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AFMC, Wright-Patt Global Hawk program receive 2013 logistics awards

Posted 4/8/2014   Updated 4/8/2014 Email story   Print story


by Kim Bowden
Air Force Materiel Command Public Affairs

4/8/2014 - WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio -- Two Air Staff-level logistics awards went to Air Force Materiel Command for 2013.

For the second year in a row, the Dr. James G. Roche Sustainment Excellence Award -- presented to the AFMC Aircraft Program Management Office demonstrating the most improved performance in fleet sustainment -- was awarded to the Global Hawk Division of AFMC's Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. The division displayed improvement in four of five measured metric areas, including the most significant improvement in aircraft availability and mission capable rates.

The Roche Award is named for Dr. James G. Roche, the 20th Secretary of the Air Force. He served in the Air Force's top position from 2001 to 2005.

AFMC was also the recipient of the General Wilbur L. Creech Maintenance Excellence Award. The award is presented to the major command demonstrating the most improved performance in aircraft maintenance and logistics readiness. Although the competition was close, the command clinched the award as a result of the drastic improvement in its cannibalization rate.

The Creech Award is named for Gen. Wilbur "Bill" L. Creech, who was among the most influential generals in Air Force history. He commanded at the wing and major command levels and was the commander of Tactical Air Command. During his career, he flew 103 combat missions during the Korean War, 177 combat missions during Vietnam and 125 flights with the U.S. Air Force Aerial Demonstration Team, the Thunderbirds. In total, Creech flew 40 different military fighter, cargo and reconnaissance aircraft. He died in 2003.

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