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AFTAC earns its eighth Air Force Organizational Excellence Award

Maj. Gen. Craig Koziol, commander of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, adds the eighth Air Force Organizational Excellence Award ribbon to the Air Force Technical Applications Center guidon held by Chief Master Sgt. John Nederhoed, AFTAC superintendent, during the assumption of command ceremony Aug. 7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Laviska)

Maj. Gen. Craig Koziol, commander of the Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency, adds the eighth Air Force Organizational Excellence Award ribbon to the Air Force Technical Applications Center guidon held by Chief Master Sgt. John Nederhoed, AFTAC superintendent, during the assumption of command ceremony Aug. 7. (U.S. Air Force photo by Jim Laviska)

PATRICK AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. -- The Air Force Technical Applications Center has earned its eighth Air Force Organizational Excellence Award.

Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency Commander Maj. Gen. Craig Koziol presented the award to AFTAC and its new commander, Col. Lisa Ann Onaga, during a recent assumption of command ceremony.

AFTAC earned the award for exceptionally meritorious service from Jan. 1, 2006 to Dec. 31, 2007.

During that time, the center formed new partnerships and spurred collaborative efforts across government and international lines. AFTAC led the way in meeting national responsibilities to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization, and sought and obtained International Monitoring System certification for three seismic array platforms.

"This demonstrates the center's commitment to upholding its treaty obligations, but perhaps more importantly, it furthers our diplomatic credibility with the various host nations where our platforms reside," General Koziol said.

The center defined new domestic roles, mission capabilities and responsibilities with the Air Force ISR Agency and Headquarters Air Force A2, and also formalized its role to the FBI's National Technical Forensics Program. AFTAC is now recognized as a critical domestic nuclear rapid response team member.

"AFTAC has not only played a vital role in shaping our nation's nuclear posture, it has even impacted the collective response of the international community to significant nuclear events," the general said. "AFTAC took the lead in confirming North Korea's claim of a nuclear test. Armed with information provided by AFTAC, the United States supplied the scientific evidence to justify international sanctions against the North Korean government."

In addition, AFTAC's hard work and dedication toward developing forward-thinking technologies and techniques in the area of Nuclear Debris Collection and Analysis culminated in the award of the prestigious Air Force Science and Engineering Award for Exploratory and Advanced Technology Development for 2007.

Previously, AFTAC earned the AFOEA for the time periods May 31, 2001 to May 31, 2003; Oct. 1, 1998 to Sept. 30, 2000; Oct. 1, 1995 to Sept. 30, 1997; Aug. 1, 1993 to July 31, 1994; Aug. 1, 1990 to July 31, 1991; April 28, 1986 to May 20, 1986; and Jan. 1, 1984 to Dec. 31, 1985.

AFTAC's subordinate units - including its detachments and operating locations around the world - will share in the award.