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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:

It is my pleasure to recommend Staff Sergeant
[First M. Last Name] for employment. He is one of the most outstanding young men I have met in my ## years of working in the computer field. In fact, I have had the opportunity of working very closely with [First Name] on many projects in the last # years. During this time, he has consistently impressed me with his in-depth knowledge and ability to finish any job in a professional manner. He has never let me down.

In the last year, Staff Sergeant
[Last Name] has managed and staffed our newly created service desk at the ###th Job Control on Unit Training Assembly (UTA) weekends. The primary job of this helpdesk is to provide the ###th Air Refueling Wing with valuable support for all their information and technology needs. [First Name] is responsible for the configuration and operation of over  $#,###,### of computer assets, with a customer base of ### people, dispersed throughout a # mile radius. We have placed great responsibility on his young shoulders, but he handles it with finesse.

Staff Sergeant
[Last Name] has exceptional people skills. His diplomatic and friendly method of training allows co-workers to easily accept and understand the principle being presented and apply it.

He is one of our finest troops. Staff Sergeant
[Last Name]’s dedication to his unit and country are beyond reproach. He is a team player with a positive attitude and possesses an old-fashioned work ethic, in addition to honesty, intelligence, loyalty, and pride. I feel his commitment to excellence and his drive to achieve will guarantee him to succeed and excel in any environment.

I would highly recommend Staff Sergeant
[Last Name] for any position, especially for a position of trust, and "YES" I would hire him again without hesitation. If I can be of further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me at home: (###) ###-####.


[First M. Last Name], [Rank], USAFR
Communications Computer Systems Superintendent
[Air Base], [State] [Zip]

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Letter Added: 24 April 2006

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Revised: 04/24/06.