Selfridge Airman Named CP Airman of the Year

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  • By TSgt. Dan Heaton
  • 127th Wing Public Affairs
A 127th Wing Airman has been named the 2010 Air National Guard Command Post Airman of the Year.

Senior Airman Daniel Lecureaux earned the honor, which was announced at a national training meeting for command post operators.

"This is where all the action is," Lecureaux said, after a recent shift in the command post. Command Post personnel track all aircraft and related activity on the base. It is the central hub for information for the wing, providing command and control capabilities to the wing commander and other senior leaders. "A lot falls on our shoulders to provide information to the commander and from the commander to the rest of the wing," Lecureaux said.

The Airman enlisted in the Michigan Air National Guard in 2007 and has been assigned to the command post since then. He served as a traditional member of the wing for about two years and has been a full-time member of the command post team since 2009.

Lecureaux said he enjoys being part of a team that plays a direct role in providing for the nation's security.

"You can really feel the pressure in the moment in here," Lecureaux said. "You have to rely on your chain of command, on the experience of the senior NCOs to direct you."

Senior Master Sgt. Christine Koch, command post noncommissioned officer in charge, said successful command post personnel need to be able to multi-task and to stay calm under pressure.

"People who spin out of control would not do well," she said.

"Airmen like SrA Lecureaux who are not afraid of the responsibility of calling the general at two in the morning, if that is what is needed, are the people who do well," she said. "He is able to stay calm and that is what makes him successful."

Koch said it takes about a year for a traditional, drilling Guard member to earn their initial qualifications to operate independently in the command post. Full-time personnel have a maximum of 120 days to earn their qualifications.

Lecureaux was a baker with a culinary arts degree when he enlisted in the Air National Guard. The married father of two said that he "got baking out of his system" after working in a high-end bakery for a couple of years.

The award for Lecureaux continues a pattern over the last several years for the wing command post. The command post was named ANG command post of the year in 2005. In 2007, Master Sgt. Jeffrey Wesley was named the ANG command post NCO of the year.