Ky. Air Guard units receive service awards

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Three Kentucky Air National Guard units have received prestigious awards for their service.

The Courier-Journal reports the awards were given out Sunday during a ceremony at a Louisville Air Base hangar.

Richard Reed, special assistant to President Barack Obama, bestowed the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award to the 123rd Airlift Wings. Reed said it was the 15th time the unit has received the award, making it "one of the most decorated units in the Air Force."

In addition, the Organizational Excellence Award was given to the Air Guard's Headquarters unit and a Meritorious Unit Award went to the 123rd Special Tactics Squadron.

Lt. Col. Ron Whelan says the awards "mean a lot."

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