The 388th Tactical Fighter Wing at Hill Air Force Base has received its ninth Air Force Outstanding Unit Award. The award is for the unit's readiness and operational levels from Oct. 1, 1986, to April 30, 1988.

Lt. Gen. Peter T. Kempf, commander of the 12th Air Force, presented the award to 388th TFW commander Col. Charles R. Heflebower.During the 18-month period, the wing had 25 deployments to various bases around the world, flew more than 27,000 sorties totaling 37,000 flying hours, and kept 90.5 percent of its F-16 fighters on the flight line ready for flying.

The wing's scheduling effectiveness rate was 95.5 percent, according to public affairs officer Lt. Jennifer Fay - well above the 92 percent standard for the Tactical Air Command.

The wing won top honors in the biannual Gunsmoke '87 tactical bombing competition in October 1987 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev.