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14th FTW Airman is 2020 AETC Air Field Equipment SNCO of the Year

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  • By Airman 1st Class Jessica Williams
  • 14th Flying Training Wing Public Affairs

COLUMBUS AIR FORCE BASE, Miss.-- U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Rosatone, 14th Aircrew Flight Equipment Flight superintendent, was recognized as the Air Education and Training Command Outstanding Air Field Equipment Senior Non Commissioned Officer of the Year for 2020.

While the award recognizes personal achievement, Rosatone credits his success to the team he works with daily.

“I am happy, I feel good about what the team has accomplished, they are the ones that won this,” Rosatone said. “I just put the influence, they make the widget happen.”

Rosatone puts trust into the Airmen under his leadership, knowing that with the right guidance, the junior enlisted can excel.

“So that’s been a good feeling, knowing your job well and knowing you have the young troops that are doing well,” Rosatone said. “They just need a little tweak and they prospered. I have Senior Airmen running sections that in heavy units, would be ran by technical sergeants.”

With having 18 years of leadership and teamwork experience under his belt, Rosatone knew the quality was always there, the Airmen just needed to revamp it.

After taking over as the superintendent, things began to change for the unit. Under the leadership of Rosatone, the 14th Operations Support Squadron AFE flight received the AETC outstanding AFE Small Program of the Year.

“It was changing the mindset and the mission focus that we had,” Rosatone said. “Now we are number one in the command.”

Rosatone said the turning point for the team and what contributed to the success, was efficient information and communication.

“If a task comes down that they don’t have to see, that they don’t have to deal with, why put in on them,” Rosatone said. “I would take it, handle it, and get it done quicker.”

When the Airmen could focus on day to day task and not be overloaded with additional tasks throughout the day, improvements were shining through, according to Rosatone.

Military personnel are not the only ones who see the effects of Rosatones leadership.

“He really takes care of everyone here,” said James Reeves, 14th Operations Support Squadron aircrew flight equipment technician. “If something comes up he always backs them up.”

Being a civilian working in the unit who was contracted after Rosatone took over, Reeves mentioned Rosatone always makes sure Airmen are on top of their game, getting the mission done effectively with safety being a top priority.

Rosatone offered some advice to those who hope to one day receive an Outstanding SNCO of the Year award.

“Don’t think small level,” Rosatone said. “When you do something for an aircrew member that, directly impacts the wing as a whole.”

Leadership is crucial to the growth of Airmen. With a balance of trust and efficiency, the mission can prevail.

Rosatone often pushes the Airmen beneath him to do better and be better.

As a closing thought, Rosatone advises “Don’t think small stature when you do something, think of the higher impact, as high as you can go.”