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One Team, One Year, One Fight

  • Published
  • By Capt. Jodi Snyder
  • 171st Air Refueling Wing

As another year passes and we reflect on the accomplishments of the United States, we would be remiss if we did not consider the difficulties we all have faced. We have lost loved ones, dealt with separations, illness and more. It has been tough, but with unity, we have prevailed.

Unity is giving strength in numbers, supporting each other, and lifting each other up. At the 171st Air Refueling Wing, we take pride in how our comradery helps us excel in our missions and readiness.

This relentless dedication and collaborative spirit shone through when the base underwent the Unit Effectiveness Inspection where stellar performance was demonstrated, earning six inspector general coins, 25 team awards, and 12 individual awards.

Support did not stop at the 171st though. We carried it with us wherever we went, just as our medical team and Airmen in services supported our community with COVID vaccination efforts and cared for the elderly in nursing facilities. We also distributed food and masks to our communities. When our civil engineers constructed new cabins for the Girl Scouts, support and unity were definitely present. And through all of this, the 171st, continued our mission of providing superior air refueling support.

Our commitment to uplifting others extends past our local communities and other states though. The 171st deployed to multiple countries throughout the Middle East and Africa this past year supporting training exercises, force readiness and humanitarian missions.

Working with other agencies and sister services, the 171st did this as a team, for our communities, our state and our country.