Maj. Christine Froeber awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal
By 1st Lt. Samuel Swanson, 618 AOC
/ Published February 08, 2021
SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. --
Total Force. Total Impact.
Last week, Maj Christine Froeber, Section Commander, was presented with the Air Force Commendation Medal for her contributions to our global mobility mission during a surprise awards ceremony led by General DeVoe.
"[I was] very much surprised," Froeber said. "It was such an honor, such an amazing feeling. It was way beyond anything I could have dreamed of."
As a traditional reservist, Froeber arrived at the AOC in Oct 2020 to fill a temporary manning gap. Despite stepping into an unfamiliar position, she was able to draw on her previous experience in active-duty, the Guard, the reserves and the civilian workforce to quickly find her rhythm and lead her 18-member team to success.
"I come in and trust my people," she said. "One of the most important things for me was to build them up. I get to know them and work hard to understand what they need to be successful."
The success of the AOC is driven by our total force, which includes active-duty, reserve and civilian personnel. The diverse experience our teammates bring to the mission is what allows us to provide unrivaled command and control 24/7, 365 days a year. Although Maj Froeber was only with us for a short time, she demonstrated the value and unique capabilities that a diverse, total force brings to the fight.
"I've gotten so much, myself, from this experience," Froeber said. "Hopefully I can help give some of it back."