MARCH AIR RESERVE BASE, CALIF. — The 452nd Mission Support Group (MSG), March Air Reserve Base, was awarded the 2017 Campbell Jr. Mission Support Group Excellence Award at a dinner Thursday, Nov. 16, naming them best Mission Support group in Fourth Air Force, a title they will proudly hold for the course of the year.
“It was an honor to represent the 452 MSG at the Raincross banquet and receive the Campbell award," said Col. Kelly Hosey, 452nd Mission Support Group Commander. "The award is presented to the best Mission Support Group in Fourth Air Force and it reflects the hard work and dedication of our MSG professionals here at March ARB."
The Mission Support Group is an organization that is involved in all aspects of the wing mission, to include all squadrons and tenant units.
"They are the engine that keeps March ARB running," she added. Col. Jeff Rodi, who was the 452 MSG Commander during the period of the award, was also present at the banquet for the announcement.
The 18th Annual Raincross Trophy Dinner at the Riverside Convention Center was hosted by the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce Military Affairs Committee. The event was attended by commanders and command chiefs representing each 4th Air Force wing as well as local community leaders and elected officials.
According to Hosey, the 452nd MSG’s accomplishments ran the gamut from deployments, participation in and support of exercises such as Patriot Warrior, Angel Thunder, and Patirot Hoot, supporting real-world emergency responses to include recent Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) teams for earthquake and hurricane relief, supporting the movement of tens of thousands of Marines from the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force (1MEF), and standing up a new mission for the Army National Training Center at Fort Irwin.
The Airmen of the Mission Support Group also supported quality of life programs, infrastructure and communications upgrades, base defense, and received “Outstanding Team” awards for both the Unit Effectiveness Inspection (UEI) and Nuclear Operational Readiness Inspection (NORI).
"I could go on..." Hosey beamed, "...but I’m sure space is limited." The accomplishments from all seven squadrons and four functional areas that form the 452 MSG clearly speaks for themselves.
Resting on their laurels is not something the 452nd MSG has in mind. Hosey is confident that 452nd MSG will continue their great work.
"The focus this coming year will be on honing the skills needed to accomplish the wartime mission, improving processes, and taking the Air Force Inspection System (AFIS) to the next level," Hosey stated. "We also have several big events in 2018 to include the Air & Space Expo scheduled for April 2018, assisting with planning for the International NCO Leadership Development Course (INLEAD) program which the 452nd AMW will host, and continued support to the wing’s mission and support for our tenant partners."