Photo By Tech. Sgt. John Galvin | Col. James “Pat” Moffett, 153rd Maintenance Group commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Douglas Franklin, chief of maintenance operations, accept the Air National Guard’s 2012 Maintenance Effectiveness Award in the medium category from Brig. Gen. Harold Reed (right), deputy adjutant general, Col. Dennis D. Grunstad II, assistant adjutant general-air, and Col. Stephen Rader (left), 153rd Airlift Wing commander, on Aug. 2, 2013, at Central High School in Cheyenne, Wyo. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Staff Sgt. John Galvin)
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. - Airmen of the Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Maintenance Group were the recipients of the Air National Guard's 2012 Maintenance Effectiveness Award in the medium category. The award was presented Aug. 3.
The group was selected out of submissions from the 89 flying wings across the country. Effectiveness awards are presented annually and are determined based on the number of aircraft and personnel assigned.
"For the members to be recognized with a national level award is exciting," said Col. James "Pat" Moffett, former 153rd Maintenance Group commander. "It validates the many long hours and tremendous efforts they display here at home and in deployed locations."
Moffett said he attributes the award to a broader effort of support.
"We provide aircraft in support of our firefighting mission, which was one of the most robust seasons in a number of years, and we still provide aircraft for our state missions," Moffett said. "I couldn't be prouder of this outstanding group of people and what they accomplish day in and day out and I am thrilled they were recognized at the national level."
Brig. Gen. James Witham, deputy director of the Air National Guard, said, "The maintenance group that earns this award demonstrates superior ability to accomplish the mission with effective use of resources and innovative management. I am truly proud to have this outstanding organization as part of our Air National Guard team."