Story by A1C Caitlin Russell on 02/21/2019The 732nd Air Mobility Squadron received several awards highlighting their outstanding performance at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska, for 2018.
"Our unit was recently recognized with an Air Force level unit and individual award," said U.S. Air Force TSgt. Christopher Bilbo, 732nd AMS passenger services section chief. "We were grateful for the award because it's a testament to our Airmen's success. They come in everyday, do the job to the best of their ability, and don't ask for the recognition. The awards validate the impact our Airmen have on the mission."
The 732nd AMS received the Air Force Small Terminal of the Year award while Senior Airman Dejanee Martin, 732nd AMS special handling technician, was awarded with the AF Logistics Readiness Airman of the Year.
The AF Small Terminal of the Year award recognizes units who excel in providing direct mission support, innovative management and quality of life programs. The 732nd AMS also won the award in 2013.
The unit's success was showcased when they executed more than a 100 airlift missions and oversaw the movement of approximately 3,360 passengers and 1,472 tons of cargo in support of exercises Red Flag, Northern Edge, Predictable Iron and Vigilant Shield. The 732nd AMS also scheduled 600 missions to 9 radar sites, which provide Alaska with airspace surveillance, intercept control, and navigational assistance to military and civilian aircraft.
The AF Logistics Readiness Airman of the Year award follows the same guidelines by distinguishing individuals who excelled and made outstanding contributions to the Air Force or Department of Defense logistics readiness mission.
Martin earned the recognition in part because of her role as a multifaceted air advisor during Operation Inherent Resolve, where she helped guide 580 missions, and cleared 6,000 passengers and 2,000 tons of cargo.
"Martin's hard work and constant dedication to the mission is why we handpicked her as the air advisor during Operation Inherent Resolve," said Air Force 1st Lt. Lawrence Lampkin, 732nd AMS aerial port flight commander. "She also trained in several other complex duties, where she is often the go-to Airman for short-notice taskings that impact several real-world mobility operations. All-in-all, we're very proud of her as an Airman and for what she has achieved."
Ray Ball, 732nd AMS passenger terminal dayshift supervisor, said both the AF Small Terminal of the Year award and the AF Logistics Readiness Airman of the Year, are material representations of the teamwork and commitment the Airmen put into the mission.
"The awards give us a sense of pride, it's something we strive for every year and to finally win, it's amazing," Ball said.