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This photo illustration depicts an Outstanding Unit Award ribbon with two silver oak leaf clusters, representing that this is the 11th such award for the Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing. Illustration by Staff Sgt. Cameron Lewis

MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Air National Guard’s 115th Fighter Wing received its 11th Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for exceptional service performed throughout 2020.

“Congratulations to the members of the 115th Fighter Wing and our Total Force Integration partners in the 378th Fighter Squadron,” said U.S. Air Force Col. Bart Van Roo, 115th Fighter Wing commander. “2020 was an outstanding year as we met the challenges of COVID, a huge Reserve Component Period, medical detachment evaluations and a variety of state and federal homeland missions.”

The reserve component period refers to the time required for a significant portion of the 115th Fighter Wing deploying to the Middle East last year.

The Secretary of the Air Force awards the Outstanding Unit Award to active duty, Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units that have distinguished themselves by meritorious service our outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from others.

The unit will officially acknowledge the award in January during its annual awards ceremony. As part of the ceremony, an 11th streamer will be attached to the unit flag, signifying the number of times the 115th Fighter Wing has received the award. Members will receive a ribbon to be worn on their formal military uniform.

“Thank you again for all you do,” Van Roo said. “Our dedication to excellence is greatly appreciated.”