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Coining Pope's Finest

  • Published
  • By Master Sgt. Neely Harrington
  • 43rd Force Support Squadron
Col. James Johnson, 43rd Airlift Wing Commander, presented his Commander's Coin to Staff Sgt. Chantell Brown, 43rd Force Support Squadron, May 25 for her exceptional performance beyond the call of duty.

Sergeant Brown is a flight instructor for the Chief Master Sgt. Louis Williams Airman Leadership School here. Sergeant Brown is responsible for leading a 10 - 12 person flight through a 24-day, 192-hour academic program of Professional Military Education seven times a year. The program prepares Airmen to become supervisors and noncommissioned officers. Sergeant Brown also fulfills the duties of test control officer, conducting inter and intra-flight test data analysis. She is the safety representative for the schoolhouse and is responsible for conducting weekly safety briefings and maintaining job safety records for five assigned faculty members. She also serves as the Automated Data Processing Equipment custodian, maintaining accountability and serviceability for the school's electronic processing equipment.

Since Feb. 25, Sergeant Brown instructed two separate ALS classes. Her efforts ensured 26 students successfully graduated the course. Sergeant Brown applied her meticulous attention to detail through more than 310 hours of instruction evaluating and grading more than 230 student communication performance assignments. While instructing her flights, she provided one-on-one counseling addressing both academic and personal situations. Her mentorship ensured zero academic failures from the course.

Sergeant Brown oversaw a six-person student graduation presentation team. She coordinated supplies with the base honor guard and conducted numerous practice sessions for a Prisoner of War and Missing in Action presentation during a recent ALS graduation.

In addition to her classroom performance, Sergeant Brown executed several additional duties. As the test control officer for the ALS, Sergeant Brown maintained more than 220 test booklets and related material. Her efforts resulted in a personal commendation of "outstanding" by the inspecting authority during the ALS Product Management Review March 12.

Sergeant Brown is very active in her local community. She was selected as the official coordinator for her church's Ladies Ministry Activities group, overseeing faith-based activities for 40 members. She also assisted in her church's Haiti relief clothing drive. Thanks to her efforts, the drive collected 30,000 pounds of clothing, exceeding the original 20,000 pound goal.