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Two Wyoming Air National Guard units receive top national awards

CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Logistics Readiness Squadron and 153rd Medical Group in Cheyenne received the 2011 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award.

The 153rd Logistics Readiness Squadron received the award for accomplishments from Oct. 1, 2008-Sept. 30, 2010, while the 153rd Medical Group received its award for accomplishments from Sept. 30, 2009-Sept. 30 2011.

The logistics readiness squadron distinguished itself through orchestrating air support for flood missions in Freemont County, Wyo., and a deployment with more than 220 Airmen to Afghanistan where the unit moved more than 19,000 passengers, 5,100 tons of cargo and supported nearly 1,600 combat sorties.

The logisticians also passed three inspections by three separate commands with overall "Excellent" ratings. Additionally, the unit assisted the Wyoming Honor Flight Program by loading and unloading 75 wheel chairs, passengers and baggage for World War II veterans travelling to see the World War II monument in Washington, D.C.

The 153rd Medical Group totaled more than 17,500 patient visits and encounters over two years, including more than 3,300 physicals and health assessments, 750 eye exams, 700 dental exams and 3,900 laboratory tests.

Also, the unit is responsible for the medical processing of Airmen returning from deployments. The Airmen of the 153rd Medical Group ensured those returning spent no more than one hour completing medical tests and interviews.

Additionally, in 2010, the medical group became the first Air Force unit to earn a perfect score in its Aerospace Medicine Program for a health services inspection.

The 153rd Medical Group deployed 81 Airmen in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom, state missions and joint exercises.