LAUGHLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --
Alejandro Gomez, 47th Flying Training Wing Staff Agencies community service coordinator, was chosen by wing leadership to be the “XLer” of the week, for the week of March 12, 2018, at Laughlin Air Force Base, Texas.
The “XLer” award, presented by Col. Charlie Velino, 47th Flying Training Wing commander, is given to those who consistently make outstanding contributions to their unit and the Laughlin mission.
Gomez conducted the wing’s annual readiness assessment, necessary for keeping leadership in the loop, after two full days of interviewing personnel throughout the entire wing.
“[During the annual assessment] we look at our ability to execute our mission essential taskings,” said Gomez. “We look at assets, infrastructure and capability through each unit’s optic, and this allows us to guarantee a certain level of survivability and resilience throughout the base.”
He also prepared and briefed two monthly unit readiness assessments to the wing commander with six different units.
“The monthly briefs function as real-time reporting,” he said. “Think of it as ‘keeping a finger on the pulse of a unit.’ It allows not only the commander but our Department of Defense partners as well as national agencies to have a sort of shopping cart of our capabilities, should they need to call on us for assistance.”
As 1 of 12 units Air-Force-wide with readiness teams selected to help brief the Secretary of the Air Force, Gomez worked directly with Air Education and Training Command to coordinate and streamline messages that would be sent up the chain of command to the SecAF.
“As far as our end, there’s a lot of gratification in maintaining our level of accuracy,” he said. “So when we got the call that we were going up to brief, we were ready, and it was seamless.”
In the end, Gomez said he is grateful to have a team like the 47th Wing Staff Agencies behind him that he relies on daily.
“I’d just like to voice my appreciation for my team members at wing plans and programs,” said Gomez. “They helped me get up to speed, and meet the wing’s requirements. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them”