AAC awarded for excellence
By Staff Sgt Stacia Zachary, Team Eglin Public Affairs
/ Published November 05, 2009
EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. --
The Air Armament Center was recently awarded the Air Force Organizational Excellence Award for its ability to provide war-winning capabilities to Combat Air Forces to meet national security objectives.
The Air Force Organizational Excellence award recognizes the achievements and accomplishments of U.S. Air Force organizations or activities. Authorized by the Secretary of the Air Force Aug. 26, 1969, the award is presented to internal Air Force organizations that perform functions normally executed by larger organizations such as numbered wings, groups or squadrons.
According to Maj. Gen. C.R. Davis, AAC vice commander, the center's staff has excelled across a wide-spectrum of missions to include installation management of the Air Force's largest base in the United States as well as an outstanding record of acquisitions and testing capabilities.
The center manages a $52 billion portfolio of air-launched precision attack, combat support and special project weapon applications. They delivered more than 30,000 missiles, guided bombs, fuzes, sensors and aerial targets with more than 2,500 weapons employed in overseas contingency operations.
The center also provided full spectrum battle space test capabilities to more than 1,000 ongoing test programs to include aircraft, weapons, command and control and special operations for multiple joint and non-DoD agencies. Additionally, the center provided the DoD and combatant commanders with combat-ready forces and unsurpassed agile combat support with units forward deployed in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom.
The center's personnel enabled the joint team by supporting large-scale training exercises for joint and coalition forces and by testing systems for every major Air Force command and every branch of service and have paved the way for the future of Eglin AFB as the 7th Special Forces Group and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter are bedded down and integrated into operations here. A solid, structured beddown plan worth $998 million in Base Realignment and Closure monies for the additional forces is in construction.
"Your hard work and dedication have been recognized at the AAC," said General Davis. "You continue to lead the way in the command and across the Air Force. I am proud to be part of this amazing team."