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193rd SOLRS earns ARC Base Logistics Activity of the Year Award

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Culeen Shaffer
  • 193rd Special Operations Wing Public Affairs
The 193rd Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron was awarded the 2014 Air Reserve Component Base Logistics Activity of the Year Award for outstanding contribution to the success of the Air Force and Department of Defense missions.
The 193rd SOLRS was evaluated on direct
mission support (peacetime and deployed), innovative management and quality of life programs to earn the award. The squadron also received this award  in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

1st Lt. Thomas Bagnell, 193rd SOLRS installation deployment officer, said receiving the award was significant; it showed the squadron's hard work was recognized at a national level.

Senior Airman Karl A. Hawkins, a 193rd SOLRS heavy mobile maintenance mechanic, said,  "We are told that we do great work constantly, however, this kind of national recognition really drives the point home."

Many factors contributed to the unit's award, including multiple airlifts in support of various exercises, training and deployments and enhancement of NATO ties by teaching cargo build-up, hazards and rigging to four Lithuanian soldiers and one Latvian soldier. The squadron also created a small terminal training program and assisted with the removal of approximately 500 pounds of debris from a stream outside of the base.

"Every year LRS continues to excel despite the fact that we continue to have reductions in manpower and resources. This illustrates the unwavering level of commitment the individuals of LRS display on a daily basis," said Bagnell.

Hawkins said he believes the combination of a can-do attitude coupled with a deep desire to go the extra mile is the force behind this award winning squadron.