by Tech. Sgt. Courtney Enos
161st Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
8/3/2015 - PHOENIX -- Chosen
among all Air National Guard security units across the country, the
161st Security Forces Squadron received the Air National Guard Security
Forces Squadron of the Year award during a ceremony here Aug. 1.
The Air National Guard Security Forces director, Col. Ed Kingdon, and
the career field manager, Chief Master Sgt. Todd Miskelly, hand
delivered the trophy to the squadron and presented it in front of the
entire 161st Air Refueling Wing at Phoenix Sky Harbor International
"I was just in DC and the Colonel [Kingdon] could have just handed the
plaque to me then, but he knew the importance of addressing our team in
person," said Lt. Col. Denise Sweeney, 161st Security Forces Squadron
This award encompassed three main components: the deployed mission, the in-garrison mission, and community involvement.
"Your nomination package showed us you are a well-rounded unit." said
Miskelly. "You are very active in your federal mission, fully engaged in
your state, and committed to your community. In other words, you're an
outstanding example of what the Air National Guard is all about and we
are very proud of you."
Specifically, Kingdon praised the squadron for being one of the first units in the ANG to receive the new resiliency training.
"I look throughout the wing and I couldn't be more proud of each and
every one of you than I am right now," said Col. Gary Brewer, Jr.,
161st Air Refueling Wing commander. "We keep raising our hands for every
mission. We're saying 'yes,' we're stepping forward, and we're trying
to be the best contributors [to the war fight], not just to the state,
but to the Guard and to our nation."
The squadron has deployed more than 50 members within the last two years, a feat their commander was proud to highlight.
"Defenders...you are phenomenal. You are outstanding," said Sweeney. "We
have had back-to-back deployments, and that is all while balancing that
in-garrison mission. And it doesn't come easy. If we didn't have this
solid foundation, esprit de corps, and what you do on a day-to-day
basis, this award wouldn't have been possible. You sacrifice every day
and you don't complain. You are inspiring."