Milwaukee Air Guard Unit Receives Hall of Fame Award
By Senior Airman Ryan Kuntze, 128th Air Refueling Wing
/ Published May 13, 2010
MILWAUKEE -- The 128th Air Refueling Wing was introduced into the Hall of Fame of the Kiwanis Club of Milwaukee on Wednesday, May 12, 2010, during a luncheon ceremony at the Milwaukee County War Memorial Center.
The Kiwanis Club recognized the 128 ARW for its continuing contributions toward the defense of the United States, contributions to the greater Milwaukee community, efforts and abilities to strengthen Gen. Mitchell International Airport with firefighting skills and other resources, and for the strong and viable economic impact the 128 ARW has made in Southeastern Wisconsin.
The Kiwanis Club hosts an annual luncheon in recognition of local Armed Forces members, which is held during the annual Milwaukee Armed Forces Week.
This year's luncheon recognized Brig. Gen. John E. McCoy, the Assistant Adjutant General for Air, as the guest speaker.
Gen. McCoy spoke of his history with the 128th Air Refueling Wing, and related to the strong support the wing receives from the local communities.
Col. Ted Metzgar, the commander of the 128 ARW, was also at the luncheon, where he spoke of his privilege to lead the high-quality men and women under his command.
There were approximately 70 people in attendance of Wednesday's luncheon, with a representation of service members and community leaders.
In conjunction with the Kiwanis Club Hall of Fame award, Mayor Tom Barrett's office proclaimed Wednesday, May 12, 2010, to be 128th Air Refueling Week.
The announcement was made with regard to the 128 ARW's long and distinguished record of service, and due to the 128 ARW's relationship with the local community.
Furthermore, Scott Walker, the Milwaukee County executive, declared Wednesday, May 12, 2010, to be 128th Air Refueling Wing - Wisconsin Air National Guard Day throughout Milwaukee County.
The honored-day announcement was made with regard to the 128 ARW's role in national security and for its service to the United States and to the global community. The announcement also recognized the 128 ARW's service history during the Korean War, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Operation Enduring Freedom, and service performed during natural disasters in Wisconsin and throughout the nation.