One of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012, MSgt. Sandra L. Plentzas is a chapel operations superintendent with Air Force Reserve Command’s 944th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB, Ariz. Plentzas leveraged the Headquarters Chaplain Total Force Initiative to integrate Active Duty and Air Reserve Component chaplain training and scheduling, maximizing Luke’s ministry efforts for more than 2,000 airmen. By employing a spiritual needs assessment, she identified an increase in financial/relationship issues and developed a comprehensive airman fitness ministry plan in response. Volunteering to deploy, she was the noncommissioned officer in charge of the largest chaplain team in the Southwest Asia area of responsibility, covering four sites in three countries and ministering to more than 18,000 troops. She also oversaw two ministry facility renovation projects, managed 54 religious programs per week, and was handpicked to fill a critical helping agency void in Saudi Arabia. Plentzas’ home of record is Glendale, Ariz. The Daily Report is shining the spotlight on each OAY. Also featured to date:
In his final keynote address before retiring as Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force, Roger A. Towberman reflected on the progress of the Space Force and the growth still ahead at AFA’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference on Sept. 12, 2023. Watch the video or read the transcript.