The 436th Airlift Wing has been awarded the Meritorious Unit Award in recognition of their superior accomplishments from January 2012 to December 2012.
This award is given to Air Force active duty, reserve and guard units that show exceptional meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding achievement or service in direct support of combat operations for at least 90 continuous days.
“This award is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our airmen,” said Col. Rick Moore, 436 AW commander. “I’m always amazed by the difficult tasks our airmen at Dover Air Force are able to accomplish on a daily basis. This award is a reflection of those efforts.”
The 436 AW distinguished itself by making tremendous and singularly distinctive contributions in support of the United States strategic airlift objectives, Air Mobility Command’s global airlift mission and the direct support of overseas contingency operations.
In 2012, 436 AW moved 94 percent of all Operations Enduring Freedom channel cargo, delivering more than 200,000 personnel and 165 million pounds of cargo and handled 57 percent of contiguous United States channel airlift. In addition, the wing validated a new channel route, flying 87 missions, to deliver cargo from port to Afghanistan in only 21 hours.
The 436 AW also made a large humanitarian impact in Superstorm Sandy relief efforts. Team Dover phenomenal response, evacuating and recovering its $6.5 billion fleet and restoring operations in less than three hours, lead to the execution of 10 missions directly supporting the hurricane victims.
“This is the first time that the wing has received this award,” Moore said. “2012 presented many opportunities, and we answered the call each time and delivered outstanding results.”
The Meritorious Unit Award is presented exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding achievement or service indirect support of combat operations for at least 90 continuous days during the period of military operations against an armed enemy of the United States on or after Sept. 11, 2001.