Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
The Key Field Air Traffic Control Facility was recently selected as the 2012 D. Ray Hardin Air Traffic Control Facility of the Year by the National Guard Bureau.
This award is given to an ATC facility at a particular unit that has made a notable contribution to the ATC system. The following areas of consideration for this award are: Facilities that show a notable contribution to quality, safety, or procedural development of the ATC system; Outstanding handling of an unusual traffic workload, emergency situations, deployments or exercises; and Sustained efficiency in air traffic control as recognized by users of the service.
There are 27 air traffic control towers operated by the Air National Guard in the United States.