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Bounty Hunters Capture Rear Adm. McClusky… Award

“These awards acknowledge the remarkable efforts undertaken by every Sailor who served with us throughout the course of a very demanding year.” – Cmdr. John P. Greene, commanding officer of VFA-2

The Bounty Hunters of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 2, deployed with Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, received the 2011 Commander, Naval Air Forces (CNAF) Rear Adm. C. Wade McClusky Award, March 8.

The McClusky Award is one of five CNAF awards named after naval aviators who have exemplified the highest standards of naval service and are presented to carrier air wing squadrons in recognition of outstanding achievements and contributions to naval aviation.

VFA-2 also earned the 2011 CNAF Pacific Battle Effectiveness (Battle “E”) award, Feb. 10, while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) aboard Lincoln, which put the squadron in the running for the McClusky award. The McClusky and Battle “E” were awarded to the Bounty Hunters for setting the highest standards of excellence as leaders in aircraft and aircrew combat readiness as well as tactical employment.

“These awards acknowledge the remarkable efforts undertaken by every Sailor who served with us throughout the course of a very demanding year,” said Cmdr. John P. Greene, commanding officer of VFA-2.

“Each department played a critical role in the overall success of the squadron, and every ‘bullet’ should be justifiably proud of their contributions. Our Sailors continue to do great things in 2012, and I am incredibly fortunate to be surrounded by such an exceptionally talented group of professionals.”

The Bounty Hunters supported OEF in 2011 while deployed in the 5th fleet area of responsibility (AOR) by employing 4,500 pounds of ordnance and more than 1,500 rounds of 20 mm ammunition as well as flying 424 combat sorties for a combined 2,515 combat flight hours contributing to CVW 2’s 100 percent combat sortie completion rate.

“All nominees for the awards were outstanding,” said Commander, Naval Air Forces Vice Adm. Allen G. Myers. “Our winners truly exemplify the vital importance of aviation to the sea services, and forge the way ahead for future generations of aviators.”

VFA-2 is one of nine squadrons embarked aboard Lincoln as part of CVW 2.

 

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