Master Sgt. Gregg L. Kollbaum has received the USAF 2004 Huyser Award for flight engineer.
Master Sgt Kollbaum, son of Roger and Patricia Kollbaum of Storm Lake, is a 1988 graduate of Storm Lake High School. He joined the Air Force after graduation and is currently stationed at Cutter Air Force Base in Saudi Arabia on a 120-day rotation of duty in Iraq. Kollbaum was stationed in Uzbekistan when he saw duty in Afghanistan.
Kollbaum is the Assistant Operations Superintendent and an Exam Flight Engineer with the 39th Airlift Squadron, 317th Airlift Group, Dyess Air Force Base, Texas.
Kollbaum's first duty assignment was with the 92nd Munitions Maintenance Squadron, Fairchild AFB, Washington. He then cross-trained as a flight engineer and moved to his current assignment with the 39th Airlift Squadron, Dyess Air Force Base.
In recognition of his award, "Master Sgt Kollbaum proved himself as a fearless combat warrior during Operation Enduring Freedom, participating in 118 sorties, helping to deliver 800 warfighters and 350 tons of war material to 'hot' blacked out Afghan landing zones, earning three Air Medals for his efforts."
During his 119-day Afghanistan Enduring Freedom deployment Kollbaum "masterfully coordinated the release of a new aircraft performance manual, developed training aids to minimize the impact on combat operations for 50 deployed crews and excelled as an instructor, providing advanced system classes to 45 pilots and flight engineers, enhancing their ability to operate in the austere combat environment."
A graduate of the Air Mobility Warfare center's Global Air Transportation Execution System course, Master Sgt Kollbaum is an active supporter of the Airlift/Tanker Association and was unanimously elected the treasurer of the Big Country chapter. Kollbaum and his wife, Tina, have two children, Kailee 11 and Colin 8.
Master Sgt Kollbaum's military decorations include the Air Medal (2 OLC), the Air Force Commendation Medal, the Aerial Achievement Medal (1 OLC), The Air Force Achievement Medal (2 OLC), the Combat Readiness Medal (3 OLC), and the Humanitarian Service Medal.