by Tech. Sgt. Raymond Mills
JBER Public Affairs
4/30/2015 - JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- The
673d Air Base Wing Force Support Squadron earned the Air Force Curtis
E. LeMay award for best large-installation-level FSS of the year in the
Air Force for 2014.
The award recognizes FSS leadership, customer service, support and
quality-of-life programs provided to joint military members and their
The accolade is split into two categories; large bases, with more than
6,000 military and civilian personnel, and small bases, which have fewer
than 6,000 personnel. Competition was stiff, with 80 squadrons
competing Air Force-wide for the title "best large installation" FSS.
"It's truly an honor for the FSS to win this award," said Lt. Col. Christopher Busque, 673d Air Base Wing FSS commander.
The FSS is a diverse squadron with members who work hard to manage a
multifaceted mission that includes providing lodging, child care,
recreation, mortuary affairs, and much more to JBER personnel and their
Busque said executing the FSS's mission is a great achievement and
couldn't be accomplished without the Airmen and civilians dedicated to
running daily operations.
"It takes a special kind of person who is willing to be that frontline
service provider, whether that's in the child development center taking
care of kids or in the dining facility serving food," he said.
Senior Airman Kevin Brown, 673d FSS career development technician,
exhibits the qualities and characteristics that are representative of
the FSS team.
Brown was recognized as FSS Airman of the Year at squadron, Pacific Air Force, and Air Force levels.
"It was a team effort," said Brown. "Leadership provided the
opportunities and the team took advantage of them. It's a great feeling
to be recognized, and it shows that all our hard work and determination
paid off in the end."
Busque said the FSS motto is 'Proud to serve,' and his squadron clearly delivers by way of exceptional services.
Although the FSS team members achieved a high honor and are proud of
their accomplishments, they continue to enhance support to JBER.
"We truly are able to do great things and will continue to do great
things," Busque said. "This is not the destination, this is still the
journey. We are still looking for things to do and how to improve so as
to better support the men and women of JBER."
Busque said the FSS is always looking for feedback from the community in
an effort to expand services and provide customers with what they need.
Feedback can be provided through interactive customer evaluations, or
simply by speaking to an FSS member.
"I would like to say that I am so proud to be part of this team, and
it's important to note that I got here midway through the award period
and this award is not about me, it's about the men and women of the
FSS," said Busque. "It's a great honor to be associated with this great
team and I would like to thank them for all the hard work they do on a