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919th earns another outstanding unit award

MC-130 Combat Talon #572 lifts off on its final flight mission as Talon #567 waits to go, May 7 at Gowen Field, Idaho.  919th maintainers were sent to Gowen Field to prepare four Talons to take off for one more mission – a flight into retirement and decommissioning.  Three of the Talons flew to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz.  The other went to Hurlburt Field, Fla., to be placed in the Air Force Special Operations Command airpark.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

919th Special Operations Wing MC-130 Combat Talons deployed in support of Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom flying 390 combat missions and offloading 3.8 million pounds of cargo. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Tech. Sgt. Jamie Proehl, 711th Special Operations Wing, receives a welcome home hug after returning from an Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment June 6 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.  More than 70 Airmen from Duke Field returned home from their deployment June 5 and 6.  Friends, family, co-workers and community leaders came out to greet them and welcome the Airmen home.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Tech. Sgt. Jamie Proehl, 711th Special Operations Wing, receives a welcome home hug after returning from an Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment June 6 2010. More than 70 Airmen from Duke Field returned home from their deployment June 5 and 6. Friends, family, co-workers and community leaders came out to greet them and welcome the Airmen home. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

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There were nine U-28 Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom deployments covering 670 days and flying more than 1,928 combat hours. Air Force photo.

Staff Sgt. Chito Reyes, 919th Services Flight, flips pork chops while Senior Airman Brittnie Lewis stirs another vat in preparation for the lunch May 3 at the Duke Field dining facility.  The 919th SVF won a Hennessy Award this year for their superior performance at the dining facility.  U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Samuel King Jr.

Staff Sgt. Chito Reyes, 919th Force Support Squadron, flips pork chops while Senior Airman Brittnie Lewis stirs another vat in preparation for the lunch May 3, 2009 at the Duke Field dining facility. The 919th FSS won a Hennessy Award in 2009 for their superior performance at the dining facility. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Staff Sgt. William Messer, 919th Security Forces Squadron, leads his fire team into a building during room-clearing training at Eglin Air Force Base Fla.  SFS teams practiced entry and clearing tactics and procedures with varying targets, objectives and ammunition Aug. 7.  Blanks and simulated munitions were used to create a more realistic scenario for the Reservists from Duke Field.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Staff Sgt. William Messer, 919th Security Forces Squadron, leads his fire team into a building during room-clearing training at Eglin Air Force Base Fla. SFS teams practiced entry and clearing tactics and procedures with varying targets, objectives and ammunition Aug. 7. Blanks and simulated munitions were used to create a more realistic scenario for the Reservists from Duke Field. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Lt. Col. Frank Daldine receives a much-needed, welcome-home hug June 6 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., upon returning from an Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment. More than 70 Airmen from Duke Field returned home from their deployment June 5 and 6. Friends, family, co-workers and community leaders came out to greet them and welcome the Airmen home. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Lt. Col. Frank Daldine receives a much-needed, welcome-home hug June 6 at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., upon returning from an Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment. More than 70 Airmen from Duke Field returned home from their deployment June 5 and 6. Friends, family, co-workers and community leaders came out to greet them and welcome the Airmen home. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

A snow-covered C-130 sits on the ramp at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, as deployed 711th Special Operations Squadron members of 'Daddy 05' return from a medical evacuation in 2009.  Due to heavy snowstorms and poor visibility, the Duke Field  reservist aircrew had to receive a waiver just to land.  The medical evacuation mission was a success in that all the critically wounded passengers survived after suffering injuries from a suicide bomber.  (Photo still from video source)

A snow-covered C-130 sits on the ramp at Bagram Air Base, Afghanistan, as deployed 711th Special Operations Squadron members of 'Daddy 05' return from a medical evacuation in 2009. Due to heavy snowstorms and poor visibility, the Duke Field reservist aircrew had to receive a waiver just to land. The medical evacuation mission was a success in that all the critically wounded passengers survived after suffering injuries from a suicide bomber. (Photo still from video source)

A wife and daughter watch a 919th Special Operations Wing Combat Talon return home from an Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 6. More than 70 reservists and two Combat Talons from Duke Field returned home June 5 and 6. Friends, family, co-workers and community leaders came out to greet them and welcome the Airmen home. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

A wife and daughter watch a 919th Special Operations Wing Combat Talon return home from an Operation Iraqi Freedom deployment to Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., June 6. More than 70 reservists and two Combat Talons from Duke Field returned home June 5 and 6. Friends, family, co-workers and community leaders came out to greet them and welcome the Airmen home. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Samuel King Jr.)

Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Bruce Callaway, a 711th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster from Duke Field, watches the snow fall from the back of a MC-130E Combat Talon I after a medical evacuation mission in Afghanistan in 2009.  Due to heavy snowstorms and poor visibility, the aircrew had to receive a waiver just to land.  The medical evacuation mission was a success in that all the critically  wounded passengers survived after suffering injuries from a suicide bomber.  (Photo still from video source)

Air Force Reserve Master Sgt. Bruce Callaway, a 711th Special Operations Squadron loadmaster from Duke Field, watches the snow fall from the back of a MC-130E Combat Talon I after a medical evacuation mission in Afghanistan in 2009. Due to heavy snowstorms and poor visibility, the aircrew had to receive a waiver just to land. The medical evacuation mission was a success in that all the critically wounded passengers survived after suffering injuries from a suicide bomber. (Photo still from video source)

A 919th Special Operations Wing MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft taxis from its Duke Field parking spot Jan. 14 on a mission to deliver personnel and equipment for the U.S. military's humanitarian relief operation aiding the earthquake-stricken nation of Haiti.  The Air Force Reserve unit is participating in Air Force Special Operations Command's rapid response effort for the impacted region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dan Neely)
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DA 919th Special Operations Wing MC-130E Combat Talon I aircraft taxis from its Duke Field parking spot Jan. 14 on a mission to deliver personnel and equipment for the U.S. military's humanitarian relief operation aiding the earthquake-stricken nation of Haiti. The Air Force Reserve unit participated in Air Force Special Operations Command's rapid response effort for the impacted region. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dan Neely)

DUKE FIELD, Fla -- Reservists with the 919th Special Operations Wing will need to update their ribbon racks yet again.

The wing was recently awarded an 17th Air Force Outstanding Unit award. The timeline of the award covers Oct. 1, 2008 through July 30, 2010.

"I'm extremely proud of the people of our wing," said Col. Andy Comtois, 919th SOW commander. "Our wing has a legacy of excellence dating back to 1975 and this award confirms we're extending that legacy."

The 919th won its first outstanding unit award in its first year of operations as a tactical air lift group in 1971 and in its first year as a special operations unit in 1975.

Some of the accomplishments highlighted in the awards package were:

Two MC-130E Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom deployments covering 240 days and more than 390 combat missions. 919th aircraft carried 6,240 passengers and offloaded 3.8 million pounds of cargo during that time.

Nine U-28 Operation Enduring and Iraqi Freedom deployments covering 670 days and flying more than 1,928 combat hours.

During a deployment, a Talon team executed a rescue mission of four injured Afghan National Police in extreme cold weather conditions.

Duke Field Talons also brought some the initial supplies into Haiti after the earthquake in 2010. 919th aircraft transported 55,000 pounds of supplies and evacuated 65 people over three flights.

Members from nearly every squadron deployed in support of overseas contingencies from medical squadron personnel, security forces, communications Airmen and explosive ordnance disposal technicians.

The 919th Force Support Squadron also won the Hennessy trophy in 2009 for Air Force Reserve Command.

The wing has been recognized with outstanding unit awards for their accomplishments for 23 years straight dating back to 1987.

"Once again the men and women of the 919th have been recognized for their great contributions to this nation," said Chief Master Sgt. Michael Klausutis, 919th command chief. "It is simply amazing to see the breadth and depth of this wing's impact over the past two years from global expeditionary combat support and combat operations to real world humanitarian missions."