SMSgt. Jeremiah Grisham, explosive ordnance disposal flight superintendent with the 11th Civil Engineer Squadron at JB Andrew, Md., is one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2016. Grisham led a flight of 22 airmen supporting more than 230 US Secret Service missions, representing some 50 percent of the Air Force’s quota of missions in 2015. His flight provided Air Force counterimprovised explosive device capabilities at the 18-acre White House complex. Grisham revolutionized his flight’s support to the VIP Protection Support Activity by adapting a model used by large-range bases to simultaneously cover home station and range missions. This system allowed his flight to execute 50 percent more missions than the previous year and was positively highlighted during the 11th Wing’s 2015 Unit Evaluation Inspection. He developed a streamlined tasking process for VIP missions, adapted by the Air Force Civil Engineer Center for use throughout the enterprise. Air Force Magazine is shining the spotlight on each OAY in the days leading up to AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference, which starts Sept. 19 in National Harbor, Md. Also featured were: SMSgt. Mark Farmer.
The Air Force will begin its 71st annual Operation Christmas Drop on Dec. 4. The weeklong exercise is a yearly tradition that delivers supplies such as food, fishing equipment, school books, and clothes to remote islands in the Pacific. It is the longest-running Department of Defense humanitarian mission.