by Capt. Holli Nelson
188th Wing Public Affairs
10/28/2015 - EBBING AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Ark. -- The
188th Wing, and all its supporting groups and squadrons, received the
Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for their accomplishments spanning Oct.
1, 2011 through Sept. 30, 2013.
The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is awarded to units which have
outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above national or
international significance, combat operations against an armed enemy of
the United States or military operations involving conflict with or
exposure to hostile actions by an opposing foreign force.
"This recognition of the hard work and dedication our Airmen have
provided and continue to provide today is well deserved and illustrates
the value of our 188th members to the nation," said Col. Bobbi
Doorenbos, 188th Wing commander. "Their accomplishments showcase the
diverse capabilities of our wing and our proven contributions to
national objectives. I couldn't be more proud to lead these outstanding
Airmen each and every day."
During the two-year span, the 188th contributed directly to the
fulfillment of strategic national objectives by completing the largest
deployment in unit history in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in
Afghanistan. More than 350 Airmen and 10 aircraft deployed to support
combat operations in the area of responsibility and set unit records in
combat sorties, combat flight hours and Air Tasking Orders. The unit
achieved a 100 percent ATO rating and mission tasking completion rating
while accumulating 1,853 combat sorties totaling 7,626.2 combat flight
The 188th also contributed to the war efforts in support of Operations
Enduring Freedom and New Dawn by deploying more than 50 percent of its
personnel to 13 worldwide contingency locations during this time frame.
Furthermore, the 188th Civil Engineer Squadron deployed to Guatemala in
support of Operation Beyond the Horizon constructing a new school for
100 students in partnership with the United States Army while bolstering
strategic international ties.
The 188th CES stood up the Air National Guard's first and only Rapid
Engineering Deployable Heave Operational Repair Squadron Engineer
training center as well as an Urban Search and Rescue site providing
critical mission training to civil engineers and firefighters throughout
The unparalleled community service and achievements of wing members
resulted in 11 national level awards for excellence, leadership,
service, public affairs, family readiness and psychological health.
These accomplishments were recognized by senior-level officials
including the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Mark A. Welsh III,
and the Chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Frank J. Grass.
At the time of the award period, the 188th was designated as the 188th
Fighter Wing with a manned aircraft mission, flying the A-10C
Thunderbolt II "Warthog."
The 188th has received two previous AFOUAs in the last five years.