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Awards and Recognition

Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with five oak leaf clusters
For exceptionally meritorious service in performance of mission as an outstanding member of the Total Force (Active, Guard, Reserve)

· 1 January 1980 - 5 June 1981
· 1 September 1982 - 31 December 1983
· 1 January 1986 - 31 December 1987
· 1 January 1988 - 31 May 1989
· 30 June 1993 - 1 July 1995
· 1 July 2003 - 30 June 2005


Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal Campaign Streamer
· Operation Just Cause, 1989-1990


South Dakota Distinguished Unit Award
Awarded by the State of South Dakota to Army and Air National Guard units that have been recognized nationally for meritorious acts, deeds or service which involved total unit participation

· 30 May 1981 - 13 June 1981
· 1 January 1983 - 20 September 1987


National Guard Association of the United States' (NGAUS) Distinguished Flying Unit Plaque Spaatz Trophy
Presented to the highest-rated Air National Guard flying unit for the year

· 1949
· 1957
· 1987

National Guard Association of the United States' (NGAUS) Distinguished Flying Unit Plaque
Presented to the five highest-rated Air National Guard flying units for the year after the Spaatz Trophy winner

· 1980
· 1985
· 1988
· 2008

National Guard Association of the United States' (NGAUS) Winston P. Wilson Trophy
Presented to the most outstanding Air National Guard flying unit of the year equipped with jet fighter/reconnaissance aircraft

· 1981
· 1983
· 2007

Air Force Association's (AFA) Outstanding Air National Guard Flying Unit Award
Presented to the overall outstanding flying unit in the Air National Guard for the year

· 1958
· (2nd award - unknown date)
· 2007

Air National Guard Major General John J. Pesch Safety Award
Presented annually to two flying units judged to have demonstrated the highest standards of flight safety in the Air National Guard

· 1984
· 1996
· 2004

Air National Guard Colombian Trophy
Awarded in recognition of outstanding military flight safety in a tactical organization

· 1988

Air National Guard William W. Spruance Safety Award
Presented to the Air National Guard unit which makes the most significant contribution to accident prevention

· 1987
· 1995

Air National Guard Daedalian Maintenance Trophy
Awarded in recognition of outstanding aircraft maintenance units

· 1987

United States Air Force Maintenance Effectiveness Award
Awarded to the most outstanding aircraft maintenance unit in the Total Air Force (Active, Guard, Reserve)

· 1981

Air National Guard Maintenance Effectiveness Award
Awarded to the most outstanding aircraft maintenance unit in the Air National Guard

· 1981
· 1987
· 1989

United States Air Force & Air National Guard Supply Effectiveness Awards

· 1993

American Petroleum Institute Trophy for Air National Guard Units

· 1994

Air National Guard Outstanding Communications Flight

· 1987

Air National Guard Financial Management and Comptroller Organization of the Year

· 1997
· 2004

Air National Guard Outstanding Consolidated Base Personnel Office

· 1993

Air National Guard Kenneth W. Disney Award
Presented to the most outstanding food service program in the Air National Guard

· 2002

Air National Guard William H. Deneke Award
Top Civil Engineer Squadron in the Air National Guard

· 2003

United States Air Force Curtin Award
Top Civil Engineer Squadron in the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve

· 2003

United States Air Force Colonel Frederick J. Riemer Award
Top Civil Engineer Readiness Flight in the Air National Guard and the Air Force Reserve

· 2003

Air National Guard Environmental Quality Award for Installation Excellence

· 1993

Outstanding Tactical Air Command Air National Guard Facility

· 1986

Aerospace Defense Command "A" Award
Awarded for sustained operational effectiveness of an exceptionally high degree

· 1 January 1968 to 30 June 1969

Twelfth Air Force Outstanding Reserve Forces Intelligence Section

· 1981
· 1983
· 1987

National Guard Bureau Outstanding Base Newspaper

· 1994 - Thunderbumper - 1st Place

Association of Donor Recruitment Professionals (ADRP) Organization of the Year

· 2001 - South Dakota Air National Guard for support of Community Blood Bank