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The legacy continues

  • Published
  • By Tech. Sgt. Lauren M. Snyder
  • 332d Air Expeditionary Wing

The 332d Air Expeditionary Wing’s Warrior of the Week for the week of March 16, 2022, is Senior Airman Greggory Moran, 361st Expeditionary Attack Squadron MQ-9 Reaper aircraft launch and recovery sensor operator.

The MQ-9 Reaper is what the Air Force calls a remotely piloted aircraft; there are approximately 300 MQ-9 RPA providing overwatch for American forces around the world. The 36-foot-long aircraft, with a 66-foot wingspan, can be controlled via satellite link by a pilot and sensor operator located at a multitude of sites globally. The launch and recovery team are on the ground at the same location the aircraft takes off from and lands at and are responsible for local operations.

During his time with the Red Tails Wing, Moran has completed 66 launch & recovery sorties contributing to 4,500 hours of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Additionally, he is the squadron Resource Advisor where he manages the budget for tracking and supplying the 361st EATKS as well as the Squadron’s Emergency Management representative charged with ensuring 361st EATKS Airmen are always mission-ready.

“He's absolutely a professional and one of the most seasoned sensor operators here in our squadron,” said Tech. Sgt. Richard Bazan, 361st EATKS senior enlisted leader. “He teaches myself and our younger sensor operators a lot as a result of his experience. In addition to his job responsibilities, he stepped up and took control of not only the RA program but also the Emergency Management Program. He's a leader who’s going above and beyond.”

Warrior of the Week is a competitive recognition program that highlights significant contributions made by individual Airmen who raise the Red Tail standard and enhance the mission and capabilities of the 332d Air Expeditionary Wing.