126th Air Refueling Wing gets Outstanding Unit Award

126th Air Refueling Wing gets Outstanding Unit Award

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, IL - The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award has been awarded to an Illinois Air National Guard unit at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois.

According to a news release, the 126th Air Refueling Wing received its eighth such citation, covering the period of December 2014 through December 2016

"The collective achievements of both individuals and as a wing set the place for a remarkable period in our wing's history," said Col. Peter Nezamis, wing commander. "In my recent memory, there was not a time where the stories and engagements across all spectrums of our mission were so impactful to the nation and our state."

Here is a list of achievements:

  • Mission Capability Rating for the KC-135R Stratotanker weapons system was at 82 percent
  • They deployed hundreds of personnel to worldwide locations in support of contingency and humanitarian operations.
  • The Wing flew more than 2,800 global sorties encompassing 13,600 flying hours; executed more than 3,000 refueling events, offloading more than 31 million pounds of fuel to approximately 2,700 U.S and NATO aircraft.
  • Performed its Nuclear Operational Exercise and was inspected by higher headquarters Air Mobility Command Inspector General during its Nuclear Operational Inspection, receiving a passing grade and demonstrating the wing is fully mission capable.

"This award further validates the spirit and the passion of the wing," said Nezamis. "There is not a more fitting tribute to the officers and airmen of the wing as I move on to my new role at our state headquarters. It is exactly the reason why I love serving and leading this outstanding organization and I am confident the wing will continue to perform in exactly the same way, because that's what's in us. It's in our heart, and it's how we perform."

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