Aviation Support Division Fort Worth Earns First Reserve Aviation Blue “E” Award

By Lt. Cmdr. Jose Lopez, Commander, Naval Air Forces Reserve

ASD Fort Worth Sailors form an “E”.

 

Sailors and Marines of Aviation Support Division (ASD) Fort Worth were awarded the inaugural Reserve Aviation “Blue E” award by Rear Adm. Scott Jones, commander, Naval Air Force Reserve (CNAFR), at an informal ceremony at ASD Fort Worth in February.

CNAFR Deputy Chief of Staff for Aviation Logistics, Capt. Rodney Tugade, also attended the ceremony to commemorate the landmark achievement by the team, and to personally thank everyone for the outstanding level of consistency that ASD Fort Worth maintained throughout the year.

The award, instituted in January of 2018, is commissioned to recognize the top performing Reserve ASD — providing outstanding logistics support to the Reserve aviation program — enabling the fleet to meet all mission requirements. The active community has maintained the long-standing tradition of granting the award to qualifying ASDs for several decades, but not until now has the Reserve aviation logistics community followed suit.

“Being awarded the Blue “E” is particularly meaningful to me because one of the greatest things in being a chief petty officer is seeing your Sailors succeed,” said Senior Chief Logistics Specialist Galvester Brantley, ASD Fort Worth’s senior enlisted leader. “We challenged them to be the best every day, and they pursued it by putting in the long days and demanding schedule of aviation customer service and challenging projects. This is their Super Bowl win at the end of a great season.”

From left to right: LSC (AW/IW) James Bowe, LSCS (SW) Galvester Brantley, LS3 Sergio E. Ortiz, LSC (AW) Sandra Singleton.

 

Unlike its active duty counterpart, the Reserve award is not given to every ASD that meets the award qualifications. It is only awarded to the Reserve ASD with the highest overall score, which includes previous supply management inspection scores and various monthly metrics.

“With a total of four Reserve ASDs, it makes sense to have only one yearly winner,” said Tugade. “The Blue “E” award promotes a healthy and friendly competitive environment in which all participants work to achieve an advantage through consistent hard work, dedication, customer service, and mastery of their craft.”

ASD Fort Worth supports two Marine squadrons and 44 aircraft. CNAFR supports 38 Navy and Marine Corps squadrons and permanent detachments, three wings, four ASDs and a total of 332 aircraft.

–photos by AT1 Kevin Dabney

Summer 2019