by Senior Airman Justin Creech
137th Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
10/21/2015 - WILL ROGERS AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Okla. -- The
137th Air Refueling Wing command post was selected as the Air National
Guard Small Command Post of the Year for the period of Jan. 1 to Dec.
The 137 CP received the award for excellence in mission accomplishment
and impact, performance and recognition of command post controllers, and
"We are very excited to be recognized at the Air National Guard level,"
said Master Sgt. Barbara Baldwin, 137 CP superintendent. "Everyone
worked extremely hard last year and I'm proud of what we were able to
In 2014, the 137 CP continued to perform command and control operations
as part of a 6-year partnership with the 507th Air Refueling Wing
Command Post at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City, while
simultaneously implementing full-time operations here.
Also in 2014, the 137 CP also provided personnel to augment the 507 CP's
capabilities and capacity in support of a U.S. Strategic Command
"I chose to postpone our annual tour with the wing to provide shift
coverage to the 507 CP so all of their personnel were able to
participate in the exercise," said Baldwin. "The training they received
will be instrumental to their success in future exercises. Despite our
impending departure, I felt it was important to continue to support them
They also spearheaded wing-wide preparation for the conversion to a
special operations mission by proactively identifying, assessing, and
correcting potential deficiencies in communication processes and
Participation in several activities on base and in the community also
contributed to receiving this award. CP controllers participated in unit
and community morale events, including several near Christmas, and also
helped design a memorial for fallen WRANGB Airmen.
"I think it's very important to be involved in both unit and community
activities," said Baldwin. "It helps build relationships and opens
communication with agencies and individuals we might not otherwise be
Col. Devin R. Wooden, 137 ARW commander, is thrilled with the example
137 CP has set since returning to WRANGB and the ANG's recognition of
"Our command post airmen displayed great focus, persistence and
perseverance through uncertain times," said Wooden. "The way they
finished strong at the close of our air refueling mission and have
embraced their new mission in AFSOC serves as an example to all of us. I
can think of no finer Airmen to represent the Air National Guard as
Small Command Post of the Year for 2014."