NEWS | Nov. 29, 2012

628th ABW awarded AF Outstanding Unit Award

By Joint Base Charleston Public Affairs

The 628th Air Base Wing was recently awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for its service from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2012.

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units.

"Winning the Air Force Outstanding Unit reflects great credit upon all the Airmen, Sailors, civilians and their families who have served here during the past two years," said Col. Richard McComb, Joint Base Charleston commander. "It took a team effort to make this transition to a joint base and accolades like this show that not only were we able to make the transition, but able to excel in doing so."

JB Charleston served as the hub that directly supported the President's Global Threat Reduction Initiative, according to the award citation. The 628th ABW also helped enabled the unique mission sets of the Air Force's largest C-17 Wing, the Navy's core Nuclear Power Training Unit, the Army's Strategic Logistics Support Activity Charleston and the 841st Transportation Battalion.

Those Air Force personnel who were stationed at Joint Base Charleston from the Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2012 are permitted to wear the AFOUA ribbon.

"We [the 628th Force Support Squadron] are currently doing a mass update on Military Personnel Data System for Air Force personnel to be authorized to wear the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award," said Staff Sgt. Rosa Hernandez, 628th Force Support Squadron Military Personnel Section Force Management technician.

"Joint Base and Naval Support Activity leadership are currently submitting the paperwork through the appropriate channels to request approval for Navy personnel to wear the equivalent ribbon as well for their many contributions during the Joint Base transition," said Lt. William Sever, Naval Support Activity Charleston administration officer."

For questions concerning eligibility of the ribbon, contact the 628th FSS MPS at 963-4527.