by Capt. Pamela Stauffer
116th Air Control Wing Public Affairs
3/18/2015 - ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- A
squadron within the 116th Air Control Wing here was chosen as the
National Guard Bureau level Airborne Battle Management Crew of the Year
for 2014 by the Air Force Association, announced in February through
Professionalism, superior knowledge, and agile technical skills in
airborne Battle Management, Command and Control, Intelligence,
Surveillance and Reconnaissance during missions in Iraq were the drivers
behind the 128th Airborne Command and Control Squadron's Crew 8 award
"In today's operational environment, the skill of aircrew members
coupled with flexibility is critical to mission success," said Col. John
Verhage, 116th Operations Group commander. "They had to rapidly adapt
to an ever changing battlefield situation."
The crew's nomination focused on their accomplishments while flying in the Central Command area of operations.
"Their response to changes in the air tasking order ensured successful
close air support and air interdiction missions, which directly
contributed to bombs on target, on time," said Verhage.
The judging categories for the NGB level ABM crew award were:
Outstanding Crew Accomplishments with Significant Results; Major Mission
Accomplishments; and Contributions to Battle Management during tactical
"The women and men of Crew 8 brought stability and calm confidence to
the area of operations," said an evaluator senior director technician
with the crew.
The 128th is among nine categories of battle management winners
advancing to compete in the Air Force level competition. The national
winners are formally recognized at the National Aerospace Award Ceremony
scheduled later this year.
"These individuals epitomize the professionalism and dedication required
for mission success," said Col. Brian Lehew, chief, Command and
Control, ISR Division.