer, comes to 81st CONS from the 62nd CONS at McChord Air Force Base, Wash., where he served as squadron superintendant.
Sergeant Crawford was named an "outstanding performer" as noncommissioned officer in charge during the base's Operational Readiness Inspection. His squadron received an excellent rating.
During McChord's migration to a joint base, Sergeant Crawford was instrumental in leading this transfer by facilitating 594 contract actions totaling $47 million. After the transfer, Sergeant Crawford coordinated with Air Mobility Command and Air Force Personnel Center to assist all Airmen in his squadron with obtaining first choice assignments after deactivation.
Sergeant Crawford also coached two Airmen who had fallen below Air Force standards in physical training and enabled them to receive an excellent rating. In fact, his squadron earned an average score of 93 percent after he revised its physical training program. In addition, after revamping his squadron's recognition program, it was successful in garnering three wing level awards.
Sergeant Crawford led his squadron's deactivation dining out and was the NCO in charge of a multi-organization wing retreat ceremony. He also served as a "rising four" mentor through the first sergeants council.
Sergeant Crawford also led volunteer operations which provided 97 holiday baskets to deployed Airmen's families and served close to 3,000 meals at a local homeless shelter.