Forum staff reports, Published March 11 2010
Happy Hooligans named JOSAC Squadron of Year
The Happy Hooligans’ 177th Airlift Squadron in Fargo has received the 2009 Joint Operational Support Airlift Center Squadron of the Year award for the U.S. Air Force in the small aircraft category.
From October to February, the Happy Hooligans flew 997 hours, 141 hours more than any other unit in their category.
JOSAC is the airlift branch of the U.S. Transportation Command at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., which specializes in air transportation of senior defense officials within the continental U.S.
Currently, 89 units support JOSAC, including the Happy Hooligans.
After the Happy Hooligans ended their 60-year fighter mission in 2007, they started the new mission of the C-21A Lear Jet. Lt. Col. Rick Omang is commander of the 177th Airlift Squadron.