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185th Air Refueling Wing earns Outstanding Unit Award

Air National Guard flight line in Sioux CIty on September 17, 2020.

The Sioux City FAA tower and civilian passenger terminal are behind a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker assigned to the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing as it is taking off at the Sioux City, Iowa airport on September 17, 2020. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt Vincent De Groot

Cedar Rapids clean up

Staff Sgt. Jerad Keegan, 185th Air Refueling Wing Civil Engineering Squadron, Iowa Air National Guard uses a chainsaw to clear away downed trees in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on August 18, 2020. Extremely high winds uprooted trees, caused wide spread structural damage and power outages throughout Southeast Iowa. U.S. Air National Guard photo Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

Members of the Iowa Air National Guard provide assistance at the “TestIowa” COVID-19 test site in Sioux Center, Iowa on May 27, 2020.

U.S. Air National Guard Senior Airman Manuel Zertuche 185th Air Refueling Wing medical technician works with medical staff in order to administer a COVID-19 test at the Sioux Center, Iowa “TestIowa” test site on May 27, 2020. Zertuche is working with the Iowa department of public health to help administrate COVID-19 testing as part of “TestIowa” initiative. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

F-16 refuel

A U.S. Air Force F-16 Falcon from the South Dakota Air National Guard’s 114th Fighter Wing based in Sioux Falls receives fuel while in flight from a U.S. Air Force KC-135 assigned to the Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing based in Sioux City while flying over South Dakota on March 19, 2019. U.S. Air National Guard photo by Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

Master Sgt. Adam Wright 185th Air Refueling Wing dental technician Iowa Air National Guard

Master Sgt. Adam Wright (right) 185th Air Refueling Wing dental technician with the Iowa Air National Guard works with Navy Reserve Commander Dave Carneiro a dentist with the Expeditionary Medical Facility, Camp Pendleton performing a dental procedure with a patient at the site or care in Jayuya, Puerto Rico on May 1, 2019. Dental procedures being performed in Jayuya are part the Air National Guard Innovative Readiness Training taking place in Puerto Rico this week. The goal of the IRT program is to provide realistic training while at the same time provide no cost medical care for people in remote areas who are medically underserved. U.S. Air National Guard photo: Senior Master Sgt. Vincent De Groot

b-roll video shows activity on the 185th ARW flight line on November 25, 2020. Script information: The Iowa Air National Guard’s 185th Air Refueling Wing recently learned that they have been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for their efforts during 2019. The award is earned by units like the 185th for exceptionally meritorious service to the mission of the United States Air Force. This is the fourth year in a row the unit has earned this award. The citation mentions the unit’s high operations tempo that included thousands of flying hours. The award cited the unit’s recruiting and retention efforts that led to maintaining 100% manning in 2019. During the 2019 evaluation period the 185th Medical Group’s humanitarian efforts were also highlighted. Medical personal were part of the Innovative readiness training exercise in Puerto Rico where they provided care to over 9000 people during the two week exercise. With the New Year, the Wing’s tasking’s have not let up. During 2020 members of the 185th were part the natural disaster response where they assisted with debris cleanup operations in Cedar Rapids following the derecho wind storm. Unit members were also activate throughout the spring and summer months where they provided support for the TestIowa COVID-19 test initiative. The western Iowa based Air National Guard unit has over 900 full and part time members. The main mission of the unit is flying and maintaining the KC-135R Sratotanker mid-air refueling aircraft as well as the test and evaluation mission in Fort Dodge. Lower thirds: 00:00:00 - 00:55:00 - Sioux City, Iowa 00:55:00 - 03:09:00 - Colonel Stephanie Samenus 185th ARW Vice Wing Commander

AFOUA

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Sioux City, Iowa --

The Iowa Air National Guard's 185th Air Refueling Wing has been awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for its efforts during 2019.

The award is earned for exceptionally meritorious service to the United States Air Force.

Col. Mark Muckey, commander of the unit, said every member of the 185th earned the honor.

"This award is a direct reflection of the professionalism of our unit membership and an affirmation of the high quality of work they do every day," Muckey said.

The citation mentions the unit’s high operations tempo during 2019 which included thousands of flying hours. The award cited the unit’s 100% manning that allows the organization to operate at full strength. Also mentioned is the Wing’s community involvement initiatives like the boss lift program that allowed hundreds of civilian employers to fly with the unit and witness an inflight refueling.

Other items of note included the 185th Medical Group’s involvement in humanitarian efforts in 2019 as part of the Innovative readiness training while in Puerto Rico. While training in the island territory for two weeks medical personal from the Wing provided cared for 9000 patients.

Units that are part of the Sioux City, Iowa based Air Refueling Wing are regularly tasked to provide support for the global mission of the United States Air Force. With the New Year, the Wing’s tasking’s have not let up. 185th unit members are currently deployed to Anderson Air Force Base, Guam. These Airmen are providing air refueling support as part of the continuous bomber presence in the Pacific region.

As a subordinate organization of the Iowa National Guard, the 185th is also tasked to provide humanitarian support in the event of a state emergency. During 2020 members of the 185th were part the natural disaster response where they assisted with debris cleanup operations in Cedar Rapids following the derecho wind storm. Unit members were also activated throughout the spring and summer months where they provided support for the TestIowa COVID-19 test initiative.

The western Iowa based Air National Guard unit has over 900 full and part time members. The main mission of the unit is flying and maintaining the KC-135R Sratotanker mid-air refueling aircraft as well as the test and evaluation mission in Fort Dodge.

The Air Force Outstanding unit Award citation mentions subordinate units from the 185th Support Group, Medical Group, Operations and Maintenance Groups in Sioux City as well as the 133rd Test Squadron in Fort Dodge.

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award is given to units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from other Air National Guard units.