23rd BS wins 2005 Air Force Installation Excellence Award

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE, N.D. --

The Air Force recently awarded the 23rd Bomb Squadron with the 2006 Air Force Installation Excellence Award. 

“The 23rd BS was selected for this award due to its outstanding performance at home and while deployed,” said Lt. Col. Jerry Hounchell, 23rd BS commander. “The squadron did a fantastic job from putting bombs on target in Operation Enduring Freedom to building and executing a world class training program.” 

During 2005, the 23rd BS flew 4,000 combat and 3,000 training hours. The squadron released with (pinpoint precision) tons of ordnance on enemy targets and flew a perfect 246 of 246 tasked combat sorties during OEF. Also the 23rd BS delivered 103 percent of combined air and space operations center levied time on station in support of coalition soldiers and Marines. 

According to Colonel Hounchell, this award would not be possible without the exceptional effort put forth by the men and women under his command. 

“This award is special to the men and women of the 23rd BS because it validates their dedication and the hard work they put forth day-in and day-out,” he said. “The Airmen of the 23rd BS never cease to amaze me. No matter what the challenge before them, they step up and hit a home run.”

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