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The Air Force Deems Florida's Fighter Wing Outstanding.

An F-15 from the 125th Fighter Wing prepares to launch from the Jacksonville International Airport.

An F-15 from the 125th Fighter Wing prepares to launch from the Jacksonville International Airport.

F-15's from the 125th Fighter Wing, Jacksonville, Florida. October 16 , 2009 (Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shelley Gill)

F-15's from the 125th Fighter Wing, Jacksonville, Florida. October 16 , 2009 (Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Shelley Gill)

ST AUGUSTINE Fla. -- The Florida Air National Guard's 125th Fighter Wing (125FW) was recently awarded the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for the period of Nov. 1, 2012 through Oct 31, 2014.

The Air Force Outstanding Unit Award was authorized by the Department of the Air Force General Order 1, Jan. 6, 1954 and is awarded by the secretary of the Air Force to numbered units that have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious service or outstanding achievement that clearly sets the unit above and apart from similar units.

Examples of qualifying services include; performance of exceptionally meritorious service, accomplishment of a specific outstanding achievement of national or international significance, combat operations against an armed enemy of the United States, or military operations involving conflict with or exposure to hostile actions by an opposing foreign force.

"This award is yet another validation of the tremendous work of our Airmen, their dedication to the mission, and is an example of the highest standards to which they perform each day," said Col. Brian Simpler, 125th Fighter Wing commander. "I tell them they are the best this country has to offer, and this award is the Air Force's confirmation of the exact same sentiment."

This announcement provides further accolades to the members of the 125FW who in the same month completed their capstone inspection with a highly effective rating, which is extremely rare in both active and reserve components. This award is for the superior mission success and capability of the fighter wing, who was at the same time preparing for their capstone inspection.

During this period the 125FW effectively organized, trained, equipped and maintained combat-ready forces for rapid deployment and employment while ensuring forces were ready to meet the challenges of peacetime air sovereignty and wartime air defense. The wing compiled nearly 7,000 flying hours and surpassed an astounding 167,853 flying hours without a Class A mishap.

With the recent accolades, the wing is rapidly progressing toward their goal of becoming the premier fighter wing in the country.