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May 10, 2013

99th LRS Fuels Management Flight is best in Air Force

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Airman 1st Class Joshua Kleinholz
99th Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Airman 1st Class Jonathan Gutierrez, 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron fuels distribution operator, carries a fueling hose away from a Kovatch-International R-11 refueler to service an F-15C Eagle May 7 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. Operators make multiple trips to the flightline daily to ensure that aircraft have the fuel required to carry out the mission.

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. — The 99th Logistics Readiness Squadron Fuels Management Flight is set to be presented the American Petroleum Institute Award during a ceremony here May 21 recognizing them as the best fuels management team in the Air Force.

The award, given annually to recognize organizations for the effective, efficient and safe utilization of petroleum fuels, further validates the 99th LRS as the Air Force’s premier logistics team.

“We’re the best,” said Staff Sgt. Shane Irey, fuels distribution supervisor. “We have awesome management here, we have a very diverse mission and we just take a lot of pride in what we do and it definitely showed.”

Considerations for the honor came down to three Air Force bases including Barksdale AFB, La.; McGuire AFB, N.J.; and Nellis AFB. Squadrons competing for recognition were compared based on factors such as efficiency, workload, safety records and notable past achievements.

“We just won hands down. We showed that we are the best because of the pride we put in our work, and together we form a great unit,” Irey said.

Being selected for the award was no small feat for the Nellis team when considering the logistics challenges associated with the base’s air combat mission, including exercises like Red Flag and Green Flag.

“If you can do the job here, you can do it well anywhere in the Air Force,” said 1st Lt. Kevin Limani, fuels management flight commander.

Airman 1st Class Devin Cunningham, fuels distribution operator, is just one of many Airmen on the team making countless trips to the flightline ensuring aircrews have the fuel they need to keep aircraft in the sky.

“We have a lot pride in our career field knowing that what we do makes a difference,” Cunningham said. “Sometimes we spend all day out on the flightline; but it’s worth it.”

Moving forward, the fuels management flight will strive to raise the bar even higher.

“Any recognition of the work we do here is definitely a positive,” Irey said. “Anybody looking at LRS will see all the hard work we put into it.”

This latest honor comes just weeks after the 99th LRS was chosen for the 2012 Daedalian Major General Warren R. Carter Logistics Effectiveness Award, making it the best overall Logistics Readiness Squadron in the Air Force.




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