By Senior Airman Naomi Griego
50 Space Wing Public Affairs
Master Sgt. Micah Small, 50th Security Forces Squadron, took home the Military Affairs Council of the Colorado Springs Regional Business Alliance award for outstanding senior NCO May 13 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
From being responsible for 689 Airmen’s deployment operations to earning his master’s degree, Small has continued to separate himself not only as an exceptional Airman and senior NCO both on and off duty, but a humble one, according to his leadership.
Small competed against other senior NCOs from military installations in Colorado including Peterson and Buckley Air Force Bases, Fort Carson, Cheyenne Mountain Air Force Station and the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Lt. Col. Keith Williams, 50 SFS commander, and Chief Master Sgt. James Herkel, 50 SFS manager, both decided to nominate Small and agreed it was an easy decision.
“Master Sergeant Small is the kind of senior NCO we want our NCOs to emulate,” said Herkel. “He is the model of balance in his professional and personal life.”
Williams said Small is a great leader because people respect him. They have tasked him with projects that have not only impacted his unit but, also the Air Force.
“We weren’t surprised in the slightest when we found out that he won,” said Williams. “He is very deserving of the accolades. The award serves to validate what we already know about him.”
The selection process for the award was rigorous. Each military installation submitted a detailed awards package to the MAC. The nominees were also interviewed. None of them knew what to expect and could not prepare in any way.
“It was nerve wrecking knowing that there was nothing to study to help prepare for the board,” said Small. “I thought certainly I was going to lose.”
According to Herkel, despite Small’s many accomplishments he is a very humble man.
“I think as long as I can make a difference I’ll be content,” said Small. “I never do anything anticipating recognition, that’s just not me.”
Small said it’s the support of his wife Master Sgt. Laura Small, U.S. Air Force Academy, and his children that continues to motivate him for the next big step in his career.
“My wife is my biggest supporter,” he said. “She was right by my side at the ceremony.”
Small added that he still doesn’t know if they gave the award to the right guy but he said he is extremely grateful.