Laughlin XLer: Senior Airman Justin Merritt

Senior Airman Justin Merritt, 47th Contracting Flight contract specialist (center), accepts the “XLer of the Week” award from Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander (left), and Chief Master Sgt. George Richey, 47th FTW command chief (right), on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, May 1, 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/Technical Sgt. Mike Meares)

Senior Airman Justin Merritt, 47th Contracting Flight contract specialist (center), accepts the “XLer of the Week” award from Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander (left), and Chief Master Sgt. George Richey, 47th FTW command chief (right), on Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas, May 1, 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/Technical Sgt. Mike Meares)

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Unit and job title: 47th Contracting Flight contract specialist

Why he XLed: Senior Airman Justin Merritt led Laughlin’s T-6 sunshade project contract, developing an acquisition strategy that was $900,000 under the initial estimate. He headed a $200,000 chapel kitchen upgrade, renewing and expanding the 35-year-old annex by 33 percent, boosting fellowship of more than 400 people monthly. Merritt also led a $164,000 water main repair, predicting a failure and wrote an emergency plan, adverting a water outage that would have affected 5,000 personnel. Merritt managed $900,000 in paving projects, identifying and saving $42,000 in duplicate mobility costs, ultimately repairing 17,000 square feet of Laughlin’s streets and taxiways. Lastly, Merritt guided $2.7 million in roof repair projects, coordinating five site visits, with five different base organizations and six vendors, garnering the repair of 35 facilities.