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Fuels Management awarded 'best in ANG'

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  • By Staff Sgt. Tina Maddock
  • 178th Fighter Wing
     The National Guard Bureau named the 178th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight "the Best in the Air National Guard" for their field. The flight has been selected as the Air National Guard Outstanding Fuels Management Flight Award Winner of the Best Fuels Operation for 2008.
     Four members from the 178th Fuels Flight represented their unit at the PETRO Expo 2009. The event which is held by the National Petroleum Management Association in Washington, D.C., brings together government, industry and academia petroleum professionals. 
     On April 28, the Guardsmen from the 178th were recognized at the event during the Joint Services and Industry Awards Banquet for their achievement.
     Lt. Col. David Corry, the 178th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander, said, "We have worked hard during the past two to three years to move our squadron towards a high performance organization. I cannot think of a more fitting way to recognize our efforts than by having Senior Master Sergeant Tom Oswald, and his team, recognized for their dedication to our mission."
     To qualify for the award, the unit had to submit a nomination package. The package highlighted the hard work the 178th Fuels Flight carried out in 2008. The unit had many accomplishments last year, including: an "excellent" rating by the 19th Air Force Education and Training Command Inspector General Team during the 2008 Operation Readiness Inspection. 
     They had zero delays or lost missions due to fuels or cryogenics support from Team POL. In addition they safely completed 1,222 R-11 truck refills, performed 4,869 refuels for 5,248,450 gallons and 214 defuels for 161,654 gallons. They also safely received 634 trucks of JP-8, 47 trucks of ground fuel, and 10 trucks of cryogenics.
     "They are an incredible team, and our unit is very proud of them and what they do for us every day to support the missions of the 178th Fighter Wing and the Royal Netherlands Air Force 306th Detachment F-16 Student Pilot Training Programs," said Col. Mike Roberts, the 178th Fighter Wing commander, in the nomination packet.
     The American Petroleum Institute Trophy will be presented to the unit at the May 3 formation at Springfield Air National Guard Base.