03/15/05 — 916th Air Refueling Wing recognized as best in the Air Force Reserve Command

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916th Air Refueling Wing recognized as best in the Air Force Reserve Command

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Published in News on March 15, 2005 1:56 PM


916th ARW Public Affairs

The 916th Air Refueling Wing has been racking up the awards lately. This time, another reserve section has been recognized as the best in Air Force Reserve Command.

On March 4, Maj. Gen. David E. Tanzi, the vice commander for Air Force Reserve Command, announced that the 916th Command Post had won Large Command Post of the Year in the 2004 Air Force Reserve Command, Command and Control Awards.

The command post runs a 24-hour-a-day, seven-days-a-week operation. It is the focal point for all internal and external message traffic, air operations communication and communication traffic between higher headquarters, the major command and the numbered Air Force. Messages and information include, but are not limited to inspections, special integrations operations plans, exercises and real world operations.

The 916th Command Post performed these functions with an under-manned staff and were still commended as the "best of the best" by Air Mobility Command and Air Reserve Command inspectors.

These Tar Heel reservists developed a benchmark leadership program to ensure controllers are trained and qualified within a minimum time period and that follow-on training is completed with a 100% success rate. In conjunction with the 916th Civil Engineers Squadron, they utilized their own skills to make necessary upgrades to their work environment, saving the wing and Air Force $58.000.

"The 916th Command Post continues to perform at an extraordinary level of knowledge and professionalism," said Col. Paul J. Sykes, the wing commander. "This award is well deserved and we are all very proud of their outstanding contributions to mission success."