Team Minot brings home another AF level award

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

The 5th Mission Support Squadron recently received the 2005 Air Force Outstanding Mission Support Squadron award. 

“We’re a very diverse squadron made up of contractors, civilians, volunteers and Airmen all focused on making the best better and enhancing the conventional and nuclear missions of both wings,” said Maj. Peter Santa Ana, 5th MSS commander. “This award validates our dedication and commitment to that goal. 

“All the organizations on Minot Air Force Base bring out the best in each other. We seem to be in the running every year.” 

The 5th MSS excelled in 2005 day in and day out despite low manning percentages throughout the year. Among their many accolades the squadron processed deployers at 98.6 percent accuracy rate. The Air Force Space Command inspector general awarded base Personnel Reliability Program “Outstanding” for the 2005 Nuclear Surety Inspection; highest grade in 5 years. The squadron also deployed 43 Joint Task Force Katrina Airmen in less than 12 hours. 

“I’m extremely proud and honored to be the commander of such tremendous achievers,” said Major Santa Ana. “They truly epitomize the Air Force core values and work each day applying our motto – ‘Positive creativity to broker an expeditionary mindset’. 

“But we’re actually humbled by the recognition because all 84 MSSs Air Force-wide strive daily for excellence.”

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