What started out as a normal day for one Brick native assigned to the 603rd Air Control Squadron, turned out to be a big leap in his Air Force Career.
On Aug. 19, out of more than 39,000 Air Force members assigned to United States Forces in Europe, then Staff Sgt. Craig Stawicki, 603rd Air Control Squadron NCO in charge of force protection, was promoted through the Stripes for Exceptional Performers program to the rank of Technical Sergeant.
The announcement of Stawickis promotion was made by Brig. Gen. Jon Norman, 31st Fighter Wing commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Mark Batzer, 31st FW command chief, who were at the ceremony to pin on his new rank. Norman and Batzer are the highest ranking officer and enlisted at Aviano.
This means a lot to me because it shows that my leadership stands behind me and sees that I have been working really hard not just towards my job, but with everything I have done in the military, Stawicki said.
Each year, major commands are allotted a number of promotions under the STEP program, which automatically allows a service member to move up in rank bypassing the standard selection process. This year USAFE awarded three promotions through the program with Stawickis being the only Aviano Airman to be promoted.
I have had an opportunity to observe sergeant Stawickis performance since 2008 and he has always operated one level above his pay grade, and continues to do so, said Senior Master Sgt. Jamie Kitchen, 603rd superintendent.Stawicki a resident of Brick, N.J., graduated from Brick Township High School in 2002 and joined the Air Force on March 2, 2004. The newly-promoted technical sergeant has been serving at Aviano since February 2008.