TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The 6th Air Refueling Squadron at Travis Air Force Base was awarded the Albert L. Evans award at the 35th annual Boom Symposium at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. last month, Travis’ Public Affairs Office announced earlier this month.
The award is named after Senior Master Sgt. Albert Evans, a boom operator who died in a KC-135 Stratotanker crash at Castle Air Force Base in 1979. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding refueling squadron in the Air Force.
This is the fifth time the 6th Air Refueling Squadron has earned the Albert L. Evans award, more than any other refueling squadron in the Air Force, according to the release. The squadron first earned the award in 1989.
The boom operators completed a year of historic operations tempo in 2013, with 2,000 cumulative days deployed, 1,800 missions completed, 14,500 flying hours and 75 million pounds of fuel offloaded. The squadron also transported more than fuel last year, with a total of more than 2 million pounds of cargo and 4,600 passengers moved aboard the squadron’s KC-10 Extenders.
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