The 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard has received two prestigious national awards.

This month, the National Guard Association of the U.S. presented the Duluth-based unit with the 2019 Spaatz Trophy. This award, named after former Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. Carl S Spaatz, honors "the overall outstanding flying unit in the National Guard."

Also this month, the 148th received the 2019 Air Force Association's Outstanding Air National Guard Flying Unit Award, presented annually to the Air National Guard Unit with the most outstanding airmanship. The Duluth unit previously earned this recognition in 2006, 2009 and 2012.

Judging for both awards is based on overall combat readiness, performance compared to other units, safety, staffing levels, retention, demonstrated skill, inspections, accomplishments and performance in special missions or exercises.