Leadership from the 436th Airlift Wing received streamers commemorating the wing's recent Air Force Outstanding Unit Award on Dec. 13.

The AFOUA reflects the wing's service during the time period of Oct. 1, 2015, to Sept. 30, 2017.

"This award was earned by each and every member of Team Dover and is a reflection of the 'Dover Experience,' which begins from the moment you pass through the gate," said Col. Ethan Griffin, 436th AW commander. "It recognizes the expertise and precision of our aviators who take the 'Dover Tail Flash' all over the world, carrying the reputation of our hometown and our base on their wings."

The AFOUA was established in 1954 as the first independent Air Force decoration. It is awarded to U.S. Air Force units that demonstrate meritorious service or achievement of national or international significance, combat operations against an armed enemy of the U.S. or military operations involving conflict with or exposure to hostile actions by an opposing foreign force.

The AFOUA was last awarded to the wing for the period of Jan. 1, 2013 to Sept. 30, 2014. This is the 19th AFOUA the 436th AW has earned.

The award citation recognized the 436th AW for its operation of the Department of Defense's aerial port, flying more than 8,900 C-5M Super Galaxy and C-17 Globemaster III sorties and delivering more than 196 million pounds of cargo and transporting 37,000 passengers.

Additionally, during this time period, the wing conducted the Air Force's runway reconstruction project worth $114 million, which replaced 90-year-old infrastructure with new materials extending the life expectancy by at least 50 years. During the reconstruction, eight C-5Ms and more than 150 maintenance personnel deployed to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, New Jersey.

Additionally, the 436th Airlift Wing serves as host for key partners such as the Air Force Reserve's 512th Airlift Wing, the Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations, the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System and the Joint Personal Effects Depot, jointly responsible for the dignified return of fallen American service members.