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126th Air Refueling Wing recieves its sixth AFOUA


Story by Senior Airman Elise Stout

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. — The 126th Air Refueling
Wing, assigned to the Illinois Air National Guard,
received its sixth Air Force Outstanding Unit Award
(AFOUA) on Oct. 4, 2014, from the Adjutant General
of the Illinois National Guard, Army Maj. Gen. Daniel
Krumrei, at Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

The AFOUA is awarded to only a number of units each
year. This year on May 12, 2014 the 126th Air Refueling
Wing (ARW) earned the AFOUA for service from the
time period of Oct. 1, 2011, to Sept. 30, 2013.

“You do seize the opportunities and you do embrace the
challenges which augment the Air Force and bolster our
state duties and obligations. We in the state of Illinois
and this nation owe you and owe your families our
respect and gratitude.” said Krumrei when making the
presentation at a ceremony held inside the wing hangar.
Krumrei also passed on a message to the unit from the
Director of the Air National Guard, Air Force Lt. Gen.
Stanley E. Clarke III.

“I’m extremely impressed with the enthusiasm, the
morale, the dedication required to keep eight 50-plus
year old aircraft out of the hangar and on the flight line
ready for a nuclear response,” said Clarke.

Col. Peter Nezamis, commander of the 126 ARW,
agreed that he did not want to let the hard work and
dedication by the citizen-airmen go unnoticed.

“This honor for the wing was earned on each and every
one of your backs for the dedication and passion you
bring to the mission regardless of the elements and
pressure, daily,” said Nezamis.

This award means a great deal to those Airmen who have
worked to earn it.

“The Outstanding Unit Award is a testament to the
sacrifice and dedication that each member of this
wing exhibits. They don’t do it for the recognition
or personal gain, but instead for the service to their
country and state,” said 2nd Lt. Dustin Brown, an
Equal Opportunity officer for the 126 ARW. “The
Outstanding Unit Award is the icing on the cake. It
shows the efforts and sacrifices of this wing are not going
unnoticed.”

The 126 ARW flew over 6,200 missions on the KC-
135R Stratotankers during the two year time period. On
those 6,200 flying missions, over 10.2 million gallons
of fuel were offloaded to over 10,000 U.S. and NATO
aircraft according to the award citation.

This means that not only has the 126 ARW been chosen
to represent the Illinois Air National Guard, they
represent the Air Force on a higher level.

“Receiving the AFOUA means the 126th Air Refueling
Wing is being recognized for the hard work and
dedication of each and every member,” said Senior
Airman Amanda Martin, a manpower and personnel
assistant for the 126th Force Support Squadron. “We
proudly get to wear the ribbon to show that our wing
has been chosen to represent the Air Force.”

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