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178th Civil Engineering Squadron earns prestigious award

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The 178th Civil Engineering Squadron earned the 2018 Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier Exceptional Unit Trophy, Nov. 3, during the military ball in Springfield, Ohio. The 178th CES earned this prestigious award through diligent service and dedication to accomplishing the mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Amber Mullen)

photo of Airmen earning award

The 178th Civil Engineering Squadron earned the 2018 Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier Exceptional Unit Trophy, Nov. 3, during the military ball in Springfield, Ohio. The 178th CES earned this prestigious award through diligent service and dedication to accomplishing the mission. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Airman 1st Class Amber Mullen)

SPRINGFIELD AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ohio --

The 178th Civil Engineering Squadron earned the 2018 Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier Exceptional Unit Trophy, Nov. 3, during the military ball in Springfield, Ohio.

The 178th CES earned this prestigious award through diligent service and dedication to accomplishing the mission.

“I can’t tell you how excited I was,” said Lt. Col. Michel Weitz, the 178th CES commander. “It means we’re on the right track.”

178th CES Airmen worked as a team to overcome challenges and remain resilient during a time when several members with the unit were deployed overseas.

“Everyone’s role is important, we’re all part of the same team,” said Weitz. “Teamwork is one of the most important aspects of what we do.”

The 178th CES has been ahead of the curve on staying up-to-date with fitness testing and completing enlisted performance reports. 178th CES Airmen have also played an instrumental role around the globe during recent natural disasters.

“The best thing to do is to share knowledge with those under you,” said Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Cully, an emergency management specialist with the 178th CES.

The team effort the 178th CES displayed to learn from one another and push one another to the next level is what helped them earn this award.

The Maj. Gen. Edward Mechenbier Exceptional Unit Trophy recognizes units who exemplify the same strong, dedicated characteristics of Mechenbier himself. He was a former 178th Wing member and demonstrated resiliency and courage while held Prisoner of War for nearly six years in North Vietnam.