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926th Group sweeps 2009 awards

The 926th Mission Support Squadron forms up in front of the 926th Group's new facility during a Unit Training Assembly on Jan. 8. The 926th MSS helped secure 11 numbered Air Force and command-level awards for the group in 2009. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo/Capt. Jessica Martin)

The 926th Mission Support Squadron forms up in front of the 926th Group's new facility during a Unit Training Assembly on Jan. 8. The 926th MSS helped secure 11 numbered Air Force and command-level awards for the group in 2009. (U.S. Air Force Reserve photo/Capt. Jessica Martin)

NELLIS AIR FORCE BASE, Nev. -- The 926th Group was recently recognized as one of Air Force Reserve Command's Outstanding Units for 2009, in addition to receiving four other command-level awards and six at the numbered Air Force level throughout the year.

The group secured the Outstanding Unit award for its diverse operations within AFRC, with personnel integrated into more than 25 Regular Air Force units across the country, supporting eight different missions. Additionally, its reconnaissance squadron's track record led to AFRC's first dedicated MQ-9 Reaper Combat Air Patrol in association with a RegAF squadron at Creech Air Force Base.

"Every reservist works hard to represent the Air Force Reserve Command integrated into Regular Air Force units, and these awards are a testament to their dedication," said Col. Herman Brunke, 926th Group commander. "Since the group's stand-up just over two years ago, our taskings continue to increase within RegAF units, and we are honored by the recognition."

The numerous other awards included recognition of four mission support squadron individuals for best practices, the Major General Eugene L. Eubank and Gerrit D. Foster, Jr. Outstanding Military Personnel Program awards.

The currently 300-strong group consists of a medical flight and mission support, flying, and maintenance squadrons at Nellis AFB, a reconnaissance squadron operating Predator and Reaper aircraft at Creech AFB, a space aggressor squadron at Schriever Air Force Base, Colo., a test and evaluation squadron at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., and an Air Operations Center support detachment at Hurlburt Field, Fla. The group is planned to grow to 561 personnel by 2013.