460th SFS dominates AFPSC awards; wins 4 of 8 categories
By Staff Sgt. Nicholas Rau, 460th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published January 22, 2013
BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- The 460th Security Forces Squadron exemplified excellence by taking four out of eight Air Force Space Command awards for 2012.
The 460th SFS award-winning defenders include the following:
· Tech. Sgt. Jacob Overman, AFSPC Billy Jack Carter Award
· Senior Airman Joshua Reid, 2012 Outstanding Support Staff Airman Award
· Department of the Air Force Sgt. Roger Drew, 2012 Outstanding Civilian Award DAF
· Tech. Sgt. Jeffery Dausey, Flight Level NCO Award
Many factors set these award recipients apart from their AFSPC competition, but their commander sees every day what really puts them a cut above the rest.
"It is my opinion that the two leading factors that have set these defenders apart from others are their self sacrifice and innate leadership abilities," said Maj. David Haigh, 460th SFS commander. "Each of these people placed their own comforts, time off and relaxation time with families aside in order to represent not only our squadron and the 460 SW, but all security forces members Air-Force wide."
Chief Master Sgt. Howard Bellamy II, 460th SFS security forces manager, echoed the commander's sentiments, explaining how his defenders helped lift their award winners to victory.
"I'm in no way saying that the other nominees weren't well deserved in representing each of their home units for these awards, but our defenders took that extra step -- whether it was education, duty or representing our Air Force in the local community -- to set themselves one step higher," said Bellamy. "Also, the support they received was outstanding.
"Everyone, to include spouses, team members, co-workers and direct leadership, supported these winners every day. That support allowed each of these defenders to take those extra steps and reach higher levels. So while each of these is an individual award, we have to remember it was the teams at home and at work that made each award winner shine."
With half of the AFPSC award categories going to the 460th SFS, Buckley's defenders have proven themselves as the premier unit in the command. Haigh points to his people as the linchpin of this unit's success.
"There is a true sense of wanting to get the job done the right way the first time. It's that unstoppable pride in what these people do every day," said Haigh. "They take pride in treating others with the same respect and dignity no matter what the weather is or what is happening around them.
"These men and women have a dedication that is seldom seen. The people in this squadron do these things, every day, every night, weekends and holidays just to make sure our base and our community stay safe. And they do this extremely well."