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162FW Maintenance Top Performers 2nd Quarter

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Mark Kaletsch the Elite Performer Award for his work with the 148th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Mark Kaletsch the Elite Performer Award for his work with the 148th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Angel Almada the Top Performers Award for his work with Operation Snowbird.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Angel Almada the Top Performers Award for his work with Operation Snowbird. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Joseph Ferreira the Top Performers Award for his work with 152nd Fighter Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Joseph Ferreira the Top Performers Award for his work with 152nd Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Guillermo G. Soto the Top Performers Award for his work with the Component Maintenance Flight.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Guillermo G. Soto the Top Performers Award for his work with the Component Maintenance Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Armando R. Valencia the Top Performers Award for his work with the Equipment Maintenance Flight.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Tech. Sgt. Armando R. Valencia the Top Performers Award for his work with the Equipment Maintenance Flight. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Staff. Sgt. Donald Bates the Top Performers Award for his work with the 195th Fighter Squadron.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

Col. James Taylor (left) presents Staff. Sgt. Donald Bates the Top Performers Award for his work with the 195th Fighter Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. David Neve)

TUCSON, Ariz. -- From the 800 members of the 162nd Maintenance Group here, six were recognized as this quarter's Top Performers, April 15.

The quarterly Top Performer awards focus on recognizing maintainers who consistently perform quality work, maintain safe work practices, follow technical data, and engage in quality initiatives.

The Top Performers this quarter are:

- Tech. Sgt. Angel Almada from Operation Snowbird,
- Tech. Sgt. Joseph Ferreira from the 152nd Fighter Squadron,
- Tech. Sgt. Mark Kaletsch from the 148th Fighter Squadron,
- Tech. Sgt. Guillermo G. Soto from the Component Maintenance Flight,
- Tech. Sgt. Armando R. Valencia from the Equipment Maintenance Flight, and
-Staff Sgt. Donald Bates from the 195th Fighter Squadron.

And from the five Top Performers, the maintenance group commander, Col. James Taylor, selected Tech. Sgt. Mark Kaletsch as the Elite Performer.

Each award recipient was given a certificate of recognition and a cash award. The Elite Performer received an additional cash award, a plaque of recognition, eight hours time off, a personal parking space for the duration of the quarter and an invitation to be a special guest at the wing commander's staff meeting.