The 440th Airlift Wing here, received the 2013 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious service from September 2011 to September 2013.

During this period, the 440 AW led Air Force Reserve Command’s most dynamic airfield, flawlessly supporting five major commands and over 22,000 operations. The wing was vital to Joint Airborne/Air Transportability Training, ensuring 111,000 jumpers from the 18th Airborne Corps and 82nd Airborne Division, and 1900 heavy cargo distribution system loads were combat ready, according to the award package.

“This recognition is a testament to your dedication and commitment to the Air Force and this wing,” said Brig. Gen. James Scanlan, 440th AW commander.  “Despite all of the challenges we face, you never quit, you never give up and you always find a way to succeed.”

The 440th AW also was a critical component for Contingency Operations, including combat search and rescue, counter drug and Operation’s Enduring Freedom, Iraqi Freedom, New Dawn, and Unified Response.  

Contributions from every unit throughout the wing were included in the award nomination, from expertly flying, fueling, loading and maintaining Pope’s C-130 Hercules fleet to caring for the spirit, health and welfare for Reservists and the local community.

Over this period, the wing merited 15 Air Force awards, 25 major command for unit/program awards and scores of individual honors for every mission area including operations, maintenance, medical and force support.

“I am incredibly proud of all of you and cannot thank you enough for all you have done to make this the most successful C-130 wing in AFRC,” said Scanlan.  “Congratulations to each and every one of you.”

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units.