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Pope Airman named AMC First Sergeant of the Year

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  • By 2nd Lt. Cammie Quinn
  • 43rd Airlift Wing, Public Affairs
Gen. Raymond E. Johns, Jr., Commander of Air Mobility Command, named Master Sgt. Danny Davis, First Sergeant for the 43rd Logistics Readiness Squadron, AMC's First Sergeant of the year at Scott Air Force Base, Ill during AMC's 2009 outstanding Airmen and First Sergeants of the year ceremony April 9.

"These Airmen have done an incredible job serving our nation, and I'm inspired by their selfless, behind the scenes efforts that support our mission on a daily basis. It takes a great personal commitment on their part, and I couldn't be more proud of them," said General Johns.

Sergeant Davis has a long standing tradition of excellence and leadership. Since arriving at Pope, he volunteered as a diamond-wearing First Sergeant for the 3rd Aerial Port Squadron, the oldest squadron on base. He is now the First Sergeant for the 43rd LRS, the largest squadron on base and the largest logistics readiness squadron in AMC.

"Master Sgt. Davis is an amazing First Sergeant," said Lt. Col. Michael Estira, 43rd LRS, Commander. "He is the most outstanding First Sergeant I've worked with in my 29 years of service. I know he will continue to bring phenomenal things to the Air Force. I'm very proud of him and his accomplishments. I can't think of anyone more deserving."

First Sergeants are a special duty held by the senior enlisted advisor of each squadron and are the chief advisor to the squadron commander concerning the enlisted force. The billet is held by service members with pay grades of E-7 through E-9. It is the responsibility of "first shirts" to establish the morale, welfare and conduct of the enlisted members in their squadron.

Sergeant Davis' impact extends beyond his duties as a First Sergeant. He was actively involved in the revitalization of Pope's Key Spouse program, organized Spouse's Night and supported more than 30 spouses through briefs held at the Airmen and Family Readiness Center.

As project coordinator for Operation Toy Drop and Operation Iraqi Child, Sergeant Davis collected more than 2,200 gifts and built more than 900 school kits for children in need on Pope, Fort Bragg and local orphanages and also helped to support Iraqi families. He was president of the Ali Base Top 3 and First Sergeant's Council as well as vice president of the Pope First Sergeant's Council.

Born in Houston on Dec. 11, 1971 Sergeant Davis has had a long history of leadership and impact.

Following his high school graduation in 1990, he enlisted in the Air Force under the Delayed Enlistment Program and completed Basic Military Training in 1991. Sergeant Davis began technical training as a Fuel System Repair Specialist at Chanute AFB, Ill. With a history at bases across the world, to include Clovis Air Force Base, NM, Royal Air Forces Lakenheath, United Kingdom and Holloman AFB, NM, Sergeant Davis has been recognized multiple times as non-commissioned officer of the Year and for benchmarking the Air Force Services Day Program for the Air Combat Command. He has recently returned from his fourth tour to the Area of Responsibility.

Sergeant Davis is married to Master Sgt. Shelia Davis, 43rd Force Support Squadron and actively participates in the local church, where he serves as a faithful member. He is currently involved in the Massey Classical School test proctoring program, the Bruce Manor Senior Citizen Home, and the 71st High School where he mentors high school students on community involvement, leadership, values and self-discipline. He has completed his second Community College of the Air Force degree and is 18 credits from earning his Bachelors in Human Resource Management.