One of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2012, SSgt. Cory T. Branham is a customer support supervisor with the 366th Logistics Readiness Squadron at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho. Air Combat Command designated Branham’s reports program as a “best practice” after he coordinated with 25 units to manage 158 performance reports with on-time completion. He also took control of the expendable asset program, recovering 2,500 assets and returning more than $4 million to the Defense Department. During a 30-day absence of the noncommissioned officer in charge, Branham led the customer support section team and trained new staff members, providing a seamless transition for wing and group leadership. His organization of four Expeditionary Combat Support System courses and training of 55 wing points of contact laid the groundwork for Air Force-wide system implementation. He was cited as a superior performer during the first combined unit compliance inspection/logistics compliance assessment program. Branham’s home of record is Plymouth, Ohio. The Daily Report is shining the spotlight on each OAY. Also featured to date: SrA. Bryenna L. Brooks, SrA. Matthew J. Butler, and SrA. Nicholas A. Hurt.
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.