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Check Six – 1949: 199 FS Awarded Spaatz Trophy

August 5, 2019

Hawaii Air National Guard photograph | click to enlarge

The National Guard Bureau announced that the 199th Fighter Squadron (SE) had won one of the 12 Spaatz trophies for outstanding capabilities in 1949, based on the exceptionally high Operational Readiness Test (ORT) score of that year. The fighter squadron was competing with California, Utah and Nevada like-squadrons of the Air Guard’s 61st Fighter Wing – in fact, the 199th scored highest of all 84 Air National Guard squadrons of the 12 Wings.

Lucien Parish

There was a grand HANG review in the Hawaii Air Guard area (Area 65) on August 5, 1950.  All aircraft were lined up facing the reviewing stand and HANGmen in formation were immaculate and well-disciplined. Brigadier General Harold Q. Huglin, representing the Chief of Staff, United States Air Force, presented the coveted trophy to Maj Lucien E. Parish, Squadron Commander, saying:

“It is gratifying to see that the HANG is so well prepared and in such a state of readiness that it could be counted upon for any job, anywhere and anytime.

Taken from the HANG 25 Booklet, the History of the Hawaii Air National Guard, November 4, 1946 to November 3, 1971. Special thanks to Steve Lum who scanned this photograph.

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