RHEIN-MAIN AIR BASE, Germany — U.S. Air Forces in Europe has named its Outstanding Security Forces Company Grade Officer of the Year.

First Lt. Jeffrey Adams, 469th Air Base Group security forces flight commander, winner of the fiscal 2003 security award, will now go on to compete at the Air Force level.

Air Force-wide winners will be announced next year.

Though it is not unusual for first lieutenants to receive the award, it is distinctive, according to Maj. Patrick Ryder, USAFE spokesman. More commonly, higher ranking officers receive the honor.

Adams, who leads a security force unit of 105 active duty, civilian and deployed personnel, was named this year’s winner for increasing manning to 99 percent from 82 percent in eight months, which are the highest numbers seen since 1995. Adams also initiated quality-of-life upgrades for his unit, including a $174,000 project approved and funded for facility improvements.

While in command, Adams made distinguished honor graduates out of 42 other Air Force, Army and Department of Defense civilians for the DOD Security School.

Adams said specific events, such as securing the president of Afghanistan during his visits and watching over antiwar demonstrations without incident, were two major accomplishments.

“I may have won the award, but I didn’t do all this by myself,” Adams said, giving credit to his unit.

Next, Adams hopes his unit will take the USAFE small-unit award for all of its accomplishments throughout the year. That award usually is given in January.

“Awards like this mean people are noticing the amount of work this unit is able to get done up here, that we’re making an impact.”

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