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Citation of Honor

Award Cat: Organization
Winner: AF

AFI 36-2805, para 3.5.5

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Laser Jet 4M
Pg Stats:            .6 LT            .6 RT            .5 T            .5 B

This award won for the unit.  An important tool I have learned from this award and other group awards is the individual awards through out the unit.  The more time spent polishing them, researching and writing them, reaps huge rewards for group awards such as this.  If you refer to the other 2002 awards, you will see some of the same lines verbatim with in this.

MISSION DESCRIPTION - USAF's #1 tool providing tactical battlespace awareness to the warfighter
- Comprised of 450 active duty, 51 Air National Guard & 70 civilians, Distributed Ground Station-?
  (DGS-?) flawlessly blended efforts of three diverse squadrons and 36 technical specialties to conduct
  near-real-time intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance (ISR) missions exploiting multi-source intel
  collected by U-2 manned and Global Hawk and Predator unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) platforms 
  -- Leveraged reachback communications architecture to own the battlespace; delivered threat warning,
     situational awareness and fused imagery products for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM (OEF) 
  -- USAF's #1 total force team--delivered consistently precise, actionable intel to fellow warfighters

MISSION ACCOMPLISHMENTS - Exemplar level of effort achieved remarkably lethal results
- Total force focused on providing CENTCOM Air Commander dominant OEF battlespace awareness 
- CFACC's prime source for timely, actionable intelligence; satisfied over 45,000 imagery requests on   
  over 450 missions...over 80%of theater's total requirement; disseminated over 12,000 technical rpts 
  -- Exploited three U-2 sorties/day…24/7 ops; helped deliver the hand of God to al-Qaeda terrorists  
  -- Global Hawk UAV tracked movements--fused intel critical to "Search and Destroy" afghan mission 
  -- Persistent ISR pinned down al-Qaeda; paved a way for 'kick-down the door' precision engagement 
  -- Saved lives!  Vital comms focal pt...key in protecting Special Ops ground forces from friendly fire 
- Exploited new time-critical Precision Geo-Location (PGL) targeting capability; slashed timelines for  
   mensurated target coordinates up to 80%--precision guided missiles delivered to Bin Laden's doorstep 
- Leveraged U-2 Extended Tether Program (ETP) direct-to-satellite comms for asymmetrical advantage 
  -- Delivered life saving threat warning, critical near real time "tippers", and actionable targeting data 
- Deployed contractor personnel to manage and operate the Predator UAV imagery exploitation network
  at SWA...offered communication system administration expertise to advance the US war on terrorism
- Provided assured connectivity and combat proven reliability of 33 communications circuits, 2 satellite
  relay networks...more than 300 Mbps of bandwidth...maintained phenomenal 99% mission ready rate
  -- A stellar rating considering OPSTEMPO gave few opportunities to reconstitute the weapon system 
- Pressed on with acceptance testing of the next gen U-2/DGS-? sensor packages; worked around OEF 
  -- Despite system infancy failures/poor tech data, tests stayed on schedule...advance capability fielded
     to Korean AOR; provided {NAF} multi-spectral imagery capability--a quantum leap in U-2 operations
- Operated/maintained DGS-2 Fwd; employed Global Hawk for OEF time-sensitive-targeting missions  
  -- UAV's long loiter time kept tabs on al-Qaeda night movements; denied terrorists freedom/sanctuary
- Processed 45K+ imagery requests; fed unquenchable need for intel; wowed users in 3 distinct theaters
- Rapidly relocated the $25M Mobile Stretch (MOBSTR) forward operating U-2 data relay comms site
  -- Moved 52 people & 100 tons of equipment to {NAME} AS, Germany to aid Mid-East intel collection
  -- Refocused ISR assets to monitor rising hostilities emerging from the Israeli and Palestinian conflict  
  -- Reengineered MOBSTR's Threatnet circuit at Ramstein AB to support Operation ANACONDA  
  -- Locked the gate on {NAME AS}, {CNTRY} as MOBSTR moved; worked with senior {#} AF & {#} AEW 
     leaders and senior Italian officials; transferred 300 acres & $65M in assets to the Italian government 
- Relocated MOBSTR a second time; discreetly set up U-2 ops to cover northern Iraq--presence allowed   oversight of Iraqi compliance with UN Security Counsel resolutions concerning inspections for WMD 
  -- Solved myriad of complex issues to make move happen...channeled cooperation between EUCOM,    
      CENTCOM and host nation; expedited move; used own unit funds to cut through logistical red tape
  -- Sent ADVON team to establish infrastructure--oversaw security, customs and lodging requirements
  -- Modified the Deployable Transist-cased System (DTS); DTS used to support UAV missions--now 
      able to exploit U-2 missions...leveraged off different intel platform to run simultaneous U-2 ops 
  -- Intense ISR activity sent strong message to Saddam's regime of seriousness of WMD disarmament 
- Showcased unit ISR expertise at the inaugural Joint Expeditionary Forces Experiment (JEFX) exercise 
  -- First joint field exercise incorporating next gen U-2 aircraft, sensors and aircraft tracking antennas
- Eyes/ears for Operation MOUNTAIN LION; provided critical situational awareness to US and UK
  forces interdicting convoys between Pakistan and Afghanistan supplying remnants of al-Qaeda forces 
  -- Disseminated timely reports to aid battlefield commanders; ensured safety of air and ground troops
- Despite limited role due to real-world war planning, provided 700+ imagery targets and "deployable"
  airmen for JCS-directed Single Integrated Operational Plan for STRATCOM exercise Global Guardian
  -- Products aided in exercising {WING}’s nuclear contingency plans supporting USSTRATCOM plans

IMPROVED MISSION EFFICIENCY - A transformation leader; ISR has never been more necessary
- Improved electronic link with {NAME} ANG; installed a $500K system upgrade bolster {SQU} ISR's msn
  -- Emerging technology allowed guardsmen to exploit U-2 and Global Hawk and Predator UAV msns
- Relocated and upgraded DGS-? satellite imagery servers; increased usable workstations from 18 to 25
 -- Improved communication bandwidth from 179 kb/sec to 356 kb/ astounding 199% increase! 
 -- Collocated multi-classification firewall; enhanced time-critical OEF analysts exploitation capability  
- Manning & mission considerations provided a catalyst for innovation; unit reorganized; new structure 
  linked similar pgms under new Mission Support Flt--natural working groups improved efficiency 50%
- Upgraded signals exploitation comms pipe from 6 Mbps to over 15 Mbps...over 250%
  enhanced circuit allowed to greater volume of data to be rapidly transferred to associated intel units
  -- Robust data circuit served as the communications backbone to build a simultaneous U-2 exploitation
     capability for a potential Iraqi confrontation...a prominent capability in modifying the Iraq OPLAN
- Ever-evolving mission needs led to expansive modifications to upgrade intel exploitation capabilities 
  -- Upgraded the Image Processing Library (IPL) disc arrays from 9 GB to over 73 GB; increased IPL  
      storage allowed mission planners to commence contingency target planning for future conflict areas 
  -- Previously deleted historical archives to free disk storage space; increased imagery reference 9x
  -- Completed a $1M communications-operations segment mod; transit-cased gear for rapid deployment
  -- Loaded/employed new discreet collection software permitting more accurate identification/location
      of targets--enhanced direction finding capability closed the target ellipsis; reduced collateral damage
- Repository of knowledge concerning the Modularized Interoperable Surface Terminal-II (MIST-II)   
  -- Debugged a prototype; MIST-II now a reliable aircraft tracking antenna--excellent ops during JEFX  
  -- Championed MIST-II logistics/sustainment tail; spent unit funds to aid the tech manual development
- Thorough planning/practical experience gained laid foundation for success of U-2 ETP ops in OEF
  -- Applied lessons learned to improve CONOPS; pushed the envelop to attain dual U-2 ops capability

MISSION SUSTAINMENT - Conducting global ops daily while modernizing cutting edge technology 
- Responsible for all facets of management, design, procurement, implementation and maintenance of 4
  multi-level class/unclass security networks consisting of 400+ workstations, 10 servers and 800 users
- Built sustainable logistics tail...enabled 24/7 OEF battlespace awareness and information dominance
  -- Phenomenal maintenance/inventory management--sustained ops, 2 MICAP situations in 365 days!
  -- 97% stockage effectiveness rate.  Enhanced Warner-Robins Wpn Systems Support List; provisioned
     2,100 adjusted stock levels for 18 info warfare components...diligently coordinated 760+ additions
  -- Maintained superb 98% mission support kit fill rate...result: a 97% annual inventory accuracy rate
- Maintained 24/7 security posture for 500+ person site and 3 facilities totaling over 30,000 square feet
- Revamped DTS shelter...spent 10 days modifying shelter floor plans 30+ times to find the perfect fit 
  -- Masterfully utilized 27 people; ensured the impossible, 96 hours of work accomplished in 49 hours  
  -- Fabricated/installed 125 shielded twisted pair (STP) cables; laid 1 1/2 miles of cable in 14 hours   
  -- Acute attention to detail; labeled 125 cables and installed 156 STP connectors; errors limited to 3% 
  -- Moved 39 mission and 12 support systems; mission capable in 32 hours; 16 hours ahead of schedule 
  -- Removed 56 unneeded equipment/workstations into maintenance shelter; freed up an extra 100 sq/ft 
  -- Security and safety paramount; ensured compliance with emission security and electrical/fire codes  
- Manned below command average across all AFSCs yet still supported 'Big' Air Force requirements
  -- PCA'd two 2E technicians to stand up Global Hawk's {SQU} on {BASE} AFB...first sqdn of its kind
  -- PCA'd a heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC) technician to {BASE}'s {SQU} to support critical 
     deployable wet-film UTC requirement; also deployed a HVAC troop and a personnel specialist to
     fill short-notice {WING} AEF taskings the wing couldn't fill...DGS-? is committed to 'Team {BASE}’
- Supplied more than half of 'Team {BASE}’ Supply and Fuels 'Roadeo' participants; team travelled to
  Eglin AFB to compete against 38 other bases...'Team {BASE}’ took 8th place overall--scores in top 2%
- Lobbied to replace the aging SATCOM Tri-band Field Terminal (TFT) with a newer version; devised  
  a plan/won approval; transferred TFT and mission support kits to MOBSTR; old TFT depot bound

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