JOINT BASE CHARLESTON, S.C., –
Air Mobility Command officials named Joint Base Charleston's 628th Security Forces Squadron the Outstanding Active Duty Large Security Forces Unit in the 2011 Security Forces Unit Awards announced Feb. 29.
"Reading the litany of outstanding individual and unit accomplishments in the award submission left no doubt in my mind that this recognition would not pass the 628th SFS defenders by," said Col. Richard McComb, Joint Base Charleston commander. "Thank you, SFS members, for representing this wing and this installation in such a superb manner."
The squadron earned an outstanding rating in AMC during the 2011 Operational Readiness Inspection, the first in more than two years. They prepared for the ORI by participating in three fly-away mobility exercises where they made zero major errors.
During the 2011 Joint Base Charleston Air Show, 600 law enforcements officers ensured the safety of more than 80,000 spectators, 20,000 vehicles and $1.5 billion in joint assets. Their efforts were a significant reason the Air Force Thunderbirds awarded JB Charleston the "Best Air Show in 2011."
The 628th SFS grew during the Joint Base initiative last year. They successfully implemented a joint mission organization chart that added 491 active duty and civilians as well as an $80 million budget, 20 functions and two locations with a total of 23,000 acres.
"Security Forces members have a tradition of persevering through difficult times," said Capt. Matthew Foisy, 628th SFS operations officer. "Over the past year I have been amazed at how our Airmen, Sailors and civilians have adapted to the challenges of joint basing, tougher work schedules and a continued fast paced deployment schedule. With all that was thrown at them, they still managed to stay on target and earn an outstanding rating during the 2011 ORI. The 628th SFS Defenders truly lived up to our motto of "Ready ... Willing ... Able!"
The 628th SFS will represent AMC in the up-coming Air Force-level competition.