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126th Security Forces Squadron wins Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

The 126th Security Forces Squadron was recognized for receiving the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) in a parade ceremony at Scott AFB, Ill., on Feb. 4, 2012.  Army Maj. Gen. William Enyart, Adjutant General, State of Illinois; Air Force Brig. Gen. James Schroeder, Commander, Illinois Air National Guard; and Air Force Col. Peter Nezamis, Commander, 126th Air Refueling Wing; followed military tradition and ceremoniously attached the AFOUA streamer to the squadron’s guidon in the formal ceremony attended by more than 830 members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing and guests.  The 126th Security Forces Squadron is commanded by Air Force Lt. Col. John Bryk and the squadron received the award for exceptionally meritorious service from Aug. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2011.

The 126th Security Forces Squadron was recognized for receiving the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) in a parade ceremony at Scott AFB, Ill., on Feb. 4, 2012. Army Maj. Gen. William Enyart, Adjutant General, State of Illinois; Air Force Brig. Gen. James Schroeder, Commander, Illinois Air National Guard; and Air Force Col. Peter Nezamis, Commander, 126th Air Refueling Wing; followed military tradition and ceremoniously attached the AFOUA streamer to the squadron’s guidon in the formal ceremony attended by more than 830 members of the 126th Air Refueling Wing and guests. The 126th Security Forces Squadron is commanded by Air Force Lt. Col. John Bryk and the squadron received the award for exceptionally meritorious service from Aug. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2011.

Master Sgt. Kendrick Henry was selected as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for both the 126 ARW and the state of Illinois. Master Sgt. Henry is a Security Forces Craftsman assigned to the 126th Security Forces Squadron and received this award this award in part for his devotion to duty and his troops, spectacular performance, and commitment to excellence. His OAY package will next compete at the National Guard Bureau level against Senior Non-Commissioned Officers from around the NGB. Master Sgt. Henry recently returned from a 6-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Courtesy Photo, U.S. Army)

Master Sgt. Kendrick Henry was selected as the Senior Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for both the 126 ARW and the state of Illinois. Master Sgt. Henry is a Security Forces Craftsman assigned to the 126th Security Forces Squadron and received this award this award in part for his devotion to duty and his troops, spectacular performance, and commitment to excellence. His OAY package will next compete at the National Guard Bureau level against Senior Non-Commissioned Officers from around the NGB. Master Sgt. Henry recently returned from a 6-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Courtesy Photo, U.S. Army)

Tech. Sgt. Jacob Curtis was selected as the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for both the 126 ARW and the state of Illinois. Tech. Sgt. Curtis is a Security Forces Journeyman assigned to the 126th Security Forces Squadron and received this award in part for his dedication to duty, superior knowledge, and unwavering volunteerism. His OAY package will next compete at the National Guard Bureau level against Non-Commissioned Officers from around the NGB. Tech. Sgt. Curtis recently returned from a 6-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Courtesy Photo, U.S. Army)

Tech. Sgt. Jacob Curtis was selected as the Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year for both the 126 ARW and the state of Illinois. Tech. Sgt. Curtis is a Security Forces Journeyman assigned to the 126th Security Forces Squadron and received this award in part for his dedication to duty, superior knowledge, and unwavering volunteerism. His OAY package will next compete at the National Guard Bureau level against Non-Commissioned Officers from around the NGB. Tech. Sgt. Curtis recently returned from a 6-month deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. (Courtesy Photo, U.S. Army)

Staff Sgt. Michelle Wilson, 126th Security Forces Squadron security team
member, poses with her family and fiancé after returning from a six month
deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The
Illinois Air National Guard unit, located at Scott AFB, Ill., has deployed
many personnel in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation
Enduring Freedom since September 11, 2001. (US Air Force photo by Master
Sgt. Ken Stephens)

Staff Sgt. Michelle Wilson, 126th Security Forces Squadron security team member, poses with her family and fiancé after returning from a six month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Illinois Air National Guard unit, located at Scott AFB, Ill., has deployed many personnel in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom since September 11, 2001. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)

Senior Airman J'onn Alexander, 126th Security Forces Squadron security team
member, poses for a photo with family members after arriving back home from
a six month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring
Freedom. The Illinois Air National Guard unit, located at Scott AFB, Ill.,
has deployed many personnel in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and
Operation Enduring Freedom since September 11, 2001. (US Air Force photo by
Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)

Senior Airman J'onn Alexander, 126th Security Forces Squadron security team member, poses for a photo with family members after arriving back home from a six month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Illinois Air National Guard unit, located at Scott AFB, Ill., has deployed many personnel in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom since September 11, 2001. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)

Tech. Sgt. Marcus Schaeffer, 126th Security Forces Squadron security team
member, talks with his son, Memphis, after arriving back home from a six
month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
The Illinois Air National Guard unit, located at Scott AFB, Ill., has
deployed many personnel in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and
Operation Enduring Freedom since September 11, 2001. (US Air Force photo by
Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)

Tech. Sgt. Marcus Schaeffer, 126th Security Forces Squadron security team member, talks with his son, Memphis, after arriving back home from a six month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The Illinois Air National Guard unit, located at Scott AFB, Ill., has deployed many personnel in support of both Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom since September 11, 2001. (US Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Ken Stephens)

Scott AFB, Ill. -- The 126th Security Forces Squadron (SFS) at Scott Air Force Base was awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious service from Aug. 1, 2009 through Sept. 30, 2011.

During this period, the 126 SFS provided global coverage to continue the war fighting effort. Through numerous deployments and home-station efforts, the squadron embodied the Total Force concept.

"Our Security Forces Squadron continues to perform in an outstanding fashion," said Col. Rick Nyalka, of Marine, 126th Mission Support Group Commander. "Whether it is at Scott Air Force Base or while deployed, they always perform at the highest levels. I am very proud of our Security Forces members. They have demonstrated that they are truly
deserving of this prestigious award!"

Members also served as true citizen-Airmen by volunteering countless hours in both local and deployed communities. In addition, squadron members were recognized with awards for home-station and deployment excellence.

"I could not be more proud of the men and women of the 126th Security Forces Squadron," said Lt. Col. John Bryk, of Mokena, 126th Security Forces Squadron Commander. "This is the finest group of non-commissioned officers and Airmen that I have had the opportunity to serve with during my 28-year career in the Air National Guard. The dedication and commitment they display on a daily basis is amazing."

In addition to deployments and community support, the squadron was recognized during each of its most recent compliance and readiness inspections. The squadron received an excellent rating with zero findings during the Aug. 2009 Air Mobility Command Unit Compliance Inspection. Additionally, the squadron was most recently rated outstanding for providing flawless security during a June 2011 Nuclear
Operational Readiness Inspection.

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award was authorized by Department of the Air Force General Order 1, Jan. 6, 1954. It is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to units which are distinguished by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units.

The services include: performance of exceptionally meritorious service, accomplishment of a specific outstanding achievement of national or international significance, combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States, or military operations involving conflict with or exposure to hostile actions by an opposing foreign force.
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