51 MUNS recognized most effective in PACAF

Members of the 51st Munitions Squadron pose for a photo at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 30, 2018. The squadron won the 2017 Maintenance Effectiveness Award, recognizing the Airmen and their leadership for their outstanding performance within Pacific Air Forces Command.

Members of the 51st Munitions Squadron pose for a photo at Osan Air Base, Republic of Korea, March 30, 2018. The squadron won the 2017 Maintenance Effectiveness Award, recognizing the Airmen and their leadership for their outstanding performance within Pacific Air Forces Command. The team-award captures the mission accomplishments, innovative and effective use of maintenance resources, and personnel quality of life programs of a maintenance unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Benjamin Raughton)

OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --

The 51st Munitions Squadron won the hard-earned Pacific Air Forces Command 2017 Maintenance Effectiveness Award, recognizing the Airmen and their leadership for their outstanding performance within PACAF.

The team-award captures the mission accomplishments, innovative and effective use of maintenance resources, and personnel quality of life programs of a maintenance unit.

“We have overcome many challenges in my 22 months here and it was truly an honor to have my team receive validation that their efforts were noticed and surpassed the other nine eligible units,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Robert Kochan, 51st MS commander. “Being named the best is truly an honor because we know how hard the Airmen work and the excellence that takes place at all locations throughout our force.”

Kochan attributes three keys of success to his award-winning unit: responsibility, teamwork and making a difference.

“My message is clear: there is no bench in our business. Every person in the munitions squadron is a starter and held accountable to that standard,” he said. “We focus heavily on ensuring each individual knows and completes their role, so we are able to divide and conquer. Each and every person in our unit can hold their head high knowing they had a part in our overall success and contributed to our win.”

Kochan said that active-duty, Air National Guard, Korean national employees and Republic of Korea air force munitions technicians have integrated into the squadron for nearly six months to support U.S. forces around the peninsula.

“As we await to hear the Air Force-level results, we continue to press forward. As awesome as our results were in 2017, I couldn’t be more proud of where we stand today and where we are headed for the future. Without question, ‘Fight Tonight’ are not hollow words in our unit. They are what we live by as we build, maintain, and deliver combat lethal munitions and armament systems to the sentries standing guard and the aircraft being fed on the flight line. The 51st Munitions Squadron stands ready for any and all challenges.”