NEWS | Jan. 16, 2013

AMC announces 2012 Logistics Readiness Individual and Unit Award Winners

By Airman 1st Class Ashlee Galloway Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

Air Force officials recently released the winners of the 2012 Air Mobility Command Logistics Readiness Individual and Unit Awards. Joint Base Charleston was recognized with one individual award and two unit awards.

Senior Airman Chet Prailey, 628th Logistics Readiness Squadron, received the Logistics Readiness Airman of the Year award while the 628th LRS has been nominated for the Daedalian Logistics Effectiveness Award. The 437th Aerial Port Squadron received the Defense Packaging Policy Group Award.

"Senior Airman Prailey faced fierce competition and was recognized at AMC as the Logistics Readiness Airman of the Year award because he epitomizes the Air Force core value of 'Excellence in all we do'," said Lt. Col. Craig Punches, 628th LRS commander. "Not only did Prailey pump 875,000 gallons of fuel servicing 103 aircraft, he also ensured 1,000 gallons of fuel were delivered for rail and crane operations enabling 400 submarine lifts and 3 million pounds of ammunition delivered to the Area of Responsibility."

The 628th LRS was also nominated for the Daedalian Award, an award selected by the Air Force Chief of Staff and presented to the unit at the base level that has achieved the best supply effectiveness record in the Air Force in support of mission aircraft and/or weapons. The award also encompasses all logistics support to include logistics plans, fuels, transportation, and supply. The award is presented annually, among others, in the Order of Daedalians Awards program.

"For the 628th LRS at Joint Base Charleston, receiving the Daedalian Award nomination for AMC has been an auspicious occasion," said Punches. "It's much more to us than something to put up on a mantle as a show piece. It is a confirmation of all of the extremely hard work our Airmen do on a day-to-day basis."

The other unit award earned by Joint Base Charleston is the Defense Packaging Policy Group Award.

The award recognizes the most outstanding individuals or organizations in the DOD packaging community who have made substantial contributions to the DOD packaging effort. The award increases the interest in packaging development, productivity and efficiency throughout the DOD, as well as promotes its packaging functions and accomplishments.

"The 437th APS is one of the proudest, most motivated units I've ever been associated with," said Maj. Shannon Caleb 437th APS operations officer. "It is an honor for these men and women to be recognized with this award."

See below for the complete list of winners:

AF Logistics Readiness FGO of the Year:
Maj. Lance Vann, 728th Air Mobility Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey

AF Logistics Readiness Company Grade Officer of the Year:
Maj. Ricardo Garza, 721st Aerial Port Squadron, Ramstein Air Base, Germany

Logistics Readiness Senior Noncommissioned Officer of the Year:
Master Sgt. Melissa De Oleo, 87th LRS, Joint Base McGuire - Dix - Lakehurst, N.J.

Logistics Readiness Noncommisioned Officer of the Year:
Tech. Sgt. Andrew Hackett, 92nd LRS, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wa.

Logistics Readiness Airman of the Year:
Senior Airman Chet Prailey, 628th LRS, JB Charleston, S.C.

Logistics Readiness Senior Civilian Manager of the Year:
James Ewing, 436th APS, Dover AFB, Del.

Logistics Readiness Civilian Supervisor/Leader of the Year:
Gertrude Grosskopf, 721st APS, Ramstein AB, Germany

Logistics Readiness Civilian Technician of the Year:
Jay Powell, 627th LRS, JB Lewis - McChord, Wa.

Staff Officer of the Year:
Maj. Jason Okumura, HQ AMC/A4T, Scott AFB, Ill.

Staff Enlisted of the Year:
Master Sgt. Tracy Curtis, HQ AMC/A4T, Scott AFB, Ill.

Staff Civilian of the Year:
Randy Finney, HQ AMC/A4T, Scott AFB, Ill.

AF Large Air Terminal Unit of the Year:
436th APS, Dover AFB, Del.

AF Small Air Terminal Unit of the Year:
729th AMS, Lajes Field, Azores

Defense Packaging Policy Group Award:
437th APS, JB Charleston, S.C.

American Petroleum Institute Trophy Award:
87th LRS Fuels Flight, JB McGuire - Dix - Lakehurst, N.J.

Daedalian Logistics Effectiveness Award:
628th Logistics Readiness Squadron, JB Charleston, S.C.


AMC winners will go on to compete for Air Force-level Logistics Readiness awards.