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Dedicated Crew Chief Ceremony 2021

Airmen stand at attention during arrival of official party in hanger.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing stand at attention for the arrival of the official party during a Dedicated Crew Chief (DCC) Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. The DCC Ceremony reminds crew chiefs of their importance to the mission and the trust the pilots and their leadership place in them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

Airmen in a hanger attending a ceremony with fighter jet in the background.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 35th Fighter Wing attend a Dedicated Crew Chief (DCC) Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. DCC are at the forefront of the U.S. Air Force maintenance enterprise, being given direct responsibility for maintaining, inspecting and repairing aircraft. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

Military members sitting in a row of chairs at a ceremony in a hanger.

U.S. Air Force Airmen from the 14th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron wait to be officially recognized as dedicated crew chiefs (DCC) at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. DCC are aircraft technicians who are chosen through their work performance, initiative, professionalism, and job knowledge as they work on the flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

Airmen and families listening to an invocation during a ceremony in a hanger.

U.S. Air Force Airmen and families from the 35th Fighter Wing listen to the invocation given at the Dedicated Crew Chief Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. Since 1987, crew chiefs under the 14th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron have directly supported the 35th Fighter Wing mission by ensuring aircraft is mission-ready. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

Military member address a hangar full of people during a ceremony.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Warren Smith, 35th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron commander, addresses personnel attending the Dedicated Crew Chief (DCC) Ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. The DCC Ceremony reminds crew chiefs of their importance to the mission and the trust the pilots and their leadership place on them. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

Military member gives another military member a coin and a handshake.

U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert Grochalski, 14th Fighter Squadron flight commander, presents Senior Airman Robert Smith, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit dedicated crew chief, with a coin and patch during a Dedicated Crew Chief (DCC) ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. A DCC receives a certificate, coin and a path during the ceremony to honor the individual’s hard work, dedication, and commitment to the mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

Twenty-three military members raise right hand and recite an oath.

U.S. Air Force Dedicated Crew Chiefs (DCC) from the 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit recite the Mechanic’s Creed during a ceremony at Misawa Air Base, Japan, Aug. 6, 2021. Twenty-two Airmen were recognized as Dedicated Crew Chiefs during the ceremony. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Antwain Hanks)

Misawa Air Base, Japan --

The following 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit Dedicated Crew Chiefs were selected on Aug. 6, 2021:

SrA Roman Riedel

SrA Scott Kapellas

SrA Ashley Leigh

SrA Jason Wiley

SrA Zachary Tate

SrA Destin Johnson

SSgt Phillip Striefel

SSgt Robert Barron

SrA Casiano Santoyo

SSgt William Ybarra

SrA Bruce Bang

SSgt Jonathan Rosario-Oquendo

SSgt Christian Sanchez

SSgt Jason Manfull

SSgt Steven Baycura

SrA Robert Smith

SrA Kordell Lawrence

SSgt Aaron Martwick

SSgt Taylor Schwarz

SSgt Jesus Corona

SrA Chad Pledger

SSgt Nathaniel Dotts

“This ceremony drives home the importance of the role a maintainer plays in the mission and the trust that pilots and leadership place in their Airmen to make it all happen,” said Master Sgt. William J. McPhillips III, 14th Aircraft Maintenance Unit APG Section Chief. “It makes me proud to be a part of the 14th AMU, and our work with the 14th Fighter Squadron, because it’s rare to encounter a focused team dynamic of this caliber.”