Civil Engineering Squadron receives national level award Published Feb. 13, 2013 By 1st Lt. Michael Gibson 178th Fighter Wing SPRINGFIELD, Ohio -- The 178th Civil Engineering Squadron has won the 2012 Air National Guard Brig. Gen. Archie S. Mays Award. This award is presented to the outstanding Civil Engineer, Engineering Flight of the year and recognizes the engineering flight that most excelled in providing facility products and services of exceptional quality to base customers, according to Air Force Instruction 36-2817. "Selection as the Brigadier General Archie S. Mayes award winner is recognition that is well deserved," said Maj. Gen. Deborah Ashenhurst, Adjutant General of the Ohio National Guard. "It is heartwarming when the achievements and excellence of our Airmen is acknowledged at the National level like this." There were 88 units eligible to submit for this award, said Maj. Robert Toney, 178th CES commander. According to Toney, award criteria are based on both quantitative and qualitative methods. He said calculations were used to highlight significant achievements of areas concerning design completion and effort, contract awards, construction time growth, contract cost growth percentage, project programming effectiveness, integrated priority list execution, programs development and technical support. Toney explained that the squadron also used additional information to highlight innovation, such as utilizing RED HORSE from Mansfield, Ohio to remove a berm on base. "They got training and we saved some money to get work done," said Toney. "Please pass my personal congratulations on to the unit, as its selection for this prestigious award reflects great credit upon itself, the state of Ohio, and the Air National Guard," said Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, Air National Guard Director. "Keep up the good work."