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931st FSS services flight continues to grow

Airmen with the 931st Air Refueling Wing, stand at attention April 2, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The group is comprised mostly of 931st Force Support Squadron Airmen and gathered together to celebrate the promotion of their first senior NCO since the creation of the 931 FSS services flight, signifying growth as a unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Webb)

Airmen with the 931st Air Refueling Wing, stand at attention April 2, 2016, at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas. The group is comprised mostly of 931st Force Support Squadron Airmen and gathered together to celebrate the promotion of their first senior NCO since the creation of the 931 FSS services flight, signifying growth as a unit. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Preston Webb)

MCCONNELL AFB, Kansas -- The transition of the 931st from a group to wing has been accompanied by several other changes. One such change is the creation of new units, such as the 931st Force Support Squadron Services flight.

The 931 FSS previously had no flight directly responsible for dining, lodging, mortuary affairs and the fitness center, but established a new unit in October 2014 in anticipation of the upgrade in status from group to wing.

The services flight, being a young unit, has been comprised primarily of Airmen new to the career field – either junior or cross-training Airmen.

To increase the unit's overall effectiveness, Master Sgt. Andrew McGee, 931 Force Support Squadron Services NCO in charge was promoted and assigned to develop the ever-growing unit. McGee is the first Airman with the 931st Force Support Squadron to be promoted to Senior Noncommissioned Officer since the addition of the services flight.

“With so many Airmen in training status, the unit capabilities have been relatively low,” said Major Amy White, 931st FSS commander. “Master Sgt. McGee has sought not only to train his troops for daily operations but to prepare them for future deployments as well. He's brought the unit to true mission ready status.”

McGee came to the 931st from the 184th Intelligence Wing and has spent his time with the unit networking and coordinating with nearby units to create training opportunities for Airmen of the new flight. These training opportunities will increase the overall capability of the expanding unit to provide service to the wing and share in direct support of the mission alongside 22nd personnel.

“[McGee] started from scratch to facilitate a new mission set, and his experiences will help provide the training necessary to create deployable assets” said Maj. Erin Pritchard, 931 FSS operations officer. “He's very professional and brings expert mentorship to a young flight to create an effective and cohesive unit.”

The wing is already benefiting from the creation and development of this flight. It's enacted an automated telephone system for members to reserve lodging for Unit Training Assemblies. This eliminates the need for individual points of contact in every unit, allowing them to focus on other, mission critical responsibilities.

“I like to train so that on my worst day, I'm better than anyone else on their best day.” McGee said. “I can't think of a better unit to do that with. I expect great things out of these Airmen.”