LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Senior Airman Cameron Tippins, 47th Communications Squadron cyber systems operations journeyman, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of Feb. 19, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Michelle Pryor, 47th Flying Training Wing vice commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
Tippins led a project that provided a “Laughlin Help” icon on all updated computers on base, putting contact information of 38 different helping agencies a click away.
“It makes it easier for people to get that important information,” Tippins said. “The [update] puts the icon right there on everyone’s desktop.”
Tippins also restored the base’s share drives after getting to the bottom of the issue that caused them to crash, salvaging more than 30TB of data.
“It was a huge relief getting the drives restored and getting everyone access again” he said. “We realize how much everyone on base depends on the share drive, so bringing it back up was my shop's main priority.”
He also rolled out the Windows 10 update, aimed at beefing up Laughlin’s cyber security and potentially eliminating up to 1.8 million risks per year.
Many who know Tippins could attest he is a man of few words, however he was sure to give thanks to the team that he said makes it all possible.
“I'm very thankful for the team that we have here, because everyone is super eager to help each other,” Tippins said. “I'd like to think of the unit as a family, and much like a family, everyone wants to see you succeed.”
Tippins’ work affects virtually everybody at Laughlin, and his successes brought sighs of relief for many. For his work with the share drive, computer updates and cyber security as a whole, Senior Airman Cameron Tippins was awarded the “XLer of the week” award.