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Scott AFB wins coveted Abilene Trophy for second time in three years

A sign welcomes visitors through the Belleville Gate entrance at Scott Air Force Base.
A sign welcomes visitors through the Belleville Gate entrance at Scott Air Force Base. Chad R. Gann, USAF

Scott Air Force Base and its local supporters received a big dose of good news Friday, when they learned the prestigious Abilene Trophy is returning to Southwestern Illinois for a second time in three years.

Also known as the Air Mobility Command Community Support Award, the trophy was awarded by the command in recognition of the extensive support shown during 2014 for Scott Air Force Base’s military members and their families.

The award is presented annually to recognize the community that provides the finest support to an Air Mobility Command unit . The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois spearheaded this year’s nomination on behalf of the St. Louis region, submitting an application that highlighted a series of “firsts” that underscored the depth of the region’s commitment to Scott and its future.

Ellen Krohne, executive director of the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, said in a statement that “2014 was a remarkable year in ‘Scott Country,’ during which new programs, initiatives and milestones, combined with ongoing efforts, helped to build on the region’s solid foundation of support for the men, women and families of Scott Air Force Base and further strengthened the unique bond we share.”

Krohne added that the Abilene Trophy awarded to the St. Louis region in 2013 also recognized the widespread regional support that businesses, organizations and communities provided to Scott and its personnel.

The “firsts” showcased in the council’s application for the award included Air Force Times ranking of Scott AFB as the top air base in the nation for airmen. Another feature highlighted in the nomination was the role of regional leaders in securing passage of U.S. House Bill 3939, which assured for the first time ever that prior schooling counts for the children of military families transitioning to Scott AFB, according to a statement the council issued.