Spotlight: SMSgt. Laura A. Callaway

One of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012, SMSgt. Laura A. Callaway is a physical medicine/emergency department superintendent with the 60th Medical Operations Squadron at Travis AFB, Calif. Callaway led the Air Force’s largest physical medicine and emergency departments and forged a clinical practicum, identified as a career field benchmark, with the University of California, Davis. She secured a multiyear contract to ensure on-site care for veterans, reducing diverted care by 30 percent and saving $500,000. She was the architect of a team program for an $8 million rehabilitation center. Her efforts during Operation Pacific Passage were instrumental in the safe evacuation of 2,600 people. She was the ramrod for the Air Force’s largest civilian physical therapy training exchange program, chartering agreements with five universities, saving the Air Force $600,000. She also established a splint/amputee/inpatient care in-service program, increasing staff productivity by 30 percent. Callaway’s home of record is Ormond Beach, Fla. The Daily Report has shined the spotlight on each OAY. This entry completes the series. Also featured were:

SMSgt. Emilio Hernandez SSgt. Angelo C. Banks

SMSgt. Luke W. Thompson SSgt. Cory T. Branham

MSgt. Alan M. Braden SrA. Bryenna L. Brooks

MSgt. Sandra L. Plentzas SrA. Matthew J. Butler

TSgt. Brandon C. Bruner SrA. Nicholas A. Hurt

TSgt. Matthew G. Stark