127th Wing receives national level awards

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For the fifth time in less than eight years the 127th Wing can tout more national level awards for its combat tested units. The 127th Airlift Group, of the Michigan Air National Guard at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, will receive the coveted "Distinguished Flying Unit" award on 27 August 2007 from the National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS). The award recognizes outstanding Air National Guard flying units.

"I have never been more proud of the men and women of the Airlift Group than at this time," said 127th Airlift Group Commander Colonel Michael Thomas.

The 107th Weather Flight of the 127th Wing also has been named as a 2006 NGAUS Distinguished Mission Support Unit as well as the Air Force's Outstanding Reserve Component Weather Flight. It competed against 24 total Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve Weather Flights for the latter award.

The 127th Wing has a history of success and achieved recognition by such renowned awards. In 2001 the 171st Airlift Squadron received the "Spaatz Trophy" for being the top Air National Guard flying unit in the nation. In 2002 and 2003 the 107th Fighter Squadron won "Distinguished Flying Unit" awards. Success continued to follow the Wing as the 107th Fighter Squadron Won the "Outstanding Flying Unit" Award from Air Force Association for being the best in the nation in 2005.

"It's the men and women of the Wing who continuously create all these success stories, and clearly a record of success the citizens of Michigan can be proud of," said 127th Wing Commander Brigadier General Michael L. Peplinski.

The 127th Airlift Group will host a Farewell to the C-130 Hercules on Saturday, September 8 at 2 p.m. with many retirees and active Airmen in attendance. The last C-130 will leave Selfridge on Sep. 15 as the unit continues in its transition to the KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft.

Media interested in attending the ceremony should contact the 127th Wing Public Affairs Office for gate arrival information at (586)307-5576.