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On the Spot Award Winner: Airman Kevin Rios Rivera

Airman Kevin Rios Rivera takes a break from processing evaluations and decorations in his home office. As the May On the Spot Award winner, he'll be able to park in the group commander's parking space for a week, once members are able to return to work on base. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Airman Kevin Rios Rivera takes a break from processing evaluations and decorations in his home office. As the May On the Spot Award winner, he'll be able to park in the group commander's parking space for a week, once members are able to return to work on base. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Airman Basic Kevin Rios Rivera and his parents pose for a post-graduation photo following his Nov. 8, 2019 graduation from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Airman Rios Rivera is now a career development technician in the 340th FTG Military Personnel section. As the May On the Spot Award winner, he'll be able to park in the group commander's parking space for a week, once members are able to return to work on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

Airman Basic Kevin Rios Rivera and his parents pose for a post-graduation photo following his Nov. 8, 2019 graduation from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. Airman Rios Rivera is now a career development technician in the 340th FTG Military Personnel section. As the May On the Spot Award winner, he'll be able to park in the group commander's parking space for a week, once members are able to return to work on base. (U.S. Air Force photo by Debbie Gildea)

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas – Airman Kevin Rios Rivera, 340th Flying Training Group Military Personnel Section career development technician, has been named the May 2020 On the Spot Award winner.

Candidates are nominated by the senior noncommissioned officer council for the monthly award, which is presented by Col. Michael Vanzo, group commander. The award promotes productivity and provides immediate, visible recognition for exceptional civilian and enlisted contributions, as they occur.

Rios Rivera was nominated for going above and beyond. Once he learned the ropes in his primary job as a career development technician, he took the initiative to also learn various other tasks, such as customer support and force management.

"He has done an amazing job since joining the group, far exceeding what was asked of him. After mastering his core tasks, he approached other teams that needed help and jumped in with both feet," Vanzo said.

Members of the senior NCO council unanimously selected Rios Rivera because of his numerous accomplishments.

When he learned of a personnel shortage at the 39th Flying Training Squadron, he stepped up to help the squadron team pull monthly stats. He quickly became a trusted agent for the Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System\ (DEERS) terminal, and is now able to perform updates and process identification cards. He also volunteered to participate in the recent group change of command ceremony, helping the public affairs team gather photographic documentation of the day’s events.

“Regardless of what is asked of him, he does it with an enthusiasm and maturity that is refreshing to see,” said his supervisor, Master Sgt. Denise Salazar, NCO in charge of career development management. “He’s done all this while completing his 3-level career development course within two months. I could go on and on but I think you get the point. He’s always willing to help with a smile on his face. The 340th FTG absolutely hit the jackpot with Airman Rios Rivera!"

In appreciation for their exceptional performance, every on the spot winner is provided the commander's parking space for the week of their choice.