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123rd Airlift Wing wins four national awards in public affairs

Airmen participating in a Critical Care Air Transport Team training course offload patient mannequins from a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 as the aircraft's engines generate a substantial amount of prop blast on the flight line at Fort Campbell, Ky., April 27, 2012. The CCATT course is taught by instructors at the Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills at the University of Cincinnati and is designed to provide Air Force doctors, nurses and respiratory therapists with total immersion in the care of severely injured patients. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CCATT training platform in 2009. (U.S. Air Force photo by Maj. Dale Greer)

This photo, by Maj. Dale Greer of the 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office, won first-place feature photo in the 2012 National Guard Bureau Media Contest. The image shows medical personnel offloading a simulated patient from a Kentucky Air National Guard C-130 at Fort Campbell, Ky., as part of a Critical Care Air Transport Team training course conducted by instructors from the Air Force Center for Sustainment of Trauma and Readiness Skills at the University of Cincinnati. The Kentucky Air Guard's 165th Airlift Squadron began providing C-130s to use as a CCATT training platform in 2009.

A member of the 123rd Airlift Wing gets a welcome-home hug from loved ones Nov. 10, 2012, at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. The Airman was one of 58 Kentucky Guardsmen returning from a four-month deployment to the Persian Gulf. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Phil Speck)

This photo, by Master Sgt. Phil Speck of the 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office, won first-place news photo in the 2012 National Guard Bureau Media Contest. The photo depicts a member of the 123rd Airlift Wing receiving a welcome-home hug from loved ones Nov. 10, 2012, at the Kentucky Air National Guard Base in Louisville, Ky. The Airman was one of 58 Kentucky Guardsmen returning from a four-month deployment to the Persian Gulf.

KENTUCKY AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, LOUISVLLE, Ky. -- Airmen assigned to the 123rd Airlift Wing Public Affairs Office have won four first-place awards in the 2012 National Guard Bureau Media Contest, officials announced Feb. 14.

The highly competitive event, which recognizes the best work of public affairs professionals across the National Guard, receives hundreds of entries from the 54 U.S. states and territories every year.

Master Sgt. Phil Speck, the wing's public affairs manager, won first place in the sports story and news photo competitions, while Maj. Dale Greer, the wing's chief of public affairs, won first place in the feature photo and picture story contests.

The new honors reflect a continued tradition of Public Affairs achievement at the 123rd Airlift Wing, which has earned more than 75 national awards of excellence from the National Guard Bureau, U.S. Air Force and Department of Defense since 1995.