Jan 4, 2013

Major Gen. Christopher S. Owens (left), Commanding General of 1st Marine Aircraft Wing and an Oregan native, presents the 2011 Chief of Naval Aviation Operations Safety Award to Lt. Col. Aaron S. Wells (right), commanding officer of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 262 (Reinforced), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit and native of Boulder, Colo., during a ceremony here, Jan. 3. "This safety award is a significant have over 65,000 flight hours without a Class-A mishap is no easy feat, but you all did your job superbly," said Owens while addressing the unit. The recipient of the award is determined by evaluating the number of aircraft flight mishaps, relevance of unit safety programs, flight exposure and amount of deployment time. The 31st MEU is the only continuously forward-deployed MEU and is the Marine Corps' force in readiness for the Asia-Pacific region.

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