12 Outstanding Airman of the Year 2012
Senior Master Sergeant Emilio Hernandez

Stationed at: RAF Mildenhall, UK

Here are some of SMSgt Hernandez's Accomplishments for the Year:

1. Deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan from May 2011 to Jan 2012. Awarded Bronze Star Medal.
  • - Led 52 engineers and completed 53 minor construction projects in support of 163 Forward Operating Bases.
  • - Provided engineering support to Two Regional Commands to include Joint and International Security Assistance Forces Personnel.
  • - Led construction of four Tactical Operations Centers, boosting Command and Control operations for Marine expeditionary forces and the transfer of security responsibility from Canadian to US/Afghan forces.

2. As superintendent 100 Civil Engineer Operations Flight, he headed preparations of $5.2 Million in facilities in support beddown operations for 150 personnel and eight aircraft for Operation ODYSSEY DAWN.

3. Managed a $2 Billion infrastructure by executing 10.5K in direct schedule work directly supporting missions for 4 MAJCOMs.

4. Completed Master's in Public Administration, Professional Manager Certification, and SNCO Joint PME.

5. Volunteered at home and deployed!
  • - Rallied 50+ volunteers and restored UK WWII heritage museum facility and grounds; preserved important 100 Bomb Group relic.
  • - Recruited 5 SME volunteers to conduct off-duty training; trained Afghan engineers on CE equipment maintenance.