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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Force Support Squadron takes Lemay award

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 families.

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 families.

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 daily basis."

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