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Wyoming Air Guard air traffic controllers honored nationally

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- National honors were bestowed upon two members of the Wyoming Air National Guard's 243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron recently.

The Air National Guard awards recognize achievements among all 54 states and territories.

Master Sgt. Benjamin Kaufman, 243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron Radar Approach Control chief controller, was selected as the Air National Guard's 2012 Air Traffic Control Manager of the Year.

This award is given to an air traffic control manager who has contributed to an outstanding degree through their services, ideas, developments or accomplishments in air traffic control. Kaufman was instrumental in the deployment of the new Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System-Local Integrated Terminal Equipment Radar for the Cheyenne Regional Airport, the first system of its kind to be used in the U.S. Air Force.

Dennis Fry, 243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron electronics technician, was selected as the Air National Guard's 2012 Air Traffic Control and Landing Aids Maintenance Technician of the Year.

This award is given to an air traffic control and landing system maintainer, military or civilian, whose primary duty is providing air traffic control and landing system support to a facility and has contributed to an outstanding degree, their services, ideas, developments or accomplishments in that system's maintenance. Fry was essential to the successful deployment of the new Standard Terminal Automation Replacement System-Local Integrated Terminal Equipment Radar for the Cheyenne Regional Airport, the first system of its kind to be used in the U.S. Air Force.

The 243rd Air Traffic Control Squadron operates from the Wyoming Air National Guard Base, co-located with the Cheyenne Regional Airport. The 243rd provides air traffic control for military and civilian aircraft using the airport.