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Letter of Recommendation

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

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To whom it may concern:

I first met [First Last Name] when he joined our OS/390 systems programming team at [Company Name] in 1997. Since then, he has become one of the lead systems programmers on our team by demonstrating his knowledge of the operating system and a variety of program products in a way that other teams come to him when they have questions or problems.

One of [First Name]’s first projects was brining standardization to the management of mainframe printers within the [Company Name] environment. To accomplish this, he had to gain the trust and confidence of the centralized Output Management Department as well as the staff within the distributed print facilities. While involved with the printer project, [First Name] also worked on a number of program product upgrades to support the Y2K readiness effort.

[First Name] is an avid programmer who likes to develop utilities and productivity aids primarily because he enjoys it. He has demonstrated a mastery of ISPF, REXX, JCL, and a number of other programming skills. A valued team player, [First Name] is always ready to share his knowledge and skills with others who have joined the team along the way. [First Name] has even developed an ISPF/REXX training course on his own time and presented the class to his peers at the bank.

On his own, [First Name] has taken on a project to formalize the process by which our team reviews planned systems changes. Because of this enhanced verification process, we can go into a corporate outage with a high level of confidence that the changes will be implemented cleanly.

As if he were not busy enough with his work life, [First Name] stays busy with a number of home remodeling projects. Even there, he has shown a high level of attention to detail and pride in his work. [First Name] also finds time to assist friends and neighbors on home repair projects when called upon.

[First Name] is to be commended for his desire to support his country by remaining part of the Air Force Reserves. Based on his accomplishments and determination, I can safely assume that he can carry out whatever his commanders ask. He has become a good friend and respected teammate.


[First M. Last]
[Company Name]

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Letter Added: 24 April 2006

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Revised: 04/24/06.