Some 2,200 men and women of the 446th Airlift Wing of Joint Base Lewis-McChord recently received the Air Force Outstanding Unit award for a two-year period of accomplishments ending in September 2012.
Their accomplishments included deploying more than 100 medical specialists to Southwest Asia and moving more than 1,200 sick and wounded patients.
In 2012, the 446th flew about 5,200 passengers and more than 6 million pounds of cargo in Operation Deep Freeze, which services National Science Foundation research activities in Antarctica.
While deployed on Operation Deep Freeze, aircrews, in a mission that required the use of night-vision goggles, performed an emergency midwinter air evacuation.
The 446th is made up of reservists, who work in a wide range of occupations in their civilian lives. Some are commercial pilots, others are nurses or work at Boeing, and many are students, according to Master Sgt. Jake Chappelle, a spokesman at JBLM. These reservists typically are called to active duty for 180-day periods, and those call-ups typically occur once every 18 months, Chappelle said.
This is the sixth time the 446th has received the outstanding unit award.
The wing-safety office also received the Air Force Flight Safety award.
“It’s amazing what you do,” Col. Bruce Bowers, 446th Airlift Wing commander, told the unit. “You do it in spite of multiple obstacles we place in front of you. You do it without complaining and with a sense of pride and professionalism.”