MARINE CORPS AIR STATION CHERRY POINT, N.C. --
Marines from every section of Marine Wing Communications Squadron 28 represented the squadron while they received the Lt. Col Kevin M. Shea Memorial Unit Award as part of the 2013 Marine Corps Communication Awards at a ceremony in Washington, D.C., April 17.
The Marine Corps established the award in 2006 in honor of Shea, who was killed in action in Iraq while serving as the communications officer for the 1st Marine Regiment. The award recognizes the communications or information technology unit that made the most significant contributions to the Marine Corps command, control, communications and computer field.
Marines of several military occupational specialties from across the squadron attended the ceremony and demonstrated the squadron’s diversity amongst their ranks, said Lt. Col. Jaime Macias, commanding officer of MWCS-28.
This is second year in a row MWCS-28 has earned the Shea Award and the third overall since 2006.
“They really adhere to balanced excellence and they really do everything right,” said Macias.
The squadron earned the award for providing support for the command element and aviation combat element of II Marine Expeditionary Force, allowing them to provide response forces and sustained readiness for the Marine Corps, while maintaining an exceptional safety record and esprit de corps.
Additionally, the squadron supported operations in Afghanistan and the efforts of the Special Purpose Marine Air Ground Task Force Crisis Response, Moron Air Base, Spain. Also, during Weapons and Tactics Instructors Course, Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., the squadron maintained a network readiness of 98 percent and facilitated command and control communications without interruption.
Reflecting on the squadron’s success, Macias said he pictures his Marines doing what they do best, supporting other Marine Corps assets and each other.
“[The squadron] was the first [communications unit] to provide communications to the [SP- MAGTF Crisis Response] command element,” Macias said. “They set a standard.”
The commanding officer attributed the success of the unit to the squadron’s motivated junior Marines and noncommissioned officers.
“I have great corporals and sergeants making things happen,” he said.