Dover AFB’s Manpower Flight named best in Air Force

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The 436th Force Support Squadron Manpower and Organization Flight won the Force Support Capabilities Award for 2021, recognizing them as the U.S. Air Force’s best among 88 other installations.

The flight was recognized at the highest level for their innovative approach to manpower resource management and their commitment to making the career field better as a whole.

Managing more than 4,100 manpower requirements valued at $434 million, the flight ensures the right mix of specialties and skill levels are in place to support the mission.

“This team is amazing, diverse and talented. They bring a level of professionalism, expertise and energy that is unsurpassed,” said Mike Prystajko, 436th FSS Manpower and Organization Flight chief. “This award means a tremendous amount to our team, as this is recognition from our peers. I am humbled and honored to lead and serve this team.”

It has been a year of amazing accomplishments for the flight, from engineering a manpower management dash board that coalesced eight manpower centric tracking systems into one centralized database, to teaming up with the base’s Bedrock Innovation Lab to work cutting edge innovation and process improvement initiatives, coupled with piloting two group strategic alignment and deployment off-site events attended by 60 personnel, where they aligned the wing mission, vision and priorities for eight squadron and group commanders; it has been a year of benchmark firsts.

In addition to winning the Air Force level award, they were also recipients of the Gen. Benjamin O. Davis, Management Engineering Award, recognizing them as the best analysts in Air Mobility Command.

“This one’s special,” said Master Sgt. Brian Suminski, 436th FSS Manpower and Organization Flight superintendent. “The Air Force level team award is the one everyone wants, and I’m blessed and very proud to be a part of this awesome team. Everyone here works so hard every day, it’s great to see those efforts recognized at the highest level. The flight works well together, we do manpower well, and I can honestly say they’re some of the best analysts I’ve ever worked with.”

The flight of seven individuals may be small, but the impact they have had on the base and across the Air Force is much larger.

“Receiving this award is a great pleasure and honor, especially when you are able to do something you love; leading, guiding, mentoring and caring for a team of outstanding manpower Airmen, it doesn’t get any better than this,” Prystajko stated.