MacDill command post is best in AMC

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  • By Senior Airman Vernon L. Fowler Jr.
  • 6th Air Mobility Wing Public Affairs
It's a great reflection of teamwork and camaraderie when a unit comes together in pursuit of excellence. Specifically, the Command Post at MacDill Air Force Base, Florida has been awarded as the 2015 Air Mobility Command (AMC) Large Unit Command Post of the Year.

The award is given to the command post that has made the most notable contribution to AMC command and control (C2) within the past year.

"Our individualized training has increased the general knowledge of the nuclear mission for the entire crew force and has bled over to the Command Post, making everyone involved in the nuclear mission much more well-rounded and setting the standard in AMC," said Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Roark, Command and Control Procedures program manager. "The effort the Command Post team put forth the past calendar year shows how much the Nuclear Command and Control training team cares about the president's number one mission."

The Command Post leadership works every day to provide an environment where its personnel can complete the mission as efficiently as possible. As a result, its Airmen are able to understand their importance to the mission and are empowered to fulfill their roles in completing it.

"I have seen plenty of change in not only my fellow Airmen coming and going, but also the different systems we use to accomplish the everyday mission," said Senior Airman Benjamin Sorrell, Junior Emergency Actions controller. "I am lucky to be a part of such a great organization and to have been able to facilitate change within our workplace that will hopefully ease new controllers into our office."

Not only does the Command Post ensure that its controllers are properly trained and mission ready, but also that the active duty and reserve KC-135 Stratotanker crew forces are as well.

"The tanker force is looked at as the pillar that keeps the nuclear bomber force on time and on target," said Roark. "Nuclear commanders rely on the training we provide to assure the nation's senior civilian leadership that, should the worst happen, our crews are ready to respond to meet the intent without error."

According to Maj. Matthew Smith, Command Post chief, the cohesion between active duty and reserve is what made earning the award possible.

"Although this is an AMC award, we could not have done this without our reserve counterparts from the 927th Air Refueling Wing," said Smith. "Both our active duty and reserve controllers are certified in the same mission and worked side by side to earn this award."