22nd CES Airman earns spotlight performer

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  • By Airman 1st Class Colby L. Hardin
  • 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.

Staff Sgt. David VanHorn, 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron contracting officer representative, was selected to be the 22nd Air Refueling Wing spotlight performer for the week of Aug. 12 to 16.

As a contracting officer representative, he is responsible for quality assurance of grounds and refuse contracts in addition to making sure that all of the contractors working on base for waste collection and disposal, installation appearance and snow removal are being paid properly.

VanHorn has been stationed at McConnell AFB for approximately eight months, and in the Air Force for more than 17 years. When he's not working, he enjoys outdoor activities such as fishing and hunting.

"VanHorn has gone above and beyond in ensuring that McConnell Air Force Base is in pristine condition" said 1st Lt. Jacob Bright, 22nd Civil Engineer Squadron operations flight commander. "He was vital to ensuring the roadways and parking lots were re-opened in a timely manner for the base populace to return to work after the fourteen inch snow storm."

VanHorn has re-written the entire grounds maintenance contract to incorporate a new 25 percent reduction in service that will take effect Sept. 1, 2013. His efforts pushed McConnell to the forefront as one of the first AMC base to implement these changes, said Bright.

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If you could give advice to a new Airman, what would it be and why?
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