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Team Fairchild receives Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon

92nd Maintenance Squadron Airmen prepare to move a KC-135 Stratotanker during the Titan Fury exercise at Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash., Sept. 11, 2017. The KC-135 Stratotanker is the primary air refueling aircraft for the United States Air Force and has been doing so for more than 50 years. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Senior Airman Sean Campbell)

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Ribbon

Staff Sgt. Travis Peirce refuels an F-16 Fighting Falcon from the U.S. Air Force Demonstration Squadron, the Thunderbirds, Oct. 12, 2017 over Nevada. Peirce is a boom operator from the 93rd Air Refueling Squadron and a native of Pensacola, Florida. This was his second time refueling the Thunderbirds, who were heading to Idaho for an air show. Previously, Peirce refueled them when they flew to Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington for the Skyfest 2017 open house. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski)

Busy airfield

A P-3 Orion takes off while a C-17 Globemaster III, KC-135 Stratotanker and C-130 Hercules prepare for takeoff during the Mobility Guardian exercise Aug. 2, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. Air Mobility Command's Mobility Guardian exercise is the largest the command has ever conducted and includes more than 60 aircraft from around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo / Airman 1st Class Ryan Lackey)

K-9 trains to fight

The 92nd Security Forces Squadron Military Working Dog section ruck marches to prepare for their upcoming deployments May 10, 2017, at Fairchild Air Force Base, Washington. MWD focuses on detection of explosives and narcotics and deterrence of individuals at home, in training and while deployed. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Mackenzie Richardson)

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. -- Team Fairchild prides itself on its legacy as the Air Refueling Center of Excellence, a legacy that was reiterated when it received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award Oct. 26, 2017.


Fairchild was selected for the AFOUA for its performance of exceptionally meritorious service. The award-period for the AFOUA was from Sept 1, 2015, to Aug. 31, 2017. During this period, Team Fairchild was busy making air refueling, airlift and aeromedical evacuation missions happen to defend the United States, allied forces and Combatant Commanders around the globe.


“Our Airmen are top-notch, and it is no surprise to me they were selected,” said Col. Ryan Samuelson, 92nd Air Refueling Wing commander. “Team Fairchild’s focus on mission accomplishment and taking care of each other speaks volumes about their character and dedication. Innovation is in our blood, and we will continue driving forward to honor our heritage of excellence, pride and professionalism.”


More than 1,200 personnel were deployed all over the world in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Inherent Resolve, as well as defending the United States from those who may intend to cause Americans harm through Operation Noble Eagle, a 24/7 mission.


Team Fairchild is vital for Global Reach and Power. Per the award citation, each Airman through their individual missions directly contributed to the execution of 52 thousand flying hours and offloading of 283 million pounds of fuel to execute and sustain Rapid Global Mobility Now!


“The sun doesn’t set on Team Fairchild,” Samuelson said. “When the United States and our allies call for high-speed Airmen, we answer that call. Our military is mighty, but no flying mission can be successful without our expert personnel fueling them up along the way. Our KC-135s are the backbone to our fighting force.”


In addition to the AFOUA, Fairchild’s reputation and execution of the Rapid Global Mobility mission has garnered many awards, to include four Department of Defense, seven Air Force and 27 Major Command awards, as well as two back-to-back Omaha Trophy Awards, presented by the US Strategic Command.


Team Fairchild could not accomplish the mission, or even exist, without the support of the Inland Northwest.


“The KC-135 may be the backbone to Air Power, but the Inland Northwest is the backbone of Fairchild,” Samuelson said. “From the bottom of my heart, thank you to the Spokane area for the last 75 years of being neighbors who welcome us into your homes, schools and organizations every day to ensure we have a community to be part of.”