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251st CEIG wins General McClelland Award

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  • By Airman 1st Class Amber Mullen
  • 178th Wing

The 251st Cyberspace Engineering Installation Group won the 2018 Lieutenant General Harold M. McClelland Award for their commitment and dedication in handling cyberspace operations and supporting missions.

The Lieutenant General Harold M. McClelland Award is awarded annually and recognizes the achievements of large units in the Air Force.

“This award acknowledges the hard work, dedication and selfless volunteerism of nine Air National Guard expeditionary cyberspace units who are tasked to provide unmatched capabilities for the Air National Guard, United States Air Force and Department of Defense,” said Col. Wade Rupper, the commander of the 251st CEIG.

The job of the 251st CEIG is to provide engineering support and to install and extend communications capabilities world-wide. They also work to ensure cyberspace capabilities are provided to warfighters and customers at bases in deployed environments.

In the past year, Airmen of the 251st provided support to the Virgin Islands during Hurricane Maria, provided the infrastructure and cable installation for the new United States Strategic Command’s Command and Control facility, and managed the engineering installation community’s mobilization in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, Operation Enduring Freedom, and the United States Africa Command.

This award marks the seventh time in the last nine years that the 251st CEIG has been recognized in the Outstanding Information Dominance cyberspace mission area.

“Being recognized as the top unit out of over 180 eligible units in multiple mission areas is extraordinary,” said Rupper. “We are very proud of all the members within 251st CEIG.”