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Airman’s example raises bar for others

62nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Published: 04:53PM April 25th, 2013

A1C Jacob Jimenez

Staff Sgt. Joshua Minoda, 62nd Maintenance Squadron crew chief, prepares a C-17 Globemaster III flight deck for the installation of aircraft armor, April 12. Minoda was named the Air Mobility Command Crew Chief of the Year for 2012.

An Airman from the 62nd Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was recently named Air Mobility Command’s Crew Chief of the Year.

Staff Sergeant Joshua Minoda, 62nd MXS crew chief, was named the command’s top crew chief in an announcement made by AMC late last month. The announcement means he will now go on to compete for that title at the Air Force level.

Major Patrick Maddox, 62nd MXS commander, said Minoda is deserving of this recognition because he consistently demonstrates outstanding technical proficiency in his work.

“Sergeant Minoda’s excellence was on display regardless of time or location,” Maddox said. “It takes a truly remarkable individual to have success regardless of the situation he or she finds themselves in, but Minoda has epitomized this over the last year.”

While assigned at McChord Field, Minoda has completed more than 177 C-17 Globemaster III home station checks, deployed to New Zealand to generate mission support for the National Science Foundation in operations in Antarctica, and prepped aircraft for a weapons instructor course at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J.

Since enlisting in the Air Force in 2004, Minoda has been selected as the 58th Maintenance Group 2009 Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award winner, selected as a dedicated crew chief and is a recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Technical Sergeant Adam Hargrove, 62nd MXS crew chief and Minoda’s supervisor, said he believes that Minoda being named the AMC Crew Chief of the year is well deserved and that he is confident that Minoda will go on to win at the Air Force level.

“He exemplifies everything an Air Force staff sergeant should be,” Hargrove said. “He has exceeded my expectations by miles and continues to raise the bar for other NCOs.”

Minoda said that it is a great honor to know that the people he works with think he is deserving of such a title. “There is no way I could have done (it) without my team,” Minoda said. “I feel fortunate that I’ve found a job I can come to every day, where I work with great people who make every day a good day, even the bad ones.”