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Award: Unit Citation Award

Award Date: 14 March 1983

Award Period: 1 July 1982 - 14 February 1983

"The Arkansas Wing, Civil Air Patrol, distinguished itself by outstanding contributions to the Civil Air Patrol mission from 1 July 1982 to 14 February 1983. During this period, the headquarters staff and twenty assigned squadrons and flights galvanized their energies in the revitalization of their CAP wing. Each major program was scrutinized to identify problem areas that resulted in the wing's 48th place ranking during the FY 81 CAP Management Analysis Program (CAP-MAP) cycle concluding on 30 June 1981, and it's 26th place ranking during the FY 82 CAP-MAP cycle ending on 30 June 1982. The result of this sustained superior performance by the 700 members of the Arkansas Wing was their designation as the number one wing in the Southwest Region. Concurrently, the wing was ranked third nationally in an organization of 52 CAP wings. The professionalism and superior performance of the members of the Arkansas Wing, Civil Air Patrol, reflect great credit upon themselves, their organization, and Civil Air Patrol."

Award: Unit Citation Award

Award Date: 13 August 1994

Award Period: 1 June 1993 - 31 May 1994

Award: Unit Citation Award

Award Date: 15 October 2004

Award Period: 15 September 2001 - 15 September 2004

Award: Unit Citation Award

Award Date: 11 March 2020

Award Period: 27 May 2019 - 9 June 2019

"The Arkansas Wing, Civil Air Patrol, is hereby recommended for the Unit Citation Award for exceptional achievements during disaster relief operations necessitated by the historic flooding of the Arkansas River in the Spring of 2019. This unprecedented flooding catastrophe resulted in a federal “Major Disaster” declaration covering some seventeen counties, stretching in a wide swath across the entire state from northwest to southeast. During the period of 27-May-19 to 9-Jun-19, the Arkansas Wing responded to this emergency with outstanding vigor and tenacity, utilizing its six aircraft to fly some 41 airborne photography sorties totaling 75.3 hours. These sorties resulted in a remarkable 4,618 images being provided to the 188th Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard, who in turn were able to utilize their Unclassified Processing, Assessment, and Dissemination (UPAD) capability to interpret the images obtained by the Arkansas Wing into critical, near real-time analysis of the disaster as it unfolded. The efficiency and effectiveness with which these operations were conducted would not have been possible without the superb level of mission readiness which the Arkansas Wing constantly maintains, as well as the high level of cooperation and partnership which the wing demonstrated with the Arkansas National Guard, the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management, and various other agencies throughout this catastrophic event. Anticipating the enormity of the event and the scope of the response which would be required, the Wing also had the foresight to request two additional airplanes and crews from Louisiana Wing to assist. The tremendous and tireless efforts put forth by the Arkansas Wing proved to be one of the most critical components of the successful response to this historic event and had a rapid, direct, and positive impact upon the safety and well-being of the hundreds of thousands of people who suddenly found themselves in the path of this disaster. In total, members from both the Arkansas Wing Headquarters and multiple squadrons throughout the state contributed some 410 man-hours to this mission…an extraordinary effort given the relatively-small size of the wing. The success of this response could not have been possible without the tremendous dedication, professionalism, and steadfast devotion to duty of the members of the Arkansas Wing, and reflects great credit upon both the wing itself and Civil Air Patrol as a whole." 

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