by Staff Sgt. N.B.
432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing Public Affairs
9/4/2013 - LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- The
432nd Wing/432nd Air Expeditionary Wing has been awarded the Air Combat
Command Meritorious Unit Award for outstanding achievement in direct
support of combat operations from June 1, 2012, to May 31, 2013.
The combat-ready Airmen of the 432nd employ the MQ-1 Predator and MQ-9
Reaper aircraft, providing warfighters with long-endurance, real time
intelligence, reconnaissance, surveillance, and precision attack
capability against fixed, mobile and time-critical targets.
"I'm continuously impressed and humbled by the amazing work you do every
day to support joint warfighters around the globe," said Col. Jim
Cluff, 432nd Wing/432nd AEW commander. "This award is not just for one
individual squadron, it is a culmination of the entire wing's
contributions to 24/7, 365 world-wide combat operations. Congratulations
on a job extremely well done."
Squadrons that fall under the wing flew more than 100,000 combat hours
in support of U.S. and coalition forces overseas during this time.
Other milestones include the creation of the first ISR video editing
training program, creating the first Airmen Ministry Center for
increased Airman resiliency, and secured the AF ISR squadron of the year
The wing was also credited with five major command best safety practices
and stood up the first combined multi-national training cell for ISR
In March 2004, the Secretary of the Air Force approved the Meritorious
Unit Award to recognize organizations for outstanding achievement or
service in direct support of combat operations.
To be selected, a unit must display outstanding devotion and superior
performance of exceptionally difficult tasks, setting it apart and above
other units with similar missions. The degree of achievement required
is the same as that which would warrant award of the Legion of Merit.