18th LRS wins two Air Force level awards

18th LRS wins two Air Force level awards

by Airman 1st Class Keith James, 18th Wing Public Affairs
Kadena Air Base

KADENA AIR BASE, Japan -- The 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron was recently recognized by the Air Force with two Air Force level awards.

For their exceptional fuels management and outstanding Airmen and members, the 18th LRS claimed the Outstanding Civilian Cat 2 award and a spot as an American Petroleum Institute Trophy finalist during the 2013 Air Force Maintenance and Logistics Readiness individual and unit awards.

"I am very excited that our Airmen are being recognized for excellence, both as individuals and as teams," said Lt. Col. William Wenzel, 18th Logistics Readiness Squadron commander. "We will continue to ensure we're supporting Team Kadena with excellent logistics support."

The API Award recognizes the best Fuels Management Flight in the Air Force. The award is given annually to recognize organizations for the effective, efficient and safe utilization of petroleum and cryogenic products, and the overall technical expertise, mission accomplishment, pride, and enthusiasm as a fuels management flight.

Some of their accomplishments included reviving the U.S. Air Force's only operational cryogenic plant, which saves the Department of Defense an average of more than $325,000 annually, the repairing of the eight major components of the plant to get the plant to safely produce liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen for 33 DoD customers base-wide, and powering more than 19,000 sorties.

"Our flight has one of the largest and most diverse Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants missions in the Air Force and we excel at providing the best fuel support possible to all of our customers," said Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Janssen, 18th LRS superintendent. "Our true strength is the fact that our flight portrays "POL PRIDE" every day." "We are a very tightknit family of Airmen that work together extremely well to get the job done safely and with professionalism."

The Outstanding Civilian Cat 2 award recognizes an individual between the ranks of GS-9 through-12 who excels in their career field.

James Leavitt, 18th LRS logistics manager advises the 18th LRS commander and operations officers on logistics processes and oversees the training, finances, facilities and logistic systems for the 18th LRS. A few of Leavitt's accomplishments include being the driving force behind the quality assurance of 41 work centers, where he oversaw 2,400 quality assurance evaluations, and managing the squadron's key performance indicators and internal unit compliances at the United States Air Force's largest LRS.

"Nothing moves on the base without going through the 18th LRS," said. Leavitt, "I attribute (winning this award) to the work that my team does every day."

"In my 27 plus years in the Air Force as a Fuels Specialist, I've never seen a more dedicated team of Airmen ready to fly, fight and win!" said Jannsen.

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