Salutes & Awards

April 5, 2013

99th LRS wins prestigious Daedalian Award

Airman 1st Class Lester Villarin, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance specialist, charges the air-conditioner on a 16-passenger vehicle April 4 at the 99th LRS Maintenance Hangar. Maintaining the air-conditioners in the vehicles is important during the hot summers in Las Vegas.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron will be awarded the 2012 Daedalian Major General Warren R. Carter Logistics Effectiveness Award during a ceremony here May 20.

The Daedalian Foundation’s Logistics Effectiveness Award, first awarded in 1962, is presented annually to the United States Air Force unit at Base level selected by the Chief of Staff as having achieved the best supply effectiveness record in the Air Force in support of mission aircraft and/ or weapons.

This particular LRS differs from the ones across the Air Force due to its distinct mission.

“What’s unique about the LRS at Nellis is the mission,” said Maj. Craig Lane, 99th LRS operations officer.
“It’s not a standard logistics readiness squadron. Here, we support more than just a flying mission.”

Airman 1st Class William Hendrickson, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron vehicle maintenance specialist, changes the oil filter on a 99th Security Forces Squadron Vehicle April 4 at the 99th LRS Maintenance Hangar. The 99th LRS services vehicles assigned to units on Nellis, Creech and the Nevada Test and Training Range in order to help accomplish the installation’s training an operational mission.

With training missions such Red and Green Flag, the 99th LRS supports a wide variety of exercises along with the normal flying sorties.

“We have Airmen specifically dedicated to the Red Flag support and all the flag exercises that come in as well as the team we have up at Creech for the RPA missions,” Lane said. “It’s much more unique than a one wing, one team, one fight base. We have six flights versus the standard four, several wings and 52 tenant units.”

Although the 99th LRS has won many Air Combat Command awards, this is the first time it has won an Air Force-level award.

“We competed at ACC first, made the top three and won, then we went forward to the Air Force level to compete against the other MAJCOM winners and won outright,” Lane said.

The 99th LRS continues to work hard to not only to be recognized for their achievements but to keep morale high by acknowledging Airmen’s efforts.

“We have a lot of smart young Airmen who do great things every day,” Lane said. “I am very fortunate to be able to stand in front of that team and represent them, but they’re the ones doing the work.”

“Knowing at the end of the day that you’re on the number one team boosts morale like no other,” said Senior Airman Courtney Lewis, 99th LRS Fuels Laboratory Technician. “I know it’s something that I will never forget and I’m glad to be a part of the team that won it.”




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