435th Services Squadron welcomes LeMay team

John Stanchfield
435th Services Squadron

***image1***The General Curtis E. LeMay Award evaluation team arrives at Ramstein on Sunday for a five-day evaluation of the 435th Services Squadron, which is bidding to be named the “Best Services Squadron” in the Air Force.

With a theme of “Ben the Builder and his Can-Do Crew,” the squadron prides itself on building more than just facilities.

“It’s all about building great teams, great leaders, positive attitudes, and awesome customer focused programs as well as state-of-the-art facilities,” said Lt. Col. Benjamin F. Ward, 435th Services Squadron commander.

With more than 50,000 customers daily, 85 facilities and nearly 1,000 employees, the 435th Services Squadron makes up a substantial part of the “biggest, busiest, best” base in the Air Force as named during the Annual Commander in Chief Award for Installation Excellence for fiscal year 2006.
The squadron is continuing its strong efforts with a command-leading seven “Best in USAFE” programs as announced last month. Those programs include the Ramstein Enlisted Club, family child care, library, marketing, Officers’ Club, readiness and youth programs.

The LeMay Award was established in 1965 in special recognition for excellence in programming and service. It was named in honor of General Curtis E. LeMay who had a life long interest in the support and quality of life programs provided to Air Force personnel and their families around the world. This award recognizes excellence in Services programs at large installations Air Force-wide.

The LeMay Team of evaluators will be visiting Ramstein Services facilities from Sunday to Feb. 16. They will be talking to employees and customers, reviewing Services programs, management, leadership, personnel, facilities and activity support.

Ramstein welcomes LeMay Team members Col. Fred C. Ryder, Director of Programs, Headquarters, Air Force Services Agency, San Antonio, TX; Capt. Bill Charlton, Deputy Director, 10th Services Division, U.S. Air Force Academy, CO; Chief Master Sgt. Venton Lamont, Senior Enlisted Manager for Headquarters, AF Special Operations Command, Hurlburt Field, FL; Michael P. Cecil, Chief of Field & Branded Operations for AF Clubs, HQ, AF Services Agency and Karen M. Rudolph, Youth Specialist, HQ, AF Services Agency.