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The 19th Airlift Wing will be presented the James H. "Jimmy" Doolittle Award Oct. 8, 2014, at 4 p.m. at the Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Virginia.

19th Airlfit Wing patchThe Doolittle Award is presented by the Air Force Historical Foundation (AFHF) to a U.S. Air Force unit for significant contributions to airpower history.

Named after aviation pioneer James H. Doolittle, this award was established to recognize a unit that has displayed bravery, determination, discipline, "esprit de corps" and superior management of joint operations in multiple conflicts.

"I'm incredibly excited and honored for this recognition of the 19th Airlift Wing. The rich heritage of the 19th traces back through more than 80 years of airpower and every major campaign since World War II. It's inspiring to celebrate that history and link our Airmen of today to innovators and pioneers like General Jimmy Doolittle and the Doolittle

The 19th Airlift Wing roots extend back before World War II, when it was one of the original 15 groups that made up U.S. Army Air Corps aviation. Formerly the 19th Bombardment Group, the unit launched the first offensive attack against Japanese forcesĀ in World War II despite having suffered heavy losses in the fighting following the attack on Pearl Harbor.

In its 82 years of service, the 19th AW has fulfilled nearly every flying role in the Air Force, from seaplanes and biplane bombers to the advanced C-130J transport. In World War II, Korea, the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam, Grenada, Panama, the Persian Gulf and the Global War on Terror, the 19th AW has flown, fought and won with the motto: "In Alis Vincimus"--On wings we conquer!

Several other awards will be presented at the AFHF Banquet at the Sheraton Pentagon City in Arlington. The General Carl A. "Tooey" Spaatz Award will be presented to General Lloyd W. Newton, USAF (Ret). The Major General I. B. Holley Award will be presented to Colonel Walter J. Boyne, USAF (Ret).

The Air Force Historical Foundation was founded May 27, 1953. The mission of the AFHF is the promotion, preservation and understanding of the history and heritage of the U.S. Air Force and its predecessors.

The event is open to the public. Visit or call the AFHF at (301) 736-1959 for more details on the event or the awards. For more information on the 19th Airlift Wing, call the base public affairs office at (501) 987-3434.
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