932nd Citizen Airman honored during 2024 Salute to Southwestern Illinois event

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  • By Christopher Parr
  • 932nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

Senior Master Sgt. Jason Griffith, 932nd Civil Engineer Squadron senior enlisted leader, has been awarded the prestigious 2024 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Award for his outstanding contributions to the 932nd Airlift Wing.

Griffith's responsibilities are as vast as they are crucial, overseeing the care and management of 130 traditional reserve civil engineers and three full-time Airmen. His duties include managing a $1.5 million budget, coordinating 275 training requirements, and ensuring compliance with 80 home station requirements and 31 contingency training courses. Additionally, he handles 1,500 orders requests and oversees ten unit programs, all to ensure the 932nd AW remains ready to deploy Citizen Airmen to support combatant commanders worldwide.

“Senior Master Sgt. Jason Griffith is one of the hardest-working leaders I’ve ever met,” said Lt. Col. Amy Morgan, 932nd Mission Support Group deputy commander.  “He leads with heart and embodies the Air Force Core Values in everything he does.  The 932nd Mission Support Group team is proud of his achievements, and we are very happy to see his work recognized in the community.”

Griffith's leadership extends beyond his official duties. Known for his unwavering dedication to his fellow Airmen, he has cultivated a culture of recognition within the squadron, resulting in numerous awards for his team at both the quarterly and annual levels, including four Air Force Reserve Command level awards.

As a jack-of-all-trades, Jason is the unit’s resident shade tree mechanic as well. During the busy Unit Training Assembly weekend, he is always eager to offer his knowledge, get his hands dirty, and fix any issue. There have been confirmed sightings of him rescuing a fellow Airman who was out of gas, changing a faulty starter in the parking lot, and rebuilding a set of rear brakes on the side of the road.

His commitment to service extends beyond the base, where he volunteers his time to support his community, running concession stands at his children's basketball tournaments and assisting with various school events.

In his spare time, Griffith has even crafted a custom Computer Numerical Control (CNC) shop, where he fabricates wood, acrylic, and foam model aircraft, signs, and other creations. His generosity knows no bounds, as he shares his passion with his colleagues, providing them with personalized gifts and mementos.

“I am humbled to be receiving this honor, I can only give credit to my fellow full-timers, mentors, and leadership, without them none of what we do would be possible, said Griffith. “Thank you!”

Griffith's exceptional leadership and dedication to service make him a deserving recipient of the 2024 Salute to Southwestern Illinois Award, embodying the values of the 932nd Airlift Wing both on and off duty.