Guardsmen receive top honors

The 133rd Test Squadron plays a highly significant role in our nation’s defense. It tests communication gear, radar, data links and software before it is issued to all branches of the military. It has the distinction of being the only Air National Guard unit with this type of specialization.

Two of the squadron’s members have just been singled out for top honors by the Iowa Air National Guard.

Airman 1st Class William Smith was named the Airman of the Year, and Master Sgt. David McGaughy was selected as the Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Year.

The awards were based on their achievements, both on duty and off duty, during 2013. They were nominated for these honors by the squadron.

Smith has been a member of the local unit since May 2012. He works in cybersecurity operations. He is a 2012 graduate of St. Edmond High School. Smith is a student at Iowa State University in Ames and a member of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps at ISU.

McGaughy was in the Marine Corps for 12 years. After being discharged, he joined the 132nd Fighter Wing of the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines. He was a member of that squadron for four years when a position with the Fort Dodge unit became available.

The Messenger congratulates Smith and McGaughy for being selected for these prestigious awards. Their contributions to their squadron and service to our nation deserve applause.