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Logistics squadron garners major command awards

Best in the business

Tech. Sgt. Matthew Levesque, air transportation craftsman with the 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, works with precision as he carefully repacks a parachute used for aerial delivery training. (U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Monique Roux)

Best in the business

Tech. Sgt. Bradley Moore, aerial delivery craftsman with the 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron, leads a group of Army airborne soldiers to their transport as they prepare for a qualification jump from Duke Field. The 919 SOLRS provides integrated logistical support to the 919th Special Operations Wing, 7th Special Forces Group and Air Force Special Operations Command. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Jasmin Taylor)

DUKE FIELD, Fla. --

Outstanding work by the 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron garnered three command-level awards signifying these Citizen Air Commandos are the best in the Reserve at Logistics Support.

Air Force Reserve Command recently announced that the 919th SOLRS earned the 2018 Air Reserve Component Base Logistics Activity of the Year award. Highlighting a pattern of excellence over time, this award recognizes the trend of innovation and hard work by a logistics readiness squadron.

“Being presented with this award is the culmination for our entire unit’s outstanding hard work and selfless efforts,” said Maj. Chris Mazzey, 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron commander. “SOLRS members are ensuring our unique [special] operators can perform their mission.”

Members of the unit enable the success of the 919th Special Operations Wing mission by facilitating readiness, conducting personnel and cargo movement, and supporting worldwide contingencies.

“These Citizen Air Commandos touch every aspect of the daily, real-world operations, training and deployment of the 919th Special Operations Wing,” explained Capt. Janet Czipo, 919th Special Operations Logistics Readiness Squadron director of operations. “They also provide outstanding support to Air Force Reserve Command, Air Force Special Operations Command, Army Special Operations Forces, and U.S. Special Operations Command.”

In addition to the unit-level award, two squadron members were recognized individually for their outstanding performances. Senior Airman Marissa Trull was selected as the 2018 Outstanding AFRC Logistics Readiness Traditional Reserve Airman of the Year and Capt. Jefre Potterbaum was named the Outstanding AFRC Logistics Readiness Company Grade Officer of the Year.

“The members of SOLRS are true professionals in every sense of the word,” said Mazzey. “I am honored to work with each and every member."