153rd Operations Support Flight wins Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency award

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  • By Master Sgt. Trudy Woodcock
  • Wyoming Military Department
The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Operations Support Flight was recently awarded the United States Air Force Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Agency's 2008 Outstanding Operation Support Squadron/Intelligence Unit of the Year Award. The award recognizes the top accomplishments within the ISR community of the Air Force. 

The Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd OSF/IOF received the 2008 award based on its outstanding leadership and performance. A small portion of the unit's most recognizable accomplishments are listed as follows: 

· Provided intelligence products to 12 aircraft valued at $420 million in the firstever
C-130 active associate squadron (active duty air mobility squadron reporting to an Air National Guard Wing under the active associate concept) in Air Mobility Command history. 

· Members of intelligence teams successfully supported 5,416 take-offs and landings, 69,532 people, 7,747 tons of equipment, 1,738 buses, and 968 trucks in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. 

· Integrated active duty with the Wyoming Army and Air National Guard in providing intelligence for state and federal missions, fully validating the active associate concept. 

· Voluntary deployment to support aerial firefighting operations, dropping more than 1 million gallons of fire retardant.

· Fully integrated active duty and Air National Guard personnel for the Operational Readiness Exercise and the Operational Readiness Inspection, building Total Force processes for use in future associations. 

"We have always known that our people are among the very best of what America
has to offer, and the 153rd Airlift Wing is at the forefront of the Air Force's Total Force
Initiative," said Lt. Col. Paul Lyman, Wyoming Air National Guard's 153rd Airlift Wing
Operations Group deputy commander. "This award is validation at the national level that we are the best. I couldn't be more proud of these fine Airmen, our outstanding organization and the great state of Wyoming."