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08-28-09, 08:40 AM
Okinawa-based aviation units fly high with MCAA awards
Lance Cpl. Monty Burton

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa (August 28, 2009) -- Two Okinawa-based aviation units and three Okinawa-based aviation Marines were selected as winners of numerous Marine Corps Aviation Association awards July 28.

Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 152, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, based on Marine Corps Air Station Futenma was selected for the Henry Wildfang Award of Aerial/ Refueler/ Transport Squadron of the year.

Maj. Charles Miles, the squadron's executive officer, said the award shows the hard work the Marines of his unit put into their mission everyday.

"We received the award primarily because of what we are doing now and what we have done in the past," he said. "We have a very robust exercise schedule and we support numerous missions tasked by III Marine Expeditionary Force. On top of that, we also have a detachment supporting Operation Enduring Freedom."

Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 265, 1st MAW, was selected for MCAA's Commandants Aviation Trophy.

Capt. Christopher Nelson of Marine Air Support Squadron 2, 1st MAW, was awarded the Control Officer of the Year; Master Sgt. Gary Gumienny of MASS-2, was awarded the Command/Control Marine of the Year; and Sgt. Thomas Reed of Marine Wing Support Squadron 172, 1st MAW, was awarded the NCO leadership award.

The awards ceremony will be held Oct. 8-10 in Reno, Nev., during the 38th Annual MCAA Symposium and Awards dinner.