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European Air Commando wins Lew Allen award

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  • By Airman 1st Class Tenley Long
  • 352nd Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

Senior Master Sgt. Randolph Crosslin, 352nd Special Operations Aircraft Maintenance Squadron aircraft maintenance unit superintendent, is the U.S. Air Force's 2016 Gen. Lew Allen Jr. Trophy, Senior NCO Category winner.

Named after the 10th Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the award is presented annually to an officer and to an NCO working in aircraft, munitions or missile maintenance and directly involved in aircraft sortie generation.

“I was thrown off guard when I found out I’d won,” Crosslin exclaimed. “I’ve never been recognized at this level before, and I didn’t think I would be selected! I am very humbled by the board's decision to select me.”

Lt. Col. Seanna Less, 352nd SOAMXS commander, nominated Crosslin for his hard work and great character. Crosslin guides approximately 220 military and civilian employees, performing maintenance on numerous MC-130J Commando IIs.

“Sergeant Crosslin was submitted for this award because of many accomplishments over the past year resulting from his leadership and sortie production,” Less said. “This is a great accomplishment and one he should be extremely proud of. Randy is a well-respected leader who ensures the job is done correctly and produces quality work, as well as a servant leader who makes sure his Airmen's needs are taken care.”

Although the unit superintendent is named on the award, he says the credit is due to the hard work and dedication of those he leads.

“My advice to my fellow wingmen is to continually strive to do your best for your Airmen,” Crosslin said. “Winning the award was possible because the package was full of the hard work and accomplishments performed by the men and women of the 352nd SOAMXS. I’m just lucky enough to be a leader to these great Airmen.”