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119th wins Aircraft Maintenance Unit of the month

Airmen from the 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, stand in front of a C-21 Lear Jet in South West Asia.  For the first time in the history of the U.S. Central Command, the C-21s, the military version of the Learjet 35A, are being maintained by Airmen rather than contractors.

Airmen from the 119th Wing, North Dakota Air National Guard, stand in front of a C-21 Lear Jet in South West Asia. For the first time in the history of the U.S. Central Command, the C-21s, the military version of the Learjet 35A, are being maintained by Airmen rather than contractors.

By Capt. Grant Larson

The hard working men and woman of the 119th Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU), currently deployed in southwest Asia have made
history again by winning the 379 Aircraft Maintenance Unit (AMU) of the
Month for June 2009.

This was the first month or time the 119th has ever been in the AOR and we were determined to show them the side of the Happy Hooligans that earn respect through hard work and attention to detail.

Amongst tough competition, including the leadership and maintainers from the B-1's, J-Stars, 135's, KC-135s, and C-130's, we managed to outscore our
peers in each category to win the award. Ironically, the Flying Vikings,
a C-130 unit from Minneapolis won the award for May of 2009.

We were awarded a nice piece of hardware/trophy along with a certificate. The Flying Vikings decided to start a tradition of placing a squadron sticker on the bottom of the trophy so, of course, we were happy to keep with the tradition and place a fresh Happy Hooligan sticker to mark our place in history!

Please pass a big thank you to the members from 'A rotation' and everyone from home station who helped us make this happen!