82nd SFS wins AETC Small SF Unit award for 2011
Major Robert Moore (left) stands with Capt. Jack McGonegal, 82nd Security Forces Squadron with their unit award showcase where previous AETC and Air Force Small Unit and other awards are displayed on April 27, 2012. Winners of the 2011 AETC Small SF Unit award, the 82nd SFS has won the AETC Small SF Unit Award six times and the Air Force Small SF Unit Award three times.(U.S. Air Force photo/Frank H. Carter)
82nd Security Forces Squadron is top AETC Small SF Unit

by Frank Carter
82nd Training Wing Public Affairs

5/2/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 82nd Security Forces Squadron has done it again, winning the 2012 Air Education and Training Command Small Unit Award for the sixth time.

"This is awesome, this is the second time since I've been in this unit that we have won this award," said Capt. Jack McGonegal, 82nd SFS operations officer.

By winning the AETC award, they were eligible for the Air Force-level award, which they've won three times previously. Unfortunately, they did not win the Air Force wide award this year.

Although winning the award is a great accomplishment for the squadron, it's really just business as usual for unit and its members.

"Many of the accomplishments are what one person has done," said Capt. Jack McGonegal. "90 percent of the people in our unit are under 23 years old and on their first term of enlistment. The stuff they are doing day in and day out is unbelievable."

Despite being short-handed due to deployments for most of the year, security of the installation was never at risk.

Capt. McGonegal said the largest accomplishment was the transition to contract security. While training all the new personnel and getting them up to speed, they still had to support the Combatant Commanders overseas.

"We had a long period of 12 hour shifts," said Capt McGonegal. "These guys worked 6 days a week, 14 hours a day."

Being in eight hour shifts has been a welcome relief to the base Defenders.

"The troops love it," McGonegal said. "They are able to attend school and go to the gym. The fitness rate for the security forces has gone up 10 percent. We can now help them take care of themselves a whole lot better."