KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Several Spangdahlem Air Base squadrons are taking part in NATO exercise Clean Hunter 2004 in the skies over western Europe, a news release said.

The live-flying exercise began June 12 and continues through Friday.

The 23rd Fighter Squadron is practicing suppression of enemy air defenses, surface attack tactics and offensive counter air missions.

Last week, the 22nd Fighter Squadron flew 24 sorties a day practicing the same tactics. Squadron members also helped plan the missions and provided aircrew life support.

In addition, 45 members of the 606th Air Control Squadron convoyed to Schönwalde and Messtetten, Germany, with mobile air control equipment to provide satellite communication links for the exercise’s Combined Air Operations Center.

Headquarters Allied Air Forces North and air forces from Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States are taking part.

Mission Support Awards

KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — U.S. Air Forces in Europe has announced the winners of the 2003 Mission Support Awards, a news release said.

They are:

Outstanding Personnel Manager of the Year Award, base level-senior manager: Maj. Steven Johnson, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.Outstanding Personnel Manager of the Year Award, unit level-personnel manager: Capt. Jessica Pinto, Spangdahlem.Air Force Education and Training Manager, Dr. Edwin C. Peterson Award (headquarters level/noncommissioned officer: Staff Sgt. Angenette Caballero, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.Civilian Personnel Officer (GS-13): Veronica E. Hinton, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.Intermediate Program Manager/Specialist (GS-12): Lisa Armes, Incirlik.Senior Family Support Center/Family Readiness Office Individual: Master Sgt. William Stephenson, Incirlik.Enlisted Professional Military Education Achievement Award, NCO Academy Instructor: Tech. Sgt. Sharon Forbes, Kapaun Air Station, Germany.EPME Achievement Award, Enlisted PME Manager: Master Sgt. Lorna De La Cruz, Kapaun.De La Cruz was also selected as the Chief Master Sergeant Annual EPME Award Winner and will be recognized at the Air Force honors banquet held in conjunction with the August 2004 Air Force Sergeant’s Association International Convention in Columbus, Ohio.

In the Personnel Testing Achievement Awards, Category II (small), the USAFE Mission Support Squadron from Stuttgart, Germany, was selected as the year’s best.

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