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193rd SOW earns Guard accident prevention award

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  • By Senior Airman Julia Sorber
  • 193rd Special Operations Wing Public Affairs

The 193rd Special Operations Wing at Middletown, Pennsylvania, recently earned the 2016 William W. Spruance Safety Award. This award is presented annually to the National Guard unit that makes the most significant contribution to accident prevention.

Some of the wing’s contributions to accident prevention include continuing a legacy of 60 years of 215,000 Class A and Class B mishap-free flying hours. The wing also demonstrated aerial port safety by executing more than 110 missions with 77 error-free air deliveries, according to the award submission.


Keeping Airmen trained and informed on safety and prevention also enhances the wing’s reputation as one of the safest in the National Guard, according to wing leadership personnel.


“I don’t believe there is a safety program in the U.S. Air Force that can rival what our Airmen have done to achieve the Spruance Safety Award,” said Chief Master Sgt. Patrick Devine, 193rd SOW Safety superintendent. “It is their dedication to excellence that won this award again for the wing.”