Laughlin XLer: Israel Levrie

Israel Levrie, 47th Maintenance Directorate aircraft mechanic (center), accepts the “XLer of the Week” award from Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander (left), and Chief Master Sgt. Eric Hall, 47th Medical Group superintendent (right), on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2017. 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)

Israel Levrie, 47th Maintenance Directorate aircraft mechanic (center), accepts the “XLer of the Week” award from Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander (left), and Chief Master Sgt. Eric Hall, 47th Medical Group superintendent (right), on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, April 20, 2017. 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 Maintenance Directorate aircraft mechanic

Why he XLed: Israel Levrie identified a crack on the compressor cone in one of Laughlin’s aircraft’s engines; he reported the crack and it was verified by an in-depth inspection. After identifying the first crack, Levrie educated his fellow maintainers on the location of the malfunction, allowing two additional cracks to be identified, eliminating three separate catastrophic engine failures in Laughlin’s T-1A Jayhawks. Levrie led a parts order to deploy an engine repair team, fixing the three $90,000 engine compressor cones in eight hours. Levrie’s field team reported that the particular malfunction had never been seen before with 53 years of combined overhaul experience, but ultimately getting the three $1.2 million T-1 engines fully mission-capable. Levrie increased overall program awareness; his assertiveness led to a root cause investigation, impacting 178 T-1’s in Air Education and Training Command.