Pennsylvania Air National Guard

Pennsylvania Air National Guard

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The Pennsylvania Air National Guard is the air force militia of the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is, along with the Pennsylvania Army National Guard, an element of the Pennsylvania National Guard. It is considered a part of the United States Air Force, as well as of the state.

Overview

The Pennsylvania Air Guard is composed of 13 individual units, including 3 air wings. It is headquartered at Fort Indiantown Gap, located 27 miles (43 km) north-east of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

History

The Pennsylvania Air National Guard was formally established in 1947. During the Vietnam War, the PA Air Guard flew 134 supply missions to Vietnam in 1966-1967, becoming the first reserve air force ever to enter a combat zone without actually being mobilized.

In 1972, widespread flooding in the aftermath of Hurricane Agnes resulted in 45 deaths and $ 3 billion in property damage. Nearly 13,000 Army and Air Guard members were called to state active duty to help with relief operations.

Several Air Guard units from Pennsylvania were mobilized in 1990-1991 for duty in Southwest Asia during Operation Desert Shield and Operation Desert Storm. Every member returned home safely.

Previously the Pennsylvania ANG also included the 112th Air Refueling Group, which was assigned to Strategic Air Command on 16 October 1991, at Pittsburgh International Airport. It was equipped with KC-135s. It was reassigned to Air Mobility Command on 31 May 1992. However, following the end of the Cold War, it was...
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