219th RED HORSE Squadron Wins National Award
By 1st Lt. Justin Hutchins, 120th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 18, 2011
GREAT FALLS, Mont. -- The Montana Air National Guard 219th RED HORSE Squadron was recently awarded the distinguished National Guard Association of the United States Mission Support Trophy by the National Guard Bureau from Lt. Gen. Harry M. Wyatt, the Director of the Air National Guard.
The winners were selected from numerous outstanding units and their ability to fulfill Air National Guard missions, such as humanitarian relief, domestic support and defense of the United States.
Some of the highlights of the 219th's achievements were the numerous joint deployments with the Army for training and their recent deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, where they deployed to five countries and executed over 70 projects totaling over $81 million.
The 219th RED HORSE was also commended for their 2010 Air Combat Command Unit Compliance Inspection, in which they had a 99 percent compliance rate and were recognized by the Inspector General team for "best practices" of guard units inspected.
The 219th RED HORSE personnel also have volunteered and supported many local projects in Montana. They support the annual Operation Purple Camp at Neihart that benefits children of deployed military members. The 219th is a key player in the local Veterans Day Parade where they help with floats.
The outstanding accomplishments of the 219th RED HORSE are truly appreciated both in Montana and throughout the world, and they have been recognized as the best of the best.