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DM units win air rescue awards

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Douglas Holliday, 58th Rescue Squadron commander (center), receives the That Others May Leave Foundation 2019 Rescue Squadron of the Year award, from TOMLF members during an awards ceremony in Tucson, Arizona, Oct. 5, 2019. The awards presented recognize Air Force active duty or reserve component units and Airmen for outstanding performance and commitment to their mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Sergio A. Gamboa)

DAVIS MONTHAN AIR FORCE BASE, Ariz. --

A couple of 355th Wing squadrons received That Others May Live Foundation and Air Rescue Association awards during a ceremony in Tucson, Arizona, Oct. 5, 2019.

According to the TOMLF website, the foundation provides immediate tragedy assistance, critical support, and scholarships for families of U.S. Air Force Rescue heroes killed or severely wounded in operational or training missions. It also provides advocacy, guidance, and support to rescue service members, veterans and families affected by visible and invisible wounds.

The ARA is a fraternal organization of U.S. Air Force rescue personnel dating back to WWII.  The awards presented recognize Air Force active duty or reserve component units and Airmen for outstanding performance and commitment to their mission.

Davis-Monthan’s 58th Rescue Squadron, located at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada, won the 2019 Rescue Squadron of the Year, giving the 563rd Rescue Group here back-to-back wins. The 79th RQS was the 2018 winner.

“I am humbled to be standing up here because it belongs to them [the Airmen],” said Lt. Col. Douglas Holliday, 58th RQS commander, after accepting the award. “The things that they have done are amazing and something to be proud of.”

The 48th Rescue Squadron was recognized for the 2019 Rescue Mission of the Year award and Maj. Mark Fraser, previously a rescue pilot at Davis-Monthan, received the 2019 Robert T. Kight award.

“It’s amazing to see the Airmen and unit’s hard work get noticed,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Pearce, 48th RQS commander. “Without their dedication to the mission this couldn’t happen, and it makes me proud to be a part of this unit and the rescue family.”

The ARA is dedicated to extending and preserving the spirit and camaraderie among rescue members from the past, serving and those who may serve in the future.