Laughlin XLer: Staff Sgt. Cody Sparks

Staff Sgt. Cody Sparks, 47th Communications Squadron knowledge management center NCO in charge (center), accepts the “XLer of the Week” award from Col. Michelle Pryor (left), 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. George Richey, 47th FTW command chief (front right), on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 19, 2016. The XLer is a weekly award chosen by wing leadership and is presented to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and Laughlin. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

Staff Sgt. Cody Sparks, 47th Communications Squadron knowledge management center NCO in charge (center), accepts the “XLer of the Week” award from Col. Michelle Pryor (left), 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, and Chief Master Sgt. George Richey, 47th FTW command chief (front right), on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, Dec. 19, 2016. The XLer is a weekly award chosen by wing leadership and is presented to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and Laughlin. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Benjamin N. Valmoja)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Unit and job title: 47th Communications Squadron NCO in charge of knowledge management center

Why he XLed:

Sparks revitalized the knowledge management training plan by completing 46 percent of tasks six months ahead of schedule. He launched the wing’s first SharePoint emergency management common operating procedures site and centralized reporting data for Laughlin’s Scarlet Hawk 16-06 exercise, sustaining the Commander’s Action Team, Emergency Operations Center, 17 Unit Control Centers’ Command and Control. Sparks also pioneered the 47th Operations Group shared area network, sanitizing 1,400 security permissions and restricted Privacy Act and Personal Identifiable Information access while securing 783 gigabytes of data. He trained outside of his Air Force Specialty Code and was handpicked to fill a Project Management position and Wing was awarded $750,000 for Motorola Console replacements. Finally, Sparks rallied seven members to build the 47th CS holiday card and was awarded wing’s overall best design.