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PA Air National Guard Flying High With Prestigious Recognition

For the first time, all three wings have earned a top award, including Allegheny County's 171st Air Refueling Wing

Air National Guardsmen and women in Pennsylvania are doing an outstanding job according to their bosses in Washington. All three Pennsylvania Air National Guard wings have earned 2018 United States Air Force Outstanding Unit Awards signifying two years of exceptional performance. All three have earned this prestigious award before, but it's the first time all three have won the award in the same year. "We are extremely proud of how our three wings perform and it is nice to see that their outstanding accomplishments are recognized and honored at the highest level," said Brig. Gen. Michael J. Regan Jr. in a press release.

"The men and women assigned to these wings play a key role in our nation's readiness and ability to keep us safe and preserve our freedom." Brig. Gen. Michael J. Regan Jr.

One of the wings named in the award is the Allegheny County based 171st Refueling Wing. The wing does in-flight refueling for military aircraft and transports cargo and passengers. Among the citations in this award: supporting more than 200 aircraft missions, refueling more than 400,000 pounds of fuel and processing more than 40 tons of cargo without incident. The wing was also recognized for their near flawless execution of a mission during a 2017 nuclear readiness exercise.

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