XLer of the Week: Airman 1st Class Kalle Cox

LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Airman 1st Class Kalle Cox, 47th Communication Squadron knowledge manager, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer,” for the week of Sept. 11, 2017.

The “XLer,” a wing-level award program sponsored by Col. Charles Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, and presented by Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th FTW vice commander, is awarded to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and Laughlin’s mission.

As one of the most junior members of her shop, Cox was put in charge of two wing-level programs, responsible for three separate SharePoint projects, 24 different products and more than 60 customers.

“Being an A1C and told that you are going to manage two different wing programs by yourself, you start feeling the pressure,” Cox said. “It took a lot of mistakes for me to learn what works and what doesn't. It boiled down to there is a job that needs to be done and you need to remain focused and flexible.”

Cox also sifted through more than 500 wing intra-websites, nearly 25 GB of data, cleaning outdated information and allowing her unit to move forward with an important SharePoint upgrade.

“SharePoint only has a limited amount of space available and every now and again a little housekeeping is needed to make some room,” said Cox. “Scrubbing through all those sites opens availability for updated and relevant content. SharePoint is one of our greatest resource for centralized information and its knowledge management's goal to keep it that way.”

In addition to work, Cox crushed 12 credit hours while maintaining a 4.0 GPA, earning a total of 55 out of 64 credit hours needed for her Community College of the Air Force degree.

“When a semester starts it typically means i have to go into hiding,” said Cox, laughing. “Maintaining a decent GPA requires long hours which, in turn, means sacrificing my weekends. Although it was unfortunate, it was well rewarding.”

While Cox kept a stellar pace, she was sure to give credit to her mentors for instilling confidence and drive in her.

“My mentors saw potential in me and instead of just telling me, they gave me that extra push which ultimately made me smarter and resourceful,” said Cox.

For taking on more than is expected during times of short manning, all while investing time into her education, Cox was awarded this week’s “XLer.”