22nd Operations Group Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Senior Airman Trevor Rhynes
  • 22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs

As a spotlight performer, individuals are chosen by leadership for demonstrating the Air Force's Core Values: Integrity First, Service Before Self, and Excellence in All We Do.

Tech. Sgt. Christopher Spinelli, 64th Air Refueling Squadron unit deployment manager and dedicated crew chief, was selected as the spotlight performer for the week of June 9 through 13.

Spinelli, a Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native, joined the Air Force in June 2001 and has been a member of Team McConnell since August 2010. As a member of the 64th ARS, he is part of a globally separated unit at Pease Air National Guard Base, New Hampshire.  

As a UDM, he is responsible for advising the squadron commander and director of operations on combat effectiveness, training, qualifications, as well as a variety of other readiness issues.

"He has devoted many extra hours supporting functions and activities across the base. He also finds the time to volunteer for both the unit, and at local schools, supporting their sports programs," said Master Sgt. Philip Holland, Spinelli's supervisor. "During Unit functions, (Tech. Sgt.) Spinelli can be found at the forefront of nearly every activity, either running them, or infecting his co-workers with his enthusiasm.  Spinelli is one of the stand-out leaders of this unit, and he exemplifies each of the core values every day."


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