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445th Airlift Wing receives AF Outstanding Unit Award

Airman Wilfredo Vargas, 445th Maintenance Squadron, replaces a thrust reverser door on a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III engine here, June 3, 2017.  (U.S. Air Force photo /Tech. Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)

Airman Wilfredo Vargas, 445th Maintenance Squadron, replaces a thrust reverser door on a 445th Airlift Wing C-17 Globemaster III engine here, June 3, 2017. The 445 MXS was selected as the 2016 Air Force Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award winner. (U.S. Air Force photo /Tech. Sgt. Patrick O’Reilly)

Members of the 445th Airlift Wing deliver meals to Haiti aboard a C-17 Globemaster III

Members of the 445th Airlift Wing deliver meals to Haiti aboard a C-17 Globemaster III. The meals were transported as part of the U.S. Agency for International Development Denton Program which allows organizations to use space available on U.S. military cargo planes to transport humanitarian goods to countries in need.

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio --

The 445th Airlift Wing was recently named as a recipient of the prestigious 2016 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. The honor was given to the wing for exceptionally meritorious service. The announcement was made July 2, 2018.

 

During this timeframe, the wing distinguished itself by training, equipping and maintaining combat-ready forces capable of providing rapid global airlift for America's fighting forces in support of contingency air mobility taskings. The wing generated and flew more than 2,800

C-17 sorties, moved 20,000 passengers and delivered 41 million pounds of cargo for a total of 9,700 accident free flying hours.

 

The wing’s maintenance squadron captured the Air Force Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award. In addition, wing Airmen captured the Air Force Reserve Command Outstanding Paralegal of the Year and the AFRC Aircrew of Distinction Award.

 

The 445th supported numerous exercise to include Toledo Storm, Jaded Thunder, Patriot Clipper, Olympus Archer, Patriot Fox and Patriot Warrior.

 

The wing supported the U.S. Department of Agriculture Denton program by delivering more than 615,000 meals to Haiti in support famine/crisis relief and 616 tons of solar panels to Caribbean states in need.

 

Wing members also supported many community events to include the Dayton Dragon’s Hometown Heroes Military Appreciation Program, Dayton Veteran Affairs Medical Center Vet events, Dayton Public Schools diversity initiatives, Toys for Tots, Air Force Marathon, Employer Appreciation Day, Department of Defense Warrior Games and countless others. The wing showcased the 445th mission to 3,178 cadets, students, base personnel and community leaders through the wing’s tour program.

 

“I'm extremely proud of our Airmen and what they do for the command, the Air Force and our nation. Their selfless dedication to our way of life is visible each and every day. I am proud to be a member of such a great organization,” said Col. Adam B. Willis, 445th Airlift Wing commander.