This is the unit of a very good friend of mine from Battle Creek who lives in Tucson now. He graduated in 1978 from St. Phil and Proudly still serves with The United States Air Force. His unit is deploying to Afganistan in January (I know it's a little early) but we need to keep them and their families in our Prayers and it's never too early to start. Thank You Greg Nusbaum for all you do and tell your unit they are Loved in Battle Creek.
The Desert Hawks
943 MXS Mission Spotlight
Posted 6/16/2008 Printable Fact Sheet
943d Maintenance Squadron
Motto: We Maintain So That Other May Live
Nickname: The Desert Hawks
Provide organic maintenance of six HH-60G aircraft to primarily support all 305th Rescue Squadron flying operations and contingencies. Supports 943d Rescue Group deployment and exercise activities and ensures assigned aircraft, equipment and personnel are ready to deploy to conduct combat rescue operations globally.
Building the most effective, well equipped, highly trained, proficient, and sought after combat rescue maintenance organization in the Air Force.
The 943d Maintenance Squadron has 106 personnel assigned, consisting of 8 civilians, 47 Air Reserve Technicians, and 51 Traditional Reservist.
· In just 85 days in Afghanistan and counting, we have flown over 140 missions and medevaced over 190 patients to forward medical facilities.
· Mobilized over 60 reservists for over 6 months and deployed 3 aircraft and support equipment to Afghanistan for Operation ENDURING FREEDOM in support of the U.S. Army and NATO's International Security Assistance Forces.
· Successfully completed an AF Reserve Command (AFRC) Maintenance Standardization & Evaluation Program inspection: Garnering an overall excellent rating in program management and above 80% on personnel task evaluations by the AFRC Inspectors
· Unit Compliance Inspection: Successful rating of "Comply" by AFRC Inspectors
· 2008 943d Rescue Group, NCO of the 1st Quarter
"The Airman and civilians in this squadron are a highly motivated group that seamlessly wears civilian clothes one day and an Air Force uniform the next. Whether it is maintaining and supporting our helicopters locally, deployed, or in a disaster relief role we proudly reinforce the reputation of having the cleanest, best flying, and most professionally maintained helicopters in the Air Force. Since coming off of active duty it has been an extraordinary re-bluing experience to be a part of such a world-class outfit as the 943d Maintenance Squadron."
- Major Keith T. Belhumeur
943 MXS Commander