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30th SFS Airman ‘high speed’

130731-F-IN231-163.JPG || VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Frazier, 30th Security Forces Squadron manager, Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McMahon, 14th Air Force command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Peterson, 30th Space Wing command chief, stand with Senior Airman Alexander Skorupski, 30 SFS member and Outstanding Airman representative, after offering their congratulations during a tour by McIntyre here Wednesday, July 31. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

130731-F-IN231-163.JPG || VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Frazier, 30th Security Forces Squadron manager, Chief Master Sgt. Douglas McIntyre, Air Force Space Command command chief, Chief Master Sgt. Patrick McMahon, 14th Air Force command chief, and Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Peterson, 30th Space Wing command chief, stand with Senior Airman Alexander Skorupski, 30 SFS member and Outstanding Airman representative, after offering their congratulations during a tour by McIntyre here Wednesday, July 31. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif -- Air Force Space Command's Public Affairs deputy director sent a memo to all AFSPC public affairs units requesting a 400-word essay and a photograph of an 'outstanding Airman' from their respective bases. Without a moment of hesitation, Chief Master Sgt. Ryan Peterson, 30th Space Wing command chief, nominated Senior Airman Alexander P. Skorupski.

Skorupski, a response force member from the 30th Security Forces Squadron is an outstanding Airman in many ways.

Skorupski was recently promoted below the zone [competitive early promotion program], awarded Airman of the Quarter for the 30th SFS, and was coined by the 30th Space Wing commander for exceptional professionalism and sharp appearance during a briefing. Skorupski displays keen professionalism and dedication to his duty, catching the eye of the Under Secretary of the Air Force who coined him for excellence.

"I have the privilege of working with great Airmen each and every day," said Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander. "The ones that stand out are those that exceed expectations set before them and exemplify the Air Force Core Values like Senior Airman Skorupski."

While on duty, Skorupski patrols a portion of Vandenberg's 100,000 acres to secure critical space launch resources valued in excess of $8 billion, conducts alarm system tests in protection level areas containing perimeter fence and entry control sensors, responds to incidents at protection level areas, and makes assessments to determine if a hostile act occurred. He can also detain or apprehend offenders, conduct initial investigations, preserve evidence, and produce accurate reports.

"Many of our young Airmen come in to the security forces career field and quickly find out that they have a lot of responsibility placed on their shoulders," said Lt. Col. Gerald Mulhollen, 30th SFS commander. "Every member of this squadron is responsible for defending every inch of this base. That can be a lot of pressure for a young 18 or 19 year-old Airman."

In addition to his job, Skorupski embodies service before self through numerous community relations and volunteer programs and events.

Skorupski rallied a squadron food bank drive that served 3,000 pounds of food to over 1,500 personnel. He also ensured 11 Airmen made it home safely while volunteering for the Airmen Against Drunk Driving program. In addition, Skorupski honored missing and fallen comrades by coordinating a POW/MIA remembrance run that logged over 6,000 miles with 3,000 participants.

"No matter how busy he is with his day-to-day job, Skorupski will always find time to give back to the community," said Mulhollen. "That is what sets him apart."

Many describe him as, 'high speed' and note that he continually performs above and beyond the call of duty. His day in and day out professionalism proves vital to the 30th SFS earning AFSPC's Best Large SF Unit award for 2011 and 2012.

"Senior Airman Alexander Skorupski is an amazing Airman and has outshined all 328 of his peers for the past several months," said Chief Master Sgt. Anthony Frazier, 30th Security Forces manager. "I have observed many extraordinary Airmen in my 27 years of service; however Alex is definitely on my top five list of best performers ever."

Skorupski was born and raised in Mentor, Ohio and joined the military June 21, 2011, making Vandenberg Air Force Base his first duty assignment. Skorupski will deploy to central Asia later this year for six months.

"Law enforcement is something I always wanted to do," said Skorupski. "I love my job because I get to help out other people. We provide the service and security for them."