16 Air Force units win 2008-2009 AF unit awards

by 1st Lt. Gina Vaccaro McKeen
Air Force Personnel Center Public Affairs

1/22/2010 - RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas  -- Air Force officials announced the 2008-2009 United States Air Force Unit Awards this week naming sixteen units among the Air Force's best in five categories.

Units were awarded the Gallant Unit Citation, the Meritorious Unit Award, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award and the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award.

The winners are as follows:

-Gallant Unit Citation: 720th Special Tactics Group, Hurlburt Field, Fla. for the period of Jan. 1, 2006-Dec. 31, 2007.

-Meritorious Unit Award: 4th Expeditionary Air Support Operations Group from Jan. 18-Dec. 13, 2006.

-The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor: 24th Expeditionary Field Investigations Squadron from June 10, 2008-June 9, 2009.

-The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award:

--1st Weather Group, Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., from April 1, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008.

--2nd Weather Group, Offutt AFB, Neb., from Sept. 19, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008.

--Air Force Office of Special Investigation Field Investigative Region 7, Andrews AFB, Md., from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2008.

-The Air Force Organizational Excellence Award:

--The Office of the Deputy Under Secretary of the Air Force, Internal Affairs, Washington, D.C., from Jan. 1, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008.

--Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Logistics, Washington, D.C., from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2008.

--Office of the Secretary of the Air Force Warfighting Integration and Chief Information Office, Washington, D.C., from Oct. 1, 2006-Sept. 30, 2008.

--Headquarters Air Mobility Command, Scott AFB, Ill., from June 1, 2006-May 31, 2008.

--Headquarters United States Air Forces in Europe, Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from Jan. 1, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008.

--Air Force District of Washington, Andrews AFB, Md., from April 1, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008.

--Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Agency, Lackland AFB, Texas, from June 1, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008.

--Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center, Kirtland AFB, N.M., from Jan. 1, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008.

--Air Force Weather Agency, Offutt AFB, Neb., from April 1, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008.

--Air Force Element, North Atlantic Treaty Organization E-3A, Geilenkirchen, Germany, from Jan. 1, 2007-Dec. 31, 2008.

Each winning unit will be presented with appropriate certificates, citations, and streamers for the award.

All personnel assigned or attached to an identified organization for at least one day during the period for which a unit award was awarded, and who directly contributed to the mission and accomplishments of the unit, are authorized to wear the appropriate award ribbon on their uniforms. The one exception to this is the Gallant Unit Citation. Only individuals who received imminent danger pay during the period of the award identified above are eligible for this award and the wear of the ribbon.

Subordinate units assigned directly to parent organizations can share in these awards as long as they have been identified by the parent unit as eligible.

Active duty, Air National Guard, and Air Force Reserve personnel who are or who have been assigned to a winning organization during the indicated time period can report to their servicing force support squadrons to have their award information updated in their records.

Personnel who have had a permanent change of station or assignment, and who are entitled to share in the approved unit award, should report to their servicing FSSs for assistance.

Veterans may report to their local Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, or Veterans Administration offices for assistance.

The Special Recognitions Branch at the Air Force Personnel Center here will update the award database by March 1 to reflect the winning organizations and approved subordinate units.

If you have questions about unit awards contact your local FSS or call the 24/7 Total Force Service Center toll-free at (800) 525-0102.