May 29, 2012

Portman Congratulates Mansfield 179th Airlift Wing For Taking Top Honors At 2012 NGAUS Awards

Wing Wins Three Awards, Including Spaatz Trophy For Best Overall Air National Guard Unit

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, and the Ranking Member on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, congratulated the men and women of the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield for receiving a number of honors at this year’s National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS) Awards, including the Spaatz Trophy presented to the overall outstanding flying unit in the Air National Guard.

“I’m extremely proud of the men and women of the 179th for receiving the Spaatz Trophy, given to the best overall flying unit in the Air National Guard,” said Portman. “Those who serve at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield have proven time and time again their invaluable service to our nation, and this award recognizes their hard work and continued importance to our mission overseas.”

Named in honor of a former Chief of Staff of the U.S. Air Force, General Carl S. Spaatz, the Spaatz Trophy honors the best Air National Guard unit in America based on overall combat readiness and the unit’s performance with respect to all other Air Guard flying units over the past year.  According to the NGAUS, factors included in the evaluation are flying safety; aircraft operation readiness; weapons firing; unit alerts; unit manning; skill level qualifications; retention; drill attendance; operational readiness inspections; outstanding accomplishments and special missions and exercises. The 179th Airlift Wing were also awarded the NGB Curtis N. “Rusty” Metcalf Trophy and the Major General John J. Pesch Flight Safety Trophy.

Just last week, Portman fought for Ohio’s military men and women while also balancing the need for a strong national defense plan that is fiscally responsible during the committee’s mark-up of the Department of Defense (DoD) Authorization for 2013, preventing elimination of C-27J planes and jobs at the 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield. On March 20th, Senator Portman pushed Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff General Norton Schwartz on the C-27J to ensure that the Air Force and Senate Armed Services Committee reconsider the Air Force proposal.