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Combat Airlifter of the Week: Tech. Sgt. Derrick Cross

  • Published
  • By Airman 1st Class Maria Umanzor Guzman
  • 19th Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Name and Rank: Cross, Derrick, Tech. Sgt.

Unit: 19th Maintenance Squadron

Official Duty title: ASM production supervisor

Hometown: North Vernon, IN

Time in service: 15 years, 4 months

Time at Little Rock: 4 years, 2 months

Goals: Finish Bachelors in Human Resources Degree

Hobbies: Fishing and being a dad

19th Airlift Wing priority portrayed and why?

He nailed the ASM shift supervisor position by guiding 22 Airmen through 254 maintenance actions. Through his mentorship, his team received 4 Flight Knucklebuster awards and 1 Airman of the Quarter win. Additionally, he orchestrated the first-ever nose landing gear forward door hinge bracket Val/Ver repair, receiving an LOA from the C-130 Chief Engineer. He synced 6 shops through the 3-week process which solved 3 structural fatigue failures, posturing a new TO process. Finally, he led Squadron CBRN training events ensuring readiness for 113 Airmen in preparation for Little Rock’s first AFFORGEN deployment.