36th Wing named Air Force outstanding unit Published March 8, 2012 By Airman 1st Class Whitney Tucker 36th Wing Public Affairs ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- The 36th Wing was recently named as a recipient of the prestigious Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptionally meritorious service from Oct. 1, 2009 to Sept. 30, 2011. The award was created by the Department of the Air Force Jan. 6, 1954. It is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that display decidedly superior performance, distinguishing themselves among, and above similar units. The Wing garnered recognition as a result of persistent, superior performance and unswerving dedication to the Air Force mission. "This is outstanding news and a testament to the outcome of our Airmen's commitment to putting their best foot forward when doing their jobs, and to their commitment to teamwork and professionalism," said Chief Master Sgt. Margarita Overton, 36th Wing command chief. "The natural outcome is a reputation for excellence and that excellence is noticed," she continued. "I am extremely proud of our Airmen. We all made this happen." Showcasing traditional red, white and blue, the ribbon is exclusively presented to servicemembers belonging to units that perform meritorious service, accomplish 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. In recent years, the ability of Andersen personnel to perform under pressure has been put to the test through contingency responses, aircraft generations, inspections and operational readiness exercises. According to Col. Donald Drechsler, 36th Wing vice commander, the award could not have been bestowed on a more deserving unit. "Receiving this award is truly an honor for the 36th Wing," the colonel said. "An honor earned by men and women who resolve as a team to meet all challenges that arise to accomplish our mission. It is because of this dedication and teamwork that we have come to expect great performance from the Airmen of the 36th Wing." "Andersen Air Force Base has an increasing role in our nation's safety and security in the Pacific region," he continued. "This responsibility rests squarely on the shoulders of every Andersen Airman. It is a responsibility they bear with pride, determination and persistence." Whether providing humanitarian support to regional allies, conducting exercises to enhance readiness capabilities or perfecting diverse and mission-essential skills, Airmen here continually demonstrate steadfast devotion to the Air Force mission: fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace. "The men and women of the 36th Wing have proven that sustained excellence across the entire spectrum of our operations is recognized at the highest levels," he said. "Every Airman in this wing should be proud of this recognition. More importantly, they should be proud of what they provide each and every day to our Air Force and to our Nation."