by Senior Airman Jaimi L. Upthegrove
By the 482nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs Office
1/13/2015 - HOMESTEAD AIR RESERVE BASE, Fla. -- The
482nd Communication Squadron at Homestead Air Reserve Base, Florida,
received the Lt. Gen. Harold W. Grant Outstanding Unit award and three
Information Dominance individual awards.
This is the second year in a row for the 482nd CS to win the top unit award.
The unit award honors Lt. Gen. Harold W. Grant, the first commander of
the Air Force Communications Service. It recognizes cyberspace units for
sustained superior performance and professional excellence while
managing core cyberspace functions, and for contributions that most
improved Air Force operations.
"The Communications Squadron met and tackled many challenges throughout
2014. These awards recognize their achievements and dedication to
excellence," said Col. Elwin Rozyskie, 482nd Fighter Wing Mission
Support Group commander. "Having the Reserve Command recognize the
squadron with these command-level awards is a testament to their
achievements and we are very proud of them here."
Lt. Gen. Harold W. Grant Outstanding Unit Award
The 482nd CS brought home the Lt. Gen. Harold W. Grant for their
outstanding achievements over the year. They were the first in the Air
Force Reserve Command to launch a Knowledge Operations Management Center
which is set to become the template for other units. They conducted the
first multi-unit base recovery communications exercise which trained
five units in one ten day period on contingency planning and support.
"I'm really impressed with what our folks have accomplished this year,"
said Maj. Michael D. Wells, 482nd CS commander. "They've tackled two
major inspections with flying colors and wrote the playbook on how to
conduct a communications readiness exercise."
The Information Dominance award recognizes outstanding individuals
working in cyberspace career fields for sustained superior performance
and contributions to Air Force missions and operations.
Information Dominance Outstanding Radio Systems NCO of the Year Award
Tech. Sgt. Michael Bugger, 482nd CS Radio Frequency Transmission Systems
Technician, earned the Air Force Outstanding RF Transmission Systems
Non-Commissioned Officer of the year award. Bugger distinguished himself
by troubleshooting malfunctioning sirens for the Florida Air National
Guard detachment here, overseeing the Homestead ARB E-911 project which
assisted increasing safety on base, and spearheaded AFRC upgrade
directive of voice over internet protocol phones among other things.
Information Dominance Outstanding Cyber Transport NCO of the Year Award
Tech. Sgt. Bryan Peterson, 482nd CS Cyber Transport Technician, was
awarded the AF Outstanding Cyber Transport Systems NCO of the year
award. Peterson was a key leader in the Joint Incident Sit
Communications Capability workshop and consolidated the base's network
infrastructure by installing 30 remote access servers. Peterson also
built an electro-static discharge station which assured the protection
of personnel and equipment from electrical shock.
Information Dominance Outstanding Radio Systems Airman of the Year Award
Senior Airman Miguel Luna, 482nd CS RF transmission systems technician,
won the AF Outstanding RF Transmission System Airman of the year award.
Among his list of accomplishments were arranging and conducting annual
wing personal wireless communication system training, installing and
configuring more than 25 radios in the emergency operations center, and
assisting the air traffic control shop troubleshoot and repair a ramp