148th Earns Outstanding Unit Award

The 148th Fighter Wing earned the 2009 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) for its accomplishments from November 1, 2008 to October 30, 2009.

The 148th Fighter Wing earned the 2009 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) for its accomplishments from November 1, 2008 to October 30, 2009.

DULUTH, Minn. -- The Chief of the Air National Guard, Lt. Gen. Harry "Bud" Wyatt has announced that the 148th Fighter Wing earned the 2009 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award (AFOUA) for its accomplishments from November 1, 2008 to October 30, 2009.

The AFOUA is awarded annually to 10% 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. The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award was authorized by Department of the Air Force General Order 1, Jan. 6, 1954.

This is the seventh time and the third consecutive year the 148th has earned this award. Previous awards of the AFOUA include 1979, 1988, 1999, 2001, 2007 & 2008. 

Highlights of the Wing's accomplishments during this period include:
  • 148th deployed personnel and jets to Joint Base Balad, Iraq from Sept. 2008 to Jan 2009
  • 148th continued its 24/7 Air Sovereignty Alert mission from Duluth; the 148th was the first unit to intercept a stolen Canadian Cessna near Michigan's Upper Peninsula in Apr. 2009
  • 148th earned an "Excellent" Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) rating Aug. 2009
  • 15 personnel supported Flood Fight 09; Communications, Public Affairs and Logistics personnel traveled to Moorhead, MN and LaMoure, ND to set up joint communications platforms enabling effective command and control during flood-induced power outages and supporting the efforts of the Minnesota and North Dakota National Guard
  • 148th Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) team responded to 17 calls from local law enforcement in Northern Minnesota and Wisconsin