Captain wins 14th Air Force award
By Airman David Dobrydney, 45th SW Public Affairs
/ Published March 20, 2008
CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- The awards keep rolling into the 45th Space Wing.
Recently the 14th Air Force awarded the Gen. Charles Horner award to Capt. Davina Fallaw of the 5th Space Launch Squadron.
In the words of Operations Officer Lt. Col. Kent Nickle, this award is meant to "recognize the accomplishments of people who display professionalism, leadership, integrity, dedication and courage in the performance of their duties and conduct of their lives."
For Colonel Nickle, this fits Captain Fallaw down to a T. "She's done some great things that made it an easy choice from our perspective," he said.
Among her Air Force accomplishments are participating in the first WGS satellite launch from Cape Canaveral, appearing in a television advertisement for the Air Force that aired nationwide and serving as squadron lead on the 14th Air Force's Standardization Evaluation Team, directly contributing to the 45th Launch Group receiving an "outstanding" rating.
In addition to being a leader at work, Captain Fallaw is active in the local community, teaching Sunday school at her church and coaching girl's basketball.
Captain Fallaw found she had won the award while on maternity leave with her newborn son. "I was really honored and thankful that my supervisor and leadership took the time to nominate me for this award," she said. How-ever she said the accomplishments listed in her write up "reflect the great work of our entire team and their willingness to help get our mission done."
Working on the Atlas V program has been a dream come true, she continued, and she considers herself fortunate to have met so many great people during her career. "I know my successes are a direct result of the things I've been able to learn from them," she said.
To other officers and enlisted Airmen, Captain Fallaw advises to never do the bare minimum. "No matter what the task, each day we should ask ourselves, 'how can I do my job even better today?' I think if we all do that accomplishing our mission will be that much easier."