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Davis awarded Meritorious Civilian Service Medal

Jeffrey Allen, Air Force Sustainment Center executive director, left, presented Don Davis, AFSC Financial Management Directorate deputy director, with the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal prior to the June 7 AFSC staff meeting. Joining Mr. Davis for the presentation was his wife, Charlotte. (Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel)

Jeffrey Allen, Air Force Sustainment Center executive director, left, presented Don Davis, AFSC Financial Management Directorate deputy director, with the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal prior to the June 7 AFSC staff meeting. Joining Mr. Davis for the presentation was his wife, Charlotte. (Air Force photo by Darren D. Heusel)

TINKER AIR FORCE BASE, Okla. -- For 15 months, Don Davis, deputy director for the Air Force Sustainment Center's Financial Management Directorate, managed the organization all by his lonesome prior to Eddie Lewis' arrival to Tinker Air Force Base earlier this year.

During last week's AFSC staff meeting, Jeffrey Allen, AFSC executive director, presented Mr. Davis with the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal to show how much he appreciated Mr. Davis filling in as the director on an interim basis.

"This is long overdue," Mr. Allen said. "But, it doesn't diminish what you did during a very fiscally challenging time. Our recognizing you today is just our way of saying thank you for going above and beyond in your capacity as acting director."

Also on hand to take part in the award presentation was Mr. Davis' wife, Charlotte.

According to the citation to accompany the Meritorious Civilian Service Medal, from Jan. 1, 2015, to April 2, 2016, Mr. Davis "led the center's financial management initiative, supporting the vision of the center's Road to a Billion and Beyond."

To achieve that vision, Mr. Davis' "superior leadership, technical expertise and commitment to the mission directly contributed to the effective sustainment of AFSC Financial Management operations," the citation states.

Mr. Davis' "responsibility encompassed the financial management staff, three air logistics complex Financial Management offices, three comptroller squadrons, two supply chain wings, and two operating locations employing over 600 Financial Management personnel," the citation adds.

The citation goes on to state, Mr. Davis' "keen oversight and active leadership of the center's $15 billion annual program resulted in numerous successes. His commitment to efficiency and quality resulted in his leading efforts to drive cost and rate reductions across the enterprise.

"His dedication to workforce development led to creating a standardized hiring matrix to ensure we are hiring the best financial management candidates. The distinctive accomplishments of Mr. Davis reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force," the citation concludes.

Mr. Davis was extremely appreciative - and humble - upon accepting the medal.

"I'm not really big on individual awards," he said. "Truth is, the only reason why I'm being honored is because of the outstanding team of professionals I have working with me that make up the AFSC Financial Management Enterprise. So, I view this as more of a team award rather than an individual award."

Mr. Lewis officially took over as the new FM director on April 3, replacing Jose Aragon, who had been in the position for about a year before leaving the Air Force to become the associate director for the Office of Administration with the United States Geological Survey.