134th Air Refueling Wing Receives Stanley F.H. Newman Award
By Senior Airman Melissa Dearstone, 134 ARW Public Affairs
/ Published November 22, 2016
NASHVILLE, TN -- The 134th Air Refueling Wing was presented with the Stanley F.H. Newman award during the 48th annual Airlift/Tanker Association Convention on Oct. 28.
This award recognized the most outstanding Air National Guard wing or group contributing to overall success of the Mobility Air Force Mission from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.
Col. Lee Hartley, Vice Commander of the 134th ARW, said members of the 134th ARW have been very busy over the past year with over 470 deployments, 452 flying hours and over 23 million pounds of fuel off loaded.
"The accomplishments of these renowned Airmen reflect great credit upon themselves, the state of Tennessee, the ANG and the United States Air Force," said Lt. Gen Christopher A. Kelly, USAF (Ret.), who was the Master of Ceremonies for the event.
Kelly said another one of the many accomplishments was the wing's contributions to the nation's nuclear enterprise, earning the 134th recognition as finalists for the United States Strategic Command Omaha trophy, as well as, being hailed the number one ANG unit by Task Force 294.
Hartley stated this award would not have happened without the contribution of everyone at the 134th ARW.
"This award does not happen without ordinary people going the extra mile to do extraordinary things," said Hartley. "After it is all said and done, you actually find out that the people you thought were ordinary are actually extraordinary and I'm so grateful to be a part of this team."
The award is named after Maj. Gen. Stanley F.H. Newman, who enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps in 1942. During his 41 years of service, he flew over 150 combat missions during World War II, Korean War and the Vietnam War. Some of Gen. Newman's accomplishments include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal and two Distinguished Flying Crosses.