Huntington man earns Air Force honor for top maintenance work


Staff Sgt. Phillip Thompson (second from left), 325th Maintenance Squadron precision guided munitions crew chief, accepts the Lt. Gen Leo Marquez Award from Col. Curtis Hafer, 325th Maintenance Group commander. Photo provided.

Staff Sgt. Phillip Thompson, of Huntington, has been honored for his work as 325th Maintenance Squadron precision guided munitions crew chief.

Thompson received the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award during the 2012 Maintenance and Staff Professionals of the Year banquet March 15 at Tyndall Air Force Base, near Panama City, FL.

Thompson is a graduate of Huntington North High School and Purdue University. He is the son of Gary and Mary Thompson.

The award recognizes individuals who have enhanced maintenance readiness, improved efficiency and reduced waste by encouraging excellence in all maintenance areas and is presented to the top munitions and aircraft maintenance technicians, super- visors and managers.

"It feels great to be recognized for the work you do on a daily basis," Thompson says.

Thompson has served in the United States Air Force for nine years and has worked in the maintenance field throughout his enlistment.

"My favorite part of the job is the challenges of the daily work," he says. "We do not have a daily routine. One day you will be working on one missile system; the next day you will be working on something completely different."

The banquet is held annually to recognize the achievements of the maintenance group and to honor maintenance professionals.

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Staff Sgt. Phillip Thompson (second from left), 325th Maintenance Squadron precision guided munitions crew chief, accepts the Lt. Gen Leo Marquez Award from Col. Curtis Hafer, 325th Maintenance Group commander. With them are (from left) Chief Master Sgt. James Binnicker, retired ninth chief master sergeant of the Air Force, and Chief Master Sgt. Terry Gabbert, 325th MXG superintendent.