Cannon airman honored

By Tech. Sgt. Kevin Allen: 506th Air Expeditionary Group Public Affairs

KIRKUK REGIONAL AIR BASE, Iraq — Airman 1st Class Rodney Canary, 506th Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron Combat Support Fuels apprentice, earned recognition as the 506th Air Expeditionary Group’s Diamond Sharp Award winner for the week of June 10 – 16 2007.

Canary, a Wichita, Kan., native, is deployed to Kirkuk from Cannon Air Force Base. He has served in the Air Force for one and a half years and is on his first deployment.

His eagerness to learn all aspects of the fuels mobility support equipment used here resulted in him being trained and certified on the equipment in less than three days. This allowed the base mission to continue without interruption, as he was able to take charge of a 360,000 gallon bladder farm during night time operations. Canary’s attention to detail ensured nine fuel bladders and 14 FMSE items were 100 percent ready to meet mission demands.

Master Sgt. Joseph Widener, 506 ELRS fuels management flight chief, said he was impressed in a very short period of time by the airman’s drive and determination.
“A1C Canary hit the ground running,” said Widener. “His first night at Kirkuk he came on shift and started training on FMSE equipment and service station facilities for receipt operations.
“Since then, he has excelled in every aspect of deployed fuels,” Widener said.

Canary accounted for 438,000 gallons of jet and ground fuel while in charge of the bladder farm. His actions ensured fuel levels for aircraft and support systems, such as air conditioning units, were maintained above the minimum safe levels. His diligence in this area allowed him to provide U.S. Central Command Air Forces with a daily snapshot of the fuels flight’s capabilities, ensuring higher headquarters had the most up to date picture of Kirkuk’s mission readiness.

When he’s not working the fuel farm, Canary provides military honors as a member of the base honor guard and serves as an alternate vice president for the First Four Council here. He also volunteers by sorting donations for Operation School Supplies.
“There’s seldom a volunteer initiative in which he is not involved,” Sergeant Widener said.” Canary definitely lives by the Air Force Core Values, and (displays) the whole person concept on and off duty.”

Canary was humble when asked about what this award meant to him, speaking of the support he received from his co-workers, the importance of the team and completing the mission, but he was very clear about how he views his role here.
“I’m happy to be able to do my part in restoring the peace here in Iraq and making the world a safer place for everyone.”