349th AMW Earns Air Force Outstanding Unit Award

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The Air Force Reserve’s 349th Air Mobility Wing has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for its work carrying out humanitarian and military missions, as well as its members’ community volunteer efforts, between Sept. 30, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2011.

This is the 16th time since 1965 that the Travis-based wing has been awarded the Outstanding Unit Award, according to a press release from the 349th’s Public Affairs Office.

While flying and maintaining the C-5 Galaxy, KC-10A Extender and C-17 Globemaster III, 349th airmen hauled more than 41,000 passengers and 46,000 tons of cargo, and offloaded more than 40 million pounds of fuel during in-flight refueling during the two-year period.

Deployed 349th airmen launched 210 aeromedical evacuation flights, airlifting 549 ill and wounded members of the military from combat zones to hospitals in Europe and the U.S. The 349th flew 1,020 combat missions supporting coalition operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Working with the active-duty 60th Air Mobility Wing, the 349th also supported international humanitarian missions, including Operations Tomodachi and Pacific Passage in the aftermath of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

Its community activities included regular volunteer visits to the Veterans Home of California in Yountville, and Christmas season deliveries of teddy bears to underprivileged children in Solano County.

Reach Ian Thompson at 427-6976 or ithompson@dailyrepublic.net. Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ithompsondr.

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