Airman Of The Week In Iraq

Brawley Sergeant Named Airman Of The Week In Iraq

JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq — Staff Sgt. Audrina L. Corpuz of the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Squadron is the 332nd Air Expeditionary Wing’s Tuskegee Airman of the Week for Nov. 22-28.

“Sergeant Corpuz has not only has excelled as an Airman, but she’s also accomplished great things off-duty,” said Col. Luke Grossman, 332nd AEW vice commander. “Her efforts have proved to be an instrumental aspect of making Joint Base Balad a better place, as well as keeping us safe.”

After congratulating the new winner in front of wing leadership, Grossman presented Corpuz with the award and a commander’s coin at the wing headquarters Dec. 4.

A security forces leader, Corpuz coordinated three in-flight emergency responses with multiple base agencies. She directed the base fire department, cordoned the airfield and secured the area for the affected aircraft.

Corpuz, who is on her second deployment, also directed 10 alarm responses, which helped guarantee the safety of more than 25,000 personnel.

“I am satisfied in my job knowing I provide a role in the transformation of the Iraqi nation,” said Corpuz. “We provide security and in doing so, we protect the personnel who support the mission of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Knowing I have a small role in the overall picture of Iraq is truly satisfying.”

Corpuz, deployed here from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo., also served as the 332nd Expeditionary Security Forces Group co-chair for Director of Security Forces Brig. Gen. Jimmy McMillian’s JBB visit. Off-duty, the Brawley, Calif., native also completed two college courses, which earned her six credit hours toward both a bachelor’s and Community College of the Air Force degree.

Corpuz was nominated by her supervisor, Master Sgt. Henry Adkins, 332nd ESFS bravo flight chief.

“Sergeant Corpuz is an outstanding leader for bravo flight,” said Adkins. “She is one of our primary controllers for the joint defense operations center, and she also works as a sector supervisor. She serves as an outstanding mentor for her fellow Airmen.”

The 332nd AEW Tuskegee Airman of the Week is open to Airmen between the ranks of E-1 and E-5 and is selected based on an Airman’s on and off duty accomplishments