Team Incirlik produces a USAFE Outstanding Airman

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  • By Senior Airman Anthony J. Hyatt
  • 39th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
U.S. Air Forces in Europe officials recently announced the 2010 Outstanding Airmen of the Year winners; and one of those individuals was from Incirlik Air Base.

Eren Ersoy, a budget analyst from the 39th Comptroller Squadron, earned USAFE's 2010 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for the Civilian Category I.

Mr. Ersoy was selected among nominees from nine wings, two numbered Air Forces and the USAFE headquarters staff.

"It was a big surprise and a great honor for me," Mr. Ersoy said. "It was one of the greatest moments in my entire life."

His primary duties at Incirlik consist of being the point of contact for the Turkey-Spain Base Maintenance Contract, the financial manager for the Government Purchase Card Program, the Support-Agreement manager in Financial Management Analysis, the Automated Business Services System administrator and the Local Payments POC.

"Eren accomplishes every task given to him without hesitation," said Tech. Sgt. Melanie Townsend, the 39th CPTS Financial Analysis flight chief. "His thirst for knowledge to learn new processes and programs, along with the knowledge he possesses within the Financial Management Analysis flight, allows him to make every project he is given a success."

Since joining the 39th CPTS in August 2008, some of Mr. Ersoy's accomplishments include leading the government purchase card program to certify the transactions worth $5.5 million for fiscal year 2010 and increased the GPC rebate by 80 percent compared to fiscal year 2009. He also processed more than $12 million utility payments locally and contacted all the banks and vendors for all the invoices to be paid on time with no penalty charge.

In addition, Mr. Ersoy has certified all financial purchase request documents related to the Turkey Base Maintenance Contract and Turkey-Spain Base Maintenance Contract, which were $58 million and $16 million respectively. He also reviewed the 728th Air Mobility Squadron's Support Agreement, which prepared the funding annex for this unit.

Motivated by his leaders trust and respect, Mr. Ersoy shared one of his goals.

"I want to remain in the Air Force family my entire life," he said.