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Thursday, October 29, 2015

Air Force recognizes D.C. Air Guard as Outstanding Unit

by 13th Wing Public Affairs office
113th Wing Public Affairs

10/28/2015 - JOINT BASE ANDREWS, MD.  -- The D.C. Air National Guard's 113th Wing received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for operational performance and mission accomplishment.

The 113th Wing distinguished itself by exceptionally meritorious service executing more than 1,500 F-16 aircraft missions and 480 Aerospace Control Alert missions with more than 2,500 total flying hours protecting the nation's capital as well as 63 VIP missions.

"The Capital Guardians are committed to exemplifying the highest standards in the military with exceptionally meritorious service to both country and community," said Brig. Gen. George Degnon, 113th Wing commander. "Although an Air Guard unit, we support numerous active duty commands and conduct daily operational missions protecting the skies of D.C. and providing strategic airlift for the first lady, members of Congress, and the executive branch."

During 2015, the 113th Wing also deployed more than 500 members in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, multi-national exercises PITCHBLACK, TRI-SLING and CRUZEX, as well as joint-forces exercise SENTRY SAVANNAH, while accomplishing both its peacetime and wartime missions.

Members from the 113th Wing contributed to the community throughout the year through volunteerism, providing safety and security during high-visibility events such as the Martin Luther King 50th Anniversary "March on the Capital," the Independence Day celebration and other national events in Washington D.C.

The Outstanding Unit Award was established Jan. 6, 1954, and is awarded by the Secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units. This is the 15th time in unit history it has received this award.

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For more information, contact the 113th Wing Public Affairs Office at 240-857-4867.

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