Thursday, July 1, 2010

Photo Release -- AERT Recognized With ESGR Patriot Award for Support of Guard and Reserve

Source: Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc.

SPRINGDALE, Ark., June 29, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB:AERT), a leading plastic recycler and manufacturer of Green building products, recently welcomed home Air Force Reserve 188th Fighter Wing airmen, Patrick Ciabattari and Jacky Luong from their tour of duty in Afghanistan. Both men, along with all the members of the A-10 Flying Razorbacks based in Fort Smith, Arkansas recently returned home to their families and friends. While in Afghanistan, these men participated in maintaining the A-10/QA-10 Thunderbolt II fighter aircraft which flew 706 sorties in support of coalition forces. Ciabattari and Luong nominated their employer, AERT of Springdale, Arkansas for a civilian Patriot Award for the company's ongoing support of the Air National Guard and Reserve Program. This award was presented to AERT associates on Friday, June 25th at Fort Chaffee, Arkansas.

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"We are extremely proud of Jacky and Patrick and all of our troops serving around the world to protect our freedom. We appreciate the sacrifices made by these men, as well as all members of our military and their families on behalf of our country," stated AERT CEO, Joe Brooks.

"For that reason, we are proud to join other members of the Northwest Arkansas business community in honoring the fine men and women of the 188th and their families at the 'Rodeo of the Ozarks' Saturday night, July 3rd, 2010 in Springdale, Arkansas at Parsons Stadium. We appreciate the opportunity to say 'Welcome home and thank you for what you do,'" Brooks concluded.

The gates will open at 6 p.m. and the 188th with their families will be recognized at 8 p.m.

About the 188th Fighter Wing

The 188th Fighter Wing, dubbed the Flying Razorbacks, is comprised of nearly 1,000 dedicated, loyal and highly trained Airmen who take immense pride in fulfilling their roles and obligations as National Guardsmen. Without exception, we are proud of being part of national and international defense. Standing tall, filling our place and determined to do all we can, the Flying Razorbacks of the Arkansas Air National Guard are ready for any challenge.

The origin of the 188th traces back to Oct. 15, 1953, when the 184th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron was organized and federally recognized at Fort Smith, Ark. Then dubbed "Rick's Rippers" in honor of Maj. Gen. Earl T. Ricks, former adjutant general and highly decorated World War II pilot from Arkansas, the unit's first roll call consisted of 19 officers and 94 enlisted personnel. Today, the unit has grown to nearly 1,000 personnel.

Throughout its storied history, the 188th has featured nine different aircraft models, beginning with the RB-26, a twin-engine modified bomber. The 188th converted to the RF-80, a jet aircraft, in 1956 when the unit was assigned a daylight reconnaissance mission. The first swept-wing jet, the RF-84F, became the 188th's featured aircraft in 1957. The 188th exchanged the RF-84F for the RF-101 in 1970.

The 188th continued its reconnaissance mission until 1972 when the unit received the F-100. The new aircraft signaled the end of the 188th's reconnaissance mission. The unit became the 188th Tactical Fighter Group that same year. The 188th officially swapped out its inveterate handle, Rick's Rippers, for the tag "Flying Razorbacks" in 1979, when the unit acquired F-4C Phantoms.

The 188th celebrated its 35th anniversary in 1988 with the delivery of the F-16A Fighting Falcon, then the world's finest multi-role fighter jet. The F-16 ushered the 188th into the era of elevated aircraft technology in July 1988. The 188th upgraded its F-16As to F-16Cs in 2000, updating the unit's aircraft with the latest technological advances in avionics.

A Base Realignment and Closure committee decision in 2005 stripped the 188th of its F-16 squadron, prompting a conversion to A-10 Thunderbolt II "Warthogs." And on April 14, 2007, the 188th officially became an A-10 unit with the arrival of the first Warthog.

About Advanced Environmental Recycling Technologies, Inc.

Since 1989, AERT (OTCBB:AERT) has pioneered the use of recycled polyethylene plastic in the manufacture of composite building materials. With its constantly evolving portfolio of patented and proprietary recycling technologies, AERT has been widely recognized as a leader in resource conservation innovation and received the EPA Award for Environmental Excellence for its process of converting scrap plastic to composite outdoor decking. AERT converts reclaimed plastic and wood fiber waste into quality outdoor decking systems, fence systems, and door and window components. The Company is the exclusive manufacturer of Weyerhaeuser ChoiceDek(r) decking, which is available in multiple colors and is sold in Lowe's Home Improvement stores nationwide. See for more information. AERT's MoistureShield(r) decking program is expanding and products are now available throughout the U.S. See for product information or to find a regional distributor or dealer. AERT operates manufacturing facilities in Springdale and Lowell, Arkansas and recently commenced operations at its Green Age recycling facility in Watts, Oklahoma. For more information on the Company, visit


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