By Marcus Hill | Peterson-Schriever Garrison Public Affairs
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — An Airman from the 50th Civil Engineering Squadron displayed his dedication to his fellow Airmen and Guardians and received Falcon Top III award for his effort.
Airman 1st Class Javan August, 50th Civil Engineer Squadron water and field maintenance technician, earned Falcon Top III honors April 19 for his work ethic and dedication to assisting fellow Airmen and Guardians in February.
Each month the Falcon Top III award goes to an Airman or Guardian at Schriever Air Force Base who’s deemed a top performer by a group of four Schriever senior noncommissioned officers.
“We were told Airman 1st Class August was not only doing his job, but a lot more,” said U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Kathryn North, Falcon Top III president. “[August] beat out six other [non-commissioned officers] and Airmen, so he’s in good company.”
U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Angelo Sapienza, 50th CES infrastructure superintendent, said he nominated August for his performance in February and said August performed seven hours of hand digging and trenching for the north portal gas line repair which helped restore heat to the building.
August also removed 2,000 pounds of concrete and asphalt to complete repairs to 22 inches of calcified pipe, averting sewer backflow and flooding to the 50th Security Forces Squadron armory parking lot.
“We had a gas line break and he came out to provide support,” Sapienza said. “Also during his time on snow removal crew while working a night shift, we had a fire sprinkler break in Building 24 and he responded to that.”
Despite spending a four-day weekend working, August said he enjoyed lending a hand to fellow Airmen and Guardians.
“It was a big learning experience for me,” August said. “[Helping out] was definitely worth the time to help out everyone.”
Sapienza said he appreciated the swift response of August despite his already busy schedule and added that his work didn’t go unnoticed.
“Ultimately, the firefighters came down and squared that [fire sprinkler break] away,” Sapienza said, “but he was the first one from CE to get down there and help out with the water removal and mitigation of water damage from that.”
Sapienza said it’s the norm in civil engineering to see such diligence from their Airmen, but knows August went out of his way to help separate him from his peers.
“While everyone else was enjoying themselves, he was out here in the middle of the night and working diligently on his job,” Sapienza said. “I know how brutal that can be and so I appreciate him doing that.”