Vitale named A1 manager of the year

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  • By Christin Michaud
  • AFMAO Public Affairs
The Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations' Command, Control and Communication manager was named the Headquarters Air Force Manpower, Personnel and Services 2014 Manager of the Year March 27, 2015 for her work overseeing the organizations command center. 

Robin Vitale oversees the C3 section, the only one of its kind, responsible for tracking the remains of fallen service members who die overseas.

She manages three civilians and six military controllers who keep track of human remains coming from the area of responsibility to the United States, then to their final resting place. C3 controllers are on site 24/7 to contact service liaisons and organize and prepare information to ensure family members are afforded the opportunity to witness the dignified transfer of their loved ones.

"The job Robin does as the manager of our C3 operations is nothing short of remarkable," said Cory Larsen, Operations Branch chief.  "She and her staff are the 'eyes and ears' of our organization and they ensure leadership is constantly aware of situations that may affect our operation. Being named the A1 manager of the year is extremely well-deserved and not surprising."

Vitale, who has worked as the C3 manager for five years now, said just the opposite.

"I just do my everyday job, so I was surprised to be selected," said Vitale.

Although she feels she is just doing her job, her experience brings ease to those around her. Larsen said if he has a daunting task, or a difficult situation, knowing he has her on his side takes many of his stressors away.  She also goes above and beyond caring for her staff and ensuring the fallen are given the dignity, honor and respect they deserve.

"Her dedication to her personnel illustrates her commitment to both the mission, and their professional development," said Larsen.

"After serving 22 years active duty in the Air Force, this is the best job I can think of that gives me a chance to show my honor and respect for my fellow service members," said Vitale.