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270th ATCS: Outstanding Unit 7th consecutive year

Brig. Gen. Steven D. Gregg, commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, stands with Capt. Michael R. Balzotti, commander of the 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron, during a ceremony to present the squadron with the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for 2011, Aug. 4, 2012. The ceremony marks the seventh consecutive year that the 270th has earned the award. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released

Brig. Gen. Steven D. Gregg, commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, stands with Capt. Michael R. Balzotti, commander of the 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron, during a ceremony to present the squadron with the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award for 2011, Aug. 4, 2012. The ceremony marks the seventh consecutive year that the 270th has earned the award. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released

Capt. Michael R. Balzotti, commander of the 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron, accepts the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award on behalf of his unit from Brig. Gen. Steven D. Gregg, commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Ore., Aug. 4, 2012. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

Capt. Michael R. Balzotti, commander of the 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron, accepts the Air Force Outstanding Unit Award on behalf of his unit from Brig. Gen. Steven D. Gregg, commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Ore., Aug. 4, 2012. (Oregon Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jefferson Thompson, 173rd Fighter Wing Public Affairs/released)

KLAMATH FALL, Ore. -- The 270th Air Traffic Control Squadron (ATCS) of the Oregon Air National Guard received the 2011 Air Force Outstanding Unit Award presented by Brig. Gen. Steven D. Gregg, the Commander of the Oregon Air National Guard, at Kingsley Field, Klamath Falls, Oregon, Aug. 4,
2012.

The award cited a range of accomplishments by the 270th ATCS, "from providing fixed base Air Traffic Control (ATC) facilities for the only F-15 training site, to training and deploying air traffic controllers and maintenance personnel to every Area of Responsibility (AOR)."

The award also stated that, "The unit deployed in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM, serving as Ground Radar Systems Craftsman and significantly contributed to over 2,600 hours of successful operational surveillance, tracking more than 155,000 aircraft... with zero mishaps."

This is the seventh consecutive year the 270th has earned the AF Outstanding Unit Award.

"It is an honor to add another award to your list of accomplishments," Gregg said. "We are proud
you are a part of the Oregon Guard team."

Lieutenant Gen. Harry M. Wyatt III, Director, Air National Guard, passed along his personal congratulations writing, "The selection for this prestigious award reflects great credit upon the 270th ATCS, the State of Oregon, and the Air National Guard."

Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon, also extended his personal congratulations for a "job well done."