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340th FTG names February, March On the Spot Award winners

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JOINT-BASE SAN ANTONIO-Randolph, Texas – Three senior noncommissioned officers assigned to the 340th Flying Training Group headquarters staff have been lauded for their contributions to the group, and have been named monthly On the Spot Award winners.

The award was created as a commander's tool to provide immediate, visible recognition for the contributions of exceptional headquarters civilian and enlisted members. Nominations are submitted through the group senior enlisted council.  In recognition of their excellent performance, award winners get to park in the commander’s parking lot for a week each.

Unlike past award winners, the March 2020 On the Spot Award goes to an exceptional duo: Master Sgt. Melissa Erwin, 340th FTG information technology superintendent, and Master Sgt. Christian Delgado, 340th FTG information technology section chief.

According to Col. Michael Vanzo, group commander, they were selected for their superior engagement in preparing the group to telework as the COVID-19 pandemic required physical separation and social distancing.

"The IT team went into over-drive on Monday, March 16, and haven't stopped since, keeping our laptops, computers and internet operational, which is critical to our teleworking needs. They constructed our 340 FTG COVID-19 SharePoint Page in record time ensuring all current COVID-19 information is available to everyone," Vanzo said.

Prior to the COVID-19 onset, the February award winner was named, as well.

Undergraduate Flying Training Program superintendent Master Sgt. Tainell Pettengill earned the February award for her strategic thinking and creativity that directly contributed to the program's success.