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Letter of Recommendation

Position of Trust, Special Duty, and/or Employment Position

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FROM  [Unit]
             [Air Base] [State] [Zip]

SUBJECT: Letter of Recommendation for [First Last Name]

I recommend [First Name] for any position he pursues, know without a doubt, he'll surpass all expectations! As the commander of an Air Force Reserve Unit, my job can be very demanding, stressful, and frustrating. [First Name] arrives early for our weekend duty, ensuring all things are ready for the mass of personnel to arrive. He devotes much time and energy outside the ascribed weekend working special projects from written awards and personnel evaluations to woodworking ideas to improve the unit's morale and appearance.

From the date I took command until now, [First Name] gives his all to any project he either is assigned or designs himself. His motivation is the betterment of the team, never for self promotion. He engages all for ideas and allows those who work under his supervision the freedom to put their plans into action. He listens, guides, and motivates his subordinates, peers, and superiors alike to reach for greater heights, never satisfied with current status.

I depend on [First Name] to get the mission of the unit accomplished. His insight to problems and suggested improvements are extremely helpful. His desire to improve himself and the unit drives him to impart his experiences with others to get all to the same level of achievement and then pushes them to always evaluate and raise the bar of expected results. As a statement of proof our unit received an Air Force Reserve Command-level
award for 2004 among fierce competition due to his direct involvement, but also mentoring others to think in other ways than the "norm".

[First Name] will be a tremendous asset to any organization - I'm very glad he's on my team! The best advice I'd give his supervisor is to tell him what you want and the direction he should travel and then relax - it'll be handled in a professional manner, with no stone left unturned.

If more information is desired or questions are raised, feel free to contact me (###) ###-####.

                                                                                 [First M. Last], [Rank], USAFR

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Letter Added: 24 April 2006

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Revised: 04/24/06.