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The 512th Airlift Wing at Dover Air Force Base received the Chief Master Sgt. James K. Clouse Trophy Award on March 1 during the 4th Air Force awards dinner in Riverside, California.
DOVER AIR FORCE BASE — The 512th Airlift Wing received the Chief Master Sgt. James K. Clouse Trophy Award on March 1 during the 4th Air Force awards dinner in Riverside, California.
Gen. D. Scott Durham and Chief Master Sgt. Israel Nunez, the commander and command chief of 4th Air Force, respectively, presented the honor to Col. Douglas Stouffer, 512th’s commander, and his team of five wing representatives.
It recognizes units that enhance maintenance readiness, improve maintenance efficiency and reduce waste by encouraging excellence in wing areas.
“I am so proud of the hard work, dedication and total force integration on display in the 512th Maintenance Group,” said Col. Stouffer. “They are extremely deserving of this honor, and it’s a testament to the exceptional airmen assigned here and the quality work they do every day.”
Fourth Air Force is the largest numbered Air Force in Air Force Reserve Command and is comprised of 34,000 airmen. The 512th Airlift Wing topped 18 others for the recognition.
The unit’s accomplishments include generating eight C-17 Globemaster III aircraft in support of Operation Allies Refuge, which evacuated 120,000 Afghan and NATO personnel in summer 2021.
Additionally, its innovation efforts produced an annual savings of $6 million by overhauling 36 landing gear struts and bogies.
The Dover-based group also drove Air Mobility Command success in Europe by de-icing 451 Air Force aircraft and leading 2,800 maintenance fixes, which secured the transport of 4.8 million pounds of cargo worldwide.
The 512th has earned its name on a perpetual trophy found at 4th Air Force and brings home an engraved trophy for permanent display on Dover Air Force Base. It also earned the honor in 2017.