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Flexibility earns 36th FSS Airman ‘Top Performer’ honors

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  • By Senior Airman Shane Dunaway
  • 36th Wing Public Affairs
In today's Air Force, flexibility and the ability to adapt to change continue to stick out as traits in the sharp Airman's arsenal.

Senior Airman Jeffrey Harrell, 36th Force Support Squadron customer service representative, recently showcased his ability to weather significant changes in a deployed setting and earned recognition as 'Top Performer' from his first sergeant, Master Sgt. Jose Magana.

"Airman Harrell deployed to Daegu, Korea, to support the 353rd Special Operations Group with Personnel Support for Contingency Operations actions," Sergeant Magana said. "The tasker was designated as a two-person job for a master sergeant and senior airman. The master sergeant never showed, so Airman Harrell stepped up and performed the job of both for a little more than a month. In addition, the master sergeant was to bring all the supplies. Since he did not show, Airman Harrell was left to scrounge for supplies."

The work ethic displayed by Airman Harrell was also noticed by leadership in the 353rd SOG.

"My shop worked pretty close with him because of the personnel information we fed to each other," said Capt. NaVondi Hooker, 353rd SOG Chief of Logistics Plans. "From day one, he has done a great job with tracking all the personnel requirements, providing necessary updates to leadership and having a great attitude that's pleasant to work with. Keep him on the right track."

When Airman Harrell isn't providing assistance in personnel matters, he spends time on his ever-increasing list of hobbies.

"Golf is my newest activity, following hanging out with my wife, Erin, and dogs, Riley and Chase," Airman Harrell said. "I also enjoy hiking, diving and mountain biking."

The Belding, Mich., native joined the Air Force in April 2007. After completing basic training at Lackland AFB, Texas, and technical training at Keesler AFB, Miss., he came to Andersen AFB, Guam, for his first duty assignment.

"The Air Force has allowed me to live a life I never expected and given me all types of new experiences, everything from meeting new people to seeing the world," Airman Harrell said. "I really enjoy the ability to travel around the world and see places I never expected to end up such as Guam."