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Senior Airman James Jones, a controlled movement area escort and project manager assigned to the 86th Civil Engineer Squadron, was recognized as Airline of the Week on July 22, 2021, for his ability to improve processes and find innovative solutions to problems to improve aerodrome safety at Ramstein Air Base.
Jones revamped the escort reinforcement program by making it faster and more efficient for escort reinforcements brought in by different squadrons. Jones worked with several squadrons to increase the safety of the airfield. He also found discrepancies in the design plans which prevented wasted money and time.
“We got to where they are training with their units so they can start working right away,” Jones said. “Instead of coming here for a week or two and doing all the training and not being able to work yet.”
Escort reinforcements support base-wide construction programs in areas of controlled movement where civilian contractors require an escort. They make sure contractors don’t cross restricted area lines and stray from certain areas when planes land.
“He took the program and rebuilt it and gave it continuity,” said Master Sgt. Tania Darder, 86th CES superintendent. “He worked with the aerodrome officials to make sure that whenever we need to increase the military escort program personnel, we can get them and they are properly trained beforehand and have all the information they need. identification for the aerodrome. “
It used to be that Airmen would spend a week being trained by people like Jones when they first arrived for backup escort service. Now Jones has found a way to increase productivity and save time.
Jones coordinated with several squadrons to find an inexpensive solution and improve airfield security by replacing the old security gates. Jones partnered with the 786th CES to replace old barriers with new ones, reallocating previously allocated equipment and increasing airfield safety.
Jones has always made processes at Ramstein run smoothly and efficiently.
Jones and a team of engineers were tasked with identifying multiple discrepancies on a $ 350,000 airfield design project to extend one of NATO’s taxiways.
The maps they planned to design were out of date, which Jones grabbed and ultimately stopped construction workers from innovating in the wrong place.
“Identifying this not only saves money for contractors who have to readjust, but it also saves time,” said Darder.
Jones is currently in transition between different responsibilities within his career field, which will give him more opportunities to show his leadership abilities.
“It’s more like being the middleman,” Jones said. “I’ll make sure projects go smoothly and designers get their plans when they’re supposed to. “
Jones focused on escorts and airfield construction with the construction season in its prime, but he is also learning to read and design drawings and draft airfield construction waivers for future projects.
“He takes it and he runs with it all the way,” Darder said. “He’s one of those people behind the scenes whose value you don’t realize, but I’ve been fortunate enough to realize his value.”