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552nd Maintenance Group celebrates after inspection

Col. Keith Frede, 552nd Maintenance Group commander, congratulates his Airmen after their successful completion of the ACC LSET inspection. The group received an above-average 89.5 percent rating.

Col. Keith Frede, 552nd Maintenance Group commander, congratulates his Airmen after their successful completion of the ACC LSET inspection. The group received an above-average 89.5 percent rating.

Airmen of the 552nd Maintenance Group enjoy a burger burn in celebration of their successful completion of the ACC LSET inspection Feb. 25-29.

Airmen of the 552nd Maintenance Group enjoy a burger burn in celebration of their successful completion of the ACC LSET inspection Feb. 25-29.

14 March 2008 -- The 552nd Maintenance Group celebrated with a burger burn after successfully completing a week-long inspection by the Air Combat Command Logistics Standardization and Evaluation Team Feb 25-29.

Col. Keith Frede, 552nd Maintenance Group commander, addressed the Airmen and applauded their 89.5% finish and almost complete lack of safety issues. He added, "having been a college student at one time, I'll take an 89.5% any day!"

The group's hard work and preparation paid off as they finished above average in all aspects of the evaluation. According to Lt. Col. Stella Smith, 552nd Maintenance Group deputy commander, the group had one ACC Benchmark program, one Honorable Mention program, and 65 Airmen were individually recognized on the Honor Roll.

"In addition, the Honor Roll included two whole support sections, which is highly unusual," Colonel Smith added.

"This proves that we are doing our jobs safely and getting the mission done each and every day," said Colonel Frede, "we're setting new records for performance."

Before enjoying their meal, Colonel Frede encouraged the group to take a deep breath and give themselves a pat on the back, thanking them for their hard work and dedication to the mission. He led a group chant yelling, "MXG... Best of ACC," and then the Airmen enjoyed their meal together, thankful that the next evaluation will not be for two more years.