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Airman selected for STEP promotion

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Alexx Pons)

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Alexx Pons)

RAMSTEIN AIR BASE, Germany -- When Tech. Sgt. Johnny was called to the front of the room during a squadron commander’s call, he was sure he had done something wrong. 

A few months prior, Johnny found out he had missed making the rank of technical sergeant by just .02 points. 

Following that news, his supervisor decided to craft a promotion package through the STEP program, or Stripes for Exceptional Performers program, but he had forgotten about it. 

The intent of the STEP program is to identify enlisted members who demonstrate exceptional potential, and to promote a limited number of those Airmen early to the grades of staff and technical sergeant. 

“My commander kept saying that it was going to be a good day, and I had no idea what he meant until he asked me why I was out of uniform,” said Johnny, 450th Intelligence Squadron geospatial intelligence training program manager.

At that moment, Lt. Col. Andrew Hunter, 450th IS commander, notified Johnny that as of  two days prior to the commander’s call, he had been selected for STEP promotion to technical sergeant. 

“I never thought that I would actually be competitive for something so prestigious,” said Johnny. “It is so rare to hear about someone being selected that I was honored to even be nominated.”

Capt. Michael, 450th IS assistant director of operations, said Johnny possesses all of the attributes of a strong non-commissioned officer, and he was thrilled to be able to nominate him for a STEP promotion.

“Johnny is a top performer who consistently punches well above his weight class,” said Michael. “After working alongside a true professional like Johnny for the past year, I cannot think of another Airman who is more deserving of this prestigious honor. I am not only excited for him and his family, but also for the many Airmen whose lives he will ultimately impact for the better.”