By Staff Sgt. Stacy Foster
50th Space Wing Public Affairs
Maj. Edward Liberman, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Flight commander, is the 14th Air Force Gen. Charles A. Horner “Tiger” award recipient, officer category.
The award is named in honor of General Horner and recognizes the accomplishments of an officer and enlisted member assigned to 14th Air Force who demonstrates the highest degree of professionalism, leadership, integrity, dedication and courage in the performance of their duties and conduct of their lives.
Major Liberman was assigned to a Joint Special Operations Task Force in Afghanistan in 2008, where his actions as task force engineer combined with those as 50th CES Operations Flight commander for the remainder of the year, led to nomination for the award.
“Traveling throughout Afghanistan was amazing, and being able to provide facilities that brought strike forces closer to the fight brought a lot of satisfaction,” Major Liberman said.
During his six months in Afghanistan, Major Liberman was responsible for overseeing the construction of a Special Operations Forces complex and helicopter ramp, improving combat capability at forward operating bases.
Major Liberman managed more than 60 Global War on Terrorism projects worth $35 million, for which he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Another such project was a $1.3 million, Predator Unmanned Aircraft System project, in which he provided basing and support, from beginning to end, in less than six months.
“The deployment was hard work, but in the end I was glad to be home with my family and know that I did my part to help in this war,” Major Liberman said.
Upon his return, he served as the Operations Flight commander for the 50th CES, where he manages the largest standby power plant in the Air Force.
Major Liberman also kicked off a project which could some day provide 20 mega watts of solar power to the base and be capable of providing up to 40 percent of Schriever’s daily electricity requirements.
In his spare time, Major Liberman teaches Sunday school to children and volunteers to lead youth programs.
According to Lt. Col. Daniel Clairmont, 50th CES commander, “Major Liberman’s strong, compassionate leadership and his unwavering moral compass are shining examples for every member of the squadron. The ‘Tiger Award’ is the perfect way to recognize those qualities. I’m extremely happy for him and his entire family.”