From left to right, retired Lt. Gen. David A. Deptula, Dean of the Mitchell Institute of Aerospace Power Studies, David Alexander, General Atomics' president of aeronautical systems, Brig. Gen. Keith G. MacDonald is the Director of Operations, National Guard Bureau A3/10, Washington, D.C., Lt. Gen. Russell L. Mack is the Deputy Commander, Air Combat Command, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, Col. Mitch Johnson, the 119th Wing commander, Lt. Col. Lee Teigen, the 178th Attack Squadron commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Daniel Mehus, 178th Attack Squadron, stand with the Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies’ General Atomics Remotely Piloted Aircraft Squadron of the Year Trophy for 2021 as the trophy is presented to the North Dakota Air National Guard members during the 2022 Air and Space Forces Association’s Air, Space and Cyber Conference at the Gaylord National Harbor, National Harbor, Maryland, Sept. 19, 2022. The 178th is the first National Guard unit to earn this award, which is presented annually for outstanding performance by RPA squadrons in achieving intelligence, surveillance, and persistent attack and reconnaissance over the preceding calendar year.
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