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Coining Pope’s Finest

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Each week Col. James Johnson, 43rd Airlift Wing Commander, highlights outstanding Airmen

Col. James Johnson, 43rd Airlift Wing Commander, presented a Commander's Coin Oct 6 to Mr. Tim Bosch, 43rd Civil Engineer Squadron, and Airman 1st Class Ana Soza-Mejia, 43rd Medical Support Squadron, for their participation during the Major Accident Response Exercise in August. 

Chief Bosch is currently the base fire chief and served as the incident commander during MARE. The event was an exercise response to a radiological device that exploded at the base chapel. The explosion had eight victims and was a diversion to a hostage situation at the passenger terminal. 

Chief Bosch's coordination with the initial emergency responders and his recommendation to activate the Emergency Operations Center was critical to the first stages of the response. He collected all emergency response information, established an incident action plan and set the tone for a text book response and successful implementation of critical response procedures. His decisive command and on-target initial assessment was instrumental in bringing together the forces needed to mitigate the incident. 

Chief Bosch has been at Pope since August 2005. His son, Zachary, recently graduated Air Traffic Control School at Keesler AFB, Biloxi, Miss.
Airman Soza-Mejia is assigned to the Outpatient Medical Records section and is responsible for the maintenance and safeguarding of more than 9,000 health records. Her duties include checking in patients at the main clinic's front desk. 

Airman Soza-Mejia's exemplary job performance was highlighted during MARE. She reacted perfectly when confronted by contaminated patients who entered the clinic. She ensured proper patient safety was maintained and that the infected patients received the appropriate care needed. 

Airman Soza-Mejia's customer service skills were impeccable while assisting the patients and evaluators. Her actions were pivotal to the successful execution of the scenario. 

Off duty, Airman Soza-Mejia enjoys volunteering at her church and reading. Upon completion of her upgrade training, she plans to return to school to complete her Bachelor of Science degree in education. 

She and her husband, Airman 1st Class Thierry Etienne, 43rd Civil Engineer Squadron, have been stationed together at Pope since May.