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Maintainer makes his mark as ‘Top Performer’

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  • By Airman 1st Class Anthony Jennings
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
Senior Airman Corey Hoefling, 36th Maintenance Squadron aircraft structural maintenance journeyman, has stood out as a 'Top Performer,' after being recognized by Pacific Air Forces leadership as a go-to person.

He was recognized by PACAF for his participation with the latest operational readiness exercise and the Logistics Compliance Assessment Program. LCAP is a program that provides leadership with an evaluation of a unit's ability to perform key logistics processes in a safe, standardized, repeatable and technically compliant manner.

"LCAP is a big judge in the maintenance career field," said Tech. Sgt. Brian Marseglia, 36th MXS structures shop chief. "To be recognized as an outstanding performer for something of that caliber is an awesome achievement."

Airman Hoefling has also been lauded as Maintainer of the Month at both squadron and group level.

Airman Hoefling's responsibilities consist of program management and corrosion control for all aerospace ground equipment which consists of inspection, sanding, priming, painting and form documentation.

The 22-year-old, New Jersey native volunteers for the Air Force Ball, the 36th MXS Booster Club and the Andersen First Four Council in his spare time. He attributes his dedication to hard work to his upbringing.

"I've always had an intense work ethic," Airman Hoefling said. "Back home, it was just my mom, my sister and I. So throughout high school I was working hard to do my part."

He also comes from a family decorated with a valiant history within the U.S. military.

"My father was in the Navy, my great grandfather fought in the Spanish American War and World War I, my grandfather was in World War II, and my uncle was in Vietnam," he said.

Airman Hoefling was previously stationed at Kadena AFB, Japan. He has hopes of pinning on staff sergeant during his tour here. He recently tested for his next rank and said he feels confident he'll make it.

"It was definitely faster paced there," he said. "But coming here and slowing down has allowed me to focus on my training and getting the experience I need to put on my next stripe."

The sky is the limit for an Airman, especially for those with the determination to accomplish anything they put their mind to.

"I'm pretty sure the Air Force will continue to be my career but you never know when other opportunities may come up," Airman Hoefling said. "If I do, my 23 year mark will decide if I gun for chief [master sergeant] or not."