Guest column submitted by U.S. Senator Mike Crapo
The Mountain Home Air Force Base's 366 th Fighter Wing's long list of awards grew even longer recently when it once again earned the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. Congratulations to the skilled and dedicated men and women who serve in the 366 th Fighter Wing (FW) for their outstanding service to our nation.
The Outstanding Unit Awardwas created 61 years ago. According to the Air Force Personnel Center, it is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to units that "distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement."
The 366 thFW earned the award for the period of June 1, 2014, to May 31, 2015, and is credited with 9,200 hours spent in the air. When making the nomination, U.S. Air Force Lieutenant General Mark C. Nowland cited the Fighter Wing's "determination and relentless pursuit of excellence." He noted a number of the wing's accomplishments: the successful use of Airpower during Republic of Korea Theater Security Package operations; the Gunfighters expanded their airspace by 25 percent supporting seven military branches from five countries during five major exercise; and the achievement of an impeccable personal training pass rate. Lt. Gen. Nowland wrote, "Whether at home training for current and future contingencies or sending Airmen downrange to complete combat operations, the Gunfighters exemplify the Fly, Fight and Win ethos."
The more than 4,680 military and civilian members and approximately 4,590 family members of the 366 th FWhave a long history of excellence. It has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award seventeen times, dating back to its accomplishments in 1966 and as recent as 2012. The work of the wing's service members have also earned Meritorious Unit Awards in both 2008 and 2009. These are just a few of its recognitions.
Various divisions of the wing have also received numerous awards. The wing's maintenance group was acknowledged as "Outstanding Maintenance Unit" for their efforts during a massive aerial combat training exercise at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. The 366 thSecurity forces Squadron was also named "Most Outstanding Security Forces Medium Unit in Air Combat Command." The 366 thForce Support Squadron was selected as the best Force Support Squadron in Air Combat Command (ACC), and the base's medical group is the top rated in ACC.
I recently had the honor of paying tribute to the men and women of the 366 thFighter Wing's achievements through a Congressional Record Statement. The commitment and dedication of the thousands of courageous and accomplished Americans who call Idaho home is beyond impressive. We are blessed to have many knowledgeable and brave individuals and their families protecting our nation. I congratulate the 366 thFighter Wing on its many successes.
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