by Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot
185th ARW Wing Public Affairs
11/5/2015 - Sioux City, Iowa -- The
National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C. announced the 185th Air
Refueling Wing, here, has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit
Award for exceptionally meritorious service from November 1, 2013 to
October 31, 2015.
The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is given to units that have
distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or
outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from
other Air National Guard units.
According to Col. Larry Christensen, commander of the 185th ARW this
award is a reflection of the hard work members of the 185th do every
"We have the privilege of living in a great community where our members
have a strong work ethic. We know we have an outstanding unit, but it is
nice to have that validated by the National Guard Bureau," said
According to the Outstanding Unit Award citation, the 185th has
continued to regularly provide mission capable aircraft and Airmen for
deployments around the world, for both operational and mission support
This marks the 8th time the 185th Air Refueling Wing has received the award.
The wing, comprised of 956 part time and full time members, flies nine
KC-135R air refueling aircraft and is comprised of numerous support
The wing's main mission is to provide mid-air refueling and mobility
sustainment in support of the global mission of the Air Force.
The wing is also tasked to support the state of Iowa in the event of a
state emergency, while providing humanitarian, and national disaster
"We would not be able to do this without the support of our employers. I
take great pride in serving Siouxland and cannot thank the community
enough for their support," said Christensen.