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375th CES named best in AMC 2006

01/17/2007 -- Recently, the 375th Civil Engineer Squadron added another notch to its belt - best CES in Air Mobility Command for 2006.

Whether it's fixing a leaky faucet, restoring a power outage, preparing folks to deploy, making street signs, responding to fires or paving roads and runways, the 375th CES did it better than any other CES in AMC.

"Credit for this recognition goes to the men and women in the squadron on their diversified role supporting the Air Force and Scott mission," said Lt. Col. D.J. Junio, 375th CES commander. "We support and have a hand in almost every facet of the wing mission."

Winning this award at the AMC level is definitely an accomplishment to be proud of.
"This recognition is great for the Airmen," said Capt. Shamekia Toliver, 375th CES Readiness Flight commander. "They are usually the folks out there doing the work and now they realize all their hard work paid off."

This win not only recognized the 375th CES, but it was a reflection on Scott as well.

"Hopefully, this win will lend CES some credibility across the base," said Maj. Randy Whitecotton, 375th Operations Flight commander.

"Our folks are working hard to accomplish the mission and this win signifies that we are doing things right."

The win also showcased the outstanding working relationship and teamwork between civilian and military personnel, said Andy Rodriguez, 375th CES Resources flight chief. "With all the deployments last year, the civilians had to step up and ensure the mission was carried out without affecting the top-notch service we provide to the customers."

The morale of the squadron is excellent and played an integral part in the accomplishment, said Colonel Junio.

"This honor just boosted the already high morale of the squadron," he said. "We had a lot of successes last fiscal year to include the Operation Readiness Inspection, Air Show and back to back deployments."

Senior Master Sgt. Kevin Curtis, 375th CES first sergeant, agrees that the morale in the squadron is at its peak.

"The morale in the squadron is the highest I've ever seen in 19 years in the Air Force, especially after Hurricane Katrina," said Sergeant Curtis. "These are a great group of folks in this squadron. Whether at home or deployed we are a family and we take care of each other."

The 375th CES is comprised of eight flights. They operate and maintain all base facilities and utility infrastructure. The squadron manages all design and construction projects, fire protection, housing, environmental issues, disaster preparedness and explosive ordnance disposal.

Now that 2006 is gone, the 375th CES is already looking forward to big events of 2007.

"We play a huge part in the Air Show, which is coming up in July this year," said Major Whitecotton. "September is also a huge month for us. We have the Unit Compliance Inspection to look forward to as well as end-of-year to buy much needed supplies and equipment. Above all we are working toward another successful year."

"We are striving for a continued level of excellence in 2007", said Colonel Junio. "It will be challenging despite all the upcoming deployments and personnel changes," he said.

"We are a tight knit family and we will continue to maintain the mission in garrison and in deployed operations."