Steven Michael Melick recently earned the Below The Zone Senior Airman promotion.
“Below The Zone” refers to the effective promotion date that is 6 months or earlier than the normal promotion of Senior Airman rank at 36 months. This early promotion opportunity is restricted to elite Airmen who stand out from their peers and perform duties at a level above their current rank.
As a Senior Airman, Melick will be expected to be technically proficient and begin to develop leadership skills, and may be expected to supervise an airman of lesser rank. His new rank took effect Nov. 14, 24 months after Melick’s contracted sign up date for the U.S. Air Force.