Robins Airman earns Sijan award Published Sept. 21, 2012 By Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- Capt. M. Truett Kinard, 78th Logistics Readiness Squadron operations officer, has been awarded a Lance P. Sijan Air Force Leadership Award. During the time period of the award, Kinard served as the LRS' deployment and distribution flight commander and was charged with overseeing deployments, the Transportation Management Office, vehicle operations and air freight. He was also deployed to Balad Air Base, Iraq, where he oversaw redistribution property assistance teams, which included the writing of policy and execution of redistribution of equipment out of Iraq. "I was working for the Army, trying to get a mountain of stuff out of Iraq," said Kinard. "We were the last Air Force unit to do the mission, so we got to take part in some really history-making moves. We also had a lot of JSTARs short-notice missions, so I was able to work closely with our friends across the runway to get them wheels-up in short order to support real-world requirements." At home, "I was able to help the LRS to achieve its highest ever "Excellent" rating during our Logistics Compliance and Assessment Program. It really just came down to me, being blessed to work with some amazing people and be in the right place at the right time," he continued. "The only reason I was able to receive an award like this is by working alongside the amazing men and women of the 78th LRS." The Lance P. Sijan Leadership Award was created in 1981 to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the highest qualities of leadership in their jobs and personal lives.