920th Rescue Wing receives distinguished award

Col. Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing Commander, salutes Maj. Gen. Ronald B. Miller, 10th Air Force Commander, after being presented with a plaque to accompany the Power and Vigilance award.

Colonel Kurt Matthews, 920th Rescue Wing commander, has been presented with the Power and Vigilance Award, during the Combat Planning Council social at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base, Texas. “I'm extremely proud of the efforts and accomplishments of the Citizen-Airmen of the 920th Rescue Wing, and was honoured to accept this award on their behalf," said Matthews.

The Power and Vigilance Award is presented to the 10th Air Force unit which best exhibits the Numbered Air Force's vision as ‘The premier provider of affordable, integrated, flexible and mission-ready Reserve Citizen Airmen to execute power and vigilance in support of U.S. National Security’.

The 920th Rescue Wing distinguished themselves by performing two long-range rescues at sea, each approximately 500 miles out, and several mountain rescues. Reservists also assisted with rescues during Hurricane Harvey and conducted search and rescue missions after Hurricanes Irma and Maria, not to mention gearing up for human spaceflight rescue, among multiple overseas deployments, and many other notable achievements.

The 920th Rescue Wing is headquartered at Patrick Air Force Base in Cocoa Beach, Florida and operates three geographically separated units; the 943rd Rescue Group, Tucson, Ariz.; the 304th Rescue Squadron, Portland, Oregon; and the 920th Aerospace Medial Squadron, Langley, Virginia.

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