126th Refueling Wing wins Outstanding Unit Award

News-DemocratMay 20, 2014 

— The 126th Air Refueling Wing has been awarded its sixth Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for its work between Oct. 1, 2011, and Sept. 30, 2013.

Col. Pete Nezamis, the wing commander, issued a statement in which he saluted the wing's "monumental achievement" and expressed gratitude to the families that provided critical support.

"I don't think I have to count or remind you of the numerous deployments and sacrifices endured by our families," Nezamis said in a statement. "Our mission is what we do, what we're accustomed to, but this award is bestowed upon our families as well for their unwavering commitment to you."

During the two-year period for which it is being recognized, the 126th ARW flew its eight KC-135R Stratotanker aircraft on more than 6,200 missions, offloading more than 10.2 million gallons of fuel to more than 10,000 U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organization aircraft, according to wing records.

In addition, the wing deployed nearly 1,000 personnel to bases in Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany, Guam and Japan. The wing's personnel took part in operations Noble Eagle, Enduring Freedom, New Dawn and Iraqi Freedom.

The wing maintains a high level of readiness for the U.S. Strategic Command's Global Strike mission, according to Lt. Col. Ralph Delatour, chief of wing plans for the unit.

"This is a key component of the nuclear triad, and provides national leadership flexible options in deploying nuclear deterrence and strategic threat response, worldwide," Delatour said.

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