Travis air refueling squadron earns recognition

By From page A3 | July 10, 2014

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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Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson

Ian Thompson has worked for the Daily Republic longer than he cares to remember. A native of Oregon and a graduate of the University of Oregon, he pines for the motherland still. He covers Vacaville and Travis Air Force Base for the Daily Republic. He is an avid military history buff, wargamer and loves the great outdoors.

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  • General Fadi BasemJuly 10, 2014 - 1:45 pm

    Congratulations to the 6th Air Refueling Squadron at Travis Air Force Base, for their earning the Albert L. Evans award at the 35th annual Boom Symposium at Scott Air Force Base, Ill. last month. And congratulations to the KC-10 Extender aircraft. Which is about to be retired to "save money". Hope the ability of the Air Force to do it's job is not hindered by this deranged decision by the commander in chief.

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