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RAMSTEIN, Germany — U.S. Air Forces in Europe announced the recipients of the 2005 USAFE Outstanding Security Forces Unit Award on Monday.

The 31st Security Forces Squadron, out of Aviano Air Base, Italy, received the active-duty large security forces award. The 422nd Security Forces Squadron from RAF Croughton, England, was awarded the active-duty small security forces award. The geographically separated unit award went to the 702nd Munitions Support Squadron at Buechel Air Base in Germany.

The recipients go on to the overall Air Force-level competition.

USAF-Europe contracting award winners announcedRAMSTEIN, Germany — The recipients of the U.S. Air Forces in Europe’s annual contracting awards were announced Monday. All recipients will go on to compete at the overall Air Force level.

The recipients are:

Outstanding large contracting unit: 700th Contracting Squadron, Kaiserslautern, Germany.Outstanding small contracting unit: 52nd Contracting Squadron, Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany.Outstanding contracting geographically separated unit: 425th Air Base Squadron, Izmir, Turkey.Outstanding contracting team: Army flight, 700th Contracting Squadron.Secretary of the Air Force professionalism in contracting, supervisory: Gary Newton, 700th Contracting Squadron.Secretary of the Air Force professionalism in contracting, nonsupervisory: Jane Stroder, 700th Contracting Squadron.Outstanding contracting officer, field grade: Maj. Glenn Quanbeck, 31st Contracting Squadron, Aviano Air Base, Italy.Outstanding contracting officer, company grade: Capt. Michael Kennebrae, 39th Contracting Squadron, Incirlik Air Base, Turkey.Outstanding contracting civilian (GS-12 and above): Randall Cummins, 39th Contracting Squadron.Outstanding contracting civilian (GS-11 and below): Richard Early, 423rd Air Base Group, RAF Alconbury, England.Outstanding USAFE contracting staff officer: David Jones, headquarters USAFE, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.Outstanding contracting, enlisted member, senior noncommissioned officer: Master Sgt. Regina Height, 39th Contracting Squadron.Outstanding contracting, enlisted member, noncommissioned officer: Tech. Sgt. Diane Meyer, 52nd Contracting Squadron.Outstanding contracting, enlisted member, airman: Senior Airman Aaron Stachowski, 700th Contracting Squadron.Outstanding contracting support: Phil Hammond, 48th Contracting Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England.Outstanding contingency contracting, officer: Capt. James O’Quinn, 39th Contracting Squadron.Outstanding contingency contracting, enlisted: Senior Master Sgt. Paul Marvin, 39th Contracting Squadron.Special recognition award, individual: 1st Lt. Robert Granado, 31st Contracting Squadron.Special recognition award, team: Utilities team, 700th Contracting Squadron.Romanian lower parliament approves U.S. use of basesBUCHAREST, Romania — The lower house of parliament approved an agreement on Tuesday allowing the United States to use several military bases in Romania.

The agreement was signed Dec. 6 in Bucharest by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Romania’s Foreign Minister Mihai Razvan Ungureanu. Lawmakers voted 210-8 to approve the 10-year agreement.

The U.S. military will use facilities including the Mihail Kogalniceanu air base near the Black Sea, which was used heavily during the operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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