446th earns Lt. Gen. James E. Sherrard III award

By Sandra Pishner on August 22, 2011

The 446th Airlift Wing is the 2011 Lieutenant General James E. Sherrard III (AFRC) award winner.

Each year the Airlift/Tanker Association recognizes those who have demonstrated superior leadership, made outstanding contributions to the airlift/tanker mission, and provided invaluable service to their civilian communities. The Sherrard award specifically recognizes an Air Force Reserve Command wing having the most significant impact on the success of the Mobility Air Force.

In its nomination package, the 446th Airlift Wing touched on a wide variety of topics, demonstrating why it is deserving of the award.

Among the strengths of the wing is its versatility and volunteerism, evidenced by the number of mobility missions flown by mostly volunteer Reservists.

"The 446th Airlift Wing is the most versatile and professional in the Air Force Reserve Command; we prove it each day," said Col. Bruce Bowers, wing commander.

Between July1, 2010 and June 30, 2011, the wing flew more than 3,500 sorties, both in support of war tasking and global humanitarian relief. The wing averaged more than 200 sorties a month to 11 airfields; all on the backs of Reservists who cumulated 86,707 days of temporary duty and deployments.

"Our wing succeeds on the strength of its members," Bowers said.

The wing also highlighted in the nomination its major inspection results, its breadth of humanitarian assistance, force support accomplishments, safety record, and community involvement.

Lt. Gen. James E. Sherrard III had a most distinguished career - from his early days as a C-130 airlift pilot to this tenure at the highest levels of Air Force Reserve leadership. Sherrard twice served as vice commander for the Air Force Reserve. Sherrard has spanned the depth and breadth of the Air Force Reserve Command, including the command of three tactical airlift wings and both air mobility-focused numbered air forces. Among his awards are the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with hourglass.