17 CES civilian receives recognition at 2nd AF level

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Charles Kirking, 17th Civil Engineering Operations Flight Chief, was recently recognized at the 2nd Air Force level as the Civilian of the Quarter, GS-10 and above, for the term of April - June 2006. 

On Aug. 31 Col. Scott Bethel, 17th Training Wing commander, notified Mr. Kirking of his
accomplishment at a wingsStaff meeting. 

Mr. Kirking's response to the award is modest. "I was proud and humbled at the same time. My goal is to do the best I can with my God-given talents and any recognition I receive is just an added benefit," he stated. 

For the past 31 years of his 35-year career, Mr. Kirking has dedicated and devoted much to Goodfellow and this is his first award at the 2nd AF level. In 1995, the flight chief was the runner-up for the Air Force Outstanding CE Senior Civilian Manager of the Year. 

Mr. Kirking was selected for the award based on his outstanding performance in the management of his 95 person flight and for overseeing numerous facility projects. 

His co-workers congratulated him and said the award was well deserved. However, Mr. Kirking contributes his success to those who work with him. 

In the well-spoken words of a good supervisor, he recognizes that his accomplishments are also due in part to his team. "As a flight chief, any award I receive personally is merely a reflection of the people in my flight. I am blessed to work with a group
of dedicated individuals. Our goal is to help ensure the wing produces the best graduates possible by providing an outstanding living and learning environment."