By Senior Airman Harry Brexel
19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs
Each year the Lt. Gen. Leo Marquez Award is given to an outstanding Air Force maintenance individual who demonstrates exceptional job performance, efficiency, knowledge and Airmanship.
The award is highly sought after in the maintenance community. From executing day-to-day operations, to exceeding standards in the workplace and off-duty, the Marquez Award portrays exceptional dedication to the mission and the Air Force.
Tech. Sgt. Eric Sims, a 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hydraulic systems craftsman, received the 2014 Marquez Award. Sims rose above the ranks by performing above and beyond his duties.
Sims proved himself to be an excellent aircraft hydraulic systems specialist by solving issues with landing gears, brakes, flight controls, cargo door systems and more. He created innovative ideas which averted potential aircraft damage and ensured the safety of C-130 aircrews.
Along with excellent job performance, Sims coached a local community’s youth soccer team and helped Airmen improve fitness scores through becoming a certified cross-fit instructor and physical training leader.
Sims attributes his successes to his peers and mentors.
“I couldn’t have done it without the guidance and support of Master Sgt. George Terrell [the 314th Maintenance Group plans and programs noncommissioned officer in charge], and the teamwork of the hydraulic shop, especially Staff Sgt. Tyler Mitsuyasu [a 314th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron hydraulic systems craftsman],” said Sims.
Sims has worked 13 years to master his craft. Now that he has been recognized as best of the best, he plans to pass on his skills to younger Airmen.
“I’m excited about the award,” Sims said. “I look forward to teaching the less experienced Airmen everything I know.”