Travis commander reacts to Air Force award results

By From page A12 | March 12, 2014

TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — The commander of Travis Air Force Base is commending airmen on the base for their second-place finish in the Air Force’s 2014 Commander-In-Chief Installation Excellence Award competition.

“We know you are disappointed not to win, like us, but we have not missed the fact that we were the top two of more than 100 bases Air Force-wide,” said Col. Corey Martin, 60th Air Mobility Wing commander, in a press release.

Travis finished second to Altus Air Force Base in Altus, Okla. The second-place finish comes with a $500,000 prize to be used for quality-of-life programs and projects. That’s in addition to the $200,000 prize Travis earned with its first-place finish at the Air Mobility Command level competition.

Air Mobility Command commander Gen. Paul Selva announced the wing as the AMC nominee for the award in December. Travis played host early this year to a selection board of four wing commanders from various Air Force installations and their respective staff members, in order to showcase the worldwide mission the 60th Air Mobility Wing.

Final results were announced late last week at Altus.

To be considered for this award, an installation must demonstrate exemplary support for the Department of Defense mission and show marked improvement and innovative progress in various processes that are fundamental to an installation’s successful operations.

“I cannot be more proud of men and women, both in and out of uniform, that make Travis the base it is today,” Martin said in the release. “It is a true honor to serve as the commander of one of the Air Force’s finest group of airmen. Today, like every day, I am proud to be a Golden Bear.”

This is the second time that Travis reached for the gold and got a silver. Travis came in second in 2011 to Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany. Maybe, the third time will be the charm.

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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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