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552 ACW celebrates four STEP promotions

Staff Sergeant John Accola, 552nd Maintenance Squadron, was unexpectedly promoted to technical sergeant by Col. Pat Hoffman, commander, 552 ACW and Chief Master Sgt. Larry Gooch, 552 MXG, while hard at work December 19, 2008.

Staff Sergeant John Accola, 552nd Maintenance Squadron, was unexpectedly promoted to technical sergeant by Col. Pat Hoffman, commander, 552 ACW and Chief Master Sgt. Larry Gooch, 552 MXG, while hard at work December 19, 2008.

Technical Sergeant Shannon McCann, 552nd Air Control Networks Squadron, earns a master sergeant stripe for his excellent track record, and is congratulated by Col. Scott Fischer, commander, 552nd Air Control Group, and Chief Master Sgt. James Foltz, command chief, 552 ACW.

Technical Sergeant Shannon McCann, 552nd Air Control Networks Squadron, earns a master sergeant stripe for his excellent track record, and is congratulated by Col. Scott Fischer, commander, 552nd Air Control Group, and Chief Master Sgt. James Foltz, command chief, 552 ACW.

Technical Sergeant Rachel Moore, 552nd Air Control Wing, was caught off guard at the Wing Staff Holiday Party with a stripe promoting her to master sergeant for her consistent record of excellence. Col. Pat Hoffman, commander, 552 ACW, and Lieutenant Col. Carson Elmore, director of staff, 552 ACW give her the traditional congratulatory punch.

Technical Sergeant Rachel Moore, 552nd Air Control Wing, was caught off guard at the Wing Staff Holiday Party with a stripe promoting her to master sergeant for her consistent record of excellence. Col. Pat Hoffman, commander, 552 ACW, and Lieutenant Col. Carson Elmore, director of staff, 552 ACW give her the traditional congratulatory punch.

Staff Sergeant Nicole Copeland, 552nd Operations Support Squadron, is awarded her stripe by Col. George Carpenter, commander, 552nd Operations Group, as she disembarked the jet that brought her back from her latest deployment January 14, 2009.

Staff Sergeant Nicole Copeland, 552nd Operations Support Squadron, is awarded her stripe by Col. George Carpenter, commander, 552nd Operations Group, as she disembarked the jet that brought her back from her latest deployment January 14, 2009.

14 Jan 2009 -- The 552nd Air Control Wing recently awarded four outstanding Airmen with another stripe as part of the Stripes for Exceptional Performers (STEP) promotion program.

Each year, the Air Force allocates a limited number of STEP promotions for those Airmen who consistently do outstanding work. When awarded a STEP promotion, the Airman is immediately promoted to the next rank (limited to Staff, Technical, or Master Sergeant).

This year, the 552 ACW earned four STEP promotions.

Staff Sergeant John Accola, 552nd Maintenance Squadron, was unexpectedly promoted to technical sergeant while hard at work December 19, 2008.

Technical Sergeant Shannon McCann, 552nd Air Control Networks Squadron, earned a master sergeant stripe for his excellent track record, and was congratulated by his fellow Airmen, who gathered in the squadron conference room for the surprise presentation.

Technical Sergeant Rachel Moore, 552nd Air Control Wing, was caught off guard at the Wing Staff Holiday Party with a stripe promoting her to master sergeant for her consistent record of excellence.

Staff Sergeant Nicole Copeland, 552nd Operations Support Squadron, was awarded her stripe as she disembarked the jet that brought her back from her latest deployment January 14, 2009.

On behalf of the 552nd Air Control Wing, congratulations to all of this year's STEP promotion winners!