Making Them Feel Welcome: The US Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Port, N.Y., has established an annual logistics award designed to inspire those midshipmen desiring a career in Air Force logistics. The award, which recognizes outstanding USMMA graduates, is named after Lt. Col. Heather Buono, who led the 732nd Expeditionary Logistics Readiness Squadron from September 2004 to March 2005. She provided leadership to the first Air Force detachments that conducted convoy escort missions out of Joint Base Balad, Iraq, at a time when such convoy operations were still exceedingly dangerous. Currently executive officer to USAF's installations czar, Buono said she is "greatly humbled and honored" to have the award carry her name in recognition of the squadron's accomplishments. "The Air Force, and particularly the logistics career field, will benefit from the diversity of experience and background of a graduated merchant mariner," said she. (SAF/PA report by TSgt. Amaani Lyle) Click here for the full article.
from Bruce: I'm very proud of Heather's accomplishments (even without the
added publicity). Her three deployments to the AOR since 9/11 have all been exciting
and she has enjoyed doing the mission. The naming of the award for her units'
work in Iraq adds to the pride in the mission they performed.