Idaho Air National Guard recognized as 'one of the best of the best'

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  • By Tech. Sgt. Joshua C. Allmaras
  • 124th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
The Airmen of the Idaho Air National Guard's 124th Fighter Wing received the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for their meritorious service from Oct. 1, 2012 to Sep. 30, 2014.

The 124th Fighter Wing distinguished itself during this period by executing more than 7,800 mishap free flying hours, the medical group maintained an 87% individual mobilization rate, the operations support squadron conducted 180 hours of training which resulted in 82 students being trained at the only A-10 Intelligence Formal Training Unit, more than 11,500 meals were served, more than 480 passengers and more than 135 short tons of cargo in support of seven exercises were processed, and the wing created a five day NCO enrichment course with three sessions per year.

"The Airmen of the 124th Fighter Wing have demonstrated that they truly embrace the wing moto of first class or not at all," said Col. Tim Donnellan, the 124th Fighter Wing commander. "The Air Force has recognized the sacrifices our Airmen make and the hard work they accomplish each and every day they serve their community and their country."

During the award time period, the medical group conducted the first physical health assessment festival ever, the maintenance group received an excellent on their logistics compliance assessment program inspection, and the mission support group did phenomenal on their environmental, safety and occupational health compliance assessment and management program inspection, said Donnellan. 

"The competition was extremely keen," said Lt. Gen. Stanley E. Clarke III, the director of the Air National Guard. "Each winner is commended for having been selected from an outstanding group of nominees. The dedication and commitment of the members of these organizations enable the Air National Guard to fulfill its commitment to the missions of peacekeeping, humanitarian relief, domestic improvement, and most important of all - defense of America. Again, my congratulations to the best of the best."

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is awarded by the secretary of the Air Force to units that distinguish themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievements that set them apart from similar units. It was established in 1954.

"I'm extremely honored to serve with each and every one of you," said Donnellan. "America and Idaho are better as a result of your sacrifice."