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133rd Airlift Wing and 148th Fighter Wing Receive Outstanding Unit Award

Minnesota National Guard FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Jan 17

ST PAUL, Minn - Yesterday, Air Force Lt Gen Harry M Wyatt III, Director of the Air National Guard announced the 2012 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) recipients

"The Minnesota National Guard St Paul-based 133rd Airlift Wing and the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing both earned 2012 Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards," said Army Maj. Gen. Richard C Nash, Minnesota National Guard Adjutant General

"The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award validates the performance of our airmen who work tirelessly to ensure we maintain a competent ready force and perform our missions safely and effectively," said Air Force Brig Gen Robert F Cayton, Minnesota Air National Guard Air Component Commander

This prominent award recognizes the top 10 percent of Air Force units which have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units

This is the ninth time the 133rd Airlift Wing has earned the prestigious AFOUA  The unit earned the award in 1987, 1992, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2007 and 2010  The airmen of the 133rd Airlift Wing distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement from Oct 1, 2011 to Sep 30, 2012  Some unit achievements include:

- Deployed 541 airmen to 11 countries to fulfill air expeditionary and combat support assignments

- Flew 1,732 combat sorties during deployments to Southwest Asia, transporting over 22,000 personnel and 7,000 tons of cargo utilizing the C-130 H3 "Hercules" aircraft, efficiently supplying coalition ground forces

- Maintained an impressive aircraft mission capable rate of 94 percent while deployed in support of overseas contingency operations in austere locations

"The airmen of the 133rd are dedicated to serving with excellence," said Air Force Col Greg A Haase, 133rd Airlift Wing Commander "With a motto of 'Citizens Serving America, Airmen Defending Freedom,' they continue to make a profound, positive difference"


This is the eighth time the 148th Fighter Wing has earned the prestigious AFOUA  The unit earned the award in 1979, 1988, 1999, 2001, 2007, 2008 and 2009  The airmen of 148th Fighter Wing distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement from Oct 1, 2010 to Sep 30, 2012  Some unit achievements include:

- Deployed 387 airmen or 38 percent of 148th personnel to 12 countries, including a major aviation deployment with the F-16CM aircraft to Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan

- Flew 503 combat sorties in Afghanistan totaling 2,300 flight hours

- While deployed to Kandahar Airfield, the 148th never missed a sortie fulfilling 100 percent of their assigned combat missions

"The Bulldogs of the 148th are committed to excellence," said Air Force Col Jon S Safstrom, 148th Fighter Wing Vice Commander  "Our airmen continue to perform exceptionally well ensuring the safety of coalition ground forces serving in Afghanistan and in the United States maintaining aerospace control"

For more information on the Minnesota National Guard, visit www.MinnesotaNationalGuard.org   

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT: Minnesota National Guard Public Affairs at ngmn.public.affairs@ng.army.mil or call 651-282-4410

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